Bizet-Shchedrin - Carmen Suite - Maya Plisetskaya

Bizet-Shchedrin - Carmen Suite - Maya Plisetskaya

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The DVD is featured by original recording of the ballet and NOT digitally re-mastered

Choreographed by Alberto Alonso
Carmen - Maya Plisetskaya
Don Jose - Nikolai Fadeyechev
The Bullfighter (Escamillo) - Sergei Radchenko
The Magistrate - Alexander Lavrenyuk
Fate - Natalya Kasatkina
The Bolshoi Theater Orchestra
Gennadi Rozhdestvensky

Carmen was first set as a ballet by the famed Russian choreographer Petipa in 1845. It was based on the Merimee novella and premiered in Madrid some thirty years before Bizet's opera was first heard. Subsequent versions followed in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, some using and some discarding Bizet's music. In 1949, Roland Petit created a successful vehicle for himself and his wife Zizi jeanmaire using the Bizet score.

Maya Plisetskaya always dreamed of dancing the role of Carmen and had appro: Shostakovich for a score. He demurred out of respect for Bizet's celebrated opera. It was eventually Plisetskaya's husband Rodion Shchedrin who agreed to provide the music after seeing his wife and the choreographer Alberto Alonso working on some choreographic ideas. His Carmen Suite ballet, based on Bizet, and scored only for strings and percussion instruments, was a perfect complement to Alonso's choreography and, in its theatricality, a showcase for Plisetskaya's considerable dramatic gifts. Shchedrin's Carmen Suite, one of the darkest settings of Merimee's tragic story, deeply symbolic and overtly sensual, premiered at the Bolshoi Ballet on April 20,1967.

Bonus: Maya Plisetskaya in "The Dying Swan", "Raymonda" (Excerpts), "Bach Prelude"

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