Features World Premiere Recordings!
Moritz Moszkowski (1854-1925) is most known for his scintillating piano
compositions. He also composed an opera, a full-length ballet, three orchestral
suites, a symphony (still in manuscript form), songs, concertos, and chamber
music — almost all of which remain neglected or forgotten. How unfortunate!
San Francisco Ballet Orchestra music director and principal conductor, Martin
West, approached Reference Recordings with the hope that there were enough
orchestral works by Moritz Moszkowski to record a CD-length program. after
identifying and locating numerous scores, this project of re-discovering the
music of Moritz Moszkowski became a reality. Using From Foreign Lands as a
starting point, assembling an intriguing program of, largely, first recordings
of Moszkowski’s most memorable and melodious orchestral compositions was
possible. This delightful program is the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra’s fourth
release with Reference Recordings.
"Dancing in From Foreign Lands is like taking the audience on a joyful European
tour" states San Francisco Ballet principal dancer, Pascal Molat.
The San Francisco Ballet Orchestra is internationally recognized as one of the
foremost ballet orchestras in the world. Since its 1975 performance debut
accompanying SF Ballet’s Nutcracker (under Music director Denis de Coteau), the
orchestra’s home has been the San Francisco War Memorial Opera House. At that
time, the ensemble was credited by the name the Performing Arts Orchestra of San
Francisco. Later, in 1983, the name was officially changed to the San Francisco
Ballet Orchestra. The orchestra’s performance season includes the annual run of
San Francisco Ballet’s Nutcracker and its repertory season. The orchestra’s
repertoire varies from such classics as Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake and Adam’s
Giselle, to more abstract and contemporary ballet and symphonic works. Over the
years, the orchestra has also earned the distinction of having accompanied such
prestigious ballet companies as American Ballet Theatre, Paris Opéra Ballet,
National Ballet of Cuba, The Royal Ballet, the Royal Danish Ballet, Stuttgart
Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, and Paul Taylor Dance Company.
In February 2016, the SF Ballet orchestra’s recording of Ask Your Mama won the
Grammy® for Best Engineered Album (classical) and Producer of the Year
(classical). 2016 marks the 40th anniversary of the SF Ballet orchestra.
• Includes World premiere recordings
San Francisco Ballet Orchestra
Martin West, conductor
Moritz Moszkowski (1854-1925)
1. Fackeltanz (Torch Dance), Op. 51 (1893)
2-7. Aus Aller Herren Lander (From Foreign Lands), Op. 23 (1879/1884)
8. Habanera Op. 65, No. 3 (1900/1904)
9. Pres du Berceau (By the Cradle) Op. 58, No. 3 (1896/1897)
10-15. Six Airs de Ballet, Op. 56 from the Incidental Music to Grabbe's "Don
Juan and Faust" (1896)
16. Gondoliera, Op. 41 (1886) - orchestrated by Otto Langey (1912)
17-21. Spanische Tanze (Spanish Dances) Op. 12 (1876) - orchestrated by Philipp
Scharwenka (1879) and Valentin Frank (1884)
World Premiere Recordings - 1,8,10-15, 16