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Ashton: Les Patineurs; Divertissements; Scenes de Ballet / Acosta, McRae [DVD]

Album Summary

>Meyerbeer, Giacomo : Les Patineurs, ballet (arranged by Constant Lambert)
>Various : Divertissements
>Stravinsky, Igor : Scènes de ballet, for orchestra
Performers Conductors Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Founder choreographer of The Royal Ballet, Frederick Ashton created more than 100 ballets over a 60 year career. Showcasing three of his shorter works, this disc reflects the breadth of his sophisticated, elegant and widely popular style. Les Patineurs evokes the Edwardian skating rink, with all its youthful charm and humor, in contrast to Scènes de Ballet where sharp geometric shapes and the music of Igor Stravinsky are combined to create perhaps Ashton's most modernist work. Divertissements, a collection of eight short dances, features some of Ashton's most lyrical choreography, including pas de deux set to Romantic masterpieces by Tchaikovsky and Massenet.

MusicWeb International
it is full of good things and it is all worth seeing at least once. I suspect that I will be returning to the main work and to the Isadora Duncan piece at regular intervals.

Fanfare
One of the finest ballet DVDs I've ever seen... Very highly recommended to balletomanes.

Notes & Reviews:

Run Time: 96 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: NTSC, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM Stereo, DTS 5.0 Surround
Subtitles: English, French, German, Spanish



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Works Details

>Meyerbeer, Giacomo : Les Patineurs, ballet (arranged by Constant Lambert)
  • Performers: Samantha Raine (Dancer); Laura Morera (Dancer); Steven McRae (Dancer); Sarah Lamb (Dancer)
  • Conductor: Paul Murphy
  • Ensemble: Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1937

>Various : Divertissements
  • Performers: Thiago Soares (Dancer); Mara Galeazzi (Dancer); Jonathan Cope (Dancer); Darcey Bussell (Dancer)
  • Conductor: Barry Wordsworth
  • Ensemble: Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
  • Form: Ballet

>Stravinsky, Igor : Scènes de ballet, for orchestra
  • Performers: Miyako Yoshida (Dancer); Edward Watson (Dancer); Ivan Putrov (Dancer); Lauren Cuthbertson (Dancer)
  • Conductor: Barry Wordsworth
  • Ensemble: Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1944