The Royal Ballet · Gala Performances (2-CD) Digipack
  • Ernest Ansermet
    Ernest Ansermet

Ernest Ansermet

The Royal Ballet · Gala Performances (2-CD) Digipack

Blue Moon Golden Series

Royal Opera House Orchestra, Covent Garden, under the direction of Ernest Ansermet

Reference: BMCD 840

Bar code: 8427328008402


· Collectors Edition
· Issued in Double-CD Digipack Edition
· 28-Page Original Facsimile Booklet
· Original Living Stereo Recordings
· Newly Remastered in 24-Bit HQ Sound

The recording of these ballet excerpts recalled to me with pleasure the many years I worked together with the Ballets Russes of Diaghileff in Paris, the United States and numerous European and South American countries, as well as my association with the Royal Ballet of London on the occasion of the twenty-fifth anniversary of the death of Diaghileff in 1954.

To direct a ballet is for a conductor a great and gratifying experience for it demands a completely special rhythmic sense, feeling for tempo and technical precision. Ballet today rarely has a large orchestra at its disposal and this is highly regrettable since ballet conductors need it if the musical effect is to be what it should.

In general, ballet music, except for its rhythmically accentuated character, presents no special conducting problem, but the ballets of Stravinsky brought into symphonic literature changes of rhythm which completely revised the technique of conducting. In these two records it was not possible to include examples from Stravinsky since it is difficult to extract from them short excerpts. Besides, the aim of the album is to recall works on which the glory of the ballet was founded.

In my opinion, Coppélia, masterpiece of Delibes, is a model ballet and I believe this score was not without its influence on the last ballets of Tchaikovsky. These are however, in their turn, masterpieces truly worthy of the great musician which Tchaikovsky was. A progress in the quality of the music is apparent from Swan Lake to Sleeping Beauty to The Nutcracker.

The rebirth of the ballet under the influence of Diaghileff was responsible for extremely interesting works. I fear though that the masterpieces of this periodthe ballets of Stravinsky, of Ravel, of Manuel de Fallamarked for the time being a high point in the creation of ballet music which has never since been reached.

One is not sufficiently aware that an art form does not develop unless it finds a social base and ballet at this moment, although it has found passionate supporters in Anglo-Saxon countries, depends on a cosmopolite and changing public which does not dictate clear directives to the authors.

In these circumstances it is the more pleasant to rediscover the works which have been the touchstones of the musical genre.

Ernest Ansermet (From the originla liner notes)


Sample this album
Disc 1
Disc 2
Total time: 96:42 min.

CD 1

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
The Nutcracker Suite, Op.71a (Excerpts)
01. March
02. Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy
03. Arabian Dance (Coffee)
04. Chinese Dance (Tea)
05. Dance of the Mirlitons
06. Waltz of the Flowers

Gioacchino Rossini
La Boutique Fantasque (Excerpts)
07. Tarantella
08. Andantino mosso
09. Can-Can

Léo Delibes
Coppélia (Excerpts)
10. Act 1: Prélude Mazurka
11. Introduction and Waltz
12. Czárdás (Danse hongroise)
13. Act 2: Valse de la poupée

Adolphe Charles Adam
Giselle (Excerpts)
14. Act 1: Introduction and Waltz
15. Act 2: Pas de deux and Variation

CD 2

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Swan Lake, Op.20 (Excerpts)
01. Act 2: Scene (moderato)
02. Danse des petits cygnes (moderato)
03. Scene Pas de deux
Charles Taylor, solo violin
04. Valse

Robert Schumann
Carnaval, Op.9 (Excerpts)
Orchestration Glazunov, Rimsky-Korsakov
05. Pierrot
06. Reconnaissance
07. Pantalon et Colombine
08. Aveu

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
The Sleeping Beauty, Op.66a (Excerpts)
09. Introduction: Prologue The Lilac Fairy
10. Act 1: Rose Adagio
11. Pas daction Valse

Frédéric Chopin
Les Sylphides (Excerpts)
Orchestration Roy Douglas
12. Overture: Prélude in A, Op.28 No.7
13. Mazurka in C, Op.67, No.3
14. Grande Valse Brillante in E-flat, Op.18

Album details

Recorded in London at Kings Way Hall, 1957

15,95 €  (tax incl.)

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