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Prokofiev: Cinderella / Covent Garden 1969

Prokofiev / Dowell / Sibley / Lanchberry
Release Date: 05/29/2001 
Label:  Kultur Video   Catalog #: 93  
Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor:  John Lanchbery
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

From the Covent Garden archives comes this treasure; the historic performance from 1969 featuring the incredible cast of Anthony Dowell, Antoinette Sibley, Frederick Ashton and Robert Helpmann. Also starring Leslie Edwards, Georgina Parkinson, and Alexander Grant. Music by Sergei Prokofiev, with the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, conducted by John Lanchbery.

"Mercifully, ballet isn't always about heartbreak. Ashton's "Cinderella," a treasured DVD from a 1969 Royal Ballet performance, again features the inspiring Mr. Dowell — this time opposite a breathtaking Antoinette Sibley — along with the uproarious Ugly Sisters, portrayed by Ashton and Robert Helpmann. In "Cinderella," Ashton, jittery and
Read more absurd, is the perfect counterpoint to Helpmann's bossy incarnation; their time onstage is a spirited competition, and they don't miss a beat. But at the heart of their crude conduct is a sense of bittersweet yearning. "Cinderella" presents the complete world of Ashton, in which humor, intricate choreography, dazzling footwork and absolute wit abound. And there's nothing dated about it. " - CLAUDIA La ROCCO, NEW YORK TIMES
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Works on This Recording

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Cinderella, Op. 87 by Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor:  John Lanchbery
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1940-1944; USSR 

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