This production, with designs by the late Leslie Hurry, stars Natalia Makarova as Odette-Odile and Anthony Dowell as Prince Siegfried. Featuring the Royal Ballet Covent Garden, with the Orchestra of Sadler's Wells Royal Ballet, conducted by Ashley Lawrence.
"There are dozens of "Swan Lake" recordings to choose from, but start with the Royal Ballet's definitive performance, perhaps the finest preserved on tape. (It's also a favorite among dancers.) Mr. Dowell is Prince Siegfried to Natalia Makarova's Odette/Odile, and together they prove that "Swan Lake" is sexier than anything you'd ever encounter on MTV. More pleasure is found in the choreography itself: Frederick Ashton created the waltz in the firstRead more act and the entire fourth act, which features incredible overhead shots. Watch through the end of the curtain calls when Mr. Dowell, suave as ever, catches a bouquet that arrives seemingly out of thin air."
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Works on This Recording
Swan Lake, Op. 20by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Period: Romantic Written: 1875-1876; Russia
Average Customer Review: ( 2 Customer Reviews )
5 Stars not nearly enough!March 15, 2013By Mary W. (Flowery Branch, GA)See All My Reviews"A really lovely Swan Lake. All the dancing beautiful and Natalia Makarova is without peer. There are no superlatives that do her justice."Report Abuse
Makarova shines June 27, 2012By E. Kellen (Minneapolis, MN)See All My Reviews"This is my favorite performance on DVD from a ballet company outside Russia. Natalia Makarova is famous in this role. Others may have slightly better dance technique but Makarova brings more artistry to the role of Odette/Odile. I know of no other dancer who makes the transition from white swan to black swan so complete.
Anthony Dowell performs very well as Prince Siegfried. The other dancers perform well. The corps performs in sync quite well. The costumes are elegant and the sets are good. This is a live performance in front of an audience so I don't expect flawless orchestral execution. They do reasonably well.
This performance was filmed around 1980. Picture quality is good but not up to the current standards. Sound quality is also good. The cuts in the score seem minor to me. All the best music seems to be there. If I could only have one Swan Lake this would be the one."Report Abuse