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The Bolshoi Theatre - Swan Lake [DVD]

Bolshoi Theatre    Exempt   DVD
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  • Actors: Bolshoi Theatre
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Russian
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: VIA Classics
  • DVD Release Date: 19 Dec 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B005O1ANIO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 96,004 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Performance of Tchaikovsky's ballet from the Bolshoi Theatre. The story concerns Prince Siegfried, who promises his love to swan maiden Odette, only to be tricked by magician Von Rothbart.

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Piotr Ilyich Tchaïkovsky was born on May, 7th 1840 in Russia, in Oural. His father was an enginner of Ukrainian descent who served as a lieutenant colonel in the Department of Mines and his mother was really a beautiful woman but suffered from psychic instabilitie. When he was 5 y.o, he received his first piano lessons. Really passionate by the music, he started to study composition and instrumentation with Anton Rubinstein. On June 1854, the composer suffered the shock of his mother's death from cholera. Tchaïkovsky's career really started in 1869. In 1876, he began a 13-year association with Nadezha Von Meck, a wealthy widow. Her support became an important element in Tchaïkovsky's life because she paid and allowed him to resign from the Moscow Conservatory in 1878 to concentrate on compisition. From 1880, he often made trips to Florence in one of Miss Von Meck's property. There, he will compose several masterpieces as The Queen of Spades. On November 6th, 1893, Tchaïkovsky, like his mother, died from cholera !! He leave behind him some immortal classical masterpieces such as Swan Lake (composed in 1876, he will have to wait 19 years until this ballet would be performed in Saint Petersburg), The Sleeping Beauty, Nutcracker, Eugène Onéguine, Mazeppa, The Queen of Spades. Composer : P. TCHAIKOVSKI Year of Production : 1983 Time : 2h26 Directors : I. GRIGOROITCH & I. SELEZNEV Conductor : A. JURAITIS Soloist : Natalia BESSMERTNOVA , Alexander BOGATIREV


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2.0 out of 5 stars HOW WAS THIS MADE? 20 Jan 2013
This DVD is technically poor, which is a pity because it's very interesting for ballet fans to see the Bolshoi as they were earlier on in the naughties.

First of all, it doesn't appear to have been recorded in front of an audience, despite the appearance of a full Boshoi house with the orchestra and conductor being in the pit during the opening. The camera then switches to the stage which seems overlit for video and the colours as reproduced on this DVD are muted and the photography overexposed, whether due to the original exposure or the mastering process. The ballet seems to have been shot originally on film (you can see the pock marks and some scratches as it progresses) or scanned from video onto film. The audio recording seems to be from rather scratchy LP's at times and there are some dreadful video and audio edits. There is no audience applause during the acts, which further suggests it was recorded on stage to an empty house.

Performace wise it's good but the quality of the DVD is very poor. It's also 4:3, which is worth bearing in mind if you prefer 16:9 but that's not the point. Such a technically poor product should not be on the market.
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