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La Bayadere [DVD]

Altyani Asylmuratova , Darcey Bussell    Exempt   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Altyani Asylmuratova, Darcey Bussell, Anthony Dowell, Irek Mukhamedov, The Royal Ballet
  • Writers: Ludwig Minkus
  • Format: AC-3, Classical, Colour, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, DVD-Video, Subtitled, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Dutch, German, French
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: TDK
  • DVD Release Date: 2 Oct 2006
  • Run Time: 123 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000X7SJI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 78,623 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A performance from the Royal Opera House in London, with choreography by Natalia Makarova. John Lanchbery conducts.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Collectors Item 24 May 2010
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Asylmuratova, Bussel, Muhammadov and Dowel.... No need to comment on or further glorify these dancers through this review.... As expected, these dancing deities do their job as expected of them - divine.
So why just 4 stars?
Well, there is no ballet without a good score and rendition. I have great respect for Lanchberry for his other arrangements and conducting, but in this one, I think he kinda screwed up just a bit. A bit too brassy at times, and I am afraid they go out of control in some places, and the OOM-PAH of the Tubas and other Base brass Instruments are sometimes a little overwhelming. I think the post production sound editing too did not come through too good. The balance between the brasses and the rest of the orchestra is found terribly wanting at times.
The orchestra too, was a bit off colour, with the woodwinds sounding a little brittle at times, and the strings 'tired' in spite of the high treble equalization. Lesser said about the solo violinist, the better. He somehow managed to squeak through his passages. As someone mentioned in a review, why could the original score not be used?

I would any day go for the Paris National Ballet rendition. For one, the music is much better played and recorded. The costumes are far more authentic (in the sense they are far more 'Indian' than caricatures like the ones used here), and so also many little details like even the hairstyles are far better attended to. The only exception is the Rajah who, in this edition, is just fine in those aspects. In the Paris edition, Guerin is simply fantastic and the clarity of the picture (recorded much later than this one) enhances the DVD experience exponentially.
This is more of a collector's item for those who like me, literally worship Asylmuratova and the rest of the main cast.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The divine and the delightful. 22 April 2005
This is probably not one of the ballets that spring to most people's minds but it is one of my favourites. You might not want it to be your first ballet DVD since the music is not so well known as for example Nutcracker or Swan Lake but at least make it number 2 or 3 in your collection. The entrance procession of the corps de ballet as the "shades" with a wonderful sequence of arabesques, the delightful variations and the powerful pas de deux all are shining examples of classical ballet at it's best. The performances of all the principals was excellent but standing out for me was the scintillating presence and sheer artistry of Darcey Bussell as Gamzatti. Mukhamedov impressed as Solor and (The Divine) Asylmuratova (as Nikiya) shows that visiting artists from the Kirov shined way back then but of course she was their Prima Ballerina Assoluta. Tetsuya Kumakawa deserves a mention for his excellent Dance of the Bronze Idol, though in his case it was more remeniscent of goldfinger, it must have taken hours to get his makeup on, all for only 2.5 minutes, but what a 2.5 minutes no wonder he is famed for his elevation. This production was unfortunately filmed in 4:3 format but the quality is pretty respectable and direction sympathetic, the audio quality is very good with stereo, 5.1 and DTS all on offer. I for one like to hear the corps de ballet's footfalls and it was right there for me but it was not intrusive at all. The set and costume design were colourful and not too "faddish" or intrusive, giving a well executed final scene of the temple destruction and Nikiya and Solor's union in spirit for example. The enclosed booklet is not terrifically informing but it does at least give the story and indexes the performances. The DVD has no extras on offer at all apart from scene access, audio selection and a quartet of samples from TDK's other ballet DVD's.
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5.0 out of 5 stars simply the best 29 Nov 2013
By kjd
'The temple dancer'...people have already mentioned the leading roles, Darcey is particularly good in her role as Gamzatti, the guest kirov dancer is interesting to watch, but the depth of the Royal Ballet at that time is apparent in much smaller roles, namely Tetsuya Kumakawa as the Golden Idol, he is... to die for! his timing, his shaping, his jumps, his turns! such polish and flair. I have never seen anyone come close to this and I've seen it live a few times too, he's unbeatable! and went onto a glittering career. Vivianna Durante as the 3rd shade variation is exquisite and the other two shades solos are pretty wonderful performances too. The only thing that has ever pleased me as much as seeing this recording is seeing Natalia Makarova walk onto the opera house stage a few yrs ago after another performance of what is her interpretation of a truly magical ballet, I did find myself wishing it had been this 1991 cast on stage though... A must see ballet for anyone interested in ballet and also a great introduction, it has everything characters, exotic costumes, some white tutus and fabulous solos to fabulous music.
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8 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars COMPARED WITH PARIS VERSION 17 Jun 2007
By Embury
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ALTHOUGH THIS IS A MORE COMPLETE VERSION IT DOES NOT COMPARE WITH NURYEVS VERSION, THE RUSSIAN DANCERS ARE SUPERB AND THE BRITISH DANCERS ONLY ADEQUATE. A PITY THE RUSSIANS ARE ALWAYS SUPERIOR. KIROV AND BOLSHOI ARE THE BEST IN THE WORLD
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Makarova's Bayadere 30 Mar 2007
By Jose Brito - Published on Amazon.com
This production is as good as the Paris version (Nureyev's),though with different endings(Makarova's choreography follows strongly Petipa's version). Here with have four extra-brilliant stars:Absolutely divine Asylmuratova,Mukhamedov and Bussel dancing,Anthony Dowell playing the High-priest.Russian(Vaganova) and English schools,side by side, to compare.The sets are good,costumes rich,the "arabesque" scene done most nicely ,but 24 ballerinas instead of 32(as in Nureyev's version).The three shadows are extremely good ,notably V.Durante(later Vetsera in MacMillan's Mayerling,also with Mukhamedov)and Fiona Chadwick.
But the Garnier version is also beautifully danced (Guérin,Platel and Hilaire)and the "rampe en arabesque" is done with proficiency and sheer beauty, the scenery and costumes being exquisitely sumptuous.I'd say one must have the two versions.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Collector's Item 26 Aug 2010
By Satish Kamath - Published on Amazon.com
Asylmuratova, Bussel, Muhammadov and Dowel.... No need to comment on or further glorify these dancers through this review.... As expected, these dancing deities did their job as expected of them - divine.

