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Rob Maynard
MusicWeb International, December 2013

This latest reissue of a much admired performance demonstrates prima ballerina assoluta Alessandra Ferri’s supreme artistry and technical ability to the full. In an early role, today’s superstar Roberto Bolle makes a very strong impression that propelled his career forward. © MusicWeb International

Rob Maynard
MusicWeb International, June 2013

…what is so impressive about Ms. Ferri in this performance is her utterly moving portrayal of the central role. She excels not just in the “losing her mind” sequence that concludes the first Act and where some ballerinas virtually chew the scenery in their overacting, but also earlier on where the subtlety of her expressions and gestures establishes, within just a few seconds, her character’s shyness, innocence and essential naïveté. That is very effectively achieved in the sequence where Albrecht courts her on the bench and where she plucks petals (“He loves me…He loves me not…”), but look too at the brief moment when she admires Bathilde’s clothes for an instance of finely judged characterisation.

I must also mention the two peasants whose artistry in their Act 1 pas de deux gives such delight to the Milan audience. That, though, is hardly a surprise, given that one of them is no less than today’s ballet superstar Roberto Bolle when he was aged just 21.

The La Scala corps de ballet is on fine form here… They add immensely to our enjoyment. The orchestra also gives a good account of itself under Paul Connelly’s direction…

The presentation for TV and video is also well executed. Unlike some other directors, Alexandre Tarta has clearly worked out where his cameras ought to be placed, what they should be filming and when to switch them from one to another. As a result, we see several interesting and useful bits of stage business that a less well prepared director might not have been ready for.

This has a strong claim to be one of the best filmed versions of Giselle currently available and it is certaainly among the most enjoyable. © 2013 MusicWeb International Read complete review

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