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Famous Ballet Music

H-Berlin Phil Karajan Audio CD
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Disc: 1
1. Gaîté Parisienne, ballet (music by Offenbach arranged by Manuel Rosenthal): Ouverture
2. Gaîté Parisienne, ballet (music by Offenbach arranged by Manuel Rosenthal): 2. Polka
3. Gaîté Parisienne, ballet (music by Offenbach arranged by Manuel Rosenthal): 6. Allegro
4. Gaîté Parisienne, ballet (music by Offenbach arranged by Manuel Rosenthal): 8. Valse: Lento
5. Gaîté Parisienne, ballet (music by Offenbach arranged by Manuel Rosenthal): 9. Marche
6. Gaîté Parisienne, ballet (music by Offenbach arranged by Manuel Rosenthal): 10. Valse: Moderato
7. Gaîté Parisienne, ballet (music by Offenbach arranged by Manuel Rosenthal): 12. Valse
8. Gaîté Parisienne, ballet (music by Offenbach arranged by Manuel Rosenthal): 13. Allegro vivace - Misterioso - Lento
9. Gaîté Parisienne, ballet (music by Offenbach arranged by Manuel Rosenthal): 14. Valse Moderato
10. Gaîté Parisienne, ballet (music by Offenbach arranged by Manuel Rosenthal): 16. Cancan: Allegro
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Disc: 2
1. Coppélia, suite for orchestra: Ballet Suite: Prélude et Mazurka
2. Coppélia, suite for orchestra: Ballet Suite: Scène et Valse de Swanhilde
3. Coppélia, suite for orchestra: Ballet Suite: Csardas
4. Coppélia, suite for orchestra: Ballet Suite: Scène et Valse de la Poupée
5. Coppélia, suite for orchestra: Ballet Suite: Ballade
6. Coppélia, suite for orchestra: Ballet Suite: Variation sur un thÃ..me slave
7. Les sylphides, ballet (arrangement): 1. Prelude
8. Les sylphides, ballet (arrangement): 2. Nocturne
9. Les sylphides, ballet (arrangement): 3. Valse
10. Les sylphides, ballet (arrangement): 4. Mazurka
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Karajan ballet CDs Oct. 25 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The 1961/BPO sounds better than 1971/BPO .
Les Sylphides (61) Complete 27'29
Gaite Parisienne (71) M. Rosenthal's pot-pourri 29'12
Sleeping Beauty (71) 21'59
Coppelia (61) 28'23
Gounod Faust & Waltz (71) 23'11
Dance of the Hours (71) 10'31
This is the CD to get : if you don't have any of these Ballet highlights .
This is DEFINITELY the CD to get : if you want Chopin's complete Les Sylphides .
A pleasant surprise : it has Ponchielli opera La Gioconda's Dance of the Hours too .
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5.0 out of 5 stars Missekatt March 23 2011
Format:Audio CD
If you love the ballet, this is a must have CD. When I aired this on my weekly radio show, I had more comments than anything I have ever played!!! Somehow this music seems to take us back to when we were children, especially little girls who love to dance. A great CD with Karajan "at the helm." The Les Sylphides is especially wonderful - fond memories for me.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ballet bon bons German style June 25 2004
Format:Audio CD
Herbert von Karajan was the most recorded conductor in history. For that reason, he made a lot of records (that turned into CDs) like this one -- collections of well-known music that the public wants to hear over and over again. This group of ballet music is good, done in Karajan's typical highly chiseled style with a minimum of sentimentality. I once read a critic who called the style Karajan and Szell popularized the "school of industrial perfection", meaning every note in its place every time. That's true here, too. My favorite among these bon bons is the Tchaikovsky music from "Sleeping Beauty". Karajan is still hailed today for his later stereo version of the final Tchaikovsky troika of symphonies. Many critics put him up there with the best Tchaikovksy recordings ever. You can tell why critics were so persuaded by listening to his bleeding chuncks from "Sleeping Beauty". Not only does it contain the essential Berlin Philharmonic perfection and polish, it goes a little further than everything else on this set in terms of emotional attachment. The first two sections of the music, "Introduction. La Fee da Lilas" and "Adagio. Pas d'action" pack an enormous wallop. The final section is monumentally done by Karajan and the Berliners, surging forward in waves of sound and emotion until the listener is swept away during the crescendo in almost unconscious grandeur. I urge you to listen to this magnificent music-making and try not to develop goose flesh at the peak. This connection between perfection, music and emotion is what set Karajan apart from every other conductor in the 20th Century, and the reason he is as vivid and a larger than life figure today, 15 years after his death.
