Does anyone have an opinion on this ballet? Have you seen a live performance? If so, where did you see it?
They had the best sound engineers. ( Decca that is)Unfortunately, I have never seen it live. I would like to.
As for the music, I posted on this in another thread. An album of excerpts conducted by Lanchbery was included in the Decca Analogue box. Recently, I gave it a second listen - I suspect my first listen was as background music. This is simply one of the best sounding recordings in history. The vinyl version is included in The Absolute Sound's Super Disc list.
At least you made it to some sort of stage, most here are only blabbing about it.It holds a place in my affections. Although I couldn't play any instrument, the school orchestra once allowed me to play the wooden block in the "Clog Dance", which was possibly the highlight of my academic career.
You're probably correct that the Ashton version is the only "really good" one. Last week, however, I watched the Russian State Ballet of Siberia perform another version at the Hippodrome theatre in Bristol, UK. They danced to Peter Ludwig Hertel's 1864 score, using a mixture of choreography devised at various points over the past 228 years by Jean Dauberval, Alexander Gorsky and Mark Peretokin.There are many versions but the only really good one is the Frederick Ashton / Royal Ballet version with a score compiled by John Lanchbery...
In the 1970's ballet had a large following in Canada with such events as... the involvement of Nureyev in a number of productions... ack then funding for a full-sized orchestra and attractive costumes, sets, and props could be counted on.