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Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-93)

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Tchaikovsky/Yvan Talbot: A Nutcracker

Tchaikovsky/Yvan Talbot: A Nutcracker


Compagnie Malka

Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker from a different point of view – very refreshing, very unusual, very hip hop.

This is what the French choreographer Bouba Landrille Tchouda makes out of ETA Hoffmann’s story 'The Nutcracker and the Mouse King' and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s romantic and moving composition. Together with his Compagnie Malka he interprets the classical ballet in a surprisingly modern way, adding music by Yvan Talbot and a lot of Hip Hop. Hip Hop is where Bouba Landrille Tchouda originally comes from and what enables him to create new perspectives on classical works we have never seen like that before.

“Proposing a Nutcracker that reinvents a phantasmagorical world infused with the energy of the present day by invoking hip-hop dance, so as to convey this story to our children and all those who cultivate the strength of desire, the search for the unreachable star, hope, love with its terrors, its share of shadows , uncertainties... via the dance!"

Choreography: Bouba Landrille Tchouda

Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and Yvan Talbot

Sound Format: PCM Stereo

Picture Format: 16:9

Resolution: 1080i High Definition

Running Time: 70 mins

Blu-ray Disc: 25 GB (Single Layer)

FSK: 0

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Arthaus Musik - 108121

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Tchaikovsky: Cherevichki (The Slippers)

Tchaikovsky: Cherevichki (The Slippers)

Recorded live at the Royal Opera House, Nov 2009


Larissa Diadkova (Solokha), Maxim Mikhailov (The Devil), Vladimir Matorin (Chub), John Upperton (Panas), Olga Guryakova (Oxana), Vsevolod Grivnov (Vakula), Alexander Vassiliev (Pan Golova),Viacheslav Voynarovskiy (The Schoolmaster), Olga Sabadoch (Odark), Changhan Lim (Wood Goblin), Andrew Macnair (Echo), Sergei Leiferkus (His Highness), Jeremy White (Master of Ceremonies) & Mara Galeazzi & Gary Avis (Principal Dancers)

Dancers of The Royal Ballet & Orchestra of The Royal Opera House, Alexander Polianichko (conductor) & Francesca Zambello (stage director)

Choreography: Alastair Marriott.

Based on Gogol’s fantastical and comic story of the Devil’s antics on Christmas Eve, this magical blend of opera and ballet is brought to vivid life in Francesca Zambello’s colourful production. Magnificent set designs (Mikhail Mokrov) and costumes (Tatiana Noginova), and an excellent, largely Russian cast provide authenticity. Splendid dancing by The Royal Ballet and Cossack dancers completes the spectacle. Filmed in High Definition and recorded in true surround sound.

“It’s pretty as a picture, no question – an animated pop-up book of naïve and colourful charm.” Independent

“…this expensive-looking production that combines the forces of the Royal Opera and the Royal Ballet…” The Guardian

Extra features:

Introducing Cherevichki by Francesca Zambello

Cast & Characters

Staging Gogol's world

Running time 154 mins

Region code All regions

Video codec: AVC/MPEG-4

Disc size: BD50

Picture format 1080i High Definition / 16:9

Sound format 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS - MA

Menu language EN

Subtitles EN/FR/DE/ES

“[Mokrov's designs] positively glow with snowy Russian colour and charm, especially on Blu-ray...Polianichko makes an affectionate case for the score” BBC Music Magazine, Christmas 2010 ****

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Opus Arte Royal Opera House Collection - OABD7073D

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Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin

Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin

Recorded live at De Nederlandse Opera, June & July, 2011


Olga Savova (Madame Larina), Krassimira Stoyanova (Tatjana), Elena Maximova (Olga), Nina Romanova (Filipjevna), Bo Skovhus (Jevgeni Onjegin), Andrej Dunaev (Vladimir Ljenski), Mikhail Petrenko (Vorst Gremin), Peter Arink (Petrovitsj), Roger Smeets (Zaretski), Guy de Mey (Monsieur Triquet) & Richard Prada (Zapevalo)

The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Mariss Jansons (conductor) & Stefan Herheim (stage director)

Described by Tchaikovsky as ‘lyric scenes’, Eugene Onegin receives a spectacular reinterpretation from the Norwegian director Stefan Herheim. His productions create controversy and excitement around Europe, and here he takes Pushkin’s story of illusion, disaffection and frustrated love, and places the protagonists – world-weary Onegin and naïve, passionate Tatyana – in a triple temporal perspective, referencing the theatrical present, the period of the work’s composition, and the pageant of Russia’s history. Mariss Jansons, renowned for his mastery of Tchaikovsky’s symphonies, conducts this performance from Amsterdam’s Muziektheater.

