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Verdi- La Traviata Ballet

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Moscow Classikal Ballet features Vera Timashova; Alexander Gorbatsevich; Valery Trofemchuk; Sergey Belorybin; Ekaterina Berezina in this ballet based on the opera by Verdi. Orchester des Moscow Classikal Ballet/Petuhof Alexander. Natalia Kasatkina & Vladi


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  • Actors: Moscow Classikal Ballet, Vera Timashova, Alexander Gorbatsevich, Valery Trofemchuk, Sergey Belorybkin
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Classical, Dolby, Import, NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Videoland
  • DVD Release Date: July 24, 2007
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000SQJ2DM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #307,233 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Neil A. B. Gray on November 26, 2010
Thank you Moscow Classical Ballet for La Traviata - a delightful romantic ballet. One that I feel deserves a larger audience.

It uses music from Verdi's opera, but tells its own variation of Dumas' Lady of the Camellias. A bitter sweet version; not as intensely emotional as Neumeier's Kameliendame (Amazon B000OFOSOA), and much more interesting than the Ashton version (Amazon B000189L0G).

The quality of the sound recording is not that great but I think that good use has been made of Verdi's music. I particularly like a sequence with music taken from the end of Act 1 of the opera where Violetta wonders if Alfredo is the one for her (Ah fors'e lui) and then rejects this idea as madness declaring that she must spend a loveless life devoted to frivolity (Sempre libera), In the ballet these pieces become a tender pas de deux between Marguerite and Armand and then a dramatic sequence where Marguerite, feeling that she is a courtesan with no right to love, attempts to drive Armand away. Her frenzy spent the couple reunite in another gentle pas de deux.

Intensely romantic.
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First of all I assume this ballet score was intended as a legitimate artistic endeavor, rather than a comedy. Part of me still wonders if I have been taken in by a spoof. It starts with the very first frame. We know Traviata is based on Dumas' "La Dame aux camélias". So the Russian title card gives this ballet's English title as "Dame with Camellias" [sic!] Sounds like a Three Stooges sendup, don't you think?

But alas, I believe it is intended as serious, so let's take a little walk-thru. First we note the sound and picture are not very good. It is a DVD mastered from a videocassette. And you know how so many classical DVD's start with the producer's logo which is super loud and obnoxious? Well, this is the loudest and most obnoxious of them all. So just from a sound and picture standpoint, the DVD is not very satisfying. But ... a great artistic performance could make that inconsequential.

So let us discuss the music. Anything Stokowski did with Bach pales in angel-white comparison to the arrangement done here. It's like the 101 Strings on steroids. A few pieces such as the Overture sound more or less traditional, just to get us started I suppose. Then the orchestrator/arranger begins tweaking, fixing, re-orchestrating, adding counter-melodies until it's barely recognizable.

I will give you a couple of examples. On the mild end of revisions, he takes almost every V chord and makes it a V7. That adds drama, I suppose. And if it was already a V7 chord, he turns into a ii dim 7. I guess he thinks it sounds more Italian, but IMO, he has no idea what Italian sounds like. It is as if he knows a few Italian cliches, but with no concept of restraint or finesse, just spraypainting the cliches everywhere.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By altavanzyl on November 28, 2012
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I love the music of Verdi, and La Traviata is a favourite. I'd have thought the wonderfully flowing melodies (not to mention this very melodramatic story) would make tailor-made for ballet. It was neither. What a wasted opportunity.
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