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Giselle (Blu-Ray)  [Region Free]
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Although the stage designs are quite detailed (Giselle's hut has a gate), the Amsterdam stage itself is so spacious it never looks cluttered. The two sides of the Romantic era are conveyed exemplarily as the first act looks warm, sunny and folksy whereas the second act is closer to the dark, gothic atmosphere of some of Heinrich Heine's poetry. I especially liked the first entrance of the wilis and the way they form a circle around Myrtha like a sinister sisterhood, supported by very effective positioning of the camera somewhere high up. The wilis here also keep on their veils longer, which adds to the ghostly, spectral atmosphere.
If you have seen other performances of this ballet you will probably notice that in the first act there is a peasant pas de quatre and not a pas de deux like they have in Paris and Milan, or a pas de six (Royal Ballet). It gives more than two dancers the chance to shine and supports the idea of the village being a community, thus plausibly dealing with the problem that I always thought comes up when there is a Peasant Pas de Deux: who are these people and why do they dance this divertissement.Read more ›
Music making 4
There are also 45 minutes of interviews with the leading dancers discussing their roles. Overall highly recommended.
This is also one of the most satisfying Giselles that I have ever watched, and not for the reasons that are usually attributed to a 5 star performance....
Tsygankova? No.. not anywhere as convincing as Cojocaru, not because of her dancing, but her attitude towards Giselle. She has to take a leaf out of Cojocaru insofar as acting is concerned, although her technique and dancing seem absolutely flawless... Tsygankova seems to be more in the Zakharova mold, which requires shedding of a few pounds of ego.
The Mad scene is nowhere as good as Cojocaru's in the ROH production.
But Myrta? Jongh can give the best of the best a run for the money. She is one of the best ever Myrthas that I have seen, Marianella Nunez notwithstanding.
Yes, as some critics have pointed out that the second act seems devoid of overt emotions as Nunez is so successful in bringing out, but Jongh comes through without having to exert herself in observable expressions to bring out the cold blooded intents.
The conductor has done a great job with the music, and the recording, unlike in the ROH version, is far far better. The choreographers have worked overtime to present some dances different from the other productions, without losing any artistic stuff. Thank them for it. The corps de ballet seems to be extremely well utilized, and dance beautifully, without being mechanical in the first act dances. They seem to be having fun as peasants, without inhibitions and dance thus.....Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Beautiful beautiful beautiful Superb cast and my favourite version of this balletPublished 16 months ago by Musicals fan
Loved it except for the noises off - cough, cough, cough - from the audiencePublished 19 months ago by Amazon Customer
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There are several very fine productions of Giselle now available in blu-ray. Anna Tsygankova as Giselle and Jozef Varga as Albrecht may not have the same star power as Natalia... Read morePublished on 19 Oct. 2014 by Christopher, Christchurch, New Zealand
the simple stage set allowed us to focus totally on the dancers, who were all wonderful , and the music was flawless . Read morePublished on 4 Nov. 2013 by Ken Goble