Delibes: Coppélia; Massenet: Le Carillon

Delibes: Coppélia; Massenet: Le Carillon
Classical/Ballet | 2 CDs | APE, none LOG, none CUE | 259+254 MB
Publisher: Decca | 1997 | RapidShare

Le Carillon was written in the same year as Werther. The villains of the story who try to destroy the bells of the title are punished by being miraculously transformed into bronze jaquemarts, fated to continue striking them for ever. The music of this one-Act ballet makes a delightful offering-not always as lightweight as one would expect. With his keen rhythmic sense and feeling for color, Bonynge is outstanding in this repertory, and the 1984 Decca recording is brilliant and colorful.

Coppelia is a lively and very tuneful ballet which is given a fine performance by master ballet conductor Richard Bonynge on this two CD set. Massenet's short ballet Le Carillon is a delightful filler. Please do yourself a favor and get this outstanding set while it is still available.

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