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and his Symphony Orchestra
selections from
ADAM: Variation of Giselle
WEBER: Le Spectre de la Rose
TCHAIKOVSKY: Swan Lake & Nutcracker Suite
DEBUSSY: L'apres-midi d'un faune
BERLIOZ: Ballet des Sylphes

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Cala Records continue their Stokowski Series of 'first CD releases' with more of the spectacular recordings which Stokowski made with his own hand-picked ensemble of brilliant New York virtuosi during the 1950s.   This collection has as its center-point a best-selling LP entitled The Heart of the Ballet in which Stokowski conducted excerpts from some of the great Classical and Romantic Ballets.

A contemporary review of the time wrote:
“Stokowski has selected the most tuneful and pleasing numbers from the most popular ballets and presents them in his most ingratiating manner.   Hosts of persons who have never seen a ballet are going to enjoy this record just for the pleasing music it contains.”
Issued to commemorate the 125th Anniversary of Stokowski's birth (1882)
and the 30th Anniversary of his death (1977)

ADAM (1803-1856)
  1. Giselle     4:16
      Variation of Giselle; Mad Scene;
      Memory of the Love Scene; Despair of Löys; Finale Act 1

WEBER (1786-1826)
  2. Le Spectre de la Rose     9:10
      (Invitation to the Dance, orch. Berlioz)

CHOPIN (1810-1849)
      Les Sylphides     9:43
      (orch. Leroy Anderson* and Peter Bodge)
  3. Prelude in A major, Op.28 No.7*;
      Valse in G-flat major, Op.70 No.1,
      Mazurka in C major, Op.67 No.3     5:00
  4. Grand Valse Brillante in E-flat major, Op.18 No.1*     4:42

DELIBES (1836-1891)
  5. Sylvia     3:53
      Valse lente; Pizzicato

TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893)
      Swan Lake     9:56
  6. Dance of the Swan Queen     4:58
  7. Dance of the Little Swans     4:57

      Nutcracker Suite     22:30
  8. Overture Miniature     3:09
  9. March     2:06
10. Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy     2:14
11. Russian Dance (Trépak)     1:06
12. Arabian Dance     4:05
13. Chinese Dance     0:58
14. Dance of the Flutes     2:12
15. Waltz of the Flowers     6:37

DEBUSSY (1862-1918)
16. L'après-midi d'un faune     10:19
      (Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun)

BERLIOZ (1803-1969)
17. Ballet des Sylphes     2:54
      from The Damnation of Faust

      Total Time     72:44

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