Tchaikovsky: Sleeping Beauty / Royal Ballet [blu-ray]

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Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky
(Blu-ray Disc Version)

Princess Aurora – Alina Cojocaru
Prince Florimund – Federico Bonelli
King Florestan XXIV – Christopher Saunders
His Queen – Elizabeth McGorian
Cattalabutte – Alastair Marriott
Carabosse – Genesia Rosato
Lilac Fairy – Marianela Nuñez

The Royal Ballet
The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Valeriy Ovsyanikov, conductor

Marius Petipa, choreographer

Recorded live at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London on 5 December 2006.

- Cast gallery and illustrated synopsis.

Picture format: 1080i High Definition
Sound format: PCM 2.0 and 5.1
Region code: 0 (All Regions)
Menu language: English
Subtitles (extra features): French, German, Spanish, Italian
Running time: 135 mins
No. of Discs: 1 (BD50)

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TCHAIKOVSKY The Sleeping Beauty Valeriy Ovsyanikov, cond; Alina Cojocaru ( Princess Aurora ); Frederico Bonelli ( Prince Florimund ); Marianela Nuñez ( Lilac Fairy ); Genesia Rosato ( Carabosse ); Royal Op House Covent Garden O OPUS ARTE 7037 (Blu-ray Disc: 135:00) Live: London 12/5/2006

David L. Kirk favorably reviewed this 2006 Royal Ballet performance of The Sleeping Beauty in Fanfare 32:3. I would just add a few comments. Alina Cojocaru as Princess Aurora gives an elegant and seamless performance that manages to enchant without making you constantly aware of her impeccable technique. Cojocaru’s Princess Aurora may not quite be on the level of her signature role of Giselle, but she is the focal point of this extravagantly casted performance, despite some formidable and charismatic competition. Marianela Nuñez, as the Lilac Fairy, is mesmerizing, and could just as easily be Princess Aurora. Frederico Bonelli (Prince Florimund) holds his own and interacts well with Cojocaru. Conductor Valeriy Ovsyanikov almost rivals Antal Dorati in rhythmic intensity, but tends to be a little rigid in comparison to the master ballet conductor. That presents no problem though, because none of the competing DVD versions have a conductor that can compare to Dorati. Barry Wordsworth produces some lovely lyrical moments conducting the 1994 Royal Ballet version, but he sounds rhythmically flaccid compared to Ovsyanikov, and that won’t do with The Sleeping Beauty . I am in full agreement with Kirk that the warm, traditional sets allow the dancers to stand out in a way that is ideal for The Sleeping Beauty.

The picture on this Blu-ray disc has the expected improvement in sharpness and dimensionality, but the high-resolution surround sound is even more important than the picture in The Sleeping Beauty . Tchaikovsky’s spectacular symphonic score is perhaps unprecedented in the world of ballet, even more so than Swan Lake and The Nutcracker. It requires high-resolution sound to make its maximum impact, and for that reason more than any other this Blu-ray disc is the way to go.

FANFARE: Arthur Lintgen

Product Description:

  • Catalog Number: OA BD7037D

  • UPC: 809478070375

  • Label: Opus Arte

  • Composer: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

  • Conductor: Valeriy Ovsyanikov

  • Orchestra/Ensemble: Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra