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Tchaikovsky - The Queen of Spades - The Bolshoi Opera [VHS] (1991)

Yuri Simonov , Bolshoi Opera  |  NR |  VHS Tape
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Yuri Simonov, Bolshoi Opera, Vladimir Atlantov, Tamara Malashkina, Elena Obratsova
  • Format: Classical, Color, Dolby, HiFi Sound, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: Russian, English
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of tapes: 2
  • Studio: Kultur Video
  • VHS Release Date: October 22, 1991
  • Run Time: 174 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000016WC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #733,113 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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ACT I. During the reign of Catherine the Great (1762-96), children are at play in a St. Petersburg summer park. Two soldiers - Tsurin and Chekalinsky - enter, the former complaining about his bad luck at gambling. They remark that another soldier, Gherman, seems obsessed with the gaming table but never bets, since he is frugal and methodical ACT II. Not long afterward, at a masked ball, Gherman's comrades comment on his obsession with the secret of the winning cards. Yeletsky passes with Lisa, noting her sadness and reassuring her of his love. Gherman receives a note from Lisa, asking him to meet her later. Tsurin and Chekalinsky sneak up behind him, muttering he is the "third suitor" who will learn the Countess' secret, then melt into the crowd as Gherman wonders whether he is hearing things. The master of ceremonies announces a tableau of shepherdesses.

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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good peformance but not technically great February 11, 2008
As usual for Bolshoi productions, this is very well performed both visually and musically. Unfortunately, the technical aspects are not as good. The video has white flashes often seen in old unrestored films (although this one is not that old), and the audio is only Dolby stereo. Also, as with all Kultur releases, the plot information is minimal.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Bolshoi productions January 27, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
This all-star cast is made up of Pique Dame experts. The production buy Baratov in the Pokrovskiy version is the best Queen of Spades production. The stage-design is romantic and realistic. Atlantov is a great Gherman. He sings and acts passionatly and his voice is one of the best since Del Monaco. Milashkina is correctly called the best Lisa, even though she is not as good as on the 1974 recording, conducted by Mark Ermler and with Atlantov as Gherman. Yuriy Mazurok makes the relativly small part of Yeletskiy (he has only one major aria) as importaint as the three leads. He is my persanaly favored baritone and he once again showes his talant in this video. Obraztsova is a great Countess. She proves herself to be not only a great singer, but a wonderfull dramatic actress. Yuriy Grigoryev is a fine Tomskiy and Liudmila Shemchuk a lovely Pouline. Simonov is keeping the performance's pace up. The character roles are all taken very well.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The best of the Bolshoi. September 21, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I have seen this production in the Bolshoi two weeks ago. Of course there was a different cast and conductor (Mark Ermler, instead of Yuriy Simonov). The video fails to demonstrate all the wonderfull aspects of this production. The cameras almost allways focus on the soloists, therefore you can not appreciate the sets, which are by the way great. Simonov conducts the opera with passion, but I prefer the slower tempos of Ermler. Atantov (Herman)looks younger (and better) in 1999 then in 1983, but he is, I must say the best Herman I heard. Milashkina seems a little to sentimental, but sings with care and passion. Obraztsova is superb. She is the greatest possible countess. Finaly, Yury Mazurok is the most handsome, the most aristocratic Yeletskiy ever. To that we add that he has one of the world's best baritones. You are especialy fond of him when you hear the "modern" baritones (as Hvorostovskiy). The Tomskiy of Yury Grigoryev is a little week, but he does not ruin the performance. Lyudmila Shemchuk is a great Pouline, while the smaller roles are all done with care.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tchaikowsky's Queen May 9, 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I was very pleased with the dvd The Queen of Spades, It is a classic among Tchaikowsky compositions.
It is a classic as well this motion picture with the Bolshoi Opera.
I think this dvd will please everyone of good taste and sensibility.
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3 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars awful December 30, 2002
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
The worst Gherman on record is definitely Atlantov.
His comrad Milashkina, is as uninvolved and thoughtless as could be. These hyped-up "stars" of Bolshoi don't have the artistry or the sensitivity for Tchaikovsky's ravishing score.
The recording quality is poor.
Vasiliy Nikolaevich Nikitskiy
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