, March 2020
MINKUS, L.: Bayadère (La) [Ballet] (Royal Ballet, 2018) (NTSC) OA1296D
MINKUS, L.: Bayadère (La) [Ballet] (Royal Ballet, 2018) (Blu-ray, HD) OABD7263D
…Nuñez dances Nikiya with a raptness that is as richly romantic as it is religious. The plush pliancy of her upper body and the sensitive musical moulding of her arms fill every phrase of Minkus’s score, spinning an emotional grandeur even from its more prosaic passages.
Her various pas de deux with Muntagirov are real acts of artistry, from the rapturous swirl of their initial tryst through to the felicitous clarity of classical line with which they match the tonal purity of concertmaster Sergey Levitin’s yearning violin solo in Act 2.
This La Bayadère is a true company achievement—with shining turns from all the soloists and a strikingly dynamic orchestral performance under conductor Boris Gruzin. © 2020 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone