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Glazunov: Raymonda La Scala 2011 (Arthaus: 108051) [Blu-ray] 
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The last great work from the glorious era of the Imperial ballets has never before been performed by the La Scala ballet. Its La Scala premiere marks the most faithful version of Raymonda yet to the original, which met with triumphant success in St. Petersburg in 1898.
Based on a medieval legend, with ladies, knights, crusaders and Saracens, cathedrals and castles, the libretto had all the ingredients needed to spark the imagination of the young Alexander Glazunov in his first ballet score, and the infinite wisdom of Marius Petipa, who complemented it with an enormously rich and endless succession of dances, classical variations, exotic dances and character dances, with a grandiose finale, pantomime, lyrical pas de deux and a heavily featured corps de ballet. Drawing on notation from the Harvard archives, original designs housed in the St Petersburg State Museum of Theatre and Theatre Library, La Scala presents the last great work from the glory days of the Imperial Ballet.
We see what the piece first looked like… Opulent massive, unlikely, with a wild generosity of forces and with costuming to encourage maniac giggles, it is huge fun, and as the heroine, Raymonda, the Mariinsky ballerina Olesia Novikova is ravishing in style. The recording is well done and Michail Jurowski is a wonderful advocate for Glazunov's score, played with enthusiasm by the La Scala orchestra. --Clement Crisp, Financial Times
The stunning settings are a continual feast for the eye… highly recommended. --Julian Haylock, International Record Review
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In order to faithfully recreate the original 1898 concept an enormous amount of care and expense has been lavished on this production and much research and time has been spent investigating and studying the original illustrations and instructions as regards costuming, staging and choreography. The final results can only be described as being a total success and as such completely recreate an earlier age in ballet history.
The set piece corps de ballet scenarios in this production are totally impressive in both delivery and panoramic effect when seen with the 1898 concept in mind. The camera work supports this by giving a greater viewing time than usual to whole-stage imaging rather than close-ups. This seems to me to faithfully match the visual intentions of the original choreographer. In general terms the courtly dances are more sedate and contrast with the more energetic dances performed by the rest of the population.
The relatively limited amount of solo time is well danced in my opinion with the main focus naturally concentrating on guest artist Olesia Novikova in the title role of Raymonda. The camera work illustrates her technical skills by picking out some details of her footwork in addition to the normal coverage. However, these examples of detailed technical focus did not bother me in contrast to some others.Read more ›
Some of the costumes could be a little dated, but I was expecting it considering it was a reconstruction! Overall I found them truly grand and lavish and one could really appreciate, even through the screen, the high quality fabrics that were employed for the production.
I agree that the direction of the video was somewhat disappointing and this is why I gave only 4 stars. Recurrent close shots of the feet of the ballerinas, which I personally found really annoying. During the pantomime scenes, the cameras often tend to linger on the reaction of the ensemble instead of focusing on the active main characters, making it even more difficult to make sense of the story being conveyed through gestures. A lot has already been said elsewhere about the split screen during the 3rd Act highlight solo of the prima ballerina, so I won't add more comments.
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I found this production truly marvellous. The dancing superb especially from the cords de ballet, the costumes dazzling and the orchestra truly exceptional. So why only 3 stars. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Pdon
Marius Petippa choreographed over 30 dance interludes for opera and 54 ballets – his most famous being Sleeping Beauty; The Nutcracker and Swan Lake. Read morePublished 10 months ago by W. Swales
despite its unnecessary comparison th the banal le corsaire, I found this ballet very enjoyable.Published 15 months ago by Jixt
I cannot add anything to what other reviewers have said. This is a welcome addition to the ballet films which is a great improvement on the earlier Bolshoi production when the... Read morePublished 24 months ago by Eric Firkins
I love this ballet.....Glazunov's music is sublime. However this version pales in comparison to Nureyev's, which was created on the Paris Opera Ballet. Read morePublished on 11 Feb. 2014 by Wanda Garofalo
It was good to see this reconstruction of the original ballet. It was interesting to compare my original Grigoriev version (on video),they both havegood points. Read morePublished on 10 Feb. 2013 by Michael G. Haslam
Admirers of the Kirov style will enthuse at the standard herein. Unequalled in technique, all dance with verve and panache.Published on 24 Dec. 2012 by FOZZY
To start with i got the DVD in a terrible state. It looked to me it was a second hand one rather than a new one. I got a replacement in about a week. Fantastic service. Read morePublished on 5 Nov. 2012 by tess