I posted this on the 'Ballet on DVD' thread, but thought I'd post it again here.
Any fan of ballet music (hello Harry!)
will most definitely want to see this production by Opus Arte. To be noted, this was my very first listen to the complete Sleeping Beauty ballet, and I was incredibly impressed, with both the music and the beautiful, lavish production on this DVD. Now, Sleeping Beauty has nowhere near the same amount of dramatic content as does Swan Lake or Prokofiev's Romeo & Juliet. However, that is about the only thing that is lacking (if indeed one is looking for dark and dramatic moments in spades in ballet).
Choreography by Marius Petipa and Sir Peter Wright
Holland Symfonia, conducted by Ermanno Florio
Princess Aurora - Sofiane Sylve
Prince Florimund - Gael Lambiotte
Het Nationale Ballet (Dutch National Ballet)
Release date: 2004
Beautiful, colorful, ornate, lavish sets and gorgeous, sumptuous costumes. Sofiane Sylve is breathtaking. Gael Lambiotte also is brilliant as the Prince. Happy to say, that on a local note, Gael Lambiotte is now one of the principal dancers with my local Royal Winnipeg Ballet, and I've seen him dance on several occasions, and he is absolutely marvelous!
I can't recommend it highly enough for ballet lovers!
Smitty, I'm a huge fan of ballet, and there are many on here who are as well, probably Harry being the most notable.