Ashton: Rhapsody | The Two Pigeons (Royal Opera House)
Sergey Rachmaninoff (Music); Barry Wordsworth (Conductor); Lauren Cuthbertson (The young girl); Vadim Muntagirov (The young man); Laura Morera (A gypsy girl); Ryoichi Hirano (Her lover); André Messager (Music); Barry Wordsworth (Conductor);
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 suit 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 Valentine's Day 1961. These two ballets by 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 andMessager scores.
"Financial Times ★★★★★" (…Steven McRae…cutting tremendous shapes in the air, wrapping the score round himself…)