Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, Andrew Mogrelia (conductor)
Of his many works for the stage, Adolphe Adam's ballet Giselle ou Les Wilis is the best known. The story is based on a legend in which the Wilis, or ghosts of unmarried girls, seek revenge on the living. Speedily written amidst a hotbed of Parisian infatuations and given a timeless parochial setting, this archetypal romantic ballet has everything from unrequited love to deceit, drama, tragedy, and conciliatory resolution.
Adam Giselle - Act I: Introduction / Entree joyeuse des vendangeurs et vendangeuses / Entree de Loys / Entree de Giselle / Retour des vendangeurs et valse / Marche des vignerons / Pas seul - Pas de deux / Polacca / Andante / Allegretto pesante / Allegro un peu loure / Galop general / Finale du 1er Acte et Scene de folie; Act II: Introduction, halte des chasseurs / Apparition de Myrthe / Entree d'Hilarion / Grand pas de deux: Adagio / Variation 1: Andante / Variation 2: Andante moderato / Valse / Ensemble des Wilis / Finale / Lever du soleil et arrivee de la cour
'People have made many cuts, additions, and changes to the ballet's working score over the years, so having only the highlights isn't as drastic a situation as you may imagine. In fact, the shorter score is probably best of all for home listening. At about an hour, it has not only the advantage of conciseness but of continuity, presenting the work's best and most well-known music in a seamless medley...[Mogrelia's] interpretation of the score is graceful and elegant in a smoothly Romantic manner...Mogrelia appears to be leading an actual ballet production rather than making a stereo recording...there is a great deal of beauty and lyrical refinement involved. The Slovak Radio Symphony play with a charming ease...The sound is big, warm, round...with a soft glow occasioned by the resonance of the hall.' (Classical Candor)