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Fame at Last for Herold

Donald Macleod focuses on Herold's international success, which came with his works Zampa and Le pre aux clercs.

After hearing the ballet Sylvia, Tchaikovsky said that "Had I known that music, I would not have written Swan Lake." Donald Macleod surveys the life and music of French ballet masters' Herold, Adam and Delibes

International success arrived at last for the composer Ferdinand Herold, with his works Zampa and Le Pré aux clercs. However it was in the world of ballet where Herold was something of a revolutionary. Disregarding the existing tradition of rehashing popular tunes from the day to create a ballet score, Herold was quite keen to compose more original music. One of his ballets is still very popular today, La Fille mal gardée.

In the audience for Herold's last great success Le Pré aux clercs, was his friend and fellow composer Adolphe Adam. Adam considered that in the world of ballet, Herold had no rival, although he would go on to outshine Herold with his ballet Giselle. After Herold's early death, Adam was steadily developing his own career in music, including one of his biggest theatrical successes from the time, Le chalet.

1 hour

Music Played

  • Ferdinand Hérold

    Zampa, ou La fiancee de marbre - opera in 3 acts

    Conductor: Yan Pascal TORTELIER Performer: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra

    • Chandos.
    • CHAN9765.
  • Ferdinand Hérold

    Le Pre aux clercs - opera in 3 acts

    Conductor: Richard BONYNGE Performer: Anthony MARWOOD - Violin Performer: Sumi JO - Soprano Performer: English Chamber Orchestra.

    • Decca.
    • 4406792.
  • Ferdinand Hérold

    La Fille mal gardee - ballet, arr. Lanchbery

    Conductor: Barry WORDSWORTH Performer: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

    • EMI.
    • cdc-749403-2.
  • Adolphe Adam

    Entree

    Performer: Arturo SACCHETTI - Organ

    • ARTS.
    • 4471132.
  • Adolphe Adam

    Le Chalet Opera-comique in 1 act

    Performer: Albert WOLFF - Director Performer: Denise BOURSIN - Soprano Performer: Joseph PEYRON - Tenor Performer: Staanislas STASKIEWIECZ - Bass Performer: French Radio Lyric Orchestra

    • GAIETE-LYRIQUE.
    • 201942.

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