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    (Adolphe Charles Adam)


    The ballet was composed by Adolphe Adam with the libretto by Theophile Gautier and Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges.  It made its debut at the Ballet of the Academie Royal de Musique on 28th June 1841.  Giselle is a young village girl who is in love with a man she calls Loys.  Unbeknownst to her, he is really called Albrecht and is a disguised nobleman betrothed to the daughter of the Duke.  When Giselle discovers his secret she dies of a broken heart after having gone insane.  Her love for Albrecht does not die though and she saves him from black magic and evil vampires who are ghosts of girls that have died before they married their betrothed.  Giselle's intervention allows him to survive until the morning and the two of them admit and give their love to each other even though they will always be apart and she returns to the grave.  The role of Giselle is possibly one of the most important and demanding for a ballerina and the part, which was written for Carlotta Grisi, has been danced by Anna Pavlova along with many others prima ballerinas.  In 1987 the conductor Richard Bonynge recorded the complete version in its original unedited version from 1841.


    London Symphony Orchestra recordings

    Sony 42450 (CD: Giselle)

    Conductor - Michael Tilson Thomas


    Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden recordings

    London 417 505 (2 CD set  - Giselle)

    Conductor - Richard Bonynge


    Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra Recordings

    Naxos 8.550755 (2 CD set - Giselle)

    Conductor - Andrew Mogrelia


    Naxos 8.554062 (CD - French Ballet Favourites)

    Conductor - A. Mogrelia


    Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra Recordings

    Decca 0289 473 171-28 (2 CD set - Essential Ballet - 37 Masterpieces)

    Conductor - Herbert von Karajan


    Decca 0289 475 7507 (CD - Adam: Giselle)

    Conductor - Herbert von Karajan



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