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Sergei Sergeievitch Prokofiev (1891-1953)

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Prokofiev: Cinderella, Op. 87

Prokofiev: Cinderella, Op. 87

Recorded live at Het Muziektheater, Amsterdam, December 2012


Anna Tsygankova (Cinderella), Matthew Golding (Prince Guillaume), Larissa Lezhnina (Stepmother Hortensia), Megan Zimny Gray (Stepsister Edwina), Nadia Yanowsky (Stepsister Clementine), Remi Wörtmeye (Benjamin), Alexander Zhembrovskyy (Cinderella's father) & Erica Horwood (Cinderella's mother)

Holland Symfonia, Ermanno Florio (conductor) & Jeff Tudor (director)

Choreographer Christopher Wheeldon.

Christopher Wheeldon’s acclaimed new Cinderella for the Dutch National Ballet is an imaginative interpretation of a muchloved classic. Inspired by the original Brothers Grimm fairy tale, Wheeldon gives the characters renewed depth and complexity, complementing Prokofiev’s celebrated and colourful score. With sets and costumes by the renowned designer Julian Crouch, supported by stunning stage effects, this world premiere production is a truly magical experience, bringing an World-premiere production and filming.

Co-Production between Dutch National Ballet & San Francisco Ballet.

Wheeldon’s version takes a darker view, with more of the Brother’s Grimm version of the story rather than the traditional 1697 Charles Perrault fairy tale.

Extra features include: 60 Wigs, Cast interviews and a Choreographer’s Commentary with Christopher Wheeldon.

Running time: 139 minutes

Subtitles: N/A

Sound format: 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS

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Opus Arte - OABD7126D

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Prokofiev: Cinderella, Op. 87

Prokofiev: Cinderella, Op. 87

Live from the Lyon National Opera 1989


Francoise Joullié (Cendrillon), Dominique Lainé (Stepmother), Jayne Plaisted & Danièle Pater (The Sisters)

Ballet and Orchestra of the Lyon National Opera, Yakov Kreisberg

Choreography by Maguy Marin

Directed for video by Mans Reuterswärd

Maguy Marin's highly original and magical version of the Cinderella story was an unparalleled success throughout its world tour. Anna Kisselgoff of the New York Times said that Marin's "vision reaches back into the universals of everyone's childhood - the hurts and joys resonate here with touching depth." The characters in her beautifully child-like version of the ballet are live dolls, with real human feelings projected upon them in the way children identify with their real playthings. The story unfolds within a doll's house set - the Fairy Godmother resembles a robot, Cinderella goes to the ball in a toy car and the Prince goes in search of his new love on a rocking horse…

Blu-ray Disc with High Resolution Audio in 192 kHz

This series of Hi-Res Audio releases features the pure sound experience of studio master tapes, available digitally for the first time in their uncompressed form. The 24 Bit resolution with 192 kHz sampling rate enable a whole new way to listen to the original.

Sound Formats: PCM 192 kHz / 48 kHz

Picture Format: 4:3

Blu-ray Disc 25 GB (Single Layer)

Resolution: 1080i High Definition (Upscale)

Running Time: 87 mins

FSK: 0

Region: worldwide

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Arthaus Musik Hi-Res Audio - 109183

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Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf, Op. 67

Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf, Op. 67

Recorded live at the Royal Opera House, 16 & 18 December, 2010


Sergei Polunin (The Wolf), Will Kemp (Grandfather), Kilian Smith (Peter), Charlotte Edmonds (Duck), Laurine Muccioli (Bird) & Chisato Katsura (Cat)

The Royal Ballet School & Royal Ballet Sinfonia, Paul Murphy

Choreography Matthew Hart

Peter and the Wolf, Prokofiev’s musical fairy tale, has been delighting children since 1936. Nearly 60 years later, in 1995, the young choreographer Matthew Hart created a witty choreographed version for the Royal Ballet School with designs by Ian Spurling. Described as ‘an utterly delightful ballet and a perfect showcase for the younger students,’ by the Royal Ballet’s Director, Monica Mason, it was staged again – and recorded for this DVD – in 2010.

"...Matthew Hart’s Peter and the Wolf is one of the most beguiling children’s ballets around.” The Telegraph

Extra features:

Cast gallery

Documentary feature on rehearsing Peter and the Wolf

Running time 38 mins approx

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 - OABD7091D

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Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf, Op. 67

Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf, Op. 67


Philharmonia Orchestra, Mark Stephenson

A Film by Suzie Templeton

It’s a wolf-eats-duck world. But it’s a world in which little boys can find extraordinary courage and – with a little help from a crazy bird and a dreamy duck (and none whatsoever from a fat, lethargic cat and two hooligan hunters) – can catch the wolf.

