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Verdi: Complete Ballet Music From Operas (Naxos: 8572818-19) [Double CD]

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra , Giuseppe Verdi , José Serebrier Audio CD
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  • Conductor: José Serebrier
  • Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
  • Audio CD (27 Feb 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B006ZODJR6
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 158,213 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Disc 1:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Otello, Act III Scene 7: BallabileBournemouth Symphony Orchestra 5:35£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Macbeth (excerpts): Act III Scene 1: Ballo IBournemouth Symphony Orchestra 2:25£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Macbeth (excerpts): Act III Scene 1: Ballo IIBournemouth Symphony Orchestra 4:38£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Macbeth (excerpts): Act III Scene 1: Ballo IIIBournemouth Symphony Orchestra 3:11£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Jerusalem: Act III Scene 1: Pas de quatreBournemouth Symphony Orchestra 7:36£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Jerusalem: Act III Scene 1: Pas de deuxBournemouth Symphony Orchestra 5:32£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Jerusalem: Act III Scene 1: Pas de soloBournemouth Symphony Orchestra 5:48£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Jerusalem: Act III Scene 1: Pas d'ensembleBournemouth Symphony Orchestra 2:34£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Don Carlo, Act III Scene 2: Ballo della regina, "La Peregrina"Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra16:38Album Only

Disc 2:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Aida (excerpts): Act I Scene 2: Dance No. 3: Danza sacra delle sacerdotesseBournemouth Symphony Orchestra 2:28£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Aida (excerpts): Act II Scene 1: Dance No. 4: Danza dei piccoli schiavi moriBournemouth Symphony Orchestra 1:37£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Aida (excerpts): Act II Scene 2: Dance No. 5: BallabileBournemouth Symphony Orchestra 4:43£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Il trovatore: Act III Scene 1: Pas des BohemiensBournemouth Symphony Orchestra 1:52£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Il trovatore: Act III Scene 1: GitanillaBournemouth Symphony Orchestra 2:29£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Il trovatore: Act III Scene 1: EnsembleBournemouth Symphony Orchestra 1:33£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Il trovatore: Act III Scene 2: SevillanaBournemouth Symphony Orchestra 4:05£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Il trovatore: Act III Scene 2: Echo du soldatBournemouth Symphony Orchestra 2:57£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Il trovatore: Act III Scene 2: La BohemienneBournemouth Symphony Orchestra 7:20£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Il trovatore: Act III Scene 2: GalopBournemouth Symphony Orchestra 2:31£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen11. I vespri siciliani (excerpts): Act III Scene 2: Le quattro stagioni: L'invernoBournemouth Symphony Orchestra 6:32£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen12. I vespri siciliani (excerpts): Act III Scene 2: Le quattro stagioni: La primaveraBournemouth Symphony Orchestra 7:50£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen13. I vespri siciliani (excerpts): Act III Scene 2: Le quattro stagioni: L'estateBournemouth Symphony Orchestra 5:40£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen14. I vespri siciliani (excerpts): Act III Scene 2: Le quattro stagioni: L'autunnoBournemouth Symphony Orchestra 9:21Album Only

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Wonderful value, especially when the music is so tuneful, the playing so accomplished and the conducting so expert. ***** --Mail On Sunday,25/03/12

As he has often shown in the past, José Serebrier has a remarkable gift for drawing polished and vigorous performances from his orchestra. The result has all the tension and bite of a live performance with the advantage of studio techniques, helped by refined and beautifully balanced recording, transparent in texture. --Gramophone, June 2012

'Each piece's vitality and colour are well captured in these performances which combine sweep with finesse.' --BBC Music Magazine, June 2012

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Musique de ballet des opéras Otello, Macbeth, Jérusalem, Don Carlos, Aïda, Le Trouvère & Les Vêpres Siciliennes / Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra - José Serebrier, direction

