What's your favorite ballet video?
Posted 06 June 2001 - 03:59 PM
Posted 06 June 2001 - 05:13 PM
1. Swan Lake: Royal Ballet, with Natalia Makarova and Anthony Dowell, Kultur video. Lovely sets and costumes, and for me it is the definitive version.
2. La Bayadere: Also Royal Ballet, with Altynai Asylmuratova, Irek Mukhamedov, Darcey Bussell. All three principals are wonderful, and very well cast I think. Also from Kultur.
3. Balanchine Library, Volume 1: Tzigane, Divertimento 15, and 4 Temperaments: All of the videos in this series are good, but this is, IMO, the best. I ordered mine from NYCB's gift shop online, and I plan on someday owning all of them. They are, however, more expensive than the Kultur videos.
4. Coppelia, Australian Ballet, Kultur. This one is probably the only truly first-rate Coppelia video out there right now. Lisa Pavane and Greg Horsman are the leads.
5. Le Corsaire, ABT--Not a very serious or accessible ballet, but it's loads of fun to watch. I taped mine off PBS but I think Kultur sells it.
6. Mariinsky Ballet-Kirov Classics: Nice "mixed bill" video that includes Chopiniana [aka Les Sylphides], an avant garde version of Petrushka that I just fast-forward through, Barber's Adagio, Le Corsaire pdd, The Fairy Doll, Markitenka [aka Le Vivandiere], and Paquita. It's a good way to see many of the Kirov's stars. It too is from Kultur.
I have other videos as well, but these seem to be the best deals for my money, as I too am a student and have a very limited income.
Posted 06 June 2001 - 06:04 PM
Posted 06 June 2001 - 06:13 PM
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Posted 06 June 2001 - 10:16 PM
Posted 07 June 2001 - 12:12 AM
My favorite is volume one of the Balanchine collection. I intend to purchase my own copy becuase it stands up to repeated viewings.
Posted 07 June 2001 - 07:50 AM
Also, what about music? I want a complete recording of swan lake, and other ballets but I can only find them in records. Does anyone know if there are more...recent, shall we say...recordings?
Thanks, this is very helpful.
Posted 07 June 2001 - 08:07 AM
I also have a video of Ashton's 'Cinderella' from 1969 with the Royal Ballet starring Antoinette Sibley and Anthony Dowell. Sibley and Dowell are lovely, but Ashton and Robert Helpmann almost steal the show as the wicked stepsisters. I hope this is still available on video.
Posted 07 June 2001 - 11:19 AM
Posted 07 June 2001 - 01:14 PM
Posted 07 June 2001 - 03:25 PM
I've searched for it at every online vendor I can think of and struck out, so your best bet may be to bid on it at eBay. Good Luck :-)!
Posted 07 June 2001 - 10:38 PM
ABT's "Swan Lake" with Makarova & Nagy
ABT's "Giselle" with Makarova & Baryshnikov
ABT's "Don Q" with Barsyshnikov
NYCB's "The Nutcracker" in DVD
The tapes are wearing out due to repeated viewings, hope they'll be republished in DVD.
Have anyone seen Berlin Staatsoper Ballet's "Swan Lake" with Scherzer and Daniel Barenboim conducting? It's out on DVD.
Posted 11 June 2001 - 03:26 PM
Swan Lake - there is one beautiful recording with Antal Dorati's conducting, but I don't know if you will be able to find it. Look for it if you can. Whatever you do, however, stay away from the release of the Boston Symphony orchestra's recording with a big no. 2 on the cover.
The Nutcracker - for a concert/listening, try the Valery Gergiev recording. Otherwise, the Antal Dorati with the Royal Concertabough - NOT the LSO, is a good one for practicing to.
Sleeping Beauty - there is a nice one with Leanard Bernstien conducting.
Posted 11 June 2001 - 09:04 PM
2) Swan Lake with Makarova and Dowell
3) Giselle with Fracci and Bruhn
4) Romeo and Juliet with Fontyn and Nuryev
5) La Bayadere (POB) with Platel, Guerin, Hilaire
6) Swan Lake (POB) with Pietragalla and Dupond
and there's a lot more!!
Posted 12 June 2001 - 12:29 AM
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