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

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: 0
Picture Format: NTSC, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM 2.0, DTS 5.0 Surround


Adam Giselle DVD Natalia Osipova Carlos Acosta
This new DVD from Opus Arte of "Giselle," one of Adolphe Adam's famous works, is heartily welcomed. The two stars are Natalia Osipova as Giselle and Carlos Acosta as Albrecht. Everything about it seems to to me to be beyond criticism. There is some competition however. A quick (though not exhaustive) web search for purchasable DVDs retrieved five: an old performance with Rudolph Nureyev and Carla Fracci; a different performance by Carla Fracci with the American Ballet Theatre; a 1980 version by the National Ballet of Cuba with Alicia Alonso and Valdimir Vasiliev; a 2006 Royal Opera House (London) version with Alina Cojocaru and Johan Kobborg; and a 2005 version issued as a boxed set from the Teatro alla Scala that also includes a 2004 performance of "Swan Lake" and a 2011 performance of "Raymonda." (If you find more versions please donít write to tell me!) I also found five versions on You Tube: Dutch National Ballet, undated, excellent but not HD; La Scala, 2005, very good but not HD; La Scala, 1996, good but not HD; Bolshoi, 1998, fair; Brazil, undated, poor.
Lovers of this Adolphe Adam classic should be happy to add this version to their collection!
Ted Wilks

Submitted on 10/12/14 by Ted Wilks 
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Works Details

>Adam, Adolphe : Giselle
  • Conductor: Boris Gruzin
  • Ensemble: Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1841
  • Studio/Live: Live