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Ravishingly beautiful, a stunning and unmissablecollection.,
This review is from: Kirov Classics [DVD]  (DVD)
Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful, a classic indeed. Simply a must for all ballet lovers.
Contents: Chopinina, Petrushka, Barber's Adagio, La Corsaire(Pas de Deux), The Fairy Doll, Markitenka,(Pas de Six) and Grand Pas from Paquita.
Main stars include Faroukh Ruzimatov (in his usual La Coraire gymnastics), Yulia Makhalina and Igor Zelenka in a ravishing presentation of Paquita but all the stars and indeed Corp de Ballet are simply ourstanding in elegance, performance and poise.
Chopiniana is indeed very beautiful and moving and the Pas de Six from Markitenka (new to me) is simply charming as is The Fairy Doll.
While format is 4:3 and sound is PCM Stereo ,it is more than acceptable.The Marinsky Orchestra,(forwardly placed) under
Fedotov is at its very best.
One or two niggles though. The producers have inserted full credits after each piece. This tends to frustrate one when all one wants to do is to savour the next fabulous offering.
Also the absence of a live audience tends to curtail(not always successfully with me!) ones desire to whoop with delight after each performance but this in itself gives an indication of just how wonderful these performances are.
There is also quite good documentation which includes a very clear and concise history of the Kirov/Marinsky.
Summary: Don't hestitate -just buy it. A must. You will treasure it for a lifetime. Newcomers, put this DVD on top of your list- together with "Essential Ballet"(Decca Label) which includes Kirov performances from Covent Garden and Red Square.