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Stravinsky and the Ballets Russes: The Firebird and The Rite of Spring [DVD] [2008] [2009]

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  • Format: AC-3, Classical, Colour, Dolby, DVD-Video, PAL, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Bel Air
  • DVD Release Date: 27 July 2009
  • Run Time: 123 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0023T9ZR0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 60,434 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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In celebration of the debut of the Ballets Russes in Paris in 1909, this wonderful Stravinsky evening at the Mariinsky Theatre (cond. Valery Gergiev) showcases the original Nijinsky choreography of The Rite of Spring for the first time on DVD along with The Firebird. This DVD won DVD of the Year at the BBC Music Magazine Awards 2010.

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61 of 64 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic music and dancing 27 Aug 2009
By Amazon Customer TOP 1000 REVIEWER
I will say at the start I am not a ballet nut but I do love Stravinsky's music and have long wanted to see the famous choreography that caused such a stir in Paris in 1913. This has been lovingly recreated (since Nijinsky never made a record of his choreography and it only received 8 performances - mostly disrupted by noisy crowds). An extra on the disc explains how it was done and gives a fascinating insight into research of such a transient art form.

Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra are on great form throughout the Firebird and the Rite and I wasn't disappointed in either (I consider Gergiev's CD recording of the Rite to be the best I have heard). The surround sound quality is excellent and the dynamic range wide - so crank up the volume and to hell with the neighbours.

The dancing (to my untutored eye) is fantastic in both ballets and I am really pleased to see the Rite as close to the way it was conceived as is ever likely to be without Nijinsky being resurrected.

Why 4 stars ... the only disappointment for me is the filming of the ballets - there is too much emphasis on camera movement and jumping about which is very frustrating at times - especially as the camera often closes in onto stationary dancers and completely ignoring what is going on across the rest of the stage.

There is a particularly frustrating moment in the Rite where the camera holds for a long time on the ancient sage who is standing perfectly still. It only becomes clear from the extras on the disc that at that precise moment the other 40 dancers on stage were performing 40 different solos (which of course you aren't going to see on the DVD except a glimpse in the rehearsal room).
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime reconstructions of original productions. 12 Aug 2009
By Amazon Customer TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Stravinsky and the Ballets Russes: The Firebird and The Rite of Spring [Blu-ray] [2008]

Both ballets are presented in reconstructions of the original productions by the Diaghilev Company and the brilliant colours and detail are beautifully captured on this 1080i Blu Ray disc.

FIREBIRD - Ekaterina Kondaurova is an enchanting firebird in a red costume that absolutely appears on fire when appropriate. The dancing throughout is superb, the Prince (Ilya Kuznetsov), Princess (Marianna Pavolva) and a gruesome Kaschei from (Vladimir Ponomarev).

SACRE DU PRINTEMPS - watching this reconstruction enables one to understand the shock it had on the original audience in 1913, I know the music well but have never seen the ballet performed and was very surprised at the nature of the dancing. Once again lovely dancing with the Chosen One (Alexandra Iosifidi), 300 Year Old Woman (Elena Bazhenova) and Wise Elder (Vladimr Ponomarev)

The Mariinsky Orchestra and Ballet under conductor Valery Gergiev completes a perfect disc.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Dancing is a distance sport 14 Jan 2011
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I've always loved the music for 'The Rite of Spring' and, having seen only tantalising glimpses of the choreography & costumes for the original production, I was so thrilled to discover this recreation on DVD. Music still splendid, costumes and sets superb. No doubt the dancing was excellent too - difficult to tell, since the director seems to think close-ups of the artistes and weird views from the ceiling are what viewers want to see. One of the interesting aspects of dance is the overall effect , the patterns woven by all the dancers on stage. Here we were treated to so many close-ups, strange shots from all over the place; it was difficult to keep track of the action at times. I became increasingly exasperated - occasionally, we were allowed the view the audience was seeing of the whole stage but just as it was becoming interesting, it was back to one person's face. The Rite introduced completely new body movements into ballet and I wanted to see them but half the time I couldn't.