This much-loved tale has resonated deeply with over five generations of children, enchanted by its power and sense of fun. This fantastical new version by prize-winning director Suzie Templeton is set to delight a whole new audience.

BreakThru Films’ innovative animated film version of Prokofiev’s classic work, set to a new recording by the world-renowned Philharmonia Orchestra, was produced at the Oscar®-winning Se-ma-for Studios in Poland using stop-frame model animation (the technique popularised by Wallace & Gromit creators Aardman Animations) and state-of-the-art digital technology.

Special Bonus Material:

Director’s Commentary (Rough Cut, Picture in Picture)

The Making of Peter & the Wolf

Behind-the-Scenes Documentary • The Musical Themes – The Instruments

Let’s Make Peter & the Wolf • The Story – Picture Gallery

Sound Format: 7.1 dts-HD Master Audio (Embedded Downmix)

Picture Format: 16:9

Blu-ray Disc: 25 GB (Single Layer)

Resolution: 1080i High Definition

Menu Language: GB

Language Versions (Bonus): GB, DE, FR, ES, IT, PT, NL

Subtitle Languages (Bonus): JP, Korean

Running Time: 34 mins + 68 mins (Bonus)

FSK: 0

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Arthaus Musik - 108113

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Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet, Op. 64

Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet, Op. 64


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

Royal Ballet Sinfonia, Boris Gruzin

Choreography: Kenneth MacMillan

Cuban Superstar Carlos Acosta dances Romeo in Kenneth Macmillan’s timeless version of the Shakespeare/Prokofiev Classic Ballet ‘Romeo & Juliet.’ In this perennial favourite, Carlos Acosta dances alongside his regular partner, the Spanish ballerina, Tamara Rojo – a celebrated stage partnership which currently has no equal. The drama of the doomed lovers is set against the ravishing sets and costumes designs of Nicholas Georgiadis.

‘Romeo & Juliet’ and ‘Manon’ signal the beginning of a major collaboration with Carlos Acosta and The Royal Ballet, which continued in early 2009 with the filming of ‘La Bayadère’.

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - February 2010

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Decca - 0743336

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Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet, Op. 64

Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet, Op. 64


Monique Loudières (Juliet), Manuel Legris (Romeo), Charles Jude (Tybalt), Lionel Delanoë (Mercutio) & Wilfried Romoli (Benvolio)

Paris Opera Ballet & Orchestra of The Opera de Paris, Vello Pahn

Paris Opera Ballet’s production of Romeo & Juliet, now available on Blu-ray, was recorded in July 1995 at the Opéra Bastille in High Definition and Surround Sound.

Prokofiev’s score finds a powerful echo in Rudolf Nureyev’s sumptuous and colourful production, one of the last he choreographed for Paris Opera Ballet before his death. He especially chose the cast, and this was the last time this particular cast performed the work. With its sets and costumes straight from the frescos of Renaissance Italy, this great ballet passionately reflects the youth and vigour which drive Shakespeare’s tale of doomed love. Having created the role of Romeo in Kenneth MacMillan’s version, Nureyev mounted his own production in 1977, and reworked the same ballet for Paris in 1984; a large-scale, colourful fresco full of passion and noise, set in a turbulent Verona where the sun-drenched squares are permanent open-air theatres, and the dark, narrow side-streets can turn into cut-throat alleys. With these sets and costumes straight from the frescoes of Renaissance Italy, this great ballet passionately reflects the youth and vigour which drive Shakespeare’s tale of doomed love.

Nureyev placed particular emphasis on the personalities of Tybalt and Mercutio, ‘champions’ of each of the two rival clans – one sombre and vindictive, the other roguish and a little mad. He attempted to bring to life the argumentative and truculent people of Verona, opting for an atmosphere both sensual and brutal, an era both refined and bawdy, superb in appearance and cruel in reality. Life and death here take turns on the Wheel of Fortune, with youth fighting to the death in the streets.

The sumptuous production calls upon the full force of the company, who brilliantly portray the street fights of the feuding Capulets and Montagues and the raptures and despair that mark the young lovers’ tragedy. With mesmerising dance, colourful costumes and dazzling set, this production of Shakespeare’s most loved play has enthralled audiences and critics alike.

