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Don Quixote [DVD] [2001]


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  • Format: PAL
  • Language: German
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: CLASSICAL
  • DVD Release Date: 23 Feb. 1998
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005AR0N
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,996 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The American Ballet Theatre's production, choreographed by Mikhail Baryshnikov, of 'Don Quixote', as seen at the Metropolitan Opera House, New York. Score, orchestration and arrangements by Ludwig Minkus.

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Baryshnikov, Harvey and Don Quixote is a combination which could hardly fail to be a crowd-pleaser, but in an era when armchair ballet audiences have a huge selection of sure-fire winners to choose from it's worth reflecting on just why this production is so good. This is the 1983 Quixote from the New York Metropolitan Opera House, full-length and, indeed, full of merit. The staging is traditional and over-designed in the best possible way, with Brian Large's video direction capturing the whole apparatus with consummate skill (this is one of the few canned ballets which won't have you fretting over there being too many or not enough close-ups, tracking shots, wide-angle panoramas and so on--they're all there, and they're all uncannily where they should be) and with the cast seemingly having an enormous amount of fun, particularly Baryshnikov himself, whose twinkly eyed Basil is totally engaging. The most intriguing performance, however, falls to Richard Schafer as Quixote. Rather than allow the character to degenerate into buffoonery, Schafer depicts the elderly knight as mysterious and, indeed, almost mystical in his delusions; here, Quixote is not so much a clown but a seer, bearing a strange dignity which contrasts poignantly with the rumbustiousness around him--an elegant twist within an already very pleasing interpretation. --Roger Thomas

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pete on 24 Nov. 2013
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Great performances, particularly a number of solos and a superb final Pas de Deux. What a pity, therefore, that the quality of the VIDEO is poor to very poor. I must assume the DVD is merely a copy of an earlier video tape of the collection. In many instances, the audio is also sub-standard. If these quality issues were not present, I would certainly have awarded 5 stars.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Georgios Xenias on 24 Mar. 2007
This "live" performance from the Met, filmed in 1983, is one of the most glamorous productions of "Don Quixote" I have ever seen. The sets are impressive and the costumes dazzling, (though not always well made! I am referring to the ladies' tutus, which are held in place by some kind of stretch material, making them look like they are wearing diapers!) Overall, aesthetically I found this more pleasing than Nureyev's somewhat dated production.
This being BARYSHNIKOV's Don Quixote, the choreography was adapted to better suit his talents (and the abilities of his company.) This is common practice whenever a classic work is inserted into the repertory of a dance company, particularly if a superstar is present. All in all, I found the "adaptation" very good.
Baryshnikov is a stunning Basil. Great style, amazing leaps, etc. He also has a good sense of comedy, but... he lacks Nureyev's charisma. To me, he was impressive, but not adorable. Still, if you want to have some record of his dancing a complete role, this may be your best choice.
Harvey is a charming dancer. She is excellent whenever fast, briliant movement is required. In slow moments her balance seems a little precarious, but Kitri's part requires mostly fast, spectacular dancing, so what we get 90% of the time, is what she does best.
The corps-de-ballet are as good as could be expected for ABT at that time. They are neither the Kirov, nor the Paris Opera Ballet, but they have uniformity and their skills are clearly above average. Having recently watched several of their performances from the late 70s and early 80s, I found interesting the fact that they seemed to get better each year.
The rest of the solo dancers range from mediocre to excellent.
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By Marcolorenzo TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 11 Jun. 2014
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Baryshnikov's choreography is very "jerky", swift, jittery, and overly acrobatic. He is not a good choreographer. It is also very repetitve. Harvey is fine but not great. She lacks a certain smooth elegance of line. The role of the cupid in the second act dream sequence is danced by a dancer with rather "ugly" proportions for the role. Male corps de ballet is grossly lacking in technical precison and is rhythmically flawed. Overall very energetic, somewhat colourful but not a great performance. For better choices see Dutch National Ballet version, and the 1988 Kirov version. Recent Covent Garden Royal ballet performance is a very personal interpretation choreographed by the lead male dancer: Carlos Acosta and is performed more like the opera "Carmen" than like the Imperial Ballet Don Quixote.Minkus - Don Quichot [DVD] [2011]Don Quixote - Kirov Ballet - 1988Minkus: Don Quixote (Ballet) [Martin Yates, Carlos Acosta, Cast and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House] [DVD] [2014] [NTSC]
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gill Stevenson on 24 Feb. 2013
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A joy to watch, The music is uplifting, and the choreography superb, costumes fab, Baryshnikov is spellbinding and Cynthia Harvey is enchanting as the heroine at the centre of the story.
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I grew up with Cynthia Harvey when I Was stationed in New York for 2 years and then enjoyed her wonderful dancing when Anthony Dowell brought her back to the UK and the Royal Ballet. She is one of the best in the role I have ever seen with her speed and strength and poise and accuracy as well as fluidity. Dancing with the incomparable Barishnykov also enhances this taped recording.
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This great performance was a treasured VHS tape. The DVD has a better quality picture and sound though limited by the 4:3 picture format. The dancing by the principals has rarely been matched for skill and technique. Note how Baryshnikov seems to hang in the air from time to time, in his refined and polished style of performance, matched by his partner.
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By PATRICIA MAXFIELD on 23 Jan. 2014
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This is an old favourite which I had on video so am now replacing a very worn copy with something more up to date. This ia a wonderful vehicle for the magical dancing of Mikhail Baryshnikov. It had everything, fabulous duets, eciting solos and was fun to watch.

This woud make a wondeful gift for any ballet lover.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Mrs S on 2 Nov. 2001
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After La Fille Mal Gardee, Don Quixote was a shock. Talk about a lavish OTT production from the American Ballet
Theatre. Every thing looked so big and bright, the costumes and backgrounds superb in detail and design.
The music was wonderful, the dancing, in parts, was very stiff if not wooden and some of the 'happy crowd scenes'
Looked anything but with only the 2 Principal dancers ( Cynthia Harvey and Mikhail Baryshnikov )
looking as if they were enjoying themselves. In fact if it were not for the superb dancing of Harvey and ( especially )
Baryshnikov this production would not even rate the 4 stars I am giving it.
So, slightly disappointed - I will now try the third title - Giselle.
Of the DVD itself - the soundtrack was crisp and the picture clear, if not a bit bright in places
- I wonder is this has been transferred from NTSC.?
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