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ICA Classics releases 20 CD box set of unreleased Rudolf Barshai recordings

29 Oct 2015 | ICA Classics

ICA is proud to announce the release of a new 20 CD box set dedicated to Rudolf Barshai on the ICA Classics label. This box-set contains many rare, unreleased recordings, including Barshai performing solo, in chamber music with Dimitri...

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Les Sylphides & Giselle

Les Sylphides
Svetlana Beriosova / Violetta Elvin / Alicia Markova / John Field
Nadia Nerina / Nikolai Fadeyechev / Niels Bjorn Larsen / Lydia Sokolova / Margaret Hill

These two exceptional studio performances represent some of the earliest filmed dance material from the BBC archives. Les Sylphides, introduced by Tamara Karsavina, one of the founders of modern British ballet, and the 1958 performance of Giselle both feature stellar international casts embodying a bygone era.

The ICA Classics Legacy series presents a collection of historic performances by some of the world’s greatest artists. These performances are released on DVD for the first time, incorporating rare archive footage that has been expertly and lovingly restored.

Catalogue Number: ICAD 5030


“Great stars of 1950’s ballet are captured in studio films of Les Sylphides and Giselle, now made available on DVD for the first time. The new DVD range from ICA Classics presents rare archive performances with amazing casts. ”

Dancing Times - Sep 2011

“Anyone interested in ballet and its history in the UK will certainly want to watch this fascinating disc. ”

Music Web International - Sep 2011

“In all, the disk shows us how much the British did in the twentieth century to preserve classical ballet, and how they performed it: softly, and with lots of acting-a manner probably truer to the originals than anything we have now.”

The New Yorker - Jul 2011

“Several ballet legends make rare appearances on film in a DVD of outstanding recordings...”

Mail on Sunday - Jul 2011

“You marvel at the raveshing legato of Markova's dancing, at Beriosova's lyricism, Elvin's lustrous style. This Les Sylphides is essential viewing.”

Financial Times - Jun 2011

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Choreography: Mikhail Fokine

Music: Frédéric Chopin, arr. Roy Douglas


1 Introduction by Tamara Karsavina 2.55

2 Prélude (Op.28 no.7) 2.20

3 Nocturne (Op.32 no.2) 6.51

4 Valse (Op.70 no.1) 2.09

5 Mazurka (Op.33 no.2) 1.48

6 Prélude (Op.28 no.7) 2.46

7 Mazurka (Op.67 no.3) 2.27

8 Valse (Op.64 no.2) 4.14

9 Valse (Op.18) 5.21

10 Credits 1.38



Choreography after Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot

Music: Adolphe Adam

Designer: George Djurkovic


Act One

11 Introduction 0.25

12 Les Vendangeurs 1.20

13 Entrée du Prince 0.57

14 Entrée de Giselle 4.52

15 Retour des vendangeurs 0.42

16 Valse 2.29

17 Pas de deux 3.12

18 La Chasse 4.41

19 Scène d’Hilarion 0.15

20 Marche des vignerons 1.31

21 Pas seul 1.46

22 Galop général 1.21

23 Finale 6.55


Act Two

24 Introduction et halte des chasseurs 1.40

25 Apparition et scène de Myrthe 3.02

26 Pas de premières Willis 4.21

27 Apparition de Giselle 1.38

28 Entrée de Loys 4.47

29 Entrée d’Hilarion et scène des Willis 2.25

Grand pas de deux

30 a) Adage 5.12

31 b) Variation de Loys 0.51

32 c) Variation de Giselle 0.44

33 d) Valse 1.41

34 Finale 4.18


Total: 93.51


Giselle (Nerina, Fadeyechev, Larsen, Sokolova, Hill)