Franz Schreker is not a household name, but very slowly more recordings are appearing and justly so. This CD is brimful with delightful late-romantic music, melodious, happily sparkling tunes, brilliantly orchestrated, that never overstay their welcome (the longest piece lasts little over 10 minutes).
The pieces were written not for a formal ballet performance, but for the then new discipline of interpretative dancing (I trust it will not have been along the lines of David Armand). Between 1908 and 1910 Schreker wrote six such pieces of which the five remaining appear here (one was lost).
As far as I can tell, the Swiss orchestra under American conductor John Axelrod plays the music exceptionally well and the recording is very good (wonderfully transparent and sonorous, with the delicate winds and harps being clearly audible while retaining enough bass). The only thing that might be not quite the ticket is the unimaginative cover artwork, but that's one very minor niggle (the cover is different from the one shown here).