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Choreography By Balanchine / Tzigane, Andante from Divertimento No 15, The Four Temperaments, Selections from Jewels, Stravinsky Violin Concerto
Choreography By Balanchine / Tzigane Andante from Divertimento No 15 The Four Temperaments Selections from Jewels Stravinsky Violin Concerto
Actors: New York City Ballet, George Balanchine, Suzanne Farrell, Merrill Ashley
Genres: Special Interests, Educational, Musicals & Performing Arts
NR     2004     1hr 50min


     

Movie Details

Actors: New York City Ballet, George Balanchine, Suzanne Farrell, Merrill Ashley
Genres: Special Interests, Educational, Musicals & Performing Arts
Sub-Genres: Dance, Educational, Classical, Ballet & Dance
Studio: Nonesuch
Format: DVD
DVD Release Date: 06/08/2004
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/1979
Release Year: 2004
Run Time: 1hr 50min
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 3
Edition: Classical
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Great Dancing but the sound is Out of Synch!
Ballet Boy | USA | 07/21/2004
(1 out of 5 stars)

"Don't waste your money. Unfortunately, this long awaited DVD was transferred badly and the sound in part one is out of synch by several counts. Suzanne Farrell and Merrill Ashley are dancing off the music and it is very annoying. It is unbelievable that something like this could happen when you take into consideration that Balanchine was probably the most musical choreographer that ever lived. Never pedantic, always magical. I did inform the Balanchine Trust. They were surprised and are looking into it. They are aware that the transfer was done incorrectly. The company that produced the DVD, Nonesuch was also called but did not respond. Wait until it?s fixed unless you like dancing 4 counts behind the music."
Suzanne Farrell returns in Tzigane
Ballet Boy | 07/08/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Worth it for Suzanne Farrell's abondoned return to the fold in Tzigane - the moment in the coda when she bends back into Martin's supporting arm is worth the price of admission. Weakness: they omit the Rudies section of Jewels supposedly because Heather Watts was not happy with her performance. Nice to see Kay Mazzo again. Wish they would release Serenade and Duo Concertante, the initial programs of the Great Performance Balanchine series.Included:
Tzigane: Farrell/Martins Andante from Divertimento No 15 w/ Ashley, Calegari, Pillarre,
Saland, Spohn, Bennett, Casttelli, WeissThe Four Temperments w/Cook, Luders, Neary, Ashley, DuellSelections from Jewels
Emeralds: Ashley, Ebitz, Bourne, Duell, Watts, von Aronldingen, Lavery Diamonds pas de deux: Farrell/MartinsStranvinsky Violin Concerto: Mazzo, von Arnoldigen, Martins, Cook"
Don't buy it!
John Gray Hunter Jr. | Wilmington, NC USA | 01/25/2007
(1 out of 5 stars)

"YES....let this and the other 1 star review stop you from buying this DVD. The works on it are masterpieces, but the lousy inexcusable tech problems do not deserve your hard earned money! The music is off by maybe a second, but c'mon....this isn't American Bandstand. It's BALLET...precision is the rule. I would hope you would care enough to mind, whether you've seen the ballets before or not.
"The 4 Temperaments" is the best of Balenchine. A piece of perfection to fantastic music by Hindeminth. The choreography actually enhances the already brilliant score. But if dancers are not dancing to the beats, it is ruined and that's what you have here. It is unwatchable!"
Out-of-sync problem still not fixed
Überfan | 09/12/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I recently bought this DVD, and the out-of-sync problem is still not fixed. The problem is blatantly noticeable with "Tzigane", no less because of the telltale hand-slap just before the end of the ballet. With "The 4 Temperaments", it's rather like a niggling pain that just gets on your nerves. I've also written to Nonesuch, but as with the other reviewer, they haven't responded. Having said all that, however, I would still highly recommend it if only because it is still a valuable record of NYCB in its golden age. Farrell in "Diamonds" is peerless. The other alternative would be to get it on VHS, which doesn't have the out-of-sync problem."