Diaghilev - Ballets russes | Warner 9029647715

Diaghilev - Ballets russes

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Label: Warner

Cat No: 9029647715

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 22

Release Date: 11th March 2022

Contents

Works

Adam, Adolphe

Giselle

Auric, Georges

Les Facheux

Balakirev, Mili

Tamara: symphonic poem

Beecham, Thomas

The Gods go a'Begging: ballet suite

Borodin, Alexander

Prince Igor
» Dance of the Polovtsian Maidens
» Polovtsian Dances

Debussy, Claude

Jeux
Prelude a l'Apres-midi d'un faune

Dukas, Paul

Fanfare pour preceder 'La Peri'
La Peri (The Fairy)

Falla, Manuel de

El sombrero de tres picos (The three-cornered hat)

Faure, Gabriel

Pavane, op.50

Liadov, Anatol

Baba Yaga, op.56
Kikimora, op.63

Milhaud, Darius

Le Train bleu

Mussorgsky, Modest

A Night on the Bare Mountain (orch. Rimsky-Korsakov)
Boris Godunov
» Coronation Scene

Poulenc, Francis

Les Biches

Prokofiev, Sergei

Chout (The Buffoon): ballet suite, op.21
The Prodigal Son, op.46
The Steel Step: Suite, op.41

Ravel, Maurice

Daphnis et Chloe

Respighi, Ottorino

La Boutique fantasque (after Rossini), P120

Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai

Scheherazade, op.35

Satie, Erik

Jack-in-the-box (arr. Darius Milhaud)
Mercure
Parade

Sauguet, Henri

La Chatte

Schmitt, Florent

La Tragedie de Salome, op.50bis

Schumann, Robert

Carnaval, op.9 (orch. various composers)

Strauss, Richard

Die Josephs-Legende (The Legend of Joseph), op.63
Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, op.28

Stravinsky, Igor

Apollon musagete
Feu d'artifice (Fireworks), op.4
Le Chant du Rossignol
Le Rossignol (The Nightingale)
Les Noces (The Wedding)
Petrushka (1947 version)
Pulcinella
Renard (The Fox)
The Firebird (L'Oiseau de feu)
The Rite of Spring (Le Sacre du printemps)

Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Ilyich

Swan Lake, op.20
The Sleeping Beauty, op.66

Tcherepnin, Nikolai

Le Pavillon d'Armide (Fantastic Ballet)
Narcisse et Echo, op.40 (ballet)

Tommasini, Vincenzo

The Good-Humoured Ladies (Le donne de buon umore): Suite

Weber, Carl Maria von

Invitation to the Dance (Aufforderung zum Tanze), J260 (orch. Berlioz)

Artists

Victoria de los Angeles (soprano)
Jules Bastin (bass)
Pierre-Andre Blazer (tenor)
Margherita Carosio (soprano)
Feodor Chaliapin (bass)
Arlette Chedel (alto)
Natalie Dessay (soprano)
Vsevolod Grivnov (tenor)
Philippe Huttenlocher (baritone)
Yvonne Kenny (mezzo-soprano)
Robert Lloyd (bass)
Marie McLaughlin (mezzo-soprano)
Maxime Mikhailov (bass)
Laurent Naouri (baritone)
Basia Retchitzka (soprano)
Albert Schagidullin (baritone)
Eric Tappy (tenor)
Robert Tear (tenor)
Violeta Urmana (alto)
Martha Argerich (piano)
Edward Auer (piano)
John Brown (violin)
Yves Coueffe (trumpet)
Douglas Cummings (cello)
Peter Donohoe (piano)
Patrice Fontanarosa (violin)
Nelson Freire (piano)
Patrick Gallois (flute)
Bertrand Grenat (oboe)
Ida Haendel (violin)
Suzanne Husson (piano)
Emmanuel (Pahud flute)
Siegfried Schmidt (cimbalom)
Ambrosian Singers
Choeur de l’Opera de Monte-Carlo
Choeurs de l’Opera russe de Paris
Choeurs de l’Opera National de Paris
Choeurs Rene Duclos
Grand Choeur de l’Universite de Lausanne
The Hague Chamber Choir
Maitrise de l’ORTF
Royal Opera House Chorus
Ensemble instrumental
Percussions Group
Academy of St Martin in the Fields
Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Berliner Philharmoniker
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Grand Orchestre Symphonique
London Symphony Orchestra
Moscow Symphony Orchestra
Orchestra
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
Orchestre de chambre de Lausanne
Orchestre de la Societe des Concerts du Conservatoire
Orchestre de l’Opera National de Paris
Orchestre de l’Opera russe de Paris
Orchestre de Paris
Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse
Orchestre National de France
Orchestre National de l’Opera de Monte-Carlo
Orchestre National de l’ORTF
Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
Philharmonia Orchestra
Residentie Orchestra
Royal Opera House Orchestra
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra
Staatskapelle Dresden