‘Put too much steam into Tchaikovsky’s score and it wilts. Be too shy and retiring, on the other hand, and the tragic momentum evaporates. Jansons sets us on a simmer and gradually turns the heat to boiling. It is magisterially paced, stunningly played and, seemingly effortlessly, Jansons captures every aching nuance. […] Herheim’s innovations are often throbbingly acute (and sometimes wickedly funny).’ The Times

Extra features:

Cast gallery

30-Minute Documentary Film

Running time 151mins

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/IT/ES

“Forget any sense of intimacy in Tchaikovsky's lyrical scenes in this Eugene Onegin; director Stefan Herheim's approach is one of kaleidoscopic excess...No doubt about it, though, this is musically world-class. Mariss Janson's conducting, very imposing in the big moments...accords with the broad brushstrokes of Herheim's production. But the singers are vocally near ideal. Krassimira Stoyanova's Tatyana is thrillingly secure as well as vulnerable” BBC Music Magazine, May 2012 ***

“Herheim sees the opera as a representation of memories...I suspect that this would be impossible to follow if you didn't know the opera beforehand...it's hard not to get caught up in the sheer chutzpah of the production...[Stoyanova] sails through the Letter Scene with plenty of fire...Star of the evening is the conductor Mariss Jansons. It's clear from the documentary that he loves the work..and he plays it with a rhythmic vitality” International Record Review, May 2012

“Characters not only invade each other's memories but appear in fantasy form...Still, this isn't a Regie-Theater free for all...Herheim directs so many keen moments of character interactions that there's no danger of the opera lapsing into simplistic cliches...what a treat to hear an appealing, soft-grained version of [Skovhus's] voice in the title-role...what linguistic authority and depth of soul [Stoyanova] brings to the character!” Gramophone Magazine, July 2012

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Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin

Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin

Recorded live at the Royal Opera House, February 2013


Krassimira Stoyanova (Tatyana), Simon Keenlyside (Eugene Onegin), Elena Maximova (Olga), Pavol Breslik (Lensky), Peter Rose (Prince Gremin) & Diana Montague (Madame Larina)

Royal Opera Chorus & Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Robin Ticciati (conductor) & Kasper Holten (director)

Kasper Holten's inaugural production as Director of Opera for The Royal Opera returns to Pushkin's verse novella to reveal the shadows of memory which haunt Tchaikovsky's lyric tragedy. Using doubles to suggest the paths taken, or not taken, by its two impulsive protagonists, Holten gives eloquent voice to the loss and regret that lies at the heart of Eugene Onegin. Simon Keenlyside and Krassimira Stoyanova bring both experience and dynamic energy to the pair of protagonists, while the youthful, 'heartrending' tenor of Pavol Breslik and the idiomatic sweep of Robin Ticciati's 'inspired' conducting (The Independent) were enthusiastically received at the premiere of this visually opulent staging.

Kasper Holten’s first production since becoming Director of Opera at the Royal Opera House.

Conducted by Robin Ticciati – Music Director designate of Glyndebourne.

Outstanding cast led by Simon Keenlyside and Krassimira Stoyanova.

Extra features: Director’s Commentary, and a Cast Gallery.

