This DVD presents the 1966 film of Kenneth McMillan's brilliant Royal Ballet production of Prokofiev's ballet Romeo and Juliet. It is an actual stage presentation, though applause is edited out until the final curtain calls--which makes for a few awkward edits and fades between scenes. Although the focus is not the sharpest imaginable, we are compensated by rich and luscious reds, blues, and golds--overall much better color than we have gotten from more recent TV filmings of the same ballet company. The dancing of Nureyev and Fonteyn is legendary. They produce one memorable moment after another. The rest of the company is beyond reproach, and John Lanchbery conducts a lively, lyrical, and well played interpretation of Prokofiev'sRead more magnificent score. By mono optical film standards, the sound is quite amazing. For sure it isn't as hi-fi as the Previn or Maazel recordings, but it has a lot more frequency range than you might expect, with more than adequate detail and presence. [2/3/2001]
--Rad Bennett, ClassicsToday.com
Region: 1 (US and Canada)
Running Time: 130 minutes
Color: Color Read less
Works on This Recording
Romeo and Juliet, Op. 64by Sergei Prokofiev Conductor:
Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra
Period: 20th Century Written: 1935-1936; Paris, France
Average Customer Review: ( 1 Customer Review )
ballet at its bestAugust 18, 2012By D. ABRAHAMS (palm bay, FL)See All My Reviews"NUREYEV AND FONTEYN
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