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Tales of Beatrix Potter [Music from the Royal Ballet Film]
Reviewed by: Colin Anderson
Reviewed: August 2006
CD No: CLASSICS FOR PLEASURE 3 93230 2
Duration: 53 minutes
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.