Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Léo Delibes; Frédéric Chopin; Charles Gounod - Ballet Music (David Zinman)


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Composer: Léo Delibes; Frédéric Chopin; Charles Gounod

CD1:
  • (01-10) Delibes - Coppélia, Act I
  • (11-23) Delibes - Coppélia, Act II
CD2:
  • (01-10) Delibes - Coppélia, Act III
  • (11-18) Chopin - Les Sylphides (arr. Roy Douglas)
  • (19-25) Gounod - Faust, ballet music from opera
  • (26) Gounod - Faust, opera: Waltz from Act II

Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra
David Zinman, conductor
Date: 1978 (Delibes), 1980 (Chopin, Gounod)
Label: Philips
out of print, but still available as discs 2 & 3 of this collection:
http://www.deccaclassics.com/us/cat/4758560


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Léo Delibes (21 February 1836 – 16 January 1891) was a French composer of the Romantic era, who specialised in ballets, operas, and other works for the stage. His most notable works include ballets Coppélia (1870) and Sylvia (1876) as well as the operas Le roi l'a dit (1873) and Lakmé (1883). Delibes studied composition at the Paris Conservatoire as a student of Adolphe Adam. It has been suggested that Delibes also wrote the ballet music for Gounod's Faust which had been inserted ten years after the original performance of the opera.

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Frédéric Chopin (22 February or 1 March 1810 – 17 October 1849) was a Polish composer and virtuoso pianist of the Romantic era who wrote primarily for the solo piano. He gained and has maintained renown worldwide as one of the leading musicians of his era, whose "poetic genius was based on a professional technique that was without equal in his generation". Chopin's music, his status as one of music's earliest superstars, his association (if only indirect) with political insurrection, his love life and his early death have made him a leading symbol of the Romantic era in the public consciousness. His works remain popular, and he has been the subject of numerous films and biographies of varying degrees of historical accuracy.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fr%C3%A9d%C3%A9ric_Chopin

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Charles Gounod (17 June 1818 – 17 October or 18 October 1893) was a French composer. Gounod is best known for his operas Faust and Romeo et Juliette and for his Ave Maria (1859). Though his reputation began to fade even before he died, he is still generally regarded as a major figure in nineteenth century French music. Stylistically, he was a conservative whose influence nevertheless extended to Bizet, Saint-Saëns, and Massenet.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Gounod
http://www.allmusic.com/artist/charles-gounod-mn0000153981/biography

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David Zinman (born 9 July 1936 in New York City, United States) is an American conductor and violinist. He worked in Maine with Pierre Monteux from 1958 to 1962, serving as his assistant from 1961 to 1964. Zinman has been Music Director of the Rotterdam Philharmonic, Rochester Philharmonic, Baltimore Symphony and Tonhalle Orchester Zürich, and Principal Conductor of the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra and was Artistic Director of the Aspen Music Festival, where he created the International Conducting Academy.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Zinman
http://www.davidzinman.org/

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