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Karl Lozier
Positive Feedback Online, April 2016

This new adaption has reworked this pillar of the classic repertoire bringing a modern day relevance to the story of Siegfried and Odette. Danced to a specifically conceived and mastered soundtrack of Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s famous score, it is directed by Leonard Slatkin and performed by the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra. © 2016 Positive Feedback Online Read complete review



Heather Bray
Dance International, June 2015

Lac is packed with full-throttle dancing and quirky, occasionally over-the-top costumes. The White Swan pas de deux is a standout, full of playful tenderness, and there’s a clever plot twist at the end. Lac is a sexy, provocative and dazzling piece of theatre… © 2015 Dance International



David Denton
David's Review Corner, January 2015

The music is the same, but the choreography and story is an adaptation by Jean-Christophe Maillot and Jean Rouaud, performed by Ballets de Monte Carlo. Unusual in that it is being danced to a soundtrack of a recording made in the 1980s when Leonard Slatkin was music director of the St. Louis Symphony. It became my library version and the benchmark to judge all recordings since then. Maybe his tempos were more akin to the concert hall than the theatre, and the orchestral colours were not quite so strikingly brilliant as in many Russian recordings, but its ‘down the centre of the road’ approach lends itself to the present release. So what of the story and the visual aspects of the ballet? In the accompanying booklet Maillot makes the point that in the version we know very well, the narrative gets hijacked by a desire to create a beautiful spectacle, most of the second act taking the story nowhere. In that sense he returns it to its roots, and though there is a degree of modernisation in the style of choreography, it is still framed in tradition, and the same can be said of the often colourful costumes. …I found it inventive, highly enjoyable, and above all superbly danced; Stephan Bourgond’s Prince is most elegant in his deportment, and Anja Behrend an attractive and limpid White Swan. Add the immaculately prepared Monte Carlo corps de ballet in their various roles, and you have a most enjoyable visually spectacle. I was surprised to find the St. Louis recording was made in digital surround sound as here offered, and the picture quality is excellent in my Blu-ray version…Most strongly recommended… © 2015 David’s Review Corner





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