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Glazunov - Raymonda / Bessmertnova, Vasyuchenko, Taranda, Zhuraitis, Bolshoi Ballet
Glazunov - Raymonda / Bessmertnova Vasyuchenko Taranda Zhuraitis Bolshoi Ballet
Actors: Natalya Bessmertnova, Yuri Vasyuchenko, Gediminas Taranda, Algis Zhuraitis, Bolshoi Opera Ballet
Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Special Interests, Educational, Musicals & Performing Arts
NR     2005     2hr 5min


     
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Actors: Natalya Bessmertnova, Yuri Vasyuchenko, Gediminas Taranda, Algis Zhuraitis, Bolshoi Opera Ballet
Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Special Interests, Educational, Musicals & Performing Arts
Sub-Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Dance, Educational, Classical, Ballet & Dance
Studio: Arthaus Musik
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 02/22/2005
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/1989
Release Year: 2005
Run Time: 2hr 5min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
Edition: Classical
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English
Subtitles: Dutch, French, Spanish

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Movie Reviews

Taranda shines in wonderful production
A. Grossman | Florence, Oregon USA | 03/06/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is a wonderful full length ballet that few know about. A shame. Though Glazumov is no Tchaikovsky he writes beautiful music and the costumes and massive sets are gorgeous. Gedminas Taranda as Abderakhman appears only in Act 2 and just fleetingly in Act 1 yet steals the show from the wonderful Natalya Bessmertova. You can't stop looking at him whenever he is on stage. He turns the three minute Spanish Dance into a spactacular tour de force that is almost unbelievable and IS unbelievable in the last minute of the dance. The DVD is worth buying just for this. This production is much better than the Bolshoi's earlier version which has just been released, also with Taranda.

If you're tired of Tchaikovsky's Big Three or just want a change of pace,
this is an enjoyable alternate. Bessmertnova is great while Taranda has rewritten the book."
Good evening at the ballet
Richard | Minneapolis, Mongolia | 03/06/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I've never really encountered Glazunov. The little I heard did not impress me. So when I saw this DVD of the complete Raymonda I figured this would be the way to put him to the test. And it did not start off all that well. The first act sounded like watered-down Tchaikovsky. Not exactly out of character for this last ballet by Petipa - Tchaikovsky's choreographer - and the last in this tradition. But then the exotic dances in the last two acts brought out more from Glazunov. The story is not much - princess is in love with prince. Then an Arab prince sees her and falls in love. She does not reciprocate (suprise) and finally the white bread prince and the dark prince have a duel wherein - guess what - the dark prince is killed. General celebration in the third act which switches to Hungary where we can have lots of Hungarian color in dance and music. The star is Natalya Bessmertnova who at 48 must have been at the end of her career. But she dances beautifully. The men are both good and of course the Bolshoi company is the best at this. One small critique: the audience insists on too many bows from Bessmertnova. But it's obviously a love affair."
The more you see it, the more you like it
Helen | Twizel, New Zealand | 08/07/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"A big party piece from the Bolshoi, with outstanding performances from Bessmertnova and Taranda. The subsidiary roles are filled with top dancers and there are no weak links. Glazunov's score is not as immediately appealing as Tchaikovski's ballet music, but with familiarity comes much more enjoyment. The sheer size of the Bolshoi stage is very helpful for a grand performance of this little-recorded ballet. I have been watching it happily since the videotape first came out in the 80's, and I have now bought the DVD."
Medieval Spectacle
David Thierry | Chicago, IL United States | 03/29/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Bessmertova must have been in her forties when this was recorded and she dances like she's sixteen, the energy and delicacy and her execution are unbelievable. I can only agree with everyone else's raves. A great addition to anyone's library."