La Bayadère | Marco Spada | Swan Lake | The Golden Age

Great Ballets from the Bolshoi (vol. II)

The second volume of our collection «Great Ballets from the Bolshoi», a 4-Ballet Digistack (Limited Edition) featuring the Bolshoi Ballet’s most recent successes : La Bayadère, Marco Spada, Swan Lake and The Golden Age.

All performances were recorded in HD at the State Academic Bolshoi Ballet of Moscow.

LA BAYADÈRE
Marius Petipa’s exotic ballet, set in legendary and mysterious India, is a story of love, death and vengeful judgement. Yuri Grigorovich’s sumptuous recreation of Petipa’s choreography, with breathtaking sets and costumes designed by Nikolay Sharonov, stars Svetlana Zakharova as the Bayadère Nikiya, Vladislav Lantratov as Solor and Maria Alexandrova as Gamzatti whose alluring presence challenges Solor’s love for Nikiya. The Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra is conducted by Pavel Sorokin.

MARCO SPADA
Re-created specifically for the Bolshoi by French choreographer Pierre Lacotte, Marco Spada, or the Bandit’s Daughter is a grandiose and unique ballet both on a technical and dramatic level: complex choreography, five lead roles created for five principals, several changes in scenery, the participation of nearly all the Corps de ballet, and even the presence of animals on stage… With its scenes of pantomime, devilish intrigue, rejected suitors, kidnapping heroines, rebellion, and lovers misunderstandings, Marco Spada is a fresh and joyful ballet to discover. The american soloist David Hallberg stars as Marco Spada with Evguenia Obraztsova, Olga Smirnova, Semion Chudin and the Corps de ballet of the Bolshoi Ballet.

SWAN LAKE
White swan by day, human by night, the beautiful Odette awaits an oath of true love to break the curse. The great legend of the enigmatic swan/woman is one of the most romantic classical ballets, appropriately set in the era of courtly romance and characterised by elegance, style and harmony. With Tchaikovsky’s famous, lyrical score, Swan Lake depicts the tragic love between Princess Odette and Prince Siegfried, and will no doubt be performed to perfection by the unparalleled virtuosity of Russia’s great Bolshoi Ballet. This universal and enchanting masterpiece of love, deception and drama is a must.

THE GOLDEN AGE
A modern and visionary work, this ballet, set to a music by Dmitri Shostakovich, was created in 1930. Its central theme was the highly moralized battle and triumph of the proletariat against the decadent bourgeoisie, set in Europe during the Roaring Twenties. Surprisingly, the score by Dmitri Shostakovich raised political controversies, probably because it borrowed much to European dance forms (and was openly inspired by jazz music) and consequently, the ballet vanished from the theaters until 1982, when Yuri Grigorovich restaged it with sets by Simon Virsaladze and a completely new libretto mainly revolving around the love story between Rita, a cabaret dancer, and Boris, an young idealist. The conflict in the original production was also recast as a clash between fishermen – the morally superior workers – and society’s criminal elements.

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Great Ballets from the Bolshoi (vol. II) [DVD & Blu-ray]

LA BAYADÈRE
Music : Ludwig Minkus (1826-1917)
Svetlana Zakharova • Vladislav Lantratov • Maria Alexandrova
Orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre
Conducted by : Pavel Sorokin
Choreography : Marius Petipa
New choreographic version : Yuri Grigorovich
With scenes choreographed by Vakhtang Chabukiani, Nikolai Zubkovsky, Konstantin Sergeyev

MARCO SPADA
Music : Daniel-François-Esprit Auber (1782-1871)
David Hallberg • Evguenia Obraztsova • Olga Smirnova • Semion Chudin • Igor Tsvirko
Conducted by : Alexey Bogorad
Choreography : Pierre Lacotte

SWAN LAKE
Music : Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
Svetlana Zakharova • Denis Rodkin • Artemy Belyakov
Orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre
Conducted by : Pavel Sorokin
Choreography : Yuri Grigorovich

THE GOLDEN AGE
Music : Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975)
Nina Kaptsova • Ruslan Skvortsov • Mikhail Lobukhin • Ekaterina Krysanova
Orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre
Conducted by : Pavel Klinichev
Choreography : Yuri Grigorovich

FICHE TECHNIQUE

HD recording : Bolshoi Theater | 2013 (La Bayadère) • 2014 (Marco Spada) • 2015 (Swan Lake) • 2015 (The Golden Age)
TV direction : Vincent Bataillon
Release date : 09 November 2018
Distribution : Naxos Distribution

4 DVD [DIGISTACK]
Reference
: BAC619
Barcode : 3760115306196
Running time : 503 min.
La Bayadère : 126 min.
Marco Spada : 126 min + 23 min (bonus)
Swan Lake
 : 125 min.
The Golden Age : 103 min.
Image : Color, 16/9, NTSC
Sound : PCM 2.0, Dolby Digital 5.1
Region code : 0

4 BLU-RAY [DIGISTACK]
Reference : BAC620
Barcode : 3760115306202
Running time : 503 min.
La Bayadère : 126 min.
Marco Spada : 126 min + 23 min (bonus)
Swan Lake
 : 125 min.
The Golden Age : 103 min.
Image : Color, 16/9, Full HD
Sound : PCM 2.0, DTS HD Master audio 5.1
Region code : A, B, C

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