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  • Actors: Vladimir Lepeyev, Anton Lukovkin, Andrei Merkuriev, Olesya Novikova, Igor Petrov
  • Directors: Brian Large
  • Writers: Miguel de Cervantes y Saavedra
  • Format: AC-3, Classical, Colour, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, DVD-Video, Widescreen, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Unknown
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Decca
  • DVD Release Date: 14 July 2009
  • Run Time: 118 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00274SIA6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 76,840 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mhr on 9 Mar. 2013
Format: DVD
This recording made by the Mariinsky Ballet in 2006 is very enjoyable. It is the traditional St Petersburg version based on choreography mainly by Petipa and Gorsky. It may not be as effervescent as the current Bolshoi version; it is more elegant and stylish. I have seen the Bolshoi's enjoyable version on stage several times in recent years, but I feel that their Kitri and Basilio tend to show off pyrotechnics. But, ballet is not gymnastics. It just shows that the styles in Moscow and St Petersburg are different.

In the current recording, Olesya Novikova - usually associated with lyrical roles - takes the role of Kitri. She is an excellent dancer, though slightly restrained in acting. I like her style. The role of Basilio is danced by Leonid Sarafanov (the husband of Novikova in real life); he is rather boyish and suits the role. They show very good rapport. Other supporting roles are danced by excellent soloists, including Yekaterina Kondaurova (Street Dancer) and Andrei Merkuriev (Espada) in Act I and some character dancers in the Tavern Scene (in Act 3), who all produce bravura performance.

What distinguishes this production is the Dream Scene (in Act 2); it is pure Petipa in terms of pattern formation and movements. The role of the Queen of Dryads is danced by Alina Somova, then still a young rising star. Apart from her 180-degree extension, her dancing is stylish. Evgenia Obraztsova is a most charming Amor (Cupid); who can resist her piercing arrow? The corps de ballet (dryads) and the young students of the Vaganova Academy (cupids) show their impeccable schooling and musicality.

The HD picture quality is very good indeed, while the digital surround sound is natural. The video direction by Brian Large is excellent. All in all, this is a performance well worth watching.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By I. Giles HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 25 Nov. 2011
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This 2006 presentation by the Mariinsky Ballet provides very enjoyable entertainment on most counts although perhaps it should be mentioned that it has drawn criticism from some ballet perfectionists on particular points. However, for those without particular insider knowledge and concerns, this performance is of sufficient quality to give considerable satisfaction and is up to the standards expected of this ballet company.

On that basis therefore, it is perfectly clear that one of the main strengths of this ballet company is the excellence in considerable depth of its corps de ballet who provide an exciting and flawless performance of their respective roles throughout. This comment would also apply to the children in the company who are equally outstanding in their more limited contribution.

Other well-known and obvious areas of strength are the Mariinsky's costuming and sets which can only be described as sumptuous throughout and which manage to convey the Spanish situation and atmosphere as envisioned initially by Petipa. The orchestra is also excellent and plays with consummate ease and virtuosity under their conductor, Pavel Bubelnikov. The walk-on character role of Quixote is well portrayed by Vladimir Ponomarev who has just the right bearing and gaunt appearance for the role.

Kitri, as danced by Olesya Novikova, is a spectacular role and this dancer is able to carry the role off well enough to satisfy the increasingly rapturous audience. The same can be said of the highly athletic and youthful looking Basilio of Leonid Sarafanov who clearly has an enormous range of skills to offer.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Nutasha on 23 Aug. 2013
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The people behind ballet DVD's are seriously missing a trick by not publishing a Don Quixote with Ivan Vasiliev and Natalia Osipova. Those two are, to me, the quintessential Kitri and Basilio, and are unsurpassed thus far in terms of overall performance.

However, onto this performance, and it has highlights and, to a lesser extent, lowlights.

Firstly, Don Quixote is a ballet best performed by couples, or in the very least people with strong chemistry. In this DVD Olesya Novikova and Leonid Sarafanov have the chemistry one would hope (they are a real life couple), and they bring that element successfully to this performance. They are both technically superb and the occasional look they give each other is saturated with flirtatious emotion. I do feel that both dancers lack the fiery bravura approach though. Think of Baryshnikov, or indeed Osipova and Vasiliev as mentioned before. However, that is generally to be expected from the Mariinsky, and the style they embody.

Other people who deserve a well deserved nod of approval are the wonderful Ekaterina Kondaurova (only as a street dancer; one I would have loved to have seen more of!), Andrei Merkuriev (Espada) and Olga Esina. Also a very young Alina Somova as the Queen of Dryads. Not to everyone's taste, especially as she was younger here, but to me she is perfect in this small role. Alongside the professionals, the young Vaganova students are also exceptional.

The other shining star to me is Evgenia Obraztsova as Cupid. I have never seen a more perfectly danced variation. Her interpretation is spot on. Sadly it is only a small part! I would have loved to have seen more of her.