So why just 4 stars?

Well, there is no ballet without a good score and rendition. I have great respect for Lanchberry for his other arrangements and conducting, but in this one, I think he kinda screwed up just a bit. A bit too brassy at times, and I am afraid they go out of control in some places, and the OOM-PAH of the Tubas and other Base brass Instruments are sometimes a little overwhelming. I think the post production sound editing too did not come through too good. The balance between the brasses and the rest of the orchestra is found terribly wanting at times.
The orchestra too, was a bit off colour, with the woodwinds sounding a little brittle at times, and the strings 'tired' in spite of the high treble equalization. Lesser said about the solo violinist, the better. He somehow managed to squeak through his passages. Why could the original score not be used?

I would any day go for the Paris National Ballet rendition. For one, the music is much better played and recorded. The costumes are far more authentic (in the sense they are far more 'Indian' unlike the caricature types used here), and so also many little details like even the hairstyles are far better attended to. The only exception is the Rajah who, in this edition, is just fine in those aspects. In the Paris edition, Guerin is simply fantastic (though definitely no match for Azylmuratova), and the clarity of the picture (recorded much later than this one) enhances the DVD experience exponentially.
This is more of a collector's item for those who like me, literally worship Asylmuratova and the rest of the main cast.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars La Bayadere 7 Dec 2010
By Dance lover - Published on Amazon.com
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After buying the Royal Ballet's version, and enjoying the absolutely perfect Asylmuratove, and a Bussell who seems perfect for the role of Gamzatti, I saw and failed to be overly impressed with the Kirov's version. Both female leads are excellent dancers but I, personally, did not find them as effective as Asylmuratova and Bussell. Furthermore, Anthony Dowel makes a much more impresive high priest than the kirov's.
In spite of some criticism of Makarova's staging, I found it more satisfying, and the last act with the destruction of the temple is part of the reason. Also, the Kirov's costumes seem drab compared to the Royal Ballet's.
Yes, the Shades are excellent in the Kirov's, but I'm willing to trade a little bit of that excellence for richness of the scenary and the costumes, and for the pleasure of watching Asylmuratova and Bussell. This is a great DVD.

Since I'm not a fan of the POB I have not seen that Bayadere.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Makarova -choreography-La Bayadere 14 Sep 2007
By Pamela Lilian Burke - Published on Amazon.com
An excellent production - Act 2 superb choreography for the Corps de Ballet - "Shades". A Royal Ballet 'A'
grade performance with some virtuoso dancing. This was definitely worth watching!
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Have for fans 30 Nov 2013
By Susan Benson - Published on Amazon.com
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I love this historic production and replaced my worn out video with the DVD. Natalia Makarova mounted the production, so it's faithful to the original. The corps is fabulous in the "Shades" sequence. I believe this was one of Darcey Bussell's earliest featured roles, so she lacked a bit of maturity as Gamzatti, but as always, her dancing is flawless. Asylmuratova and Mukhamedov are two of my all time favorite dancers and they don't disappoint in this performance. If you like the ballet, you'll love this production.
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