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Rob Maynard
MusicWeb International, December 2012

Here we have a modern (re)production of another classic ballet. Immense and painstaking research and massive—and obviously expensive—resources have gone into La Scala’s 2012 recreation of Glazunov’s Raymonda. It’s as close to the original 1898 St Petersburg production as we are ever likely to see and is an absolute treat—especially in fabulous Blu-ray quality—for both eyes and ears. © 2012 MusicWeb International

Rob Maynard
MusicWeb International, August 2012

The very opening of the first scene of Act 1 sets the tone. No-one dashes about and everyone moves in the stateliest manner: the courtiers even play darts, it seems, in slow motion. Any rushing around the stage would have been rendered very difficult by the superbly elaborate costumes that everyone wears.

Carrying on for the moment with this production’s appearance - which is one of its most striking features - Act 1, scene 2 goes on to boast a beautifully-lit night-time set of the castle terrace. The real triumph of stage design, particularly when seen on a large HD television set, comes in Act 2 where the breathtakingly vivid colour palette utilised for the inventive heraldic designs simply dazzles the eye to pleasurable distraction.

The dancing that takes place within these wonderful settings is undeniably of a very high quality.

The corps de ballet is pretty large…A large body of children throw themselves enthusiastically into the performance: the girls shine in the Valse fantastique that follows the Grand adagio, while the boys provide more than a few jolly moments with coconut shells (?) strapped to their thighs for percussive effects in Act 2’s Grand divertissement. All the adults and children add considerably to the colourful production and, towards the end of the third Act, the lively Coda and Galop final are both enjoyable romps that are especially well executed.

The Teatro alla Scala orchestra, under the experienced direction of Michail Jurowski, plays with consummate skill and feeling for the music. © 2012 MusicWeb International Read complete review

Karl Lozier
Positive Feedback Online, May 2012

The music or musical score is outstanding and very melodic as all good Russian compositions are…

The orchestra is simply outstanding here as conducted by Michail Jurowski and subtle touches and details are captured cleanly and clearly letting the high frequency or treble range of the new Nola loudspeakers…to show off. Their low distortion extended high frequency range, is beyond what would be expected in their moderate price range. Here music lovers get beautiful visual enjoyment while being treated to outstanding melodic music.

Do not expect to hear (or see) a better performance in the near future as I must award my highest recommendation to this superb release. Same goes for newcomers to classical music; this is easily appreciated. © 2012 Positive Feedback Online Read complete review

Robert Benson, April 2012

It’s a grand spectacular show in every way, with brilliant video and excellent audio…we can see Olesia Novikova’s superb dancing…there is much to enjoy here, and seen in the Blu Ray version, a treat for the eyes. © 2012 Read complete review

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