Ludwig Minkus, born in Vienna, gained fame in Russia with his ballet scores in the 1860s and '70s. In Don Quixote, a romantic young couple outshine the doleful Spanish knight, while La Bayadère breathes the air of the Himalayas. If the Italian-born Riccardo Drigo also made his career in St Petersburg's imperial theatres, three further contemporaries of Minkus - Eduard Helsted, Holger Paulli and Niels Gade - are remembered by their compositions for their fellow Dane, the great choreographer August Bournonville.
Music: Ludwig Minkus. Don Quixote (Highlights) 55:45 mins
Paquita - Pas de deux 16:40 mins
La Bayadère - The Kingdom of the Shades 32:00 mins
Music: Riccardo Drigo. Le Corsaire - Pas de deux 6:39 mins
Music: Eduard Helsted, Holger Paulli and Niels Gade. Napoli - Suite Dansante 13:49 mins.
Music: Holger Paulli. The Kermesse in Bruges (Extracts) 10:17 mins.
Music: Eduard Helsted and Holger Paulli. Flower Festival at Genzano (Extracts) 9:01 mins
Elizabethan Trust Melbourne Orchestra, John Lanchbery / Sydney Symphony Orchestra, John Lanchbery / London Festival Ballet Orchestra, Terence Kern / Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra, Ole Schmidt.
Running Time: 144:44 mins