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Kirov Classics [DVD] [2000]

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  • Actors: The Kirov Ballet, Viktor Fedotov
  • Format: Classical, PAL
  • Language: German, English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: ARTHAUS
  • DVD Release Date: 18 July 2000
  • Run Time: 150 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004XNKA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 135,943 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Collection of some of the Kirov Ballet's best performances. The works include: 'Chopiniana', 'Petrushka', 'Adagio', 'Pas de Deux' from 'Le Corsaire', 'Pas de Six' from 'Markitenka' and 'Grand Pas' from 'Paquita'. Among the dancers are Larissa Lezhnina, Altynai Asylmuratova, Sergei Vikharev and Farukh Ruzimatov. Victor Fedotov conducts the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra.

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There's a whiff of the souvenir shop about Kirov Classics, a selection of highlights from the famous ballet company's repertoire. Committed followers will surely prefer to seek out full-length versions of the works presented here. That said, even the expert will find this disc to be a useful snapshot of the choreographic styles associated with the company. We get extracts from Petipa's Corsair and Paquita, Fokine's Chopiniana, the Legats' The Fairy Doll and Saint-Leon's Markitenka, while the Kirov's Artistic Director Oleg Vinogradov also gets two items, including Petrushka and the then-daring piece based on Barber's Adagio. All the above may be crowd-pleasers in their different ways, but there's plenty of interesting historical background here too, such as Pierre Lacotte's painstaking reconstruction of Markitenka from fragmented sources. This, and much else besides, is expertly summarised in the informative booklet notes. The performances are of course immaculate, and the quality of both sound and vision also makes this the perfect taster for anyone thinking of acquiring a DVD dance habit. --Roger Thomas --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful, a classic indeed. Simply a must for all ballet lovers.
Contents: Chopinina, Petrushka, Barber's Adagio, La Corsaire(Pas de Deux), The Fairy Doll, Markitenka,(Pas de Six) and Grand Pas from Paquita.
Main stars include Faroukh Ruzimatov (in his usual La Coraire gymnastics), Yulia Makhalina and Igor Zelenka in a ravishing presentation of Paquita but all the stars and indeed Corp de Ballet are simply ourstanding in elegance, performance and poise.
Chopiniana is indeed very beautiful and moving and the Pas de Six from Markitenka (new to me) is simply charming as is The Fairy Doll.
While format is 4:3 and sound is PCM Stereo ,it is more than acceptable.The Marinsky Orchestra,(forwardly placed) under
Fedotov is at its very best.
One or two niggles though. The producers have inserted full credits after each piece. This tends to frustrate one when all one wants to do is to savour the next fabulous offering.
Also the absence of a live audience tends to curtail(not always successfully with me!) ones desire to whoop with delight after each performance but this in itself gives an indication of just how wonderful these performances are.
There is also quite good documentation which includes a very clear and concise history of the Kirov/Marinsky.
Summary: Don't hestitate -just buy it. A must. You will treasure it for a lifetime. Newcomers, put this DVD on top of your list- together with "Essential Ballet"(Decca Label) which includes Kirov performances from Covent Garden and Red Square.
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A very beautiful DVD. Highly recommended for ballet fans. Wonderful music and ballet dancing. Nicely filmed sharp picture with just the faintest soft focus effect which adds to the attraction. A very varied programme leading to a terrific Paquita. Worth every penny. Miles better than 'The Kirov A Night of Classical Ballet' incidentally.
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Of the seven works included, the best ones are Chopiniana (called "Les Sylphides" outside Russia) and Paquita. In Chopiniana which is a series of plotless dances to Chopin's atmospheric music, the dancing is simply breathtaking due to its expressiveness. The three leading female dancers are all excellent; Altynai Asylmuratova (prima ballerina) is superb in a mazurka and a waltz, while Yelena Pankova (one of the two soloists) is so fluid and soft in a waltz. These dancers and the corps de ballet appear to float and glide. The unity of response to the music by the corps de ballet is remarkable, reflecting their common schooling at the Vaganova Academy. The only male dancer (a poet) in the work, Konstantin Zaklinsky (Asylmuratova's husband in real life), is a noble-looking dancer with effortless jumps. They all produce ethereal atmosphere.

In Paquita (grand pas), choreographed by Petipa, classical dancing is so elegant and joyful, taking the viewer back to the days of the Imperial Russian ballet. Most other shorter works are very interesting. In Markitenka (pas de six), Pankova is a superbly delicate and light dancer. Larissa Lezhnina is charming in The Fairy Doll.

However, Petrushka (choreographed by Oleg Vinogradov, the former Director of the Kirov Ballet) is a modern work with dancers in strange costumes and is completely different from Fokine's original version; I find it uninteresting. In Le Corsaire (pas de deux), again choreographed by Petipa, Faroukh Ruzimatov is a virtuosic and narcissistic partner to Lyubov Kunakova.

Recording quality is good, and the stereo sound is very clear. This DVD is an essential purchase for lovers of Russian ballet and the Kirov/Mariinsky Ballet, in particular.
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Beautifully and exquisitely choreographed by Fokine on Chopin music,Les Sylphides(a non-narrative ballet, or Chopiniana (as originally premiered in 1907,in St Petersburg), was revised and premiered again the following year at the Maryinsky, and revised again to its final choreography at Le Châtelet in Pari for Diaghilev's Ballets Russes(Pavlova,Karsavina,Nijnsky and Baldina).It does bring back the very essence of Romanticism which had begun with Taglioni's La Sylphide in 1832 - the two ballets not to be related at all!)is danced by "prima ballerina assoluta" Asylmuratova, appointed(2000) Director of Vaganova Academy,in St Petersburg.Paquita ( grand pas ) is quite dazzling,really fire-work( Makhalina and Zelensky),Barber's Adagio sublime,Fairy Doll extremely well danced,just to mention la crème de la crème of this worth-buying DVD.
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