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MacMillan triple billElite Syncopations/Judas Tree/Concerto


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#1 volcanohunter

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Posted 03 August 2010 - 05:02 PM

Well wonders never cease. Opus Arte is finally putting a Royal Ballet triple bill on video, consisting of Kenneth MacMillan's Elite Syncopations, The Judas Tree (:pinch:) and Concerto. Personally, I'm not all that thrilled by the repertoire, but I am glad to see the Royal Ballet putting a mixed bill on DVD. Now if they'd only get around to releasing that all-Ashton program from a few years back. It's not as though the market is glutted with Ashton.

http://www.opusarte....riple-bill.html
http://www.opusarte....ll-blu-ray.html

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Posted 03 August 2010 - 06:41 PM

Thanks for the alert!

#3 DanceActress

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Posted 05 August 2010 - 08:07 AM

Well wonders never cease. Opus Arte is finally putting a Royal Ballet triple bill on video, consisting of Kenneth MacMillan's Elite Syncopations, The Judas Tree (:pinch:) and Concerto. Personally, I'm not all that thrilled by the repertoire, but I am glad to see the Royal Ballet putting a mixed bill on DVD. Now if they'd only get around to releasing that all-Ashton program from a few years back. It's not as though the market is glutted with Ashton.

http://www.opusarte....riple-bill.html
http://www.opusarte....ll-blu-ray.html



:clapping: It will be great to see two plotless MacMillan ballets on DVD- we don't often have that chance on this side of the Atlantic. And I second the request for releasing the Ashton programs. Also, what happened to "Cinderella" with Cojocaru and Kobborg?

#4 Anna P

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Posted 09 August 2010 - 07:30 AM

Thanks for that!

Most likely will be getting that- esp with Acosta in the Judas Tree!

Meanwhile, I've noticed that they are also releasing a Nutcracker, well according to hmv.

http://hmv.com/hmvwe...1;34&sku=223688

Anyone know who the lead dancers are?

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Posted 09 August 2010 - 07:36 AM

Thanks for that!

Most likely will be getting that- esp with Acosta in the Judas Tree!

Meanwhile, I've noticed that they are also releasing a Nutcracker, well according to hmv.

http://hmv.com/hmvwe...1;34&sku=223688

Anyone know who the lead dancers are?


Sugar Plum Fairy: Miyako Yoshida
Cavalier: Steven McRae
Clara: Iohna Loots
Nephew/Nutcracker: Ricardo Cervera
Drosselmeyer: Gary Avis

#6 Helene

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Posted 09 August 2010 - 07:42 AM

I'm not a major fan of Yoshida, and I don't know McRae, but I love Gary Avis and would love to see his Drosselmeier.

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Posted 09 August 2010 - 07:45 AM

Thanks for the reply, DanceActress!

Wow- surely this must the third nutcracker with Miyako? I recall RB releasing one with her and Johnathan and then the BRB production with Irek.

I've never been a huge fan of the nutcracker but I presume that Miyako must be a perfect sugarplum fairy? Can anyone recommend which version I should buy?

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Posted 09 August 2010 - 07:47 AM

Thanks for the reply, DanceActress!

Wow- surely this must the third nutcracker with Miyako? I recall RB releasing one with her and Johnathan and then the BRB production with Irek.

I've never been a huge fan of the nutcracker but I presume that Miyako must be a perfect sugarplum fairy? Can anyone recommend which version I should buy?


I would recommend the earlier RB Nutcracker with Yoshida, Alina Cojocaru and Ivan Putrov are Clara and the Nephew and, as a bonus, the too-rarely-seen-on-DVD Zenaida Yanowksy dances the Dewdrop Fairy.

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Posted 09 August 2010 - 10:32 AM

I would recommend the earlier RB Nutcracker with Yoshida, Alina Cojocaru and Ivan Putrov are Clara and the Nephew and, as a bonus, the too-rarely-seen-on-DVD Zenaida Yanowksy dances the Dewdrop Fairy.

I would recommend skipping Yoshida altogether and going to the first filming with Lesley Collier and Anthony Dowell. That was before Peter Wright began messing around with the production and inserting Clara and the Nephew into all the second-act dances. I think that Collier has no equal as the Sugar Plum Fairy, and she and Dowell show amazing unity of style. The You Tube clip of the variation doesn't have properly synchronized sound, so it may actually be better to watch it without the audio, because, needless to say, Collier was actually right on the music.

http://www.youtube.c...h?v=FwrkxtlAboI
http://www.youtube.c...h?v=Cf0810zgdKc

I did enjoy the dancing of Cojocaru and Putrov very much, but Yoshida and Cope were horribly mismatched physically.

http://www.youtube.c...h?v=ArbEIvkZFg4

(Full disclosure: I have never been a Yoshida fan. I have always found her to be a cold fish, so bear that in mind.)

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Posted 09 August 2010 - 10:47 AM


I would recommend the earlier RB Nutcracker with Yoshida, Alina Cojocaru and Ivan Putrov are Clara and the Nephew and, as a bonus, the too-rarely-seen-on-DVD Zenaida Yanowksy dances the Dewdrop Fairy.

I would recommend skipping Yoshida altogether and going to the first filming with Lesley Collier and Anthony Dowell. That was before Peter Wright began messing around with the production and inserting Clara and the Nephew into all the second-act dances. I think that Collier has no equal as the Sugar Plum Fairy, and she and Dowell show amazing unity of style. The You Tube clip of the variation doesn't have properly synchronized sound, so it may actually be better to watch it without the audio, because, needless to say, Collier was actually right on the music.

http://www.youtube.c...h?v=FwrkxtlAboI
http://www.youtube.c...h?v=Cf0810zgdKc

I did enjoy the dancing of Cojocaru and Putrov very much, but Yoshida and Cope were horribly mismatched physically.

http://www.youtube.c...h?v=ArbEIvkZFg4

(Full disclosure: I have never been a Yoshida fan. I have always found her to be a cold fish, so bear that in mind.)


I completely agree, volcanohunter. I'll take Collier and Dowell any day over just about anyone :thumbsup:
But for a more recent recording, the pleasure of watching Cojocaru, Putrov and Yanowsky outweigh Cope and Yoshida. For me anyway.

My full disclosure: I've never been a Nutcracker fan. :blushing:


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