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Catherine L. Tully, September 2012

If you love the Russians in ballet, this is something to see.

I was fascinated to watch the choreography—it was so different. It seems like watching older choreography almost has the same appeal as seeing brand new movement—it has been so long since these patterns have been used that it is fresh and exciting. And of course, the emotion exhibited by these dancers is legendary.

The DVD runs 81.58 minutes and I enjoyed every single moment of it. A great piece to add to your library of dance videos. © 2012 Read complete review

Lewis Whittington, July 2012

From the dancers of the Leningrad State Kirov Ballet…is the full first act of legendary choreographer Yuri Grigorovich’s remake of The Stone Flower…Principal dancers Yuri Soloviev and Alla Sizova have gorgeous chemistry and technique. Filmed in 1961, what strikes you instantly is the skill in which the cinematography is preserving the integrity of the performance, with dancers full bodies show through most of it.

Grigorovich…as a nationalist ballet…has narrative intensity and technical precision. The use of pantomime and Russian folk idioms is masterful…The corps de ballet women are equally impressive in the ensemble lines, that backdrop for the electrifying presence of the mysterious and lithe Alla Osipenko. Serge Prokofiev’s score has both fire and intimacy and is lustily conjured by conductor Niyazi and the Covent Garden Orchestra.

The legendary Maris Liepa is Albrecht to Ekaterina Maximova Giselle in the Act II pas de deux. This couple lets this iconic choreography breath with their superb pacing. Maximova has lightning speed point work and airy carriage, while Liepa dances with subtle abandon.

Much credit should go to the unaccredited cameramen and production crew at the BBC. They knew what they were doing…they worked the cameras to capture the performance level of the dancers, with aesthetic intimacy. The clarity of the black and white film stock also enhances detailing of these performers, who so powerfully embody the generations of Russian classicism. © 2012 Read complete review

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