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Rob Maynard
MusicWeb International, April 2020

MINKUS, L.: Bayadère (La) [Ballet] (Royal Ballet, 2018) (NTSC) OA1296D
MINKUS, L.: Bayadère (La) [Ballet] (Royal Ballet, 2018) (Blu-ray, HD) OABD7263D

…Gary Avis and Thomas Whitehead make particularly dastardly villains as, respectively, the high brahmin and the rajah, while Royal Ballet principal Alexander Campbell delights the Covent Garden audience as the dancing bronze idol—his existence presumably indicative of an earlier visit to India by Dr Coppélius. The Royal Ballet’s enviable strength in depth allows for luxury casting in its major productions, so here we find two more principals—Yasmine Naghdi and Akane Takada—joining first soloist Yuhui Choe as the three shades given featured dances. Meanwhile, conductor Boris Gruzin leads the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House expertly, idiomatically and with sound appreciation for the dancers’ practical requirements. © 2020 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Anna Winter
Gramophone, 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





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