This album is the latest release from the ever-popular '100 Best' series. This six-CD set contains a collection of 100 favourite ballet classics, performed by some of the world’s leading artists and orchestras. Among them are Peter Donohoe, Barbara Lieberman, Jean-Philippe Collard, The London Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and The Philadelphia Orchestra. They are lead by world-renowned conductors including André Previn, Aram Khachaturian, Sir Charles Mackerras, Michel Plasson, Leonard Slatkin, Riccardo Muti and Sir Simon Rattle.
The six CDs feature tracks by the following composers:
CD 1: The Three Tchaikovsky ballets – Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker
CD 2: Russian Ballet: TCHAIKOVSKY Polonaise (Eugene Onegin), MINKUS arr. Irving Don Quixote, La Bayadère. PROKOFIEV Romeo and Juliet, Cinderella. KHACHATURIAN Spartacus. SHOSTAKOVICH The Age of Gold. KHACHATURIAN Gayaneh .
CD 3: Classic French ballets: HÉROLD arr. Lanchbery La Fille mal gardée, ADAM Giselle. DRIGO arr. Lanchbery Le Corsaire. GOUNOD Faust Ballet Music. DELIBES Coppélia. OFFENBACH arr. Rosenthal Gaîté Parisienne. DELIBES Sylvia. MESSAGER Les Deux Pigeons. RAVEL Bolero
CD 4: Diaghilev Ballets: STRAVINSKY Petrushka. CHOPIN: arr Douglas Les Sylphides. ROSSINI arr Respighi La Boutique fantasque (1919). POULENC Les Biches (1924, Diaghilev). DEBUSSY Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune. STRAVINSKY Le Sacre du printemps. DE FALLA The Three-Cornered Hat. STRAVINSKY Apollo. RAVEL Daphnis et Chloé. RIMSKY-KORSAKOV Scheherazade. SATIE Parade. STRAVINSKY The Firebird
CD 5: Ballet in Britain: GLAZOUNOV arr. Irving Birthday Offering. FRANCK Symphonic Variations. WALTON Façade. CHOPIN arr. Lanchbery A Month in the Country. SATIE orch. Debussy Monotones. ELGAR 'Enigma' Variations. LANCHBERY Tales of Beatrix Potter. MEYERBEER arr. Lambert Les Patineurs. SULLIVAN arr. Mackerras Pineapple Poll. VERDI arr. Mackerras The Lady and the Fool
CD 6: Ballet in America: TCHAIKOVSKY Serenade. BIZET Symphony in C (Balanchine). FAURÉ Emeralds (Jewels) (Balanchine). TCHAIKOVSKY Diamonds (Jewels),Ballet Imperial. COPLAND Billy the Kid. BERNSTEIN Fancy Free. COPLAND Rodeo. BERNSTEIN West Side Story. COPLAND Appalachian Spring. BERNSTEIN Times Square (On the Town). SOUSA Stars and Stripes
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