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The Royal Ballet Gala PerformancesDouble LP With Book
Mastered By Bernie Grundman From The Original Analog Tape
200-Gram Double LP Plated And Pressed At Quality Record Pressings
In the hearts of thousands, No. 1 on the Top RCA list. While the bulk of Ansermet's recordings were made with L'Orchestre de la Susise Romande, there were a few with the Paris Conservatoire Orchestra and the very occasional foray into recordings with London orchestras, one of these being with the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, in 1959.
Audiophilia Online Magazine wrote: This is the stuff of which dreams are made. The Royal Ballet Gala is one of the finest RCAs recorded in London's Kingsway Hall. The chunks of great ballet music are well served by orchestra, conductor and engineer. Performances are executed to a very high standard - the Royal Opera House Orchestra, both then and n
ow, rank as one of the finest of opera orchestras.
Conductor Ansermet keeps the pace moving, giving the listener the impression of a dance event rather than a dramatic concert hall reading. With the exception of some of the Tchaikovsky scenes, the music is light and remains so under Ansermet's gentle touch. Each ballet is given full attention by the players, something not always attained at Covent Garden during long ballet nights! The threat of eternity does have its merits. The recorded sound is simply amazing! Lustrous is one word that comes to mind, accurate is another.
Tonally, Messrs. Williamson and Wilkinson have used their considerable talents to capture the orchestra superbly. Woodwind and strings glow and resonate, transporting this listener to a time when simpler recording was better. Brass ring out thrillingly and percussion effects are very musical. Be it a bang, swish, rattle, crack or snap, each percussionist is situated perfectly within the beautiful Kingsway soundstage. Even the difficult-to-record sound of the celeste is captured in its purely mechanical form. Its delicate sound is heard to great effect during the Nutcracker - originating stage left, the sound decays across the stage of Kingsway with sparkling beauty. Wonderful.
Producer: Michael Williamson
Engineer Kenneth WilkinsonLP 1
1. Tschaikovsky: From The Nutcracker Suite
2. Rossini-Respighi: From La Boutique Fantastique
3. Delibes: From CoppÉlia
4. Adam: From Giselle
1. Tschaikovsky: From Swan Lake
2. Schumann: From Carnaval
3. Tschaikovsky: From The Sleeping Beauty
4. Chopin: From Les Sylphides$74.99200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP + Book - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Gounod: Faust - Ballet Music / Bizet: Carmen - SuiteAnalogue Productions decided for this reissue to press from the Bernie Grundman parts that were used earlier for the Classic Records edition.
Plated and pressed by Quality Record Pressings
Tip-on jacket by Stoughton Printing
Widely regarded as one of the great RCAs. Alexander Gibson conducts the Royal Opera House Orchestra, Covent Garden, performing ballet music from Charles Gounod's Faust and Georges Bizet's Carmen Suite. Featuring orchestral highlights from Faust and Carmen, the later selections on Side 2 are nothing short of spectacular. Outstanding clarity and stereo stage. Transparency and imaging is superb.
Recorded in Kingsway Hall, London
Producer: Ray Minshull
Engineer: Kenneth WilkinsonBallet Must From "Faust"
1. Waltz (Allegretto)
2. Ensemble (Adagio)
3. Dance of the Nubians
4. Cleopatra's Dance
5. Dance of the Trojan Maidens
6. Helen's Dance
8. Funeral March Of A Marionette
9. Carmen Suite
- Prelude; Entr'acte - Aragonaise
- Habanera; Changing of the Guard
- Intermezzo; Smugglers' March
- Entr'acte - Dragoons of Alcala$34.99200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Herold-Lanchbery: La fille mal gardeeDecca is releasing their greatest recordings on vinyl and all are mastered at Abbey Road Studios from original
analogue tapes and pressed on 180g heavyweight vinyl by OPTIMAL. This release features John Lanchberry and
the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in excerpts from the ballet La Fille mal GardÉe. "The
Sound quality is simply superb.'' (Gramophone)1. Introduction, Dance Of The Cock And Hens, Lise And Ribbon
2. Thomas And Alain
3. Picnic, Flute Dance, Quarrel, The Fanny Ellsler Pas-De-Deux
4. Simone, Clog Dance, Maypole Dance, Storm And Finale (Act 1)
5. Spinning, Tambourine Dance (Aria Con Variazoni), Harvesters
6. Thomas, Alain And The Notaries
7. Pas-De-Deux, Finale$25.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
ELLE-HIQ-019xSir Charles Mackerras
Handel - Music For The Royal FireworksThe late Sir Charles Mackerras was an extraordinarily versatile musician who could be relied on to give first class accounts of everything from Bach to Britten and was renowned as an interpreter of Mozart and Janacek in particular. He also often remade recordings of works associated with him over his long career, like his 1962 recording of Pineapple Poll, music by Sullivan he arranged into a ballet.