Choreography and Staging: Rudolf Nureyev

Sets: Ezio Friger

Costumes: Ezio Frigerio and Mauro Pagano

“..a splendid recreation, totally faithful to Nureyev, this Romeo & Juliet is one of the great events of the year.” LE FIGARO

Also available on DVD 0630151542

Approx Duration: 149 mins

Picture format: NTSC 16:9

Colour

Region Code: All regions

Audio: L-PCM Stereo & Dolby

Digital 5.1 Surround

Subtitles: None

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Warner Classics Warner Vision - 5186555752

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Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet, Op. 64

Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet, Op. 64

Recorded live at the Royal Opera House, March 2012


Federico Bonelli (Romeo), Lauren Cuthbertson (Juliet), Alexander Campbell (Mercutio), Bennet Gartside (Tybalt), Dawid Trzensimiech (Benvolio), Vale Rihristov (Paris), Christopher Saunders (Lord Capulet), Christina Arestis (Lady Capulet) & Gary Avis (Escalus Prince of Verona)

Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Barry Wordsworth

Choreography Kenneth MacMillan.

Given its premiere by The Royal Ballet in 1965 with Rudolf Nureyev and Margot Fonteyn dancing the title roles, Kenneth MacMillan’s first full-evening ballet has become a signature work for the Company, enjoying great popularity around the world. From the outset, the production teems with life and colour as the townspeople, market traders and servants of the rival Montagues and Capulets go about their daily business in vibrant crowd scenes. But Romeo and Juliet take centre stage for those great pas de deux: the meeting in the ballroom, the balcony scene, the morning after the wedding and the final devastating tomb scene. Although The Royal Ballet has performed Romeo and Juliet over 400 times, each performance and pairing is subtly different, and Lauren Cuthbertson and Federico Bonelli are utterly captivating in the title roles. This performance was broadcast live from Covent Garden to cinemas worldwide.

Kenneth MacMillan's first full-evening ballet has become one of The Royal Ballet's signature works.

This production was one of the big successes of last season’s Royal Opera House Live Cinema Season.

Acclaimed performances by star principals, Lauren Cuthbertson and Federico Bonelli.

Extra features: Documentaries on Kenneth MacMillan's production, and "Sharps, Points and Pirouettes" the famous sword fight scene.

Includes deluxe slipcase.

Running time: 158 minutes

Subtitles (extra features only): EN/FR/DE/IT/ES/PT/JP

Sound format: 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS

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Opus Arte Royal Opera House Collection - OABD7116D

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Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet, Op. 64

Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet, Op. 64

May 7, 2015, War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco


Maria Kochetkova & Davit Karapetyan

San Francisco Ballet Orchestra & San Francisco Ballet, Martin West

Choreography by Helgi Tomasson

With passionate choreography, spine-tingling swordsmanship, and a celebrated score by Sergei Prokofiev, San Francisco Ballet’s passionate retelling of the Bard’s greatest tragedy has packed houses around the world. Romeo & Juliet is one of the company’s most popular and widely toured ballets and has been seen by more than 200,000 people since it premiered in 1994. Choreographed by Helgi Tomasson, with sets and costumes by Jens-Jacob Worsaae, this visually stunning production and the brilliant dancers of SF Ballet bring this powerful and touching tragedy – and Renaissance-era Verona – vividly to life. ‘Tomasson lifts Shakespeare’s complex and familiar language off the gilded pages and translates it into lucid classical choreography that is visceral, fresh, and ultimately sublime’ (Huffington Post).

BONUS: Shakespeare Without Words, En Garde, Children of the San Francisco Ballet

Recording date: 7 May 2015, War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco

Sound format: PCM 2.0, DTS-HD MA 5.1

Picture: 16:9, HD

Subtitles (Bonus): English (original language), German, French

Booklet: English, German, French

Total running time: 128 mins (116’ ballet + 12’ bonus)

“I warmly welcome this new version of Romeo and Juliet, in a very competitive field it takes one of the very top places. With its charismatic and highly accomplished leading dancers and its unique selling point of the Tomasson choreography, it is well worth your consideration even if you already own a Blu-ray disc or a DVD of any one of the other fine performances mentioned above.” MusicWeb International, 6th June 2017

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C Major - 739104

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Prokofiev: The Gambler, Op. 24

Prokofiev: The Gambler, Op. 24


Misha Didyk (Alexei), Kristine Opolais (Polina), Vladimir Ognovenko (General), Stefania Toczyska (Babulenka), Stephan Rügamer (The Marquis), Sylvia de la Muela (Blanche), Viktor Rud (Mr Astley)

Staatskapelle Berlin, Daniel Barenboim (conductor) & Dmitri Tcherniakov (stage director)

First release on Blu-ray.

