Raymonda la scala
Posted 04 April 2012 - 06:03 AM
Posted 04 April 2012 - 09:51 AM
It's a little tricky to search for now. So far, there's no unique ID assigned, and it's listed as "Glazunov: Raymonda (2012)" with no reference to La Scala at all, except on the (unsearchable) cover art graphic, but searching for that brings up no results. If you search for "Glazunov: Raymonda", you'll need to scroll down the results page.
Please note that it's offered in Blu Ray and regular DVD versions, and they are listed as separate entries, not necessarily consecutively.
Posted 04 April 2012 - 11:22 AM
Posted 06 April 2012 - 09:26 PM
Posted 12 April 2012 - 04:46 AM
I was so glad I bought this… until Raymonda's variation during the third act started.
During this variation, which is danced beautifully by Olesia Novikova, some "artistic" person decided to fade in the hands of the piano player who accompanies this variation. The fading occurs on the right side of the screen and does not interfere with Novikova's dancing, but it is extremely distracting if you suddenly see those hands. I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw it, absolutely useless and in my opinion an effrontery against the dancer!
I am really angry at Arthaus or whoever is responsible for this and if there were more current performances of Raymonda available on DVD I honestly would think about returning the DVD, but as this is not the case…..
If anybody has already received a Blu-ray of the ballet, please let me know if there is the same problem or if there is possibly a choice option to avoid this silly fading.
Posted 12 April 2012 - 04:27 PM
Posted 28 April 2012 - 11:14 AM
I love this DVD. The lavishly detailed costumes are impressive and the knee-length tutus are startling, but it sounds like they did extensive historical research on this (and everything else), so it's interesting to see.
One small detail I noticed in a close-up: Olesia Novikoa (trained at the Maryiinsky) adds thick yarn in a blanket stich around the pointes of her shoes. I've seen that with several other Russian dancers, but not Americans, and wondered if that's the generally accepted practice in Russia to add stability (presumably).
Posted 28 April 2012 - 11:24 AM
But the entire rest of the video is wonderful. I was glad to be able to see the picture more clearly than the YouTube version and to be able to make it a large screen. I'm glad there is finally a commercial version available that is not from the 1980s!!! Don't get me wrong. I enjoy the other versions I have, but the video quality is not the same.
This new version (which is more historically accurate apparently than the other versions available) is a gem, although the corps seems to have moments when they are not all placed properly. Overall, it isn't bad and the pluses far outweigh the minuses.
I do like how the Bolshoi makes Jean de Brienne's and Abderahman's roles a bit larger and gives them more exciting choreography (Grigorovitch's choreography) on the one hand, but I love being able to see how the "original" ballet looked as well. Basically, I like both approaches.
Posted 16 December 2012 - 05:29 PM
Finally watching it, all I can say is wow. While Sleeping Beauty holds a special place in my heart as the perfect classical ballet, Raymonda comes close. I think in it, particularly when you watch this reconstruction, you see Petipa taking ballet to its purest form. Which is probably why the story matters so little--and yet, I think this production shows that the story works better when it's not toyed with. The various Soviet era versions stip away the mime (and at least in Sergeyev's Kirov version, and by all accounts the current Bolshoi version) remove the White Lady, but I think that does it a diservice. The only thing missing from the reconstruction is more dancing for the men--though I shudder to think of a Nureyev moment of introspection (I admit, I've not seen his version of the ballet with the POB). (The moment with the piano, as mentioned above, is horrible--I hoped that was just something due to the telecast, but at least it's a variation we've been able to see many times before.)
An amazing release--I only wish the Mariinsky's Sleeping Beauty reconstruction had been similarly filmed.
Posted 16 December 2012 - 06:24 PM
I do love the sets and story telling (mime) in the La Scala video and Novikova is terrific (although she was even better, in my opinion, in this past September's Raymonda at the Mariinsky).
This is definitely an important dvd release that captures what Raymonda probably looked like in Petipa's time. So I treasure it.
But I have to say that I prefer the Mariinsky version simply because the corps de ballet is so gorgeous with what I call their ocean flowing arms. When they dance together and those arms are flowing, I melt. I only see Novikova with Mariinsky style arms in the La Scala video. The rest are much more stiff looking to me.
Even the Sergeyev Sleeping Beauty at the Mariinsky is my favorite. I know people will be aghast that I prefer the Sergeyev over the reconstruction. When the fairies enter in the Sergeyev version with their ocean flowing arms altogether it takes my breath away. It is such a beautiful moment for me. When the fairies do not enter with ocean flowing arms like at other companies I am disappointed.
Posted 16 December 2012 - 06:32 PM
Posted 16 December 2012 - 08:29 PM
The K Sergeyev Sleeping Beauty remains my favorite of the filmed versions--I think partly because I grew up obsessed with the early 1980s video with Kolpokova, so in a way that is what ballet is for me. Seeing the reconstruction thanks to youtube has changed some of that, but I admit, I still think his version of the prologue is beautiful--if (largely without all of the mime) quite different.
The New Years DVD you mention is a great document of Act III (as well as the brief scene before), The documentary about the Mariinsky, Sacred Stage also shows most of the vision scene from the previous act, albeit filmed more from the wings which I find annoying. I do wish the entire production had been filmed (it's still listed on their website repertoire so maybe it still can be) at the least to have a visual document of such a reconstuction. Honestly, at my most cynical, it seems like a wasted money opportunity for the company.
Posted 17 December 2012 - 06:40 AM
I think it is not Obrastzova but Osmolkina on the "New Year's Eve in St. Petersburg" DVD.
Posted 17 December 2012 - 08:19 AM
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