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Swan Lake: Mariinsky Ballet [DVD] [2002]


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  • Actors: Uliana Lopatkina, Danila Korsuntev, Irina Golub, Alexandra Gronskaya, Andrei Ivanov
  • Directors: Ross MacGibbon
  • Format: Classical, Colour, NTSC
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Decca
  • DVD Release Date: 15 Oct. 2007
  • Run Time: 128 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000UVLJKO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 49,489 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Tracklist 1. Titles Stereo , Surround Sound 2. Introduction Stereo , Surround Sound 3. The Prince's birthday party - Waltz Stereo , Surround Sound 4. Entrance of the Queen Stereo , Surround Sound 5. Pas de trois Stereo , Surround Sound 6. Pas d'action Stereo , Surround Sound 7. Polonaise (Goblet Dance Stereo , Surround Sound 8. Finale Stereo , Surround Sound 9. Introduction (Scene 2) Stereo , Surround Sound 10. Entrance of Rothbart - Entrance of Siegfried Stereo , Surround Sound 11. Entrance of the Swans Stereo , Surround Sound 12. Entrance of Odette Stereo , Surround Sound 13. Swans' Dance Stereo , Surround Sound 14. "White Swan" Duet Stereo , Surround Sound 15. Dance of the Cygnets Stereo , Surround Sound 16. Odette's solo Stereo , Surround Sound 17. Swans' Dance Stereo , Surround Sound 18. Finale Stereo , Surround Sound 19. Introduction Stereo , Surround Sound 20. The Jester's Dance Stereo , Surround Sound 21. Waltz of the Princesses Stereo , Surround Sound 22. Entrance of Odile and Rothbart Stereo , Surround Sound 23. Spanish Dance Stereo , Surround Sound 24. Neapolitan Dance Stereo , Surround Sound 25. Hungarian Dance (Csardas) Stereo , Surround Sound 26. Mazurka Stereo , Surround Sound 27. "Black Swan" Pas de deux Stereo , Surround Sound 28. Finale Stereo , Surround Sound 29. Entr'acte Stereo , Surround Sound 30. Waltz of the black and white Swans Stereo , Surround Sound 31. Entrance of Odette Stereo , Surround Sound 32. Odette and Rothbart Stereo , Surround Sound 33. Entrance of the Prince Stereo , Surround Sound 34. Pas de deux Stereo , Surround Sound 35. Rothbart's Death Stereo , Surround Sound 36. Sunrise Stereo , Surround Sound 37. Curtain Calls Stereo , Surround Sound 38. Closing Credits Stereo , Surround Sound

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47 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Nigel Mc on 7 Jan. 2011
Format: Blu-ray
I am surprised that this performance has only been reviewed by three people! It is such a good performance. Leading artists under the famous Mariinsky Company, absolutely top notch recording - what more could you want!

This is a simply amazing performance. Ulyana Lopatkina is fabulous as Odette/Odile. Yes, I agree with another reviewer that from a visual perspective she would look better after a few good meals but I'm not going to drop a star for that! Andrei Ivanov, who plays the Jester, is magnificent and is worthy of a special accolade.

Technically, this disc is amazing. It is now my number 1 demonstration disc. Pictures are pristine sharp showing wonderful natural colours and with excellent sound. There is a good menu system and the disc comes with a number of interesting extras, most of which are also in high definition. Darcey Bussell introduces several of these extra features, including a brief talk and demonstration of the 'fouettes en tournant' which features towards the end of the 2nd Act.

I heartily recommend this purchase to anyone who is thinking of purchasing this wonderful ballet. Although price should not be the deciding factor, it has to be said that at just under £15 this is an absolute bargain! Ironically, it is a few pennies cheaper than the standard dvd. The disc comes with an informative booklet.
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Job on 12 Mar. 2008
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Having had the privilege of seeing Lopatkina dance this on the stage of the Mariinsky in 2005, I'm at a loss to understand how 1996 can have been considered by another reviewer to have been too late in her career. She moves with grace and a sense of absolute tragedy - exactly what Odette requires from a prima ballerina. Her portrayal of Odile is fiery and, while not outright sexy (in my opinion), is compelling and dangerous. The corps de ballet is superb - a trademark of the Kirov - the orchestra is to-die-for, and I believe any balletomane would be delighted by this production of Swan Lake.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By MsBookworm on 14 May 2014
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The glorious Uliana Lopatkina is surely the most memorable Odette/Odile of her generation and you couldn't find a more attentive Siegfried in Danila Korsuntsev. The swans are superlative in this and sharp-eyed fans might spot the young Evgenia Obraztsova, Olesya Novikova, Daria Sukhorukova, Alina Somova and Viktoria Tereshkina - now stars in their own right in various companies- among the cygnets and solo swans. Ilya Kuznetsov makes an authoritative Rothbart (this is the Russian version of the role where Rothbart is danced rather than mimed). As with any Mariinsky performance of Swan Lake, a highlight of this recording is their elegant and commanding rendition of the mazurka and czardas in Act 3 - unmatched elsewhere. If you can only ever buy one recording of Swan Lake (or a first time purchase for a newcomer to ballet), I would pick this one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By N.Y. on 25 Sept. 2011
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
I agree with most what was said about this performance and I won't repeat that. My addition to that is the following:
1- This is the only performance I know of, where the tutor and the magician are not the same person. In fact, the tutor appears here as an old and weak guy that everybody like to make fun of
2- Regarding the figures of Odette and other dancers, I think there figures are better than in other performances except in close-ups where there necks and upper chest reveals the missing "meals".
3- The bonus material is very nice. This is the first bonus where I found some attention to explain the meaning of some dance movements.
4- Beware not to view the bonus material before viewing the performance (like me) because it has some demonstrations from old and newer performances and none of them have blu ray quality and I worried about the picture quality of the performance.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By John Colman on 20 Sept. 2010
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
A richly enjoyable rendition of Swan Lake produced by the BBC at the beautiful Mariinsky theatre St. Petersburg.

Gigantic, awe inspiring backdrops and impeccably detailed, opulent costumes contibute to the visual feast. The music is flawless and perfectly timed. The lighting is also extremely well balanced leaving the set visible but not distracting.
Camera work is razor sharp at all times switching between full stage, principal dancers and single dancer close-ups at well rehearsed moments.

But it is the male leads who steal the show, especially the Jester (Andrei Ivanov) who, although a good foot shorter than the prince, leaps about the stage like a gazelle. The acting is also very good. Rothbart's gaze is especially expressive.

The disc is provided with a 30 page programme in English, German and French listing the scenes, acts and players and describing the story of the ballet and the history of the Mariinsky production.

There are seven short documentaries included the disc:
1. What is Swan Lake?
2. The Story
3. The Music
4. The Origins
5. The Dance
6. The Corps de Ballet
7. The Prima Ballerina

Each run at about 10 minutes. Some scenes appear to be high-definition while others are clearly of a lesser quality. All are fairly enjoyable and informative.

My only criticism concerns Odette (Ulyana Lopatkina) who, although clearly an incredible dancer, is completely emaciated. To me there is very little which is beautiful or feminine about her wirey arms, odd bulges, square jaw and sinewy neck. Some of the corps would also be far more attractive but for a hearty meal or two. The uglyness of these dancers can be a distraction, especially in glorious HD, but fortunately, their on-screen moments pass quickly.

I'm very pleased with this product and my disappointment with Odette is outweighed by so much beauty in this impressive and lovingly produced disc.
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