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Prokofiev: Romeo & Juliet / Royal Ballet

Prokofiev / Bonelli / Orch Of Royal Opera House
Release Date: 04/30/2013 
Label:  Opus Arte   Catalog #: 1100  
Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor:  Barry Wordsworth
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Sergey Prokofiev
ROMEO AND JULIET

Romeo – Federico Bonelli
Juliet – Lauren Cuthbertson
Mercutio – Alexander Campbell
Tybalt – Bennet Gartside
Benvolio – Dawid Trzensimiech
Paris – Valeri Hristov
Lord Capulet – Christopher Saunders
Lady Capulet – Christina Arestis
Esclasus – Gary Avis

Royal Ballet
Royal Opera House Orchestra
Barry Wordsworth, conductor

Kenneth MacMillan, choreographer

Recorded live at the Royal Opera House, March 2012

Bonus:
- Documentaries on Kenneth MacMillan’s
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- Sharps, Points and Pirouettes – the famous sword fight scene
- Cast gallery

Picture format: NTSC 16:9 anamorphic
Sound format: LPCM 2.0 / DTS 5.1
Region code: 0 (worldwide)
Subtitles (bonus): French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese
Running time: 158 mins (ballet) + 15 mins (bonus)
No. of DVDs: 1 (DVD9)

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PROKOFIEV Romeo and Juliet Barry Wordsworth, cond; Lauren Cuthbertson ( Juliet ); Federico Bonelli ( Romeo ); Alexander Campbell ( Mercutio ); Bennet Gartside (Tybalt ); Dawid Trzensimiech ( Benvolio ); Valeri Hristov ( Paris ); Christopher Saunders ( Capulet );Christina Arestis ( Lady Capulet ); Artists of the Royal Ballet; Kenneth MacMillan (choreography); Royal Op House O OPUS ARTE 1100 (DVD: 158:00+15:00) Live: London 3/22/2012


Kenneth MacMillan’s Romeo and Juliet is still going strong, almost 50 years after its creation, and this is the fourth performance by the Royal Ballet to be captured for posterity. Many are the choreographers who have tackled Prokofiev’s masterful score with varying degrees of success, but of the versions I have seen only MacMillan’s and that by Leonid Lavrovsky seem to have staying power, rewarding multiple views. It would be a privilege to see the version made by Frederick Ashton for the Royal Danish Ballet, but that seems to have dropped out of circulation. The filming here too often gives us irrelevant close-ups, and the crowd scenes and dancing would be even more exciting had they been given full-screen treatment, showing them as but part of a teeming multitude. With that restriction, the dancing is all one would desire, from the girlish Juliet of Lauren Cuthbertson to the boyish ardor of Federico Bonelli, dancing impeccably to boot, and MacMillan’s pas de deux are not the easiest in the world. Alexander Campbell’s know-it-all Mercutio makes the most of his death scene, unlike that of Tybalt in which the choreographer has the dancer (Bennet Gartside) thrashing around interminably, followed by the even more absurd antics of Lady Capulet, but that is common to all versions when they follow the music. Dawid Trzensimiech’s lanky Benvolio contrasts with the more compact Campbell, while Valeri Hristov’s Paris replaces the smirk with which he traverses the earlier parts of the ballet with a fitting expression of despair for the last act. The Covent Garden orchestra has now played the score innumerable times, and their familiarity allows all nuances to be felt under the knowing baton of Barry Wordsworth.

FANFARE: Joel Kasow

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Works on This Recording

1.
Romeo and Juliet, Op. 64 by Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor:  Barry Wordsworth
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935-1936; Paris, France 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 Marvelous wordless Shakespeare August 28, 2013 By jack D. campbell (Scarborough, ME) See All My Reviews "A fabulous ballet production that tells the story of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. This is certainly at the top of my DVD collection." Report Abuse
 Exquisite Performance May 25, 2013 By Robert E. (New York, NY) See All My Reviews "A most pleasing DVD. The renowned Kenneth Macmillan choreography is stunningly performed by the great Royal Ballet, accompanied by the brilliantly sensitive muscianship of the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, under the baton of Barry Wordsworth who is totally attuned to every step and gesture of the dancers. All of the production values are excellent; the sets and costumes are luxurious and beautifully conceived and the filming captures every nuance and emotion of the ballet dancers. This has to be the definitive available rendition of this work." Report Abuse
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