Margot Fonteyn & Michael Somes

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Margot Fonteyn & Michael Somes

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31st Oct 2011




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Margot Fonteyn & Michael Somes


Sleeping Beauty (highlights)

Studio Recording, transmitted 20 December 1959

Royal Opera House Orchestra, John Lanchbery

Swan Lake, Op. 20 (excerpts)

Studio Recording, transmitted 9 June 1954

London Philharmonic Orchestra, Robert Irving

The Nutcracker, Op. 71 (Act II)

Studio Recording, transmitted 21 December 1958

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Hugo Rignold

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Tchaikovsky’s three ballet masterpieces are all rare studio performances from the 1950s, featuring the legendary Margot Fonteyn.

Innately musical and technically perfect, Fonteyn was also a brilliant actress and is seen here at the height of her career with the celebrated Michael Somes, her dynamic partner during this creative period.

Fonteyn and Somes were the perfect match in terms of physique, presence, style and technique. The selections from these three classic ballets demonstrate just how successful their partnership was. Fonteyn made her mark dancing Aurora from Sleeping Beauty, a role in which she and the Sadler’s Wells Ballet made their American debut in 1949, ten years before this BBC studio production.

All three performances are released here for the first time on DVD with the extracts from Swan Lake representing one of the earliest appearances of Fonteyn on film.


Sound format: LPCM Mono

Picture format: 4:3

Running time: 72’

Subtitles: n/a

Menu languages: English

Booklet languages: E/F/G

Region code: 0

Territory Restrictions: None

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