Delibes: Sylvia / Coppelia San Francisco Ballet Orchestra & Martin West
- Leo Delibes (1836-1891): Sylvia - Suite
- 1Prelude - Les Chasseresses, Fanfare - Intermezzo - Valse lente10:48
- 2Cortege rustique - Danse des Ethiopiens - Chant bacchique08:29
- 3Marche - Cortege de Bacchus07:02
- 4Scene - Barcarole - Pizzicato - Pas des esclaves - Strette - Galop - Apotheose14:05
- Leo Delibes (1836-1891): Coppelia - Suite
- 5Prelude - Mazurka - Valse Swanhilde - Czardas12:31
- 6Scene - Valse de la poupee - Valse des Heures08:07
- 7L'aurore - Le priere - Le travail - L'Hymne - Galop final11:59
Info for Delibes: Sylvia / Coppelia
San Francisco Ballet is known for its stunning dancers, outstanding choreographers and top-notch artistic staff. But there is another crucial element that shapes every San Francisco Ballet experience: the talented, phenomenal musicians of the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, led by conductor Martin West. This Spring, Reference Recordings provides an opportunity to celebrate this group of brilliant artists with this album - their musical interpretation of Léo Delibes' 'Sylvia' and 'Coppélia'. Let these transcendent scores guide your journey through two glorious narrative ballets.
Martin West, Musical Director and Principal Conductor at San Francisco Ballet since 2005, has an exceptional intuition for the marrying of music and ballet. Accompaniment is not enough - West understands that every score must dance on its own. This is the only way to ensure that the movement and choreography from the pit creates a perfect harmony with that which appears onstage.
The first half of Reference Recording's Delibes collection features music from 'Sylvia'. Track four, Valse Lente, is a perfect testament to the broad range within the score. Dynamically, this four minute variation runs the entire spectrum, from the quietest of pianissimos to the most forceful of sforzandos. The articulation and intonation also personify a magnificent breadth with delicate, floaty staccatos juxtaposed against the silken luxury of the legato phrases. 'Coppélia' occupies the second half of the disc, again indicating San Francisco Ballet Orchestra's command of every genre - the Mazurka's (track sixteen) striking layered grandeur alongside the soft haunting melody of track twenty-three's La Prière. San Francisco Ballet's reputation as a world-class company exists because they can do everything and do it at a transcendent level of excellence. The Delibes recording verifies that this is true of the entire San Francisco Ballet family - the dance branch and the music branch.
Seeing the SF Ballet accompanied by the SF Ballet Orchestra live and in person is a must. But in between those trips to the majestic War Memorial Opera House, this album gives you access to a sensational orchestra any time you wish. Enjoy and revisit the wonder of Léo Delibes' 'Sylvia' and 'Coppélia'!
'This album of two perennially popular ballet favorites could be their best yet... Remarkably, although this recording was made at Marin County's Skywalker Sound, we get the sense of sitting in the best seat of a real hall. The music is confectionary stuff, to be sure, but a paragon of its kind, led by a conductor known for this repertoire on both sides of the Atlantic. In short: an instant audiophile classic.' (Andrew Quint, The Absolute Sound)
'Both scores receive first-rate performances... [Martin West] obviously knows the scores like the back of his hand... As such, both Coppélia and Sylvia are performances of grace and elegance... [Keith] Johnson captures his usual glorious sound.' (Anthony Kershaw, Audiophilia.com)
'The beautifully full and rich Keith Johnson recording will please most music lovers with not even a hint of harshness or distortion to be heard.' (Karl Lozier, PositiveFeedback.com)
San Francisco Ballet Orchestra
Martin West, conductor
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