Stokowski: "Ballet" (Giselle, Les Sylphides, Sylvia, Nutcracker) - LVSM FALP 277
Jacket VG / LP EX
This beautiful LP from La Voix de son Maitre (FALP 277, French pressing, red/silver label, mono – no stereo edition exists) entitled "Musique de Ballet" features Leopold Stokowski and His Symphony Orchestra in a resplendent collection of ballet episodes with original scores by Tchaikovsky, Adam, Weber, and Delibes, as well as Les Sylphides after music by Chopin.
"His Symphony Orchestra" boasted the cream of New York City's remarkable ranks of musicians (most from the Philharmonic), and included in this recording – and credited explicity here on the jacket – are oboist Robert Bloom, clarinetist David Oppenheim, violinist John Corigliano, cellist Laszlo Varga, and harpist Lucile Lawrence. Recorded between 1949 and 1951, these performances have a magic that could be equalled only by Beecham.
Incidentally, the striking cover art was executed by Henri Favre.
The exact contents are as follows:
(I Variations de Giselle, II Scène de la folie, III Souvenir de la scène d'amour, IV Déssespoir de Loys, V Act I Finale)
Weber: Le spectre de la rose (Invitation à la valse Op. 67)
Chopin: Les Sylphides
(I Prelude in A Major Op. 28 No. 7, II Waltz in B-flat Major Op. 70 No. 1, III Mazurka in C Major Op. 67 No. 3, Waltz in B-flat Major Op. 18)
(I Valse lente, II Pizzicato polka)
Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake
(I Danse de la reine de cygnes, II Danse des petits cygnes)
Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker
(I Valse des Fleurs)