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..and traditionally 'cue' rather than 'que', and 'corps' rather than 'chorus' ;) I broadly agree with the review - Odette was a class apart from the rest of the very young cast, though completing Odile's fouettes looked a bit of a struggle (not surprising perhaps given the punishing touring schedule). Siegfried was lacklustre, and Rothbart was just a gangly prancing youth rather than a menacing, imposing magician. The famous cygnets' pas de quatre (maybe the jig referred to in the review?) was really very well performed and deserved its applause. The string section of the orchestra was underweight, so many well loved passages sounded rather thin, but overall the orchestra turned in a creditable performance given its constraints. The performance was also creditably (and presumably quite dynamically) adapted to the Regent's small stage - for example where typically three sets of OdetteOdile's movements are performed to traverse the stage, two were performed, but without losing synch with the music. Swan Lake needs scale - full orchestra, large stage, a host of swans - so this was always going to be a compromise. It was worth seeing and if nothing else serves to underline the brilliance of the performances available on DVD from global primas such as Zakharova and Semionova, which I'll no longer take for granted..
Sunday, February 10, 2013