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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good performance by the Royal Ballet, 4 Feb 2012
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This review is from: Minkus: La Bayadere [DVD] [2011] (DVD)
This recording of a performance by the Royal Ballet in 1991 is based on Natalia Makarova's production, which generally follows the Soviet-era Russian choreography. The main difference between them is that Makarova re-created the final act of the wedding scene where the temple is destroyed by angry gods.

The main attraction of this DVD is the guest appearance of Altynai Asylmuratova, then a prima ballerina of the Kirov/Mariinsky Ballet, in the role of Nikiya, the temple dancer ("la bayadere"). She brings out the heroine's inner emotions through her dancing and miming. The choreography for Nikiya is so demanding that it requires a dancer , like Asylmuratova, with technical as well as artistic maturity. In the Kingdom of the Shades scene in Act 2, she is an epitome of a classical ballerina.

Irek Mukhamedov is excellent as Solor - primarily in pas de deux as there are not many solo dances for him. These two Russian dancers show complete rapport.

Darcy Bussell is very good as Gamsatti; the role suits her style. The dramatic role of the High Bramin is acted by Anthony Dowell very convincingly. In the Kingdom of the Shades scene, the contributions from some soloists and the corps de ballet (only 24 girls instead of 32 in the current Russian versions) are generally good, although the soloists do not always achieve synchronization.

Finally, a negative point. The original score by Minkus was "arranged" by John Lanchbery (for Makarova's version) who also conducts the orchestra in this recording. Intrusive counterpoints and unnecessary variations on the original themes have unfortunately been added. Makarova could have used the traditional score currently in use in Russia. Minkus's ballet music is very good and danceable.
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Initial post: 17 Nov 2013 10:52:58 GMT
Peter G says:
This review seems to be about a previous recording not the one being reviewed by everyone else - the artists are all older dancers ( sorry Darcy)

Posted on 16 Jan 2014 10:40:21 GMT
H. A. Weedon says:
'Irek Mukhamedov is excellent as Solor' Solor is danced by Carlos Acosta in this version. Why has AMAZON allowed a review of another performance to remain here?
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