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5.0 out of 5 stars Verdi Come Dancing! 18 April 2013
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A splendid double CD. The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra plays Verdi's melodic opera ballet music with great vitality and charm, and the recording quality is excellent, too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A delight 10 Feb 2013
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I found this disc by listening to one of the many online classic music stations. I was blown away by Verdi's adaptation of his opera music for ballets - and this one is a great recording. Recorded in 2011 - it sounds spacious and dynamic. Love it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An unexpected delight 4 April 2012
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Although I already knew some of this music, much of it was new to me. However, it proved to be a real enjoyment as well as (in many cases) a discovery. It is hard to think of a better conductor for this music than the vastly-experienced Jose Serebrier. To have the complete ballet music from Verdi's operas (and I understand that this is the only really complete collection) on a double CD is a great idea and well worth acquiring.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Verdi Ballet Music Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra Serebrier 8 April 2012
By E. S. Wilks - Published on
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Opera-ballet was a popular genre of French Baroque opera. Ballets in operas were a favorite of two prominent French composers, Jean-Baptiste Lully and Jean-Philippe Rameau. Though it remained primarily a French tradition to include a ballet sequence in an opera, the custom spread to England, Germany, and Italy. The custom continued through the Classical period and into the Romantic period. Throughout most of the 19th century, Parisians expected, even demanded, that operatic performances should contain ballet sequences. Famous composers from these periods who added ballet sequences to their operas include Mozart, Gluck, Gounod, Auber, Rossini, Meyerbeer, and even Wagner, who included the "Bacchanal" music in his opera "Rienzi" for its Paris performance.
Usually, ballets comprised interludes unessential to the plot, but were they were connected to it by some superficially plausible reason. Their purpose was to offer a diversion from the purely dramatic and vocal segments of the opera. Verdi included ballets in only seven of his 28 operas. He apparently disliked the habit, for he eventually insisted that his publisher should exclude the ballet sequences from his published operas because they disrupt the continuity of the action. Nowadays, ballet sequences are frequently omitted from opera performances, presumably for the same reason.
This 2-CD set gathers, for the first time ever, according to the Naxos sleeve-notes, all of Verdi's ballet music into a single offering. The sleeve-notes, written by conductor Jose Serebrier, point out that whenever he conducts a Verdi opera, he has to insist that the ballet scenes be included, because most of them are either omitted from published scores or included as an optional addendum. The performances sound splendid, and the sound quality of the recording is excellent. If you are a Verdi fan, you will surely enjoy these performances.
Ted Wilks
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5.0 out of 5 stars Spectacular sound 28 Oct 2012
By John W. Reiser - Published on
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One of the cleanest sounding orchestral recordings I have heard in some time. The recording engineers for Naxos should be congratulated for the spectacular capture of this music.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Little known Verdi ballet music, excellently performed and recorded. 6 Sep 2012
By Kenneth Bergman - Published on
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With the exception of the opera Aida, Verdi did not set out to compose ballet music for his operas. But in order to get a performance of an opera in Paris in the 19th Century, a ballet section was de rigueur. So Verdi composed ballet music for those operas: Otello, Macbeth, Jerusalem (aka I Lombardi), Don Carlo, Il Trovatore, and I Vespri Siciliani, that were performed at the Paris Opera. These sometimes lengthy ballet scenes are rarely included in operatic performances today, though some of them, notably for Otello and I Vespri Siciliani, are sometimes heard as orchestral concert selections.

The short ballet episodes of Aida, on the other hand, were always intended by Verdi to be integral parts of the opera, are usually included in performance today, and are well-known to opera lovers.

Of course, the ballet music was intended to be the foundation for a visual show, so rhythmic regularity was all important. Much of the ballet music is repetitious and seems to be going nowhere, but without dancers on stage it's hard to know how appropriate this music was for its intended purpose. Perhaps the best of the ballet scenes are those of Otello, where the music is more dramatic and exciting than elsewhere. According to the included notes, Verdi took more than usual interest in adding these ballet scenes to the opera, and he sketched out the intended purpose of each scene. It appears that he would have liked them added to all performances of Otello.

For the most part, Verdi did not use music from the rest of the opera in his ballet scenes, but there are exceptions. The Don Carlo ballet includes a gorgeous chorale theme from the opera, and fans of Il Trovatore will recognize a brief reference to the "Anvil Chorus." The ballet score for I Vespri Siciliani is interesting in that it is almost 30 minutes long and consists of four individual ballets for each of the four seasons, starting with winter.

Not included in this compilation of ballet music is the very fine dance music in Act II, Scene 2 of La Traviata, which is an integral part of that opera. Verdi apparently had mixed feelings about including ballet music in his operas, and most of his La Scala performances did not include the ballet scenes.

Jose Serebrier and the Bournmouth Symphony Orchestra have now provided a 2 CD set of recordings of this ballet music for Verdi fans. As instrumental music, it is of variable quality and interest, as noted above. But Serebrier does an excellent job with the Bournmouth, and the sound quality is splendid. The included liner notes are very detailed and informative. Most of this music is also available in MP3 format. Recommended for those who want to have Verdi's instrumental as well as sung music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars How come nobody thought of that before? 26 April 2012
By Skaynan - Published on
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This is a great CD, performance is top shelf (I have a soft spot for Bournemouth), and the selection just shouts: "Grab me if you can't stand opera but don't want to miss on some great music because of it".

There are many such offering of, say, Mozart's operas overtures, and Verdi's own, but I never seen this kind of a Verdi selection of music which is NOT the overtures. How come nobody thought of it before? Highly recommended.
5.0 out of 5 stars Now you can hear most all of Verdi's ballet music on one outstanding 2 CD set 28 Jun 2013
By W. Chiles - Published on
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Aside from the dance sequences in "Aida" today's opera audiences typically won't hear much of the wonderful ballet music Verdi composed for his operas, many of them added at the insistence of the Paris Opera. Verdi himself said that they tended to slow dramatic progression too much, however, he did not stint on quality of melodic invention or orchestration when composing them. Conductor Serebrier obviously took delight in preparing this release, writing the informative liner notes himself.

I've heard the ballet music for Otello on the original Decca/Karajan/Vienna Opera LP but it was cut from the CD release as well as every live performance I've heard for reasons of dramatic continuity. Yet, it's beautiful and exciting music and worthy of being recorded. Serebrier also includes lengthy ballet music from "Jeruselem", "Il Trovatore" and "Macbeth", the latter of which he composed years after its premiere for a revival at the Paris Opera. It's well integrated into his earlier, simpler compositional style, revealing some clever uses of his orchestra, particularly the way the trumpets carry the rapid fire syncopated melody in one particular sequence.

i had never heard of the Trovatore ballet excerpts before and only knew of the Peregrina ballet of Don Carlo from historical references. It's cut from both the french and italian versions I've heard live and on recordings. Serebrier obtains taut committed performances from the fine Bournemouth Symphony. Naxos provides clear, warm reverberant sound. It's not the first word in sound engineering, a bit recessed and low in level, but attractive nonetheless. I highly recommend this set to anyone who enjoys romantic era ballet music and who admires Verdi.
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