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Swan Lake: Wiener Symphoniker (Nureyev) [DVD] [2005]

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Product details

  • Actors: Rudolf Nureyev, Margot Fonteyn
  • Directors: Truck Branss
  • Writers: Vasili Geletzer, Vladimir Beghitchev
  • Producers: Robert Maxwell
  • Format: Classical, Closed-captioned, Colour, Dolby, DVD-Video, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Unknown
  • 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: Deutsche Grammophon
  • DVD Release Date: 9 May 2005
  • Run Time: 112 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007P0LPC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,791 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Product Description

1. Opening Credits / start of Introduction (Moderato assai - Allegro ma non troppo)
2. Introduction (Moderato assai) - No.1 Scène (Allegro giusto)
3. No.2 Valse (Corps de Ballet)
4. No.3 Scène (Allegro moderato)
5. Pas de cinq: Intrada
6. Pas de cinq: Variation 1
7. Pas de cinq: Variation 2
8. Pas de cinq: Variation 3
9. Pas de cinq: Variation 4
10. Pas de cinq: Coda
11. Danse des coupes
12. Danse du Prince
13. Finale
14. Introduction
15. Scène (Siegfried et Odette)
16. Scène (Les cygnes)
17. Danse des cygnes
18. Pas d'action: Danse des cygnes
19. No.13d Danse des petits cygnes (Allegro moderato)
20. Danse des grands cygnes
21. Danse de la reine des cygnes
22. No.13g Danse des cygnes: Coda (Allegro vivace)
23. Scène
24. Introduction - Scène
25. Scène - Valse
26. Scène
27. Danse espagnole
28. Danse hongroise: Csardas
29. Pas de deux: Introduction
30. Pas de deux: Variation 1
31. Pas de deux: Variation 2
32. Pas de deux: Coda
33. Scène
34. Entracte et scène
35. Danses des cygnes
36. Scène
37. Finale: Scène
38. Finale: Pas de deux
39. Finale: Scène finale

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5 stars

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81 of 83 people found the following review helpful By Georgios Xenias on 8 Mar. 2007
Format: DVD
I first saw this film of Tchaikovsky's ballet when I was a kid. Back then, I had found it enchanting. Watching it again, when it was first issued on dvd, I felt quite disappointed. Re-viewing it now, -a little more objectively, I think,- I find enough reasons to recommend it, though I would not suggest that this should be anybody's first or one-and-only Swan Lake.

First of all, this is a film, made in a studio and meant to be seen on a very large screen. The spectacle is much less impressive on a TV screen, -even a large one. This becomes particularly annoying whenever Fonteyn is dancing. Being much older than her co-star, the ballerina had asked for no close-ups, hoping to appear more youthful when filmed from a distance. Still, on the big screen you could see her face and expressions clearly. On a Tv screen most of the time you have to guess.

To continue with the shortcomings, the corps de ballet employed comes from the Vienna State Opera and is definitely second-rate. There are some fine moments here and there, but mostly things are average or even less than that.

I've allready mentioned that Fonteyn was past her prime when this film was made and the choreography was, understandably, adapted so as not to expose her declining abilities. There are still some weak moments, especially in the 2nd act. Her movements are generally slower and her balance seems to be somewhat insecure, but overall the emphasis is placed on her elegance, style and fascinating personality, -all of which are very much in evidence. Combine that with the dancing you see in her older films (in different parts, as no other Swan Lake of hers has been preserved, as far as I know,) and you can understand what a marvellous Odete she must have been in the 1950s.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Oyarsa on 5 Feb. 2011
Format: DVD
This was my first Swan Lake. Back then, some years ago when I bought it, the only thing I knew about it was that it was an important ballet and that a famous dancer called Nureyev was in it. I watched it and was disappointed because even when I thought the dancing was good, I felt nothing viewing it. I found the music not with the grandeur it should have and in the end I was not moved at all so I took some distance from any ballet experience for some time. I'm grateful that I eventually came back to the enjoyment of dancing (an old vid of Ulanova dancing the pas de deux came in my rescue) but I still have something strange with Swan Lake and I'm still looking for that full performance that really makes me love this ballet.

As for the critic itself, other comments are surely best that mine could be.

I would not recommend this as a first Swan Lake or a second or even a third to your collection. But it can be bought for historical reasons.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Aislinn on 21 Feb. 2010
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I love this version of Swan Lake. Nureyev with his over the top stage makeup, blue eye shadow, fushia lipstick looking as beautiful as Marilyn Monroe, and Fonteyn now aged 47, her haunted black eyes and bony face expressing every emotion. Every time they danced together it was beautiful and magical, they created the "otherworld". I don't think you can compare this version with modern productions, there is no point! The only part I don't like is when Siegfried drowns at the end.........but then I'm a true romantic and like a happy ending!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Philip Noble on 25 Mar. 2014
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I much preferred the recent Mariinsky version of this ballet. The settings and general performance were superior at the Mariinsky theatre, there they made it truly magical. However on the Nureyev version, the dancing of Nureyev and Fonteyn is very good and for the fans this is a bargain at the modest price.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Vivienne Chandler on 15 April 2014
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Absolutely fabulous! For ballet lovers this is a "must buy." And as for value . . . when I bought it, I got it for £9.99, post free.
I can't praise it enough. I bought it because, at almost 80, I can't get out to live performances. How lovely to watch it in the comfort of my home.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Hayrynen Yrjo-paavo on 2 Mar. 2013
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Nureyev's coreopgraphy of this Tsaikovsky's ballet Swan Lake and the support of Wiener Philharmoniker are perhaps thye best performances in the world. Y.-P. H.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By jen at rubery on 23 Feb. 2013
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- what a shame they did not live and dance in the age of High Definition! The quality is as good as one can expect, i.e. not very good!
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34 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Marcolorenzo TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 5 Aug. 2007
Format: DVD
The cor d'ballet is awful. The costumes and sets are atrocious. The choreography (Nureyev's variation is bizzare and troublesome). Yes young Nureyev dances with bravura and as a historical record one might want to watch these moments, but to view the whole DVD is a painful and tedious experience. There are much better versions available; my favorite is The Royal Ballet version with Markova and Anthony Dowell. Avoid this version.
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