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Adolphe Adam: Giselle, ballet / Osipova, Acosta, Whitehead, Chapman et al.; Orchestra of the Royal Opera House; Gruzin [Blu-ray]

Album Summary

>Adam, Adolphe : Giselle
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

This is one of The Royal Ballet's most loved and admired productions, faithful to the spirit of the 1841 original yet always fresh at each revival. This performance features former Bolshoi star and now Royal Ballet principal Natalia Osipova in a breath-taking interpretation of the title role. - Debut leading role with The Royal Ballet for Natalia Osipova in one for the most demanding principal roles in the ballet repertoire. - Features Royal Ballet principal guest artists Carlos Acosta as Albrecht. - Extra features: The Romance of Giselle, The Corps de ballet in Giselle and a cast gallery. What the press said: ''Natalia Osipova, making her debut with the Royal, is, yet again, a revelation.'' The Guardian ''Natalia Osipova's Giselle is the most radical I've ever seen.'' The Independent

Notes & Reviews:

Run Time: 123 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: Blu-Ray, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM 2.0, DTS HD Master Audio


Sensitive and stunning performance of this classic ballet – must see!
Any production performed by The Royal Ballet is worthy of attention, but this production of Giselle is amazing from start to finish. It features Natalia Osipova as Giselle, and Carlos Acosta as Count Albrecht. The orchestra of the Royal Opera House for this production is conducted by Boris Gruzin, and he does a phenomenal job of balancing the needs of the orchestra with the requirements of both the score and the dancers, each becoming part of the entire experience seamlessly. And this orchestra is wonderful in this production.
This is a performance with tremendous emotional power and vulnerability. Ms. Osipova is heartbreakingly innocent in Act I, and her movement and expressiveness is astonishing. But the score reveals the heartbreak that is to come, and you cannot help but be captivated by what you intrinsically feel is about to occur. I cannot say enough about Mr. Acosta’s gentile and caring performance as Albrecht – he is a marvelous partner that truly highlights Ms. Osipova’s performance, responding to her every nuance and making it possible for her to shine even brighter than she naturally does on her own. And when she kills herself at the end of Act I it is emotionally affecting in a way that is difficult to describe.
Act II is simply captivating – when Giselle is drawn from her grave, it is a thing of beauty and feeling that is touchingly expressed by Ms. Osipova, and the interaction between her and Mr. Acostas’ Albrecht as Myrtha forces him to dance to the point of death (intriguingly portrayed by Hikaru Kobayashi…the depth of her performance is astonishing), but the emotion and athleticism of Ms. Osipova is just unbelievable. I couldn’t take my eyes off of her during the end of this sequence as she saves her Albrecht. Words are inadequate for the emotional experience contained on this Blu-Ray disc.

Both the picture and sound quality are incredible, the clarity breathtaking, and every nuance that this gifted group of performers brings forth enhances the overall experience. This is an amazing production, and it is a treat to be able to experience it in this format. The extras are insightful and interesting, and well worth watching. Very highly recommended!

Submitted on 08/03/15 by KlingonOpera 
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>Adam, Adolphe : Giselle
  • Conductor: Boris Gruzin
  • Ensemble: Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1841
  • Studio/Live: Live