The Art of the Prima Ballerina | Australian Eloquence ELQ4804874

The Art of the Prima Ballerina

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Label: Australian Eloquence

Cat No: ELQ4804874

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Ballet

Release Date: 21st October 2013

Contents

Works

Adam, Adolphe

Giselle
» Danse des vignerons - Pas seul - Peasant pas de deux
» Grand pas de deux

Anonymous

Bolero (1830)

Donizetti, Gaetano

La Favorita
» Ballabile

Drigo, Riccardo

Pas de trois

Lovenskjold, Hermann

La Sylphide
» Pas de deux

Minkus, Ludwig

Don Quixote
» Pas de deux
La Bayadere

Pugni, Cesare

Pas de quatre (arr. McDermott)

Rossini, Gioacchino

Guillaume Tell
» Ballet Music

Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Ilyich

Swan Lake, op.20
» Pas de deux: Introduction (Moderato) - Variations I & II - Coda
The Nutcracker, op.71
» Pas de deux Intrada - Variation I & II - Coda
The Sleeping Beauty, op.66
» Pas de deux Aurora and Prince Desire

Artists

London Symphony Orchestra

Conductor

Richard Bonynge

Works

Adam, Adolphe

Giselle
» Danse des vignerons - Pas seul - Peasant pas de deux
» Grand pas de deux

Anonymous

Bolero (1830)

Donizetti, Gaetano

La Favorita
» Ballabile

Drigo, Riccardo

Pas de trois

Lovenskjold, Hermann

La Sylphide
» Pas de deux

Minkus, Ludwig

Don Quixote
» Pas de deux
La Bayadere

Pugni, Cesare

Pas de quatre (arr. McDermott)

Rossini, Gioacchino

Guillaume Tell
» Ballet Music

Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Ilyich

Swan Lake, op.20
» Pas de deux: Introduction (Moderato) - Variations I & II - Coda
The Nutcracker, op.71
» Pas de deux Intrada - Variation I & II - Coda
The Sleeping Beauty, op.66
» Pas de deux Aurora and Prince Desire

Artists

London Symphony Orchestra

Conductor

Richard Bonynge

About

While Richard Bonynge has long been associated with opera, particularly with that of the Bel Canto age, he has also been one of the most active revivers and conductors of ballet in the 20th and 21st centuries.

His recordings of the major Romantic classical ballet scores have been critically acclaimed, but he has also been responsible for often making the single recording of many ballet masterpieces that disappeared from view, and in doing so, showing just how worthy was their revival.

There were three classic ballet ‘bon-bon’ LPs he recorded in the 1960s – 'Homage to Pavlova', 'Pas de deux' and 'The Art of the Prima Ballerina'. All are now reissued on Decca Eloquence.

'The Art of the Prima Ballerina', a lavish 2-LP set, here appears as per the original LP coupling, with illustrations and detailed notes. The album was conceived with one of the reigning prima ballerinas of the 20th century, Dame Alicia Markova, with whom Richard Bonynge collaborated extensively on the creation of this set. Markova also attended some of the recording sessions.

Including moments from all three Tchaikovsky ballets, as well as the celebrated music for Giselle, the set focuses, however, largely on forgotten ballet scenes and moments by Pugni, Drigo, Donizetti and Minkus, as well as an anonymous Bolero.

'truly admirable ... not to be missed ...the playing throughout is superb ... Richard Bonynge's direction is firm but supple' - Audio and Record Review

'[Bonynge] has a nice sense of rubato, and plenty of verve when this is called for. ... The recording is extremely vivid' - Gramophone (June 1963)

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