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Frederick Ashton's Royal Ballet production began in 1959 when Ashton, the
British dancer and choreographer, created a new version of La fille mal gardée
for the Royal Ballet of London. John Lanchbery was an English conductor and
composer famous for his ballet arrangements, especially those for The Royal
Ballet. Lanchbery was principal conductor with The Royal Ballet for 13 years
starting in 1959.
Undoubtedly, Lanchbery's most celebrated recording — in both a highlights and
later a complete form — is of his music for Ashton's La Fille mal gardée. The
French composer Hérold usually takes all the credit, but Lanchbery's selection
is far more elaborate than that attribution might suggest. Herold was a French
opera composer, now best known for the delightful ballet score for La Fille mal
gardée (1828). Born just over a year before Rossini, he did much to make ballet
music more important in its own right; at the time it was the norm to to make
ballet scores entirely out of existing opera melodies and popular tunes.
Louis Joseph Ferdinand Hérold, to give him his full name, is only one of at
least half a dozen composers whose music went towards giving La fille mal gardée
as we know it today its special flavor.
The performance here is brilliantly played, displaying both affection and
sparkle in ample quantity.
"The infectious melodies and colorful orchestration of La fille mal gardee
as conducted and arranged from the music of Ferdinand Herold by John Lanchberry
should be a delight for any music lover with even a remote interest in ballet.
This Decca recording is a true audiophile legend, so its appearance on Analogue
Productions SACD should be an important event. It has never sounded better than
it does here..." - Arthur Lintgen, The Absolute Sound, January 2019
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Orchestra Of The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
John Lanchbery, arranger, conductor
1. Introduction, Dance Of The Cock And Hens, Lise And The Ribbon
2. Thomas And Alain
3. Picnic, Flute Dance, Quarrel, The Fanny Ellsler Pas-De-Deux
4. Simone, Clog Dance, Maypole Dance, Storm And Finale (Act 1)
5. Spinning, Tambourine Dance (Aria Con Variazoni), Harvesters
6. Thomas, Alain And The Notaries
7. Pas-De-Deux, Finale