In 1959, the small British label Pye asked him to record Handel's Music for the Royal Fireworks, which was met with critical acclaim for attempting to reproduce the sound Handel would have heard, rather than the smoother orchestral arrangements usually played at that time. The recording used some 26 oboes, creating an ensemble of over 70 players. Ever at the vanguard of authentic performance rather than authentic instruments, Mackerras took advantage of more modern recording techniques by re-recording the Handel at Abbey Road for EMI, again with an augmented wind band that Handel would have employed for the original open air performance in Green Park.
Recorded at No.1 Studio, Abbey Road on October 8 and December 19, 1976, produced by the legendary Suvi Raj Grubb, and engineered by Robert Gooch. Cut at Abbey Road Studios from the original stereo analog master tapes with the Neumann VMS82 lathe fed an analog pre-cut signal from a specially adapted Studer A80 tape deck with additional advance playback head, ensuring a completely analog process.
This title is not eligible for discount.Georg Friedrich Handel (1685-1759)
Music For the Royal Fireworks
Concerto Grosso in D Major
3. Largo alla Siciliana
4. La Rejouissance
5. Minuet I
6. Minuet II
Concerto in F 'a due cori' No. 2 in F
1. Overture (Pomposo - Allegro)
2. A tempo giusto
4. Allegro ma non troppo
5. A tempo ordinario
Concerto No. 1 in F
6. Largo - Allegro
Concerto No. 3 in D
7. Largo - Allegro - Allegro ma non troppo$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Walton: Facade / Lecocq: Mamzelle Angot (Pre-Order)Mastered By Willem Makee From The Original Master Tapes
Antole Fistoulari conducts the Royal Opera House Orchestra, Covent Garden performing Sir William Walton's Façade and Charles Alexandre Lecocq's Mamzelle Angot. Working with the Royal Ballet Orchestra in Covent Garden under Fistoulari, engineer Ken Cross and producer Michael Williamson created another Decca/RCA masterpiece. It's hard to know where to begin with a record this good. The top - the high end - of this recording is simply as well recorded as any RCA there is.
Undeniable transparency, snap, detail and body on cymbals, bells and woodblocks. The same virtues, along with the added virtue of harmonic richness extends into the midrange. Strings are sweet, diaphanous, transparent and a bit bright, without being irritating. Brass and woodwinds - which in this piece carry much of the thematic load - are particularly well reproduced.
Recorded in Walthamstow Assembly Hall
Producer: Michael Williamson
Engineer: Ken CrossSir William Walton - Façade (Suites For Orchestra)
2. Scotch Rhapsody
5. Swiss Yodeling Song
6. Country Dance
8. Noche Espagnole
9. Popular Song
10. Old Sir Faulk
11. Tarantella Sevillana
Charles Alexandre Lecocq - Mamzelle Angot
12. Act 1: No. 3 - Mazurka; No. 5 - Tempo di Marcia
13. Act 2: No. 8 - Tempo di Gavotte; No. 11
14. Act 3: No. 13 - Finale$34.99200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
Ocean's KingdomMarking his first foray into the word of dance, Paul McCartney has announced the general release of Oceans Kingdom, commissioned by the New York City Ballet. The recording will be released by Decca Records and Hear Music/Telarc and is conducted by John Wilson, produced by John Fraser and performed by The London Classical Orchestra.
Oceans Kingdom is the first time Sir Paul has written an original orchestral score or any kind of music for dance and is the result of a collaboration between Paul and New York City Ballets Master in Chief Peter Martins, who have worked together to present the world premiere of a new ballet for the companys 2011/2012 season this September.
Though the work is Pauls first ballet, he approached the project in the same way he writes all other music, driven by his heart rather than his head and inspired by feeling rather than specific technical knowledge. While this may have been another new turn for his staggeringly varied career to take, Paul knew it had to be influenced by his own personal experience and that he needed to create a story the audience would find equally compelling and moving.
