Ca ira!... let the Rein of Terror begin. This last part of this exceedingly active ballet depiction of a moment in history for tells the sequence of unforeseen events that leads to unforeseen consequences of any revolution; the American less so but the French and Russian more so. This last movement of the crazed, victorious people charging wide-eyed and armed at the audience is fearsome and awe inspiring. But a truly great moment.
However the real hero of this present production (2010) and reassembly of the Flames of Paris is choreographer Alexei Ratmansky. He has taken the turgid paean of "art in the service of Socialist causes" of the Stalin - era 1930s and remade it into a satisfactory love story of two couples (four excellent dancers: Natalia Osipova, Ivan Vasiliev, Denis Savin and Nina Kaptsova). There is also time for scenes of 18th century elegance in the Baroque scenes and dances, a beautiful court-ballet of Armida and Rinaldo and a brief visit by King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. The next act brings on some very athletic regional " peasant or folk" dances. Stomping feet let you know this is not classic ballet. Heels and boots and athletic jumps and tosses let you know this also. It is great fun! This allows the dancers of the Bolshoi to show off their athletic prowess. (Osipova and Vasiliev are superb!) At this point the action becomes serious again. The crowds attack the palace of the monarchy and it is taken. The war is won! But now the madness begins. The people bring in the guillotine. There are betrayals and revenges, symbolized by the old women in black, Jarcasse with the pointing finger, as the strain of evil among the good intensions intensifies. Then the "Ca ira" and the rein of terror begins. Great ballet!
The original ballet music was by Boris Asafiev, a favorite of Stalin, is serviceable but mediocre at best. The old choreography of Vasily Vaynonen was interested in emphasizing the revolution had no love story or relief from the political. Both of these were "remastered" by the brilliant Ratmansky and the product is a very capable and enjoyable ballet. The final frightening "Ca ira" is the original by Vaynonen.
- Format: Classical, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
- Language: English
- Subtitles: French, German, English
- Region: All Regions
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Number of discs: 1
- Studio: Naxos Deutschland Musik & Video Vertriebs-GmbH / Poing
- DVD Release Date: 25 Jan 2011
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- ASIN: B0044FEZBM
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