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Minkus: Don Quixote

Minkus: Don Quixote

Live Recording from The Amsterdam Music Theatre, 2010


Peter De Jong (Maxi) as Don Quichot & Karel De Rooij (Mini) as Sancho Panza, Anna Tsygankova & Matthew Golding

Dutch National Ballet & Holland Symfonia, Kevin Rhodes

Choreography by MARIUS PETIPA & ALEXANDER GORSKI

Production and Additional Choreography by ALEXEI RATMANSKY

Décor & Costume Design by JÉRÔME KAPLAN

Don Quichot – an audience favourite of prestigious companies worldwide – is a dazzling display of high spirits, virtuosity and Spanish temperament. The fl amboyant leaps, dizzying pirouettes and crisp pointe work that are standard features of the production give the performers every opportunity to show off their technical prowess.

But at the same time, the comic story based on Cervantes’ masterpiece makes strong demands on the dancers’ acting abilities. The leading Russian choreographer Alexei Ratmansky has drawn inspiration for his production from the libretto of the first version of Don Quichot by Marius Petipa, created in 1869. The former artistic director of the Bolshoi Ballet and Artist in Residence of the American Ballet Theatre now has also added his own new elements and choreography to the ballet.

The modern designs for the ballet, by the renowned French designer Jérôme Kaplan, refer to the times of Cervantes.

SPECIAL FEATURES: Behind the Scenes. Filmed by a dancer using a bodycam on stage during a rehearsal of Act One of the ballet. Interviews with the actors and principal dancers.

Sound Format: PCM Stereo, dts-HD Master Audio 5.1

Picture Format: 16:9

Resolution: 1080i FULL HD

Subtitle Languages: GB

Running Time: 122 mins + 30 mins (bonus)

Blu-ray Disc: 25 GB (Single Layer)

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Arthaus Musik - 101562

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Minkus: Don Quixote

Minkus: Don Quixote

Recorded live at the Royal Opera House, October 2013


Marianela Nuñez (Kitri), Carlos Acosta (Basilio), Christopher Saunders (Don Quixote), Philip Mosley (Sancho Panza), Gary Avis (Lorenzo), Bennet Gartside (Gamache), Ryoichi Hirano (Espada), Laura Morera (Mercedes)

Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Martin Yates (conductor) & Carlos Acosta (director)

Choreography Carlos Acosta after Marius Petipa

Carlos Acosta’s first venture directing one of ballet’s 19th century classics was eagerly anticipated, as was his own starring role in the production (as Basilio), opposite the Argentinian Royal Ballet principal Marianela Nuñez (Kitri). Packed cinemas for the live relay, as well as sold-out houses for his performances, testified to the draw the great Cuban dancer still exerts – and the audiences were not disappointed. Still built on Petipa’s original choreography, Acosta’s clear dramatic structure and vivid stage action gave the ‘boy gets girl despite her father’ story a more convincing air than usual, with Don Quixote’s parallel obsession with Dulcinea-Kitri coherently woven into the plot. Acosta’s and Nuñez’s performances were peerless, Tim Hatley’s stage designs vivid and apposite, and this production is surely destined to be a perennial Royal Ballet favourite.

Extra features: Introduction to Carlos Acosta’s Don Quixote and a cast gallery.

Running time: 125 minutes

Subtitles: N/A

Sound format: 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS

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Opus Arte Royal Opera House Collection - OABD7143D

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Minkus: Don Quixote

Minkus: Don Quixote


Natalia Osipova, Leonid Sarafanov, Riccardo Massimi, Matthew Endicott, Giuseppe Conte

Teatro alla Scala, Alexander Titov

Choreography: Rudolf Nureyev

Staged By: Raffaele Del Savio

In this production from Teatro alla Scala the ballet Don Quixote is shown in the legendary choreography of Rudolf Nureyev. Nureyev´s intention by fusing together the worlds of Commedia dell´Arte and classical ballet to create a visual feast for its audience, has made Don Quixote one of the most loved ballets world-wide.

