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Prokofiev - Romeo & Juliet [Blu-ray] / Paris Opera Ballet, Manuel Legris, Monique Loudieres, Lionel Delanoe

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Editorial Reviews

Romeo: MANUEL LEGRIS
Juliet: MONIQUE LOUDIÈRES
Mercutio: LIONEL DELANOË
Tybalt: CHARLES JUDE
Benvolio: WILFRIED ROMOLI
Rosaline: KARIN AVERTY
Paris: JOSÉ MARTINEZ
Lady Capulet: CLOTILDE VAYER
Lord Capulet: OLIVIER PATEY
The Nurse: ANNIE CARBONNEL

Prokofiev's score finds a powerful echo in Rudolf Nureyev's sumptuous and colorful production. With its sets and costumes straight from the frescos of Renaissance Italy, this great ballet passionately reflects the youth and vigour which drive Shakespeare's tale of doomed love.

ORCHESTRE DE L'OPÉRA NATIONAL DE PARIS
Conductor VELLO PÄHN
Choreography and Staging by RUDOLF NUREYEV
Directed by ALEXANDRE TARTA
Produced by FRANÇOIS DUPLAT and DAMIEN MATHIEU


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Product Details

  • Actors: Monique Loudieres, Manuel Legris
  • Directors: Rudolf Nureyev
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Classical, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Kultur Video
  • DVD Release Date: April 27, 2010
  • Run Time: 150 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00374G3LG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #164,205 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By H. Snyder on October 16, 2012
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Tchaikovsky's flowing melodic music is what usually comes to mind when people think of ballet. Prokofiev's music is angular, dissonant, and occasionally harsh. When the Kirov Ballet reluctantly agreed in 1939 to try Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet ballet, the dancers were dismayed by the music. They said it could not be danced to, and some silently hummed more traditional ballet tunes as they performed their choreography. When the first performance was finished the ballet was proclaimed to be a great success. The first modern Russian ballet had arrived.

Russian superstar Rudolf Nureyev was the choreographer for this Paris Opera Ballet production. Most music lovers are already familiar with Shakespeare's play, and many know Prokofiev's music, so they are prepared to mentally blend the two through the unlikely medium of ballet. The play is a tragedy, the music is often stark, and the stage is sometimes dimly lit and darkly decorated. But the ballet works on its own terms, and if you are prepared for a production that does not have the sunshine and sorrow of lilting music and dance, you will probably enjoy it. If you are like most, including me, whose experience with ballet has been largely Tchaikovsky and his predecessors, this ballet will be a new experience and perhaps a revelation.

We have become so accustomed to brilliant production values in Blu-rays that the merely "good" is not acceptable for some people. This Blu-ray presentation is good, better than we could see if we were sitting in the theater, though the visuals are limited somewhat by the dark overtones. The running time of 2½ hours begs for an intermission, or for someone who is already favorably disposed toward Prokofiev's music. It is not, however, a beginner's ballet.
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Music and performance is great. The most disappointing thing is that it was not taken as HD, nor its brightness is enough. Many scenes are too dark to discern what is going on. I think I should return it.
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I am comparing this to the standard format DVD edition staged by La Scala with Angel Corella. POB is my favorite company and yet they have botched this one. The production is miscast. Manuel Legris is terrible. The characters are insipid, and everythere is there, lack of passion. There is not even the finish and precision that is characteristic of POB. Watch the La Scala production and see the difference. This is not even a good alternate production to have, it is a waste of time and money.
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not my favorite version of Romeo and Juliet but Nureyev always satisfies and entertains
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Prokofiev is not my favorite composer -- the harmonies are normally a bit too jagged to suit me -- but they seemed appropriate for the stage action in this production. I was particularly impressed by the staging. It seemed to fit the story unusually well. However, I thought the music could have had a bit more zip to it.
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