The Royal Ballet
Altynai Asylmuratova, Irek Mukhamedov, Darcey Bussell,
Tetsuya Kumakawa, Anthony Dowell, David Drew
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
John Lanchbery, conductor
Natalia Makarova, choreographer
(after Marius Petipa)
Recorded at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, March 1991
Picture format: NTSC 4:3
Sound format: LPCM Stereo / Dolby Digital 5.1 / DTS 5.1
Region code: All Region
Booklet notes: English, French, German
Running time: 123 mins
No. of DVDs: 1
"Any snobs who continue to sneer at Minkus must be deaf or daft." The Independent
- One of TDK's best selling titles, La Bayadère by Ludwig Minkus is released at mid-price.
- Natalia Makarova's production for the London Royal Ballet was originally created in 1980 for the American Ballet Theatre, the first complete production of La Bayadère to have been performed in the West.
- The last act has been extensively reconstructed, the work having been performed for many years in its incomplete state, and here features the stellar names of Altynai Asylmuratova, Irek Mukhamedov and Darcey Bussell.
- John Lanchbery, who arranged the music and who conducts this performance died on 26 February 2003. This production was revived at Covent Garden in October and November 2003 in tribute to him.
"Also benefiting from the revisions is the composer, the often maligned Ludwig Minkus. Heard in its intended order and context, his music's tunefulness, danceable quality and relevance become clear" The Independent