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Adolphe Adam: Le Corsaire
Maria Guttierez – the Slave-girl
Davit Galstyan – the Corsair
Takafumi Watanabe – the Sultan
Ballet du Capitole de Toulouse
Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse/David Coleman
Opus Arte Blu-ray OABD7140D PCM Stereo, DTS-HD Master Audio

Le Corsaire from Toulouse

Le Corsaire – Ballet du Capitole de Toulouse

In the 19th century it was standard practice to alter, edit, reorder and interpolate scores written for ballet productions. Even Tchaikovsky who never allowed others to chop up his music didn’t escape it; after his death his first ballet Swan Lake was revived in a staging which radically restructured the score and added other parts of his piano music orchestrated by Riccardo Drigo. Contrary to the recent trend in ballet productions which tries to go back as much as possible to the sources (similar to the period performance movement in baroque/classical music, the original choreography, dramaturgy, stage design as well as the music are sourced), to this very day scores are still rearranged at will to suit the desires of choreographers and producers. This is not an easy undertaking, as one needs to confront and do better than guys like Tchaikovsky, Delibes or even lesser gods like Adam, Minkus and Pugni, and they usually knew quite well what they were doing. That not everybody is up to it is painfully proven again by this new production of Adolphe Adam’s Le Corsaire featuring the French Ballet du Capitole de Toulouse. Premiered in 2013, the production is now released on DVD and Blu-ray by Opus Arte.
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