With its sparkling energy and the bright colours of the staging by Raffaele Del Savio and Anna Anni, Rudolf Nureyev’s Don Quixote, transports audiences with freshness, joy and choreographic splendour to an enchanting Spain, with gypsy dances, fandangos, matadors, windmills and the airy candour of the Garden of the Dryads. The ballet of Teatro alla Scala and the classical ballet stars Natalia Osipova (principal dancer of the Royal Ballet in London and the Mikhaylovsky Theatre Ballet in St Petersburg) and Leonid Sarafanov (principal dancer of the Mikhaylovsky Theatre Ballet in St Petersburg) make this a breathtaking, and distinctive performance.

Recording Date: Teatro alla Scala, 2015

Sound Format Blu-ray: DTS-HD MA 5.1, PCM 2.0

Picture 16:9, HD

Booklet: English, German, French

Total Running Time: 120 mins

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Minkus: La Bayadère

Minkus: La Bayadère

Orchestrated Lanchbery


Isabelle Guérin (Nikiya), Laurent Hilaire (Solor), Élisabeth Platel (Gamzatti), Wilfried Romoli (The Golden Idol), Lionel Delanoë (The Fakir), Jean-Marie Didière (The Rajah), Francis Malovic (The High Brahmin) & Agnès Letestu, Clotilde Vayer, Nathalie Riqué (The Three Shades)

Paris Opera Ballet & Orchestre Colonne, Michel Quéval

Paris Opera Ballet’s production of La Bayadère, now available on Blu-ray, was recorded in May 1994 at the Palais Garnier in High Definition.

This exceptional and critically acclaimed production of La Bayadère is the fully restored version of this classic Kirov ballet, the last work choreographed for the Paris Opera Ballet by Rudolf Nureyev before his tragic death in 1993.

Breathtaking sets and costumes are designed by Ezio Frigerio and Franca Squarciapino in this exceptional production, whose style is a dream of the Orient, of India and the Ottoman Empire, a mixture of different influences. In creating his own version for Paris Opera Ballet, Nureyev made many amendments to the original Kirov Ballet version, and Paris now possesses one of the Kirov’s most precious but least known treasures, in a staging faithful to tradition but refracted through the eyes and thoughts of one of the greatest of that company’s sons. Nureyev long took its glory to the stages of the world and has now passed something of that glory to a generation of younger French dancers who grew up under his tutelage.

SYNOPSIS

Exotic and mysterious India serves as the backdrop to this story of doomed love. The bayadere Nikiya loves the warrior Solor and is loved by him in return. Solor however is obliged to become engaged to Gamzatti, daughter of a Rajah. Gamzatti, aware that Nikiya is her rival, sends her a basket of flowers, concealing a snake. Bitten by it, Nikiya dies, and Solor, driven to despair by her death, takes refuge in opium-induced thoughts. The ghosts of dead bayadères appear to him in the Kingdom of Shades – among them is Nikiya who forgives him.

Also available on DVD 4509968512

Choreography and Staging: Rudolf Nureyev

Sets: Ezio Frigerio

Costumes: Franca Squarciapino

Approx Duration:130 mins

Picture format: NTSC 16:9

Colour

Region Code: All regions

Audio: L-PCM Stereo

Subtitles: None

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Warner Classics Warner Vision - 5186555722

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Minkus: La Bayadère

Minkus: La Bayadère

Recorded live from the Royal Opera House, January 2009


Carlos Acosta (Solar), Marianela Nuñez (Gamzatti), Tamara Rojo (Nikiya), Gary Avis (The High Brahmin), Christopher Saunders (Rajah), Kenta Kura (Magdaveya) & Valeri Hristov (Solor’s Friend)

The Royal Ballet & The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Valeriy Ovsyanikov

Choreographer: Natalia Makarova

Marius Petipa’s exotic ballet, set in legendary India, is a story of love, death and vengeful judgement. Natalia Makarova’s sumptuous recreation of Petipa’s choreography, with atmospheric sets by Pier Luigi Samaritini and beautiful costumes by Yolanda Sonnabend, stars Tamara Rojo as the Bayadère (temple dancer) Nikiya, Carlos Acosta as Solor, and Marianela Nuñez as Gamzatti whose alluring presence challenges Solor’s love for Nikiya. Filmed in High Definition and recorded in true surround sound.

