Thursday, February 16, 2017

Verdi, Giuseppe. Ballet Music. (Ballet Masterpieces, The World's favourite ballets and Ballet Suites). CD 33.

From my collection.
Bought in 2010.
First listen: 4-6-2013.
Second listen: 16-2-2017.
Label: DECCA.
CD 33 from 35.
Recording dates:  May 1986 & June 1988.
Recording venue: Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Italy.
Recording engineer: John Pellowe & Colin Moorfoot.
Running time: 65:40.
Classical relevance to me: Absolutely essential.

Works performed:
Otello-Ballet Music.
Don Carlos-"La peregrine" (Solo violin Giovanni Adamo)
Aida-Marcia e Ballabile.
Macbeth- Ballet music.
I vespri siciliani-Le quattro Stagioni.

Performed by:
Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Riccardo Chailly.

What a joy to dip into this fine box again. In fact my desert island choice, would that ever happen.
Verdi's ballet music is colourful, extrovert, and dynamically riveting. One has to admire the writing skills of this opera composer. None of those works will ever enter my player, but his ballet music, well that is top notch, and the very best in the field. Pride of place is for "I vespri siciliani-Le Quattro Stagioni". What a wonderful piece of ballet music, that has my enthusiasm all over the place, with it's gorgeous turns of melodies and the perfect harmony between all the instruments. This piece belongs to the top what this box has to offer. Added to this the state of the art recording and a magnificent performance of this orchestra and conductor, what could be said more in the sense of praise. For ballet lovers this box is an absolute must, no doubt about it.
Heartily recommended.





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