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Tchaikovsky Ballet Masterpieces / Margot Fonteyn, Michael Somes [DVD]

Album Summary

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Swan Lake, Op. 20
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Nutcracker, Op. 71
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Tchaikovsky's 3 ballet masterpieces are all rare studio performances from the 1950's, featuring the legendary Fonteyn. Innately musical and technically perfect, Fonteyn was also a brilliant actress and is seen here at the height of her career with the celebrated Somes, her dynamic partner during this creative period. Fonteyn and Some's were the perfect match in terms of physique, presence, style and technique. The selections from these classic ballets demonstrate just how successful their partnership was. All 3 performances are released here for the first time on DVD. Including extracts from Swan Lake representing one of the earliest appearances of Fonteyn on film.

Fanfare
The technical restoration is pretty good throughout... overall the music track here is the most modern and spacious... [Irving] was esteemed by dancers and audiences alike for his rare combination of exciting interpretations with perfectly danceable tempos...



Reviews

A Brilliant Slice of History
Tchaikovsky: Ballet Masterpieces, starring Margot Fonteyn and Michael Somes, along with the Sadler's Wells Ballet, show us Fonteyn's first amazing partnership in ballet, as well as the foundations of the future Royal Ballet. These excerpts are legendary historical artifacts, and it is so great that those interested in the history of ballet can now access these rare artifacts. Sleeping Beauty particularly appealed to me, especially with Fonteyn's elegance and grace, that was assessable without her having to lift her leg to 300. Of course, her technical proficiency wasn't as excellent as when it was with Nureyev, but it is still quite a sight to see. I recommend this to all fans of ballet, especially as a historical artifact.
Submitted on 01/09/12 by danrubin06 
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Works Details

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66 :: Excerpt(s)
  • Performers: Michael Somes (Dancer); Margot Fonteyn (Dancer)
  • Conductor: John Lanchbery
  • Ensemble: Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1888-1889

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Swan Lake, Op. 20 :: Excerpt(s)
  • Performers: Michael Somes (Dancer); Margot Fonteyn (Dancer)
  • Conductor: Robert Irving
  • Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1875-1876

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Nutcracker, Op. 71 :: Excerpt(s)
  • Performers: Michael Somes (Dancer); Margot Fonteyn (Dancer)
  • Conductor: Hugo Rignold
  • Ensemble: Royal Philharmonic Orchesta
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1891-1892