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Delibes: Sylvia; Coppélia / Martin West - San Francisco Ballet Orchestra

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>Delibes, Léo : Sylvia
>Delibes, Léo : Coppélia

Album Summary

>Delibes, Léo : Sylvia
>Delibes, Léo : Coppélia
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Léo Delibes' Coppélia is a pure delight, a feast of musicality and humor for all ages, and probably the greatest ballet comedy ever written! This disc also presents Delibes' Sylvia, a romance filled with sighs of longing and the thrill of infatuation. Set in antiquity, the ballet literally places love on a pedestal in the person of the Greek god Eros. The San Francisco Ballet, the oldest professional ballet company in America, was also one of the first dance companies to have its own permanent body of musicians. By the 1990s the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra was generally regarded as one of the finest ballet orchestras in the world. Notably, in 1995, the Orchestra accompanied 12 international dance companies, as well as San Francisco Ballet, during the ambitious weeklong United We Dance Festival, which promoted international communication and understanding.

Fanfare Magazine - Arthur Lintgen
Ultimately, your choice may come down to whether you prefer the suites or the complete ballets. These suites are very good, but they do omit a lot of excellent music. The complete ballets as conducted by Doráti and Fistoulari make it very clear why even Tchaikovsky was intimidated by these scores. Still, you are not likely to hear a better-recorded performance of these extended suites. The best solution for lovers of this music will probably be to get this recording and the Mercury complete ballets.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Skywalker Sound, Marin County, California (03/29/2011-03/30/2011).



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Works Details

>Léo Delibes (Composer) (1836 - 1891) : Sylvia
  • Conductor: Martin West
  • Ensemble: San Francisco Ballet Orchestra
  • Notes: Skywalker Sound, Marin County, California (03/29/2011-03/30/2011)
  • Running Time: 1 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1880

>Léo Delibes (Composer) (1836 - 1891) : Coppélia
  • Conductor: Martin West
  • Ensemble: San Francisco Ballet Orchestra
  • Notes: Skywalker Sound, Marin County, California (03/29/2011-03/30/2011)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: ?1883