Conductors

Claudio Abbado
Marin Alsop
Thomas Beecham
Vincenzo Belleza
Pierre Boulez
Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos
Andre Cluytens
James Conlon
Pierre Dervaux
Charles Dutoit
Alceo Galliera
Eugene Goossens
Eliahu Inbal
Robert Irving
Mariss Jansons
Armin Jordan
Rudolf Kempe
Dmitrij Kitajenko
John Lanchberry
Lorin Maazel
Igor Markevitch
Neville Marriner
Jean Martinon
Lovro von Matacic
Pierre Monteux
Seiji Ozawa
Michel Plasson
Georges Pretre
Andre Previn
Simon Rattle
Gennady Rozhdestvensky
Henry Shek
Max Steinmann

Works

Adam, Adolphe

Giselle

Auric, Georges

Les Facheux

Balakirev, Mili

Tamara: symphonic poem

Beecham, Thomas

The Gods go a'Begging: ballet suite

Borodin, Alexander

Prince Igor
» Dance of the Polovtsian Maidens
» Polovtsian Dances

Debussy, Claude

Jeux
Prelude a l'Apres-midi d'un faune

Dukas, Paul

Fanfare pour preceder 'La Peri'
La Peri (The Fairy)

Falla, Manuel de

El sombrero de tres picos (The three-cornered hat)

Faure, Gabriel

Pavane, op.50

Liadov, Anatol

Baba Yaga, op.56
Kikimora, op.63

Milhaud, Darius

Le Train bleu

Mussorgsky, Modest

A Night on the Bare Mountain (orch. Rimsky-Korsakov)
Boris Godunov
» Coronation Scene

Poulenc, Francis

Les Biches

Prokofiev, Sergei

Chout (The Buffoon): ballet suite, op.21
The Prodigal Son, op.46
The Steel Step: Suite, op.41

Ravel, Maurice

Daphnis et Chloe

Respighi, Ottorino

La Boutique fantasque (after Rossini), P120

Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai

Scheherazade, op.35

Satie, Erik

Jack-in-the-box (arr. Darius Milhaud)
Mercure
Parade

Sauguet, Henri

La Chatte

Schmitt, Florent

La Tragedie de Salome, op.50bis

Schumann, Robert

Carnaval, op.9 (orch. various composers)

Strauss, Richard

Die Josephs-Legende (The Legend of Joseph), op.63
Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, op.28

Stravinsky, Igor

Apollon musagete
Feu d'artifice (Fireworks), op.4
Le Chant du Rossignol
Le Rossignol (The Nightingale)
Les Noces (The Wedding)
Petrushka (1947 version)
Pulcinella
Renard (The Fox)
The Firebird (L'Oiseau de feu)
The Rite of Spring (Le Sacre du printemps)

Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Ilyich

Swan Lake, op.20
The Sleeping Beauty, op.66

Tcherepnin, Nikolai

Le Pavillon d'Armide (Fantastic Ballet)
Narcisse et Echo, op.40 (ballet)

