Thursday, February 16, 2017

Ballet Gala-CD 34&35 from Ballet Masterpieces-The World's favourite ballets and Ballet suites.

From my collection.
Bought in 2010.
First listen: CD 34. 6-6-2013, Second listen: 16-2-2017.
First listen: CD 35. 10-6-2013. Second listen: 16-2-2017.
Label: DECCA.
CD 34&35 from 35.
Recording dates: June 1988.
Recording venue: Henry Wood Hall, London, England.
Recording engineer: Stanley Goodall.
Running times: 64:26&64:10.
Classical relevance to me: Essential.

Composer, arrangers and works on CD 34&35.

Leon Minkus, arr. Peter March. Grand pas-Paquita.
Cesare Pugni, arr. Peter March. Pas de quatre.
Jacques Offenbach. Le Papillon.
Leon Minkus, arr. Peter March. Pas de Deux-Don Quixote.
Riccardo Drigo, arr. John Lanchbery. Pas de Deux-Le Corsaire.
Daniel François Esprit Auber. Pas classique 
Les Rendez-vous arr. Constant Lambert. 
Riccardo Drigo. arr Peter March. Pas de Deux-Diane et Actéon.
Domenico Scarlatti. arr. Vincenzo Tommasini.-The Good humoured Ladies.
Ambroise Thomas-Françoise de Rimini.

Performed by:
English Chamber Orchestra, Richard Bonynge.

A marvelous close of this box with 35 CD'S of goodies, all arrangements done in good taste with here and there a piece, that goes a bit over the top. Especially the arranger Peter March has a hand in this. John Lanchbery is adding his bit with a tad too much bombast in his arrangements. but it's all above board, although not always effective.  The sound is good, but I expected a bit more bloom from this hall, and a bit more effort from the engineer to get that. Altogether I heard better sound from this source. It will take some time before I return to this box, but another one is lined up with 10 CD'S also on the label DECCA, with little or no overlap. Looking forward to that.

Trabaci, Giovanni Maria. (1575-1647) Organo Napoletano. Second rerun.

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