‘There wasn’t a single physical gesture that didn’t mean something, that didn’t speak of love trying and failing to blossom.’ The Daily Telegraph

Extra features:

Tamara Rojo on dancing La Bayadère

Leanne Cope and Francesca Filpi on the corps de ballet

Tamara Rojo and Carlos Acosta rehearse with Alexander Agadzhanov

Natalia Makarova on choreographing La Bayadère

Running time 166mins

Region Code All regions

Picture format 16:9 Anamorphic

Sound format 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS

Menu languages EN

Subtitles EN/FR/DE/ES

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Opus Arte Royal Opera House Collection - OABD7079D

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Minkus: La Bayadère

Minkus: La Bayadère

Recorded in January 2013 at the Bolshoi


Svetlana Zakharova (Bayadère Nikiya), Vladislav Lantratov (Solor), Maria Alexandrova (Gamzatti), Alexey Loparevich (Dugmanta, Rajah), Andrey Sitnikov (The High Brahmin) & Denis Medvedev (The Golden Idol)

Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra, Pavel Sorokin

Choreography by Marius Petipa

New choreographic version Yuri Grigorovich with scenes from productions by Vakhtang Chabukiani, Nikolai Zubkovsky, Konstantin Sergeyev

Set and costume designer Nikolay Sharonov

Set and costume adviser Valery Levental

Lighting design Mikhail Sokolov

Marius Petipa’s exotic ballet, set in legendary and mysterious India, is a story of love, death and vengeful judgement. Yuri Grigorovich’s sumptuous recreation of Petipa’s choreography, with breathtaking sets and costumes designed by Nikolay Sharonov, stars Svetlana Zakharova as the Bayadère Nikiya, Vladislav Lantratov as Solor and Maria Alexandrova as Gamzatti the jealous rival.

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Carlos Acosta Dances: Royal Ballet Classics

Carlos Acosta Dances: Royal Ballet Classics


Hérold:

La Fille mal gardée

Recorded live at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London on 2nd February 2005

Carlos Acosta (Colas), Marianela Nuñez (Lise), William Tuckett (Widow Simone) & Jonathan Howells (Alain)

The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Anthony Twiner (conductor) & Frederick Ashton (choreographer)

Minkus:

Don Quixote

Recorded live at the Royal Opera House, October 2013

Marianela Nuñez (Kitri), Carlos Acosta (Basilio), Christopher Saunders (Don Quixote), Philip Mosley (Sancho Panza), Gary Avis (Lorenzo), Bennet Gartside (Gamache), Ryoichi Hirano (Espada), Laura Morera (Mercedes)

The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Martin Yates (conductor) & Carlos Acosta (director)

Prokofiev:

Romeo and Juliet, Op. 64

Recorded 2007

Carlos Acosta (Romeo) & Tamara Rojo (Juliet), José Martín (Mercutio) & Thiago Soares (Tybalt)

Royal Ballet Sinfonia, Boris Gruzin


So memorably described as ‘a dancer who slashes across space faster than anyone else, who lacerates the air with shapes so clear and sharp they seem to throw off sparks’ (Independent), Carlos Acosta has been at the forefront of contemporary ballet since his arrival at the Royal Ballet in 1998.

Here he sparkles in three of his most celebrated roles: the young lover Colas in the joyfully bucolic La Fille mal gardée, which received five stars from the Guardian, Times and Mail on Sunday; the innocent but doomed Romeo in Prokofiev’s sumptuously-scored adaptation of Shakespeare’s famous play; and, acting as producer and choreographer for the first time, as Basilio in Don Quixote, a production that wowed audiences thanks to its ‘intelligent’ choreography and Acosta’s ‘titanic determination, bullet-proof charisma [and] delectably trusting and playful rapport’ with costar Marianela Núñez (Daily Telegraph).

These three compelling ballets showcase Carlos Acosta’s world class reputation as a dancer and choreographer, bolstered by outstanding co-stars and artists of the Royal Ballet.

