Onegin

 

Onegin ballet. Music by Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky. Choreography by John Cranko. Filmed November 2017. Stars Friedmann Vogel (Onegin), Alicia Amatriain (Tatiana), David Moore (Lensky), Elisa Badenes (Olga), Jason Reilly (Prince Gremin), Melinda Witham (Madame Larina), and Marcia Haydee (Tatiana’s and Olga’s Nurse). James Tuggle conducts the State Orchestra Stuttgart. Set and Costume Design by Jürgen Rose. Directed for TV by Michael Beyer. (Is this a 2K or 4K file? There’s confusion about resolution even on the back of the keepcase. Probably this was shot in 4K but published in 2K.) Released 2018, disc has 5.1 dts-HD Master Audio sound. Grade: NA

John Cranko died about 45 years ago. Everything else about the title seems to have been deliberately made to look old. Nobody asked for credit for stage directions, probably because the Stuttgart Ballet performs this regularly. The official YouTube clip suggests a very traditional mise-en-scène. All this engenders only modest expectations — but reviews of this performed live in 2017 were decent to good. We intend to review the recording for sure and hope for the best. But in the meantime, if you have seen this, please let us know what you think!

Here’s the clip:

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