Noted San Francisco dance critic Heather Desaulniers offers great praise for the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra in her review of Delibes: Sylvia & Coppélia on her Dance Commentary blog:
"The first half of Reference Recording's Delibes collection features music from "Sylvia". Track four, Valse Lente, is a perfect testament to the broad range within the score. Dynamically, this four minute variation runs the entire spectrum, from the quietest of pianissimos to the most forceful of sforzandos. The articulation and intonation also personify a magnificent breadth with delicate, floaty staccatos juxtaposed against the silken luxury of the legato phrases. "Coppélia" occupies the second half of the disc, again indicating San Francisco Ballet Orchestra's command of every genre - the Mazurka's (track sixteen) striking layered grandeur alongside the soft haunting melody of track twenty-three's La Prière...Seeing the SF Ballet accompanied by the SF Ballet Orchestra live and in person is a must. But in between those trips to the majestic War Memorial Opera House, this new CD release gives you access to a sensational orchestra any time you wish. Enjoy and revisit the wonder of Léo Delibes' "Sylvia" and "Coppélia"!" — Heather Desaulniers, HeatherDance.com
Read the full review and feature on www.heatherdance.com!
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