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Minkus: La Bayadere (Blu Ray) [Blu-ray] (Version française)

Zakharova , Lantratov    Blu-ray
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5.0 out of 5 stars A stunning performance June 21 2014
A great show with no dull spots from beginning to end. The music is superb as well as the décor.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SPECTACULAR--ALMOST BEYOND WORDS June 28 2014
By jayeldee - Published on Amazon.com
Having owned four of the five currently available DVD versions of La Bayadere, I thought I knew the work--and actually didn't think much of it.... But this Bolshoi Ballet HD Collection release on BelAir has made me an ardent believer. The dancing of all three principals, the soloists, and the corps is of the highest order; it is sublime, beyond reproach. The costumes, and the monumental sets, are far and away the finest I have ever seen in any ballet on film, with every detail lovingly attended to. (As one example, in the first act, the "sacred fire" flares up and extinguishes at appropriate moments, in time with the music and choreography; a small effect that lends interest, and underscores the action on stage.) The white ballet of the third act is absolutely stunning, the dancing impeccable, the costumes snowy white and supremely elegant, the stage floor a lustrous bluish-green, the dancers bathed in a soft, bluish-gold light. It is simply magnificent. The Entrance of the Shades is "kaleidoscopically" beautiful. (Watch it, and you'll see what I mean.) .... The audio and video are of course state-of-the-art, and the camera work, flawless--generally wide angle, to pick up the entire stage, with occasional closeups and mid-range shots, all of it feeling perfectly natural. The only real, current competition on video is the Paris Opera Ballet release, with Guerin, Hilaire, and Platel. That, too, is quite a fine version--but for my money, Zakharova, Lantratov and Alexandrova leave it in the dust.

....I wonder whether this sublime crew, Bolshoi & Co., has lately done Raymonda? That would surely, by my lights, be one to die for.... Well, dream on (a la Solor).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect dancing but lacking "life" March 17 2014
By Dr. John W. Rippon - Published on Amazon.com
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This review is of the Blu-ray Bayadere of Svetlana Zakkharova as Nikiya, Vladislav Lantratov as Solor and Maria Alexandrova as Gamzatti. This is a production of the Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow with a redaction of the original choreography of Maurice Petipa by Yuri Grigorovich with scenes from three other productions by different producers. Filmed in January 2013 in Moscow.
I go into all this detail as some reviews end up in the wrong File Heading. Also if you have had exposure to other discs of Bayadere you may find things here not encountered in other currently available productions.
On the positive side, this is a beautiful production. The sets are quite attractive and vaguely "oriental", the costumes quite appropriate and the dancing by the stars, soloists and corps absolutely first rate. Ms. Zakharova is exquisite and unmatched in her performance of Nikiya. It is however emotionless. M. Latratov's Solor is masculine, athletic and impeccably acrobatic but his face never changed with the change of partners. Ms. Alexandrova's Gamzetti was wily and seductive. She was the only one to put some living face on to this complex love story.
In addition to what is in this day and age considered what is to be included in a performance of Bayadere, some dusty remnants of past eras were also incorporated. These included the floor athletic exercises of the Fakirs round-the-table (or the fire pot that wouldn't stay lighted), the black-face antics of some of the featured dancers and Dance Manu another acrobatic show off of athleticism. Neither these nor a couple of other extraneous additions contributed to the wholeness of the story of the ballet.
There are two other top rate productions of Bayadere that are available on disc (I have seven versions in total). They are the Royal Opera House produced by Nataly Makarova after the Mariinsky (St. Petersburg) and the older Paris Opera Ballet with the redaction by Rudolph Nureyev. In the Paris Isabelle Guerin dances beautifully and mimes the emotions she is feeling. Her inconstant lover Solor , Laurent Hillaire shows some hot-blood emotion for his two partners and Elizabeth Platel is quite explicit about what she thinks of her rival Nikiya. The Royal version I like best is the one with Aldynai Asylmuratova , Irek Mukhamedov and Darcy Bussel ( a great favorite of mine) is a real nasty rival.
With all the added material, the Bolshoi production did not include the last act with the destruction of the Temple which I feel rounds out the story. It is included the the Royal's production under Makarova's direction.
But all this carping and unfavorable remarks are banished and all is forgiven when it comes to the Bolshoi's "Kingdom of the Shades". This was Petipa's brilliant choreographic coup that still thrills ballet lovers. (A "ballet blanc" had been done a decade or so earlier by Adam in "Giselle"). In Bayadere Petipa has the corps do a "ballet blanc" by a "defile" of the corps coming on stage down a ramp one by one executing an arabesque penchee followed by a back bend and so continuing until there are 32 on stage. Then they continue a mesmerizing set of movements. This is among the most awesome moments in all ballet and Bolshoi does it beautifully.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars highly recommended Jan. 4 2014
By Yo Wong - Published on Amazon.com
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New production - it is the best La Bayadere can be seen on DVD. Amazing principal dancers' skill. Interesting variety of dancing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars filmed too close April 3 2014
By B. Weber - Published on Amazon.com
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The HD blu ray images and sound are perfect. The dancing is perfect. The leaps and extensions amazing. The Bolshoi sets are extravagantly magnificent. The lovers are perfectly matched in size and shape. She is gorgeous and he is handsome. Alas, the excessively up close filming detracts from viewing the dancing, and after all that is why we buy ballet on DVD. So in the end this disc falls annoyingly short of presenting an otherwise perfect performance of one of ballets most human of stories: La Bayadere.
3 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars So many disappointments, so little time. Dec 11 2013
By John H. Turner - Published on Amazon.com
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Three stars are for Svetlana and one is for the sextet of black-faced boys. I consider Grigorovich's latest attempt to assassinate a ballet full of pointless interpolations, some more risible than others - like the sacred fire that just won't stay ablaze. True, the decor and costumes are first rate, but relative to the choreography aren't enough to rescue it. Gamzatti is also quite fine. Solor is never truly there. I collect Bayaderes, and am therefore willing to pay the price. The Royal Ballet's staging of Makarova's version, with Altynai Asylmuratova and Darcey Bussell is far superior to this, as Natasha included the final act. By eliminating the fakirs and danse Manu from the betrothal scene, she did balletgoers everywhere a great service. I'd not actually mind the latter if it were staged with anything resembling theatrical truth. For all its many shortcomings, the State Ballet of Tartarstan's production has the edge on this one.
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