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Rob Maynard
MusicWeb International, December 2013

Neither sound nor picture quality can be faulted on this release…Video director Margaret Williams has done a fine job overall and has successfully captured the atmosphere of what everyone involved clearly regarded as a special occasion. Ashton Celebration is a valuable addition to the catalogue of ballet recordings, as well as an appropriate tribute to Tamara Rojo… © 2013 MusicWeb International Read complete review

Lawrence D. Devoe, MD, December 2013

Sir Frederick Ashton…was unquestionably the greatest choreographer that Britain has ever produced.

Having seen several of the Ashton ballets and having spent six of my younger years in classical dance training, I can tell you not only how difficult this apparently simple choreography is to achieve but how well these marvelous dancers realize Sir Frederick’s intentions. The Royal Ballet, one of the world’s premier dance companies, scores another triumph in this Blu-ray release.

The videography involved in ballet performance requires absolute unison between the camera crew and the dancers to achieve its ultimate impact. The cameramen get this one absolutely right conveying both the physicality and emotion that these pieces possess. Stunning colors and lifelike detail abound.

Ashton Celebration is one of the best ballet discs that I have seen in quite a while and will give viewers ample evidence of why Frederick Ashton was such a venerated master of the dance. The five ballets cover two decades of Ashton’s career with the Royal Ballet and hold up marvelously well, several decades later. Old and new ballet lovers will simply have to go out and get this one while it is still available. © 2013 Read complete review

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