Rating: 4 / 5
Léo Delibes’ 1870 ballet Coppélia predates Tchaikovsky’s famous trio of ballets by two decades, yet clearly forged the way with its wealth of melodic delights and orchestra colours on a symphonic scale.
You don’t really need to know the story to enjoy this music, but it’s based on E.T.A. Hoffmann’s short story about toymaker Dr Coppelius and the dancing doll he creates. A love triangle, mistaken identities and a joyful happy ending follow—standard 19th century romantic fare.
This new ABC Classics recording of the complete score comes from Orchestra Victoria, conducted by Barry Wordsworth, which accompanies The Australian Ballet for its Melbourne performances.
Orchestra Victoria is in top form, with no detail of this enjoyable music lost on this vivid recording.