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Kirov conductor Viktor Fedotov passed away

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I was just informed of the death of Viktor Fedotov, the illustrious conductor of the Kirov Ballet whom Clement Crisp once described as the 'prince of ballet conductors'. His inspired conducting was always a highlight of the Kirov Ballet's London seasons in the past decade. I think that he was also invited to work with the Royal Ballet on more than one occasion.

[ December 06, 2001: Message edited by: Kevin Ng ]

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Sorry to read this news, Kevin. Fedotov will be sorely missed.

Thank goodness that some of his best readings of the great ballet scores have been recorded, most notably the 1895 Drigo-arranged version of the complete Tchaikovsky 'Swan Lake,' which is the standard arrangement for the dancing of that great ballet today (quite different from the original all-Tchaikovsky version). I believe that the CD of 'Swan Lake' with Fedotov conducting the Kirov-Mariinsky Theater Orchestra is still 'in print.' It's a great one.

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