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Glazunov: Raymonda La Scala 2011 (Arthaus: 108051) [Blu-ray] [2012]


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  • Actors: Olesia Novikova, Friedemann Vogel, Mick Zeni, Orchestra And Corps De Ballet Of The Teatro Alla Scala
  • Format: Classical, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Italian
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Arthaus
  • DVD Release Date: 9 April 2012
  • Run Time: 154 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007C7FDRE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 102,944 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The last great work from the glorious era of the Imperial ballets has never before been performed by the La Scala ballet. Its La Scala premiere marks the most faithful version of Raymonda yet to the original, which met with triumphant success in St. Petersburg in 1898.

Based on a medieval legend, with ladies, knights, crusaders and Saracens, cathedrals and castles, the libretto had all the ingredients needed to spark the imagination of the young Alexander Glazunov in his first ballet score, and the infinite wisdom of Marius Petipa, who complemented it with an enormously rich and endless succession of dances, classical variations, exotic dances and character dances, with a grandiose finale, pantomime, lyrical pas de deux and a heavily featured corps de ballet. Drawing on notation from the Harvard archives, original designs housed in the St Petersburg State Museum of Theatre and Theatre Library, La Scala presents the last great work from the glory days of the Imperial Ballet.

Review

We see what the piece first looked like… Opulent massive, unlikely, with a wild generosity of forces and with costuming to encourage maniac giggles, it is huge fun, and as the heroine, Raymonda, the Mariinsky ballerina Olesia Novikova is ravishing in style. The recording is well done and Michail Jurowski is a wonderful advocate for Glazunov's score, played with enthusiasm by the La Scala orchestra. --Clement Crisp, Financial Times

The stunning settings are a continual feast for the eye… highly recommended. --Julian Haylock, International Record Review

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By I. Giles HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 19 April 2012
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This ballet was written in 1898 with choreography by Petipa. At that time the fashion was for medieval settings featuring spectacular pageant set-piece displays by the corps de ballet as the main focus of attention. It is important to realise that this production aims to be a recreation of the original and should only be considered on that basis therefore.

In order to faithfully recreate the original 1898 concept an enormous amount of care and expense has been lavished on this production and much research and time has been spent investigating and studying the original illustrations and instructions as regards costuming, staging and choreography. The final results can only be described as being a total success and as such completely recreate an earlier age in ballet history.

The set piece corps de ballet scenarios in this production are totally impressive in both delivery and panoramic effect when seen with the 1898 concept in mind. The camera work supports this by giving a greater viewing time than usual to whole-stage imaging rather than close-ups. This seems to me to faithfully match the visual intentions of the original choreographer. In general terms the courtly dances are more sedate and contrast with the more energetic dances performed by the rest of the population.

The relatively limited amount of solo time is well danced in my opinion with the main focus naturally concentrating on guest artist Olesia Novikova in the title role of Raymonda. The camera work illustrates her technical skills by picking out some details of her footwork in addition to the normal coverage. However, these examples of detailed technical focus did not bother me in contrast to some others.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Mhr on 30 Oct. 2006
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Recorded live at the Bolshoi Theatre in 1989, this is a very enjoyable DVD of the masterpiece of 19th century ballet. Revised choreography for this production by Grigorovich is based on the original by Petipa and Gorsky. It is identical with an earlier production by Grigorovich on another DVD (issued by KULTUR) in which the two leading roles are danced by Ludmila Semenyaka and Irek Mukhamedov, both of whom are at their peak.

In the current version under review, the roles are danced by Natalia Bessmertnova (Raymonda) and Yuri Vasyuchenko (Jean de Brienne). The stage sets are identical for both versions - inside a Gothic building set on the vast stage of the Bolshoi Theatre. The costumes in subdued colour are very beautiful. This DVD benefits from better picture quality and stereo sound.

Bessmertnova is very good; her dancing is flawless. However, she was nearly 50 years old at the time of the recording, and to this reviewer, she doesn't look the young and nubile Raymonda, despite the fact that she still has a youthful physique. On the other hand, Vasyuchenko is a younger dancer with excellent style and technique, although he somehow hasn't got Mukhamedov's intensity and sensitivity. I feel that Bessmertnova and Vasyuchenko are marginally less spontaneous and ardent in pas de deux than Semenyaka and Mukhamedov.

They are supported by first-rate soloists and corps de ballet. The Hungarian divertissements in the wedding scene in Act 3 in particular are very good and enjoyable. The Bolshoi Orchestra plays Glazunov's magnificent score superbly under the direction of Zhuraitis. (The tempi in this performance are sometimes very slightly slower than in the earlier recording mentioned above.) The stereo sound recording is excellent.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Fabrizio Pompei on 20 April 2012
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I understand if other ballet enthusiasts got the impression that this production was "underdanced". This is a actually a reconstruction of the original Raymonda from 1898 as staged by Petipa. The choreography was carefully recreated from notation dating back to 1903. Scenery and costumes (wigs included!) are faithful to those created in 1898. The overall end result may not be to everyone's taste. Also the reintroduction of the original pantomime and the absence of male acrobatics (particularly for the role of Abderahman) can be dissatisfactory and boring for today's viewers. I personally thought that the story (although being still very thin) made much more sense in this version than the Russian reworkings by Boshoi or Maryinsky. I have been a ballet enthusiast for 30 years now and this was one of those ballets which I was really looking forward to seeing reconstructed. The final result was magnificent and Petipa's choreography both for the solists and the ensembles still shines.
Some of the costumes could be a little dated, but I was expecting it considering it was a reconstruction! Overall I found them truly grand and lavish and one could really appreciate, even through the screen, the high quality fabrics that were employed for the production.
I agree that the direction of the video was somewhat disappointing and this is why I gave only 4 stars. Recurrent close shots of the feet of the ballerinas, which I personally found really annoying. During the pantomime scenes, the cameras often tend to linger on the reaction of the ensemble instead of focusing on the active main characters, making it even more difficult to make sense of the story being conveyed through gestures. A lot has already been said elsewhere about the split screen during the 3rd Act highlight solo of the prima ballerina, so I won't add more comments.
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