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PROKOFIEV Cinderella [Double Play - Blu-ray & DVD] – The Mariinsky Label

PROKOFIEV Cinderella

***** ‘When ballet is played and performed like this, it is the most natural and expressive art form there is. Clever Ratmansky. Wonderful Mariinsky.’ The Telegraph

  • Alexei Ratmansky choreography

    Valery Gergiev musical director & conductor
    Mariinsky Orchestra

    Cinderella Diana Vishneva
    The Prince Vladimir Shklyarov
    The Stepmother Ekaterina Kondaurova
    Khudishka Margarita Frolova
    Kubishka Ekaterina Ivannikova
    Fairy-Tramp Elena Bazhenova

    Four Seasons
    Spring Ilya Petrov
    Summer Anton Pimonov
    Sutumn Maxim Zyuzin
    Winter Andrei Solovyov

  • Run Time 110m

    Catalogue number MAR0555
    UPC 822231855521

    Filmed June 2013 at the Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg.
    Produced by Telmondis, in a co-production with the State Academic Mariinsky Theatre and Mezzo, and in association with France Télévisions and the support of CNC.

    Directors Vincent Massip & Antoine Perset

    DISC 1: BD50 (ALL REGIONS) 16:9
    HD 1080i (NTSC)
    DISC 2: DVD9 (REGION 0) 16:9 (NTSC)

    2.0 24-BIT PCM STEREO


    Notes in English / en Français / auf Deutsch / на русском языке

  • Reviews

    ***** ‘This is an absolutely great and recommendable production of Prokofiev’s Cinderella from the Mariinsky Theatre.’ Pizzicato

    ‘The acting throughout is superb. Diana Vishneva is rightly lauded as a wonderful dancer, but in fact she speaks with her whole body. Her eyes in particular are so expressive, and of course the camera allows us to get in close in a way that it’s difficult to do in the theatre…This is most definitely a DVD to add to a classic collection. Ratmansky has a profound understanding of the score and the context in which it was written and of course, he has at the helm Valery Gergiev and the tremendous Mariinsky orchestra..’ Critical Dance

    ‘The Mariinsky continues to mount productions that showcase a great deal of superb artistry… (Diana Vishneva’s) long familiarity with the role and its demands shines through in a perfectly accomplished performance… Special mention must go to Ekaterina Kondaurova who gives us a memorably grotesque turn as Cinderella's utterly self-absorbed and constantly self-promoting stepmother… The quality of the Bluray image is first class… First-rate performances that have been recorded in excellent quality picture and sound. As such it will be a welcome addition to many balletomanes' collections.’Musicweb International

    ‘The new Cinderella is simply brilliant. Contemporary and energetic… The sheer nervous energy of the performance highlights the beauty of the score… Fresh, exciting and triumphant.’ The Whole Note

    ‘This new version of Prokofiev’s classic ballet is state of the art… This is as exemplary a production as we’re likely to have in the Blu-Ray medium… The dancing is nonpareil, particularly Diana Vishneva in the title role… But most of all it’s Gergiev’s perfectly judged contribution that winkles out every nuance in the score which makes this such a tempting acquisition… a highly attractive set’ Classical CD Choice

    ‘This is a rather pioneering production of Cinderella…her [Diana Vishneva] dancing is simply superb in its gracefulness and agility. Vladimir Shklyarov as the Prince is also splendid. …Valery Gergiev gets a dynamic performance from his excellent orchestra. He fully captures the composer's deft wit, lush lyricism, fairy tale innocence and nose-thumbing sarcasm. Sound reproduction, camera work and picture clarity are all first rate… Overall, a remarkable achievement’ Classical.net

    ‘As one watches it on the TV screen one almost gets the impression that the dances and action are taking place before one’s very eyes. The entire company is excellent…Diana Vishneva fluctuates between innocence and sensuality, shyness and regality, colouring-in her character with magnificent dancing…and Vladimir Shklyarov, with his “good guy” air and immaculate technique make a modern, glamourous Hollywood couple…All of which fabulously conducted by Valery Gergiev.’ Ballet 2000

    ‘It has a magnificent team of dancers…the result is superb…A magnificent version of Cinderella.’ Ritmo.com

    ‘Ratmansky gives the work an urban sophistication and modern narrative… A ‘chic’ production.’ De Neue Merker

    Production Reviews

    ***** ‘When ballet is played and performed like this, it is the most natural and expressive art form there is. Clever Ratmansky. Wonderful Mariinsky.’ The Telegraph

    **** ‘Ratmansky’s take on Cinderella is both refreshing and sophisticated.’ Bach Track

    ‘Gergiev teases out every tonal and chromatic subtlety; the result is complex and bittersweet, with a lovely sad shimmer to the strings... On stage, the evening is Vishneva’s… she and her dancing are quite heart-stoppingly beautiful.' The Guardian


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Diana Vishneva, Vladimir Shklyarov, Mariinsky Ballet
Valery Gergiev, Mariinsky Orchestra

Commissioned by the Mariinsky in 2002, Cinderella was the production that launched choreographer Alexei Ratmansky onto the world stage. Filmed in 2013 and now released on DVD and Blu-ray for the first time, the production stars one of the foremost prima ballerinas in the world today; Diana Vishneva. Recently described by The Telegraph as being ‘as close to physical and technical perfection as it is possible to be,’ Vishneva delivers a dazzling performance, and is conducted by leading Prokofiev interpreter, Valery Gergiev.

Ratmansky is the world’s most influential ballet-maker, credited with revitalising classical dance through a series of highly individual productions. He breathes new life into Prokofiev’s ballet, weaving together an array of different styles and echoing the complexities of the composer’s score. The set, beautifully designed by Ilya Utkin and Yeveny Monakhov, transports us to the 20th century and this is reflected in the choreography’s contemporary edge, which goes from lively court dances to a stunning pas de deux between Cinderella and her prince. What results is a fresh and modern account of the classic fairytale, with stunning performances from both the Mariinsky dancers and Mariinsky Orchestra.

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