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The Magic of the Russian Ballet, The (Nutcracker / Firebird / Petrushka / Scheherazade / etc) (3 Disc Set)

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The Magic of the Russian Ballet, The (Nutcracker / Firebird / Petrushka / Scheherazade / etc) (3 Disc Set) on DVD
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Headed by the Kirov Ballet's charming, pastel-shaded production of the perennial Christmas favourite, Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker, the set also includes Russian ballet superstar Andris Liepa's colourful film recreations of the original Ballets Russes stagings of Stravinsky's Firebird and Petrushka, plus Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade. The set is completed by Essential Ballet - a two-hander DVD combining the Kirov Ballet's appearance at the 'Welcome Back, St Petersburg' concert at Covent Garden, with a star-studded gala performance of Russian favourites from Red Square, Moscow.

DVD 1 :-
"Tschaikowsky -- Der Nußknacker"
Masha/The Princess -- Larissa Lezhnina, Nutcacker/The Prince -- Victor Baranov, Drosselmeyer -- Piotr Russanov
Libretto by Marius Pepipa
Choreography and libretto adapted by Vasily Vainonen
Kirov Ballet at the Marinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg
Artistic Director Oleg Vinogradov, Kirov Orchestra Victor Fedotov
Laufzeit :- 104 Min.

DVD 2 :-
"Return of the Firebird"
Stravsinky -- "Firebird", "Petrushka"
Rimsky-Korsakov -- "Scheherazade"

"Return of the Firebird" presents dramatic re-creations of the original Ballets russes products of The Firebird, Petrushka and Scheherazade, first seen in Paris almost a century ago. Russian ballet superstar Andris Liepa heads an all-star cast and directs theses magical films, shot in Russia's famour Mosfilm studios.

Nina Ananiashvili -- Firebird
Andris Liepa -- Petrushka, Prince Ivan, Shakhriar
Ilze Liepa -- Zabeida
Victor Yeremenko -- Golden Slave
Gennady Taranda -- Blackamoor
Ekaterina Liepa -- Princess
Tatiana Beletskaya -- Ballerina
Laufzeit :- 120 Min.

DVD 3 :-
"Essential Ballet"
Stars of Russian Ballet
Kirov Ballet at Covent Garden, London :-
-Tchaikovsky :- Eugene Onegin
-Swan Lake
-The Nutcracker
-Dvorák. The Leaves Are Fading
-Minkus :- Paquita
-Drigo :- Diana and Acteon
-Kirov Orchestra
-Viktor Fedotov
-Valery Gergiev
In the presence of Diana, Princess of Wales

Gala Performance from Red Square, Moscow
-Adam :- Giselle
-Le Corsaire
-Stravinsky :- The Firebird
-Tchaikovsky :- The Sleeping Beauty
-Gavrilin :- Aniuta
-Saint-Saens :- The Dying Swan
-Minkus :- Don Quixote
-Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra
-Alexander Sotnikov
Laufzeit :- 117 Min.
Release date NZ
April 20th, 2006
Movie Format
  • DVD
DVD Region
  • Region 4
  • Standard Edition
Aspect Ratio
  • 1.33 : 1
Supported Audio
  • Dolby Digital Surround 2.0
  • Documentary
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