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Adam - Giselle (complete ballet) ~ Offenbach - Gaîté Parisienne ~ Strauss Graduation Ball / Fistoulari, Dorati

Adolphe Adam , Antal Dorati , Jacques Offenbach , Anatole Fistoulari , Antal Dorati , London Symphony Orchestra , Minnesota Orchestra , Johann Strauss II Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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  • Performer: Johann Strauss II
  • Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra
  • Conductor: Anatole Fistoulari, Antal Dorati
  • Composer: Adolphe Adam, Antal Dorati, Jacques Offenbach
  • Audio CD (May 14, 1996)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Philips
  • ASIN: B0000057N1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #196,664 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Giselle: Act I - Introduction
2. Giselle: No. 1
3. Giselle: Entree du Prince
4. Giselle: Entree de Giselle
5. Giselle: Retour de la Vendage
6. Giselle: La Chasse, First Part
7. Giselle: Pas de Deux and La Chasse, Second Part
8. Giselle: Scene d'Hilarion -- Marche des Vendanges
9. Giselle: Galop
10. Giselle: Final
See all 17 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Giselle: Act II (cont.) -- Entree d'Hilarion
2. Giselle: Grand Pas de Deux
3. Giselle: Final
4. Giselle: Final (cont.)
5. Giselle: Final (cont.)
6. Giselle: Final (concl.)
7. Giselle: Graduation Ball
8. Giselle: Gaite Parisienne

Editorial Reviews

Giselle is the first of the great "classical" ballets, which is a bit confusing because all of the classical ballets date from the romantic period. What "classical" means in this context is a full-length theater piece in several acts that tells a coherent story. There were only two countries where this sort of entertainment became popular--France and Russia, and the great composers of classical ballet were, accordingly, Tchaikovsky, Glazunov, Prokofiev, Adam, and Delibes. Of course, there were many others, but they don't get played that often, for good reason. Giselle is a typical "fairy tale" ballet full of good tunes and nice, strong dance rhythms. It's not as great as Delibes or Tchaikovsky, but taken on its own terms, it's a good listen. This performance makes the music shine. --David Hurwitz

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for Dancers April 17, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
If you are a dance teacher looking for a good recording of the music from giselle I would highly recommend this version. It is played at tempo's which are close to those used in live ballets. The sound does not rise and fall to ridiculous levels like in some recordings. Overall I was am very pleased with this recording.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The most satisfying Giselle on disk April 5, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Let's start by getting a few facts straight on the other reviews. Anatole Fistoulari and the LSO perform the Giselle on this CD, while Antal Dorati and his Minneapolis forces are the ones reponsible for the Graduation Ball and Gaite Parisienne. Starting with Giselle, Fistoulari turns in the most satisfying account of this work to be found on CD today. It's true that other "complete" recordings include about 20 to 25 minutes of additional music, but one wonders how much of this material was originally intended for this ballet -- or actually composed by Adam at all? There's a bit of mystery surrounding the Paris Opera Ballet orchestral parts, as lots of changes and modifications were made over the years. When Fistoulari made this recording back around 1960, he used the complete score then in use in Paris. When I compare it to others, I find that the additional music in the other recordings is pretty boring stuff compared to the inventiveness and charm of the rest of the music. Moreover, the orchestration is much more effective here -- particularly in the percussion department and the use of brass. Another very important difference is the ending of the ballet, which has been altered in more recent renditions to include a soft fadeout of music whereas the original has an orchestral flourish that corresponds with the final curtain drop; the new approach is HUGELY unsatisfying. Veteran ballet conductor that he was, Fistoulari has a natural flair for this music and is more successful than so many other conductors like Zhuraitis, Mogrelia and Michael Tilson Thomas. Bonynge on Decca gives Fistoulari a good run for his money, and that version would be the one to buy if you really want to hear all of the (pretty forgettable) extra music that's attributed to this ballet score. Read more ›
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Ballet Lover's Dream August 29, 2002
A Kid's Review
Format:Audio CD
Antal Dorati, who was the greatest interpretor of ballet music (especially that of Tchaikovsky ballet) proves that he is equally masterful on the dance music on this cd. Giselle, by Adolphe Adam, is regarded as the very first Romantic ballet, complete with a strong story and characterization. The primitive music of the period is evident, but if you truly like the hidden notes and the tragic love story the music tells, you will overlook this. Giselle is about a young woman who falls madly in love with Albrecht, a prince who is in fact engaged to another woman. Giselle dies before the close of act one and in the second act, she has become a spirit of the night. The rest of the story is as heartbreaking and dismal as any Gothic romance novel. As for Offenbach's Gaite Parisienne, the charming French cabaret atmosphere is delightfully rendered by Dorati. Offenbach was after all the greatest French Belle Epoque composer, whose operettas have delighted people worldwide and serve as a reminder of a leisure-class lifestyle so far from our own. Graduation Ball by Johann Strauss is a bubbly ballet about young girls dancing with men at a graduation/prom sort of deal. This is definately a must if you like ballet or simply Dorati's artistry.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting performance of Adam's Ballet. September 30, 1999
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Fistoulari 's recording of the famous Adam's Ballet is one of the best to be find on sale. The tempi have been acomplished with high spirit and the second act has been played in a romantic way, with modification on the score which improved the quality of the music. It is a pitty that the Pas seul of Queen Mirtha has been omitted, and some cutting in the first act, might be due by the time the recording took place, at the beginning of the fifty years.
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