Features the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra lead by Martin West!
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From liner notes:
"In contrast to the "heroic" drama of gods and shepherds, Delibes's earlier
ballet Coppélia, or The Girl with Enamel Eyes, is an ingratiating comedy with a
story line that was, and remains, unusually absorbing for its genre. Charles
Nuitter, the archivist of the Paris Opéra, based his scenario on a story by
E.T.A. Hoffmann called Der Sandmann, and his original working title was La
Poupée de Nuremberg — which, however had been used for similarly based works by
other composers. Like Tchaikovsky's subsequent Hoffmann-derived Nutcracker, this
tale combines warm-hearted everyday folk in a contemporary (for its time)
setting with a certain level of other-worldly fantasy for spice. Simply stated,
the village girl Swanilda is engaged to Frantz; he becomes dazzled by Coppélia,
who turns out to be a mechanical doll whose creator, the mysterious Dr.
Coppélius, has been passing off as his daughter. Good-natured mischief sets the
tone for this engaging drama, and its happy ending, while clearly foretold, is
not less satisfying for all that."
Leo Delibes' COPPÉLIA is pure delight, a feast of musicality and humor for all
ages. Probably the greatest ballet comedy ever written! On this disc we also
present 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.
Like many popular compositions, Delibes' works, including pieces of these
ballets, have repeatedly been used in films dating back to the earliest talkies.
His music is also a favorite of cartoon series "Ren and Stimpy" and "The
Coppelia is a sentimental comic ballet with music by Leo Delibes.
Sylvia, originally Sylvia, ou La nymphe e Diane, is a full-length ballet in two
or three acts. Sylvia is a typical classical ballet in many respects, yet has
many interesting features which make it unique. Sylvia, the ballet, is notable
for its mythological Arcadian setting and remarkable score by Leo Delibes.
The Sylvia ballet originates in Tasso's 1573 poem Aminta, which provides the
basic plot of Delibes' music. The piano arrangement was composed in 1876 and the
orchestral suite was done in 1880.
Conductor Martin West is acknowledged as one of the foremost conductors of
ballet, garnering critical acclaim throughout the world.
"... what charm, what wealth of melody!" -Tchaikovsky on Delibes
Special Note: The 1st Track on the 2nd Disc at 10:10 into the music, there is a scratching sound. This is unfortunately in the recording itself and is not a defect.
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San Francisco Ballet Orchestra
Martin West, conductor
Sylvia - Suite
2. Cortege Rustique
Danse des Ethiopiens
3. Marche et Cortege de Bacchus
Pas des Esclaves
Strette - Galop
Coppelia - Suite
Czardas (Danse hongroise)
Valse de la poupee
Valse des Heures
7. L'Aurore (Les Fleurs)
L Priere (La Nuit)
Le Travail (La Fileuse)
L'Hymen (Noce villageoise)