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Rob Maynard
MusicWeb International, December 2016

Set skilfully to various Tchaikovsky extracts, Kader Belarbi’s ballet recreates a tragic and even bizarre episode of 14th century Portuguese history. Strikingly set and accessibly choreographed, the ballet offers a succession of striking visual images. The Toulouse company’s performance, expertly captured in this recording, could hardly be bettered. © 2016 MusicWeb International



Rob Maynard
MusicWeb International, May 2016

[The] concocted score, well played by the Orchestre National du Capitole under the direction of Koen Kessels, offers plenty of opportunities for the Toulouse company’s dancers to demonstrate their artistry and their technical skills.

The…Ballet du Capitole dancers offer solid support. Balarbi gives a strong and important place in the story to Ferrante’s male courtiers. …The female members of the corps de ballet have more limited chances to shine, but a brief scene where they portray ethereal spirits rather reminiscent of Giselle’s vengeful wilis is well done. © 2016 MusicWeb International Read complete review





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