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Glazunov: Raymonda / Bolshoi Theatre

Glazunov / Bessmertnova / Vasyuchenko / Zhuraitis
Release Date: 02/22/2005 
Label:  Arthaus Musik   Catalog #: 100719  
Composer:  Alexander Glazunov
Conductor:  Algis Zhuraitis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

From the Bolshoi Theatre 1989
Ballet in Three Acts

Natalya Bessmertnova, Yuri Vasyuchenko, Gedminas Taranda
Revised Choreography by Yuri Grigorovich
Based on the Choreography by Marius Petipa and Alexander Gorsky
Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra, Algis Zhuraitis
Design by Simon Virsaladze
Directed for Video by Shuji Fujii

Sound Format: PCM Stereo
Picture Format: 4:3
Region Code: 0
Menu Languages: D, F, GB, SP
Running Time: 125 mins

Written in 1898, Raymonda is deemed to be Glazunov's finest ballet, stately and melodious. It here receives an illustrious treatment from the Bolshoi and one of its most celebrated stars,
Read more Natalya Bessmertnova. Raymonda bids farewell to her betrothed Jean de Brienne, who presents her with a silk shawl as a farewell gift and goes to fight in the Crusades. She dreams of him, but her dreams are frequently interrupted by the appearance of a Saracen warrior, Abderakhman, who is fascinated by the beautiful noblewoman and ultimately attempts to abduct her. Jean, by this time, has now returned home and the two finally - and fatally - duel.

"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 on the Bolshoi's visit to Covent Garden, 1963
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Works on This Recording

Raymonda, Op. 57 by Alexander Glazunov
Conductor:  Algis Zhuraitis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896-1897; Russia 

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