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5.0 out of 5 stars Monochrome Delights
Another wonderful blast-from-the-past from the ICA Classics label. The Fonteyn/Nureyev Giselle Act 11 has been around on Youtube for some time now, but only in snippets. Terrific to have the full recorded version here - she all restrained elegance and warmth, he all burning ardour. One can see just how beautifully they went together. The Sylphides performance is a little...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Sylphides/Coppelia/Giselle
Although these dancers were well known names, the scenery, especially for Sylphides, was very dated. This would probably suit an older person who remembers these dancers.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Monochrome Delights, 14 Oct. 2012
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This review is from: Sylphides/ Coppelia/ Giselle (Nadia Nerina/ Robert Helpmann/ Margot Fonteyn/ Rudolf Nureyev) (ICA Classics: ICAD 5058) [DVD] [2012] [NTSC] (DVD)
Another wonderful blast-from-the-past from the ICA Classics label. The Fonteyn/Nureyev Giselle Act 11 has been around on Youtube for some time now, but only in snippets. Terrific to have the full recorded version here - she all restrained elegance and warmth, he all burning ardour. One can see just how beautifully they went together. The Sylphides performance is a little anonymous but well danced and recorded. The revelation of the DVD, for me, is Nadia Nerina's Swanilda in a truncated performance of Coppleia. Her acting is vivacious and adorable; while her dancing is everything one has read about it: light, buoyant, precise with a lovely, floating jump. Her doll sequences are delightfully done with beautiful epaulement. Surely, she is one of the Royal Ballet's under-rated ballerinas? And surely the time has come for ICA Classics to release her performance in La Fille Mal Gardee? Can't wait for that. In the mean time, this DVD is highly recommended to those with an interest in English dancing in the 50s and 60s, or to anyone who values the technique and style of previous eras.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not quite complete, 31 Oct. 2013
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A delightful disc - Coppélia is danced with such verve and sense of fun. But a warning, it's not complete. Acts I and II are shortened, and Act III is missing altogether. Still very worthwhile having, though.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect, 5 Jan. 2013
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The DVD arrived within the specified lead time & was in perfect condition. How wonderful this ballet archive has been made available. More of the same please.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This a gem...., 11 Feb. 2014
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Wanda Garofalo "Wanda G." (Chicago,Il USA) - See all my reviews
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As I am a devoted fan of Fonteyn & Nureyev , I was thrilled to see the complete BBC TV presentation of the abbreviated Act 11 of "Giselle". This was done in 1962. I am always on the lookout for anything plucked from the archives that gives us another opportunity to see this one-of-a kind stunning couple. Also, it is a treat to see the artistry of Nadia Nerina in "Coppelia"
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3.0 out of 5 stars Sylphides/Coppelia/Giselle, 12 Nov. 2013
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Although these dancers were well known names, the scenery, especially for Sylphides, was very dated. This would probably suit an older person who remembers these dancers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 17 Oct. 2014
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Excellent!
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ballet CD, 25 Jun. 2013
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I gave this CD to my twelve year old granddaughter, who is very keen on ballet, and she liked it very much
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