Pauls first step was to visit the Royal Opera House to see Adolphe Adams Giselle, danced by the Royal Ballet. Afterwards, Paul met the dancers and discussed the work with them, realizing as he did so that he was still without a central theme to his work. Keen to tell a story through his music, Paul decided to focus on the purity of the ocean and within just two months, the first draft had been completed. He then went through the music again thinking specifically of the ballet itself, thereby creating a world featuring distinctive characters and a vibrant underworld kingdom. Finally Paul spent many more weeks working alongside Peter Martins to refine the work, before Peter created the choreography with the NYCB dancers.
An hour long score featuring four stunning movements: Oceans Kingdom, Hall of Dance, Imprisonment and Moonrise, the ballet tells of a love story within the story of an underwater world whose people are threatened by the humans of Earth. A potently expressive and richly varied work, the score is Pauls most challenging and emotionally complex yet. As he explains: What was interesting was writing music that meant something expressively rather than just writing a song. Trying to write something that expressed an emotion so you have fear, love, anger, sadness to play with and I found that exciting and challenging.
The premiere of the ballet Oceans Kingdom will take place at NYCBs Fall Gala on Thursday, September 22nd 2011 while the release of the orchestral score will follow a month later, here on vinyl. It was recorded in June of 2011 in London.
The artwork that accompanies the release is equally striking and inventive. Though it seems to suggest a city skyline, it is actually a digital readout of the notes from the ballet score.
Although this is his first orchestral score for dance, Paul is already quite at home in the world of classical music. His back catalog already carries four classical albums, the most recent of which was the Classical BRIT Award winning Ecce Cor Meum (Behold My Heart); a work for chorus and orchestra in four movements that was released in 2006.1. Movement 1: Oceans Kingdom
2. Movement 2: Hall of Dance
3. Movement 3: Imprisonment
4. Movement 4: Moonrise$34.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Three Worlds: Music From Woolf WorksFollowing the success of SLEEP, Max Richter reveals his latest recording project - a new album entitled Three Worlds: music from Woolf Works. It's drawn from his music to Wayne McGregor's award-winning Royal Ballet production Woolf Works - inspired by the works of Virginia Woolf - and will be released on Deutsche Grammophon.
Just like the ballet, Richter's new album has a three-part structure, built around themes from three of Woolf's novels: Mrs. Dalloway, Orlando and The Waves. Fragments from her letters, diaries and other writings are woven into the work, with spoken words from Gillian Anderson, Sarah Sutcliffe and even Virginia Woolf's own voice, reading the essay 'Craftsmanship' from a 1937 BBC recording.
Max Richter explains: "When we began to discuss making the ballet, I hunted around for material of all kinds, photographs, memoirs, biographies. I never expected to find a recording of Virginia Woolf - this is the only one to survive. It's like a tremendous time machine which allows you to hear her voice and wonderful use of language. I've used spoken-word elements quite often in my work, so to come across Virginia Woolf reading her own words was like a Christmas present. That lit the fuse for the musical language of the ballet's first act, based on Mrs. Dalloway, and the piece grew from there."
Richter's new album, which stems from his longer score for Woolf Works, features a vast palette of sounds - from solo instrumental and orchestral episodes, to electronic textures and music for wordless soprano. It opens with the chime of Big Ben, whose unmistakeable sound can still be heard above the noise of London traffic from the distance of Gordon Square in Bloomsbury, where Virginia Woolf lived before her marriage to Leonard Woolf.
Woolf's suicide note, her heart-rending farewell letter to her husband, read by Gillian Anderson, sets the contemplative atmosphere for 'Tuesday', the album's final and longest track. The piece develops from the sound of breaking waves into a plaintive solo melody, constantly repeated yet ever-changing, and grows to become a dream-like meditation on life and death. "My approach goes back to the aesthetic pleasure of simple, well-made things," Richter observes. "I believe 'Tuesday' connects to minimalism in painting and architecture; within the realm of what people call spirituality, it connects to Zen Buddhism. All those things flow together in the striving for the maximum from the minimum."
Max Richter and Wayne McGregor are frequent collaborators. Richter wrote the scores for McGregor's ballets Infra and The Future Self, while McGregor staged Richter's recomposition of Vivaldi's The Four Seasons and directed his chamber opera, Sum. Woolf Works was met with outstanding critical acclaim on its premiere in 2015, winning the Critics' Circle Award for Best Classical Choreography and the Olivier Award for Best New Dance Production.1. Words (Mrs Dalloway)
2. In The Garden
3. War Anthem
4. Meeting Again
5. Memory Is The Seamstress (Orlando)
6. Modular Astronomy
10. The Tyranny Of Symmetry
11. The Explorers
12. Presistence Of Images
13. Genesis Of Poetry
15. Love Songs
16. Tuesday (The Waves)$35.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now