Running time: 154 minutes

Subtitles EN/FR/DE/IT/JP/KR

Sound format: 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS

“Holten's principals break the heart: Krassimira Stoyanova's aching, ringing Tatyana embraces her youthful alter ego at the core of the Letter Scene; baritone Simon Keenlyside's 'old' Onegin wills tenor Pavol Breslik's handsome Lensky not to die...Ticciati mirrors the production's palpitations” BBC Music Magazine, Christmas Issue 2013 *****

GGramophone Magazine

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Opus Arte Royal Opera House Collection - OABD7132D

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Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin

Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin


Mariusz Kwiecien (Onegin), Anna Netrebko (Tatyana), Piotr Beczala (Lensky), Oksana Volkova (Olga), Alexei Tanovitski (Gremin)

Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Chorus and Ballet, Valery Gergiev (conductor), Deborah Warner (director)

For the third consecutive year, Anna Netrebko starred in the opening production of the season at the Metropolitan Opera, New York; a performance enjoyed by her legion of fans in more than 64 countries, as part of the Met’s Live In HD cinema broadcasts.

The Met’s new staging of Tchaikovsky’s passionately lyrical masterpiece is the first DVD/Blu-ray release featuring Anna Netrebko in one of Russian opera’s greatest and most demanding roles.

This greatest of Russian operas is conducted by the Music Director of the Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg, Valery Gergiev.

Deborah Warner's new production, staged at The Met by award-winning actress Fiona Shaw, moves the drama from the 1820s of Pushkin’s poem, to the more intensely psychological era of the opera’s composition, in the 1870s.

“Netrebko convincingly projects the teenage Tatiana's inwardness and sensitivity...Beczala, bookish and intense as Lensky, is deeply moving during the humiliating party scene and duel...Gergiev's conducting is rather easygoing at first - Tatiana's letter scene lacks intensity until the final few bars - yet takes off in the following scene and flies to the end” BBC Music Magazine, May 2014 ****

“Gergiev conducts a passionate account of the score, much of it taken very slowly...Kwiecien has enormous experience in the title role and plays the cad well in Acts 1 and 2...In a show-stopping Letter Scene, Netrebko conveys that first, uncertain declaration of love perfectly...She could easily have been the reigning Tatyana of the past decade.” International Record Review, May 2014

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Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin

Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin


Renee Fleming (Tatyana), Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Onegin), Ramon Vargas (Lensky) & Elena Zaremba (Olga), Sergej Aleksashkin (Gremin), Svetlana Volkova (Larina), Larissa Shevchenko (Filipyevna), Jean-Paul Fouchécourt (Triquet), Richard Bernstein (Zaretzky), Keith Miller (Captain)

Orchestra and Chorus of the Metropolitan Opera, Valery Gergiev

Set & Costume Design - Michael Levine

Lighting - Jean Kalman

Choreographer - Serge Bennatham

This is a star-led performance of one of the most popular romantic operas with the unrivalled pairing of Fleming and Hvorostovsky as the doomed lovers. Their onstage chemistry, emotional singing and outstanding acting make this a truly special and unique production. Thousands of movie-goers watched this production live in cinemas across Europe and the US in February 2007, when the production and the singing of the central characters met with great critical acclaim.

Valery Gergiev, Russia's greatest living conductor, leads Russia's classic opera, with a thrilling account of Tchaikovsky's most intense and passionate score.

Robert Carsen, described in the International Herald Tribune as 'one of the most sought-after stage directors on the operatic scene' creates an evocative and striking staging. Anne Midgette, reviewing this production in the New York Times, wrote, 'this remains one of the most extraordinarily beautiful stagings I've seen.'

“Luxuriously cast but staged with restraint, Robert Carsen's production as revived by Peter McLintock has already reached wide audiences through the Met's live screenings. For one, Onegin really is central to the drama… Hvorostovsky's hero, always elegant in his long phrases, shows a human face to the rejection of the young and impressionable Tatyana and sensitively underlines the notion, heightened by Tchaikovsky's short duet of asides, that the senseless duel with his best friend Lensky might be stopped at any moment. ...Fleming comes into her own in the final blaze of passion, a truly cinematic scene between two charismatic stars. ...Gergiev conjures limpid but always well projected woodwind solos in the first act and powerful bass lines to emphasise lurking tragedy. He's also an inspiring presence in the short behind-the-scenes documentary.” BBC Music Magazine, April 2008 ****

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Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin

Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin

Paleau De Les Arts Valencia, 2011


Kristine Opolais (Tatyana), Lena Belkina (Olga), Artur Rucinski (Onegin), Dmitri Korchak (Lensky), Günther Groissböck (Gremin),Margarita Nekrasova (Filipyevna), Helene Schneiderman (Larina), Emilio Sanchez (Triquet), Toni Navarrate (Guillot), Aldo Heo (Captain), Simon Lim (Zaretsky)

Orquestra De La Comunitat Valenciana & Cor De La Generalitat Valenciana, Omer Meir Wellber

In his first year as Music Director of Valencia’s Palau de les Arts, the exciting young conductor Omer Meir Wellber has scored a triumph with Tchaikovsky’s beloved opera Eugene Onegin.

Film maker Mariusz Trelinski’s timeless production consists of a series of surrealist tableaux of great suggestive beauty.

Omer Meir Wellber leads a superb young cast headed by Artur Rukiński as Onegin and Kristīne Opolais as Tatyana.

Picture: 16:9, HD

BD: DTS-HD MA 5.1, PCM 2.0

Running Time: 155 minutes

Subtitles: English, German, French, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Japanese

Available worldwide excl. USA and POLAND

“The stand-out onstage, Dmitry Korchak...sing with impeccable style, looks handsome and can fill an empty stage with personality...Rucinski is velvet-voiced...but until Act 3 the singing is frustratingly uninflected...Opolais is exceptionally committed dramatically, not quite compensating for singing that, although pristine in tone, remains oddly anonymous” International Record Review, May 2013

“Opolais's Tatyana is the stuff of dreams musically and acting-wise, Korchak's Lensky and Groissböck's Gremin most effective and Rucinski's dark Onegin a handsome voice that sounds a size too small for the role in a big house...Sound is good, filming effective” Gramophone Magazine, July 2013

“Musically this is well sung by everyone, but the roles of Tatyana, Olga and Onegin seemed to me to be quite outstandingly well performed. Kristine Opolais is absolutely wonderful...Make no mistake, this is a superb cast...if you are an experienced opera-goer and like a challenge, this spectacular and thought-provoking Blu-ray is worth your money.” MusicWeb International, 5th July 2013

“Opolais's physical grace and fine lyric-dramatic soprano would elsewhere embody the young and older Tatyana's; baritone Artur Rucinski phrases the Act 1 arioso better than anyone since Dmitri Hvorostovsky.” BBC Music Magazine, Christmas Issue 2013 **

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C Major - 712504

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Tchaikovsky Gala

Tchaikovsky Gala


Tchaikovsky:

Swan Lake, Op. 20 (excerpts)

Vladimir Bourmeister (Choreography & staging) & Roberta Guidi di Bagno (Sets & costumes)

Polina Semionova, Roberto Bolle, Maurizio Licitra, Gianni Ghisleni & Flavia Vallone

Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66 (excerpts)

Marius Petipa (Choreography) & Franca Squarciapino (Costumes)

Marta Romagna, Antonino Sutera & Daniela Cavalleri

Susan B. Anthony

The Nutcracker Ballet, Op. 71 (Excerpts)

Patrice Bart (Choreography and staging) & Luisa Spinatelli (Costumes)

Nadja Saidakova & Ronald Savkovic


Corpo di Ballo ed Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, David Coleman

This Tchaikovsky Gala is a must for ballet fans, showcasing Roberto Bolle, resident star of La Scala, and Polina Semionova, Nadja Saidakova and Ronald Savkovic, all Berlin State Ballet principals, in their very first appearances on the Scala stage. Some of the most exacting and demanding moments from Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker are presented, showing to great effect the prowess of the corps de ballet and stars alike. David Coleman conducts musical highlights from the three ballets all set in the Act III décor of Swan Lake: Prince Siegfried's birthday festivities are being held in the castle hall, a veritable tourbillon of dances, from Czardas to Spanish, Neapolitan to Mazurka all of which leads into the celebrated 'Black Swan' pas de deux, starring Roberto Bolle and Polina Semionova. As if by magic, another homage to Tchaikovsky appears:Aurora and her four princes in the immortal 'Rose Adagio', encompassing both dreamy sweetness and technical strength, being one of the most difficult choreographic passages of Sleeping Beauty alongside the 'Blue Bird' pas de deux and the Act II pas de deux from The Nutcracker performed here by Nadja Saidakova and Ronald Savkovic.This perfect gift for any ballet lover is also available in Blu-Ray HD format for the best quality video and audio available.

