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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely version of simple but enchanting ballet., 26 Mar 2006
This review is from: La Fille Mal Gardée [DVD] [1981] [2001] (DVD)
La Fille mal gardee (The Unchaperoned Girl) has a long history and several changes of music. It was first performed in 1789 to a medley of French songs and airs. In 1828 Herold wrote a new score incorporating music by Rossini and Donizetti with his own original composition. In 1864 Hertel revised the score adding the unforgettable "Clog Dance" in Act 2.
The ballet was revived in 1960 with choreography by Frederick Ashton and wiith superb designs by Osbert Lancaster, the score being revised by John Lanchberry based on Herold's composition but retaining the "Clog Dance". It is true the plot can hardly support a full length ballet, but as one is swept along by the lively music this hardly seems important.
This lovely 1981 performance is based on the 1960 production and is full of high spirits and is simply just great fun. With fine dancing from the principals Lesley Collier and Michael Coleman,good comic characterisation by Leslie Edwards as the mother and Gary Grant as the bumbling suitor, excellent sound, clean bright photography and of course Lanchberry's conducting.
Ballet DVDs don't get much better than this.
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