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AUBERBACH: Tatiana ballet, Blu-ray (2016)

AUBERBACH: Tatiana ballet, Blu-ray (2016)

AUERBACH: Tatiana (ballet), Blu-ray (2016) Auerbach is nothing if not ecelctic. . . even polystylistic. Players: Hamburg State Opera Ballet: Helene Bouchet, Edvin Revazov, Leslie Heylmann, Alexandr Trusch, Carsten Jung Conductor: Simon Hewett; Choreography: John Neumeier. Studio: C Major 737504  [7/8/16] Video: for 16:9 screens, color HD Audio: DTS-HD 5.1, PCM stereo Subtitles: English, German, French Extras: Tatiana – Back to Pushkin Length: 167 min. Ratings: Audio: **** ½      Video: *****   Tatiana is a ballet by John Neumeier with music by Lera Auerbach, a Soviet-Russian-born American composer. While its narrative origins lie with Alexander Pushkin’s longish poem Eugene Onegin, its musical technique and style can’t be pinned down like a PBS production of Léo Delibes’ Coppélia or indeed like Intuitive Momentum by the Bill T. Jones Dance Company. Auerbach is nothing if not eclectic or, in the words used to describe her countryman Alfred Schnittke,  even ‘polystylistic.’ The same holds true of Neumeier, dancewise. The ballet begins pleasantly enough, with a sweet dream sequence of the young Tatiana, the germination of many hours reading romantic novels. The music is almost Tchaikovskian, with its fat melodic lines and gushy intonations. Soon it takes on a dark aura, as Auerbach […]