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.
|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||0089408015120|
|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|