The Trilogy Of Ballet - A Bolshoi Collection

The Trilogy Of Ballet - A Bolshoi Collection

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Supreme among the romantic ballets, Giselle is a beautiful and heartrending love story that has never before been delivered with such intensity as in this deeply moving performance, filmed live at the world-famous Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow. The Russian influence has enriched the deep, pathetic dilemma of a country girl force to destroy the man she loves.

When this classic love story opens, Giselle is leading a very happy life. Yet this happiness is short-lived because the man she loves, Prince Albrecht, is not only hiding his aristocratic background from her, but also the fact that he is engaged. When this deceit is uncovered, tragedy begins for both of them.

Natalia Bessmertnova has breathed new life into the part of Giselle, a technically and dramatically challenging role that has been the touchstone by which ballerinas have been judged for over a century. The part of Count Albrecht is danced by Mikhail Lavrovsky, a dance of enormous expressivness and great ability. Along with the entire Bolshoi company, they have given us a tour de force that is likely to live on forever.

From the stage of the renowned Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, this live recording of the most fantastic Chrsitmas ballet ever - the enchanting and beautiful Nutcracker - is a spectacular treat. Tchaikovsky's melodious and endlessly ingenious score accompanies this evening of pure delight.

The glittering performances of the entire Bolshoi Ballet are headed by four dancers - among Russia's most legendary soloists - sharing the lead roles: Vladimir Vasiliev and his wife Yekaterina Maximova in the first act, and Vyacheslav Gordeyev and Nadia Pavlova, another husband and wife team, in the second.

In every generation and every country where it has been performed, The Nutcracker has captivated hearts. The story, adapted from one of the celebrated Tales of Hoffman, is enchantingly simple: a little girl's dream of a Christmas doll transformed into a handsome prince. We are taken from a yuletide party and an eccentric toymaker into a fantasy world encompassing a battle with mice and toy soldiers, a snow forest, and a kingdom of sweets. A joy in any season, this Nutcracker is a highlight for anyone's collection.

Romeo and Juliet... a story of love and loss so compelling, it has been adapted by no fewer than fourteen composers, but none with music so magical as the great Sergei Prokofiev. His spectacular music is merged here with the dance of the Bolshoi Ballet to make a work of unequalled beauty. When it was written in 1935, Prokofiev knew that a story so complex could not be captured by the light conventions of ballet and that a story so timeless need not be done as period piece. The result is a work with a power and resonance that's distinctly Russian.

Romeo and Juliet. Perhaps the perfect ballet - in a perfect performance captured on the Bicentennial Anniversary of the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, featuring two of the Bolshoi's most legendary soloists, Natalia Bessmertnova and Mikhail Lavrovsky.

Romeo and Juliet. Truly a universal tale, and one never told more beautifully than here.

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