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David Bintley

Michael Berkeley's guest is choreographer David Bintley. His choices include music by Mahler, Stravinsky, Verdi, Britten, MacMillan, Bob Dylan and Matthew Hindson.

Michael Berkeley's guest this week is David Bintley, Artistic Director of the Birmingham Royal Ballet, and one of Britain's finest choreographers. He started out as a dancer, and one of his early leading roles with the Sadler's Wells Royal Ballet (now the Birmingham Royal Ballet) was Stravinsky's puppet Petrushka - a role that made huge physical demands, as he tells Michael Berkeley. He made a name as a character dancer - other major roles included Widow Simone in Frederick Ashton's 'La fille mal gardee', Bottom in 'The Dream', an Ugly Sister in Ashton's 'Cinderella', the Red King in Ninette de Valois' 'Checkmate' and the Rake in her 'Rake's Progress'.

David Bintley always wanted to be a choreographer since he made his first ballet aged 16 to Stravinsky's Soldier's Tale, and at 18 he made his debut as a choreographer for the Sadler's Wells company. From 1986 to 1993 he was resident choreographer at Covent Garden, and then left to work freelance for companies around the world. in 1995 he was appointed Artistic Director of the Birmingham Royal Ballet, where his work has ranged from Far from the Madding Crowd (1996) and Cyrano (1997) to popular hits such as The Nutcracker Sweeties, mingling classical ballet wirh jazz; the jazz-inspired reinterpretation of the Orpheus legend in 'The Orpheus Suite'; 'Cinderella', and 'Beauty and the Beast'. His double bill 'Passion and Ecstasy', combining 'Carmina burana', based on Orff's cantata, and 'Allegri diversi', based on Rossini, is currently playing at Birmingham.

His personal music choices range from Mahler's Resurrection Symphony to a dance from Petrushka, the end of Act II of Verdi's 'Otello', an extract from Britten's 'Prince of the Pagodas' and works by James MacMillan, Bob Dylan and Matthew Hindson.

1 hour

Music Played

  • Gustav Mahler

    Symphony No 2 (Resurrection) end of the Finale

    Performers: Lee Venora (soprano) Jennie Tourel (mezzo soprano), New York PO/Leonard Bernstein

    • SONY CLASSICAL SX12K 89499.
  • Igor Stravinsky

    Dance of the Coachmen and the Grooms (Petrushka)

    Performers: LSO/Claudio Abbado

    • DG 453 085-2.
  • Giuseppe Verdi

    Otello Act II Finale 'Sì, pel ciel marmareo giuro!'

    Performers: Plácido Domingo (Otello), Sergei Leiferkus (Iago), Orchestra of the Opera, Bastille/Myung- Whun Chung

    • DG 439 805-2.
  • Benjamin Britten

    Prince of the Pagodas Act 2 Coda to the 'Water' section

    Performers: London Sinfonietta/Oliver Knussen

    • VIRGIN CLASSICS0777 7595782-2.
  • Bob Dylan

    Make you feel my love (from the album 'Dylanesque')

    Performers: Bryan Ferry

    • VIRGIN CDV 3026.
  • Sir James MacMillan

    Verily I say unto thee, today thou shalt be with me in Paradise (III from 'Seven Last Word

    Performers: Polyphony, The Britten Sinfonia/Stephen Layton

    • HYPERION CDA 67460.
  • Frank Wess

    Segue in C (from 'First Time! The Count meets the Duke')

    Performers: Duke Ellington and his orchestra, Count Basie and his orchestra

    • CBS 450509-2.
  • Matthew Hindson

    Westaway (from Violin Concerto No 1, 'Australian Postcards')

    Performers: Naoko Miyamoto (violin), New Zealand SO/Kenneth Young



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