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Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker, Op. 71

Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker, Op. 71

Libretto by Yuri Grigorovich based on the story by E.T.A Hoffmann with Marius Petipa


Nina Kaptsova (Marie), Artem Ovcharenko (Prince), Denis Savin (Drosselmeyer), Alexey Loparevich (Stahlbaum), Olga Suvorova (Mrs. Stahlbaum), Pavel Dmitrichenko (Mouse King), Victoria Litvinova (She-Devil) & Morikhiro Ivata (He-Devil)

The Bolshoi Ballet, Pavel Klinichev

Choreography by Yuri Grigorovich

Set and costume designs Simon Virsaladze

Lighting design Mikhail Sokolov

A masterpiece of classical dance, and a Christmas favourite with audiences everywhere, this Nutcracker is a magical version of the score by Tchaikovsky filmed at the Bolshoi Theatre. Since its première in Saint-Petersburg in 1892, The Nutcracker has been one of the most successful classical ballets and Tchaikovsky's score has become one of his most famous compositions. Yuri Grigorovich deals with Hoffmann’s fantastic imagery and takes ideas from Marius Petipa’s scenario: battle of the mice, snowflakes flurry, character dances executed by the dolls that came to life…

The most talented soloists of the Bolshoi Ballet appear in this production including Nina Kaptsova (Marie) and Artem Ovcharenko (the Nutcracker Prince) and Denis Savin (Drosselmeyer).

“Integrity in dancing, and fine playing from the Bolshoi’s orchestra under Pavel Klinichev.” Financial Times, 17th December 2011

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Magifique: Tchaikovsky Suites

Magifique: Tchaikovsky Suites

Recorded at the Gare du Midi in Biarritz, 2010


Tchaikovsky:

Magifique (based on Orchestral Suites Nos. 1-4)

A film by SONIA PARAMO


Malandain Ballet Biarritz

Choreography by THIERRY MALANDAIN

Sets and costumes by JORGE GALLARDO

Lighting design by JEAN-CLAUDE ASQUIÉ

Additional music by NICOLAS DUPÉROIR

“A few ballets, The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, and Swan Lake, which at the end of the 19th Century brought together to the stage the composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and two ballet masters of the imperial theatre, Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov, were conceived from three orchestral suites, which had become musical standards. Among these symphonic suites, The Nutcracker alone was written by the composer and performed under his direction before the creation of the completed ballet. It was on the occasion of a gala evening, so Tchaikovsky chose the „featured dances“, namely dances reserved for „entertainments“. Yet, even if he had considered using them, the orchestral suites of The Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake were included without his approval after his death. Destined to be performed in concerts, they were considered a sort of best off of each of the ballets; bringing together without an event-driven chronology, the „featured dances“ and a few numbers centred on the characters and the action. In looking for a title, I remembered that as a child I defined my wonderments as „Magifique“. Magnifique without a „n“ because hatred divides (the word for hatred in French sounds like the letter „n“), and that this invented word, a sort of short-circuited language, fits well with the intentions of this creation: to create magic or else recycle life’s raw material through expressive and poetic forms. However, the title is also „Tchaikovsky‘s Suites“, in order to be consistent i.e. “avoir de la suite dans ses idées”. Thierry Malandain

BONUS: Making of Magifique. Including interviews with Thierry Malandain and the dancers as well as rehearsal footage.

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Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker, Op. 71

Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker, Op. 71

Live Recording from The Royal Swedish Opera, 1999


Marie Lindqvist & Anders Nordström

The Royal Swedish Ballet & The Royal Swedish Opera Orchestra, Renat Salavatov

Choreography by PÄR ISBERG

Set Design by BO-RUBEN HEDWALL

Costume Design by ANN-MARI ANTTILA

Arthaus presents on DVD a production from the Royal Opera House in Stockholm: A Swedish “Nutcracker” – a version that interweaves the classical ballet wonderfully with Swedish traditions. The version seen here was the fifth production of the work in the history of the Royal Swedish Ballet, whose origins go back to the 18th century. It opened in December 1995 and is the work of the then forty-year-old Pär Isberg, who danced for the company as a soloist and is now in international demand as a choreographer. Isberg replaced Hoffmann’s characters with others from Swedish folklore drawn from Peter and Lotta’s Christmas, the immensely popular children’s book by Elsa Beskow (1874–1953). Not only does the choreography appear clearly inspired by Swedish folklore, but the designs by Bo-Ruben Hewall and Ann-Mari Anttila include motifs from Värmland.

But no matter which interpretation, there is always the music of Tchaikovsky – from the first success in a concert performance of the score in July 1892 to today it has remained one of the most popular and well known pieces of ballet music. The light and at the same time dramatic music can rightly claim to have added immensely to the ongoing success of this ballet.