Bonus: " Etoiles et petits pas" by Liliane de Kermadec.

Backstage at La Scala with the artists in rehearsals (31 minutes)

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Tchaikovsky Iolanta & Stravinsky Persephone

Tchaikovsky Iolanta & Stravinsky Persephone

2012 Teatro Real, Madrid


Stravinsky:

Persephone

Dominique Blanc (Persephone) & Paul Groves (Eumolpe)

Tchaikovsky:

Iolanta

Ekaterina Scherbachenko (Iolanta), Alexej Markov (Robert), Pavel Cernoch (Vaudémont), Dmitry Ulianov (King René), Willard White (Ibn-Hakia), Vasily Efimov (Alméric), Pavel Kudinov (Bertrand), Ekaterina Semenchuk (Marta), Irina Churilova (Brigita) & Letitia Singleton (Irina Churilova)


Amrita, Pequeños Cantores & Chorus and Orchestra of the Teatro Real, Teodor Currentzis (Musical Director) & Peter Sellars (Stage Director)

Set Designer George Tsypin

Costume Designers Martin Pakledinaz & Helen Siebrits

Lighting Designer James F. Ingalls

Iolanta is a one act lyric opera, sung in Russian, by Tchaikovsky. Performed in the style of a nineteenth-century Italian melodrama, the scenes have a recitative introduction followed by a single arioso, aria, duet or chorus.

Persephone is a three act melodrama, sung in French, by Stravinsky. It is a story of regeneration, symbolised in Sellars use of dancers from the Cambodian dance company, Amrita Performing Arts.

Peter Sellars, one of the most innovative creators on today's stage, has linked these two productions by using the same stage setting, instantly archaic yet modern, and lit by rich colours to define the journey from darkness to light.

“It would be hard to find a more committed, vocally assured pair than Ekaterina Scherbachenko and Pavel Cernoch” BBC Music Magazine, March 2013 ****

“There are fine performances from Dominique Blanc in the title role and Paul Groves as Eumolpe. The real touch of genius, though, is Sellars' decision to reimagine the piece in terms of eastern dance rather than ballet, and the choreography, by Cambodia's Amrita Performing Arts, is exquisite.” The Guardian, 13th December 2012 ****

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Tchaikovsky: LAC (after Swan Lake)

Tchaikovsky: LAC (after Swan Lake)


Tchaikovsky:

Swan Lake, Op. 20 (excerpts)


Anja Behrend (Le Cynge Blanc), April Ball (Le Cynge Noir), Stephan Bourgond (Le Prince), Alvaro Prieto (The King), Mimoza Koike (The Queen), Jeroen Verbruggen (Le Confident du Prince), Bernice Coppieters (Sa Majesté la Nuit)

Les Ballets de Monte Carlo & Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Slatkin

Jean-Christophe Maillot has re-worked Swan Lake with the writer Jean Rouaud (1990 Prix Goncourt winner) to bring a new drama to this pillar of the classic repertoire. This new adaptation, filmed in a special studio-setting at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco, brings a modern-day relevance to the timeless story of Siegfried and Odette. Designed by leading visual artist Ernest Pignon-Ernest, with costumes by Philippe Guillotel, and performed to a specially conceived and mastered soundtrack of Tchaikovsky’s score performed by the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, directed by Leonard Slatkin, the production has been hailed as ‘outstanding’ (Le Figaro), while the Jerusalem Post asserted ‘Swan Lake will never be the same after the tempestous Lac’. This film of Lac won the top award at the 2103 Golden Prague, as ‘Best Performing Arts Program’, where it was described as ‘A ravishing stage production offering the spectator a thrilling interpretation of Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece through contemporary dance’.

Extra features: A cast gallery.

Choreography Jean Christophe Maillot

Running time: 94 minutes

Subtitles: N/A

Sound format: 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS

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Opus Arte - OABD7154D

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