The Sleeping Beauty

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

Reviewed by: Colin Anderson

Reviewed: August 2007
CD No: CLASSICS FOR PLEASURE 3 93238 2 (2 CDs)
Duration: 1 hour 59 minutes

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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