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on 14 October 2012
Another wonderful blast-from-the-past from the ICA Classics label. The Fonteyn/Nureyev Giselle Act 11 has been around on Youtube for some time now, but only in snippets. Terrific to have the full recorded version here - she all restrained elegance and warmth, he all burning ardour. One can see just how beautifully they went together. The Sylphides performance is a little anonymous but well danced and recorded. The revelation of the DVD, for me, is Nadia Nerina's Swanilda in a truncated performance of Coppleia. Her acting is vivacious and adorable; while her dancing is everything one has read about it: light, buoyant, precise with a lovely, floating jump. Her doll sequences are delightfully done with beautiful epaulement. Surely, she is one of the Royal Ballet's under-rated ballerinas? And surely the time has come for ICA Classics to release her performance in La Fille Mal Gardee? Can't wait for that. In the mean time, this DVD is highly recommended to those with an interest in English dancing in the 50s and 60s, or to anyone who values the technique and style of previous eras.
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on 1 September 2015
It gives me so much pleasure watching each one of these ballets. They show artists that I have only heard about from people who knew them and they are well filmed for their time so as to bring out the dancing and acting skills that made these artists famous in the ballet world. I Must mention the precision and graceful movements that enhance the dancing skills of Nadia Nerina that were made known to me from this DVD, dancing in Les Sylphides and Coppelia. It is also special to see more dancing of Fonteyn and Nureyev in the second act of Giselle than I have seen before showing more of the MAGIC that they had together. This is a DVD that I will play frequently since the reasonable quality of filming and that of the productions make this one to keep coming back to so as to see these three ballets that are testaments of the ballet in the 50's and 60's...
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on 31 October 2013
A delightful disc - Coppélia is danced with such verve and sense of fun. But a warning, it's not complete. Acts I and II are shortened, and Act III is missing altogether. Still very worthwhile having, though.
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on 11 February 2014
As I am a devoted fan of Fonteyn & Nureyev , I was thrilled to see the complete BBC TV presentation of the abbreviated Act 11 of "Giselle". This was done in 1962. I am always on the lookout for anything plucked from the archives that gives us another opportunity to see this one-of-a kind stunning couple. Also, it is a treat to see the artistry of Nadia Nerina in "Coppelia"
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on 5 January 2013
The DVD arrived within the specified lead time & was in perfect condition. How wonderful this ballet archive has been made available. More of the same please.
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on 12 November 2013
Although these dancers were well known names, the scenery, especially for Sylphides, was very dated. This would probably suit an older person who remembers these dancers.
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on 25 June 2013
I gave this CD to my twelve year old granddaughter, who is very keen on ballet, and she liked it very much
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on 30 April 2016
love it
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on 17 October 2014
Excellent!
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