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Deldevez/ Minkus: Paquita [DVD]

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  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Italian
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: TDK
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Feb 2007
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000HT3RU4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 251,873 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable traditional ballet well performed 22 Mar 2012
By I. Giles TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
The story of Paquita dates from 1846 and the Spanish subject was designed to suit the exotic tastes of that time. The setting is in Spain at the time of the French Napoleonic occupation. Very briefly the plot concerns a young woman, Paquita, who was abducted by gypsies as a child and who, after several adventures, finds out that she is really of noble birth and thus able to marry the son of the occupying French General who has just fallen in love with her.

On the way to this conclusion the ballet is able to introduce a village festival with much village peasant dancing, a visiting band of gypsies with gypsy dancing and the final setting centres on much celebratory aristocratic dancing. The plot includes conflicting love interests, a failed poisoning and murder attempt, sliding doors, a wicked Spanish Governor, a noble French General and an heroic heroine who turns out to be the lost daughter of the above mentioned General's brother.

The choreography is by Petipa and the music mainly by Minkus. Both of these were skilled at their craft and their work will be familiar to lovers of traditional ballet such as this. The settings in this performance are very attractive with every effort being made to present the work with a wide range of appropriate costumes and staging. The orchestra under the reliable direction of David Coleman is faultless.

The lead roles of Paquita and Lucien are taken by Agnes Letestu and Jose Martinez. Both of these dance very well indeed, with a well-maintained rapport between them which makes their relationship believable in terms of the story. The gypsy leader, Karl Paquette, and the Governor, Jean-Marie Didiere, manage to deliver the required auras of evil.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable traditional ballet well presented 22 Mar 2012
By I. Giles TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
The story of Paquita dates from 1846 and the Spanish subject was designed to suit the exotic tastes of that time. The setting is in Spain at the time of the French Napoleonic occupation. Very briefly the plot concerns a young woman, Paquita, who was abducted by gypsies as a child and who, after several adventures, finds out that she is really of noble birth and thus able to marry the son of the occupying French General who has just fallen in love with her.

On the way to this conclusion the ballet is able to introduce a village festival with much village peasant dancing, a visiting band of gypsies with gypsy dancing and the final setting centres on much celebratory aristocratic dancing. The plot includes conflicting love interests, a failed poisoning and murder attempt, sliding doors, a wicked Spanish Governor, a noble French General and an heroic heroine who turns out to be the lost daughter of the above mentioned General's brother.

The choreography is by Petipa and the music mainly by Minkus. Both of these were skilled at their craft and their work will be familiar to lovers of traditional ballet such as this. The settings in this performance are very attractive with every effort being made to present the work with a wide range of appropriate costumes and staging. The orchestra under the reliable direction of David Coleman is faultless.

The lead roles of Paquita and Lucien are taken by Agnes Letestu and Jose Martinez. Both of these dance very well indeed, with a well-maintained rapport between them which makes their relationship believable in terms of the story. The gypsy leader, Karl Paquette, and the Governor, Jean-Marie Didiere, manage to deliver the required auras of evil.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable dancing 16 Feb 2009
Format:DVD
Extremely enjoyable,Martinez and Letestu seem to enjoy every step of this beautifully rechoreographed ballet,following the "esprit de l'époque",by Pierre Lacotte who pays a tribute to Petipa whose original choreography had survived only in the "Grand pas ". The music score is as light as a bird singing,so being a powerful anti-depressive musical medicine!Thanks to the devotion of this unique choreographer who revives and gives back to the stages forgotten ballets,we have Coppelia,La Fille du Pharaon - a jewel! -,La Sylphide(the Philippo Taglioni one)and Ondine(yet to be released by the Kirov,God knows when.Thank you M.Lacotte!
In order to compare Lacotte's Grand Pas with the original (Petipa) buy the Kirov Classics and watch last item - Paquita's Grand Pas,danced by Igor Zelensky,Yulia Makhalina and Larissa Lezhnina - absolutely outstanding.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A rechoreographed Paquita 9 Mar 2009
Format:DVD
Extremely enjoyable,Martinez and Letestu seem to enjoy every step of this beautifully rechoreographed ballet,following the "esprit de l'époque",by Pierre Lacotte who pays a tribute to Petipa whose original choreography had survived only in the "grand pas ". The music score is as light as a bird singing,so being a powerful anti-depressive musical medicine!Thanks to the devotion of this unique choreographer who revives and gives back to the stages forgotten ballets,we have for instance Coppelia,La Fille du pharaon, La Sylphide( music by Schneitzhoeffer and inspired by the one Filippo Taglioni created for his daughter Maria Taglioni,four years before Bournonville would choreograph a second La Sylphide,this time on Lovenskiold's music),Ondine(yet to be released by the Kirov,God knows when)and several others he did for various Opera Houses and are not on DVD.
In order to compare Lacotte's Grand Pas with the original (Petipa) buy the Kirov Classics and watch last item - Paquita's Grand Pas,danced by Igor Zelensky,Yulia Makhalina and Larissa Lezhnina - absolutely outstanding.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars délais de livraison presque 18 jours pour le reste tout ...
délais de livraison presque 18 jours
pour le reste tout est Ok"
Published 1 month ago by opera65
4.0 out of 5 stars Revival of an old ballet.
Enjoyable. I bought it to see Jose Martinez dancing. The whole ballet is good and a bit different from the usual stuff.
Published 4 months ago by sanderella
5.0 out of 5 stars the ballet paquita
Being a ballet lover the music is beautiful, the stars are wonderful, I think this is the only full version available on dvd.
Published 9 months ago by Graham Harwood
4.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable
I Really enjoyed the DVD visual and music. i Will be looking out for more of his work. Defo recommend it.
Published 13 months ago by Peckhead
4.0 out of 5 stars Rather boring
Having only seen excerpts of this ballet, on the whole I found it rather boring. And of course the best part is the end part and as I understand it was not part of the original... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Francis
5.0 out of 5 stars Mazilier's and Petipa's work re-constructed
This is a live recording made at Paris Garnier in 2003. The original work was created by Joseph Mazilier using music by Deldevez in Paris in 1846 at the height of the Romantic... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Mhr
4.0 out of 5 stars awesome
beautiful music and quite different from other productions.
Some of the pas de deux were not very coordinated but the prima bailarina was excellent.
Published 22 months ago by tess
4.0 out of 5 stars An Unexpected Find
A friend was throwing this out but before he did he offered it to me. Though dramatically it is not very strong it is certainly worth seeing. Read more
Published on 26 Mar 2012 by Paul Capell
4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable traditional ballet well presented
The story of Paquita dates from 1846 and the Spanish subject was designed to suit the exotic tastes of that time. Read more
Published on 22 Mar 2012 by I. Giles
4.0 out of 5 stars Paquita Review
Although labled 2003 it did not seem the most up-to-date of productions. I wasn't exactly board but then not rivited either. Read more
Published on 25 May 2009 by Robert Meyer
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