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Delibes: Sylvia, Coppélia

San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, Martin West

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Sylvia Suite  
1
Prelude - Les Chasseresses, "Fanfare" - Intermezzo - Valse lente
Léo Delibes; San Francisco Ballet Orchestra; Martin West
10:48
2
Cortege rustique - Danse des Ethiopiens - Chant bacchique
Léo Delibes; San Francisco Ballet Orchestra; Martin West
8:29
3
Marche - Cortege de Bacchus
Léo Delibes; San Francisco Ballet Orchestra; Martin West
7:02
4
Scene - Barcarole - Pizzicato - Pas des esclaves - Strette - Galop - Apotheose
Léo Delibes; San Francisco Ballet Orchestra; Martin West
14:05
Coppélia Ballet Suite  
5
Prelude - Mazurka - Valse Swanhilde - Czardas
Léo Delibes; San Francisco Ballet Orchestra; Martin West
12:31
6
Scene - Valse de la poupee - Valse des Heures
Léo Delibes; San Francisco Ballet Orchestra; Martin West
8:07
7
L'aurore - Le priere - Le travail - L'Hymne - Galop final
Léo Delibes; San Francisco Ballet Orchestra; Martin West
11:59
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    73:01
"The bass drum has massive impact ... strings are silky sweet ... I have never heard a triangle reproduced with such clarity and focus. The famous saxophone solo in the Barcarolle must be heard to be believed. The instrumental texture is amazing as the soloist is shamelessly spotlighted ... you are not likely to hear a better recorded performance of these extended suites."
- Fanfare

"Both scores receive first rate performances. Soloists have character and ensemble is generally very fine ... both Coppélia and Sylvia are performances of grace and elegance. The recording by Keith Johnson echoes the magic of the music. Johnson captures his usual glorious sound. Air and ambiance surround the orchestra, solos especially ... when the volume 'goes to 11,' fans will not be disappointed. Recommended."
- Audiophilia

Leo Delibes's Coppélia is pure delight, a feast of musicality and humour for all ages, possibly the greatest ballet comedy ever written. This collection of extended suites also includes the composer's romance Sylvia, filled with sighs of longing and the thrill of infatuation. Set in antiquity, the ballet literally places love on a pedestal in the person of the Greek god Eros. Like many popular compositions, Delibes's works, including pieces of these ballets, have repeatedly been used in films dating back to the earliest talkies. Conductor Martin West is acknowledged as one of the foremost conductors of ballet, garnering critical acclaim throughout the world. The San Francisco Ballet, the oldest professional ballet company in America, was also one of the first dance companies to have its own permanent body of musicians. By the 1990s the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra was generally regarded as one of the finest ballet orchestras in the world. This album was recorded at Skywalker Sound in 2011, produced by multi-Grammy nominees Victor and Marina Ledin and engineered by Grammy winner "Prof." Keith O. Johnson.
176.4 kHz / 24-bit, 88.2 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Reference Recordings Studio Masters

Recorded at Skywalker Sound, Marin County, California, March 29 - 30, 2011

Producers: Victor and Marina Ledin
Recording engineer: Keith O. Johnson
Recordist: Sean Royce Martin
Executive producers: Marcia Martin and J. Tamblyn Henderson, Jr
Editing: V. and M. Ledin, S.R. Martin
Post-production and mastering: K.O. Johnson
Design: Bill Roarty, J.T. Henderson
Front cover photo: Yuan Yuan Tan in Mark Morris' Sylvia, © Erik Tomasson
Back cover photo: Maria Kochetkova and Damian Smith in Coppélia
Choreography by George Balanchine, © The George Balanchine Trust
Photo: © Erik Tomasson
San Francisco Ballet: Helgi Tomasson, Artistic director and principal choreographer

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