Making its first international appearance on CD, is Ansermet’s complete recording of a favourite ballet score – ‘Coppélia’ – its toy-box effects deliciously captured by Ansermet and the Suisse Romande. Ansermet only recorded selections from ‘Sylvia’ and they appear here, together with the rare 1960 recording of the second ‘Daphnis et Chloé’ suite which, for sheer amplitude and sweep, rival even Ansermet’s two recordings of the complete ballet score. The finale is a glorious example of how Ansermet could generate terrific excitement while never losing a grip on the structure and shape of the music.
Sylvia – Suite
Daphnis et Chloé: Suite No. 2
L’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande