Notes and Editorial Reviews
Dancers: Natalya Bessmertnova, Irek Mukhamedov, Mikhail Sharkov, Aleksandr Vetrov. Choreography by Yuri Grigorovich, based on the original choreography by Leonid Lavrovsky. Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra, Algis Zhuraitis. Production from the Bolshoi Theatre Moscow, 1989 season.
The ageless story of Romeo and Juliet has been told countless times and in every possible variation. So why should anybody buy another Romeo and Juliet DVD? Quite simply: The Bolshoi at the Bolshoi.
The outstanding choreography of Yuri Grigorovich focuses mainly on the emotions and the passion of the star-crossed lovers, rather than the surrounding circumstances. Everything is expressed by dance. This classic ballet also provides the perfect
showcase for Grigorovich's wife, the magnificent Natalya Bessmertnova. As one of Russia's legendary soloists, the prima ballerina is - in spite of her age - an enchanting Juliet. Aleksandr Vetrov must also be mentioned for a masterful performance as Tybalt.
"Miss Bessmertnova has a magical quality that singles her out from every other performer, a mixture of intensity of feeling and effortless projection of dance ideas. Dark-haired, huge-eyed, with long limbs and a supple torso, she is a perfect dance instrument …" The Financial Times
Works on This Recording
Romeo and Juliet, Op. 64 by Sergei Prokofiev
Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1935-1936; Paris, France
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