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Davies: Music From The Big Top (A Circus Ballet) / Stafford

Players Of The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra; Earl S
Release Date: 11/01/2005 
Label:  Lilypad   Catalog #: 5905  
Composer:  Victor Davies
Conductor:  Earl Stafford
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

'The Big Top (a circus ballet' is an embodiment of composer Victor Davies' renowned mastery and orchestration, versatility and exuberance of style. Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet commissioned the score in 1986 to feature members of the company, including Evelyn Hart, as soloists. The ballet, which won critical acclaim and standing ovations during two seasons in Winnipeg and every performance of a 1988 Canadian tour, became a TV special shown around the world. The tender, comical and dramatic dances of the score both stand on their own, and flow seamlessly through a heartfelt, timeless storyline. As a full ballet, or the popular 'Big Top Suite for Orchestra' for concert performances, the music of 'The Big Top' lures audiences of all ages Read more into the irresistible world of the circus. 'The Big Top' storyline evokes an array of emotions, tempos and visions of delight and danger that are reflected in the score. Seduced by the merry tune of a circus band, young Beth eludes her parents and sneaks into the circus that arrives in her small town. At first it is all a magical world of exotic creatures and colourful characters. But behind the popcorn, glitter and thrilling suspense of clowns, equestrians and trapeze artists, Beth discovers a darker reality inhabited by gypsies and wild beasts. Frightened and rejected, she is befriended by a compassionate clown who extends his heart to her aqnd restores her delight in the wonder of the circus. Clinging to her clown, Beth returns home with cherished memories of the day 'The Big Top' came to town. Composer, songwriter Victor Davies' works for concert, stage, film, television and recordings are performed internationally. Performers of his music include all of Canada's major symphony orchestras, the London Symphony Orchestra, The Vandermark Ensemble in Carnegie Hall, The North American Welsh Choir at the Smithsonian Institution, organist Wayne Marshall, tenor Paul Frey and conductors Bramwell Tovey, Boris Brott, Skitch Henderson & Eric Kunzel. Read less

Works on This Recording

The Big Top "A Circus Ballet" by Victor Davies
Conductor:  Earl Stafford
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Canada 

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 The Big Top ( Circus Ballet) May 10, 2012 By Emily Saliba See All My Reviews "I saw this performance a long time ago on Muzzik Tv but couldn t find where I can buy the DVD" Report Abuse
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