Passing Through: www.youtube.com – Friends, Please visit my Poet friend “Passing Through’s” YouTube channel: www.youtube.com , and support him – Thanks Valse (Corps de Ballet) Swan Lake (Russian: Лебединое Озеро, Lebedinoye Ozero, Swan Lake) is a ballet by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky presented in either four Acts, four Scenes (primarily outside Russia and Eastern Europe) or three Acts, four Scenes (primarily in Russia and Eastern Europe), based on a libretto by Vladimir Begichev and (possibly) Vasily Geltser, fashioned from an ancient German legend, which tells the story of Odette, a princess turned into a swan by an evil sorcerer’s curse. It was originally choreographed by Julius Reisinger to the music of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (opus 20). First presented as The Lake of the Swans by the Ballet of the Moscow Imperial Bolshoi Theatre on February 20/March 4, 1877 (Julian/Gregorian calendar dates) in Moscow, Russia. Although the ballet is presented in many different versions, most ballet companies base their stagings both choreographically and musically on the revival by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov, staged for the Imperial Ballet, first presented January 15, 1895 at the Imperial Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia. For this revival, Tchaikovsky’s score was revised by the St. Petersburg Imperial Theatre’s kapellmeister Riccardo Drigo. (We appreciate Wikipaedia’s contributions in the descriptions here)
Academical Orchestra St. Petersburg Conductur : W. Fedotov Choreography: Marius Petipa/Leonid Ivanov Ballet of the Kirov Theatre St. Petersburg Odette/Odile : Yelena Yevteyeva Siegfried : John Markovsky Rothbart : Makhmud Esambayev The Fool : Valery Panov The Prince´s Mother : Alla Kabarova Servant : Viktor Ryazanov Historical Recording from 1968 Screen Adaption : Konstantin Sergeyev Director : Appollinary Dudko The four-act ballet Swan Lake,based on a German fairy tale and with music by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,was first produced in Moscow in 1877 at the Bolshoi Theatre with a choreography by Julius Reisinger and was a total failure.After Tchaikovsky´s death in 1893,a memorial to the composer presented the second act,succesfully recoreographed by Lev Ivanov.In 1895 a completely new version of the ballet,choreographed by Ivanov and Marius Petipa was staged at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg and this time the ballet received the appreciation that it had rightfully deserved.The new choreography fulfilled the expectations of the Russian public as it added an element of “pressure” to the copmosition. This recording presents a “classical” staging of the ballet from 1968 which based on the Ivanov/Petipa choreography.This Russian screen version of Swan Lake is a colourful and magnificent version of one of the ballet classics of all time,performed by the world.famous Kirov ensemble.
From the Bolshoi Theatre 1989. Swan Lake is the very essence of classical ballet and has a rather venerable history of its own. First choreographed in 1877 by the great Marius Petipa for the Bolshoi, this original choreography has since been tweaked by almost every choreographer to get hold of it down through the years. Yuri Grigorovich keeps the general outline of the story of a prince who falls in love with the mythic half-woman, half-swan Odette (only to betray her when she appears to him in disguise as Odile). Grigorovich however added a controversial twist with his inclusion of a psychological dimension to the proceedings: the evil sorcerer cast as the dark twin of the hero-prince. The pearl of this production is undoubtedly Alla Mikhalchenko as Odette-Odile. Her impressive technique and brilliant acting gives the character a new expressive dimension. (Arthaus 100713) More Info.: www.naxos.com