This production from 2009 is staged by young up-and-coming director Dmitri Tcherniakov, who worked at Bolshoi, Mariinsky, Opera de Bastille, La Scala, and various opera houses in Germany.

The opera is based on the famous novel “The Gambler” by Dostoyevsky

“Barenboim's crystal-clear pacing of the score is hard-hitting rather than quicksilvery, but the payoff in the last Act is terrific, and the blue-lit look of it all - Tcherniakov designed it, too - works well...No wonder Barenboim and Tcherniakov try to lift each other up in the wings at the end.” BBC Music Magazine, June 2010 *****

“Tcherniakov in Berlin has chosen to mirror the capitalist excesses of our day and does so with tireless attention to detail...Kristine Opolais as Polina and especially Misha Didyk as Alexei both look and sound well...[Barenboim] is here at his most obviously committed. He has found in the piece a depth and expressionist power that brings us close to the world of Wozzeck.” Gramophone Magazine, July 2010

GGramophone Awards 2010

Finalist - DVD Performance

GGramophone Magazine

DVD of the Month - July 2010

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C Major - 701804

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Prokofiev: The Gambler, Op. 24

Prokofiev: The Gambler, Op. 24


Sergei Aleksashkin (The General), Tatiana Pavlovskaya (Pauline), Vladimir Galuzin (Alexei), Larissa Dyadkova (Babulenka), Nikolai Gassiev (Marquis), Alexander Gergalov (Mr Astley), Mlle Blanche (Nadezhda Serdyuk), Andrei Popov (Prince Nilsky), Oleg Sychev (Baron Wurmerhelm) & Andrei Spekhov (Potapych)

Mariinsky Orchestra, Valery Gergiev (conductor) & Laurent Gentot (director)

The Mariinsky label releases its second opera DVD & Blu-ray, Prokofiev’s 'The Gambler'. Filmed in the historic Mariinsky Theatre in 2010, it stars celebrated Russian tenor Vladimir Galuzin and bass Sergei Aleksashkin, and is conducted by Valery Gergiev. It is of fundamental significance that under Gergiev’s baton the Mariinsky Orchestra and opera company have performed all of Prokofiev’s symphonies, concerti and operas on numerous occasions.

Georgian director Temur Chkheidze, who also presented the Mariinsky’s last production in 1996 and directed the opera with critical success at the Metropolitan Opera in 2001, gives a fresh look to Prokofiev’s first opera.

Set in the fictional town of Roulettenburg in the mid-19th Century, 'The Gambler' is a four-act opera that displays the dramatic highs and lows involved in the game of chance. At the centre of the story is Alexei, who is in love with The General’s step-daughter, Pauline. All of the characters fall victim to the temptation of gambling, each one consumed by the obsession and greed that drives them.

Vladimir Galuzin, who plays the role of Alexei, is indisputably one of the world’s leading dramatic tenors, known for his unrivaled stentorious voice and extremely vivid characterisations of some of the most demanding roles. A Mariinsky soloist since 1990, he is much in demand internationally, performing regularly during the last two decades as a guest of most of the world’s most prominent opera houses, concert halls and festivals. The role of The General is played by Russian bass Sergei Aleksashkin. Three-time recipient of the Golden Sofit, St Petersburg’s most prestigious theatre prize, Sergei has been a Mariinsky Theatre soloist since 1989, singing title roles in Mussorgsky’s 'Boris Godunov' and Glinka’s 'Ruslan and Lyudmila'.

DURATION 2 hours 35'

Recorded at the Mariinsky Theatre, June 2010

Performed in Italian: subtitles in Russian, English, Japanese, German and French

“Gergiev conducts with exemplary clarity but not the requisite volatility” BBC Music Magazine, October 2013 ***

“The stage production by Temur Chkheidze is simple and straightforward...The cast is a decent one overall, with Tatiana Pavlovskaya making a glamorous Polina, Sergei Aleksashkin an old bumbler as the General, and Nikolai Gassiev and Alexander Gergalov both nicely suave as the Marquis and Mr Astley” Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2013

“The Mariinsky players are at their most impressive, and Valery Gergiev sustains Prokofiev’s driving energy from start to finish with theatrical force that I had not expected from this work. Both the sound and video direction cannot be seriously faulted.” International Record Review, September 2013

“Musically, this performance is very strong. Gergiev is on his home territory here, and he has the orchestra and singers eating out of his hand...The finest vocal actor in the cast is the General of Sergei Aleksashkin who carefully treads the line between the buffoon and the victim.” MusicWeb International, October 2013

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Mariinsky - MAR0540

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