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    Due for release on 24th Sep 2021

    This looks interesting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marsilius View Post
    Please correct me if I'm wrong (I may well be!), but I thought that Lanchbery [with just one R, by the way] only recorded a disc of - admittedly substantial - excerpts of La fille mal gardée. The single-disc CD that I have (Decca 430 196-2) is billed as such and runs to just 50'46". A later Decca recording (430 849-2) featuring the National Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Richard Bonynge contains almost twice as much music (94'44") and so runs onto a second CD. Its completeness makes it, for me, the preferable purchase of the two, even though Lanchbery, as the original re-arranger of the score, has a strong claim on our interest.

    Incidentally, the full Bonynge recording may also be found on the recent Decca set of his complete ballet recordings (485 0781) - a superb collection of 45 CDs at a competitive price. If that appeals, I'd order now as it's described as being a "limited edition".
    It is a single LP-length recording. I’m away from home, so I can’t check what else is on the CD. What makes it stand out is the incredibly natural sound. There appear to have been quite a number of audiophile releases over the years, but the version in the Decca analogue box satisfies my ears.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jegreenwood View Post
    It is a single LP-length recording. I’m away from home, so I can’t check what else is on the CD. What makes it stand out is the incredibly natural sound. There appear to have been quite a number of audiophile releases over the years, but the version in the Decca analogue box satisfies my ears.
    As I suspected, I wasn't quite correct in one respect in my original post. The 1983 recording of the score in full was actually performed, as it had been on the original 1960s excerpts disc, by John Lanchbery and the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. [As such, I'm afraid that it won't, after all, be found in that wonderful Bonynge complete ballets box set!] Mea culpa...

    Meanwhile, I've been looking at copies of the original 1960s Lanchbery LP's cover as posted on Ebay, where the disc can be bought for from anything from £20 to £250 - though quite why the latter is so highly (over?)valued isn't explained! All of them are described as discs of excerpts. I think, therefore, that that was all that was issued at the time - probably because (1) as a new ballet (even if to old music), Decca weren't confident that there'd be a market for a complete recorded performance, (2) at a length of more than 90 minutes, a recording of the full-length ballet would have needed to be issued on two LPs, which would have both deterred any potential buyers whose interest in a new work was marginal and once again made the whole thing a dodgier commercial prospect from Decca's point of view.

    Only by the early 1980s was it clear, I suspect, that LFMG had become a popular mainstay of the Royal Ballet's repertoire and that there was a market for a full recorded performance. While I agree that the sound of the 1960s analogue disc is excellent, the later 1980s digital recording trumps it, in my view, if only because it gives us the ballet in its complete form.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marsilius View Post
    As I suspected, I wasn't quite correct in one respect in my original post. The 1983 recording of the score in full was actually performed, as it had been on the original 1960s excerpts disc, by John Lanchbery and the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. [As such, I'm afraid that it won't, after all, be found in that wonderful Bonynge complete ballets box set!] Mea culpa...

    Meanwhile, I've been looking at copies of the original 1960s Lanchbery LP's cover as posted on Ebay, where the disc can be bought for from anything from £20 to £250 - though quite why the latter is so highly (over?)valued isn't explained! All of them are described as discs of excerpts. I think, therefore, that that was all that was issued at the time - probably because (1) as a new ballet (even if to old music), Decca weren't confident that there'd be a market for a complete recorded performance, (2) at a length of more than 90 minutes, a recording of the full-length ballet would have needed to be issued on two LPs, which would have both deterred any potential buyers whose interest in a new work was marginal and once again made the whole thing a dodgier commercial prospect from Decca's point of view.

    Only by the early 1980s was it clear, I suspect, that LFMG had become a popular mainstay of the Royal Ballet's repertoire and that there was a market for a full recorded performance. While I agree that the sound of the 1960s analogue disc is excellent, the later 1980s digital recording trumps it, in my view, if only because it gives us the ballet in its complete form.
    It seems Decca has re-released the earlier La Fille on vinyl for $26. I got mine as part of the Decca Analogue box for 30 pounds at an HMV closeout sale. As it makes up half of one disc of the 50 disc set, I paid 30p for it.

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    Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet, Op. 64

    Carlos Acosta (Romeo) & Tamara Rojo (Juliet), José Martín (Mercutio) &
    Thiago Soares (Tybalt)

    Royal Ballet Sinfonia, Boris Gruzin

    Watched this beauty last night .

