Richard Bonynge - Complete Ballet Recordings (48 CD)

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This product will start shipping on November 27, 2020 12/18/2020

LABEL: Decca
RELEASE DATE: 18/12/2020
48 CD

Celebrating Richard Bonynge’s 90th birthday (29th September) and his incredible ballet legacy on Decca, with a brand new edition that reads like an A-Z of the genre.

The release of this edition, coincides with a new book entitled ‘Chalet Monet – Inside the home of Dame Joan Sutherland & Richard Bonynge’ to be released worldwide this September.

48 CDs compiled by Cyrus Meher-Homji, a long-time friend of Richard Bonynge, including familiar scores by Tchaikovsky & Delibes alongside works revived by Maestro Bonynge throughout his career including works by Adam, Massenet, Minkus, Burgmüller, Auber and Offenbach.

PLUS rare ballet music and dance sequences from the world of opera, including Donizetti, Gounod, Rossini, Saint-Saens, Verdi and Berlioz, as well as the first release on CD of the overture to Die Fledermaus from Bonynge’s recording of ballet music arrangements of Johann Strauss.

Includes all Bonynge’s ‘ballet recital’ records, of which particular highlights include the ‘Méditation’ from Thaïs with the young Nigel Kennedy as solo violinist, and the Art of the Prima Ballerina anthology which was conceived by Bonynge and one of the reigning prima ballerinas of the 20th century, Dame Alice Markova.

Included by way of bonus are his recordings of cello concertos by composers otherwise known for their ballet scores (Massenet, Auber, Popper), and Bonynge’s vibrant recordings of Overtures and Entr’actes, as well as ‘opera-ballets’ from Faust, Il trovatore, Alcina and La favorita, which have only previously appeared as part of the complete opera sets.

PACKAGING: 2-piece box | 48CDs | original jackets | 144pp perfect bound booklet with authoritative liner notes & synopses by Paul Westcott & Mark Pullinger | Newly commissioned illustrations alongside original illustrations from the original LP booklets.

Richard Bonynge s ability to persuade Decca to record out-of-the-way 19th-century French stage works has been to our repeated benefit over the past 40 years. GRAMOPHONE

We should not look down at poor Adam, whose desire to please an audience is still potent. Bonynge and the English Chamber Orchestra seize every opportunity to strut. FANFARE (Adam: Le Corsaire)

Bonynge makes the ideal advocate, moulding melodies, springing rhythms and aerating textures to make the music sparkle from first to last. The recording is among Decca s most vivid. THE PENGUIN GUIDE TO RECORDED CLASSICAL MUSIC, 2009 (Auber: Gustave III / Le Domino noir), PENGUIN ROSETTE AWARD ***

The record enjoyably enough fills some gaps in the catalogue, and performance and recording are first class. GRAMOPHONE (Homage to Pavlova)

Truly admirable not to be missed the playing throughout is superb Richard Bonynge s direction is firm but supple. AUDIO & RECORD REVIEW (The Art of the Prima Ballerina)

Tremendous and infectious gaiety The music is beautifully played and superbly recorded. GRAMOPHONE (Pas de deux)

“… this is just the sort of release to fill that basic ballet gap in many collections. CLASSICSTODAY.COM (Adam: Giselle – Monte Carlo)

CD1 ADAM: Le Diable à Quatre
London Symphony Orchestra
LEONI Prayer & the Sword

CD2-3 ADAM: Giselle
Orchestre National de l'Opera de Monte Carlo

CD4-5 ADAM: Giselle
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

CD6-7 ADAM: Le Corsaire
English Chamber Orchestra

CD8 AUBER: Marco Spada
London Symphony Orchestra

CD9 AUBER: Gustave III – Overture & Ballet Music; Cello Concerto
English Chamber Orchestra

London Symphony Orchestra

CD11 CHOPIN: Les Sylphides; THOMAS: Hamlet – ballet music
The National Philharmonic Orchestra
VERDI : Trovatore ballet music
London Symphony Orchestra

CD12-13 DELIBES: Coppélia + Favourite Overtures of the 18th Century
L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande

CD14-15 DELIBES: Coppélia + French Opera Overtures
The National Philharmonic Orchestra

CD16-17 DELIBES: Sylvia
The National Philharmonic Orchestra

CD18 MASSENET: Scènes Alsaciennes et Dramatiques; Cendrillon Marche; Fantasy for Cello & Orchestra*
*Jascha Silberstein, The National Philharmonic Orchestra

CD19 MASSENET: Cigale; Valse tres lente; Le Cid
The National Philharmonic Orchestra

CD20-21 MASSENET: Manon
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden
Le Carillon
The National Philharmonic Orchestra

CD22 MASSENET: Thais Meditation; BERLIOZ: Les Troyens Ballet music; WEBER: L’invitation a la valse;
LECOCQ : La Fille de de Madame Angot*; DONIZETTI: La Favorita – ballet music
The National Philharmonic Orchestra
* Nigel Kennedy

CD23 MESSAGER: Les Deux pigeons
Orchestra of the Welsh National Opera

CD24-25 MINKUS/DELIBES: La Source; DRIGO: La Flûte Magique
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

CD26-27 MINKUS-LANCHBERY: La Bayadère; GOUNOD: Faust Ballet Music
English Chamber Orchestra

CD28 OFFENBACH: Le Papillon
London Symphony Orchestra
POPPER : Cello Concerto
Jascha Silberstein, L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande

CD29-30 J STRAUSS II: Aschenbrodel; Ritter Pasman; Le Beau Danube; Bal de Vienne; Overture Die Fledermaus
The National Philharmonic Orchestra

CD31-32 TCHAIKOVSKY: The Nutcracker; HANDEL: Alcina Ballet Act 2;
ROSSINI/RESPIGHI : La Boutique fantasque; BRITTEN: Soirées musicales suite; Matinées musicales
The National Philharmonic Orchestra

CD33-34 TCHAIKOVSKY: Swan Lake
The National Philharmonic Orchestra

CD35-37 TCHAIKOVSKY: The Sleeping Beauty
The National Philharmonic Orchestra

CD38-39 Art of the Prima Ballerina
London Symphony Orchestra

CD40-41 Homage to Pavlova
London Symphony Orchestra

CD42 Pas de Deux
London Symphony Orchestra
MEYERBEER : Les Patineur
London Symphony Orchestra

CD43 Ballet Music & Entr’actes from French Opera
London Symphony Orchestra

CD44-45 Ballet Gala
English Chamber Orchestra

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