By Andy Clark, Barry Wordsworth, Cuthbertson, McRae, Muntagirov, Orchestra of the Royal Ballet, and Osipova. By Andre-Charles Messager and Sergei Rachmaninoff. Classical. BluRay (1 disc). Opus Arte #OA BD7180D. Published by Opus Arte (NX.OA-BD7180D).
UPC: 809478071808. Language: English.
This release features two Frederick Ashton ballets in one exquisite evening performance. Principals Natalia Osipova and Steven McRae dance Ashton's Rhapsody, created for The Royal Ballet in 1980 by Mikhail Baryshnikov and Lesley Collier, with spectacular choreography to suite the dancers' star reputations. Lauren Cuthbertson and Vadim Muntagirov lead a charismatic cast in Ashton's poignant and heart-warming reflection on love, The Two Pigeons, based on an old French folk tale and first performed on Valentines Day 1961. These two ballets from the company's founder choreographer capture The Royal Ballet's famous skill and distinctive style. Barry Wordsworth conducts the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House in the rapturous Rachmaninoff and Messager scores. Financial Times gave this performance five stars, stating: "â€¦Steven McRaeâ€¦ cutting tremendous shapes in the air, wrapping the score round himselfâ€¦".