[ Naxos / 10 CD Box Set ]
Release Date: Tuesday 1 December 2015
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Ballet was born from the late Renaissance movement in Europe, combining the classical skills of music, dance and drama. Its origins can be traced back to the dance traditions of the nobility in the French and Italian courts of the fifteenth century. The creation of classical ballet as we know it was developed under the auspices of Louis XIV, and was then further refined in France and Russia in the nineteenth century into the hugely influential and highly skilled concert dance form with which we are familiar today.
Fittingly this collection starts in France, with one of the most haunting and memorable examples of the ballet form: Adam's Giselle. We are then swept along in a whirlwind tour of some of the greatest Russian ballets by such great composers as Prokofiev, Khachaturian and Shostakovich, while no ballet anthology would be complete without Tchaikovsky's three Romantic masterpieces Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker. From Delibes to Stravinsky, this collection amply demonstrates why ballet remains one of the most loved musical genres.
12 Hours 26 minutes
"Tchaikovsky's magnificent score is presented spontaneously and excitingly, vividly underlining the coherence of this masterpiece. The Russian solo playing is consistently impressive: Act 2's 'Dances of the Swans' (with fine solo violin and cello contributions) are as vivid as the national dances of Act 4. The orchestra is set back realistically and the effect is always convincing, suitably brilliant with good range and atmosphere and arresting climaxes (the Russian trumpets are especially striking)." - Gramophone, January 2003 on Swan Lake
The Seasons, Op. 67
Raymonda, Op. 57: highlights
Gayane Suite No. 2
Spartacus Ballet Suite No. 2
Cinderella Suite No. 1, Op. 107
Romeo and Juliet, Op. 64 - excerpts
Daphnis et Chloé (complete ballet)
The Firebird Suite
Petrushka (1947 version)
The Rite of Spring (1913 version)
Swan Lake, Op. 20 (excerpts)
Sleeping Beauty (highlights)
The Nutcracker Ballet, Op. 71 (Excerpts)