Tommasini, Vincenzo

The Good-Humoured Ladies (Le donne de buon umore): Suite

Weber, Carl Maria von

Invitation to the Dance (Aufforderung zum Tanze), J260 (orch. Berlioz)

Artists

Victoria de los Angeles (soprano)
Jules Bastin (bass)
Pierre-Andre Blazer (tenor)
Margherita Carosio (soprano)
Feodor Chaliapin (bass)
Arlette Chedel (alto)
Natalie Dessay (soprano)
Vsevolod Grivnov (tenor)
Philippe Huttenlocher (baritone)
Yvonne Kenny (mezzo-soprano)
Robert Lloyd (bass)
Marie McLaughlin (mezzo-soprano)
Maxime Mikhailov (bass)
Laurent Naouri (baritone)
Basia Retchitzka (soprano)
Albert Schagidullin (baritone)
Eric Tappy (tenor)
Robert Tear (tenor)
Violeta Urmana (alto)
Martha Argerich (piano)
Edward Auer (piano)
John Brown (violin)
Yves Coueffe (trumpet)
Douglas Cummings (cello)
Peter Donohoe (piano)
Patrice Fontanarosa (violin)
Nelson Freire (piano)
Patrick Gallois (flute)
Bertrand Grenat (oboe)
Ida Haendel (violin)
Suzanne Husson (piano)
Emmanuel (Pahud flute)
Siegfried Schmidt (cimbalom)
Ambrosian Singers
Choeur de l’Opera de Monte-Carlo
Choeurs de l’Opera russe de Paris
Choeurs de l’Opera National de Paris
Choeurs Rene Duclos
Grand Choeur de l’Universite de Lausanne
The Hague Chamber Choir
Maitrise de l’ORTF
Royal Opera House Chorus
Ensemble instrumental
Percussions Group
Academy of St Martin in the Fields
Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Berliner Philharmoniker
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Grand Orchestre Symphonique
London Symphony Orchestra
Moscow Symphony Orchestra
Orchestra
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
Orchestre de chambre de Lausanne
Orchestre de la Societe des Concerts du Conservatoire
Orchestre de l’Opera National de Paris
Orchestre de l’Opera russe de Paris
Orchestre de Paris
Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse
Orchestre National de France
Orchestre National de l’Opera de Monte-Carlo
Orchestre National de l’ORTF
Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
Philharmonia Orchestra
Residentie Orchestra
Royal Opera House Orchestra
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra
Staatskapelle Dresden

Conductors

Claudio Abbado
Marin Alsop
Thomas Beecham
Vincenzo Belleza
Pierre Boulez
Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos
Andre Cluytens
James Conlon
Pierre Dervaux
Charles Dutoit
Alceo Galliera
Eugene Goossens
Eliahu Inbal
Robert Irving
Mariss Jansons
Armin Jordan
Rudolf Kempe
Dmitrij Kitajenko
John Lanchberry
Lorin Maazel
Igor Markevitch
Neville Marriner
Jean Martinon
Lovro von Matacic
Pierre Monteux
Seiji Ozawa
Michel Plasson
Georges Pretre
Andre Previn
Simon Rattle
Gennady Rozhdestvensky
Henry Shek
Max Steinmann

About

A transformative force in music, dance and the visual arts, the Ballets russes was founded in Paris in 1909 by the visionary impresario Serge Diaghilev. Innovative and flamboyant, he had a genius for bringing together the most brilliant composers, dancers, choreographers and designers, for nurturing creativity, and for galvanising audiences. Emblematic of the influence of the Ballets russes was the 1913 premiere of Stravinsky’s Le Sacre du printemps: it caused a notorious scandal, but it also changed musical history. This 22-CD set traces the company’s path through the 20 years of its existence – a tumultuous, but artistically fertile period – and comprises every Ballet russes score that has ever been recorded. Encompassing epoch-making works and rarities awaiting rediscovery, it offers a number of CD premieres and landmark interpretations by major musicians of the 78, LP and digital eras.

