The Art of the Prima Ballerina (a.o. Rossini / Tchaikovsky)
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky / Gioacchino Rossini

The Art of the Prima Ballerina (a.o. Rossini / Tchaikovsky)

London Symphony Orchestra / Richard Bonynge

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While Richard Bonynge has long been associated with opera, particularly with that of the Bel Canto age, he has been one of the most active revivers and conductors of ballet in the 20th and 21st centuries. His recordings of the major Romantic classical ballet scores have been critically acclaimed, but he has also been responsible for making – often – the single recording of many ballet masterpieces that disappeared from view, and in doing so, showing just how worthy was their revival. There were three classic ballet ‘bon-bon’ LPs he recorded in the 1960s – Homage to Pavlova, Pas de deux and The Art of the Prima Ballerina. All are now reissued on Decca Eloquence.

The Art of the Prima Ballerina, a lavish 2-LP set, here appears as per the original LP coupling, with illustrations and detailed notes. The album was conceived with one of the reigning prima ballerinas of the 20th century, Dame Alicia Markova, with whom Richard Bonynge collaborated extensively on the creation of this set. Markova also attended some of the recording sessions. Including moments from all three Tchaikovsky ballets, as well as the celebrated music for Giselle, the set focuses, however, largely on forgotten ballet scenes and moments by Pugni, Drigo, Donizetti and Minkus, as well as an anonymous Bolero.

‘truly admirable … not to be missed …the playing throughout is superb … Richard Bonynge’s direction is firm but supple’ Audio and Record Review

‘[Bonynge] has a nice sense of rubato, and plenty of verve when this is called for. … The recording is extremely vivid’ Gramophone (June 1963)

Minkus: La Bayadere
Drigo: Pas de Trois
Rossini: Ballet Music
Adam: Danse des vignerons ... Pas seul ... Peasant pas de deux
Adam: Grand pas de deux
Lovenskjold: Pas de deux
Tchaikovsky: Pas de deux
Donizetti: Ballabile
Minkus: Pas de deux
Anonymous: Bolero 1830
Pugni: Pas de quatre
Tchaikovsky: Pas de deux Aurora and Prince Desire
Tchaikovsky: Pas de deux Intrada - Variations I & II
 

Tracklisting
  • 1
    Minkus: La Bayadere
  • 2
    Drigo: Pas de Trois
  • 3
    Rossini: Ballet Music
  • 4
    Adam: Danse des vignerons ... Pas seul ... Peasant pas de deux
  • 5
    Adam: Grand pas de deux
  • 6
    Lovenskjold: Pas de deux
  • 1
    Tchaikovsky: Pas de deux
  • 2
    Donizetti: Ballabile
  • 3
    Minkus: Pas de deux
  • 4
    Anonymous: Bolero 1830
  • 5
    Pugni: Pas de quatre
  • 6
    Tchaikovsky: Pas de deux Aurora and Prince Desire
  • 7
    Tchaikovsky: Pas de deux Intrada - Variations I & II