Soundbite 60: A sixty-word précis-review of the latest CD releases
Tales of Beatrix Potter [Music from the Royal Ballet Film]
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
Original soundtrack recording made in 1970 in Studio No.1, Abbey Road, London
CD No: CLASSICS FOR PLEASURE 3 93230 2 Duration: 53 minutes Reviewed: August 2006
Tales of Beatrix Potter
...a sixty-word review by Colin Anderson
John Lanchbery’s musical illustrations for the Royal Ballet’s film of Potter’s “Tales” is 19th-century in inspiration – some Rossini, rather more Tchaikovsky (or sound-likes anyway). Squirrel Nutkin, Mrs Tiggy-Winkle (with banjo!) Jeremy Fisher and Jemima Puddle-Duck are brought to balletic life through Lanchbery’s charm-panache-and-colour score – even the Mouse has a Waltz – played with verve under the composer’s direction and vividly recorded.