Serge Diaghilev (1872-1929): the impresario who changed musical history
31 March 2022 marks the 150th anniversary of the flamboyant, visionary and influential impresario Serge Diaghilev, founder of the legendary Ballets russes.

Born Sergei Diaghilev near Novgorod in north-west Russia, he grew up in an artistic environment in the city of Perm. He became a cultural entrepreneur while a student in St Petersburg and in 1899 was appointed to a managerial role at Russia’s Imperial Theatres.

In 1906 he promoted Russian art and sculpture at the Salon d’automne in Paris, which in the early 20th century was the world’s capital of culture. He continued to be active in Paris: the following year he mounted concerts with such Russian artists as the composers Rimsky-Korsakov, Rachmaninov and Glazunov, and the singers Feodor Chaliapin and Félia Litvinne. In 1908, at the Paris Opéra, he staged Mussorgsky's opera Boris Godunov with Chaliapin. The designs were by two Russian artists – Leon Bakst and Alexandre Benois – who became closely associated with the Ballets russes company, which Diaghilev founded in Paris in 1909.

The Ballets russes: a transformative force in 20th century musical and visual culture
For two decades, in a period of rich cultural ferment, dramatic transition and geo-political upheaval, the Ballets russes created a sensation with its innovative fusion of dance, music and design. In 1929, when the company disbanded following Diaghilev’s death, it had played a crucial role in the evolution of the performing and visual arts.

While the company’s repertoire included such classic ballets as Giselle, Swan Lake and Sleeping Beauty, it built its particular reputation on new works whose themes ranged from Russia, the Classical world and the Orient to contemporary films, beach culture and sport.

A list of the best-known artists associated with the Ballets russes provides ample evidence of the company’s importance and influence. It also bears witness to Diaghilev’s genius for attracting and combining talent, and to the creative excellence he nurtured.
• Composers commissioned by Diaghilev for the Ballets russes included Stravinsky, Debussy, Ravel, Strauss, Satie, Prokofiev, Poulenc, Falla, Respighi, Dukas, Milhaud, Auric and Schmitt. Among the landmark works premiered by the Ballets russes were: Stravinsky’s Firebird, Petrushka, Le Sacre du printemps (Rite of Spring), Les Noces and Pulcinella; Debussy’s Jeux; Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé; Satie’s Parade and Falla’s El sombrero de tres picos (Three-cornered Hat).
• Décors and costumes for Ballets russes productions were conceived by such artists and designers as: Picasso, Matisse, Braque, Utrillo, de Chirico, Ernst, Miró, Derain, Rouault, Bakst, Benois, Roerich, Golovin, Goncharova, Gabo, Pevsner and Chanel.
• Dancers and choreographers associated with the company included: Vaslav Nijinsky, Bronislava Nijinska, Michel Fokine, Georges Balanchine, Léonide Massine, Serge Lifar, Anna Pavlova, Tamara Karsavina, Ida Rubinstein, Marie Rambert, Ninette de Valois and Anton Dolin.
• Scenarios were written for the Ballets russes by, among others, Hugo von Hofmannsthal and Jean Cocteau, to whom Diaghilev famously said, “Étonne-moi, j'attendrai que tu m'étonnes” (“Astonish me, I will wait for you to astonish me”).
• Among the Ballets russes’ conductors were: Pierre Monteux, Ernest Ansermet, Igor Markevitch, and Roger Désormière.
Though its initial base was in Paris, over its existence the Ballets russes also appeared in North and South America, the UK, Spain, Italy, Switzerland and Monte Carlo.

