Diaghilev - Ballets Russes

Diaghilev - Ballets Russes

0190296477157 (Warner Classics, CD, 22 discs)

COMPILATION (11 March 2022)
Booklet pages: 56
℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Ltd (but some tracks licenced by Chandos, Decca, Guilde Internationale du Disque and Naxos Music)
© 2022 Parlophone Records Ltd
Country of manufacture: Germany
Reviewer: Giuseppe Pennisi
Review of Diaghilev - Ballets Russes published on 28 May 2022

Various performers


Nikolai Tcherepnin:

La Pavillon d'Armide - fantastic ballet


Alexander Borodin:

Les Danses polovtsiennes (Prince Igor)

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov:



Adolphe Charles Adam:

Giselle - ballet in two acts


Robert Schumann:

Carnaval, Op 9 - ballet-pantomime

Igor Stravinsky:

The Firebird - complete ballet


Nikolai Tcherepnin:

Narcisse et Écho, ballet Op 40

Carl Maria von Weber, orchestrated by Hector Berlioz:

L'Invitation à la valse


Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky:

Swan Lake, ballet in two acts and three tableaux, Op 20


Igor Stravinsky:

Petrushka - burlesque in four scenes

Paul Dukas:

La Péri: Fanfare pour précéder La Péri

La Péri - poème dansé

Claude Debussy:

Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune - symphonic poem


Mily Balakirev:

Thamar - symphonic poem

Maurice Ravel:

Daphnis et Chloé


Claude Debussy:

Jeux - poème dansé

Igor Stravinsky:

Le Sacre du printemps

Florent Schmitt:

La Tragédie de Salomé, ballet in two parts, suite for female chorus and orchestra


Richard Strauss:

La Légende de Joseph - symphonic fragment, Op 63

Igor Stravinsky:

Le Rossignol (The Nightingale) - lyric tale in three acts after Andersen


Richard Strauss:

Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche - symphonic poem, Op 28

Gabriel Fauré:

Pavane in F sharp minor, for orchestra and chorus ad lib, Op 50

Vincenzo Tommasini, after Domenico Scarlatti:

Le donne di buon umore (The Good-humoured Ladies) - suite

Igor Stravinsky:

Feu d'artifice - a fantasy for large orchestra, Op 4

Anatoly Liadov:

Kikimora, symphonic poem, Op 63

Baba-Yaga, symphonic poem, Op 56

Erik Satie:

Parade - ballet


Ottorino Respighi, after Gioachino Rossini:

La Boutique fantasque (The Magic Toyshop) - ballet suite, Op 120

Manuel de Falla:

El sombrero de tres picos (The Three-Cornered Hat)


Igor Stravinsky:

Le Chant du rossignol (Song of the Nightingale) - symphonic poem

Pulcinella - ballet in one act for small orchestra with three solo voices, based on music by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, Domenico Gallo, Fortunato Celleri and Alessandro Parisotti


Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky:

Sleeping Beauty - ballet, Op 66

Sergei Prokofiev:

Chout (Le Bouffon) - ballet from the ballet, Op 21b


Igor Stravinsky:

Renard (Reynard) - a burlesque story in song and dance

Les Noces - Russian dance scenes with song and music

Francis Poulenc:

Les Biches - ballet


Modest Musorgsky, completed and orchestrated by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov:

A Night on Bare Mountain

Georges Auric:

Les Fâcheux - ballet in one act

Darius Milhaud:

Le Train bleu - ballet in one act

Erik Satie, orchestrated by Darius Milhaud:

Jack in the box


Henri Sauguet:

La Chatte - ballet in one act

Erik Satie:

Mercure - ballet in three tableaux

Sergei Prokofiev:

The Steel Step - ballet, Op 41

Thomas Beecham, after George Frideric Handel:

The Gods go A'Begging - ballet suite


Igor Stravinsky:

Apollon musagète (Apollo) - ballet in two scenes for string orchestra

Sergei Prokofiev:

The Prodigal Son - ballet in three scenes, Op 46


Modest Mussorgsky, orchestrated by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov:

Coronation Scene (Prologue) (Boris Godunov - opera in a prologue and four acts)

Igor Stravinsky:

Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring)

Erik Satie:

Parade - ballet

Active from 1909-1929, the artistic collaborations of Sergei Diaghilev’s company, the Ballets Russes, are now viewed as some of the most pivotal musical works of the 1900s. Bringing together names such as Picasso, Matisse and Coco Chanel with composers of the likes of Stravinsky, Prokofiev and Satie, the productions of this company would go on to shape the performing arts right up to the present day. This is a comprehensive collection of the Ballets Russes' historical works, spanning 22 CDs and including works by Debussy, Dukas, Fauré, Milhaud, Schumann, Tchaikovsky, Weber, and many more. In addition, it features three historical recordings: Boris Godunov by Mussorgsky (Chaliapin), Stravinsky's Le Sacre du printemps (Monteux) and Satie’s Parade (Markevitch). This box set, created to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of Diaghilev's birth, also connects to a podcast of contemporary commentaries and recounts, bringing the Ballets Russes to life in the twenty-first century.

Newly remastered from original tapes in 192kHz/24-bit and first release on CD for some items.