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John Whitmore
MusicWeb International, December 2012

This highlights disc is taken from a complete recording of the ballet that was highly recommended by the Penguin Guide. Running for the best part of 80 minutes it represents very good value indeed…Mogrelia’s is certainly one of the best recordings currently available.  The Sleeping Beauty is a fabulous score and it’s very difficult to decide which particular 80 minute selection actually constitutes the highlights. On the whole, Naxos has done a good job with their decision-making and at least the music is presented in the order in which it appears in the complete score.

Mogrelia takes a very relaxed approach to the music. There’s nothing barnstorming here, just some fine musicianship. It’s almost as if the orchestra is accompanying a production of the ballet rather than playing it through as an orchestral work in its own right. The Rose Adagio sounds especially glorious. © 2012 MusicWeb International Read complete review



David Denton
David's Review Corner, August 2012

Andrew Mogrelia having spent much of his career working with ballet companies, his tempos are typical of those we hear in the theatre. After the bustling Introduction, as everyone gathers for party time at the opening of The Sleeping Beauty, many of these highlights, taken from his complete recording, have that spaciousness dancers would need. Where concert performances jack up the excitement as they hurtle through scenes, Mogrelia is content for us to conjure up visions of the famous stage performers we have seen. The disc offers not far from half of the complete score, and certainly all of the purple patches, and the bottom line throughout is an account of charm, elegance and warmth. The Slovak State Philharmonic are in top form, the woodwind solos highly impressive in dexterity and quality. When they do have to turn up the wick, they have all the impact you require, Mogrelia making the famous Act 1 waltz flow with real panache. Add a recorded sound that stands nicely back from the orchestra and captures the resonant acoustic of the venue. Maybe at the Naxos price you might as well take the complete ballet (8.550490–92), but as a background disc that has got everything going for it, this will be a happy purchase. © 2012 David’s Review Corner






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