Music for the Bournonville Ballets

Two bumper ballet collections, lovingly produced and beautifully played

Record and Artist Details

Composer or Director: Aaron Copland, (Clément Philibert) Léo Delibes, Hector Berlioz, Reinhold Glière, Arthur (Seymour) Sullivan, Johann Strauss II, Paul Burkhard, Giacomo Meyerbeer, Gioachino Rossini, E(mil) N(ikolaus) von Reznicek, Modest Mussorgsky

Genre:

Vocal

Label: Classics for Pleasure

Media Format: CD or Download

Mastering:

Stereo
Mono
ADD

Catalogue Number: 344123-2

Tracks:

Composition Artist Credit
(El) salón México Philharmonia Orchestra
Charles Mackerras
Aaron Copland Composer
(La) Source, ou Naila Charles Mackerras
Royal Opera House Orchestra, Covent Garden
(Clément Philibert) Léo Delibes Composer
(La) Damnation de Faust Philharmonia Orchestra
Charles Mackerras
Hector Berlioz Composer
(The) Red Poppy Reinhold Glière Composer
Philharmonia Orchestra
Charles Mackerras
Pineapple Poll Charles Mackerras
Sadlers Wells Orchestra
Arthur (Seymour) Sullivan Composer
Graduation Ball Philharmonia Orchestra
Charles Mackerras
Johann Strauss II Composer
(La) Source, ou Naila Royal Opera House Orchestra, Covent Garden
(Clément Philibert) Léo Delibes Composer
Charles Mackerras
(Der) Schuss von der Kanzel, 'The Hunting Parson' Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Paul Burkhard Composer
Charles Mackerras
(Les) Patineurs Philharmonia Orchestra
Giacomo Meyerbeer Composer
Charles Mackerras
(La) Source, ou Naila Royal Opera House Orchestra, Covent Garden
Charles Mackerras
(Clément Philibert) Léo Delibes Composer
Guillaume Tell New Philharmonia Orchestra
Gioachino Rossini Composer
Charles Mackerras
Donna Diana Charles Mackerras
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
E(mil) N(ikolaus) von Reznicek Composer
(La) Damnation de Faust Charles Mackerras
Hector Berlioz Composer
Philharmonia Orchestra
(La) Source, ou Naila Charles Mackerras
(Clément Philibert) Léo Delibes Composer
Royal Opera House Orchestra, Covent Garden
(La) Source, ou Naila Charles Mackerras
(Clément Philibert) Léo Delibes Composer
Royal Opera House Orchestra, Covent Garden
(La) Source, ou Naila (Clément Philibert) Léo Delibes Composer
Charles Mackerras
Royal Opera House Orchestra, Covent Garden
(La) Source, ou Naila Charles Mackerras
Royal Opera House Orchestra, Covent Garden
(Clément Philibert) Léo Delibes Composer
(The) Fair at Sorochintsï, 'Sorochinskaya yarmar Modest Mussorgsky Composer
Charles Mackerras
Philharmonia Orchestra
(La) Damnation de Faust Philharmonia Orchestra
Charles Mackerras
Hector Berlioz Composer
Guillaume Tell New Philharmonia Orchestra
Gioachino Rossini Composer
Charles Mackerras
(La) Source, ou Naila Charles Mackerras
(Clément Philibert) Léo Delibes Composer
Royal Opera House Orchestra, Covent Garden
(La) Source, ou Naila Royal Opera House Orchestra, Covent Garden
Charles Mackerras
(Clément Philibert) Léo Delibes Composer
(La) Source, ou Naila (Clément Philibert) Léo Delibes Composer
Charles Mackerras
Royal Opera House Orchestra, Covent Garden

Composer or Director: C. C. Møller, Vilhelm Christian Holm, Holger Simon Paulli, Hermann Lovenskjold, Eduard Helsted, Hans Christian Lumbye, Niels (Wilhelm) Gade, Franz Joseph Glæser

Genre:

Opera

Label: Danacord

Media Format: CD or Download

Mastering:

Stereo
DDD

Catalogue Number: DACOCD631/9

Tracks:

