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Les Ballets Russes Vol. 9

Les Ballets Russes Vol. 9


Milhaud:

Le Train Bleu

Sauguet:

Le Chatte

Tommasini, V:

Le donne di buon umore Suite

after Scarlatti


Another installment in the unique series of compositions for the famous Ballet Russes commissioned by Diaghalev. Featuring some unusual works, this disc includes Milhaud’s ‘Le train bleu’ (which celebrates the train from Paris – Deauville, a luxury modernization of its time!), and Tommasini’s homage to Scarlatti’s compositions (1878-1950). Henri Saguet’s ‘Le Chatte’ is one of the most important works of the late Diaghalev era.

“Volume Nine...is all delight...On this evidence there are plenty more small gems for Hänssler to bring to light.” BBC Music Magazine, July 2013 ****

“The discovery (for me, at least) is La chatte, by the forgotten Henri Sauget...Chic, economical, tuneful and unmistakeably Gallic, the suite's Overture and eight movements are a delightful souffle” Gramophone Magazine, July 2013

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Les Ballets Russes Vol. 8

Les Ballets Russes Vol. 8


Prokofiev:

Scythian Suite, Op. 20

Kirill Karabits

Rimsky Korsakov:

Scheherazade, Op. 35

Jermolaj Albiker (violin)

Alejo Perez


Continuing with Haenssler’s fascinating series Les Ballets Russes, this next volume presents Rimsky-Korsakov’s Sheherazade and Prokofiev’s Scythian Suite.

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Les Ballets Russes Vol. 7

Les Ballets Russes Vol. 7


Auric:

Les Facheux - ballet in one act

La Pastorale


The latest CD in this very successful series features two of the three ballets which were created for the Ballet Russes with a libretto by Boris Kochno and music by George Auric. Les Facheux was premiered in 1924 and Las Pastorale in 1926. La Pastorale marks an important moment in the history of ballet, being one of the first independent works in Balanchine’s important oeuvre.

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Les Ballets Russes Vol. 6

Les Ballets Russes Vol. 6


Ravel:

La Valse

Sylvain Cambreling

Strauss, R:

Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, Op. 28

Christopher Hogwood

Stravinsky:

Pulcinella

Arleen Augér (soprano), Robert Gambill (tenor), Gerolf Scheder (bass)

Christopher Hogwood

Fireworks, Op. 4

Christopher Hogwood


This is the 6th release in the acclaimed Ballet Russes series featuring all of the music composed for Diaghilev and his company to perform between 1909 and 1929. Included are Stravinsky’s Pulcinella (Complete) and Feu d’artifice, Richard Strauss’ Till Eulenspiegel and Ravel’s La Valse.

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Les Ballets Russes Vol. 5

Les Ballets Russes Vol. 5


Falla:

El sombrero de tres picos

Prokofiev:

Chout - Suite, Op.21a


This CD continues this very successful series. The Three Cornered Hat is one of De Falla’s most beautiful works and is presented here in its entirety. Prokofiev’s Tale of the Buffoon is a richly melodic work and has a typical folkloric quality as well as burlesque elements.

“Weighty and unhurried, it has a confident feel for the dance-rhythms and a rubato that springs from the musical moment...Bollon's pacing allows space for well-judged accents and plenty of characterful phrasing from the strings and several woodwind principals.” BBC Music Magazine, April 2010 ****

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Les Ballets Russes Vol. 4

Les Ballets Russes Vol. 4


 

Three Pieces from Sleeping Beauty

Tchaikovsky/Stravinsky

Stravinsky:

Le Chant du Rossignol

Tchaikovsky:

Swan Lake, Op. 20 (excerpts)


Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden / Freiburg, Yuri Ahronovich, Ernest Bour & Hiroshi Wakasugi

Continuing the highly successful Ballet Russe series.

“Enjoyable if unspectacular romps through the Swan Lake suite and Stravinsky arrangements from Sleeping Beauty. Ernest Bour's account of le chant due Rossignol is among the finest on disc.” BBC Music Magazine, November 2009 ****

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Les Ballets Russes Vol. 3

Les Ballets Russes Vol. 3


Debussy:

Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune

Schmitt, F:

La Tragédie de Salomé, Op. 50

Stravinsky:

Petrushka


Symphony Orchestra Baden-Baden, Sylvain Cambreling

The latest release in the Ballet Russe series featuring two of the most famous scores ever commissioned for dance in the 20th century. Also on this release is Florent Schmitt’s sadly neglected “Tragedie de Salome” with its fusion of Rimsky-Korsakov’s exoticism and the impressionism of Debussy and Ravel.

“A wonderfully moulded, vibrant performance of Schmitt's La tragédie de Salomé is framed by a fine account of Prélude a l'après-midi d'un faune and a Petrushka that is colourful, but lacks a little bite.” BBC Music Magazine, November 2009 ****

“To my ears, Florent Schmitt’s La Tragédie de Salomé is the treat on this CD. Here’s a bit of decadence more dangerous than Richard Strauss’s: its surface is so attractive, one might be tempted to dive right in…to be overcome by its delicious poison!” International Record Review, January 2009

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Les Ballets Russes Vol. 2

Les Ballets Russes Vol. 2


Poulenc:

Les Biches

Ravel:

Daphnis et Chloé


EuropaChorAkademie, Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra, Michael Gielen, Marcello Viotti

Maurice Ravel was the first French composer who received a commission from Diaghilev. "Daphnis et Chloé" is most often performed today mostly in the form of the two Suites, here thiis masterpiece is presented in its full choreographic form. Also included is Francis Poulencs " Les biches ." Poulenc's score is the backdrop for a series of amorous tableau between three muscle men and twelve excited young girls. His colorful and creative score (one of his finest) is a stylistic romp, drawing freely on everything from Mozart to Stravinsky, Folksong and Jazz, with even a little Baroque finesse thrown into the mix for good measure!

“…Ravel's radiantly magical Daphnis et Chloé complete, in a glowing, ecstatic choral performance, with a glorious "Daybreak" and a thrilling closing "Danse générale". Its coupling is Poulenc's witty Les Biches ("girls of independent spirit and virtue"), and its catchily audacious opening trumpet theme and luscious Adagietto are part of a suite full of piquantly affecting nostalgia and sparkle. ...played with spirited insouciance and plangent lyricism.” Gramophone Magazine, September 2008

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Les Ballets Russes Vol. 1

Les Ballets Russes Vol. 1


Debussy:

Jeux - Poème dansé

Dukas:

La Péri

Stravinsky:

The Rite of Spring


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