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5.0 out of 5 stars First-Rate Ballet Music Nov. 13 2003
Format:Audio CD
This collection of "Famous Ballet Music" from DG's mid-priced "2CD" series is truly first-rate. A lot of the credit for that goes to the man in charge of this set, Herbert von Karajan. The great conductor leads the Berlin Philharmonic through glowing highlights and suites from Offenbach's "Gaite Parisienne," Gounod's "Faust," Tchaikovsky's "Sleeping Beauty" and Delibes' "Coppelia," and the complete Chopin's "Les Sylphides" and "Dance of the Hours" from Ponchielli's "La Gioconda." Of course, the pieces featured here are the types of orchestral nuggets that someone like Karajan and the Berliners could eat for breakfast while reading the paper. But Karajan really prided himself in being one of the stereo-age's best Tchaikovsky conductors, and he made several recordings of each of the three ballet suites in addition to his many Symphonic Cycles. Also, his early 1960s accounts of the Chopin and Delibes in particular (the remainder of the works were recorded in the early 1970s), are as good, if not better, than any performance I have heard. In all, this is a collection that will appeal to the casual fan and serious collector alike.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ballet bon bons German style June 25 2004
By Larry VanDeSande - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Herbert von Karajan was the most recorded conductor in history. For that reason, he made a lot of records (that turned into CDs) like this one -- collections of well-known music that the public wants to hear over and over again. This group of ballet music is good, done in Karajan's typical highly chiseled style with a minimum of sentimentality. I once read a critic who called the style Karajan and Szell popularized the "school of industrial perfection", meaning every note in its place every time. That's true here, too. My favorite among these bon bons is the Tchaikovsky music from "Sleeping Beauty". Karajan is still hailed today for his later stereo version of the final Tchaikovsky troika of symphonies. Many critics put him up there with the best Tchaikovksy recordings ever. You can tell why critics were so persuaded by listening to his bleeding chuncks from "Sleeping Beauty". Not only does it contain the essential Berlin Philharmonic perfection and polish, it goes a little further than everything else on this set in terms of emotional attachment. The first two sections of the music, "Introduction. La Fee da Lilas" and "Adagio. Pas d'action" pack an enormous wallop. The final section is monumentally done by Karajan and the Berliners, surging forward in waves of sound and emotion until the listener is swept away during the crescendo in almost unconscious grandeur. I urge you to listen to this magnificent music-making and try not to develop goose flesh at the peak. This connection between perfection, music and emotion is what set Karajan apart from every other conductor in the 20th Century, and the reason he is as vivid and a larger than life figure today, 15 years after his death.
19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First-Rate Ballet Music Nov. 13 2003
By Michael B. Richman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This collection of "Famous Ballet Music" from DG's mid-priced "2CD" series is truly first-rate. A lot of the credit for that goes to the man in charge of this set, Herbert von Karajan. The great conductor leads the Berlin Philharmonic through glowing highlights and suites from Offenbach's "Gaite Parisienne," Gounod's "Faust," Tchaikovsky's "Sleeping Beauty" and Delibes' "Coppelia," and the complete Chopin's "Les Sylphides" and "Dance of the Hours" from Ponchielli's "La Gioconda." Of course, the pieces featured here are the types of orchestral nuggets that someone like Karajan and the Berliners could eat for breakfast while reading the paper. But Karajan really prided himself in being one of the stereo-age's best Tchaikovsky conductors, and he made several recordings of each of the three ballet suites in addition to his many Symphonic Cycles. Also, his early 1960s accounts of the Chopin and Delibes in particular (the remainder of the works were recorded in the early 1970s), are as good, if not better, than any performance I have heard. In all, this is a collection that will appeal to the casual fan and serious collector alike.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Buy! May 5 2009
By Alison Mixon - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I am a ballet teacher and bought this CD to choreograph dances for recitals. It is an excellent, comprehensive collection of ballet music with beautiful orchestrations and strong tempos for dancing. I am very satisfied and have plenty of selections to choose from in the future.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT March 28 2008
By Angela S. Ando - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I don't pretend to know fancy shmancy terminologies of classical music, but I do know what I like. Finally, after a long search I found Gounod's Faust Waltz, which is the reason I purchased this cd. I am delighted with the other exceptional ballet music. Very good. I am so happy with it I could burst.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterful recording of masterful compositions Jan. 18 2007
By J. W. van Aalst - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This recording has become rare to find (in Europe), which surprises me, for I find both the compositions and the performance excellent. Especially the Sylphides, which are orchestral arrangements of some of Chopin's finest piano pieces - are heavenly. Highly recommended.
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