Composition Artist Credit
Siberia to Moscow Aalborg Symphony Orchestra
C. C. Møller Composer
Peter Ernst Lassen
(The) King's Volunteers on Amager Peter Ernst Lassen
Aalborg Symphony Orchestra
Vilhelm Christian Holm Composer
(Le) Conservatoire, or a Newspaper Courtship Peter Ernst Lassen
Holger Simon Paulli Composer
Aalborg Symphony Orchestra
(La) Sylphide Peter Ernst Lassen
Aalborg Symphony Orchestra
Hermann Lovenskjold Composer
(La) Fête des fleurs à Genzano Peter Ernst Lassen
Eduard Helsted Composer
Aalborg Symphony Orchestra
(La) Ventana Aalborg Symphony Orchestra
Peter Ernst Lassen
Hans Christian Lumbye Composer
(A) Folk Tale Aalborg Symphony Orchestra
Peter Ernst Lassen
Niels (Wilhelm) Gade Composer
Far from Denmark or '(A) Costume Ball aboard Ship' Peter Ernst Lassen
Aalborg Symphony Orchestra
Franz Joseph Glæser Composer
Napoli Eduard Helsted Composer
Peter Ernst Lassen
Aalborg Symphony Orchestra
Two hundred years after his birth the choreographer August Bournonville ranks very firmly above the composers of his ballet scores. Mostly, of course, those composers lack other claims to fame, though symphonists Gade and Hartmann collaborated on A Folk Tale, which has been recorded previously by CPO and is likewise among the ballets included here. CPO has also recorded the ultimate Bournonville classic, La sylphide, though without the original Act 2 Pas de deux, which is included here as an appendix.

Beyond that we have previously had various recordings of the Pas de deux from Flower Festival at Genzano, as well as of Lumbye’s ‘Indian War Dance’ from Far from Denmark and the final galops he contributed to Napoli and The King’s Volunteers on Amager. Here we still get no more of Flower Festival in Genzano than that celebrated Pas de deux; but it’s good to be able to hear all three of the Lumbye pieces in the context of the complete ballet scores. Napoli, set variously in Naples and in Capri’s Blue Grotto, proves an appropriately sunny and especially attractive score, containing lively Italian dances and quoting to good effect not only the classic Neapolitan song ‘Te voglio bene assaje’ but also Don Basilio’s Slander aria from The Barber of Seville.

There are further full-length offerings (a CD each) of Le conservatoire and The Kermesse in Bruges. To these are added the one-act La ventana and various shorter items. The music is all exceedingly pretty but its merits are scarcely to be appreciated to the full separated from Bournonville’s choreography. Everything is beautifully played by a first-class orchestra under an experienced conductor, and all is superbly recorded.

EMI’s devotion in compiling a 80th birthday tribute to Sir Charles Mackerras is evidenced not only in the choice of previously issued material but also by the unearthing of a punchy El Salón México that remained unreleased only because its intended coupling (Quiet City) was never approved. Never for Mackerras, of course, was the repertoire the blindingly obvious. For him it was Delibes’s La source rather than Coppélia or Sylvia, while the 1946 overture Der Schuss von der Kanzel by Swiss composer Paul Burkhard represents a real rarity. Mackerras knew what was good, and these performances demonstrate the care he devoted to it all and the first-rate response he extracted from leading orchestras when only in his twenties and early thirties.

He has made more recent and more polished recordings of Pineapple Poll but the original June 1951 recording conveys a special frisson in letting us in, so to speak, on the birth of what has since become a classic. Elsewhere, this hugely enjoyable collection offers a cross-section of the remarkably varied repertoire the young Mackerras recorded for EMI – often taking over sessions from ailing conductors or fulfilling EMI’s contractual obligations to London orchestras. The care paid to all other aspects of production is exemplified by Michael Kennedy’s excellent note, the reproductions of original LP sleeves, photographs from Mackerras’s own collection, and the fact that both CDs last precisely 80 minutes – a charming point entirely worthy of a musician himself committed to just such inspired touches.

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