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Russian Ballet Suites by Khachaturian; Prokofiev; Tchaikovsky / David Maninov; Evgeny Svetlanov; Barry Worksworth; Nicolae Moldoveanu; Arnold Katz

Album Summary

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Swan Lake Op. 20
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Sleeping Beauty Op. 66
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : The Nutcracker Op. 71
>Prokofiev, Sergey : Cinderella, Suite no 1 for orchestra, Op. 107
>Prokofiev, Sergey : Wedding Suite, for orchestra (from the ballet The Tale of the Stone Flower, Op. 118), Op. 126
>Prokofiev, Sergey : Romeo and Juliet, Suite no 2 for orchestra, Op. 64 ter
>Khachaturian, Aram : Gayaneh - Ballet Suite
>Khachaturian, Aram : Spartacus - Ballet Suite
Conductors Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Towards the end of the 19th century, ballet was declining in popularity in Western Europe but acquired an increased significance in Russia. This was thanks in part to the music for dancing which had been part of native operas ever since Glinka founded a school and tradition with Ruslan and Ludmila and A Life for the Tsar. However, it was also due to a succession of gifted French choreographer such as Marius Petipa that the St Petersburg ballet flowered. Minkus, Delibes and Adam, among many others, were commissioned for scores by Petipa, but it was with Tchaikovsky that ballet music would alter radically, away from its incidental, accompanimental role and towards a symphonic status which is recognized by the ballets on this compilation being at least as famous for their music as their dancing. Petipa was responsible for commissioning the composer's most familiar ballet - perhaps the best-loved ballet of all, The Nutcracker, on which the composer exercised all his mastery of timing and orchestration. Although Serge Diaghilev was the great innovator in commissioning and choreographing music for dancing at the turn of the last century, his example was ignored in Russia under Soviet rule. The great state companies in Leningrad and Moscow continued the 19th century tradition of full-evening ballets to which these examples by Prokofiev (Romeo and Juliet, Cinderella and the more rarely encountered Stone Flower) and Khachaturian (Spartacus and Gayaneh) belong. 'Dancing,' said the Danish choreographer August Bournonville, 'is an expression of joy, a desire to respond to the rhythm of the music.' That joy is amply illustrated by the suites from eight ballets in this compilation, which would make an invaluable introduction to the artform.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Cadogan Hall, London, UK (01/03/2000-01/06/2000); Henry Wood Hall, London (01/03/2000-01/06/2000); Moscow (01/03/2000-01/06/2000); Cadogan Hall, London, UK (04/15/1995-04/16/1995); Henry Wood Hall, London (04/15/1995-04/16/1995); Moscow (04/15/1995-04/16/1995); Cadogan Hall, London, UK (05/31/2010-06/02/2010); Henry Wood Hall, London (05/31/2010-06/02/2010); Moscow (05/31/2010-06/02/2010); Cadogan Hall, London, UK (06/1997); Henry Wood Hall, London (06/1997); Moscow (06/1997); Cadogan Hall, London, UK (07/13/2009-07/15/2009); Henry Wood Hall, London (07/13/2009-07/15/2009); Moscow (07/13/2009-07/15/2009).



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>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Swan Lake Op. 20 :: Act I
  • Conductor: Nicolae Moldoveanu
  • Ensemble: Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra
  • Notes: Cadogan Hall, London, England (07/13/2009-07/15/2009)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1875-1876

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Swan Lake Op. 20 :: Act II
  • Conductor: Nicolae Moldoveanu
  • Ensemble: Novosibirsk Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Cadogan Hall, London, England (07/13/2009-07/15/2009)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1875-1876

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Swan Lake Op. 20 :: Act II
  • Conductor: Nicolae Moldoveanu
  • Ensemble: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Cadogan Hall, London, England (07/13/2009-07/15/2009)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1875-1876

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Swan Lake Op. 20 :: Act II
  • Conductor: Nicolae Moldoveanu
  • Notes: Cadogan Hall, London, England (07/13/2009-07/15/2009)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1875-1876

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Swan Lake Op. 20 :: Act III
  • Conductor: Nicolae Moldoveanu
  • Notes: Cadogan Hall, London, England (07/13/2009-07/15/2009)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1875-1876

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Swan Lake Op. 20 :: Act III
  • Conductor: Nicolae Moldoveanu
  • Notes: Cadogan Hall, London, England (07/13/2009-07/15/2009)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1875-1876

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Sleeping Beauty Op. 66 :: Act I
  • Conductor: Barry Wordsworth
  • Notes: Cadogan Hall, London, England (05/31/2010-06/02/2010)
  • Running Time: 5 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1888-1889

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Sleeping Beauty Op. 66 :: Act I
  • Conductor: Barry Wordsworth
  • Notes: Cadogan Hall, London, England (05/31/2010-06/02/2010)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1888-1889

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Sleeping Beauty Op. 66 :: Act II
  • Conductor: Barry Wordsworth
  • Notes: Cadogan Hall, London, England (05/31/2010-06/02/2010)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1888-1889

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Sleeping Beauty Op. 66 :: Act III
  • Conductor: Barry Wordsworth
  • Notes: Cadogan Hall, London, England (05/31/2010-06/02/2010)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1888-1889

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Sleeping Beauty Op. 66 :: Act III
  • Conductor: Barry Wordsworth
  • Notes: Cadogan Hall, London, England (05/31/2010-06/02/2010)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1888-1889

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Sleeping Beauty Op. 66 :: Act III
  • Conductor: Barry Wordsworth
  • Notes: Cadogan Hall, London, England (05/31/2010-06/02/2010)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1888-1889

