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Tchaikovsky - The Sleeping Beauty. Victor Fedotov.

Tchaikovsky - The Sleeping Beauty. Victor Fedotov.
ID: CR085
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Collection: Ballet Music
Subcollection: Orchestra

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Ludwig Minkus - Don Quixote. Alexander Glazunov - 2 Concert waltz

Ludwig Minkus - Don Quixote. Alexander Glazunov - 2 Concert waltz
ID: CR072
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Collection: Ballet Music
Subcollection: Orchestra

DON QUIXOTE A ballet by Ludwig Minkus SYNOPSIS Don Quixote, who is a great lover of tales of chivalry, decides to set off on his travels in order to achieve great feats, which will bring glory to his name. As his sword-bearer, he chooses the loyal Sancho Panza. A street festival in Barcelona, in front of the tavern kept by Lorenzo. Kitri, daughter of the innkeeper, is flirting with Basil, the barber, who is in love with her. Finding them together Lorenzo, Kitri's father, chases Basil away: the barber isn't a good match for his daughter. Lorenzo intends Kitri to marry Gamache, a rich nobleman. Everybody greet the torero, Espada, and a street dancer. Don Quixote appears in the square, accompanied by Sancho Panza. Lorenzo invites Don Quixote into the inn. Sancho Panza is left in the square. But when young people in street deride Sancho, Don Quixote immediately hurries to his sword bearer's rescue. Don Quixote is astonished by the beauty of Lorenzo's daughter, Kitri. In his mind, she becomes Dulcinea, "the lady of his heart". But Kitri disappears. She has run off with Basil. Lorenzo, Gamache and Don Quixote set out to look for her. Kitri and Basil are hiding in a gypsy's camp. Near to the gypsies, a group of vagrant actors prepare for their show. Soon, Don Quixote appears. He watches the puppet show, and, led away by the visions of chivalry tales, rushes to the rescue of the theater shows’ heroes. The theater, the decorations and the puppets are destroyed. After that, he catches the sight of the windmills that are seen in the neighborhood and mistakes them for evil magicians. He rushes to fight them. Don Quixote, wounded after falling from a windmill, is in the forest, accompanied by Sancho Panza. He falls asleep. In his dreams, Don Quixote sees Dulcinea surrounded by dryads and fairies. In a tavern, the young people are dancing, Kitri and Basil among them. Suddenly they are found by Lorenzo and Gamache. Lorenzo wishes to make an immediate announcement of the betrothal of Kitri and Gamache. But Basil, by agreement with Kitri, pretends to take his life. Kitri begs Don Quixote to persuade her father to bless her love with her dying sweetheart. As soon as Lorenzo does that and agrees to their marriage, Basil jumps to his feet. There is no point in his pretending to be dead any longer. At Kitri and Basil's wedding, Don Quixote occupies a place of honor. He wishes the young couple happiness and sets off to his travels again. Alexander Glazunov (1865 - 1936) is one of the most eminent Russian composers, a brilliant symphonist and melodist, the author of numerous symphonic and instrumental works. He was the favorite pupil of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov; on the other hand, in his symphonic compositions, he became a successor of Tchaikovsky. For many years, Glazunov was the director of the St. Petersburg Conservatoire (later turned into Petrograd and then to Leningrad Conservatoire). He had a phenomenal musical memory; using his unique abilities, he (together with Rimsky-Korsakov) undertook the great task of finishing Alexander Borodin's opera Prince Igor, and wrote down the first movement of his Third Symphony. Two Concert Waltzes were composed in 1893-94. This was the time of a fresh upsurge of the composers' activity after a crisis in 1890-91. At the same time, several important works were written, including the 3d and the 4th symphonies. In the waltzes, Glazunov develops the tradition of this genre that descends from Mikhail Glinka's Waltz-Fantasy.
© Classical Records
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Tchaikovsky. The Swan Lake. Victor Fedotov, conductor

