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Superb production, performances and Blu Ray.,
This review is from: Delibes: Sylvia [Blu-ray]   (Blu-ray)
Delibes: Sylvia [Blu-ray] 
The producer Christopher Newton reconstructed the mainly lost choreography of Frederick Ashton's original 1952 masterpiece from memory and an old black and white silent film.
Delibes classical three act ballet tells the story of Sylvia (Darcey Bussell) a follower of the Goddess Diana and has therefore foreswore love. However she is tricked into loving Adminta (Roberto Bolle) by a mischievous Eros (Martin Harvery) and then abducted by Orion (Thiago Soares).
The stage sets are quite beautiful including a fantastical boat for Eros.
Darcey Bussell and Roberto Bolle dance exquisitely with many memorable moments in their solos and duets. Thiago Soares is a virile and suitably villainous Orion, and Martin Harvey a delightfully devious Eros. Maria Galeazzi makes an impressive appearance in the short role of Diana.
Sylvia is a ballet with real drama, and the dancers act very well in this production.
There have been a number of very fine Blu Ray ballet discs recently, Jewels, Tchaikovsky Gala, Midsummer Nights Dream and Stravinsky and the Ballet Russe, and this arguably the best.
I think it is the stage lighting combined with an absolutely exceptional 1080i recording the gives this ballet an almost 3D quality as it glows on the screen.
An absolute must have.