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Adolphe Adam: Giselle / The Bolshoi Ballet - Klinichev, Lunkina, Gudanov, Allash [DVD]

Album Summary

>Adam, Adolphe : Giselle
Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The Bolshoi Ballet troupe in Yuri Grigorovich's version of the romantic masterpiece Giselle, at last available in High-Definition. First performed in 1841, Giselle was an immediate hit. With music by Adolphe Adam and a libretto by Théophile Gautier and Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges, the ballet touches on the great romantic themes: local color, a pastoral love affair doomed to end in tragedy, a plunge into fantasy and redemption through the power of love. Composer Adolphe Adam owes his reputation to this archetypal, richly melodic romantic ballet. As Giselle Svetlana Lunkina is simply sensational. Her Albrecht is the iconically noble dancer Dmitry Gudanov. And the cast is perfectly rounded off by Maria Allash as the Queen of the Wilis.

Notes & Reviews:

Run Time: 109 min.
Region: 0
Picture Format: NTSC, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): Dolby 5.1, LPCM Stereo


Stunning, Almost Ideal Giselle
The Bolshoi Ballet's production of Giselle, with choreography by Yuri Grigorovich after the traditional version, and set and costume designs by Simon Virsaladze, is an almost ideal production of the quintessential ballet. It goes without saying that choreographically and visually speaking, the ballet is absolutely perfect - it is all in the hands of the dancers. Dimitri Gudanov is admirable in this role, but it is Svetlana Lunkina who really shines. Her gestures, emotionality, and attenuated lines produce an ethereal and remarkable effect. I would watch this over and over again just for her, without counting her remarkable partner and the solid corps de ballet. As per usual of 'The Bolshoi Ballet: HD Collection', the video and audio is in very high definition, wonderfully filmed. I believe that this DVD is one of the must-have Giselles in any balletomane's collection.
Submitted on 08/13/12 by danrubin06 
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>Adam, Adolphe : Giselle
  • Conductor: Pavel Klinichev
  • Ensemble: Bolshoi Ballet
  • Running Time: 109 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1841