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  • Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Conductor: Herbert von Karajan
  • Composer: Fryderyk Franciszek Chopin, Léo Delibes, Charles Gounod, Jacques Offenbach
  • Audio CD (23 Aug. 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Doubles
  • ASIN: B00001IVO9
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 115,032 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Disc 1:

Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. Offenbach: Gaîté parisienne - Overture 2:16£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Offenbach: Gaîté parisienne - Allegro brillante0:23£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Offenbach: Gaîté parisienne - Polka 1:44£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Offenbach: Gaîté parisienne - Ländler (Allegro) 1:10£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Offenbach: Gaîté parisienne - Valse lente 3:17£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Offenbach: Gaîté parisienne - Tempo di marcia0:52£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Offenbach: Gaîté parisienne - Valse 2:06£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Offenbach: Gaîté parisienne - Allegro vivo0:11£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Offenbach: Gaîté parisienne - Valse 2:04£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Offenbach: Gaîté parisienne - Allegro vivace. Misterioso 2:09£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Offenbach: Gaîté parisienne - Valse 3:11£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Offenbach: Gaîté parisienne - Allegro vivo0:26£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Offenbach: Gaîté parisienne - Cancan 2:11£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Offenbach: Gaîté parisienne - Polka 1:21£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Offenbach: Gaîté parisienne - (Without Tempo Indication)0:44£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Offenbach: Gaîté parisienne - Vivo 1:09£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Offenbach: Gaîté parisienne - Barcarolle 3:55£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Gounod: Faust, Ballet Music (1869) - 1. Les Nubiennes, valse (Allegretto) 2:31£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Gounod: Faust, Ballet Music (1869) - 2. Adagio 4:05£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Gounod: Faust, Ballet Music (1869) - 3. Danse antique (Allegretto) 1:47£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Gounod: Faust, Ballet Music (1869) - 4. Variations de Cléopatre (Moderato maestoso) 1:45£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Gounod: Faust, Ballet Music (1869) - 5. Les Troyennes (Moderato con moto) 2:55£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen23. Gounod: Faust, Ballet Music (1869) - 6. Variations du miroir (Allegretto) 2:03£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen24. Gounod: Faust, Ballet Music (1869) - 7. Danse de Phryné (Allegro vivo) 2:33£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen25. Gounod: Faust / Act 2 - Waltz 5:21£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen26. Tchaikovsky: The Sleeping Beauty, Suite, Op.66a - Introduction - The Lilac Fairy 5:45£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen27. Tchaikovsky: The Sleeping Beauty, Suite, Op.66a - Pas d'action. Rose Adagio 7:01£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen28. Tchaikovsky: The Sleeping Beauty, Suite, Op.66a - Pas de caractère: Puss In Boots 2:00£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen29. Tchaikovsky: The Sleeping Beauty, Suite, Op.66a - Panorama (andantino) 3:24£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen30. Tchaikovsky: The Sleeping Beauty, Suite, Op.66a - Valse 4:20£0.79  Buy MP3 

Disc 2:

Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. Delibes: Coppélia, Suite - 1. Prélude - Mazurka 6:34£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Delibes: Coppélia, Suite - 2. Scène et Valse de Swanhilde 3:40£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Delibes: Coppélia, Suite - 3. Czardas 4:21£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Delibes: Coppélia, Suite - 4. Scène et Valse de la Poupée 4:20£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Delibes: Coppélia, Suite - 5. Ballade 2:48£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Delibes: Coppélia, Suite - 6. Variation sur un thème slave 6:32£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Chopin: Les Sylphides - 1. Prélude 1:27£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Chopin: Les Sylphides - 2. Nocturne 5:55£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Chopin: Les Sylphides - 3. Valse 2:17£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Chopin: Les Sylphides - 4. Mazurka 3:13£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Chopin: Les Sylphides - 5. Mazurka 2:00£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Chopin: Les Sylphides - 6. Prélude 2:05£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Chopin: Les Sylphides - 7. Valse 4:29£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Chopin: Les Sylphides - 8. Valse 6:03£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Ponchielli: La Gioconda / Act 3 - Dance of the Hours10:31Album Only

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By I. Giles HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 3 Dec. 2012
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This is a very famous pair of discs indeed and a pair that has withstood the passing of time and the varying opinions of Karajan and his orchestra unscathed.

The reason lies in the combination of a very enjoyable selection of popular ballet music making a very enjoyable overall program. In addition there is the immaculate perfection of the BPO playing delivered without the slightest hint of routine. That would never have been allowed by Karajan of course who was nothing if not an absolute task master with a very clear idea of appropriate standards. There are now several examples of Karajan rehearsing his orchestra on YouTube. These show a level of concentration and determination to achieve interpretive points that demonstrate beyond question that even players as skilled as those in the BPO were required to work to standards of meticulous detailed interpretive perfection, as envisaged by Karajan, as a basic necessity.

None of this would be worth a thing if the conductor did not have a vision that would communicate a valid viewpoint to both his players and to the audience. This Karajan had and could do to a remarkable extent. Not everything worked with every performance or recording or has survived the passing of interpretive time of course, but the percentage of long term success is such that most conductors could only dream of. This set has long been considered a good example of that success by many of his critics.

