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A Tribute to Maya Plisetskaya / Shchedrin, Tchaikovsky [DVD]

Album Summary

>Shchedrin, Rodion : Carmen-Suite (based on themes of Georges Bizet)
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Sleeping Beauty
>Mahler, Gustav : Symphony no 5 in C sharp minor
>Gounod, Charles : Ave Maria
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Maya Plisetskaya is one of the most outstanding dancers of the second half of the 20th century. Immediately after graduation from the Moscow Choreography School she became well-known, creating her own style which is characterized by a brilliant technique, elegance, perfection of each individual gesture and pose, always in combination with her beautiful dramatic art and extraordinary musicality. Bonus materials include an interview with Maya Plisetskaya and a slide show. "I am happy to see the most important milestones in my creative life brought together like this. The DVD contains a selection of my collaborations with leading choreographers from Roland Petit to Maurice Béjart. Wonderful!" - Maya Plisetskaya

In addition to the conversation with Plisetskaya and Shchedrin concerning Carmen, the Life in Pictures is fascinating as it shows her from the time she was a child through several phases of her career, including some black-and-white footage from the Bolshoi, I'd guess from the 1950s or early 1960s. I am also much taken by the short excerpts from a piece called The Sea Gull, an unbilled bonus track from 1980 that, except for Ave Maya, is in the best condition of all. I suppose this is a teaser for a complete performance of this work to be released in the future. Whether you are a serious student or casual fan of ballet, this DVD is a must.

Notes & Reviews:

Run Time: 91 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: NTSC, 4:3, B&W
Sound Format(s): LPCM Stereo,
Subtitles: Russian, English, German, French, Spanish, Italian


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Works Details

>Shchedrin, Rodion : Carmen-Suite (based on themes of Georges Bizet)
  • Performers: Alexander Godunov (Dancer); Maya Plisetskaya (Dancer)
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Sleeping Beauty :: [Excerpt]
  • Performer: Maya Plisetskaya (Dancer)
  • Conductor: Gennadi Rozhdestvensky
  • Ensemble: Bolshoi Theater Orchestra
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1890

>Mahler, Gustav : Symphony no 5 in C sharp minor :: Adagietto
  • Performers: Valery Kovtun (Dancer); Maya Plisetskaya (Dancer)
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1901-1902

>Gounod, Charles : Ave Maria
  • Performer: Maya Plisetskaya (Dancer)
  • Period Time: Romantic