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Thu, 01 Jun 2006

Great Ballets

Great Ballets by Famous Choreographers
Adam, Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev
Giselle, The Nutcracker, Romeo and Juliet
Great Ballets by Famous Choreographers
Bolshoi Ballet
Natalia Bessmertnova, Yuri Vasyuchenko
Yuri Vetrov
Yuri Grigorivich
Chatelet - Ballet Lausanne
Elisbeth Ros, Gil Roman, Juichi Kobayashi
Damaas Thijs
Maurice Bejart
Corpi Di Ballo del Teatro Alla Scala
Alessanra Ferri, Angel Corella
Kenneth MacMillan
3 DVD's, TDK

A veritable feast of ballet here with 3 DVD's in a slipcase. The idea has been to assemble three well-known and well-loved ballets from impeccable companies and with famous choreographers in charge. There are five hours and forty-one minutes on offer here.

With the Bolshoi, Ballet Lausanne, and La Scala doing the work we can be fairly satisfied with the standards although people who are ballet maniacs might quibble a little about the precise performances and whether or not some other companies should have a look in. But even those people will probably want this just to have it. For others, especially those just discovering a love of ballet, or maybe even just exploring, this is a very nice way to start, and of course, being on DVD, we have the full visual thing ... which is the point of ballet, otherwise it would just be ... music! (Baron K)

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