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Raymonda [Blu-ray]

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The last great work from the glorious era of the Imperial ballets has never before been performed by the La Scala ballet. Based on a medieval legend, the libretto had all the ingredients needed to spark the imagination of the young Alexander Glazunov in his first ballet score. Marius Petipa complemented it with an enormously rich and endless succession of dances, classical variations, exotic dances and character dances, with a grandiose finale, lyrical pas de deux and a heavily featured corps de ballet. Drawing on notation from the Harvard archives, La Scala presents the last great work from the glory days of the Imperial Ballet.

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Product Details

  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Classical, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (DTS-HD 5.1), English (PCM Stereo)
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Arthaus
  • DVD Release Date: April 24, 2012
  • Run Time: 154 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007C7FDRE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #132,411 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Hannah Banana on April 27, 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I hope this dvd helps to expose more people to the wonderful ballet Raymonda. I agree with the other review that the decision to show the piano keyboard during Raymonda's important final variation was a distraction. But what is worse than seeing the keyboard on one side is that the picture is blacked out twice during her variation. That is terrible! It is one of the best variations in the ballet and two times the video editor or whoever has the screen black out as it takes the piano keyboard away each time. When the piano reappears the screen doesn't go blank. So why does it have to go blank when the piano is removed off the screen? These two black out moments are split seconds but VERY, VERY annoying.

Olesia Novikova is marvelous as Raymonda. She is a pretty woman and her footwork is great. Her developpes, balances, pirouettes are all spectacular. I personally like the final variation to have a little more commanding attitude to it, but that is just a personal preference. Novikova is stunning throughout.

The production is gorgeous and apparently is what the original version in 1898 looked like.

Friedemann Vogel as Jean de Brienne and Mick Zeni as Abderahman have very little to do in this version. The Bolshoi version gives Jean de Brienne and Abderahman much more to do! Of course, that was Grigorovich adding more for the men to do, and I have to say it is exciting.

Still I would not want to be without this new dvd of Raymonda. There are no recent commercial Raymondas available except for this one, so it is a must have. The others are from the 1980s and are good, but video quality was not what it is today.

The corps looked a bit out of synch at moments, but overall they did a good job.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Renee Chen on April 27, 2012
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I loved the dance, the costume, and production overall. However, when Raymonda was doing the most important solo dance during the last act, the video editor decided to cut a third of the screen and insert the piano players hands which I thought was very distracting.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dr. John W. Rippon VINE VOICE on January 22, 2013
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Since I received the La Scala Raymonda (2011) I have been doing a Raymonda binge. I've been playing each of the several versions I have several times each. This way I have compared and contrasted each version and evaluated the lot of them and my reaction to them over a period of time. The La Scala is the latest and purports to be a recreation of the original choreography of M. Petipa to the music of A. Glazunov. Marius Petipa is the grand ringmaster of classical ballet as we know it. He did over 50 choreographic productions including the three Tchaikovskys, a version of Giselle, Paquita, Don Quixote, Raymonda, La Bayadere etc. etc. The music for this one was done by the then unknown Aleksandr Glazunov and it remains as one of the most noted of his works. As noted by other reviwers the story line is very thin and is based on a tale from the Bordeaux region of France about a knight from there who joins a Hungarian King Andrei II in the First Crusade. Before going off he gives the beautiful Raymonda a white veil as a pledge of his love. He leaves to do his knightly stuff and she stays and awaits his return. Now if you have not seen the Petipa original as presented here by the La Scala or haven't read a detailed synopsis and are seeing the ballet for the first time you will not have any idea what is going on. The several versions e.g. 1982 Bolshoi, have cut out much of the mime works that fill in the story line. With the La Scala version you see a Medieval setting and costumes and following the giving of the veil you see the girl bewildered by all this and doubts appear in her mind. But now the mime of the White Lady (in the French legend she is the patron saint and protectress of betrothed young maidens)comes off her pedistal and we have the beautiful dream sequence.Read more ›
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By I. Giles TOP 500 REVIEWER on July 7, 2012
Format: Blu-ray
This ballet was written in 1898 with choreography by Petipa. At that time the fashion was for medieval settings featuring spectacular pageant set-piece displays by the corps de ballet as the main focus of attention. It is important to realise that this production aims to be a recreation of the original and should only be considered on that basis therefore.

In order to faithfully recreate the original 1898 concept an enormous amount of care and expense has been lavished on this production and much research and time has been spent investigating and studying the original illustrations and instructions as regards costuming, staging and choreography. The final results can only be described as being a total success and as such completely recreate an earlier age in ballet history.

The set piece corps de ballet scenarios in this production are totally impressive in both delivery and panoramic effect when seen with the 1898 concept in mind. The camera work supports this by giving a greater viewing time than usual to whole-stage imaging rather than close-ups. This seems to me to faithfully match the visual intentions of the original choreographer. In general terms the courtly dances are more sedate and contrast with the more energetic dances performed by the rest of the population.

The relatively limited amount of solo time is well danced in my opinion with the main focus naturally concentrating on guest artist Olesia Novikova in the title role of Raymonda. The camera work illustrates her technical skills by picking out some details of her footwork in addition to the normal coverage. However, these examples of detailed technical focus did not bother me in contrast to some others.
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