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Frederick Ashton: Les Patineurs/ Divertissments/ Scènes De Ballet [DVD] [2010] [NTSC]


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  • Actors: Carlos Acosta, Leanne Benjamin, Darcey Bussell, Jonathan Cope, Steven McRae
  • Format: Anamorphic, Widescreen, Subtitled, NTSC, DTS Surround Sound
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, German, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Opus Arte
  • DVD Release Date: 31 Oct 2011
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005THVW88
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,913 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Founder choreographer of The Royal Ballet, Frederick Ashton created more than 100 ballets over a 60 year career. Showcasing three of his shorter works, this disc reflects the breadth of his sophisticated, elegant and widely popular style. Les Patineurs evokes the Edwardian skating rink, with all its youthful charm and humour, in contrast to Scènes de Ballet where sharp geometric shapes and the music of Igor Stravinsky are combined to create perhaps Ashtons most modernist work. Divertissements, a collection of eight short dances, features some of Ashtons most lyrical choreography, including pas de deux set to Romantic masterpieces by Tchaikovsky and Massenet.

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Royal Ballet stars embody choreographer Frederick Ashton's range: quirkest in dancer Tamaara Rojo's homage to Isodora Duncan, and most charming in Les patineurs. Performance**** Picture & Sound**** --BBC Music Magazine, Mar'12

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By I. Giles TOP 50 REVIEWER on 20 April 2012
Frederick Ashton has claim to be my favourite choreographer and whose work unfailingly exudes style, charm, poise and humour to name but few of its attractions. All of these are clearly exhibited in this marvellous disc of choreographic confections.

Les Patineurs depicts various scenes set in an imaginary world of ice-skating. The music is by Meyerbeer arranged and orchestrated skilfully and wittily by Constant Lambert in 1937 and seemingly just as fresh today as it was then. The ballet remains a popular repertoire ballet with revivals most years. The key figure is the `Blue boy, who takes on the role of the `King of the Ice' demonstrating his superior skill at various moments throughout this 27 minute ballet. This role is expertly despatched on this occasion by Steven McRae whose star role is surrounded and enhanced by equally expert pairs and small groups of featured `skaters'.

This fun piece is followed by the 42 minute `Divertissements' which consists of 6 unrelated highlights from previous creations. It is invidious to single out particular pieces or dancers for special mention in such exalted company but for me the `Voices of Spring' pas de deux featuring Carlos Acosta at the height of his considerable powers with Leanne Benjamin must get a special mention. The complete highlight for me however, is the show-stopping performance by Tamara Rojo in an Isadora Duncan cameo where her acknowledgement of applause, still in role, is worth the price of the disc alone!

The final short 24 minute ballet, Scenes de Ballet with music by Stravinsky was reputably Ashton's own favourite ballet and one in which he felt he had achieved the nearest to `symmetrical geometric movements' which achieve their effect from any angle including that seen from the wings.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. G. M. Roebuck on 6 July 2014
Founder choreographer of The Royal Ballet, Frederick Ashton created more than 100 ballets over a 60 year career. Showcasing three of his shorter works, this excellent disc from the Opus Arte label No OA 1064 D reflects the breadth of his sophisticated, elegant and widely popular style. Les Patineurs evokes the Edwardian skating rink, with all its youthful charm and humour, in contrast to Scenes de Ballet where sharp geometric shapes and the music of Igor Stravinsky are combined to create perhaps Ashton’s most modernist work. Divertissements, a collection of eight short dances, features some of Ashton’s most lyrical choreography, including pas de deux set to Romantic masterpieces by Tchaikovsky and Massenet. Extra features on the DVD include artist and backstage interviews.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Satish Kamath on 11 May 2012
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Les Patineurs is perhaps one of the first sequences of Ballet Music I fell in love with and became ingrained into my musical psyche - I still have the Vinyl record of Charles McKerras conducting this from my dad's collection dating from 1962. (Seeing) The very name of this ballet recorded on DVD - and I just ordered it. All that is to be said about the ballet has already been reviewed by Mr.Giles and I have little to add. Yes, like one reviewer mentioned, I think the Blue Boy could have been a little better, although I have not seen any other version of this ballet live or otherwise. But I can imagine.

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I thought the other two ballets, whose music by itself is not as popular as a sequence unlike the Patineurs, was a revelation - A further revelation about Ashton's genius, that could be matched only by another great, Ronald Petit... I find a great deal of similarities in the approach, especially their objective of making an evening of ballet both absorbing and entertaining, no questions asked.

The choreography in the Divertissements is a work of a genius and beautifully danced. Of all those, the only one I found to be a little on the superficial (meaning no great treatment, just the usual grind) side was the Tamara Rojo's Brahms solo. Somehow it didn't match the magic of the others.

As far as the Stravinsky Scenes de ballet was concerned, I was blown away. I have known the music well, and to see it danced exactly the way I imagined it could be, was so satisfying.
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11 of 16 people found the following review helpful By debbie loves ballet! on 2 Nov 2011
i saw this some time ago on tv and am now very happy that it has been released on dvd...excellent selection of frederick ashtons beautiful work which is performed by recent stars of the royal ballet. excellent quality and value for money...love it!!
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All arrived on time, dvd as described, very satisfied.
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By Rufus on 19 Nov 2014
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Brilliant recording. Thoroughly wonderful throughout.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nureyev on 29 Mar 2013
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I would recommend this DVD to anyone who enjoys Ashton choreography. It was extremely varied and colourful and the dancing was beautiful.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By pedro on 17 April 2012
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Two very different Ashton ballets, & a series of pas de deux & solos, all very well done. They show Ashton's musicality & versatility.
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