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|Tchaikovsky Swan Lake - Moscow Classical Ballet|
Genres: Indie & Art House, Music Video & Concerts, Musicals & Performing Arts
A new DVD performance of the greatest of all classical ballets--Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake. A beautiful and authentic staging in the great tradition of Russian classical ballet (including the authentic Russian happy ending... more »
Candy for the soul
Dianelos Georgoudis | Greece | 04/02/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This has become the DVD that both I (age 50) and by daughter (age 3) most like to watch. Everybody knows Tchaikovsky's great score, but this performance by the Moscow classical Ballet is marvelous. The prima ballerina, Marina Rzhannikova, is something to behold: endless, flawless legs; a face to kill for with huge fiery eyes. Her dancing is fluid and especially the movements of her arms seem to go beyond what human anatomy allows. She dances like she means it. Contrary to what is the norm she appears to be quite tall too. Just very very beautiful. Her prince, Nikolay Chevychelov, is a good match. A serious, expressive, and tightly controlled bundle of strength. He dances in a lyrical manner I find quite becoming. The rest of the corps is very good too, with some splendid solo dancing. Not to mention the very joyful Russian and Spanish dances. Petipa's original choreography has been adapted with very good effect by the artistic directors Natalia Kasatkina and Vladimir Vasilyov. The costumes are beautiful but not distracting, the sets minimalist. This is great ballet.
Like most ballets on DVD here too the aspect ratio is only 4:3, and as always it's impossible to be quite happy with the cinematography. Still, I can't recommend this DVD highly enough. Just splendid. I wish there were more DVDs like this one coming from Russia.