Posted 07 January 2004 - 08:12 PM
Posted 07 January 2004 - 08:26 PM
Posted 07 January 2004 - 08:41 PM
Posted 08 January 2004 - 02:43 AM
I've seen this production in Paris and must warn that the last act and Grand Pas does not include the solos or the pas de trois (which is danced earlier in the ballet). The leading dancers are Letestu and Martinez, but it is Emmanuel Thibault in the pas de trois that you should be looking out for. Watch him and be amazed.
Posted 08 January 2004 - 04:19 AM
Posted 08 January 2004 - 05:54 AM
The Little Hump-Backed Horse, Naïla,
Could you please tell me which variation is from Hump-Backed Horse and which from Naila? (I own both the Kirov version with Makhalina and the ABT with Gregory, if you want to make reference to the dances there)
Posted 08 January 2004 - 07:06 AM
Posted 14 August 2004 - 03:22 AM
I'm wondering under what kind of circumstances this Kirov performance was taped - there is no applause, but that doesn't have to mean there is no audience, even if it consists of company people etc - but to me it looks like a resoundingly lacklustre show, which in a frothy piece like this is lethal. And the brown on brown set is terrible. It's like you're visiting a woodworm's home.
And those dull costumes!
The ABT is arguably technically not as perfect if you focus on the corps, but at least it's got pizazz in spades.
Of course the Kirov Classics DVD is a must-have anyway for the spellbinding Les Sylphides with Asylmuratova et al - and lovely playing by the orchestra. (Though the ABT's Sylphides with an amazing Baryshnikov Poet is equally required.)
Posted 14 August 2004 - 05:21 AM
Posted 14 August 2004 - 05:53 AM
And I really was totally willing to like it, with Yulia Makhalina etc.
Or do you have completely different feelings about these two performances?
Posted 14 August 2004 - 09:12 AM
Posted 14 August 2004 - 02:32 PM
There's Assylmuratova doing the ballerina variation on Backstage at the Kirov, (unless I am fuddled), and she completely nails it. Others are around, of course (incl. the nice Chenchikova/Vaziev at Covent Garden) but I still think the older one is the best.
Posted 15 August 2004 - 12:02 PM
Yes, the Kirov Classics dvd we were talking about is the one with Zelensky, Makhalina and Lezhnina. I'm glad you like it.
I like the one with Zelensky and Makhalina a great deal--I don't think it's dull at all. Isn't that the one with Lezhnina in the pas de trois? [...] I think Zelensky looks splendid. This is the only commercial recording with the pas de trois and variations, I believe.
I had another peek this afternoon. The dancing is generally excellent, again, my problem is just that massive fourth wall. A virtuoso piece like Paquita needs some of that frivolous showiness a hall with hungry people will get. I really miss that.
The ABT is technically not as perfect, but it does have that audience chemistry. And, sorry, but if the Kirov is a studio recording, for all we know they may have been doing double takes so as to get that level of perfection...
BTW the funny thing is you can have both the Kirov and the ABT and have very little overlap, apart from the beginning, end and the pas de deux, due to the fact the Paquita grand pdd is just a make-your-own sandwich kinda ballet. The Kirov has the pas de trois and Lezhnina's variation. The ABT on the other hand has a wonderful variation with harp - flutes music with great open turning sissonnes by Susan Jaffe, one of the most attractive American dancers in my book.
Posted 15 August 2004 - 12:29 PM
It is actually in "The Leningrad Legend" narrated by Makarova.
There's Assylmuratova doing the ballerina variation on Backstage at the Kirov, (unless I am fuddled), and she completely nails it.
I admit to be guilty of watching Assylmuratova in this tape almost every day...
She is indeed absolutely pure in this excerpt.
Posted 16 August 2004 - 10:24 AM
I think it is a highly recommendable tape - and I also like the decor and the costumes. Anyway, it is just my own personal opinion.
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