Tchaikovsky:Swan Lake [Blu-ray]
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What sets this production apart is its magnificent staging and excellent performances by the artists of the Royal Swedish Ballet. Anders Nordstrom is a boyish Siegfried who seems to mature as we watch, until he makes the final step into adulthood with his pledge to die with his beloved. Johannes Ohman is a hoot as sidekick Benno; watch his chagrin in Act I when the Queen discovers the court carousing after the King's funeral. He and Nordstrom are also very fine dancers, effectively displaying their prowess in the Act I pas de trois (now a dance with two courtesans) and the Polonaise, which becomes a bravura drinking dance for the men. Nathalie Nordquist is a lovely Odette, delicate and lyrical.Read more ›
This DVD is sure to remain one of my favorites and recommend it to anyone interested in a Swan Lake performance. Nathalie Nordquist and the swans make it totally worth the purchase and the time spent watching the performance.
For many reasons, the Swedish Ballet's "Swan Lake" seems to me close to perfection, even if it isn't perfectly danced and - as some reviewers mentioned already- is certainly not the most rewarding musically. The orchestral playing is crude and often heavy (very prominent brass), particularly when compared with the luxurious playing of the Berlin Staatskapelle under Daniel Barenboim on Arthaus. Yet the conductor (Michel Quéval, otherwise unknown to me) seems to understand the dancers and leads them sensitively, if not always beautifully.
The corps de ballet respond to the music in a way that I don't think I've ever seen before: they really dance to the music, they seem to listen to it and respond with their steps. I am no great expert on ballet but what strikes me often, even in some very good ballet performances is the discrepancy between the music and the dance, the rhythm and the steps.Read more ›
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Out of the 16 different versions of Swan Lake. this one ranks tops for the portrayal of Odette/Odile. Nathalie Nordquist, being so young, gave the best performance. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Stanley Y F Chang
The Royal Swedish Ballet's Swan Lake -- a performance at Stockholm's Royal Swedish Opera House on May 24, 2002 -- is the work's first 21st century commercial DVD release. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Jeff Wolf
THIS IS A NON-PROFESSIONAL REVIEW.
SWAN LAKE- Swedish Royal Ballet w/ Natalie Nordquist & Anders Nordstrom
These notes were written as I watched the ballet. Read more
Like others I have several different versions of this classic but what I liked most about this production was its consistency- all the parts come together and integrate as a total... Read morePublished on June 12, 2009 by Balletomane
I need not go into detail, as the other five star reviewers have said nearly all that need be said about this excellent production and performance by the Swedish Ballet. Read morePublished on May 8, 2008 by RENS
I have 5 or 6 productions of Swan Lake on VHS and DVD - including the Bolshoi, the Royal Ballet at Covent Garden, the Kirov and a few others. Read morePublished on March 20, 2006
Let's start with the main positive point: A better-crafted Act 4 does not exist. Period. Now as to the negatives: First, Act 3 is the unbearably long, "unabridged" version which... Read morePublished on July 2, 2005 by French Critic
Several reviewers said this staging of Swan Lake was among the most beautiful they'd ever seen, and i have to agree. Nathalie Nordquist's Odile is expressive, lovely and delicate. Read morePublished on June 30, 2005 by Heather
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