The Royal Ballet Collection [Blu-ray]

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Works
The Sleeping Beauty (2006); Swan Lake (2009); The Nutcracker (2009); Giselle (2013); Romeo & Juliet (2012); La fille mal gardée (2015); Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (2011); The Winter's Tale (2014); Don Quixote (2013); La bayadère (2009); Sylvia (2005); Mayerling (2009); Ashton Celebration; McGregor Triple

A special edition book contains new articles about The Royal Ballet, its repertory and its choreographers, as well as full synopses for all the narrative ballets, richly illustrated with striking photographs of the productions.



Press Reviews
"Anthony Dowell's production...offers the ultimate classical experience, with the sights and sounds of a proud 19th century tradition running at full throttle." (The Times - Swan Lake)

"[Darcey Bussell] dances with perfect precision in the pizzicato divertissement and is ravishingly radiant in the pas de deux powerfully partnered by Roberto Bolle who also displays some soaring elevation as the shepherd Aminta. It is gorgeous - do not miss it." (The Stage - Sylvia)

"In 2006, the company revived its classic Sleeping Beauty, featuring pretty Oliver Messel designs and a spruce choreography combining the romantic Petipa original with Ashton's hallmark narrative. Nuñez is charm personified as the Lilac Fairy, and has there ever been a more enchanting Aurora than Cojocaru?" (BBC Music Magazine - Sleeping Beauty ★★★★)

"…while Mara Galeazzi as Mary Vetsera nearly stole the show with her natural conviction, exuberance and authoritative technique, the evening belonged to Watson as Rudolf, one of the most challenging male roles ever created." (The Sunday Express - Mayerling)

"One of the very best seasonal treats for children and adults alike, the Royal Ballet's Nutcracker is a handsome, magical, thoroughly traditional rendering of ETA Hoffmann's immortal if deeply strange story." (The Sunday Express - Nutcracker)

"Overall, this is one of the best productions of a classical ballet that the ROH has ever staged or filmed." (Musicweb International - Bayadère)

"What a treat this is - such an imaginative treatment of a favourite story. Christopher Wheeldon's choreography is very imaginative and fitting for every character." (Musicweb International - Alice)

"... a jovial and entertaining showcase for classical dancing at its most demanding and exuberant. One of the pleasures of this ballet is to be tickled by Minkus's infectiously melodious score... Marianela Nuñez and Acosta delivered sparky, engaging performances." (The Times - Don Quixote)

"Natalia Osipova's Giselle is the most radical I’ve ever seen... she dances with pure line, superb technique and feeling for the ballet's style – but because her dramatic intelligence brings it to such fresh, burning life. Acosta partners her with devoted care, and responds to her dazzling dancing with renewed sharpness and attack of his own." (The Independent - Giselle ★★★★★)

"The ensuing competition between their solo variations is thrilling, not simply because of McRae's soaringly athletic jump and Osipova's skimming footwork, but because they dance all the little steps with such fierce, articulated detail." (The Guardian - Rhapsody ★★★★)


Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

Production
Company: The Royal Ballet

Disc Information
Catalogue Number: OABD7210BD
Running Time: 2141 minutes
Sound: LPCM & DTS Master Audio 5.1
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 Anamorphic
Label: Opus Arte