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THE LADY AND THE FOOL
Svetlana Beriosova, Ray Powell, Ronald Hynde
Royal Opera House Orchestra / Charles Mackerras
STUDIO RECORDING, TRANSMITTED 3 MAY 1959
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PINEAPPLE POLL
Merle Park, David Blair, Stanley Holden, Brenda
Taylor, Gerd Larsen
London Symphony Orchestra / Charles Mackerras
STUDIO RECORDING, TRANSMITTED 1 NOVEMBER 1959

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These two ballets by John Cranko are early examples of the choreographer's theatrical ingenuity. Created for the Sadler’s Wells Theatre Ballet, which later became the Royal Ballet, Pineapple Poll is a light hearted frolic. Lady and the Fool is a bittersweet satire on the plight of society's outcasts with La Capricciosa danced by Svetlana Beriosova in the year she became Prima Ballerina at Sadler’s Wells. Both ballets are rare studio performances from the BBC’s earliest television archives and are released here for the first time on DVD.

The ICA Classics Legacy series presents a collection of historic performances by some of the world’s greatest artists. These performances are released on DVD for the first time, incorporating rare archive footage that has been expertly and lovingly restored.

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THE LADY AND THE FOOL

Choreography: © John Cranko

Music: Giuseppe Verdi, arr. Charles Mackerras

 

1 Opening Credits and Prologue (Moondog and Bootface)                                           5.05

2 Entrance of La Capricciosa and Divertissement (Moondog and Bootface)           3.40

3 Tarantella (Signor Midas, guests, La Capricciosa)                                                            4.39

4 Entrance of Moondog and Bootface                                                                                   0.58

5 Variation (La Capricciosa)                                                                                                         1.12

6 Commedia (Moondog and Bootface)                                                                                 6.19

7 Grand Adage (La Capricciosa and suitors)                                                                          5.01

8 Scene and Entrée (La Capricciosa, Moondog and Bootface)                                      1.05

9 Variations (Signor Midas and Capitano Adoncino)                                                         3.18

10 Scene and Pas de deux (Moondog, La Capricciosa, Bootface)                                5.46

11 Finale (Signor Midas, guests, La Capricciosa, Moondog and Bootface)                               3.38

12 Epilogue (La Capricciosa, Moondog and Bootface)                                                      4.17

 

Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

Leader: Charles Taylor

CHARLES MACKERRAS

 

PINEAPPLE POLL

Choreography: © John Cranko

Music: Arthur Sullivan, arr. Charles Mackerras

 

Scene 1

13 Opening Dance                                                                                                                          3.45

14 Poll’s solo – Pas de deux                                                                                                        3.46

15 Captain Belaye’s Solo                                                                                                              3.30

16 Pas de trois                                                                                                                                  3.13

17 Finale                                                                                                                                             3.59

Scene 2

18 Poll’s Solo                                                                                                                                     3.34

19 Jasper’s Solo                                                                                                                                               4.11

Scene 3

20 Belaye’s Solo – Sailors’ Drill                                                                                                   3.29

21 Poll’s Solo                                                                                                                                     3.24

22 Entry of Belaye with Blanche as Bride                                                                                               2.45

23 Reconciliation                                                                                                                             3.07

24 Grand Finale                                                                                                                                5.10

 

London Symphony Orchestra

Leader: Hugh Maguire

CHARLES MACKERRAS

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martin kendrick
03/Aug/2013

“The charm and humour of Cranko's choreography comes across very well. The London Symphony Orchestra plays with tremendous zest for Mackerras.”

International Record Review

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    martin kendrick
    03/Aug/2013

    “In The Lady and the Fool, Beriosova is glorious as the capricious heroine, with Ronald Hynd a romantic hero. Highly worthwhile.”

    Financial Times

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