«Frederick Ashton: The Dream – Symphonic Variations – Marguerite And Armand (Blu-Ray)”
|César Auguste Franck||Symphonic Variations.|
|Ferencz Liszt||Marguerite and Armand.|
|Felix Mendelssohn||The Dream.|
Akane Takada (Dancer), Steven McRae (Dancer), Vladimir Muntagirov (Dancer), Marianela Nunez (Dancer).
Charles Cole (Director),
Kevin O' Hare (Director).
Frederick Ashton, The Royal Ballet.
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House – Michel Plasson.
Three contrasting ballets by The Royal Ballet’s Founder Choreographer Frederick Ashton: The Dream (1964) is an enchanting adaptation of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream to music by Mendelssohn. Symphonic Variations (1946) is an early Ashton masterpiece, and a breathtaking, abstract work on the beauty of pure movement. Marguerite and Armand (1963), here danced by former Royal Ballet Principal Zenaida Yanowsky and Guest Artist Roberto Bolle, is a tragic love story of great lyric beauty. The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House is conducted by Emmanuel Plasson. ‘First-rate dancing in an Ashton triple bill that offers comedy, serenity and demi-monde ardour’ (The Stage). ‘Saying farewell to the Royal Ballet after 23 years, Yanowsky shows her quality as an actress, a dancer and a star. There’s a grand sweep to her movement, while her alert stage presence makes tiny moments count … It’s a very moving goodbye’ (The Independent).