Tchaikovsky. The Swan Lake. Victor Fedotov, conductor
ID: CR042
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Collection: Ballet Music
Subcollection: Orchestra

This recording has the great advantage of being of the 1895 performing version, i.e. the ballet as it is most usually performed today - all other recordings are of Tchaikovsky's original score, which places, for example, the black act pas de deux in the first act, instead of the third. Victor Fedotov was for many years chief ballet conductor at the Maryinsky (Kirov) Theatre, and he and the theatre orchestra give an outstanding performance.
LIBRETTO
In a park by a castle Prince Siegfried celebrates his birthday with his friends. A messenger announces the arrival of his mother, the Dowager Princess. She plans to arrange his marriage and reminds that he should find his fiancee tomorrow, during a ball which will be held in his honor.
Siegfried sees a flock of swans in the sky. He leaves the park and goes to the lake.
A lake in the forest. The swans glide over the surface of the lake; then they go out of the water and turn into beautiful girls. Their leader, Odette, tells Siegfried about the curse cast on her by the magician, Rotbart: they are swans by day and girls by night. Only true love and marriage can save her; but if her lover betrays her, she would die.
Rotbart appears in a guise of an owl. Odette and Siegfried declare their love for each other; the new day dawns. The girls turn into swans again.
At the castle, a magnificent ball is being prepared. Beautiful girls invited to the ball one by one pass before the Prince, but he remains indifferent - he is in love with Odette. Unexpectedly, Rotbart arrives, disguised as a noble knight, with his daughter Odile. Siegried is embarrassed: she looks just like Odette. She tempts him, and, misled by her appearance, him asks her to marry him. Rotbart is jubilant: Siegfried betrayed his love to Odette! Siegfried sees a white swan in the castle window; horrified by the mistake he had made, he rushes desperately to the lake.
On the lake, the swans wait for their queen; Odette comes in a state of despair, telling them about Siegfried and his betrayal. The Prince himself appears, begging her to forgive him. Rotbart comes into the scene; a terrible storm begins. A fight between Rotbart and Siegfried ends with the Prince's victory. The wicked spell is broken; Odette and her companions are free.
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Glazunov. Raymonda. Victor Fedotov, conductor

Glazunov. Raymonda. Victor Fedotov, conductor
ID: CR043
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Collection: Ballet Music
Subcollection: Orchestra

"It is in the boundless devotion to music that I find the purpose of my life"
Victor Fedotov.

LIBRETTO
In a rich medieval castle, Raymonda's birthday is celebrated. The herald announ-ces the arrival of noble guests. Rene de Brien, a Hungarian knight, enters. He asks Raymonda to marry his son, Jean de Brien, and presents a beautiful gobelin with his portrait on it.
A new guest rushes into the hall - Saracen Sheikh Abderakhman. He falls in love with Raymonda, can't take his eyes off her. Abde-rakman wants to make her his wife at any expense.
The celebration goes on until the evening. When everybody leave and Raymonda is alone, she sits in an armchair and falls asleep. She dreams of Jean de Brien. The young knight takes her in his arms and brings to his castle.
Suddenly, the castle disappears, and Ray-monda sees a Saracen tent. Abderakhman takes the place of Jean de Brien. He pursues her. Raymonda is scared; horrified, she loses her strength and faints.
When she awakes, she can't understand where she is. She sees the little blackamoors - young Arabian slaves presented to her by Abderakhman and remembers her nightmare. But when the ray of sun falls on the gobelin with Jeans de Brien's portrait, she realises that it was just a dream.
In the castle yard, Raymonda awaits for her fiancee. Abderakhman appears again, declaring his love, proposing to Raymonda and promising her power and wealth.
When she refuses, he tries to kidnap her, but at this moment Jean de Brien appears and challenges him to a duel. The two men fight, and Jean de Brien wins. Abderakhman is killed.
Jean de Brien marries Raymonda, their wedding is celebrated with great splendor.
© Classical Records
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A. Adam - Giselle. Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra - Victor Fedotov, conductor

