Adolphe Adam

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Adolphe Charles Adam (French: [adolf adɑ̃]; 24 July 1803 – 3 May 1856) was a French composer and music critic. A prolific composer of operas and ballets, he is best known today for his ballets Giselle (1841) and Le corsaire (1856, his last work), his operas Le postillon de Lonjumeau (1836), Le toréador (1849) and Si j'étais roi (1852) and his Christmas carol Minuit, chrétiens! (1844), later set to different English lyrics and widely sung as "O Holy Night" (1847). Adam was a noted teacher, who taught Delibes and other influential composers.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1951 Famous Overtures, No. 4 Ferdinand Hérold, Louis-Ferdinand Herold, Adolphe Adam, London Philharmonic Orchestra & Jean Martinon 1
1959 Giselle - The Music...The Pictures...The Story Adam - Albert Wolff, Paris Conservatoire Orchestra 1
1984 Giselle Adolphe Adam; The Kirov Ballet, Galina Mezentseva, Konstantin Zaklinsky, Viktor Fedotov 1
1986 Le Postillon de Lonjumeau Adam; Aler; Anderson; Fulton 1
1987 Giselle Adam; Wiener Philharmoniker, Karajan 2
1987 Giselle Adolphe Adam; Carla Fracci, Erik Bruhn, American Ballet Theatre 1
1987 Giselle, or The Wilis: Ballet in Two Acts Adolphe Adam; The Bolshoi Theatre Symphony Orchestra 1
1989 Giselle Adolphe Adam 1
1989 Giselle Act II (The Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra) Adolphe Adam 1
1991 Adolphe Adam: Music from Giselle Adolphe Adam 4 1
1991 Giselle (Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden feat. conductor: Richard Bonynge) Adolphe Adam 3
1992 Le Corsaire Adam; English Chamber Orchestra, Richard Bonynge 3
1994 Giselle: Ballet pantomime in Two Acts (Complete Ballet) Adolphe Adam; Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, Andrew Mogrelia 1
1996 Giselle (Academy of St Martin In The Fields feat. conductor: Sir Neville Marriner) Adolphe Adam 1
1998 Le Toréador Adolphe Adam; Orchestra of the Welsh National Opera, Richard Bonynge, Sumi Jo, John Aler, Michel Trempont 1
2002 La Filleule des fées Adolphe Adam; Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Andrew Mogrelia 1
2003 Swan Lake (excerpts) / Giselle / Les Patineurs (Suite) (Philadelphia Orchestra feat. conductor: Eugene Ormandy) Tchaikovsky / Adam / Meyerbeer 1
2004 Si j'étais roi (Orchestre de la Société des concerts du Conservatoire feat. conductor: Richard Blareau) Adolphe Adam 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1984 Highlights from Giselle Adolphe Adam; Philharmonia Orchestra, Robert Irving 1
1996 Os grandes clássicos: Smetana: O moldava / Dvořák: Danças eslavas / Adam: Se eu fosse rei / Gounod: Fausto Bedřich Smetana, Antonín Dvořák, Adolphe Adam, Charles-François Gounod; London Symphony Orchestra, Alfred Scholz 1
1999 Classical Highlights Volume I Gounod, Smetana, Dvořák, Adam; London Festival Orchestra, Alfred Scholz 1
2004 French Opera Overtures Herold, Boieldieu, Adam, Jacques Offenbach; London Philharmonic Orchestra, Jean Martinon 1
2012 Great Ballet Adolphe Adam, Léo Delibes, Tchaikovsky, Glazunov, Khachaturian, Prokofiev, Ravel, Stravinsky 1

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