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Tchaikovsky: The Sleeping Beauty / Lezhnina, Ruzimatov, Kirov Ballet

Tchaikovsky / Ruzimatov / Kirov Ballet
Release Date: 02/25/2014 
Label:  Arthaus Musik   Catalog #: 100313  
Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Viktor Fedotov
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The stylish grandeur of choreographer and artistic director Oleg Vinogradov's production shows the entire company at its best. The superb tradition in dance continues with Larissa Lezhnina, one of Kirov's stars at that time, brilliant as Princess Aurora, and Farukh Ruzimatov's performance in the role of Prince Désiré demonstrates both power and grace. It may be a truism to say Russians interpret Russian music best, but based on this stunning Kirov Ballet performance it's excitingly and exhilaratingly accurate. From the principal dancers to the last member of the ensemble, the grace and mastery of this world-class company is clearly in evidence. With its perfect fusion of music and choreographic ideas, The Sleeping Beauty is Read more the quintessential romantic ballet, and it finds its spiritual home preserved in the outstanding classic traditions of the Kirov Ballet (now Mariinsky Ballet).



The young pocket spitfire Larissa Lezhnina proves a huge asset to this production. So, indeed, does her partner Farukh Ruzimatov. The more established dancer of the pair in 1989, he imparts believability to his role by the effort he puts into acting it whenever he can. a version of The sleeping beauty that I would not want to be without.

– MusicWeb International

Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky

Princess Aurora – Larissa Lezhnina
Prince Désiré – Farukh Ruzimatov
Lilac Fairy – Yulia Makhalina
Carabosse – Vadim Guliayev
The King – Gennady Babanin
The Queen – Nina Mikhailova

The Kirov Ballet
Viktor Fedotov, conductor

Oleg Vinogradov, choreographer (after Marius Petipa and Konstantin Sergeyev)
Simon Virsaladze, set and costume designer

Recorded live from the Place des Arts, Montréal, Canada, June 1989

Picture format: NTSC 4:3
Sound format: PCM Stereo
Region code: 0 (worldwide)
Running time: 129 mins
No. of DVDs: 1 (DVD 9) Read less

Works on This Recording

Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Viktor Fedotov
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888-1889; Russia 

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