This DVD is a Ballet Gala Night recorded live. For those fans of Cesare Pugni ballet music and Marius Petipa choreographies this is a great performance to see. But please be aware that the video quality is barely acceptable in six out of seven ballets (including the bonus), one of the ballets (Pas de Quatre) unfortunately is very dark.
Therefore, I give 5 stars to this DVD because of the quality of the dancing and the big ballet stars performing at this Ballet Gala; I give 5 stars to the selection of the ballets performed at this Ballet Gala; and I give 3 stars because of the very poor video quality in the "Pas de Quatre" ballet.
Therefore, if you pay $10 or less for this ballet you will be very happy, if you pay $15 or more you will be upset. I paid $9.91 and I have seen it several times, even the "Pas de Quatre" ballet because of the great prima ballerinas who dance it. Note: If you want to see the best performance of the "Pas de Quatre" ballet in DVD, buy "Nina Ananiashvili and the International All-Stars of Dance Vol. 2", this DVD is worth it every single penny I paid for it ($31.25).
List of ballets included in the Kirov Ballet: Classic Ballet Night:
-Diana and Actheon.- Tatiana Terekhova & Sergei Berezhnoi; music: C. Pugni
-Esmeralda.- Gabriela Komleva & Vitali Afanaskov; music: R. Drigo
-Flower Festival in Genzano.- Natalia Bolshakova & Vadim Gouliaev; music: E. Helsted
-The Canteen Keeper (Vivandiere).- Alla Sizova & Boris Blankov; music: C. Pugni
-The Venice Carnival (Satanella, pas de deux).- Svetlana Efrenova & Valeri Emets; music: C. Pugni
-Pas de Quatre.- Irina Kolpakova, Gabriela Komleva, Elena Evteeva and Galina Mezentseva; music: C. Pugni
-Bonus Clip: Carnival de Venice from the film Kirov Soloists.- Svetlana Efrenova & Valeri Emets; music: C. Pugni