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Sleeping Beauty

Narrated by: Jenny Agutter
Length: 17 mins
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David Angus retells this classic fairy tale of the princess Aurora, the long-awaited child of the king and queen. However, a wicked fairy curses Aurora to prick her finger on a spindle and fall into a deep sleep for 100 years. The spell can only be broken with a first kiss of love. Jenny Agutter performs with a magical, theatrical flourish that emphasizes the romantic drama of Sleeping Beauty. Along with lush orchestration that accompanies her performance, Agutter's majestic style creates a beguiling atmosphere that will leave listeners enchanted.

Summary

This is a story from the Ballet Stories collection.

The magic of ballet is evoked in these enchanting stories presented with many musical excerpts from the works themselves. Jenny Agutter, who before turning to acting was a dancer, presents the stories of two French ballets - Giselle and Coppelia - and the three great ballets by Tchaikovsky, in engaging style.

These are tales of princes and princesses, of good fairies and bad witches, and, in Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker, the brave soldier and Clara - but does it happen, or is it a dream?

And there is the music - the lovely melody from Swan Lake, The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy and the waltzes and richly atmospheric passages painting, in sound, castles, forests, mists and lakes.

A perfect introduction to the ballet.

©2001 NAXOS AudioBooks Ltd. (P)2001 NAXOS AudioBooks Ltd.

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Winner, Audio Publishers Association 2002 Audie Award, Children's Titles for Ages 0-7
"The lively text is rich with detail and imagery." (AudioFile)

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  • Mike W
  • 15-11-17

A lovely story

I highly recommend it for little children in the car! Sleeping beauty is a story for every age. What’s not to like?