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Margot Fonteyn / Michael Somes

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SLEEPING BEAUTY (extracts)
STUDIO RECORDING, TRANSMITTED 20 DECEMBER 1959
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SWAN LAKE (extracts)
STUDIO RECORDING, TRANSMITTED 9 JUNE 1954
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THE NUTCRACKER (Act II)
STUDIO RECORDING, TRANSMITTED 21 DECEMBER 1958
Royal Opera House Orchestra, John Lanchbery
London Philharmonic Orchestra, Robert Irving
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Hugo Rignold

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Exceptional studio productions from the late 1950s, all three of the Tchaikovsky ballet performances featured on this DVD are released for the first time. The perfect partners, Margot Fonteyn and Michael Somes give stunning performances with Fonteyn at her most beguiling as Aurora in Sleeping Beauty – the ballet in which she and the Sadler’s Wells ballet made their historic American debut in 1949.

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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SLEEPING BEAUTY (extracts)

Choreography after Marius Petipa · Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

 

Act One

1 Waltz                                                                                                                                 3.27

2 Scene and entrance of Aurora                                                                                                1.44

3 Pas d’action / Rose Adagio                                                                                       5.58

4 Coda-corps / Aurora                                                                                                    2.18

5 Finale                                                                                                                                 1.34

6 The Lilac Fairy appears                                                                                                3.06

Act Three

7 Pas de deux                                                                                                                    4.32

 

Cast

Princess Aurora                                                                                                                                Margot Fonteyn

Prince Florimund                                                                                                              Michael Somes

The Queen                                                                                                                         Felicity Gray

The King                                                                                                                               Alfred Rodrigues

Lilac Fairy                                                                                                                             Lucette Aldous

Carabosse                                                                                                                           Yvonne Cartier

Catalabutte Master of Ceremonies                                                                          Claude Newman

First Prince                                                                                                                          Peter Wright

Prince                                                                                                                                   John Chesworth

Prince                                                                                                                                   Bob Stevenson

Prince                                                                                                                                   Jelko Yuresha

 

Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

John Lanchbery

 

Producer: Margaret Dale

Broadcast: 20 December 1959

© BBC 1959

 

SWAN LAKE (extracts)

Choreography: Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov · Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

 

Act Two

8 Introduction / Pas d’action                                                                                       5.17

9 Pas de deux                                                                                                                    5.30

10 Conclusion / Pas d’action                                                                                        1.39

Act Three

11 Introduction / Pas d’action                                                                                     1.22

12 Pas de deux                                                                                                                  4.33

13 Variation (Siegfried)                                                                                                  0.51

14 Variation (Odile)                                                                                                         1.34

15 Coda                                                                                                                                1.47

 

Cast

Odette                                                                                                                                                 Margot Fonteyn

Prince Siegfried                                                                                                                Michael Somes

Von Rothbart                                                                                                                     Arnott Mader

Odile                                                                                                                                     Margot Fonteyn

 

London Philharmonic Orchestra

Leader: Joseph Shadwick

Robert Irving

 

Producer: Christian Simpson

Broadcast: 9 June 1954

© BBC 1954

 

THE NUTCRACKER (Act II)

Choreography: Peter Wright after Lev Ivanov · Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

 

Act Two

16 Scene (The Sugar Plum Fairy appears)                                                              2.36

17 Scene (Clara and the Nutcracker Prince appear)                                           1.21

Divertissement

18 a) Chocolate (Spanish Dance)                                                                                               1.10

19 b) Coffee (Arabian Dance)                                                                                     2.45

20 c) Tea (Chinese Dance)                                                                                            1.02

21 d) Trepak (Russian Dance)                                                                                      1.10

22 e) Dance of the Reed Pipes                                                                                   2.06

23 Pas de deux                                                                                                                  4.15

24 Variation (Nutcracker Prince)                                                                                                1.12

25 Variation (Sugar Plum Fairy)                                                                                  1.55

26 Coda                                                                                                                                1.26

27 Waltz of the Flowers                                                                                                 5.00

 

Cast

Sugar Plum Fairy                                                                                                               Margot Fonteyn

The Nutcracker and Prince                                                                                           Michael Somes

Clara                                                                                                                                      Sandra Michaels

A cavalier                                                                                                                             Peter Wright

Spanish Dance                                                                                                                   Sara Luzita, Bob Stevenson,

Yvonne Cartier

Arabian Dance                                                                                                                   Sheila O’Neill, Rudi Szigeti,

                                                                                                                                                Charles Schuller, Graham

                                                                                                                                                McCormack

Chinese Dance                                                                                                                  Norman Dixon, Christopher

                                                                                                                                                Lyall

Russian Dance                                                                                                                   Patrick Hurd, Miro Zolan,

                                                                                                                                                Roger Tully

Butler                                                                                                                                    Norman Dixon

 

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Leader: Steven Staryk

Hugo Rignold

 

Producer: Margaret Dale

Broadcast: 21 December 1958

© BBC 1958

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martin kendrick
03/Aug/2013

“...we see her in the great pas de deux from Swan Lake in 1954, from The Nutcracker and in parts of The Sleeping Beauty in 1959. These are exceptional testimony to Fonteyn's gifts: the timing of her faultless musicality, the vivid energy in her every action, and the ravishing decorum of her style - nothing done out of vanity...”

Financial Times

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