Treasures of the Russian Ballet

Galina Ulanova, Maya Plisetskaya, Vladimir Vasiliev… — Ballet du Bolshoï

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The Stone Flower: — Choreography by Yuri Grigorovich, Music by Pokofiev
Yuri Soloviev — Danila
Alla Sizova — Katerina, Danila's fiancee
Alla Osipenko — Mistress of Copper Mountain
Anatoli Gridin — Severyan, a cruel overseer
Leningrad Kirov Ballet
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
Niazi — Conductor
Swan Lake — Choreography by Lev Ivanov and Alexander Gorsky, Music by Tchaikovsky
Galina Ulanova — Odette, The Swan queen
Nikolai Fadeyechev — Prince Siegfried
Bolshoi Ballet
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
Yuri Faier — Conductor
Cinderella: — Choreography by Rostislav Zakharov, Music by Prokofiev
Raisa Struchkova — Cinderella

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Though ballet had its genesis in the courts of Europe, it was in Russia that it evolved into the art form that we know better today – particularly with the creation of the story ballet or balet-dram culminating in tchaikovsky's Swan Lake, Slepping Beauty and Nutcracker trio of masterworks. Of equal significance was the level of training needed for the dancers to develop the skills, assets and grace required. Nijinsky, Pavlova, Karsavina and Massine are just a few examples of the dancers whose fame has spread internationally.

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Venue: Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (London, Great Britain) BBC Television Centre (London, Great Britain)
Production date: 2012
Recording date: 1956 (Swan Lake), 1960 (The Stone Flower), 1963 (others)
Duration: 6 min
Production: © BBC, under licence to International Classical Artists Ltd
Resolution: SD