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Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake - Choreography by Yuri Grigorovich / Denis Rodkin, Artemy Belyakov, Bolshoi Ballet & Theatre Orchestra, Pavel Sorokin [DVD]

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With Tchaikovsky's famous and lyrically poignant score, the beloved masterpiece ''Swan Lake'''s depiction of tragic love is performed to perfection by the unparalleled virtuosity of Russia's great Bolshoi Ballet with the Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra. Recorded in early 2015, this live performance available on DVD provides an opportunity to see the modern manifestation of this legendary ballet troupe with lead ballerina Svetlana Zakharova along with Denis Rodkin and Artemy Belyakov among others introducing us to the new generation at the Bolshoi.

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Run Time: 125 min.
Region: 0
Picture Format: NTSC, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): PCM Stereo,


Excellent performance ruined by unruly audience
Tchaikovsky's beloved "Swan Lake" ballet receives a very good performance on this new DVD from Belair. The main protagonists are Svetlana Zakharova as Odette/Odile, Denis Rodkin as Prince Siegfried, and Artemy Belyakov as the evl Rothbart, although he is strangely referred to in the production as the Evil Genius. The dancing is superb, the orchestra play well, and the scenery is very good.
However I cannot recommend this DVD because of the disgraceful behavior of the audience. For any good performance enthusiastic applause is expected and usually well deserved by the hard-working cast. In this performance the audience goes totally overboard when it comes to praise; as first act proceeds there are increasingly wild and frequent bursts of applause accompanied by hooting and rhythmical clapping, which rises to a frenzy at the end of the act. During the first 40 minutes of the second act the audience is relatively well behaved, but then bad manners again take over, and the rest of the performance is seriously interrupted with more hooting and both regular and rhythmical clapping. (For the record I should point out that I am reviewing the regular DVD, not the Blu-ray version.)
Conclusion: buy this DVD only if you can put up with the ill-behaved audience. I recommend either the Kirov Ballet version conducted by Viktor Fedotov or the Mariinsky Theatre version conducted by Valery Gergiev; both are viewable in HD on the Internet.
Ted Wilks
Submitted on 12/18/15 by Ted Wilks 
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