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Talbot: The Winter's Tale / Briskin, Royal Opera House Ballet

Talbot / Watson / Cuthbertson / Lamb / Yanowsky
Release Date: 01/27/2015 
Label:  Opus Arte   Catalog #: 1156  
Composer:  Joby Talbot
Conductor:  David Briskin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Following his delightful full-length ballet Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Christopher Wheeldon continues his highly successful collaboration with designer Bob Crowley and composer Joby Talbot to create his first ballet based on a Shakespeare play, the late romance The Winter’s Tale. The story follows the destruction of marriage through consuming jealousy, the abandonment of a child, and a seemingly hopeless love. Yet through remorse and regret–and after a statue comes miraculously to life–the ending is one of forgiveness and reconciliation. It is powerful material for ballet, with a story that allows for the portrayal
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“Steven McRae and Sarah Lamb lead the company in flurries of joyful movement in a buoyant Act II, as the plot turns into a hugely enjoyable caper. By the time they’re in a chase across the high seas, you’ll be hooked.” - Evening Standard

“‘A game-changer for Wheeldon’ – Christopher Wheeldon rises to the challenge of translating Shakespeare into dance, creating one of most fully achieved story ballets to be staged at Covent Garden in years. Yet Christopher Wheeldon has turned these challenges into inspiration. Together with composer Joby Talbot and designer Bob Crowley (whose mix of video, light and set design vividly illuminates the story), Wheeldon has used this play to develop the most expressive and inventive dance language we’ve yet seen from him.” - The Guardian

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The Winter's Tale by Joby Talbot
Conductor:  David Briskin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra

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