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listen  1. Minkus: La Bayadère / Act 1 - No.1 ModeratoRichard Bonynge 2:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Minkus: La Bayadère / Act 1 - No.2 MaestosoRichard Bonynge 2:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Minkus: La Bayadère / Act 1 - No.3 Andante delicatoRichard Bonynge 2:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Minkus: La Bayadère / Act 1 - No.4 MaestosoRichard Bonynge 1:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Minkus: La Bayadère / Act 1 - No.5 Andante sostenutoRichard Bonynge 1:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Minkus: La Bayadère / Act 1 - No.6 Moderato assaiRichard Bonynge 1:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Minkus: La Bayadère / Act 1 - No.7 Allegro moltoRichard Bonynge 2:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Minkus: La Bayadère / Act 1 - No.8 Moderato con motoRichard Bonynge 3:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Minkus: La Bayadère / Act 1 - No.9 Allegro non troppoRichard Bonynge 2:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Minkus: La Bayadère / Act 1 - No.10 Allegro appassionatoRichard Bonynge 2:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Minkus: La Bayadère / Act 1 - No.11 Allegro moderato - No.12 Moderato con moto -Richard Bonynge 4:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Minkus: La Bayadère / Act 1 - No.14 Molto moderatoRichard Bonynge 2:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Minkus: La Bayadère / Act 1 - No.14a VivoRichard Bonynge0:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Minkus: La Bayadère / Act 1 - No.15 MaestosoRichard Bonynge 2:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Minkus: La Bayadère / Act 1 - No.16 Moderato - No.17 Allegro vivoRichard Bonynge 4:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Minkus: La Bayadère / Act 1 - No.18 Tempo di marcia giocosaRichard Bonynge 1:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Minkus: La Bayadère / Act 1 - No.19 Allegro moderato e soaveRichard Bonynge 2:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Minkus: La Bayadère / Act 1 - No.20 ModeratoRichard Bonynge 1:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Minkus: La Bayadère / Act 1 - No.21 AllegrettoRichard Bonynge 3:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. Minkus: La Bayadère / Act 1 - No.22 AndanteRichard Bonynge 3:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. Minkus: La Bayadère / Act 1 - No.23 Allegro delicatoRichard Bonynge0:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen22. Minkus: La Bayadère / Act 1 - No.24 Allegro pesanteRichard Bonynge0:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen23. Minkus: La Bayadère / Act 1 - No.25 AllegroRichard Bonynge 1:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen24. Minkus: La Bayadère / Act 1 - No.26 Tempo di valse brillanteRichard Bonynge 1:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen25. Minkus: La Bayadère / Act 1 - No.27 AllegroRichard Bonynge 7:28$0.99  Buy MP3 


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listen  1. Minkus: La Bayadère / Act 2 - No.28 Maestoso, ma non troppo lentoRichard Bonynge 4:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Minkus: La Bayadère / Act 2 - No.29 (Andante)Richard Bonynge 6:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Minkus: La Bayadère / Act 2 - No.30 Tempo di valseRichard Bonynge 2:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Minkus: La Bayadère / Act 2 - No.31 AllegroRichard Bonynge 1:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Minkus: La Bayadère / Act 2 - No.32 AndantinoRichard Bonynge 4:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Minkus: La Bayadère / Act 2 - No.33 Andante (No.8) (original Pavlova material)Richard Bonynge 3:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Minkus: La Bayadère / Act 2 - No.34 Allegro (No.9) (original Pavlova material)Richard Bonynge0:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Minkus: La Bayadère / Act 2 - No.35 Allegro moderato (No.10) (original Pavlova material)Richard Bonynge 1:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Minkus: La Bayadère / Act 2 - No.36 Moderato (No.11) (original Pavlova material)Richard Bonynge 1:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Minkus: La Bayadère / Act 2 - No.37 Allegretto (No.12) (original Pavlova material)Richard Bonynge 1:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Minkus: La Bayadère / Act 2 - No.38 Allegro con spirito (No.13) (original Pavlova material)Richard Bonynge 1:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Minkus: La Bayadère / Act 2 - No.39 Vivace (No.13) (original Pavlova material)Richard Bonynge 2:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Minkus: La Bayadère / Act 3 - No.41 Alla marcia - Allegro vivoRichard Bonynge 2:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Minkus: La Bayadère / Act 3 - No.42a SolenneRichard Bonynge 1:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Minkus: La Bayadère / Act 3 - No.43 Moderato con motoRichard Bonynge 4:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Minkus: La Bayadère / Act 3 - No.44 AllegroRichard Bonynge 3:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Minkus: La Bayadère / Act 3 - No.45 Vivo assai - Finale: vivo, agitatoRichard Bonynge 7:36$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Orchestra: English Chamber Orchestra
  • Conductor: Richard Bonynge
  • Composer: Leon Minkus
  • Audio CD (September 11, 2001)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B00000IP5P
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #159,543 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Customer Reviews