I have to say nearly every ballet DVD/video I've viewed suffers from this same problem. Is anyone out there listening ? - we need the whole stage on view please and no closeups of faces.

Very disappointing!!!
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the best ballet disc in my collection 14 Aug 2009
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I had the good fortune to see this production of the Rite in its early preparation in Russia and was amazed at it's impact. The barbaric dancing, fantastic costumes and sets put this performance in a class of it's own Do not hesitate this disc is magical and both works will demand repeated showing. Get it at once. Pure gold!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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I liked the Firebird. It's a bit childrens' panto, but the leading lady in her incandescent red dress is, well, incandescent. I can't criticise her dancing. Her mime/acting is very good indeed -- very clear, expressive, but not overplayed. And she's my kind of Firebird -- she doesn't freak out when a human turns up to dance with her, she's a bit wary at first but then she raises an eyebrow and finds out whether he can dance. She's a confident, self-possessed, modern gal. And I liked the head baddie, who was acting rather than dancing but did the pantomime villain very well. There's good work from Gergiev and the orchestra too.

As a couple of other people said, there are too many close-ups and funky camera angles in Firebird. But only a few too many and they're not the end of the world. I thought the overhead was actually a rather good idea. Besides, it's not a documentary. So long as the dance works for the viewer, I don't mind whether it looks like the view from centre stalls.

Rite, on the other hand, really does suffer from the zoomed-in camerawork. This one *is* somewhat a documetary, since I'm sure most of us are watching it partly out of intellectual curiosity to see what the fuss was about. The choreography is heavy on groups and patterns, and different things going on on different parts of the stage, and you just can't see what's going on for rather too much of the time. They should have put a camera in the first circle and locked the cameraman in a cupboard. I'd recommend the Joffrey version instead, even low-res YouTube, since you can see how the ballet works and why it was groundbreaking.
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A truly remarkable experience. Fantastic music and ballet. Not everybody's cup of tea.
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Published 4 months ago by john kemsey-bourne
3.0 out of 5 stars Bought as a present.
I am not a fan of ballet but the person I bought it for thinks it is an excellent version of this ballet.
Published 6 months ago by Bruno
4.0 out of 5 stars GOOD RUSSIAN SHOW
I can understand why audiences fought when Le Sacre du Printemps was premiered in 1913, the score was nothing like anything they had heard before, the dance contained jumps and... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Martin Fierro
5.0 out of 5 stars The 1913 performance recreated
This is a good performance by Ballet Russe using Nijinsky's 1913 choreography. The costumes are also as in 1913. It shocked many in the audience in 1913
Published 11 months ago by Barrie W Jones
4.0 out of 5 stars Great classical music
I enjoy listening to both The Rite of Spring and The Firebird, which were used in the Disney cartoons Fantasia (dinosaur story) and Fantasia 2000 (rejuvenation). Read more
Published 12 months ago by Doc Ostrow
5.0 out of 5 stars Ballets Russes
A striking and colourful performance of these extraordinary works. I enjoyed them both and would highly recommend both performances to ballet lovers.
Published 15 months ago by Kirkstile
5.0 out of 5 stars blast from the past
the Rite of Spring was the first piece of classical music that got my attention as a young child when I saw Disney's take with the dinosaurs in Fantasia; I have seen a couple of... Read more
Published 16 months ago by jen at rubery
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good Firebird and absorbing re-creation of the Rite in crisp...
This disc offers two major ballets by Stravinsky plus an interesting and detailed bonus feature to support the productions. Read more
Published on 6 Dec 2011 by I. Giles
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnífico, impecable
Excepcional calidad de esta grabación. Imagen extraordinaria y sonido colosal, sin parangón, que es lo que principalmente deseaba, porque aunque a veces tengo tiempo... Read more
Published on 25 Jan 2011 by Emilio
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful !
This was worth waiting for !
The orchestra sound is wonderful, the dancers out of this world, I got so involved in "The Firebird" that I forgot to breathe ! Read more
Published on 9 Nov 2010 by Gray Hamme
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