The one thing lacking on this DVD (besides the bravura brought by other stars) is the tempo of music.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
An Outstanding Don Quixote! 24 Mar. 2013
By Yudi Chao - Published on Amazon.com
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I have seen ballet Don Quixote a few times in theaters, on tapes, DVDs and Internet. After watching a video of Merrinsky's Don Quixote 2006 on YouTube, I decided to find and buy this DVD instantly, without reading any reviews on Amazon and anywhere else. Merrinsky's Don Quixote is packed with young, energetic and vigorous rising ballet stars of 10 years ago, the best dancers from leading roles, soloists to corps. Look at these names, world famous L. Sarafanov, O. Novikova, A. Somova, E. Obraztsova, E. Kondaurova, A. Merkuryev, O. Esina, ... Now it is impossible to put all of them on one stage to dance Don Quixote any more.

As for the leading roles, the best part is that Leonid Sarafanov & Olesya Novikova simply match the young couple, make very believable Basile and Kitri, a happy, smart and humorous young man in love with lovely and hilarious Kitri. They don't even need to make interpretation of the roles. Plus, Sarafanov and Novikova both are brilliant ballet dancers in first class. Leonid Sarafanov is an elegant and splendid virtuoso, and Olesya Novikova, a remarkable ballerina. Their sparkling jumps, lifts, fouette turns, are all effortless and flawless so that their dancing and performing become very natural and graceful.

Particular credits should go to the soloists. Among them, Ekaterina Kondaurova is one of my favorite ballerinas. She is very beautiful on stage and breathtakingly dramatic. Her dancing seems to have radiation such that her immersion in the dancing is likely to spread to audiences. E. Kondaurova's street dancer could overwhelm and dazzle every one in the theater. But this time, it seems hard for her to overwhelm the toreador. Andrei Merkuriev's Espada is incomparable. He dances on full power of his talent. The masculinity and heroic charisma of his bullfighter is from soul to body. A. Merkuriev makes this ballet Don Quixote outstanding!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
An enjoyable recording of the current Mariinsky production 23 July 2012
By I. Giles - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
This 2006 presentation by the Mariinsky Ballet provides very enjoyable entertainment on most counts although perhaps it should be mentioned that it has drawn criticism from some ballet perfectionists on particular points. However, for those without particular insider knowledge and concerns, this performance is of sufficient quality to give considerable satisfaction and is up to the standards expected of this ballet company.

On that basis therefore, it is perfectly clear that one of the main strengths of this ballet company is the excellence in considerable depth of its corps de ballet who provide an exciting and flawless performance of their respective roles throughout. This comment would also apply to the children in the company who are equally outstanding in their more limited contribution.

Other well-known and obvious areas of strength are the Mariinsky's costuming and sets which can only be described as sumptuous throughout and which manage to convey the Spanish situation and atmosphere as envisioned initially by Petipa. The orchestra is also excellent and plays with consummate ease and virtuosity under their conductor, Pavel Bubelnikov. The walk-on character role of Quixote is well portrayed by Vladimir Ponomarev who has just the right bearing and gaunt appearance for the role.

Kitri, as danced by Olesya Novikova, is a spectacular role and this dancer is able to carry the role off well enough to satisfy the increasingly rapturous audience. The same can be said of the highly athletic and youthful looking Basilio of Leonid Sarafanov who clearly has an enormous range of skills to offer.

However, it must also be admitted, that both of these can be out-danced with even more spectacular `joie de vivre' by Viengsay Valdes and Romel Frometa in the Cuban National Ballet production for example. Romel even manages to throw his partner way above his head (and catch her!) in a bravura passage towards the end as well as managing all the one-armed lifts with nonchalance. I mention this comparison as it illustrates why some enthusiasts find this Mariinsky performance by some of the stars a little lacking in sheer bravura at times.

The remaining highlighted dancers will also give the same levels of satisfaction but with some of the same reservations. Rather than itemise each point, perhaps it would be fair to summarise this situation with the comment that it is difficult to satisfy all the people all the time but possible to satisfy the majority of people most of the time - and this performance will do that.

The imaging as caught by the experienced Brian Large team is crisp and with involving camera work. The sound is good and presented in DTS 5.0 and stereo.

As commented on at the beginning, this presentation should give lots of pleasure to many but the absolute ballet perfectionists and most knowledgeable viewers. I have some sympathy with this response and have made a passing reference to the fine Cuban production to illustrate it. However, despite these reservations, I would suggest that this disc will give much satisfaction to many if not most viewers.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
a perfect ballet performance 8 Aug. 2013
By elizabeth petz - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
We watched it on Netflix and subsequently decided to purchase our own copy of this amazing production by the Kirov Ballet performing in the marvelous Mariinsky Theater. Really top notch!
7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Spectacular!!!!! 23 July 2009
By W. Lee - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Yes! I Agree im waiting for the Natalia Osipova - Don Quixote, i think she's the best role for Kitri to light the stage on fire.And i also saw her Flames of Paris PDD in the youtube! well its a breathtaking performance. But for the meantime, i will enjoy this one, until they could release the Osipova - Don Q., anyway this DVD is also nice, Great leads and spectacular to watch!
Good service 17 Nov. 2014
By mary bar - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
It arrived on time and it was wonderful to see a nice ballet
Fantastic performance
Good service and good packaging
Thanks
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