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The Sleeping Beauty, Op.66 – Ballet in a prologue and three acts [abridged]
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
The Sleeping Beauty
...a sixty-word review by Colin Anderson
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.