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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
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Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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Signum Classics
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Conductor details
Christopher Austin

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...this suite drawn from the score to the Royal Ballet’s first full-length ballet for 20 years is a blast [...] Themes associated with specific characters are invariably memorable and intelligently developed. The suite’s opening is entrancing – a hazy dreamscape, overlaid with glittering percussion. Everything is beautifully judged – the Cheshire Cat’s music is strangely undefinable and teeters on the edge of invisibility, the purring woodwinds giving the game away. The Mad Hatter’s tea party’s muted trumpets suggest a music-hall turn. The ballet’s apotheosis briefly implies that we’re going to get something grandiose along the lines of Daphnis and Chloe, before Talbot wraps things up sweetly and calmly [...] This is real music – witty, unpretentious and clever.
Graham Rickson,, 1/26/2013

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