℗ 1959 Decca Music Group Limited
Released 1959
Duration 1h 35m 51s
Record Label Decca Music Group Ltd.
Genre Classical
 

The Royal Ballet; Gala Performances

Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Ernest Ansermet

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Nutcracker Suite, Op.71a  
1.1
2a. March
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky; Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Ernest Ansermet
2:34
1.2
2b. Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky; Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Ernest Ansermet
1:44
1.3
2d. Arabian Dance (Coffee)
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky; Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Ernest Ansermet
3:35
1.4
2e. Chinese Dance (Tea)
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky; Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Ernest Ansermet
1:07
1.5
2f. Dance of the Reed-Pipes (Merlitons)
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky; Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Ernest Ansermet
2:18
1.6
3. Waltz of the Flowers
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky; Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Ernest Ansermet
6:33
La Boutique Fantasque  
1.7
4. Tarantella
Gioacchino Rossini; Ottorino Respighi; Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Ernest Ansermet
2:06
1.8
10. Andantino mosso
Gioacchino Rossini; Ottorino Respighi; Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Ernest Ansermet
2:38
1.9
9. Can-Can
Gioacchino Rossini; Ottorino Respighi; Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Ernest Ansermet
2:01
Coppélia - Tableau 1  
1.10
1. Prélude - Mazurka
Léo Delibes; Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Ernest Ansermet
4:20
Coppélia - Tableau 2  
1.11
10. Introduction and Waltz
Léo Delibes; Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Ernest Ansermet
2:57
Coppélia - Tableau 1  
1.12
8. Czárdás
Léo Delibes; Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Ernest Ansermet
3:40
Coppélia / Tableau 2  
1.13
13. Valse de la poupée
Léo Delibes; Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Ernest Ansermet
2:01
Giselle / Act 1  
1.14
Introduction & Waltz
Adolphe Charles Adam; Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Ernest Ansermet
5:04
Giselle / Act 2  
1.15
Pas de deux & Variation
Adolphe Charles Adam; Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Ernest Ansermet
4:42
Swan Lake, Op.20, TH.12 / Act 2  
2.1
No.10 Scène (Moderato)
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky; Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Ernest Ansermet
3:10
Swan Lake, Op.20, TH.12 / Act 4  
2.2
No.27 Danses des petits cygnes (Moderato)
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky; Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Ernest Ansermet
1:22
Swan Lake, Op.20, TH.12 / Act 3  
2.3
Pas de deux
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky; Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Ernest Ansermet
6:34
Swan Lake, Op.20, TH.12 / Act 4  
2.4
Valse
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky; Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Ernest Ansermet
7:47
Carnaval, Op.9  
2.5
Pierrot
Robert Schumann; Alexander Glazunov; Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov; Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Ernest Ansermet
1:10
2.6
Reconnaissance
Robert Schumann; Alexander Glazunov; Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov; Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Ernest Ansermet
1:36
2.7
Aveu
Robert Schumann; Alexander Glazunov; Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov; Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Ernest Ansermet
1:04
2.8
Pantalon et Colombine
Robert Schumann; Alexander Glazunov; Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov; Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Ernest Ansermet
1:07
The Sleeping Beauty, Op.66, TH.13 / Prologue  
2.9
Introduction: Prologue: The Lilac Fairy
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky; Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Ernest Ansermet
4:42
The Sleeping Beauty, Op.66, TH.13 / Act 1  
2.10
Rose Adagio
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky; Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Ernest Ansermet
6:15
2.11
6. Valse
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky; Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Ernest Ansermet
4:26
Les Sylphides  
2.12
1. Prélude
Frédéric Chopin; Roy Douglas; Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Ernest Ansermet
1:46
2.13
4. Mazurka
Frédéric Chopin; Roy Douglas; Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Ernest Ansermet
1:55
2.14
Valse
Frédéric Chopin; Roy Douglas; Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Ernest Ansermet
5:37
"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 it's 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 it's purely mechanical form. It's 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." - Audiophile Online Magazine Conductor Ernest Ansermet leads the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in this stunning programme of Gala Performances from the Royal Ballet, featuring the famous ballets of Tchaikovsky, Rossini, Schumann, and more!
176.4 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Decca Music Group Studio Masters

Disc 2, Tracks 1-14; Disc 1, Tracks 1-15 – contains high-resolution digital transfers of material originating from an analogue master source
Track titlePeak (dB FS)RMS (dB FS)DR
Album average
Range of values
-6.45
-15.63 to -2.25
-27.50
-36.29 to -21.57
12
9 to 17
1.1
2a. March
-2.74-22.4211
1.2
2b. Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy
-11.97-33.5114
1.3
2d. Arabian Dance (Coffee)
-14.43-34.3112
1.4
2e. Chinese Dance (Tea)
-9.30-27.9312
1.5
2f. Dance of the Reed-Pipes (Merlitons)
-2.60-28.8214
1.6
3. Waltz of the Flowers
-2.80-23.5412
1.7
4. Tarantella
-3.25-22.0912
1.8
10. Andantino mosso
-15.63-36.2913
1.9
9. Can-Can
-2.94-21.7911
1.10
1. Prélude - Mazurka
-2.71-21.8812
1.11
10. Introduction and Waltz
-5.85-26.9012
1.12
8. Czárdás
-2.95-23.5613
1.13
13. Valse de la poupée
-9.18-35.5617
1.14
Introduction & Waltz
-2.91-25.2312
1.15
Pas de deux & Variation
-4.53-30.8016
2.1
No.10 Scène (Moderato)
-3.30-22.3410
2.2
No.27 Danses des petits cygnes (Moderato)
-5.79-32.609
2.3
Pas de deux
-12.55-34.9713
2.4
Valse
-2.50-22.9711
2.5
Pierrot
-5.54-25.8111
2.6
Reconnaissance
-12.85-30.2310
2.7
Aveu
-11.86-31.1810
2.8
Pantalon et Colombine
-9.39-29.8512
2.9
Introduction: Prologue: The Lilac Fairy
-2.77-22.7711
2.10
Rose Adagio
-2.25-21.5711
2.11
6. Valse
-4.56-23.9611
2.12
1. Prélude
-9.57-31.6813
2.13
4. Mazurka
-7.21-27.1711
2.14
Valse
-3.14-25.9313

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