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  • Gounod: Faust - Ballet Music / Bizet: Carmen - Suite Gounod: Faust - Ballet Music / Bizet: Carmen - Suite Quick View

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    Gounod: Faust - Ballet Music / Bizet: Carmen - Suite

    Analogue 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 Wilkinson

    This title is not eligible for discount.

    Ballet 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
    7. Bacchanalia
    8. Funeral March Of A Marionette

    Carmen Suite
    9. Carmen Suite
    - Prelude; Entr'acte - Aragonaise
    - Habanera; Changing of the Guard
    - Intermezzo; Smugglers' March
    - Entr'acte - Dragoons of Alcala

    Alexander Gibson
    200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • The Royal Ballet Gala Performances The Royal Ballet Gala Performances Quick View

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    The Royal Ballet Gala Performances

    Double 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 Wilkinson

    This title is not eligible for discount.

    LP 1
    1. Tschaikovsky: From The Nutcracker Suite
    2. Rossini-Respighi: From La Boutique Fantastique
    3. Delibes: From CoppÉlia
    4. Adam: From Giselle

    LP 2
    1. Tschaikovsky: From Swan Lake
    2. Schumann: From Carnaval
    3. Tschaikovsky: From The Sleeping Beauty
    4. Chopin: From Les Sylphides

    Ernest Ansermet
    200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP + Book - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • Walton: Facade / Lecocq: Mamzelle Angot Walton: Facade / Lecocq: Mamzelle Angot Quick View

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    Walton: Facade / Lecocq: Mamzelle Angot

    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 Cross

    This title is not eligible for discount.

    Sir William Walton - Façade (Suites For Orchestra)
    1. Fanfare
    2. Scotch Rhapsody
    3. Valse
    4. Tango-pasadoble
    5. Swiss Yodeling Song
    6. Country Dance
    7. Polka
    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

    Anatole Fistoulari
    200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Herold-Lanchbery: La fille mal gardee Herold-Lanchbery: La fille mal gardee Quick View

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    Herold-Lanchbery: La fille mal gardee

    Decca 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
    Herold & Lanchberry
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Ocean's Kingdom Ocean's Kingdom Quick View

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    Ocean's Kingdom

    Marking 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
    Paul McCartney
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