Archive for the Ballet score Category

¡España! | Orquestra Ciudad De Granada | Montserrat Pi, Josep Pons, conductors

Posted in Ballet score, Choral, Concerto, Orchestral with tags , , , , , on February 3, 2013 by orinococds

espana | Various artists | 5 cds 165 min | HMC 2908530.34

On the Harmonia Mundi label, a collection of best-loved masterpieces with Spanish inflences, on state of the art recordings, in a 5 cd set.
From the late 19th century onwards, following in the wake of Goya, Spain experienced a creative explosion that was to manifest itself in all the arts, including music. This set is an invitation to discover these composers who transcribed the innermost depths of their country’s soul in works that were nonetheless closely related to developments elsewhere in Europe hence the presence here of Ravel, the most Spanish of French musicians, alongside de Falla, Albéniz, Rodrigo, and Mompou.
Various soloists, including:-
Susan Chilcott, soprano | Francesc Garrigosa, tenor | Javier Perianes, piano | Marco Socías, guitar | Régis Pasquier, violin | Brigitte Engerer, piano | Ginesa Ortega, “cantaora” | Joan Martin, soprano | Iñaki  Fresán, baritone | Joan Cabero, tenor

CD1: ALBENIZ Pepita Jiménez [HMC901537]

CD2: FALLA El amor brujo [HMC905213]

CD3: RAVEL Oeuvres pour violon et piano [HMC901364]

CD4: MOMPOU Música callada [HMI987070]

CD5: RODRIGO Concierto de Aranjuez [HMC901764]


Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet Ballet music – LSO | Gergiev

Posted in Ballet score, Orchestral with tags , , , , on November 7, 2012 by orinococds

Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet | LSO | Valery Gergiev | LSO Live 0682 2 cds, 139 min | $NZ 35

London Symphony Orchestra, Valery Gergiev conductor

Disc of the Year & Best Orchestral Recording BBC Music Magazine Awards 2011; Essential Work BBC Music Magazine (UK); Editor’s Choice Gramophone (UK); CD of the Week Sunday Times (UK); Editor’s Choice Classic FM Magazine (UK)
Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet has a strong claim to being the greatest ballet. Not only does it contain much of the composer’s finest and most instantly appealing music, it is also considered one of the most exceptional musical realisations of Shakespeare.

Full score

5 stars
RARELY does a new recording supersede all before it, but that is the case with the London Symphony Orchestra’s new performance of Prokofiev’s ballet score, Romeo and Juliet. It uses a reconstruction of the first, 1935 version of the ballet prepared by Princeton scholar Simon Morrison, who discovered additional music the composer had written for its four acts. Comprising dances, variations and bridge passages, much had to be reconstructed from an autograph piano score. There’s a lot more colour in each scene. A scurrying Morning Dance and lively Tarantella add great sparkle to the opening, and strumming mandolins make an extraordinary surprise in the second act. The epilogue, depicting Juliet’s death, is much expanded, with deepened pathos as the main themes return for a final time. Coupled with Morrison’s reconstruction comes a freshly conceived, thoroughly magnificent live performance from the LSO with Valery Gergiev at the helm. Many tempos of the more familiar numbers are different. Some are blisteringly fast while others are considerably slower than usual. But Gergiev has reassessed the mood of each scene and delivers them with heightened pictorial intensity. Tybalt’s funeral march initially sounds very slow, but it gains a huge monumental quality. The LSO plays with warm, tidy spaciousness and a lovely feeling for line. The grace of dance is present throughout. This is an indispensable release.
Graham Strahle, Australian newspaper Arts review

Stravinsky: Firebird | BBC Nat Orchestra of Wales | Fischer

Posted in Ballet score, Orchestral with tags , , , , , on October 31, 2012 by orinococds

Stravinsky: Firebird | BBC NOW | Fischer | Signum | $NZ 33

Some of the most inventive and popular orchestral works of the 20th Century. Stravinski’s Diaghilev Ballet score, in a beautifully realised performance and great sound quality. Live performance.

Led by Principal Conductor Thierry Fischer, these recordings capture the excitement and vibrancy of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales in live performance – the first recording made in their new home of BBC Hoddinott Hall, Wales. This music was commissioned by Sergei Diaghilev for his Ballet Russes, and other releases in this series  include The Rite of Spring and Petrushka.
“It was, in short, one of the finest performances I have heard the BBC National Orchestra of Wales give in recent years. Both precise and evocative, exceptionally transparent in texture where it needed to be, rich and full elsewhere, this was a magical reading of a remarkable score.

“This fresh sounding live recording from the BBC National Orchestra of Wales under Thierry Fischer, the first made in the BBC Hoddinott Hall in Cardiff, certainly has a sense of occasion about it, with the audience erupting as the finale chorale reaches its exultant conclusion.”BBC Music Magazine