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    Here is another one I bought all those years ago. I'm planning to watch all of them again but look back on this thread to see how they were rated. Then decide to replace them if there are much better ones.

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    And for something completely different, here is a one act ballet by that other great 20th century choreographer, Frederick Ashton. The ballet is A Month in the Country, inspired by Turgenev's novel and set to 3 piano & orchestra scores by Chopin. For more detail see the Wiki page. Incidentally, one principal dancer who was not identified at the start but who should have been, is Marguerite Porter - she dances the maid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by haydnguy View Post
    Here is another one I bought all those years ago. I'm planning to watch all of them again but look back on this thread to see how they were rated. Then decide to replace them if there are much better ones.

    I'm sorry if the picture quality is bad.

    A comparative review of this version, alongside one from La Scala:

    http://www.musicweb-international.co...lle_107289.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marsilius View Post
    A comparative review of this version, alongside one from La Scala:

    http://www.musicweb-international.co...lle_107289.htm
    Thank you for that comparison. I obviously made a mistake in the one I chose. I'm not sure what little of ballet that know that it would be worth it to purchase the other version.
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    Here is another one I was wondering about. Perhaps it will help other people choose too.


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    I am familiar with Roberto Bolle who is good but otherwise know nothing about the rest. If you want a really good Swan Lake, then look for this as Makarova and Dowell were an exceptional pairing. I even see that it is on YouTube.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Becca View Post
    I am familiar with Roberto Bolle who is good but otherwise know nothing about the rest. If you want a really good Swan Lake, then look for this as Makarova and Dowell were an exceptional pairing. I even see that it is on YouTube.

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    Ok, thank you. I don't think I'm doing very good in my picks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Becca View Post
    I am familiar with Roberto Bolle who is good but otherwise know nothing about the rest. If you want a really good Swan Lake, then look for this as Makarova and Dowell were an exceptional pairing. I even see that it is on YouTube.

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    I have that too and agree.

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    Makarova is the greatest danseuse I have ever seen. Absolutely incredible!!

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    Makarova was indeed exceptional but I can think of a few who I have seen who were her equal - Suzanne Farrell, Gelsey Kirkland, Cynthia Gregory and Merle Park come to mind. I haven't seen her but have heard very good things about Natalia Osipova.

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    Osipova is a fabulous dancer. Her performance of Don Quixote with Ivan Vasiloiev at the Royal Opera House about a decade ago (?) was the most exciting exhibition of dancing in classical ballet that I have ever seen. The audience was stunned at the quality. I cannot understand why a Bolshoi performance that was broadcast to cinemas has never been released on DVD/Blu-ray by BelAmi Classiques.

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    What do you think?
    (My head on the chopping block.... Chop. Chop. Chop.)


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    Quote Originally Posted by haydnguy View Post
    What do you think?
    (My head on the chopping block.... Chop. Chop. Chop.)

    It's a great ballet - I saw it earlier this month. And PNB has a good track record with Balanchine. But I haven't seen the video.

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    This is one I really enjoyed. How would it rate?


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    I have no opinion as I don't know much about the company and I am not familiar with the principals. I do know that there is a very good Royal Ballet video of Coppelia. Incidentally you should also check out Delibes' Sylvia. It is a rather hokey plot (most ballets are) but some delightful music. Once again there is a good Royal Ballet video of it with Darcey Bussell and Roberto Bolle.

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