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Christie Grimstad, June 2014

…Larissa Lezhnina…executes a beautifully poised and polished Princess Aurora.

Athletic stamina, clean detail and meticulous function are only a few ways to describe Farukh Ruzimatov in the role of Prince Désiré. Ruzimatov has the most marvelous grands jetés with its clean sweeps and spectacular flexibility from the moment he enters the stage.

The conclusive Pas de deux (“Coda: Allegro vivace”) shows Lezhnina and Ruzimatov in complete synchronization with footwork, completely matching the beats within Tchaikovsky’s music. Everything here is crisp.

Overall, the corps de ballet delivers a fine performance.

Viktor Fedotov leads a well-energized interpretation of Tchaikovsky’s ravishing music. One will immediately notice the musical pacing in this The Sleeping Beauty: the tempo is brisk and forward, yet it does not appear to be too anxious. This adds to the electrification of this 1989 production. The sound is superior, especially when the harps radiate with their glissandos. © 2014 Read complete review

Robert Benson, April 2014

Russian grand ballet can be experienced on this issue of the Kirov ballet’s production of The Sleeping Beauty filmed in Palace des Arts in Montréal on an unspecified date in 1989. Original choreography by Marius Pepita has been revised by Konstantin Sergeyev. Oleg Vinogradov was artistic director and chief choreographer, the gorgeous sets by Simon Virsaladze. Leading artists of the time are featured and all are in top form. Brilliant photography and fine stereo sound add to attractiveness of this major release. © 2014

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