A. Adam - Giselle. Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra - Victor Fedotov, conductor
ID: PRS0091_92
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Collection: Ballet Music
Subcollection: Orchestra

The synopsis of the ballet Giselle

Act I - A rustic village

Giselle, a weak-hearted young girl who is adored by her native villagers, lives with her watchful mother, Berthe. Hilarion, the village gamekeeper, is desperately in love with Giselle. Prince Albrecht, a nobleman who is already engaged to a noblewoman named Bathilde, is bored and lonely with his everyday existence. Captivated by Giselle's frail beauty and innocence, Albrecht disguises himself as a peasant named Loys. After purchasing the cottage adjacent to Berthe's, he proceeds to shower Giselle with his affections.

Hilarion, filled with suspicion and jealousy, becomes enraged when Giselle falls madly in love with Albrecht and believes that they are engaged.

Berthe has a vision that her daughter will one day become a Wili, a jilted maiden who dies before her wedding night. The Wilis emerge between midnight and dawn to vengefully trap any man who enters their domain by forcing him to dance to his death.

Hilarion exposes Albrecht's disguise and proclaims that he is already betrothed to Bathilde. Overwhelmingly distraught and horrified, Giselle dies of a broken heart.

Act II - A forest clearing

Hilarion is discovered just before midnight keeping vigil by Giselle's tomb. As midnight approaches, the Wilis appear with their leader, Queen Myrta. This is the night Giselle is to be initiated as a Wili.

Albrecht, laden with feelings of guilt and remorse, visits Giselle's grave. He sees a vision of Giselle and follows it into the forest. At this point, Myrta discovers Hilarion in the forest and orders the Wilis to dance around him until he dies from exhaustion. She then discovers Albrecht and demands that he share the same fate as Hilarion but is unable to permeate the invisible bond of love that Giselle has for him.

At dawn, when the Wilis lose their power and must retreat to their dwelling place, Albrecht is saved and Giselle forgives him. Giselle returns with the Wilis and recognizes that now she will be one of them for the rest of time.
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P.I. Tchaikovsky - The Nutcracker: Complete Ballet

P.I. Tchaikovsky -  The Nutcracker: Complete Ballet
ID: PTC5186091
CDs: 2
Type: SACD
Collection: Ballet Music
Subcollection: Orchestra

Multichannel Hybrid SACD - DSD

Concert master: Dmitry Khakhamov
Chorus master: Julia Molchanova
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A. Glazunov - Raymonda, Op. 57, Ballet in 3 acts - Orchestra of USSR State Academic Bolshoi Theatre - E. Svetlanov

A. Glazunov - Raymonda, Op. 57, Ballet in 3 acts - Orchestra of USSR State Academic Bolshoi Theatre - E. Svetlanov
ID: MELCD1001959
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Collection: Ballet Music
Subcollection: Orchestra

