This warm collection of thirty-two compositions is a tribute to an area in London called Covent Garden. It is the main arts area in London, and this compact disc blends together many different musical types to create a classroom atmosphere reminiscent of this artistic haven. Each selection on this 62 minute CD is played with the likes of syncopation and big sweeping melodies that were so important to David Howard’s ballet class. The CD begins with the very familiar nocturne from Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Night’s Dream, a standard ballet of the Royal Ballet, as well as Satie’s Gymnopedie No 1 and Fille ma Gardee. The remaining selections offer many familiar melodies from Puccini, Donizetti, and Johann Strauss to name just a few. The tracks are not repeated and in the traditional David Howard style, several selections at the barre contain an extra sixteen counts for bending forward and back. This album has been a Danceables bestseller since its release in 2002.
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