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Saturday, January 12, 2019 Permalink

The Delibes Connection

San Francisco Ballet production of "Coppelia," music by Leo Delibes.


German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche once said that he liked the music of Leo Delibes because the French composer made “no pretensions to depth.

Well, maybe--but without Delibes’ ballet scores for Sylvia and Coppelia, we would not have Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, or The Nutcracker. And that was a debt that Tchaikovsky himself was happy to admit.

In this hour, the impact of Delibes on ballet music in general, and Tchaikovsky’s, in particular.


CD Title Group/Artist Catalog # UPC
Delibes: Sylvia National Philharmonic Orchestra, Richard Bonynge Decca 425-475-2 028942547520
Delibes: Giselle London Symphony Orchestra, Michael Tilson Thomas Sony SK 42450 074644245028
Delibes: Coppelia, La Source Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, Andrew Mogrelia Naxos 8.553356-57  0730099435628
Delibes: Coppelia National Philharmonic Orchestra, Richard Bonynge Decca 414 502-2 028941450227
Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake/Sleeping Beauty Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Charles Mackerras.  Telarc CD-80151 089408015120
Tchaikovsky: Sleeping Beauty, etc. Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra, Ondrej Lenard Naxos 8.550079 7300099507929
Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Slatkin.   RCA RCD2-7005 078635700527

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