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    Adam: Giselle

    Laëtitia Pujol (Giselle), Nicolas Le Riche (Albrecht), Marie-Agnès
    Gillot (Myrtha) & Wilfried Romoli (Hilarion)

    Orchestra, Ballet and First Dancers of the Opéra National de Paris,
    Paul Connelly

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    Lovenskjold: La Sylphide

    Lis Jeppesen, Nikolaj Hübbe, Sorella Englund, Morten Munksdorf,
    Ann-Kristein Hauge, Kirsten Simone, Anne Marie Vessel

    Royal Danish Ballet Company, Poul Jorgensen

    We had a wonderful evening. Hot chocolate milk with cream comfy chair and this great ballet.

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    Prokofiev: Romeo & Juliet

    Yasmine Naghdi, Matthew Ball, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Pavel Sorokin

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    Pas d'École - Demonstrations of the Paris Opera Ballet School; the School of Dreams

    Paris Opera Ballet School


    2 DVD Videos


    Region: All

    Due for release on 26th Nov 2021




    Looks very interesting

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rogerx View Post




    Due for release on 24th Sep 2021

    This looks interesting.
    My copy arrives today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jegreenwood View Post
    My copy arrives today.
    That will be hours of pleasure I am sure .

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    The only possible disappointment in that Royal Ballet box may be the 2013 performance of Carlos Acosta's production of Don Quixote - for reasons explained at length here http://www.musicweb-international.co..._OABD7143D.htm. Perhaps Acosta, too, has come to share those reservations, for I see that only eight years later he is currently working on a new DQ production that will be unveiled at Birmingham Royal Ballet next year. It will presumably be very different - or else what's the point of doing it? I've already booked tickets.

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    4: Martin Schläpfer ( saw parts on the Mezzo channel, now I ordered it)

    Wiener Staatsballett


    Mahler, Live' is a dialogue between two outstanding ballets, the world premiere of '4' by Martin Schläpfer and Hans van Manen‘s icon of dance history 'Live'. The new director of the Vienna State Ballet Martin Schläpfer not only presents his first own program at the Vienna State Opera with the premiere 'Mahler, Live' but also introduce himself as choreographer with his world premiere '4' to Gustav Mahler‘s 4th Symphony. The result is a great ballet for the entire ensemble, which is preceded by an icon of dance history at the opening of the evening, with Hans van Manen‘s 'Live'. Hans van Manen‘s 'Live' is the first video ballet in dance history and a masterful puzzle game with the mechanisms of perception. First performed in Amsterdam in 1979, 'Live' has so far been danced exclusively by Het Nationale Ballett. With this new production in Vienna, Hans van Manen entrusts his work to another company for the first time. 'The ballet evening Mahler, live at the Vienna State Opera is already writing dance history' (Kurier), // 'A sensational start. The Viennese have undoubtedly drawn a lucky draw.' (Süddeutsche Zeitung).
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    Third Practice

    Choreography & Concept Tero Saarinen
    Music Claudio Monteverdi

    Casting

    Helsinki Baroque Orchestra
    Tero Saarinen (Choreography)
    Tero Saarinen Company (COMPAGNIE DE BALLET)
    Topi Lehtipuu (Tenor)

    Recording: March 6 2021 - Helsinki
    Director: Thomas Freundlich
    Duration: 01:07

    Tero Saarinen’s new magnum opus explores radical shifts in values and perspectives. Claudio Monteverdi’s revolutionary, breathtakingly beautiful madrigals are incarnated by twelve dancers and musicians, plus tenor Topi Lehtipuu and virtual soprano Núria Rial. TSC and Helsinki Baroque Orchestra join forces to create a gripping contemporary fusion of dance, live music, opera and design.

    From the Mezzo Channel

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rogerx View Post
    ...and virtual soprano Núria Rial...

    From the Mezzo Channel
    I confess that I'm primarily a ballet fan, although I'll happily listen to an opera too when in the mood, but I'm mystified by the words above. Perhaps describing a soprano as virtual is some sort of technical term, like mezzo-soprano - but in that case I bet I'm not the only one who doesn't know that. As it is, by using such obscure or positively ambiguous language, the copywriter leaves us to speculate at will...

    Does the term virtual soprano mean that Ms Rial recorded her contribution remotely from a location separate from the rest of them because of Covid and so she wasn't really there? Maybe her contribution was as a hologram?

    Alternatively, perhaps she was virtually in the studio but hadn't quite made it because she'd missed the bus?

    Or maybe we are invited to think that she's virtually a soprano - but not quite one because her range doesn't encompass the highest notes? Ms Rial is undoubtedly a very fine artist, so we can certainly discount at least this last one, but my point is that poor choice of words - if only the selection of ones that have obscure specialist meanings (which, in any case, I suspect isn't the case on this occasion) - can easily mystify the reader.
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