Diaghilev – Ballets russes: a 22-CD chronological survey of ballet and opera
This set traces the 20-year life of the Ballets russes, season by season, through recordings, and comprises every Ballet russes score that has ever been recorded:
• Iconic ballet scores premiered by the Ballets russes that remain prominent in the performing repertoire: Stravinsky’s Firebird, Petrushka, Le Sacre du printemps (Rite of Spring), Les Noces, Pulcinella and Apollon musagète; Debussy’s Jeux; Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé; Satie’s Parade; Falla’s El sombrero de tres picos, Poulenc’s Les Biches
• Classic ballet scores: Adam’s Giselle, Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Borodin’s Polovtsian Dances from his opera Prince Igor.
• Orchestral works that were used for ballets e.g. Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade and Debussy’s Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune; Berlioz’s orchestration of Weber, L’Invitation à la valse, which became the ballet Le Spectre de la rose; Mussorgsky’s Night on a Bare Mountain; Liadov’s Kikimora and Baba-Yaga, and Balakirev’s symphonic poem Tamara (Thamar).
• Important ballet scores that are relatively rarely performed e.g. Prokoviev’s Chout, Le Pas d’acier and The Prodigal Son, Dukas’s La Péri, Schmitt’s La Tragédie de Salomé, Strauss’s Josephslegende and Milhaud’s Le Train bleu (which is less familiar to the public than Picasso’s famous design for its stage curtain).
• Rare ballet scores, such as: Satie’s Mercure; Tcherepnin’s Narcisse et Echo and Le Pavillon d’Armide; Auric’s Les Fâcheux; Sauget’s La Chatte; Schumann’s piano suite Carnaval in orchestral arrangements by a number of Russian composers including Rimsky-Korsakov, Glazunov and Liadov.
• Operas: Stravinsky’s Le Rossignol; Scenes from Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov sung by Feodor Chaliapin (whose association with Diaghilev predated the Ballets russes), recorded in 1928 and 1931.

The set contains two recordings of Le Sacre du printemps; the epoch-making work, which caused a notorious scandal when it was premiered in Paris in 1913, is credited with sparking a musical revolution:
1. Conducted by Pierre Monteux, who conducted the premiere in 1913; recorded in Paris in 1929 with the Grand Orchestre Symphonique;
2. Conducted by Igor Markevitch, who, as a 16-year-old composer, was discovered by Diaghilev shortly before the impresario’s death in 1929; recorded in 1959 with the Philharmonia Orchestra

Recordings in the set have been sourced from the Warner Classics catalogue and, where necessary, from the catalogues of other labels (e.g. Decca, Chandos, Naxos, La Guilde internationale du disque). Recordings making their first appearance on CD (i.e. CD premieres) are:
CD 4: Schumann - Carnaval
- Philharmonia Orchestra/Robert Irving
CD 9: Balakirev - Thamar (Tamara)
- Philharmonia/Lovro von Matačić
CD 13: Respighi/Rossini - La Boutique fantasque
- Philharmonia/Alceo Galliera
CD 20: Beecham/Handel - The Gods go a’Begging
- Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Thomas Beecham

Communication and social media
The writer and broadcaster Jon Tolansky, also author of the liner notes, produced on purpose 11 podcasts about Diaghilev and the Ballet russes; the podcasts will be promoted on social media. Each podcast focuses on a specific Ballets russes season and/or iconic ballets and features commentary from distinguished figures from the worlds of dance and music, including Dame Marie Rambert, who danced with the Ballets russes:
- 1. Preview of the series
- 2. Before the Ballets Russes: Sergei Diaghilev from 1872 to 1909
- 3. 1909: Opening season
- 4. 1910: Scheherazade and L’Oiseau de feu (the Firebird)
- 5. 1911: Petrushka
- 6. 1912: Daphnis et Chloé and L’Apres-midi d’un faune
- 7. 1913: Jeux and Le Sacre du printemps
- 8. 1917: Parade
- 9. 1919: El sombrero de tres picos (Le Tricorne – The Three-cornered Hat)
- 10. 1923: Svadebka (Les Noces – The Wedding)
- 11. 1924 to 1929: Finale – Les Biches, Le Fils prodigue, and death of Sergei Diaghilev

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