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The Sleeping Beauty - The Bolshoi Ballet [Blu-ray][Region Free] [2012]

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Product details

  • Format: Classical, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Bel Air Classiques
  • DVD Release Date: 22 Oct 2012
  • Run Time: 138 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008MMFBGG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 69,208 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Classical ballet release event for this year! Tchaikovsky s ballet in a new production for the reopening of the historic Bolshoi Ballet stage. It also celebrates superstar David Hallberg's Bolshoi debut, the first American principal soloist ever to be hired by the Bolshoi Ballet. The choreographer, Yuri Grigorovich presents a new version of his most famous choreography for a breath-taking experience in splendid sets designed by Ezio Frigerio and more than 400 new costumes designed by Franca Squarciapino. The American superstar dancer David Hallberg is Prince Désiré. Hallberg is the first main american soloist ever to be hired by the Bolshoi Ballet. Princess Aurora is danced by the principal Svetlana Zakharova, well known to Parisian audiences thanks to her many performances at the Palais Garnier. She is also the soloist on the best seller 'Pharaoh's daughter' DVD released by Bel Air Classiques in 2004. They are joined by a great cast : Maria Allash (Lilac Fairy) , Artem Ovcharenko (Bluebird) and Nina Kaptsova (Princess Florine). The Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra is conducted by Vassily Sinaisky.

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BELA 478; BEL AIR; Classica balletti


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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By I. Giles TOP 50 REVIEWER
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This production of The Sleeping Beauty was recorded at the Bolshoi in 2011. It differs from other productions in that the choreography, although referring back to Petipa, is largely the inspiration of Yuri Grigorovich. As such one might expect a ballet conceived on a grand scale with an enhanced awareness of the spectacular. This we experience and the effect is one of unparalleled magnificence both in terms of the dancing and in terms of the staging. The recording does all of this proud.

To deal with the sets first: Russian ballet has always been famed for its splendid painted backdrops and this is no exception. The court scene for example shows a domed palace set within a harbour town with wonderfully detailed depictions of ocean-going sailing ships at anchor. In front of this to the side, giving a fine 3D effect, are columns of palatial proportions. There is extensive use made of curtain drops to superimpose different situations throughout the ballet. The whole effect is of visual opulence.

The costuming is of the same calibre, but all within the context of a traditional concept. Tutus, full-length dresses, male courtly costumes, country folk and all the characters in act 3 are arrayed without apparent regard to cost. The effect is of complementing sumptuousness.

The corps de ballet are justly renowned for their precision and in this recording they fully live up to their reputation. The occasional but telling use of cameras from a high viewpoint enables us to appreciate the whole choreographic patterns as well as the attractively patterned stage flooring and this enhances the normal range of views from ground level. The children are equally remarkable.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A bit 'under'whelmed... 27 Oct 2012
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I have tended to agree almost always with Mr.I Giles' reviews here, but this is one that I have my own points to put forward.

Bolshoi along with Mariyinski and Paris have an Aura about them. Anything less than meticulously perfect, and I do feel a bit disappointed.
Not that this production is disappointing, but I feel that in some places, they could have done much better than what Mr.Giles and another reviewer who wrote this before me have had to say.

HUGE PLUS POINTS:
The Corps de Ballet is about the best that I have ever seen. Their precision, their movements and just about everything else is just great. This comes through especially in the second act. Just hear the footfall... Thuds in absolute unison that it almost appears as though it emanates from the orchestra pit, and mind you, those thuds are not soft.

The video does full justice to the blu ray medium. It is far clearer and crisper than the 'other' Sleeping Beauty in this medium, ie, the Royal Ballet version.
The sound is wonderfully recorded, again, crisp with the post production editing deserving a lot of praise. The orchestra is simply WONDERFUL, and unlike Mr.Giles, I dont think the conductor had to do much. No surprises there.

This production thankfully incorporates the Farandole in the Act II as well as the Cinderella Dance in Act III along with one or two other pieces, left out by many companies like the Royal Ballet as well as Paris.

EVEN STEVENS:
I do really think Grigorovich is a great choreographer.. Just sample his 'Spartacus'. In this production, he is brilliant in parts, but very ordinary in some places. In the prologue, he crowds the stage, and the fairies are sort of 'lost' among the others.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Over the top 6 Dec 2012
By Francis
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I pre-ordered this version of Sleeping Beauty. It was at the refurnished Bolshoi Theatre and it had Sevtlana Zakharova dancing the lead. What more could I want? I was shattered. The sound and photography are amazing but those wigs and head gear! And why, when Zakarhova has such fair skin and beautiful black hair put her in a light brown wig that destroyed her looks. I felt sorry for the four suitors in their extraordinary outfits. But the worst bit was the Wicked Fairy who was more a badly played pantomine figure than menacing. If I was the Lilac Fairy I would have waived my wand and banished him from the set. And as to the Lilac Fairy danced by Maria Allash, well she never smiled. In Spartacus she is the courtesan, full of life, wit and superb dancing. Also I felt there was too much gilt, even the rings of flowers were gilt.
I liked that they gave the Lilac Fairy more dancing and I enjoyed the dance of the four women knitters.
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