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This review is from: The Pharaoh's Daughter - Pugni/Lacotte/Bolshoi Ballet [Blu-ray]  (Blu-ray)
I took a long time to decide whether to purchase the Blu-Ray DVD of this ballet.I had never heard of it nor the composer, Pugni. There will be a few times when you may well cringe or laugh but overall this is a wonderful experience and anyone interested in classical ballet should go for it.
The dancing is superb ,and, if, like me you like plenty of corps de ballet work you will not be disappointed.The seemingly cast of hundreds appear and disappear in an instance [heaven knows where they all come from or go to]! The principal dancers are wonderful.The sets are magnifcent and the costumes stunning. The story moves along quite quickly and though improbable-like all classical ballet stories-it is entertaining.
So what about the music of poor old third rate composer Cesare Pugni? [He must be third rate if he trails behind even second rate well known composers.]In fact it is all really quite nice.True, one or two items are a bit ordinary and some dances very short-the fault of Petipa actually, but much is tuneful and weighty. The music to the mime scenes is very passionate [Go to track 19 for example] and in the final pas de deux and the scene that concludes the ballet Pugni comes up with a winner [though we have heard this theme when Aspicia comes to life at the beginning].
Svetlana Zakharova and Sergei Filin are wonderful to watch and breathe life in to their Characters.
There is a feeling of great satisfaction at the end,and a desire to watch it all through again-right away!