Swan Lake / Natalia Makarova, Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra
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Evelyn Hart and Peter Schaufuss dance the leading roles in this studio recording of Natalia Makarova's acclaimed production of the much-loved ballet classic. Her innovative interpretation presents the piece as a tale of ideal and eternal love, paring it down to Siegfried and Odette's love for one another. It is lean and fast-paced, with Gunther Schneider-Siemssen's settings employing back projections instead of scenery for changes of locale and mood. All of these elements infuse the entire production with an atmosphere of magic and mystery.
Choreography by Natalia Makarova
Sir Frederick Ashton, Marius Petipa
Evelyn Hart, Peter Schaufuss, Martin James, Elizabeth Anderton, Johnny Eliasen
Costumes, Sets And Back Projections Designed By Gunther Schneider-Siemssen
The Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra Conducted By Graham Bond
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The Kirov Ballet has chosen a finish with the traditional happy ending, unlike the ending with which many of us are familiar in "Black Swan". Altogether, a wonderful experience.
This ballet is performed from the stage of the Kirov Theater in St. Petersburg, (once Leningrad). The opulence in that building is spectacular, and you can see part of it on the video "Bringing Balanchine Back" by the NYCB.......New York City Ballet: Bringing Balanchine Back....... The theater had no audience and there was no sign of a live orchestra, although it had very good stereo sound. I doubt if it was a live orchestra because there was no sound of ballet shoes on the stage. Costuming and sets were spectacular. As usual for a Russian performance of Swan Lake it has the so called happy ending, but the Russians should wake up to the fact that the sad ending is better, which is how Petipa and Tchaikovsky designed it to end. The emotion is there in the music for the sacrificial ending, and after all that is a happy ending, for how could there be a more romantic ending than a love living forever in paradise?
Typical of Russian ballets, there is very little if any mime used in this production. I like to see mime used in ballet. I believe it was the Russians who invented it, yet now they use it the least. It is a beautiful art form in itself. The arm and hand motions go very well with all the movements of dance. See the American Ballet Theatre for excellent examples of mime in Swan Lake. Tchaikovsky - Swan Lake / American Ballet Theatre, Murphy, Corella It was the ABT who showed in mime that the lake the swans inhabit was formed by their tears.
This ballet has a running time of 115 minutes which is about right for most Swan Lakes. Some of them run as much as 135 minutes, however. The video format is 4:3 ratio. If you are looking for a good version of Swan Lake, I believe you will like this one.
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