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Herold - La Fille Mal Gardee (Lanchbery, Wiener Symphoniker) [DVD] [2006]

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  • Actors: Valentina Kozlova, Chris Jensen, Oto Ris, Heinz Spoerli, Werner Henssler
  • Directors: José Montes-Baquer
  • Format: Classical, Colour, DVD-Video, PAL
  • Language: 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: Universal Music Operations
  • DVD Release Date: 10 April 2006
  • Run Time: 77 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000E5KOJ8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 136,629 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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John Lanchbery leads the Wiener Symphoniker in this 1986 production. Performers include Valentina Kozlova, Chris Jensen, Otto Ris, Werner Henssler, Heinz Spoerli and Martin Schlapfer from the Basler Ballett.

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I am afraid that this production is always compared with the Fredrick Ashton/Lanchberry production with Leslie Collier in the title role with the incomparable Brian Shaw as Widow Simone. But the great thing about this particular rendition is Kozlova's dancing. It is also truer to the title of this ballet that translates as 'The unchaperoned girl', where Kozlova is quite the wild footloose wench compared to the more docile and romantic Collier and Widow Simone too, is much sharper and probably slightly meaner than Brian Shaw in the Ashton production. The selection of music for this ballet is rather dull in comparison and lacks the flair and sweep that Lanchberry managed with Ashton.
But all in all, quite lively and worth possessing. Shot well with good sound and excellent sets, I wouldn't mind recommending this as an add-on to your collection
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I love the latest Royal Ballet's production but I would not like to be without this version.It is shorter and the music is not always the same, though I have no problem with this as the music is all delightful. The dancing is excellent and the sets are fine. It has a studio production feel about it, an approach I do not usually like at all, but here it does not really bother me. Unfortunately it is in 4:3 aspect. Do not feel cheated that the glorious music that opens the Royal Ballet's version does not open this production because it comes later in a different context and wonderfully played by the VSO [and conducted by Lanchberry also].
Highly recommended.
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First Off- This is not the Royal Ballet version
Second Off- Much of the music is not the Royal Ballet version.
Third Off- Much of the choreography is not the Royal Ballet version.
Fourth Off-Some characterisations are not like the Royal Ballet version.
HOWEVER, Do NOT be put off! This is a cracking ballet in its own right!
The dancing style is very much that of Bournonville. The dame is less pantomime than Ashton`s, and you won`t get THAT clog dance!- but you will be happy with the others.
Give this a try, and if you can watch and enjoy what you do see instead of what you expected to, I think you will find this ballet as charming as I do.
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VERY disappointed. The main Clog Dance was missing from this version. It is the piece most strongly known. We feel cheated.
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HASH(0x94a5fee8) out of 5 stars Wonderful and Captivating Production 10 Aug. 2007
By Charles Beck - Published on Amazon.com
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La Fille Mal Gardee (The Unchaperoned Daughter) is one of the most charming and comic ballets ever choreographed. The art critic, John Gruen, describes Fille as "pure poetry in dance" and "almost continuous virtuosic dancing." The constant flow of humorous and romantic situations provides little opportunity for the audience to applaud the bravura and lyrical highlights. After more than 200 years, it remains very popular on the international stage. It helped to make ballet more accessible to the common public.

Heinz Spoerli choreographed this version in 1981 at the Paris Opera. This outstanding production, filmed in Cologne (1986), is performed by his Basle Company. It captures the vitality and youthfulness of farm life in a small French village. The story is based on a determined mother (Madame Simone) who wishes to marry her unwilling daughter (Lise) to a rich landowner's simple-minded son (Alain). Lise and her lover (Colas) find clever ways to outwit and eventually win the blessing of the mother.

The very lovely and gifted Russian ballerina, Valentina Kozlova, performs Lise. After defecting while on tour with the Bolshoi Ballet, she became a principal dancer with the Australian Ballet and the New York City Ballet. Her beautiful lines, graceful extensions, turns, leaps, and pirouettes are mesmerizing. (Unfortunately, this appears to be the only video available of this marvelous dancer.) Whenever Simone is not looking, Lise and Colas perform a series of adagio pas de deuxs that include beautiful lifts, extensions, and spins. In one scene, they use a pair of ribbons to symbolize their unity. The loveliest pas de deux takes place in a pastoral setting on the edge of a wheat field. With sweet, bird-like woodwinds in the background, Lise appears to be floating above the stalks of wheat.

