Les Ballets Russes Vol. 3

'Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune', 'Pétrouchka' and 'La Tragédie de Salomé'

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For 20 years from 1909 to 1929, the Russian impresario Serge Diaghilev and his Russian ballet staged one of the 20th century’s most incredible artistic adventures, redefining theatre, music and dance in every performance.

This 3rd release in the Ballets Russes series includes two of the most popular scores ever commissioned for the dance in the 20th century – Debussy’s Prelude a l’après-midi d’un faune and Stravinsky’s Petrouchka.  Also included is Florent Schmitt’s sadly neglected Tragedie de Salome with its fusion of Rimsky-Korsakov’s exoticism and the impressionism of Debussy and Ravel.

Haenssler CLASSIC’s Ballets Russes series is unrivaled for completeness and includes many works never before recorded. Each booklet includes historic details of the works performance and artwork from the original productions. World-renowned choreographer John Neumeier has overseen the production of the entire series.

Available on CD and MP3 download, 1.15 hrs, 2008.