Notes & Reviews:
The Firebird is an exciting one-hour dance special based on the mystical Russian folk tale of enchantment and love, set to Stravinsky's fantastical ballet score. This adaption of James Kudelka's masterpiece for the stage combines classical ballet with magical visual effects. Mr. Kudelka's choreography is by turns elegant, virtuosic but always passionate and musically evocative. The Firebird features the top dancers from the internationally renowned National Ballet of Canada, including the great Greta Hodgkinson (nominated for the Prix Benois de la Danse in 2000) as the main role, Aleksandar Antonijevic as Prince Ivan, Rebekah Rimsay as Princess Vasilisa, and the unforgettable Rex Harrington as Kastchei the Demon. Conductor Valery Gergiev leads The Kirov Orchestra in the performance of the music. Both the DVD and Blu-ray disc editions are packaged in a luxury digipak.Notes & Reviews:
Run Time: 53 min.
Picture Format: NTSC, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): PCM Stereo,
The visual effects, while initially unexpected, ended up being a positive part of the whole for me, and the dancing was wonderful to behold. I found the somewhat minimalist sets to be particularly fitting, and the piece as a whole to be satisfying on both a physical and emotional level. While seeing the production without the visual effects would have certainly been satisfactory (particularly owing to Mr. Gergiev’s contributions from the orchestra pit as well as the artistry of the dancers), I found the visual effects to be both pleasing and a worthwhile addition to the story being told.
The DVD itself is well produced, and the sound and visual quality are excellent.. This is a wonderful production of “The Firebird”, and if the piece is one that you favor, or Stravinsky’s music is of interest, then you owe it to yourself to see this particular performance. Recommended.
Submitted on 01/04/16 by KlingonOpera
Works DetailsStravinsky, Igor : Firebird
- Conductor: Valery Gergiev
- Ensemble: Kirov Orchestra
- Period Time: Modern
- Written: 1933
- Studio/Live: Studio