Prokofiev - Cinderella / Sibley, Dowell, Royal Ballet

9780769700939: Prokofiev - Cinderella / Sibley, Dowell, Royal Ballet
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The acclaimed historic performance of Cinderella from 1969 featuring the memorable cast of Antoinette Sibley, Anthony Dowell, Frederick Ashton and Robert Helpmann. A collector's item for ballet lovers of all ages!

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Cinderella may be Sergei Prokofiev's most accessible ballet, both musically and visually, and in the hands of a master choreographer, it can be a thrilling experience. And so it is with this 1969 Royal Ballet performance, with then-resident genius Frederick Ashton pulling out all the stops in a staging guaranteed to please fans and win new converts. Ashton's particular ability to couch his innovative moves within a conventional framework is in evidence here.

The back cover calls this "an acclaimed historic performance," and historic it certainly is. Several Royal Ballet dancers are shown in top form, including Ashton (as one of our heroine's ugly stepsisters!), Anthony Dowell as the prince, and the wonderful Antoinette Sibley as Cinderella. The production itself is filled with colorful sets and vivid costumes, and the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House plays Prokofiev's enchanting music under the steady baton of John Lanchberry. The video itself is simply rendered, and the unspectacular sound does the job. --Kevin Filipski

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