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Massenet: Manon - Complete Ballet [CD]

Covent Garden Orchestra of the Royal Opera House , Richard Bonynge Audio CD
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  • Orchestra: Richard Bonynge
  • Conductor: Covent Garden Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
  • Audio CD (8 July 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B000068QRV
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 111,670 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Massenet: Manon Ballet - Arranged and orchestrated by Leighton Lucas with the collaboration of Hilda Gaunt / Act 1 - Scene 1 - The Courtyard of an Inn near ParisRichard Bonynge27:13£3.39  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Massenet: Manon Ballet - Arranged and orchestrated by Leighton Lucas with the collaboration of Hilda Gaunt / Act 1 - Scene 2 - Des Grieux's lodgings in ParisRichard Bonynge13:08£1.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Massenet: Manon Ballet - Arranged and orchestrated by Leighton Lucas with the collaboration of Hilda Gaunt / Act 2 - Scene 1 - A Party at the Hotel particulier of MadameRichard Bonynge15:52£1.89  Buy MP3 


Disc 2:

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Listen  1. Massenet: Manon Ballet - Arranged and orchestrated by Leighton Lucas with the collaboration of Hilda Gaunt / Act 2 - Scene 1 - ConclusionRichard Bonynge19:04£2.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Massenet: Manon Ballet - Arranged and orchestrated by Leighton Lucas with the collaboration of Hilda Gaunt / Act 2 - Scene 2 - Des Grieux's lodgingsRichard Bonynge 8:08£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Massenet: Manon Ballet - Arranged and orchestrated by Leighton Lucas with the collaboration of Hilda Gaunt / Act 3 - Scene 1 - The port of New OrleansRichard Bonynge10:18£1.49  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Massenet: Manon Ballet - Arranged and orchestrated by Leighton Lucas with the collaboration of Hilda Gaunt / Act 3 - Scene 2 - The goaler's rooms in New OrleansRichard Bonynge 4:08£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Massenet: Manon Ballet - Arranged and orchestrated by Leighton Lucas with the collaboration of Hilda Gaunt / Act 3 - Scene 3 - A swamp in LouisianaRichard Bonynge 9:56£0.79  Buy MP3 


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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Manon as a ballet 18 Nov 2002
Format:Audio CD
The complete score of one of Kenneth MacMillans most successful ballets "Manon" (1974), based on the popular 18th century romantic novel by Abbé Prévost, is finally reissued. Leighton Lucas, himself a former dancer with Diaghilev and a self-taught musician, drew on no less than 13 operas as well as orchestral and vocal works by Massenet for his arrangement. Paradoxically, none of the music comes from Massenet's opera "Manon".
This two-disc set from Decca in the mid-price range, recorded in 1985, provides excellent playing from the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden under Richard Bonynge and will satisfy all familiar (or not yet) with the ballet.
The liner notes include a synopsis of the ballet, although a detailed list of the origin of the various musical pieces would have been welcome.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A gem re-released 22 Jan 2004
By AdlR
Format:Audio CD
The music for this memorable 1974 ballet -- unavailable for too long -- is a collection of extracts by Massenet, brilliantly arranged and orchestrated by Leighton Lucas, with the assistance of Hilda Gaunt. While none of the ballet's music is from Massenet's opera, Manon, Lucas drew on thirteen other operas by the composer as well as on two oratorios, various songs, and orchestral pieces. It is a rare and beautiful jewel.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality 21 Sep 2009
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Very happy with quality for this item for which I have been searching for some time. A welcome addition to any ballet collection.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous Massenet music 1 April 2013
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To be honest, I haven't had a chance to listen to it yet, but I know I shall revel in it when I do, because the ballet has such gorgeous Massenet themes, and anyway, if you watch the Royal Ballet video with Anthony Dowell and Jennifer Penney, you will also see Julian Hosking in a minor role, and he's my number one ballet star. If anyone knows anything about him they can tell me, I shall be grateful to know. Thank you.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and one of a kind 28 Dec 2008
By Erik Novoa - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an excellent recording of this amazing ballet. Unfortunately, the Ballet of Manon is compilation of many works by Massenet which makes it almost impossible to find on a CD. Other than this recording, the only place to hear this music is at one of the major ballet theaters in the world.

Fortunately, the conductor, Richard Bonynge, has conducted this CD in the manner which it is performed at many theaters in the world. The tempos are excellent both as a symphony and as a ballet. To have handled the tempos any better for ballet (using Rubato) Bonynge would have had to have dancers (Bocca and Ferri) performing this in front of him. Short of that, this is excellent.

I highly recommend this and was very happy to finally own it,
Erik
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful music, beautifully conducted by Richard Bonynge 8 July 2007
By D. R. Schryer - Published on Amazon.com
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This ballet is composed of music by the great French opera composer Jules Massenet. The music is very melodic and quite beautiful. Its beauty is enhanced by the superb conducting of Richard Bonynge. Unlike the previous reviewer, I feel that Bonynge is very gifted in his ability to conduct concert versions of ballets at tempos that enhance their beauty. If you like ballet music of the Romantic period -- or simply beautiful music of any genre -- please treat yourself to this outstanding 2 CD set.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Bleah 24 Jan 2013
By J. Lacey - Published on Amazon.com
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I have been an avid collector of ballet scores for over 30 years. I recall reading a synopsis of MacMillan's "Manon" ballet in my Balanchine's Book of Ballet Stories. As a big fan of Massenet's opera "Manon" in particular and his music in general, I have always wanted to hear this score, so when a copy on Amazon became available at a good price, I snatched it up.

Unfortunately, I found this rather disappointing. Leighton Lucas, who arranged and orchestrated the score, manages to select some of Massenet's most dull and unimpressive music. He utilized NOTHING from Massenet's "Manon" - which richly describes the passion and pathos of its heroine, as well as evoking the charm and elegance of the 18th century. There are no gavottes here, no minuets, nor are the pas de deuxs remotely laced with passionate, romantic music the like of which graces every moment of the opera "Manon" or even "Thais" for that matter.
Lucas seems to be enamored of Massenet's Spanish-inspired music, which seems out of place here. For example, the music depicting the inn at Amiens has a distinctive Spanish flair - hardly evocative of a lively French inn yard of the eighteenth century. Massenet's actual ballet offerings also appear to be ignored; I only spotted a few pieces from the Thais ballet music and a waltz from "The Queen of Lahore". I surmise that hard core Massenet fans may probably find more tucked away in this score, but what IS utilized is rather lackluster and dull. The final act plays like Muzak; if one does not know the story, one would be hard-pressed to realize that at this point, the characters are experiencing separation, near rape, indentured servitude and death.
This is fine to play in the background during dinner or in the kitchen while cooking, but if I want to hear rip-roaring passion, I'll get out my various recordings of Massenet's operas, suites and symphonic works and have at it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Orchestra sounds great but I'm not wild about the conducting 22 Jun 2007
By Dante - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
To my knowledge, this recording is the only show in town.

The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House plays beautifully; however, Bonynge conducts much of the music at an undanceable tempo (the opening of the scene at the Port of New Orleans is a prime example). There is virtually no rubato throughout. Bonynge never seems to breath with the phrasing. I can't see anyone dancing to many of his tempi.

I don't understand conductors who have different tempi for the concert hall and the stage. After all, the music was composed/arranged for the ballet. (I don't know whether Bonynge in particular employs different tempi, but I'd feel sorry for any company that had to dance at the tempi he's chosen.)
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