In spring of 1896, Alexander Glazunov received a commission from the director of the St. Petersburg Imperial Theatres Ivan Vsevolozhsky to compose the score to the ballet Raymonda. Despite being busy (Glazunov was already a well-known composer at the time whose works were loved by the public, an author of five symphonies, chamber and instrumental pieces), Glazunov found the offer interesting and agreed. "Acceptable orders to write compositions did not tie me. On the contrary, they heartened me. For example, I composed the ballet Raymonda quickly enough with special fervour and enthusiasm," he wrote later. It was the composer's first experience with a score for a ballet performance. However, he had had some creative experience of realizing the principles of dancing. It would suffice to recall his previous opuses such as Characteristic Suite and Ballet Suite, and concert waltzes. The libretto was written by Princess Lidya Pashkova, a traveler and columnist of the Parisian newspaper Le Figaro, who also wrote novels and librettos. The script plot belonged to Marius Petipa, an illustrious ballet master who staged ballets in Russia in the second half of the 19th century. The story involved characters who actually existed (Jean de Brienne and King Andrew) and fictional ones, and was historically inaccurate. But that was not a serious obstacle for the composer who started to think over the first ten numbers of Raymonda and wrote them down in summer of 1897 before he even received the script. The first two acts were finished in August, and the third one in autumn of 1897. The score autograph has the composer's inscription: "The ballet finished 21 October, 1897. Orchestrated within 1 year." While working on the music, Glazunov closely cooperated with the author of the script. Marius Petipa gave the composer a thoroughly developed plan of each scene with tempos, measures, and even the number of times. In that way Glazunov perceived the nature of choreography. Spending a great deal of time at the theatre working with the ballet dancers, musicians and the ballet master, he left all his other business behind to a great chagrin of Mitrofan Belyayev, who was Glazunov's partner in not only the same music circle, but in publishing activities as well (Glazunov helped Belyayev publish works by the contemporary Russian composers in Leipzig). Pyotr Lambin, Orest Allegri and Konstantin Ivanov worked on the sketches of the ballet set. Many of the costumes for the first staging were created by Ivan Vsevolozhsky himself. The premiere took place on 7 (19) January, 1898, on the stage of the Mariinsky Theatre and was conducted by Riccardo Drigo. The main parts were performed by Pierina Legnani as Raymonda, Sergei Legat as Jean de Brienne and Pavel Gerdt as Abderakhman. The performance was a real triumph. The encores began as early as after the first act. Glazunov was presented a laurel wreath, and the artists read a letter of greetings to him. One of the reviews explained the success of the ballet as a combination of three factors - "beautiful, melodic and captivating music, the ballet master's unfading talent and the artists' wonderful performance." Glazunov's progress in symphonic music obviously influenced the music of the ballet with its principles of through development and diverse techniques of orchestral writing. The music plays a huge role in Raymonda (in that way, Glazunov continued the reforms in the art of ballet initiated by Pyotr Tchaikovsky). The musical content facilitates the expansion of the plot line, at times prevailing over the plot thanks to its depth and vivid development of the musical characteristics so important to the dramaturgic function of dance and pantomime. The dances in Raymonda are not illustrative yet efficient as they embody the situation, the state and disposition of the characters. The continuing symphonic development, wealth of melodic patterns and organic integrity of the work are what help us perceive the performance as completely as possible. The destiny of Raymonda has been happy. The ballet has been staged many times both in the Soviet Russia and overseas. Synopsis France in the time of crusades Act I Tableaux 1 Pages and court ladies have gathered in a big castle of Countess Sybille de Doris to congratulate the countess's niece Raymonda on her name day. Awaiting Raymonda, the pages play the lutes and viols, some compete in fencing. A few girls leave their fancywork to dance with the pages. Soon, Countess Sybille appears. Her coming ruins the common merriment. The countess tells the young ones about the foremother of the Doris family, who was known as the White Lady. It is her statue that stands on the terrace. The White Lady does not stand idlers and can strictly punish those who do not fulfill their duties, but she always protects the members of her household, and every time one of them is in danger she shows up and warns. The young people do not take the countess's words seriously and continues to amuse themselves. Before long, a messenger appears sent by Jean de Brienne, Raymonda's fiancé, who is crusading with Andrew II of Hungary. The messenger hands Raymonda a letter from de Brienne, in which he informs Raymonda that he is returning home in triumph and he will be at the Doris castle the next day. Raymonda rejoices. She orders a sumptuous reception in honour of her fiancé. Vassals and peasants congratulate Raymonda on her name day, and dances begin. The day is over and the evening comes. Exhausted, Raymonda falls asleep on the terrace. Tableaux 2 Illuminated by the light of the moon, the White Lady comes down from her pedestal. With a gesture, she orders Raymonda to follow her. The garden around the castle gets covered in fog. Tableux 3 The garden has transformed. Jean de Brienne appears before the amazed Raymonda. The beloved are happy. Suddenly, she sees Abderakhman who has taken the place of her fiancé. The White Lady tells Raymonda to be cautious. Abderakhman declares his passionate love for her, but she is frightened. Corpse lights and imps surround her. Raymonda is perturbed. It is dawning. The pages and maids of honour come and find Raymonda unconscious on the terrace. Act II Sybille and Raymonda surrounded by the pages, maids of honour and guests come out to the courtyard. Fanfares sound announcing the arrival of new guests. However, it is not Jean de Brienne, but Saracen Abderakhman accompanied by his suite. Raymonda recognises the stranger seen in her dream. She is agitated, and Sybille reassures her. Captivated by Raymonda's beauty, Abderakhman speaks of his love for her. She is frightened and rejects him with contempt but feels attracted to him at the same time. Dancing goes on. Wishing to impress Raymonda, Abderakhman calls his servants. Jugglers, Arab boys and Saracens appear. The dances follow one after another becoming bacchanal. Using the bustle, Abderakhman's servants abduct Raymonda. But at that moment, Jean de Brienne and the knights stands on the Saracens' way. Raymonda is freed. King Andrew II of Hungary allows de Brienne to challenge Abderakhman to a duel, during which de Brienne kills Abderakhman. De Brienne requests the king to be present at his wedding. The king agrees. The procession enters the castle. Act III The garden in Jean de Brienne's castle. A celebration for the wedding of de Brienne and Raymonda. King Andrew II comes out surrounded by the retinue and guests. Everyone greets the bride and groom. One dance is followed by another. A knightly tournament on the occasion of the wedding. The anxiety of the past is forgotten.
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S.Prokofiev - Cinderella, Op. 87 in 3 Acts - On the Dnieper, ballet, Op. 51-G. Rozhdestvensky

