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Ballet: Opera National de Paris / Balanchine, Neumeier & Nureyev [6 DVD]

Album Summary

>Fauré, Gabriel : Pelleas et Melisande, Op. 80
>Stravinsky, Igor : Capriccio for Piano and Orchestra
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Symphony no 3 in D major, Op. 29 "Polish"
>Chopin, Frédéric : Work(s)
>Prokofiev, Sergei : Cinderella, Op. 87
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Swan Lake, Op. 20
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Bringing together four seminal works, this attractive collection offers a perfect introduction to the world's oldest national ballet company. Jewels, an alluring, abstract ballet, a triptych in which each piece sparkles with the brilliance of a precious stone, is a lyric tribute to women and to the cities of the great dance schools. La Dame Aux Camelias, based on the novel that also inspired the stories of Verdi's La Traviata and Hollywood's Moulin Rouge, is a riveting dance drama which unfolds ingeniously through love, passion and danger. Rudolf Nureyev's colorful, "movie-star" production of Cinderella retains the classic Perrault story but sets it in America during the difficult years of the Great Depression. Agnès Letestu, a feminine and warm Odette, and José Martinez, a convincing, pale, vulnerable prince Siegfried, are the stars of this deeply passionate, 'dream' version of Swan Lake. Rudolf Nureyev's interpretation of Tchaikovsky's lyrical ballet, far from being a clichéd stereotype of this celebrated masterpiece, is an exposé of astonishingly powerful and recognizable human emotions.

Notes & Reviews:

Run Time: 673 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: NTSC, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM Stereo, DTS 5.1



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Works Details

>Gabriel Fauré (1845 - 1924) : Pelléas et Mélisande, Op. 80 :: Excerpt(s)
  • Performers: Clairemarie Osta (Dancer); Agnes Letestu (Dancer); Marie-Agnes Gillot (Dancer); Aurelie Dupont (Dancer)
  • Conductor: Paul Connelly
  • Ensemble: Paris National Opera Orchestra
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1898

>Stravinsky, Igor : Capriccio for Piano and Orchestra
  • Conductor: Paul Connelly
  • Ensemble: Paris National Opera Orchestra
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1928-1929

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Symphony no 3 in D major, Op. 29 "Polish"
  • Conductor: Paul Connelly
  • Ensemble: Paris National Opera Orchestra
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1875

>Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849) : Work(s)
  • Performers: Agnes Letestu (Dancer); Dorothee Gilbert (Dancer); Michael Denard (Dancer); Stephane Bullion (Dancer)
  • Conductor: Michael Schmidtsdorff
  • Ensemble: Paris Opera Ballet
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Prokofiev, Sergei : Cinderella, Op. 87
  • Performers: Wilfried Romoli (Dancer); Laetitia Pujol (Dancer); Stephane Phavorin (Dancer); Jose Martinez (Dancer); Agnes Letestu (Dancer)
  • Conductor: Koen Kessels
  • Ensemble: Paris National Opera Ballet
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1940-1944
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Swan Lake, Op. 20
  • Performers: Jose Martinez (Dancer); Agnes Letestu (Dancer)
  • Conductor: Vello Pahn
  • Ensemble: Paris Opera Ballet
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1875-1876