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LUDWIG MINKUS  

(1826 - 1917)

The Czech composer and violinist Ludwig Minkus was born in Vienna, where he began his career as a composer of dance music. From the 1850s, he worked in Russia, employed as a violinist and achieving prominence as a ballet composer in the theatre. He also worked as a conductor at the Bolshoy in Moscow, and then as ballet composer at the Mariinsky in St Petersburg whilst maintaining a connection with Paris. He returned to Vienna after 1890.

Ballet Music

Minkus’s connection with Paris began with his ballet Paquita, staged there in 1846. He collaborated with Delibes on the ballet La Source and made a lasting contribution to Russian ballet repertoire with his Don Quixote, choreographed by Petipa. He collaborated with Rimsky-Korsakov, Borodin, Cui and Mussorgsky on the abortive ballet Mlada, later using the music he had written for a work of his own. His La Bayadère also remains in current ballet repertoire.

Role: Classical Composer 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
Ballet Music - BURGMULLER, J.F.F. / TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I. / MINKUS, L. / PAULLI, H.S. / HERTEL, P.L. / ASAFIEV, B.V. (Spassov) Capriccio
C67012
Ballet
DANCER'S DREAM - The Great Ballets of Rudolf Nureyev (4 DVD Box Set) (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
107209
Ballet DVD
DANCER'S DREAM: The Great Ballets of Nureyev - MINKUS, L.: Bayadere (La) (Paris Opera Ballet, 2002) (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
107023
Ballet DVD
DANCER'S DREAM: The Great Ballets of Nureyev - MINKUS, L.: La Bayadere (Paris National Opera, 2002) (NTSC) TDKDVD
DVUS-BLDDLB
Ballet DVD
DANCER'S DREAM: The Great Ballets of Nureyev - MINKUS, L.: La Bayadere (Paris National Opera, 2002) (PAL) TDKDVD
DV-BLDDLB
Ballet DVD
DELDEVEZ, E. / MINKUS, L.: Paquita (Paris Opera Ballet, 2003) (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
107005
Ballet DVD
DELDEVEZ, E. / MINKUS, L.: Paquita (Paris Opera Ballet, 2003) (PAL) TDKDVD
DV-BLPAQ
Ballet DVD
DELDEVEZ, E. / MINKUS, L.: Paquita (Paris Opera Ballet, 2003) (PAL) TDKDVD
DV-BLPAQM
Ballet DVD
GREAT BALLETS OF THE OPERA NATIONAL DE PARIS - Paquita / Notre-Dame de Paris / Le jeune homme et la mort / Carmen (NTSC) TDKDVD
DVWW-BOXBALLET
Ballet DVD
GREAT BALLETS OF THE TEATRO ALLA SCALA (NTSC) TDKDVD
DVWW-BOXSCALA
Ballet DVD
LOVE AND PASSION IN MUSIC Naxos
8.578289-90
Ballet
MAYA PLISETSKAYA - DIVA OF DANCE (NTSC) EuroArts
2054938
Ballet DVD
MINKUS, L.: Bayadere (La) (La Scala Ballet, 2006) (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
107301
Ballet DVD
MINKUS, L.: Bayadere (La) (La Scala, 2006) (NTSC) TDKDVD
DVWW-BLLBSC
Ballet DVD
MINKUS, L.: Bayadere (La) (Royal Ballet, 1991) (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
107257
Ballet DVD
MINKUS, L.: Bayadere (La) (Royal Ballet, 2009) (Blu-ray, Full-HD) Opus Arte
OABD7079D
Ballet DVD
MINKUS, L.: Bayadere (La) (Royal Ballet, 2009) (NTSC) Opus Arte
OA1043D
Ballet DVD
MINKUS, L.: Bayadere (La) / Paquita (Sofia National Opera Orchestra, Spassov) Capriccio
C71006
Ballet
MINKUS, L.: Bayadere (La) / Paquita [Ballets] Capriccio
C10544
Ballet
MINKUS, L.: Don Quichot (Don Quixote) (Dutch National Ballet, 2010) (Blu-ray, Full-HD) Arthaus Musik
101562
Ballet DVD
MINKUS, L.: Don Quichot (Don Quixote) (Dutch National Ballet, 2010) (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
101561
Ballet DVD
MINKUS, L.: Don Quixote (Paris National Opera Ballet, 2002) (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
107009
Ballet DVD
MINKUS, L.: Don Quixote (Royal Ballet, 2013) (Blu-ray, HD) Opus Arte
OABD7143D
Ballet DVD
MINKUS, L.: Don Quixote (Royal Ballet, 2013) (NTSC) Opus Arte
OA1133D
Ballet DVD
MINKUS, L.: Don Quixote [Ballet] (Sofia National Opera Orchestra, Spassov) Capriccio
C10540-41
Ballet
MINKUS, L.: Don Quixote [Ballet] (Sofia National Opera Orchestra, Spassov) Capriccio
C5054
Ballet
MINKUS: Bayadere (La) (Covent Garden, 1991) (NTSC) TDKDVD
DVWW-BLLBM
Ballet DVD
MINKUS: Don Quixote Naxos
8.557065-66
Ballet
OPERA NATIONAL DE PARIS: The Ballet Classics - Coppelia / Paquita / Giselle (3 DVD Box Set) (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
107532
Ballet DVD
TREASURES OF THE RUSSIAN BALLET (NTSC) ICA Classics
ICAD5074
Ballet DVD




 
 
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