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A fine version of a light-weight story,
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This review is from: The Pharaoh's Daughter - Pugni/Lacotte/Bolshoi Ballet [Blu-ray]  (Blu-ray)
This is a very sumptuous production of this romantic period ballet originally created in 1862 by Petipa. This particular version is by Pierre Lacotte and the current recording was made in HD in 2003. No effort has been spared to produce a completely magical entertainment out of what is a story of pure escapist fantasy. The audience is increasingly very enthusiastic and rightly so.
Essentially the story concerns an English Lord who shelters from a desert storm in a nearby pyramid. He takes opium and thus starts the story of the ballet. In his dream he imagines a mutual love affair with the princess who is entombed in the pyramid. This takes both of them through various adventures which enables a series of fanciful scenarios to be enacted leading to their final union. At this point the storm abates, the opium wears off and he is left with fond memories as the final curtain falls.
Throughout this production every means possible is grasped to have maximum visual effect. The costumes for the dancers in all scenarios are simply beautiful without exception. The stage props and general settings are as generous as space will allow and completely appropriate to the story as it unfolds. The dancing by the corps de ballet is effortlessly graceful as indeed is that of the star roles of Svetlana Zakharova as Aspicia, Sergei Filin as Lord Wilson, Maria Aleksandrova as Ramze and Gennady Yanin in the double role as John Bull/Passiphonte.
The camera work is totally sympathetic and fully captures all the changing moods and settings with a nice blend of close and panoramic shots. The imaging is crystal clear and of good colour rendition throughout. The sound is presented in DTS HD and stereo and is of excellent quality vividly displaying the quality of the excellent orchestra under Alexander Sotnikov.
This is a very fine issue indeed and it is hard to imagine it being done or recorded better for a very long time. It certainly outclasses my previous DVD version by another well-respected ballet company. In my opinion this is certainly worth the full 5 stars and I look forward to more issues from this excellent team. This should give enormous pleasure to anyone who invests in it.
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Initial post: 31 Jan 2012 00:17:18 GMT
John R. Springer says:
An excellent and even-handed Review, Ian - I'm putting it on my Wish List! I hope it will be on the same level of Period Piece Entertainment as "La Bayadere" from Covent Garden, which reminds me of Old-Time Black and White Adventure Movies.
p.s. Typo! It should probably be "slight" in the first line, as I believe "sleight" only refers to "sleight of hand".
In reply to an earlier post on 4 Feb 2012 08:07:07 GMT
I. Giles says:
Typo error corrected - thanks for spotting it.
I think you will enjoy this. The plot is nonsense of course - not many can match 'Romeo' in that respect!
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