Les Ballets Russes
Peter Iljitsch Tschaikowski
Mânuel de Falla
Sergei Sergejewitsch Prokofjew
SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg
Igor Strawinsky: Le Sacre du printemps
Claude Debussy: Jeux
Paul Dukas: Fanfare pour précéder 'La Péri'
Paul Dukas: 'La Péri'
Maurice Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé
Francis Poulenc: Les Biches
Claude Debussy: Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune
Florent Schmitt: La Tragédie de Salomé
Igor Strawinsky: Pétrouchka
Peter Iljitsch Tschaikowski: Schwanensee
Peter Iljitsch Tschaikowski: Dornröschen
Mânuel de Falla: Der Dreispitz
Sergei Sergejewitsch Prokofjew: Der Narr
Igor Strawinsky: Pulcinella
Igor Strawinsky: Feuerwerk
Richard Strauss: Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche
Maurice Ravel: La Valse
George Auric: Les Fâcheux
George Auric: La Pastorale
Nikolai Rimski-Korsakow: Schéhérazade
Sergei Sergejewitsch Prokofjew: Ala et Lolly
Darius Milhaud: Le Train bleu
Vincenzo Tommasini: Le donne di buon umore | Les Femmes de bonne humeur
Henri Sauguet: La Chatte
Igor Strawinsky: L'Oiseau de feu
Igor Strawinsky: Apollon musagète
Les Ballets Russes was founded by director Sergei Diaghilev in 1909. The company never actually performed in Russia – it made its debut in Paris, and the world was to be its home during its 20 years of existence. With his concepts and commissions, Diaghilev fostered collaborations between the most exciting artists of the time, working with composers such as Stravinsky, Ravel, Prokofiev, Debussy and Satie, artists like Picasso, Kandinsky and Matisse, choreographers including Fokine, Nijinsky and Balanchine, and costume designers such as Coco Chanel. He set in motion a ground-breaking artistic revolution, the echoes of which still reverberate even today. The company’s productions were hugely successful, and Diaghilev most certainly elevated the careers of the artists he commissioned, in the process introducing an international audience to myths and legends and music and design motifs that would otherwise have remained unknown. The significance of music within all this cannot be overestimated – Diaghilev, in fact, came to ballet through his love of music.
SWR CLASSIC has released many of the ballets commissioned or produced by Diaghilev, featuring music by composers from Stravinsky through to Richard Strauss. These are now being re-released as a 10CD boxed set.