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new-classics.co.uk, October 2016

With Roland Petit’s cool, cabaret-style choreography and chic costumes by Yves Saint Laurent, and a dark, percussive score by Maurice Jarre, Notre-Dame de Paris has been a modern ballet hit ever since its 1965 premiere. Petit’s deft condensation of Victor Hugo’s sprawling 19th century epic and tragic novel is now renewed by two stars of our own time, handsome Italian ballet virtuoso Roberto Bolle as hunchback bellringer Quasimodo and former Bolshoi artist Natalia Osipova as Esmerelda, the sensual gypsy girl. Mick Zeni is the obsessive archdeacon Frollo and Eris Nezha is Captain Phoebus. Teatro alla Scala’s colourful production, filmed in Italy in 2014 and broadcast to cinemas worldwide, is stunning tribute to Petit’s genius following his death in 2011. © 2016 new-classics.co.uk Read complete review



Marc Haegeman
Classical Net, October 2014

In its high definition, widescreen presentation Notre-Dame de Paris is a true feast for the senses. The flashy colors of Yves Saint-Laurent’s costumes, the dramatically lit sets from René Allio, including schematic outlines of what’s supposed to be the Notre-Dame cathedral, are rendered with striking immediacy. The filming is overall well balanced…this is a very satisfying release.

Sound-wise the Blu-ray is top-drawer as well…the surround offers those adequately equipped and excellent live theatre ambiance. © 2014 Classical Net Read complete review




John Sunier
Audiophile Audition, July 2014

…this new production with current ballet stars is a fitting tribute, and very well done. It is beautifully danced, staged and filmed, with some fascinating overhead camera shots. © 2014 Audiophile Audition Read complete review




Steven A. Kennedy
Cinemusical, July 2014

The production here is stunning with bright costumes allowing for stark contrast to the main characters and the minimal scenery. As a ballet, Petit’s adaptation focuses on the dancers and Roberto Bolle’s interpretation of Quasimodo is an amazing thing to watch. He, like Petit and others before him, must communicate all of the deformity of the character with his movements and positioning of his body into often twisted and painful-looking postures. It works quite well especially when cast against the fluid movements of Esmeralda, performed very well here by Osipova.

…this is an interesting work in excellent surround stereo that is a worthy addition to 20th-century ballet fans and an interesting curiosity for those interested in the music of Maurice Jarre. © 2014 Cinemusical Read complete review





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