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Prokofiev: Peter And Wolf [DVD]  [NTSC]
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Peter and the Wolf, Prokofiev's musical fairy tale, has been delighting children since 1936. Nearly 60 years later, in 1995, the young choreographer Matthew Hart created a witty choreographed version for the Royal Ballet School with designs by Ian Spurling. Described as ‘an utterly delightful ballet and a perfect showcase for the younger students,’ by the Royal Ballet's Director, Monica Mason, it was staged again – and recorded for this DVD – in 2010.
"Matthew Hart's realisation of Prokofiev's score as a ballet had first been seen in 1995 and it works very well indeed...The choreography is simple without being simplistic and Hart tells the story very well." (Musicweb International)
"...Matthew Hart's Peter and the Wolf is one of the most beguiling children's ballets around.
" (The Daily Telegraph)
CastSergei Polunin (The Wolf)Will Kemp (Grandfather)Kilian Smith (Peter)Charlotte Edmonds (Duck)Laurine Muccioli (Bird)Chisato Katsura (Cat)
Royal Ballet Sinfonia; Paul MurphyChoreographer: Matthew Hart
Catalogue Number: OA1057DDate of Performance: 2010Running Time: 38 minutesSound: 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTSAspect Ratio: 16:9 AnamorphicSubtitles: EN, FR, DE, ESLabel: Opus Arte
...Matthew Harts Peter and the Wolf is one of the most beguiling childrens ballets around. --The Telegraph
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There is an interesting short bonus film in which Matthew Hart, the choreographer, explains his intentions and these are copiously illustrated using extracts from the rehearsal sessions. During this film there are short interviews with a number of the children portraying the key characters as well as comments from Sergei Polunin as the wolf and Will Kemp, who takes on the combined role of the grandfather and narrator.
Large numbers of children are also involved by using them to take on parts of the scenery such as the meadow, the trees, the wall and the pond. This is a most imaginative use of the cast and is most effective and William Hart pays tribute to the contributing influences behind his ideas such as those derived from George Balanchine and Kenneth MacMillan.
The production is clearly filmed with crisp detail and good rendition of the many colours to be found throughout the production in the imaginative costumes. The sound is presented in excellent DTS 5.1 as well as in stereo.
In addition to the short bonus referred to above, there is also the usual cast gallery typical of this label.
The packed audience, full of mesmerised children, is fully appreciative of the occasion and is a good indication of the likely success of this recording. The limited playing time is reflected in the slightly reduced price range.Read more ›
The young cast make excellent animals and birds, especially the cat. The narration is excellent, the set simple and of course the music is so clear in its depiction of the animals the whole colourful presentation is a delight.
I like this recording and would recommend it, but for five stars I'd like the option of seeing the orchestra, particularly in this work where the narrator so carefully introduces the instruments; I'm sure this is partly the reason the school's music teacher chose this piece. Blu-ray is a technologically sophisticated medium, and it would be great if we could choose to see the instrumentalists at work. I'd actually prefer that to the seemingly obligatory "bonus feature" about making the recording, which I really can't be bothered to watch.
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A most enjoyable ballet production. Great to see young dancers being given a chance . I especially enjoyed te excellent footwork of Chisato Katsura as the cat .Published 7 months ago by Pdon
Great performance to an even greater composition.
The person in the audience with an annoying cough should have stayed at home or be hit on the head with a mallet. 😑
When my VHS copy from the BBC failed in the video player, I needed a DVD copy of the same. This DVD was it. Beautifully danced by the younger members of Royal Ballet School - andPublished on 23 Mar. 2014 by Jan Doyle