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Stravinsky: Complete Ballets & Symphonies (7 CD Box Set)

Item# 1000008283


Stravinsky: Complete Ballets & Symphonies (7 CD Box Set)
Composer: Igor Stravinsky
Release Date: October 18, 2011
Conductor:
Vladimir Ashkenazy
Semyon Bychkov
Riccardo Chailly
Charles Dutoit
Bernard Haitink
Label: Decca

This box set presents a unique collection of all Stravinsky's ballets and symphonies performed under the direction of five of today's most celebrated conductors, along with two other major works [Movements and Capriccio - both for piano and orchestra] as these were produced as ballets by Balanchine, and several short orchestral showpieces.
 

Ballet

In classic or contemporary ballet, dancing may tell a story, express a mood, or simply reflect the music in movement. Ballet as part of staged performances originated in the Italian Renaissance courts of the 15th and 16th centuries and from there spread to France. The creation of classical ballet as we know it today occurred during the reign of the art-loving French king Louis XIV in the mid-17th century. During the Romantic era, ballet technique evolved to express new ideas, most notably with women dancing en point, or on their toes, allowing them to appear weightless and otherworldly.
 
Among the choreographers who helped bring ballet into the modern age by exploring new visual and dramatic styles are George Balanchine, Antony Tudor and—bridging the worlds of classical dance and Broadway—Agnes de Mille and Jerome Robbins.

 

 

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