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It is difficult to believe today that Swan Lake was a failure on its production in 1877 and was not successful until the Petipa/Ivanov version of 1895. Today it is regarded as one of the greatest works in the art of ballet. The magic of Tchaikovskys music, embodying the love of Prince Siegfried for the enchanted Swan Queen, has greatly contributed to making this the best loved of all classical ballets. This production, with designs by the late Leslie Hurry, stars Natalia Makarova as Odette-Odile and Anthony Dowell as Prince Siegfried. Prince Siegfried celebrates his twenty-first birthday; his mother tells him it is time to marry, but he prefers to go hunting. Alone, by a lakeside, he sees a swan who turns to human form. She is an enchanted princess who can be saved only by true love. He promises this, but is tricked by the wicked magician who disguises his own daughter as the swan-maiden. In despair, Siegfried and the swan-maiden leap to death together and their sacrifice destroys the evil power.
I did not personally used the product, as it was my gift to my sister. She told me she like it.Published 20 months ago by Jeffrey Chan
A beautiful performance, everone can enjoy it from their armchair. Excellent Sound and Picture!!!! It is like you are right there in the theater, even better, because of the close... Read morePublished on July 26 2013 by Helga J.
This was one of the most beautiful performances I've seen......and I've seen a lot. It was a gift for a friend who was a ballerina in her youth and she was so enthralled with it.Published on July 9 2013 by nature girl
Makarova is, as one might expect, superb. But I really liked Dowell as well. He has a shy, yet confident quality. All in all, one of the best ballet performances I've ever seen.Published on Dec 25 2012 by Nigel Joseph
According to Blue Ray standards, this CD is a bit out of date. I wish I had bought a blue ray.Published on Dec 22 2012 by GEORGE
The first scene of the first act was pretty boring but I have to say that the scene 2 of act 1, act 2 and act 3 were the best I have ever seen. Read morePublished on Jan. 28 2007 by Rach
This is a very good performance of Swan Lake from the renowned Bolshoi. However there is an updated version on film, again under the direction of Yuri Grigorivich, performed in... Read morePublished on Oct. 19 2003 by Amazon Customer
The performance is lovely. Makarova is simply brilliant. But I was really disappointed with the camera angle. The dancers' feet were cut off most of the time. Read morePublished on July 31 2003
I nevered viewed Swan Lake until I purchased this DVD. I found the music and the ballet breathless. There were other DVDs of Swan Lake available which I watched as well. Read morePublished on July 31 2003 by DANIEL BORN