Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Adam - Giselle / Bessmertnova Lavorovski Kozlova Bolshoi Ballet|
Actors: Bessmertnova, Bolshoi Ballet
Genres: Special Interests, Educational, Musicals & Performing Arts
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The Bolshoi Giselle.... disappointing
R. Nicholson | 02/14/2004
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Let me say that Giselle is one of my favorite ballets; I love Adam's music, the choreography and the story.
I really wanted to like this Giselle; I could hardly wait to get the DVD home and in the player. However, this shortened movie version of Giselle starring Natalya Bessmertnova and M. Lavrovski was disappointing to say the least.
I have a several areas of concern with this DVD production... to mention a few
- The sets are "barebones" with flat color tones and meager drop back curtains; there is little or no "scenery" to give one the feeling of the rustic quaintness that seems to be the norm in other Giselles. The cast almost looks lost on this huge stage.
- The music/audio is flawed: there is an annoying high pitched tinny quality to a lot of the higher notes throughout the entire performance: this is very distracting and although I could diminish this effect by tweaking my audio system, I could not get this problem to disappear entirely.
-With the entire ballet only 82 minutes long, they decided to leave out the Peasant Pas de deux at the end of the Act I.... Need I say more.
-And finally, to me, Giselle has always represented ballet at its emotional best: with Adam's haunting melodies and the beautiful choreography taking the audience the full gambit between initial happiness and gaiety to final sadness and grief. In this production, although the dancing is technically good, it lacks any arousing impact; the performers went through the dance steps,but they didn't seem to be very convincing or committed in their acting. For instance, Bessmertnova tends to look very serious most of the time in the opening scenes where she is suppose to be flirting and falling in love with Albrecht; any rare smile seems forced and unnatural. (Then again, the camera settings were often so far back, that it was difficult to see the faces of the participants.)
-On a positive note, however, the Wilis' costumes in Act II were stunning; the skirts were sheer, moved beautifully with the lifts and generally enhanced the impression of them being apparitions .
All in all a disappointing DVD, with poor audio, devoid of any real beauty in the stage sets and lacking much emotional punch.
P.S. If you were looking to buy a Giselle on DVD I'd highly recommend the La Scala version with Alessandra Ferri and Massimo Murru. ( the sets, costumes and emotional content are all 5 stars)"
Great dancing, awful DVD quality
R. Nicholson | 02/24/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I have this performance on a Kultur VHS, and I absolutely love it. I was very excited when a DVD version came out, and immediately bought it. But ... this DVD is just awful. In the VHS the first act scenery has fall colors, the prince has a deep dark blue costume. This DVD shows everything in various shades of grey and brown. On the VHS second act had dark blue background with willis in shimmery white dresses. On DVD the background is dark grey, and the willis are dull white. Sound quality is even worse than on the VHS. I love the performance, but until a better DVD version comes out I'll watch the 15 year-old VHS."
Thomas Kabaker | Chicago, USA | 06/19/2004
(1 out of 5 stars)
"I should have read the other reviews before I bought this. Horrible sound and poor picture quality. Very fine dancing, but I haven't been able to watch it through to the end, the production values are so poor. This is not a "real" performance from the stage of the Bolshoi. Rather, this was filmed (taped?) on a sound stage rather than in a theatre. I assumed I would be getting a "real" performance from the Bolshoi.All-in-all, avoid this"
It's sill worth it
Opera fan | Southampton, NJ United States | 03/19/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I agree, the video and sound quality is underpar, but the dancing is very good. it's stll worth it for the price."