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Raymonda (2012)

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Classical, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Arthaus Musik
  • DVD Release Date: April 24, 2012
  • Run Time: 154 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007C7FBGM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,823 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

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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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful production of Raymonda April 27, 2012
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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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful Reconstruction June 15, 2012
This DVD of Raymonda hails to be a revival of Petipa's 1898 choreography, done by Sergei Vikharev. Allegedly, the costumes and sets have also been recreated.

With several additional mime scenes, the plot of Raymonda is now easier to follow, though it is still the same, thin plot as in other productions. The costumes and sets are all brightly colored and dazzling to the eye. Choreographically, I think this ballet is dated, and the dozens of character and corps de ballet dances tend to bore the viewer.

As for the dancers, Olesia Novikova is absolutely stunning, the ideal of a Russian ballet dancer. Friedemann Vogel and Mick Zeni have very little to do, but they do their roles admirably. The corps de ballet tends to be slightly sloppy at times, and it is evident that some of the dancers have no idea what character dance is; they stick out in the dances of the final scene.

Of course, the music isn't dated at all, still that near-perfect ballet score, despite being a little long for today's tastes.
For the most part, the video recording was good, besides some irritable moments during Raymonda's variation in the last scene, and those of various close-ups in other parts of the ballet.
In my opinion, this ballet has proved to be very typical of La Scala - the stars are extremely better than the rest of the dancers (particularly Novikova), and the demi-soloists are completely lacking, while the corps de ballet has an inclination on sloppiness. I'd recommend this DVD to fans of Raymonda and Novikova, and those who have a genuine interest in the 'original' choreography. For a more exciting version, I'd point to Bolshoi's Raymonda, with Lyudmilla Semenyaka.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent March 25, 2013
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I am very impressed by this performance. Novikova in the title role was excellent. The costumes were very colorful. The sets were elaborate as one would expect from this venue. The booklet claims this is a reconstruction of a performance from 1898. I can't vouch for the accuracy.
I find the orchestral execution quite good. The sound and picture quality are very good. This performance runs 2 1/2 hours. There are no extra features.

I have an issue with the final act. During the lovely variation that Raymonda performs the screen is split for about 60 seconds. Novikova is seen on the left and a piano keyboard is on the right. This is a distraction. I don't even think pianophiles would like this since it is not a bravura passage. This is only for 60 seconds in a 2 1/2 hour ballet but it happens at a bad place. Overall I still have to award this 5 stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Raymonda April 19, 2013
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Just beautiful! The music is absolutely glorious. The ballerina is stunning. Costumes and sets are fantastic! Fall in love with story ballets all over again!
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