Ashton Celebration: The Royal Ballet Dances Frederick Ashton

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Ashton Celebration: The Royal Ballet Dances Frederick Ashton


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2nd Sept 2013




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Ashton Celebration: The Royal Ballet Dances Frederick Ashton

Recorded live at the Royal Opera House, February 2013

‘MEDITATION’ FROM THAÏS - Mara Galeazzi, Rupert Pennefather

VOICES OF SPRING - Emma Maguire, Valentino Zucchetti

MONOTONES I AND II - Emma Maguire, Akane Takada, Dawid Trzensimiech, Marianela Nuñez, Federico Bonelli, Edward Watson

MARGUERITE AND ARMAND - Tamara Rojo, Christopher Saunders, Sergei Polunin, Gary Avis

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Frederick Ashton, Founder Choreographer of The Royal Ballet, was one of the 20th century’s most influential choreographers, whose musical, subtle and graceful style and extraordinary gift for storytelling had a profound impact on the development of British ballet. This special programme, performed at the Royal Opera House to mark the 25th anniversary of Ashton’s death, presents five works that showcase his astonishing versatility, from compelling abstract ballets – such as the exuberant Voices of Spring and the radically modernist Monotones – to the tragic love story Marguerite and Armand, brought to life with ‘performances of heart-wrenching intensity’ (The Observer) by Tamara Rojo and Sergei Polunin.

Running time: 97 minutes

Subtitles EN

Sound format: 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS

BBC Music Magazine

Christmas Issue 2013


“Variable offerings from choreographer Frederick Ashton...all impeccably executed. Worth seeing for stars including Tamara Rojo.”

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