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Andrew Quint
Fanfare, March 2008

The dancing is a pleasure to watch, including the contribution of students of the Pacific Northwest Ballet School as butterflies and fairies. Especially worthy of mention are the fluid movements of the willowy Patricia Barker as Titania and the easy athleticism of Seth Belliston, who dances Puck. Stewart Kershaw leads solidly from the pit, if without the effervescence of such classic performances as Peter Maag’s. His orchestra performs with assurance; for example, the lead horn in op. 61’s Nocturne. The two vocal soloists, soprano Libby Crabtree and mezzo Judith Harris, both possess appealing voices, as heard in “O Spotted Snakes” and the op. 61 finale. A quartet of female singers is miked in such a way to serve as a substantial “chorus.”

Visually, this HD DVD is stunning, with a film-like quality to the picture. The colors are subtly and richly reproduced, both the pastels of Titania’s Bower and the bolder hues elsewhere. © 2008 Fanfare Read complete review

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