Royal Opera House: Recorded Live: Concerto / Enigma Variations / Raymonda Act III
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From The Royal Ballets classical origins to the home-grown choreographers who put British ballet on the world stage, this programme highlights the versatility of the Company.Music: Dmitry Shostakovich, Edward Elgar, Alexander GlazunovChoreography: Kenneth MacMillan, Frederick Ashton, Rudolf NureyevStarring: The Royal BalletPetipas Raymonda Act III is Russian classical ballet summarised in one act, full of sparkle and precise technique, while Ashtons Enigma Variations is quintessentially British in every way from its score by Elgar and period designs by Julia Trevelyan Oman, to Ashtons signature style, the essence of British ballet. Concerto, MacMillans fusion of classical technique with a contemporary mind, completes a programme that shows the breadth of the Companys heritage.Concerto:Youthful energy and technical precision are combined in Kenneth MacMillans virtuoso ballet, set to Shostakovichs Second Piano Concerto.Enigma Variations:The essence of British ballet, with music by Elgar, period designs by Julia Trevelyan Oman and Ashton's signature choreographic style.Raymonda Act III:The final act of Petipa's grand ballet classic, which contains some of the greatest choreography in Russian ballet, was adapted by Rudolf Nureyev. (3hr 0min)
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