Les Ballets Russes: The Collection / SWR Symphony Baden-Baden & Freiburg
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 groundbreaking 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 10 album boxed set.
Release Date: September 09, 2022
Catalog Number: SWR19431CD
Label: SWR Music
Number of Discs: 10
Composer: George Auric, Paul Dukas, Manuel De Falla, Darius Milhaud, Francis Poulenc, Sergei Prokofiev, Maurice Ravel, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Henri Sauguet, Domenico Scarlatti, Richard Strauss, Igor Stravinsky, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor: Sylvain Cambreling, Michael Gielen, Marcello Viotti, Yuri Ahronovitch, Hiroshi Wakasugi, Ernest Bour, Fabrice Bollon, Kirill Karabits, Christopher Hogwood, Christoph Poppen, Alejo Perez, Robert Reimer, Zoltan Pesko, Gerard Korsten
Orchestra/Ensemble: SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg, Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrucken Kaiserslautern, Female Voices of the SWR Vokalensemble