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Joel Kasow
Fanfare, September 2019

I had a wonderful time watching this DVD, while also watching several of the competing versions. The Russian dancers who have taken up residence with the Vienna ballet are compelling in their dancing and also stage presence with cameos from the exuberant Davide Dato (Birbanto) and Kirill Kourlaev (a wily Lanquedem), along with Mihail Sosnovschi, a Pasha different (young and imperious) from the buffo interpretation that has been traditional until now.

Having the Vienna Philharmonic in the pit is a plus, and conductor Valery Ovsianikov is a master of fusing the diverse musical inserts with Adam’s score. © 2019 Fanfare Read complete review



Rob Maynard
MusicWeb International, April 2019

ADAM, A.: Corsaire (Le) [Ballet] (Vienna State Ballet, 2016) (NTSC) 2.110594
ADAM, A.: Corsaire (Le) [Ballet] (Vienna State Ballet, 2016) (Blu-ray, HD) NBD0090V

In this new Wiener Staatsballett production Manuel Legris has wisely decided to simplify the narrative line a great deal, constructing thereby a much clearer and more linear story.

Moving on to the performance itself, the lively delivery of the overture is indicative of both the piratical high-jinks to come and the skilled and idiomatic contribution of the orchestra under the direction of Valery Ovsianikov.

I have to say that Robert Gabdullin makes the most convincing piratical hero I’ve seen in this role. His is a very Errol Flynn approach, with enough charismatic charm and seductively winning smiles to sweep a complete pasha’s harem off its collective feet. Mr Gabdullin dances the role with appropriately oversized, grand gestures and immense energy. Strict purists might point to a superfluity of energy over elegance and, perhaps, a lack of exact precision in both his legs and his arm gestures, but let’s keep in mind that he’s portraying a rough pirate here and not a refined prince. I loved his performance.

Having watched this disc three times in relatively quick succession, I think it now takes its place as the best filmed version of Le corsaire that is currently available. …most notably its rationalisation of the storyline, Manuel Legris’s accomplished and visually attractive choreography and the Vienna company’s strength in depth… A good quality Blu-ray presentation, with finely delivered picture and sound, sets the seal on a very worthwhile and enjoyable release. © 2019 MusicWeb International Read complete review





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