Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker
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This production dates from 1987 and the sets and costumes appear to have been in use since well before then. Audio and video quality are rather crude, especially compared to the stunning DVD productions by Patrice Bart and Maurice Bejart. Bart, however, takes liberties with the story line, and Bejart throws it out altogether. Sometimes, all you need is a traditional version of a family holiday favorite, and if you want traditional, it's hard to beat the Bolshoi. --David Horiuchi
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The music is exquisite, however the recording is not as sharp and clear as we have become accustomed to in our time. The stage and set design is superb with the wire acts and the lights and costumes. The marriage near the end is a great addition, and the characters at times appearing out of the floor is neat addition.
Filmed live years ago, this is worthy effort for its time and the technology available.
Why would a director shoot a dancer from the waist up? Why would he do close ups on people not even dancing? It started with the dolls at the Christmas Eve celebration and just got worse. My absolutely favorite variation is The Snowflakes, but it was an out of focus mess. The two featured dancers may have been really nice dancers. Who knows? All I saw were blurry corps de ballet running too close to the camera.
If you don't mind missing fantastic dancing because of bad camera work, than you will like this.
director for ballets! Just compare to the recently released Nutcracker from Bolshoi, this film
director has a lot to "learn" from "The Art of Filming Ballet". What a pity.....a great performnace ruin by an incompetent film director!
I simply admire the artistic yet definite movement lines that distinguish this performance from the sharper harsher movements that I find in the more recent performances.
My daughter just discovered this piece so we watch it and other recordings a lot (few times a week).
The reason why I start to cringe when she asks to watch this performance is that after watching this ballet a few times (and the other recordings), the sloppy Orchestra playing really starts to get to me.
It is not a good orchestra period. Almost none of the entrances are on time which probably gave the soloists hell because they couldn't really trust the orchestra to be there when they "land" after a big jump, or a small one...
After a point you can notice that Vasilev just didn't care and left it to the the conductor to "heard the band" in his foot steps.
Maximova on the other hand was not that indifferent and there are spots where the orchestra (foul) playing really interferes, especially in the "dance of the sugar plum fairy"...
All over the place there are miss entrances, sloppy passages etc. What can I say, the Bolshoi Orchestra of that time was simply sub-par. In later recordings (like sleeping beauty from 1989) the orchestra is much better, not first class, but pretty good.
Bottom line: the dancing is as good as it gets but the music playing is mediocre. Get it as a second performance just to get a taste of classical Russian ballet dancing in its finest.
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My husband and I love classical music. I purchased this in January, with the intent to give it to him next Christmas. This is one of my favorite pieces of music.Published 5 months ago by Happy Customer from NJ
Sorry, this is a terrible quality recording and the production value is bad. The characters also look scary due to costume/makeup and I would not recommend it for children to... Read morePublished 6 months ago by happyshopping
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