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The Nutcracker: Mariinsky Ballet and Orchestra, Valery Gergiev[DVD] [2013]

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4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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The Nutcracker: Mariinsky Ballet and Orchestra, Valery Gergiev[DVD] [2013] + Swan Lake: Mariinsky Ballet [DVD] [2002] + Tchaikovsky: The Sleeping Beauty (Bolshoi Theatre: Svetlana Zakharova, David Hallberg, Maria Allash) [DVD] [2012]
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Product details

  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: CLASSICAL
  • DVD Release Date: 3 Dec 2012
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B009YRZ7YO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,628 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Reviews

Live performance of the ballet, composed by Tchaikovsky, about a nutcracker doll that comes to life at the stroke of midnight. Valery Gergiev conducts the Mariinsky Orchestra, with the Mariinsky Ballet performing Vasily Vainonen's choreography. The dancers include Alina Somova, Vladimir Shklyarov and Fyodor Lopukhov.


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Well done but not really special 9 Oct 2013
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The ballet (choreography, dancers performance) is nice and quite well studied in detail, although a bit conservative and sometimes monotonous. The filming of the scenes, especially in the first part, is too close and reduces the overall impression. Pleasant to watch but nothing more.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Terrible camerawork!! 8 Feb 2013
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Not one for writing reviews, I was so disappointed with the product that I felt it worth the caveat to prospective buyers. I bought this having watched the BBC Swan Lake from the Mariinsky with Gergiev which I thoroughly enjoyed, though some of the 'fancier' camerawork - pulling out as dancer moves upstage, zooms at the expense of the bigger picture that the theatre-goer would get, too much upper torso alone - left me a little dissatisfied. Here it is awful -at least a third - probably more - of it concentrates on the upper torso of the dancers, usually only panning out towards the end of a scene and even then remaining too close. The corps de ballet and the bigger picture are generally sacrificed. I felt the whole thing was far too close. Agreeing with other reviewers - the colour was not great (non-blu-ray format) and the music - with all due respect to Gergiev and the orchestra - was somehow lacklustre . Having said all that, I did enjoy the children dancers of whom there are many in the productioin and my own children - ages 6,8 and 10 enjoyed it a lot. Clearly this is very subjective but I won't be watching it again in a hurry.
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A beautiul production of this well known classic. Beautifully performed by the Marinsky Ballet and Orchestra as one would expect from this amazing company of dancers and musicians.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Bought as present 14 May 2013
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The performance itself was excellent. One of my favorite. Really magical! However, since it was bought as a present I was disappointed with the packaging. It doesn't come in a proper DVD case, only a flimsy cardboard case, not even a smart one.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! 22 Jan 2013
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If you want to experience a truely Russian ballet this is the one for you! I've watched the DVD several times for that reason. You feel as if you are in Tsarist Russia because of the costumes, scenary, and orchestration. The dancing is superb too. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 29 Sep 2014
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Beautiful ballet, magnificently performed by the Mariinsky - the Best Ballet Company in the world.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful!!! 22 May 2013
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Beautiful production!! I love the Marinsky style. Do you have any more DVD's with Vladimir Shklyarov in the title role? He is the best male dancer at the moment, in my opinion.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nutcracker at its Best..... 22 Mar 2013
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Nutcracker is a timeless classic....This is a nice version of the Ballet tale.....Not quite The Paris Opera Ballet but a gave it 5 stars for the excellent dancers/set/music.....
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