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    Default Best "Swan Lake" DVD?

    Could somebody recommend one? I'm open to any, but I prefer the most complete version of the score.
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    The Best with no doubt:

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    The image quality of this production is phenomenal. It is the original happy ending version. Some people think it's hokey, but if Tchaikovsky's other ballets ended happily, why not Swan Lake?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pyotr View Post
    The image quality of this production is phenomenal. It is the original happy ending version. Some people think it's hokey, but if Tchaikovsky's other ballets ended happily, why not Swan Lake?
    Exactly... The end of the version i recommended is also a kind of characteristic happy, since the music also turns from minor into major at the end of the finale...
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    my favorite Odetta is Polina Semionova

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    As far as just the music goes, look up the Eugene Ormandy/Philadelphia Orchestra performance of excerpts. Nobody did the Tchaikovsky ballet music better than Ormandy/Philadelphia.
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    Totally agree, this is the best Swan Lake DVD I've ever seen. Beats Nureyev and Fontaine's version by a mile and I love both of them. Nureyev changed the choreography way too much - almost unrecognizable!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pat0223 View Post
    Totally agree, this is the best Swan Lake DVD I've ever seen. Beats Nureyev and Fontaine's version by a mile and I love both of them. Nureyev changed the choreography way too much - almost unrecognizable!!
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    I absolutely agree. I could watch this everyday. Amazing music, dancing. Cannot be beat!!

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    I agree Nureyev's choreography is atrocious (and I love him)!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pat0223 View Post
    I agree Nureyev's choreography is atrocious (and I love him)!!!
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    I'm fond of two newer Swan Lake DVDs. The ABT's version with Gillian Murphy and Angel Corella is probably the best television version of Swan Lake I've seen, and it is beautifully danced. I also like the LaScala Ballet's version with Svetlana Zakharova and Roberto Bolle, although it is not shot as well as the ABT version.

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