Sound format: 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS

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Opus Arte Royal Opera House Collection - OABD7186BD

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Nureyev as Dancer … & as Choreographer

Nureyev as Dancer … & as Choreographer


Minkus:

Don Quixote

Rudolf Nureyev's lavish 35mm film version of Don Quixote, recorded in 1972 with Australian Ballet, has now been digitally remastered and restored to its former glory

Rudolf Nureyev, Robert Helpmann, Lucette Aldous

State Orchestra of Victoria, John Lanchbery

La Bayadère

Set in exotic and mysterious India, this production was recorded at the Palais Garnier in Paris.

Isabelle Guérin, Laurent Hilaire, Elisabeth Platel

Orchestre Collon, Michel Quéval

Prokofiev:

Romeo and Juliet, Op. 64

This visually stunning version of Romeo & Juliet was recorded at the Opéra Bastille. The exceptional cast was chosen by Nureyev himself.

Manuel Legris, Monique Loudières, Charles Jude

Orchestre de l'Opera National de Paris, Vello Pähn


This set of three ballets is released in celebration of the life and glittering career of Russian dancer, Rudolf Nureyev. He achieved rock star status in the West, during which time he danced in his own extraordinary version of Don Quixote. As a choreographer, principally for the Paris Opera Ballet, he produced many stunning ballets, including these two exquisite ballets, La Bayadère and Romeo & Juliet.

Don Quixote: NTSC 4:3; 127 mins; 5.1 Surround/Dolby 2.0 stereo

La Bayadère: NTSC 16:9; 130 mins; L-PCM stereo

Romeo & Juliet: NTSC 16:9; 150 mins; 5:1 surround/Dolby 2.0 stereo

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Warner Classics - 2564646990

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The Art of Petipa & Gorsky - Don Quichot

The Art of Petipa & Gorsky - Don Quichot


Minkus:

Don Quixote

Live from the Amsterdam Music Theatre, 2010


Anna Tsygankova (Kitri), Matthew Golding (Basilio), Peter de Jong (Don Quichot) & Karel Rooij (Sancho Panza)

Dutch National Ballet & Holland Symfonia, Kevin Rhodes

Choreography: Marius Petipa, Alexander Gorsky

Production & Additional Choreography: Alexei Ratmansky

Décor & Costume Design: Jérôme Kaplan

Lighting Design: James F Ingalls

Don Quichot – an audience favourite of prestigious companies worldwide – is a dazzling display of high spirits, virtuosity and Spanish temperament. The leading Russian choreographer Alexei Ratmansky has drawn inspiration for his production from the libretto of the first version of Don Quichot by Marius Petipa, created in 1869. The modern designs for the ballet, by the renowned French designer Jérôme Kaplan, refer to the times of Cervantes.

Sound Formats: PCM Stereo, dts-HD Master Audio 5.1

Running Time: 122 mins + 30 mins (Bonus)

Picture Format: 16:9

Region free

Resolution: 1080i High Definition

Blu-ray Disc 25 GB (Single Layer)

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Arthaus Musik Elegance - 109267

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$18.00

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The Art of Svetlana Zakharova at The Bolshoi

The Art of Svetlana Zakharova at The Bolshoi


Minkus:

La Bayadère

Pavel Sorokin

Pugni:

The Pharaoh's Daughter

Alexander Sotnikov

Tchaikovsky:

Swan Lake, Op. 20

Pavel Sorokin

Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66

Vassily Sinaisky


A tribute to the art and the elegance of Svetlana Zakharova, ‘prima ballerina assoluta’ and queen of the Bolshoi Ballet, featuring Swan Lake (where she performs alongside Denis Rodkin and Artemy Belyakov), The Sleeping Beauty (with David Hallberg and Maria Allash), La Bayadère (with Vladislav Lantratov and Maria Alexandrova) and The Pharaoh’s Daughter (with Sergey Filin).

All performances were recorded at the State Academic Bolshoi Theatre of Moscow.

Released or re-released in last 6 months

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Bel Air Classiques - BAC616

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Special: $42.75

Scheduled for release on 13 October 2017. Order it now and we will deliver it as soon as it is available.

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