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Darcey Bussell

Katie Derham is joined by former ballerina and current Strictly Come Dancing Judge Darcey Bussell to discuss a dancer's relationship with music.

"The first thing you're told is listen, listen to the music - the music and the step are as one. As a child you're not always aware of this".

Katie Derham talks to a Darcey Bussell about a dancer's relationship with music. Darcey Bussell, as a Principal at the Royal Ballet for nearly twenty years and now a judge on Strictly Come Dancing, has prepared many roles for the stage, and also has a broad range of tastes in music. She looks back over her career, and to some of her earliest forays in dance, to consider some of the almost alchemical ways in which dancer and music interact. She offers suggestions of where music and dance are wonderfully matched in the work of others, not least in the partnership of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, and talks about some of her favourite and inspirational music for the ballet.

The programme features music for some of Darcey's great roles including from Romeo and Juliet; The Prince Of The Pagodas; Sylvia; and The Song Of The Earth.

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32 minutes

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Sat 8 Jul 2017 15:00

Music Played

  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    The Sleeping Beauty: Rose Adagio

    Orchestra: Russian National Orchestra. Conductor: Mikhail Pletnev.
    • DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON : 457 -634-2.
    • 16.
  • Jules Massenet

    Manon: Act 1 Sc.1 - conclusion

    Orchestra: Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Conductor: Richard Bonynge.
    • DECCA : 470-525-2.
    • DECCA.
    • 3.
  • Benjamin Britten

    The Prince Of The Pagodas: Belle Rose

    Orchestra: London Sinfonietta. Conductor: Oliver Knussen.
    • VIRGIN : VCD-791103-2.
    • VIRGIN.
    • 11.
  • Irving Berlin

    Let's Face the Music and Dance

    Singer: Fred Astaire. Orchestra: RKO Radio Studio Orchestra.
    • Hollywood's Best: The Thirties.
    • Rhino.
    • 14.
  • Gabriel Fauré

    Requiem: In Paradisum

    Performer: Matthew Halls. Choir: Choir of New College Oxford. Ensemble: Capricorn. Conductor: Edward Higginbottom.
    • ERATO : 0630-14634 -2.
    • ERATO.
    • 1.
  • Sergei Prokofiev

    Romeo and Juliet: Balcony Scene

    Orchestra: Orchestre symphonique de Montréal. Conductor: Charles Dutoit.
    • DECCA : 430-279-2.
    • DECCA.
    • 19.
  • Gustav Mahler

    Das Lied Von Der Erde: Abschied

    Singer: Janet Baker. Orchestra: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Conductor: Bernard Haitink.
    • PHILIPS 450 0142-2.
    • PHILIPS.
    • 6.


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