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Balanchine - New York City Ballet - Tzigane / Andante [DVD] [2004] [2001]

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  • Format: Classical, DVD-Video, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Nonesuch
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Aug 2004
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B000228SWS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 135,282 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

George Balanchine is regarded as one of ballet's greatest choreographers and one of the greatest artists of the 20th century. Presented here are some of Balanchine's best known works - 'Tzigane', 'Andante from Divertimento No.15', 'The Four Temperaments', 'Selections from 'Jewels'' and 'Stravinsky Violin Concerto'.

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By Nureyev
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As Balanchine is one of my favourite choreographers this DVD was ideal and has given me a great deal of pleasure.
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92 of 94 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Great Dancing but the sound is Out of Synch! 21 July 2004
By Ballet Boy - Published on
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Don't waste your money. Unfortunately, this long awaited DVD was transferred badly and the sound in part one is out of synch by several counts. Suzanne Farrell and Merrill Ashley are dancing off the music and it is very annoying. It is unbelievable that something like this could happen when you take into consideration that Balanchine was probably the most musical choreographer that ever lived. Never pedantic, always magical. I did inform the Balanchine Trust. They were surprised and are looking into it. They are aware that the transfer was done incorrectly. The company that produced the DVD, Nonesuch was also called but did not respond. Wait until it?s fixed unless you like dancing 4 counts behind the music.
58 of 65 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Suzanne Farrell returns in Tzigane 8 July 2004
By A Customer - Published on
Worth it for Suzanne Farrell's abondoned return to the fold in Tzigane - the moment in the coda when she bends back into Martin's supporting arm is worth the price of admission. Weakness: they omit the Rudies section of Jewels supposedly because Heather Watts was not happy with her performance. Nice to see Kay Mazzo again. Wish they would release Serenade and Duo Concertante, the initial programs of the Great Performance Balanchine series.
Tzigane: Farrell/Martins
Andante from Divertimento No 15 w/ Ashley, Calegari, Pillarre,
Saland, Spohn, Bennett, Casttelli, Weiss
The Four Temperments w/Cook, Luders, Neary, Ashley, Duell
Selections from Jewels
Emeralds: Ashley, Ebitz, Bourne, Duell, Watts, von Aronldingen, Lavery
Diamonds pas de deux: Farrell/Martins
Stranvinsky Violin Concerto: Mazzo, von Arnoldigen, Martins, Cook
23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy it! 25 Jan 2007
By John Gray Hunter Jr. - Published on
YES....let this and the other 1 star review stop you from buying this DVD. The works on it are masterpieces, but the lousy inexcusable tech problems do not deserve your hard earned money! The music is off by maybe a second, but c'mon....this isn't American Bandstand. It's BALLET...precision is the rule. I would hope you would care enough to mind, whether you've seen the ballets before or not.

"The 4 Temperaments" is the best of Balenchine. A piece of perfection to fantastic music by Hindeminth. The choreography actually enhances the already brilliant score. But if dancers are not dancing to the beats, it is ruined and that's what you have here. It is unwatchable!
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars out-of-sync problem still not fixed 12 Sep 2005
By Überfan - Published on
I recently bought this DVD, and the out-of-sync problem is still not fixed. The problem is blatantly noticeable with "Tzigane", no less because of the telltale hand-slap just before the end of the ballet. With "The 4 Temperaments", it's rather like a niggling pain that just gets on your nerves. I've also written to Nonesuch, but as with the other reviewer, they haven't responded. Having said all that, however, I would still highly recommend it if only because it is still a valuable record of NYCB in its golden age. Farrell in "Diamonds" is peerless. The other alternative would be to get it on VHS, which doesn't have the out-of-sync problem.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't look a gift horse in the mouth . . . 15 Jan 2008
By Jane - Published on
I remember the PBS television broadcast of these ballets and recall that the audio synch problem existed. It could be a result of the original audio dubbing and perhaps cannot be fixed. Yes, it compromises the full enjoyment of the performances but is unlikely to be fixed after all these years. Even a slightly marred record of Suzanne Farrell and others in Balanchine performances supervised by him when he was alive should not deter you. Nobody seems to mind that he slightly altered the choreography to suit the television medium. Give it a break and appreciate that the fact that you can see the artists for whom the ballets were created.
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