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A Blast From the Past,
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This review is from: Glazunov: Raymonda La Scala 2011 (Arthaus: 101630) [DVD]  (DVD)
This is another of those historically reconstructed ballets that have emerged recently, and I looked forward to seeing it. Being used, as we are, to Nureyev's overwrought production of Raymonda, or the Bolshoi's all-dancing-no-narrative version, this reconstruction is meant to show Petipa's original intentions, I assume. Once over the truly ghastly set and costume design, there are some quaintly charming pieces for the corps de ballet, and many of the passages one recognises for the heroine. The overall effect, however, is heavy handed and unlovely, not helped by a cold, charmless heroine in Novikova. I can't imagine returning to this version of Raymonda too often.