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Carl Davis: Aladdin / Davis, Malaysian PO

Album Summary

>Davis, Carl [Conductor] : Aladdin, ballet
Conductor Ensemble
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Notes & Reviews:

"The composition of scores for silent film classics has become Davis's speciality over the past quarter of a century, and many of the same techniques serve also for ballet. His brilliant use of lush orchestral resources has been a key factor in his success in both. Climaxes may perhaps come too easily here but the whole score stands well above mere routine. Perhaps most effective is Act 1 scene 4, set in the Cave of Riches, with a set of dances for precious stones, as colourfully represented in the orchestra as doubtless on stage. Its passages include an "Onyx and Peach" toccata, colourfully orchestrated in sub-Prokofiev fashion, and it culminates in a grand Russian-style waltz for diamonds in the tradition of Tchaikovsky and Glazunov. When the jewels direct Aladdin to the lamp, the influence seems more clearly the film music of John Williams. Divorced from the visual effect, few ballet scores do more than recapture happy memories of an evening in the theatre or provide lightweight background listening. This certainly does the latter most effectively. The Malaysian PO give an impressive account of the score, and ballet enthusiasts should find this a welcome extension of the ballet repertory on CD." -Gramophone


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>Davis, Carl [Conductor] : Aladdin, ballet
  • Conductor: Carl Davis
  • Notes: Dewan Filharmonik Petronas, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (10/26/2005-10/30/2005)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary