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Rob Maynard
MusicWeb International, June 2013

…the leads are Federico Bonelli…and Lauren Cuthbertson…both are entirely convincing in their depiction of teenage lovers.

The standard of dancing here is at least the match of the acting. Cuthbertson, in particular, makes the most amazing use of her supple body throughout…

The other principal dancers also acquit themselves very well. Among others, I was struck especially by Valeri Hristov who dances the role of Paris and completely inhabits the role as a born aristocrat, a convincing suitor for Juliet…Alexander Campbell impresses too as a suitably lively and youthful Mercutio, playing the arguably over-choreographed death scene quite memorably. Bennet Gartside’s portrayal of Tybalt exudes convincingly poisonous brutality and malevolence, while Christina Arestis makes the most of her subsequent opportunity for some excessive but rather moving emoting over his corpse.

Kenneth MacMillan’s choreography mixes its moods with impressive effect. As well as dancing the roles of both Friar Laurence and Lord Montague, the company’s…Ballet Master Christopher Newton is responsible for the lively and very convincing swordplay.

The Covent Garden orchestra, led with authority and conviction by the experienced Barry Wordsworth, was on fine form for this recording and the results are conveyed in top rate dts Digital Surround sound.

In general the director has filmed this relatively straightforwardly but also very well. We simply see, in general, what we are supposed to be seeing—but with the extra clarity that close-ups and high quality filming provide. © 2013 MusicWeb International Read complete review

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