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Russian Folk Song and Dance

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Editorial Reviews

Filmed live in spectacular natural settings throughout the former Soviet Union, this unique program features folk songs and dances from Russia, Moldova and Uzbekistan and the Ukraine. This authentic cultural program features four great troupes; the Pyatnitsky Folk & Dance Ensemble, the Siberian-Omsk Folk Chorus, the Uzbekistan Dance Ensemble and the Moldova Folk Song and Dance Ensemble. The singers and dancers, dressed in authentic costumes, perform melodic songs and ethnic dances that give the viewer a comprehensive overview of each of the country's music and dance traditions.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Moldova Folk Song and Dance Ensemble, Siberian-Omsk Folk Chorus, Uzbekistan Dance Ensemble, Pyatnitsky Folk & Dance Ensemble
  • Directors: Moldavia
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: KULTUR VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: April 29, 2008
  • Run Time: 72 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0013N3LI6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #122,544 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Format: VHS Tape
Before the Moiseyev Dance Company dazzled the world with its
theatricalized folkloric dances from the Soviet Union, the first
theatrical folkloric group was founded by Mitrofan Pyatnitsky, a
business clerk and aspiring opera singer from Voronezh in southern
Russia, near Ukraine. His folk singing ensemble had its premiere in
Moscow in 1911 and was an instant success. In 1938, dancers and an
instrumental ensemble were added to the group. This same Pyatnitsky
Song and Dance Ensemble is the first group shown in this film. The
other groups are the Uzbekistan National Song and Dance Ensemble, the
Siberian Singers and Dancers of Omsk and the Moldavian National Song
and Dance Ensemble.
Narrated by Tony Randall, this documentary
appears to have been made around 1964-1965, judging by the women's
makeup and hairstyles (no date is shown either in the film or on the
jacket). "Russian," as it is used in the title, means "from the
Soviet Union." Only the Pyatnitsky Ensemble and the troupe from Omsk
actually perform ethnic Russian songs and dances. Many of the dances
are performed outdoors, in beautiful locations. The film looks a bit
old and sometimes the narration is a little corny, but it's still a
very enjoyable experience.
The Pyatnitsky Ensemble performs Russian
and Ukrainian songs and dances. The costumes are gorgeous and the
music, some of which is polyphonic, is magnificent. I often put in
the tape just to listen to the first full song when my spirits needs a
lift. There is a wedding (or perhaps betrothal) scene in this
segment, which has some very authentic singing and dancing.
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Russian Folk Song and Dance
Anyone interested in other cultures and traditions would enjoy this recording. It is colorful, spirited and so very different from the music (popular or otherwise) we are accustomed to here in the USA.
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This is an old documentary of russian folk song and dance. It was enjoyable but not something we will want to watch over and over again. For the price, I shoud have rented it once.
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This video is narrated in English with traditional Russian folk dances performed with great energy and attention to detail. The intricacy of the dances as well as the beautiful costumes from various regions of Russia are a joy to see. It is a fun video to watch, but also educational in learning about the wide range of customs and dances from all over Russia which, if my memory serves me, covers ELEVEN TIME ZONES. It is little wonder that there is so much diversity within this vast country.
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Really a nice and entertaining show.
An historic glimpses over the russian folk traditions.
Thank you very much
Giorgio Stern
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