Feeney - The Cellist; Messager - The Two Pigeons (Blu-ray) | Opus Arte OABD7310D

Feeney - The Cellist; Messager - The Two Pigeons (Blu-ray)

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Label: Opus Arte

Cat No: OABD7310D

Format: Blu-ray

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Ballet

Release Date: 28th October 2022

Contents

Artists

Lauren Cuthbertson
Vadim Muntagirov
Marcelino Sambe
Matthew Ball
Emma Lucano
Lauren Godfrey
Kristen McNally
Thomas Whitehead
Anna Rose O’Sullivan
Gary Avis
Nicol Edmonds
Benjamin Ella
Luca Acri
Paul Kay
Joseph Sissens
Elizabeth McGorian
Fumi Kaneko
Ryoichi Hirano
Hetty Snell (cello)
The Royal Ballet
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

Conductors

Andrea Molino
Barry Wordsworth

Works

Feeney, Philip

The Cellist (ballet)

Messager, Andre

The Two Pigeons (complete ballet) (arr. Lanchbery)

Artists

Lauren Cuthbertson
Vadim Muntagirov
Marcelino Sambe
Matthew Ball
Emma Lucano
Lauren Godfrey
Kristen McNally
Thomas Whitehead
Anna Rose O’Sullivan
Gary Avis
Nicol Edmonds
Benjamin Ella
Luca Acri
Paul Kay
Joseph Sissens
Elizabeth McGorian
Fumi Kaneko
Ryoichi Hirano
Hetty Snell (cello)
The Royal Ballet
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

Conductors

Andrea Molino
Barry Wordsworth

About

The Royal Ballet shine in both new and present day works in this new double bill, created especially for this release.

This special disc brings together two compelling works showing the dramatic range of Lauren Cuthbertson, and The Royal Ballet.

Internationally acclaimed choreographer Cathy Marston, previously Associate Artist of The Royal Opera House and Director of Bern Ballett, created The Cellist for The Royal Ballet in 2020. The inspiration for her first work for the Royal Opera House Main Stage is the momentous life and career of cellist Jacqueline du Pré – from her discovery of the cello and her celebrity as one of its most extraordinary players, to her pain, frustration and struggle with multiple sclerosis. Composer Philip Feeney incorporates some of the most moving and powerful music for cello by Elgar, Beethoven, Fauré, Mendelssohn, Piatti, Rachmaninov and Schubert into an exquisite score that is itself an homage to the cello.

In The Two Pigeons, Lauren Cuthbertson and Vadim Muntagirov lead a charismatic cast in Ashton’s poignant and heart-warming reflection on love, based on an old French folk tale and first performed on Valentine’s Day 1961. Created by the Company’s Founder Choreographer, this recording captures The Royal Ballet’s famous skill and distinctive style as Barry Wordsworth conducts the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House in Messager’s rapturous score.

“A hugely anticipated world premiere… There is much to admire… This piece truly shines…” – Sunday Express ★★★★ (The Cellist)

“Not only in close up, one-on-one partnerships, but Ashton can set a stageful of dancers going and you suddenly see Messager’s melodies and orchestrations come to life before your very eyes. That is more than mere choreography.” – The Daily Express ★★★★ (The Two Pigeons)

“Jacqueline du Pré’s life story is translated into a powerfully affecting ballet by Cathy Marston” – The Guardian ★★★★ (The Cellist)

“The relationship between a great musician and her instrument, vividly imagined in dance.” – The Arts Desk ★★★★ (The Cellist)

Extra features:
- Why The Royal Ballet love performing The Cellist
- Introduction to The Two Pigeons
- Exploring the choreography of The Two Pigeons with Darcey Bussell, Lesley Collier and Lauren Cuthbertson
- Cast Galleries

Casts:

The Cellist
- The Cellist: Lauren Cuthbertson
- The Instrument: Marcelino Sambé
- The Conductor: Matthew Ball
- The Cellist (as a Young Girl): Emma Lucano
- Her Sister (as a Young Girl): Lauren Godfrey
- Her Mother: Kristen McNally
- Her Father: Thomas Whitehead
- Her Sister: Anna Rose O’Sullivan
- Her Cello Teachers: Gary Avis, Nicol Edmonds, Benjamin Ella
- Her Musical Friends: Luca Acri, Paul Kay, Joseph Sissens
- A Chorus of Narrators: Artists of The Royal Ballet

Choreographer: Cathy Marston
Designer: Hildegard Bechtler
Dramaturge: Edward Kemp

The Two Pigeons
- The Young Girl: Lauren Cuthbertson
- The Young Man: Vadim Muntagirov
- A Neighbour: Elizabeth McGorian
- A Gypsy Girl: Fumi Kaneko
- Her Lover: Ryoichi Hirano
- A Gypsy Boy: Marcelino Sambé

Choreographer: Frederick Ashton
Designer: Jacques Dupont

Duration: approx. 139 minutes
Audio: LPCM 2.0 + Surround 5.1 DTS Master Audio (Blu-ray)

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