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Treasures of The Russian Ballet / Leningrad Kirov Ballet & Bolshoi Ballet [DVD]

Album Summary

>Prokofiev, Sergei : Tale of the Stone Flower, Op. 118
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Swan Lake, Op. 20
>Prokofiev, Sergei : Cinderella, Op. 87 - Ballet Suite
>Adam, Adolphe : Giselle
>Khachaturian, Aram : Gayaneh (excerpts)
>Minkus, Léon : Don Quixote, ballet
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Russia's two great ballet companies, the Bolshoi Ballet and the Kirov Ballet (now the Mariinsky) undertook their first major post-war tours in the early 1960s, exposing the West to the bravura and discipline of the Russian dancers for the first time. This DVD brings together performances by members of both companies, providing rare footage of some of the most brilliant dancers of their time. The Stone Flower features Yuri Soloviev, a dancer of great renown despite his tragically short life. Famed for his extraordinary elevation, he was often compared to Nijinsky. Soloviev was celebrated for his role of Danila in The Stone Flower, a ballet in which he and Alla Sizova, who danced the role of Katerina, enjoyed immense success at Covent Garden during the tour of 1960. This BBC recording of Act 1 was a result of the enthusiastic response to the production. The Pas de deux from Act II of Swan Lake comes from the Bolshoi's famous 1956 debut tour to London. Specially shot for the BBC and produced by Margaret Dale, a renowned dancer and ballet producer, the broadcast drew 12 million viewers and became the first of many films for television that Dale made with the Bolshoi and Kirov Ballet companies. The remaining four Bolshoi Ballet extracts - Cinderella, Giselle, Gayaneh and Don Quixote - comprise shorter selections, specially filmed for the BBC in 1963, once again produced by Margaret Dale. Each of the Bolshoi selections displays the immense versatility and virtuosity of the company's principal dancers, a line-up usually reserved for gala occasions. This is the first DVD released of this material.

Notes & Reviews:

Run Time: 81 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: NTSC, 4:3, B&W
Sound Format(s): LPCM Stereo,



Reviews

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It would be pointless to overindulge in the description of this DVD - it's best said succinctly. All of these Soviet artists are absolutely stunning - Yuri Soloviev, Alla Sizova, Alla Osipenko, Galina Ulanova, Nikolai Fadeyechev, Raisa Struchkova, Mikhail Lavrovksy, Ekaterina Maximova, Maris Leipa, Nina Timofeyeva, Maya Plisetskaya, and Vladimir Vasiliev, along with the corps de ballet of both the Kirov and Bolshoi Ballets. The music is played and recorded wonderfully, and considering the time of recording, the black-and-white video is excellent. The Stone Flower excerpt (featuring the first act) is the best video I think I've ever seen of this ballet, and the other excerpts are exquisite in their own sense - Swan Lake for its delicacy and romance, Cinderella for its youth, Giselle for its beautiful tragedy, Gayaneh for its oriental-style excitement, and Don Quixote for its sheer bravura, power, and joy. It goes without saying that this is a must-have for balletomanes and collectors, and perhaps one of the first DVDs that should be seen when being introduced to ballet.
Submitted on 06/24/12 by danrubin06 
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Works Details

>Prokofiev, Sergei : Tale of the Stone Flower, Op. 118 :: from Act I
  • Performers: Yuri Soloviev (Dancer); Alla Sizova (Dancer)
  • Conductor: Niyazi Hajibeyov
  • Ensemble: Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1948-1953

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Swan Lake, Op. 20 :: Pas de deux
  • Performers: Galina Ulanova (Dancer); Nicolai Fadeyechev (Dancer)
  • Conductor: Yuri Faier
  • Ensemble: Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1875-1876

>Prokofiev, Sergei : Cinderella, Op. 87 - Ballet Suite :: Act 2. no 36. Duet of the Prince and Cinderella
  • Performers: Raisa Struchkova (Dancer); Mikhail Lavrovsky (Dancer)
  • Conductor: Algis Zhuraitis
  • Ensemble: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1940-1944

>Adam, Adolphe : Giselle :: Act II. Grand pas de deux ( et Albrecht)
  • Performers: Ekaterina Maximova (Dancer); Maris Liepa (Dancer)
  • Conductor: Algis Zhuraitis
  • Ensemble: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1841

>Khachaturian, Aram : Gayaneh (excerpts)
  • Performers: Nina Timofeyeva (Dancer); Nicolai Fadeyechev (Dancer)
  • Conductor: Algis Zhuraitis
  • Ensemble: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1941-1942

>Léon Minkus (1826 - 1917) : Don Quixote, ballet :: Entrance of Kitri & Basilio
  • Performers: Vladimir Vasiliev (Dancer); Maya Plisetskaya (Dancer)
  • Conductor: Algis Zhuraitis
  • Ensemble: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1869