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    Ballet Music on CD, DVD/Blu-ray

    Last week or so, listened to a Ludwig Minkus (1826-1917) ballet, La Bayadère (1877). The whole thing - music and production - was a thrill! And the Blu-ray experience just made it all crystal. If you like Romantic ballets and a sumptuous production this might be one to try.

    The Royal Ballet & The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House under Valeriy Ovsyanikov, 2009 production.




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    Another ballet recently that I enjoyed was by Hans Werner Henze (b.1926). His Ondine (sometimes spelt Undine). I thought this production was top-notch. The Blu-ray that I got was crystal.


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    That La Bayadère is in my reach. Thanks for recommendation, I'm looking forward for checking what's so "thrilling" about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aramis View Post
    That La Bayadère is in my reach. Thanks for recommendation, I'm looking forward for checking what's so "thrilling" about it.
    For one thing, I thought the production gave much contrast with the scenes. The clip could give you an idea. And being a bit of a visual person myself, I just liked that.

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    Recently watched this DVD I purchased a few months ago. I had seen a number of Monte Carlo Ballet DVDs over a period of a few weeks when I decided to purchase this one because it was not available through my library system.

    I am not familiar with the complete score to Prokofiev's Cinderella, having only heard the suites before. But, unless he was in the habit of plagarizing from himself, I thought I detected a number of non-Cinderella passages in the music, included material either from Lt. Kije or Love for Three Oranges (or both).

    There were a lot of weird subtexts going on in this performance as well, though much of it was very entertaining.

    I think I would hesitate to recommend it, though, since it seemed like it may have drifted pretty far astray from Prokofiev's intentions and even gone in for some shock value along the way.

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