Tchaikovsky : Swan Lake

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A superb “Swan Lake” by Heinz Spoerli and the Zurich Ballet, with Polina Semionova and Stanislav Jermakov.

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Tchaikovsky : Swan Lake

A “Swan Lake” for our times : a magical version of Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece by the Zurich Ballet and choreographer Heinz Spoerli.

This ‘’Swan Lake’’ is a ‘’Swan Lake” for our times capable of transporting the audience to another world. The magic in the story suddenly takes hold of the viewer. Ballet is not simply a way of telling the story. Rather than gestures asking to be deciphered, the choreographer created large-scale, visionary movements closer to an artistic language of symbols and plays on the whole spectrum of human emotions. It always maintains a relationship of creative tension with its surroundings, especially the music, the poetry of the set, the use of light and colour, the texture of the costumes.

A key element of this artistic responsibility is to tell the story precisely but openly, without pinning it down, especially the ending – an ending wich is in a many-facetted sense a “deliverance”. Does this mean that the lovers are saved? Is the spell’s power broken? Are there other kinds of salvation and deliverance? Perhaps even by death and transfiguration ?

Ballerina Polina Semionova performs the mythic parts of Odette and Odile (white swan and black swan) with her great partner Stanislav Jermakov. The Zurich Opera House Orchestra is conducted by russian musical director Vladimir Fedoseyev acclaimed in this repertoire


Tchaikovsky : Swan Lake [DVD & Blu-ray]

Ballet in four acts

Music : Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)

Odette / Odile : Polina Semionova
Prince Siegfried : Stanislav Jermakov
Rothbart : Arsen Mehrabyan
Queen : Karin Pellmont

Zurich Ballet

Zurich Opera Orchestra

Conducted by Vladimir Fedoseyev

Choreography : Heinz Spoerli

Sets : Erich Wonder
Costumes : Florence von Gerkan
Lighting design : Martin Gebhardt

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Technical informations

HD recording : Zurich Opera | 10/2009
TV direction : Andy Sommer
Release date : 21 May 2010
Distribution : Naxos Distribution

: BAC055
Barcode : 3760115300552
Running time : 130 min.
Booklet : FR / ENG / GER
Image : Color, 16/9, NTSC
Sound : PCM 2.0, Dolby Digital 5.1
Region code : 0

Reference : BAC455
Barcode : 3760115304550
Running time : 130 min.
Booklet : FR /ENG / GER
Image : Color, 16/9, Full HD
Sound : PCM 2.0, DTS HD Master audio 5.1
Region code : A, B, C

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