Alain, performed by Martin Schlapfer, is a virtuoso at pantomime and farce, and his remarkable leaps, with legs extended, accent his love for kite flying. Madame Simone (Otto Ris), who is traditionally played by a male, displays skillful and fancy footwork in two dance numbers. His first routine involves a remarkable number of pirouettes, most unusual for a male. In the famous and merry clog routine, Ris displays a skillful tap-like dance. Simply stated, Ris stands tall on pointe and is no clod on clogs. Adding to the merriment, young villagers perform several folk-like harvest dances, including one that surprisingly combines dance and choral singing.

The Royal Ballet DVD of Fille provides a strong production with the outstanding dancing of Collier. It's based on Frederick Ashton's more frequently performed version. My first choice is Spoerli's presentation because it is brimming with youthfulness and vitality, along with superb performances by Kozlova, Ris, and Schlapfer. Spoerli filmed his version, with intimate close-ups, in a studio without an audience. Both DVD's feature very good audio and visual images. Add both versions to your collection, for less than a theater ticket, because you will find both productions highly entertaining!
17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x94f53150) out of 5 stars Superlatives Abound! 18 May 2006
By jack wilinsky - Published on Amazon.com
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It can be very difficult to select the best of the ballet greats, but when I think of the greatest ballerinas to ever grace the stage, Valentina Kozlova is at the top of my list! When it comes to technique, her pirouettes, balances, effortless extension, posture, movement, and leaps are as perfect as it ever gets. She is the Baryshnikov of ballerinas! (Currently, she is giving master classes, running a dance company and school in NYC, and making many guest appearances in the USA and throughout the world.) If that weren't enough, the rest of this cast is also incredible, showing amazing technique and artistry. The role of Alain(the young fool) is played by Martin Schlaepfer and his virtuoso comic variation is the most amazing comic ballet solo I have ever seen! This video had been released quite a while ago on vhs, but this dvd transfer is perfect! The sound and image are wonderful with great clarity and depth. This version by Spoerli is extremely challenging and interesting, with state of the art choreography. I much prefer this version to Ashton's. The story is the same as Ashton's. In this version, the part of the mother(played by Otto Ris) includes not only the clog dance, but also a comic dance on pointe(one of the few times we see a man on pointe in classical ballet). This is one of my very favorite ballet performances, and I recommend it to the hilt!
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x94f53114) out of 5 stars My Favorite Ballet 18 May 2007
By mousefan - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an absolutely delightful ballet and is #1 on the top of my ballet list of favorites over many years of going to and watching them on video. There are two versions and both are excellent. The original version, The Royal Ballet starring Lesley Collier and Michael Coleman is sweet and I have it in both my video collection and now on DVD. In some ways I like the Valentina Kozlova version better. The brilliant colors and faster moving pace and the way one scene blends into the next is marvelous. The close-ups and camera shots are wonderful and the clarity is superb. The theme is the same as in the original version but some new scenes are added. In any case, I never tire of watching La Fille Mal Gardee and this ballet has one of the prettiest musical scores I've ever heard. You must have this ballet in your collection and buy both versions so you can compare them, because they are the same yet different. In any case, this is my favorite ballet and the only ballet from the 18th century that continues to be performed internationally.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x94f53408) out of 5 stars Not THE clog dance 22 Jun. 2014
By Tony Mynard - Published on Amazon.com
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Other reviewers mention how Ris does the famous clog dance, but actually he doesn't - he does a completely different clog dance, not even to the most famous music in the usual score (omitted in this production). But get it anyway, because the choreography is great fun and the dancing excellent; then get the Royal Ballet production as well.
HASH(0x94f5390c) out of 5 stars Five Stars 23 Dec. 2015
By Pamela Keown - Published on Amazon.com
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Great video
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