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    I bought some DVD's about 10 years ago and I tried to get some decent ones by looking at reviews. Could someone tell me how they would rate this particular version:

    Rudolf Nureyev's
    La Bayadere

    Ballet De L'Opera De Paris
    Isabelle Guerin, Laurent Hilaire, Elisabeth Platel

    Thank you.

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    The trouble with the Rudolf Nureyev version is that it ends - as is traditional in Russian-produced versions too - with the Kingdom of the Shades. The version choreographed by Natalia Makarova reconstructs a final Act that makes the whole ballet much more dramatically satisfying - as can be seen on DVD in productions by the Royal Ballet and the La Scala Milan company.

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    Here is another DVD I bought about 10 years ago and was wondering if someone would be so kind as to their opinion of if. Thanks very much!



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    The problem with both of those ballets is the music, Ludwig Minkus was a third-rate hack. I remember an ABT broadcast of La Fille Mal Gardee (?) in which the conductor, John Lanchbery, referred somewhat caustically to Minkus. The following year ABT did a broadcast of Don Quixote in which Lanchbery (ever so) slightly backtracked from his comments of the previous year!

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    Quote Originally Posted by haydnguy View Post
    Here is another DVD I bought about 10 years ago
    i own that one and still enjoy watching it. Ratmansky's recent version - good, when speaking of today's productions:




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    Quote Originally Posted by Becca View Post
    The problem with both of those ballets is the music
    had this been true, the balles La Bayadere and Don Quixote would not have been around by now.

    it is the music that contributes most to a ballet's long history on stage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zhdanov View Post
    had this been true, the balles La Bayadere and Don Quixote would not have been around by now.

    it is the music that contributes most to a ballet's long history on stage.
    If that's what you want to believe then I doubt that anything I have to say will convince you otherwise.

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    I am on Zhdanov's side. Minkus wrote accomplished ballet music that is admirably danceable and, as enthusiastic audiences aver, consistently tuneful. While Tchaikovsky's so-called "symphonic" approach took ballet down another road entirely, that does not render his predecessors - who were successfully aiming for something completely different - "third rate".

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    Quote Originally Posted by haydnguy View Post
    Here is another DVD I bought about 10 years ago and was wondering if someone would be so kind as to their opinion of if. Thanks very much!


    I love Ananiashvili's stellar performance. Possibly the best Kitri ever!

    See http://www.musicweb-international.co...te_vai4451.htm

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    I was wondering if anyone might have a comment about how the opera below rates? Again, I decided based on browsing reviews. Thanks.


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    I have seen that DVD a few times and it is very good - I strongly recommend it. Leanne Benjamin is excellent.

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    New York City Ballet rarely (very rarely) releases videos of its work - frustrating many balletophiles including myself. They did release a Nutcracker not so long ago (and I don't mean the '90s fim version with Macauley Culkin), but I passed. I did order the 2017 release of New York City Ballet in Paris before it was even released. I had already DVR'd an earlier TV broadcast. This is all Balanchine choreography to French composers. It is also all non-story ballet. I wouldn't say abstract. There is certainly something going on in "La Valse" for instance.

    The highlight is "Symphony in C" to the music of a 17 year old Bizet. It is certainly one of Balanchine's great crowd pleasers, but it is much more.

    The entire video allows you to see most of the great principals in the Company as of today.

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    Suzanne Farrell & Peter Martins...

    Last edited by Becca; Jun-19-2019 at 17:26.

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    I have that. It's one of two 70's vintage Balanchine discs from a PBS show Dance in America. Great dancers back then (or so I've heard - I wasn't into ballet at the time). From what I've read, Balanchine tweaked the works for the camera.

    There are some YouTube videos being posted now of NYCB from the 60's (maybe earlier) through the 90's. I am assuming these are with permission. The quality runs from poor to adequate. The "Agon" excerpts from the 90s is the best video I've seen.
    Last edited by jegreenwood; Jun-19-2019 at 18:15.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Becca View Post
    Suzanne Farrell & Peter Martins...

    I'm speechless. That is lovely. Thanks so much for posting it.

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