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Talbot: The Winter's Tale / Briskin, Royal Opera House Ballet [blu-ray]

Talbot / Watson / Cuthbertson / Lamb / Yanowsky
Release Date: 01/27/2015 
Label:  Opus Arte   Catalog #: 7157  
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
Read more of forgiveness and reconciliation. It is powerful material for ballet, with a story that allows for the portrayal of intense emotions between and within the characters, and the opportunity for the Company to create not just new central characters, but the whole world around them.

“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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Works on This Recording

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

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 Fantastic ballet rendition of Shakespeare’s “The  January 4, 2016 By Warren Harris See All My Reviews "This Blu-Ray DVD from Opus Arte features Edward Watson as Leontes (and what a marvelous job he does bringing forth his character’s suspicions into the kinetic language of the ballet form), Lauren Cutherbertson’s Hermione is captivating, Zenaida Yanowsky is simply stunning as Paulina, and Federico Bonelli as Polixenes is wonderful as Leontes boyhood friend. And Sarah Lamb and Steven McRae are beautiful as Perdita and Florizel, the young lovers. Part of the challenge of this work is essentially how to express Leontes suspicion of an affair between Hermione and Polixenes, and Christopher Wheeldon deserves an insane amount of credit for coming up with physical language with Mr. Watson to convey not only the pain of the emotions from Shakespeare’s text, but the physical manifestations of what each character is experiencing. This is masterful work on a number of levels, and it bored straight into the heart of this viewer. The rawness and simultaneous grace of the movements of the performers coupled with the magnificent score as conducted by David Briskin is just simply breathtaking, and the sets and lighting thereof form a cognizant whole that is possible only when everyone is committed to giving everything they have to give. As the second Act unfolds, it is clear that Ms. Yanowsky is completely emotionally invested in her performance, and what she does on stage with Mr. Watson is so painfully beautiful that it is difficult to put into words. This quality of work is why some of us go to see live ballet, in the hope of witnessing this kind of magic with our own eyes. But having it captured on video is a delightful thing indeed. The entire sequence when Hermione’s statue comes to life is incredibly moving, and both the dancers and the orchestra complement each other in a way that is pure poetry that spans the senses. Yes, this is that good. The DVD itself has extras that provide insight into the specifics of the kinetics of the dancing itself, as well as the composition of the music and the challenges faced by Joby Talbot, the composer, in bringing the story to fruition via the medium of sound. The lighting is gorgeous, and everything about this production is simply top-notch. This is artistry of the highest form, and a delight to watch unfold. It is one of the jewels of my collection, and I highly recommend it." Report Abuse
 Wonderful Ballet - Winter's Tale August 29, 2015 By Jesse J. (New York, NY) See All My Reviews "Short and sweet. The ballet itself, the music, the dancers, the conducting, the audio and the Blue Ray video are the best I have seen anywhere. I just wish more people had knowledge that it even exists. Come on ArKiv, don't you want to sell thousands of this great ballet" Report Abuse
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