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Serge PROKOFIEV: Cinderella, Blu-ray & DVD (2017)

Serge PROKOFIEV: Cinderella, Blu-ray & DVD (2017)

This would make a great introduction to Prokofiev’s ballets! Serge PROKOFIEV: Cinderella, Blu-ray & DVD (2017) Cast: Mariinsky Ballet Theater Director and Principal Choreographer: Alexei Ratmansky Music: Orchestra of the Mariinsky Ballet Theater Conductor: Valery Gergiev Stage Director: Yuri Fateev Studio: Mariinsky, Bluray & DVD [9/18/2015] TV Directors: Antoine Perset & Vincent Massip Run Time: 110 minutes Video: 1.77:1 Color.  Audio: Dolby, NTSC, Stereo Rating: **** This is not a new release but it may be one of the ‘must haves’ for lovers of the very beautiful but musically unique Prokofiev ballets. I only just recently came across this when asked to give my thoughts. My thoughts on all ballet remains that it is an artistic genre which can be enjoyed in two realms; in its visual and aural totality and that of the music only. This is why many symphony musicians and audiences would say—myself included—that ballet scores can be great fun to play and to listen to as one does a symphonic tone poem. If we know the story then each scene can be followed like a storyline and the really fine scores—like those of Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev stand well on their own and are picturesque in your mind’s […]