Posted 15 December 2002 - 05:13 AM
It was my understanding that the ABT edition of the score sounded rather thin when recorded, so Lanchbery rearranged it so it would sound well given the forces of a full symphony orchestra-sized ensemble. Adam's score, as recorded by Bonynge with all of the original production music restored, was a very different-sounding piece of music. Most companies today use a version of the orchestration made by Riccardo Drigo for the Petipa revival of the ballet in Russia. He even ditched the original coda, and tipped in a larghetto soft finale (by Glazunov?) for the final curtain. Drigo isn't the only one who's rearranged the score. Ernest Ansermet and Anatole Fistoulari were also prominent editors of the music, sometimes, I suspect, working from a piano score, and creating a whole new piece of music, from a sound standpoint.