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Sleeping Beauty Op. 66 :: Act III
  • Conductor: Barry Wordsworth
  • Notes: Cadogan Hall, London, England (05/31/2010-06/02/2010)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1888-1889

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : The Nutcracker Op. 71 :: Miniature Overture
  • Conductor: David Maninov
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (04/15/1995-04/16/1995)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1892

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : The Nutcracker Op. 71 :: Act I
  • Conductor: David Maninov
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (04/15/1995-04/16/1995)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1892

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : The Nutcracker Op. 71 :: Act II
  • Conductor: David Maninov
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (04/15/1995-04/16/1995)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1892

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : The Nutcracker Op. 71 :: Act II
  • Conductor: David Maninov
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (04/15/1995-04/16/1995)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1892

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : The Nutcracker Op. 71 :: Act II
  • Conductor: David Maninov
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (04/15/1995-04/16/1995)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1892

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : The Nutcracker Op. 71 :: Act II
  • Conductor: David Maninov
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (04/15/1995-04/16/1995)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1892

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : The Nutcracker Op. 71 :: Act II
  • Conductor: David Maninov
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (04/15/1995-04/16/1995)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1892

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : The Nutcracker Op. 71 :: Act II
  • Conductor: David Maninov
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (04/15/1995-04/16/1995)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1892

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Cinderella, Suite no 1 for orchestra, Op. 107
  • Conductor: Arnold Katz
  • Notes: Composition written: 1946.
  • Running Time: 25 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1946

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Wedding Suite, for orchestra (from the ballet The Tale of the Stone Flower, Op. 118), Op. 126
  • Conductor: Arnold Katz
  • Running Time: 18 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1951

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Romeo and Juliet, Suite no 2 for orchestra, Op. 64 ter
  • Conductor: Arnold Katz
  • Notes: Composition written: 1936.
  • Running Time: 31 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1936

>Khachaturian, Aram : Gayaneh - Ballet Suite :: no 4 Fairy Godmother and the Winter Fairy
  • Conductor: Evgeny Svetlanov
  • Notes: Moscow, Russia (01/03/2000-01/06/2000)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1941-1942

>Khachaturian, Aram : Gayaneh - Ballet Suite :: no 5 Mazurka
  • Conductor: Evgeny Svetlanov
  • Notes: Moscow, Russia (01/03/2000-01/06/2000)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1941-1942

>Khachaturian, Aram : Gayaneh - Ballet Suite :: no 6 Cinderella goes to the ball
  • Conductor: Evgeny Svetlanov
  • Notes: Moscow, Russia (01/03/2000-01/06/2000)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1941-1942

>Khachaturian, Aram : Gayaneh - Ballet Suite :: no 7 Cinderella's Waltz
  • Conductor: Evgeny Svetlanov
  • Notes: Moscow, Russia (01/03/2000-01/06/2000)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1941-1942

>Khachaturian, Aram : Gayaneh - Ballet Suite :: no 8 Midnight
  • Conductor: Evgeny Svetlanov
  • Notes: Moscow, Russia (01/03/2000-01/06/2000)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1941-1942

>Khachaturian, Aram : Gayaneh - Ballet Suite :: Armen's Var
  • Conductor: Evgeny Svetlanov
  • Notes: Moscow, Russia (01/03/2000-01/06/2000)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1941-1942

>Khachaturian, Aram : Gayaneh - Ballet Suite :: no 1 Montagues and Capulets
  • Conductor: Evgeny Svetlanov
  • Notes: Moscow, Russia (01/03/2000-01/06/2000)
  • Running Time: 4 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1941-1942

>Khachaturian, Aram : Gayaneh - Ballet Suite :: no 2 Juliet as a Young Girl
  • Conductor: Evgeny Svetlanov
  • Notes: Moscow, Russia (01/03/2000-01/06/2000)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1941-1942

>Khachaturian, Aram : Gayaneh - Ballet Suite :: no 3 Friar Laurence
  • Conductor: Evgeny Svetlanov
  • Notes: Moscow, Russia (01/03/2000-01/06/2000)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1941-1942

>Khachaturian, Aram : Gayaneh - Ballet Suite :: no 4 Dance
  • Conductor: Evgeny Svetlanov
  • Notes: Moscow, Russia (01/03/2000-01/06/2000)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1941-1942

>Khachaturian, Aram : Spartacus - Ballet Suite :: no 5 Romeo and Juliet before parting
  • Conductor: Evgeny Svetlanov
  • Notes: Moscow, Russia (01/03/2000-01/06/2000)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1950-1954

>Khachaturian, Aram : Spartacus - Ballet Suite :: no 6 Dance of the Maids
  • Conductor: Evgeny Svetlanov
  • Notes: Moscow, Russia (01/03/2000-01/06/2000)
  • Running Time: 4 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1950-1954

>Khachaturian, Aram : Spartacus - Ballet Suite :: no 7 Romeo at Juliet's Grave
  • Conductor: Evgeny Svetlanov
  • Notes: Moscow, Russia (01/03/2000-01/06/2000)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1950-1954

>Khachaturian, Aram : Spartacus - Ballet Suite :: Dance of the Rose Maidens
  • Conductor: Evgeny Svetlanov
  • Notes: Moscow, Russia (01/03/2000-01/06/2000)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1950-1954

>Khachaturian, Aram : Spartacus - Ballet Suite :: Aysha's Dance
  • Conductor: Evgeny Svetlanov
  • Notes: Moscow, Russia (01/03/2000-01/06/2000)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1950-1954