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DAVIS, C: Aladdin

Composer(s):Davis, Carl
Artist(s) Davis, Carl, Conductor • Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Ballet
Catalogue 8.557898-99
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
USD 13.98


Some time in the mid-1990s came the dream phone call – Robert Cohan, American choreographer and founder of The London Contemporary Dance Company, asking if I would be interested in composing a score for a full length ballet on the subject of Aladdin, for what is the traditional Nutcracker slot, Autumn and Winter. Would I? – You bet! … I enjoyed revisiting the score five years after the first successful season by Scottish Ballet in 2000 and sincerely applaud the magnificent performance by the new and exciting Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra. (Carl Davis, 2006)


Review By Penguin Guide,January 2009

The music is colourful and melodic, somewhat after the style of film music, but it certainly doesn’t lack inventive imagination. It is very well played by the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra and the composer ensures plenty of sparkle and expressive warmth. Very good recording, too. We hope there may be a DVD, which would be even more enjoyable.

Review By Christopher Latham,Limelight Magazine,May 2007

Listening to Carl Davis’ Aladdin, I find it hard to believe it has not already been adde4d to the repertoire lists of the world’s great ballet companies. It is one of the great traditional ballet scores since Spartacus and it is blessed with a great story from The Book of One Thousand and One Nights that is both familiar and archetypal. The score is filmic in the best sense of the word, and blessed with a memorable heroic theme, as well as other notable leitmotifs, which swirl around, reappearing in various guises as the story moves towards its climax. This is the entire ballet score and not an orchestral suite of the highlights…Overall the writing flows in an unusually assured and fluent manner and the orchestration recreates the golden



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