S.Prokofiev - Cinderella, Op. 87 in 3 Acts - On the Dnieper, ballet, Op. 51-G. Rozhdestvensky
ID: MELCD1000906
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Collection: Ballet Music
Subcollection: Orchestra

Prokofiev:
Cinderella, Op. 87
On the Dnieper, ballet, Op. 51

USSR Ministry of Culture Symphony Orchestra, Gennady Rozhdestvensky
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R. Shchedrin - Anna Karenina - Lyrical scenes. A Ballet in 3acts, Op.of 1971

R. Shchedrin - Anna Karenina - Lyrical scenes. A Ballet in 3acts, Op.of 1971
ID: MELCD1002054
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Collection: Ballet Music

Nelya Lebedeva, Denis Korolev & Anatoly Valetny
The USSR Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra, Yuri Temirkanov


The ballet score uses music from instrumental works by Pyotr Tchaikovsky composed in the years when Leo Tolstoy conceived and created his novel Anna Karenina.

The title sheet of the score has a dedication “To Maya Plisetskaya, always”. The great ballet dancer and the composer’s spouse to whom Shchedrin’s other ballets were dedicated as well (Carmen Suite, The Seagull, The Lady with the Lapdog) was an initiator of creation of this work. Moreover, apart from dancing the main part, she also choreographed the ballet. The premiere took place at the Bolshoi Theatre in 1971. Valeri Levental designed the stage setting and Pierre Cardin created the costumes. Yuri Temirkanov, the chief conductor of the Bolshoi Theatre was at the stand. This recording was made with him conducting.
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R. Shchedrin - Seagull - Ballet in Two Acts - Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra - A. Lazarew

R. Shchedrin - Seagull - Ballet in Two Acts - Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra - A. Lazarew
ID: MELCD1001683
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Collection: Ballet Music
Subcollection: Orchestra

This two act ballet based on Chekhov’s play was composed in 1980 and was premiered in the Bolshoi Theatre. The libretto is by R Shchedrin and V. Levental. The score includes 24 Preludes (the main contents of the ballet), three interludes and the postlude. This is an exciting work full of belief in life and in the power of art, high romanticism and tragic pathos.
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