For such overpriced album you would expect it to be a complete ballet with some extras.
A. Starker
Both are arrangements by Lanchbery, although in the latter case Nureyev asked him to respect Minkus' own orchestrations.
Marc Haegeman
Since I enjoy ballets more when I'm familiar with the score, I was happy to find the music for the complete ballet.
ATP

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By John-Michael Sherrick on August 4, 2002
Format: Audio CD
This mediocre recording of LA BAYADERE is quite different from the traditional performances in Russia. It's even more different from the Kirov's reconstruction of the performance score for the 1900 production. John Lanchberry has stated time and time again in interviews that he doesn't like the music of Minkus and it shows in his arrangement of the score. Some of the ballet's loveliest music is cut (although I think I read that Markarova,who staged the version for which Lanchberry revised the score, is responsible for that), his interpolations in the score (such as most of the third act)are dreadful, and the orchestrations are heavy-handed, pretentious, and far too modern-sounding for 1877. Supposedly the Kirov Ballet Orchestra is coming out with a cd based on the 1900 revival. For those of us who love 19th century ballet music, let's hope so. I only gave the recording 3 instead of 2 stars since some of Minkus' sparkling score survive the butchery.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Marc Haegeman on February 29, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I see no reason to recommend this issue, unless for the fact it is a complete recording of a great ballet score, otherwise non available. Unfortunately enough, it comes in one of those fearful John Lanchbery sledgehammer arrangements that made a certain reputation in the ballet world in the West, if only for the fact that they are connected with reputed names like Rudolf Nureyev (for his staging of "Don Quixote") and in the case of "La Bayadère", Natalia Makarova, and thus regularly performed in various theatres. In Russia, though, where Minkus' music is played in more faithful arrangements Lanchbery's (called "the butcher" or "the ripper") orchestrations are sneered at, and not without reason. It suffices to compare this version of "La Bayadère" with the one Nureyev staged for the Paris Opera in 1992. Both are arrangements by Lanchbery, although in the latter case Nureyev asked him to respect Minkus' own orchestrations. Two different worlds.
Moreover, to say that Minkus' original orchestration is dull, is unfair. The fact remains that until the Mariinsky Theatre recently unearthed Minkus' handwritten score of "La Bayadère" for their reconstruction of the complete ballet (2002), nobody had ever heard it in its original guise. In a time when musicians everywhere are making considerable efforts to go back to the original scores, following the indications of the composer as close as possible, even playing them on contemporary instruments, an arrangement a la Lanchbery is at best an irritating aberration.
Enough to say that in this recording Minkus has become totally unrecognisable and what you hear is John Lanchbery - not Ludwig Minkus.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By ATP on May 17, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Suddenly La Bayadere seems to be everywhere: last summer I saw the Paris Opera Ballet production, and both the Bolshoi and Perm State Ballet will come to Southern California this year. I've heard the Kirov will bring a new four-act version to the East coast.
Since I enjoy ballets more when I'm familiar with the score, I was happy to find the music for the complete ballet.
A local dance reviewer once remarked that Minkus was an undoubted hack, but at times an inspired hack. Certainly La Bayadere is not the kind of thematically coherent work you can expect from Delibes or Tchaikovsky.
But if you have ever seen "the kingdom of the shades," with rows of white-clad dancers repeating arabesques in endless, hypnotic patterns, you will recognize the slow, stately music from that scene. It's in deliberate contrast to the consciously exotic music of the earlier scenes, with its flavorings of bells and percussion.
As always, Bonynge seems to have a real sympathy with the 19th-century sensibilities of the composer. He leads the orchestra with the regular tempos and pacing of a conductor who can see the dancers on stage.
Not a score I play often - at least, not in full. But this is a recording I'm very happy to have, because it both prepares me to see the ballet and helps me to recapture my memories of the performance.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David C Anderson on May 25, 2010
Format: Audio CD
It seems to me that some reviewers have been unfair to this recording. As someone who loves ballet music but who has never heard any other version of this music, I found the entire work to be absolutely enchanting.

It is beautifully played by the English Chamber Orchestra and directed by Richard Bonynge with his customary panache and feeling. As for the orchestration, it seems to me to be ideal for a Nineteenth Century ballet, especially one so profuse as this one is with glorious melodies.

As a reviewer has pointed out, the names of the tracks on the disks (`Moderato', `Maestoso', `Andante' etc) are of no help at all if you wish to follow the action of the ballet by matching the music with the synopsis in the booklet. Eventually, I gave up trying and, with only the haziest idea of what was supposed to be happening on stage, I just surrendered to the music and let it weave its own enchantment right down to the last moments of the ballet when `the peaks of the Himalayas appear beyond the ruins of the palace and the shade of Nikiya is seen gliding through the air with Solor at her feet, gazing up at her imploringly.'

I warmly recommend this recording to anyone who loves Nineteenth Century ballet music.
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