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Ballet Miniatures

Ballet Miniatures: Egyptian Night/Carnival/Romeo &
Release Date: 11/13/2007 
Label:  Imports (Dvd)   Catalog #: 1270394  
Composer:  Anton ArenskyRobert SchumannPeter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Viktor FedotovDmitri Kitayenko
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kirov OrchestraLeningrad Philharmonic OrchestraMoscow Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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ANTON ARENSKY (1861 – 1906): Egyptian Nicht, ballet film (1988) The Kirov Ballet; Students of the A.Y. Vaganova; Leningrad Institute of Choreography
Dancers: Altynai Asylmuratova; Faroukh Ruzimatov; Alla Dmitrieva; Margarita Kullik; Vladimir Kim; Vadim Desnitsky; Valentin Onoshko; Mikhail Fokine, choreographer Kirov Orchestra/Victor Fedotov
ROBERT SCHUMANN (1810 – 1856): Carnival, ballet film (1986) The Kirov Ballet; Students of the A.Y. Vaganova; Leningrad Institute of Choreography Dancers: Irina Schapchits; Sergey Vikharev; Vladimir Balybin; Valentin Onoshko; Margarita Kullik; Valentona Ganibalova; Alexandra Grivnina; Vadim Desnitsky; Uriy Zhukov; Mikhail Fokine, choreographer Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra/Victor
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PIOTR TCHAIKOVSKY (1840 – 1893): Romeo and Juliet, ballet film (1983) Dancers: Tatiana Pavliva; Alexander Nadtochy; Nikolay Levotsky; Alexandr Gumulevssky Choreographic Miniatures ballet group Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra/Dmitry Kitaenko

Three great Russian ballets, expertly filmed, full of color, costume, and – of course – the unparalleled dancing of Russian ballet stars. “Egyptian Night” and “Carnival” are works by the Russian choreographer Mikhail Fokine, the former set to music by Anton Arensky, the latter to music by Robert Schumann. These light, pretty, seductive ballets, though so different in theme and setting, are alike in showcasing the amazing artistry of the fabled Kirov Ballet, with its star dancers Faroukh Ruzimatov, Altynai Asylmuratova and Margarita Kullik, who delve into the sheer pleasure and gorgeousness of movement, clothing, color and sound. By contrast, this full packed program concludes with “Romeo and Juliet”, set to famous music by Tchaikovsky and danced by Choreographic Miniatures, the well-loved company from St. Petersburg. This brooding, tragic narrative, with its intense color palette and athletic solos and duets, reminds us of the depth and passion that are also part and parcel Russian ballet. All in all, a rich, varied and thrilling program of beautiful ballet.

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Works on This Recording

1. Egyptian nights, Op. 50 by Anton Arensky
Conductor:  Viktor Fedotov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kirov Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; Russia 
2. Carnaval, Op. 9 by Robert Schumann
Conductor:  Viktor Fedotov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1833-1835; Germany 
3. Romeo and Juliet Overture by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Dmitri Kitayenko
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869/1880; Russia 

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