The Delibes Coppelia, for instance, has a mixture of delicacy, sweep and a suggestion of humour not always found at the ballet. The Chopin has a refined taste that defies criticism. The Faust and Tchaikovsky offer sweep and the majesty as well as all the other characteristics already mentioned.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bernard Michael O'Hanlon on 26 Aug. 2013
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. . . . . or so I imagine, not that I want to experience the real thing.

These bleeding chunks from Sleeping Beauty, recorded in January 1971, represent the Karajan / Berlin Philharmonic union at its zenith. Once heard, their incandescence in the Introduction and the Rose Adagio will resonate with you forever. Indeed, if you have daughters (like I do) and there are foxes "stalking the hen-house" , don't allow them to listen to either piece: they're an invitation to fall hopelessly in love with the inevitable consequences . . . . Karajan's control is unerring: namely, the ability to impart an infinitesimal brake on the music in wait for the true moment of detonation.

The other thumper is Les Sylphides, recorded in 1960. It is Karajan's only recording of the arrangement. It was committed to disc not long after he was lured over to the Yellow Label from the Red. He was already a superstar so one wonders - in a way - why he deigned to undertake it. The results are remarkable - the Penguin Guide awarded it a Rosette. The Prelude and the Nocturne in particular bespeak 'older times and faraway places'; the violin and clarinet obligato in the latter are just as caustic of Newtonian physics as Einstein. In this instance, Karajan was more of a wizard than Merlin.

Faust is well done but it does not banish memories of Beecham. Much the same comment could be said of Coppelia.

The Offenbach is remarkable. Karajan banishes any Teutonic heaviness from the Berlin Philharmonic and the latter seem to revel in the evocation of the Second Empire. Karajan had a lifelong love of this collection.
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By eve austin on 2 Dec. 2013
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Have loved this collection for a long time , lovely to hear such a good recording, good value for money.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Ronald Jk Munro on 6 Mar. 2013
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That being that I had just watched a performance of most of the music on here and the content is new to my collection. The performance was and the music is excellent.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Ballet bon bons German style 26 Jun. 2004
By Larry VanDeSande - Published on Amazon.com
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Herbert von Karajan was the most recorded conductor in history. For that reason, he made a lot of records (that turned into CDs) like this one -- collections of well-known music that the public wants to hear over and over again. This group of ballet music is good, done in Karajan's typical highly chiseled style with a minimum of sentimentality. I once read a critic who called the style Karajan and Szell popularized the "school of industrial perfection", meaning every note in its place every time. That's true here, too. My favorite among these bon bons is the Tchaikovsky music from "Sleeping Beauty". Karajan is still hailed today for his later stereo version of the final Tchaikovsky troika of symphonies. Many critics put him up there with the best Tchaikovksy recordings ever. You can tell why critics were so persuaded by listening to his bleeding chuncks from "Sleeping Beauty". Not only does it contain the essential Berlin Philharmonic perfection and polish, it goes a little further than everything else on this set in terms of emotional attachment. The first two sections of the music, "Introduction. La Fee da Lilas" and "Adagio. Pas d'action" pack an enormous wallop. The final section is monumentally done by Karajan and the Berliners, surging forward in waves of sound and emotion until the listener is swept away during the crescendo in almost unconscious grandeur. I urge you to listen to this magnificent music-making and try not to develop goose flesh at the peak. This connection between perfection, music and emotion is what set Karajan apart from every other conductor in the 20th Century, and the reason he is as vivid and a larger than life figure today, 15 years after his death.
19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
First-Rate Ballet Music 13 Nov. 2003
By Michael Brad Richman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This collection of "Famous Ballet Music" from DG's mid-priced "2CD" series is truly first-rate. A lot of the credit for that goes to the man in charge of this set, Herbert von Karajan. The great conductor leads the Berlin Philharmonic through glowing highlights and suites from Offenbach's "Gaite Parisienne," Gounod's "Faust," Tchaikovsky's "Sleeping Beauty" and Delibes' "Coppelia," and the complete Chopin's "Les Sylphides" and "Dance of the Hours" from Ponchielli's "La Gioconda." Of course, the pieces featured here are the types of orchestral nuggets that someone like Karajan and the Berliners could eat for breakfast while reading the paper. But Karajan really prided himself in being one of the stereo-age's best Tchaikovsky conductors, and he made several recordings of each of the three ballet suites in addition to his many Symphonic Cycles. Also, his early 1960s accounts of the Chopin and Delibes in particular (the remainder of the works were recorded in the early 1970s), are as good, if not better, than any performance I have heard. In all, this is a collection that will appeal to the casual fan and serious collector alike.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Great Buy! 5 May 2009
By Alison Mixon - Published on Amazon.com
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I am a ballet teacher and bought this CD to choreograph dances for recitals. It is an excellent, comprehensive collection of ballet music with beautiful orchestrations and strong tempos for dancing. I am very satisfied and have plenty of selections to choose from in the future.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
EXCELLENT 29 Mar. 2008
By Angela S. Ando - Published on Amazon.com
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I don't pretend to know fancy shmancy terminologies of classical music, but I do know what I like. Finally, after a long search I found Gounod's Faust Waltz, which is the reason I purchased this cd. I am delighted with the other exceptional ballet music. Very good. I am so happy with it I could burst.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Masterful recording of masterful compositions 18 Jan. 2007
By J. W. van Aalst - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This recording has become rare to find (in Europe), which surprises me, for I find both the compositions and the performance excellent. Especially the Sylphides, which are orchestral arrangements of some of Chopin's finest piano pieces - are heavenly. Highly recommended.
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