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TODAY Wednesday 30 December 2.30pm - Zoom - David Nice on "The Sleeping Beauty"

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Following two Zoom terms on Russian music and a pre-Christmas special on The Nutcracker, the well-known British music critic David Nice is offering a two-hour exploration of Tchaikovsky's score for The Sleeping Beauty.


Tomorrow (Wednesday 30 December) afternoon, 2.30-4.30pm UK time. £10 per household.


If interested, please email David on david.nice@usa.net

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Just to report back briefly for those who were not able to join, David Nice's fascinating talk - illustrated with many musical and dvd examples - overran and in the end lasted a full three hours. Very worthwhile.


From a host of insights - including where Tchaikovsky's music may contain a hidden reference to Aurora's hundred-year sleep - it is perhaps worth picking out one point, as it has been raised on this Forum more than once in the past. Which is the best recording of the music? David Nice replied that he had once done a BBC Radio 3 "Building a library" episode on this question, when Mark Ermler’s Covent Garden performance came out on top. This is however not currently available, so now he would be torn between Vladimir Jurowski's live recording and John Lanchbery’s Philharmonia CDs. I presume he did not mention Andre Previn's recording as this omits two numbers from the last act (Tom Thumb and the Sarabande).


He also repeatedly praised Rostropovich's recording of the Sleeping Beauty Suite. 


In any case, a seasonal treat for those who were (virtually) there. 



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