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Editorial Reviews

An accessible introduction to the ballet, "Swan Lake" is one of the stories in the 2002 Audie Award-winning Ballet Stories collection. Incorporating stretches of Tchaikovsky's ethereal music, this audiobook tells the story of Prince Siegfried, who discovers an enchanted lake and falls in love with a beautiful young woman who has been transformed by an evil sorcerer into a swan. Their love is challenged by the sorcerer and his daughter, who try to break the lovers apart, and listeners will be moved by the tragic ending. Narrator Jenny Agutter's elegant performance maintains a dreamy mood throughout the story, enhancing its fairy tale sensibility.

Publisher's 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.

Critic Reviews

  • 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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