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Tchaikovsky
The Sleeping Beauty, Op.66 – Ballet in a prologue and three acts [abridged]
Philharmonia Orchestra
George Weldon

Recorded in 1956 in Kingsway Hall, London

[This was the first stereo recording of The Sleeping Beauty. The score was abridged in order to accommodate it onto two LPs]
CD No: CLASSICS FOR PLEASURE 3 93238 2 (2 CDs)
Duration: 1 hour 59 minutes
Reviewed: August 2007
Abridged, yes, but two hours is a goodly feast. George Weldon (1906-63), who studied with Sargent and assisted Barbirolli, leads an enjoyable, affectionate performance, played with distinction, with tempos well-chosen for dance (Weldon conducted for Sadler’s Wells Ballet). This shapely, colourful account, with plenty of swirl, stands the test of time admirably. The stereo sound is excellent with non-intrusive re-mastering.

 

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