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Margot Fonteyn & Michael Somes

Margot Fonteyn & Michael Somes


Tchaikovsky:

Sleeping Beauty (highlights)

Studio Recording, transmitted 20 December 1959

Royal Opera House Orchestra, John Lanchbery

Swan Lake, Op. 20 (excerpts)

Studio Recording, transmitted 9 June 1954

London Philharmonic Orchestra, Robert Irving

The Nutcracker, Op. 71 (Act II)

Studio Recording, transmitted 21 December 1958

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Hugo Rignold


Tchaikovsky’s three ballet masterpieces are all rare studio performances from the 1950s, featuring the legendary Margot Fonteyn.

Innately musical and technically perfect, Fonteyn was also a brilliant actress and is seen here at the height of her career with the celebrated Michael Somes, her dynamic partner during this creative period.

Fonteyn and Somes were the perfect match in terms of physique, presence, style and technique. The selections from these three classic ballets demonstrate just how successful their partnership was. Fonteyn made her mark dancing Aurora from Sleeping Beauty, a role in which she and the Sadler’s Wells Ballet made their American debut in 1949, ten years before this BBC studio production.

All three performances are released here for the first time on DVD with the extracts from Swan Lake representing one of the earliest appearances of Fonteyn on film.

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Running time: 72’

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Booklet languages: E/F/G

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Thomas Trotter: The Town Hall Tradition

Thomas Trotter: The Town Hall Tradition

Virtuoso Organ Showpieces from Town Hall, Birmingham


Anderson, Leroy:

The Typewriter

trans Trotter

Coates, E:

The Three Elizabeths: Youth of Britain (Princess Elizabeth)

trans Thomas Trotter

Festing:

Andante, Allegro, Air and 2 variations

arr George Thalben-Ball

Hollins:

Concert Overture in C minor

Ketèlbey:

Bells across the Meadows

trans Gatty Sellars

Tchaikovsky:

1812 Overture, Op. 49

trans Edwin Evans and Thomas Trotter

Thalben-Ball:

Variations on a theme of Paganini for pedals

Wagner:

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Overture

trans Edwin H Lemare

O du, mein holder Abendstern (from Tannhäuser)

trans Lemare

Die Walküre: Ride of the Valkyries

trans Lemare


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The debut DVD from Thomas Trotter – one of the world’s greatest organists – and the first DVD release from Regent Records. An opportunity to enjoy, both visually and aurally, Thomas Trotter’s artistry and staggering technique in a celebration of town hall virtuosity, on the great concert hall organ with which he is intimately acquainted.

Features a highly entertaining and varied programme of organ pieces from the heart of the town hall tradition, including Thalben-Ball’s Variations on a theme of Paganini played almost entirely on the pedals.

Extra features include a biographical interview with Thomas Trotter and a guide to the Town Hall organ.

Box contains both a DVD Video (performance in 5.1 surround sound), audio CD, and a 16 page booklet with notes on the music, the Town Hall, and a newly-written article on the history of the organ by Nicholas Thistlethwaite.

“should you want Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture on the organ, this is a recording to turn to. Trotter plays everything from memory, unusually among organists and even more remarkable given the complex registrations involved here.” BBC Music Magazine, April 2012 ****

“Filming an organist playing a recital is a notoriously difficult assignment...[It is] difficult to get all the elements right. This film comes as close as any...Trotter operates with a sleight of hand that's as slick as any conjurer's. The performances are everything on has come to expect from one of the world's greatest organists, notable for their clarity, rhythmic buoyancy, stylistic taste, imaginative colouring - and the ability to amaze.” Gramophone Magazine, February 2012

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Tchaikovsky: Symphonies Nos. 4, 5 & 6

Tchaikovsky: Symphonies Nos. 4, 5 & 6

Recorded at Salle Pleyel , Paris – 25, 26 & 29 January 2010


Tchaikovsky:

Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36

Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64

Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 74 'Pathétique'


Valery Gergiev is widely recognised as the greatest modern interpreter of Tchaikovsky’s music and the Mariinsky holds a peerless reputation in the repertoire. Together they deliver definitive interpretations of Tchaikovsky’s most popular symphonies. These acclaimed performances were filmed at Salle Pleyel in Paris during January 2010, directed by Andy Sommer.

The themes of fate and death pervade Tchaikovsky’s final symphonies. The composition of the Fourth Symphony coincided with the breakdown of Tchaikovsky’s marriage and a failed suicide attempt, yet he considered it to be his greatest. In contrast he believed his Fifth to be flawed and uninviting, yet today this heartfelt work is widely regarded as one of his finest. The subject of fate is further instilled in the Sixth Symphony, premiered shortly before Tchaikovsky’s death. It was posthumously entitled ‘Pathétique’ by his brother and is a deeply melancholic work, full of dynamic extremes and an inherent sense of finality.

Additional bonus features interview with Valery Gergiev. Tommy Pearson - director.

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Surround 5.1 Dolby Digital

“Gergiev unusually conducts with a baton and creates performances that are both well contoured and emotionally charged. The camera catches all his characteristic poses and photo-frames the pizzicato workings of the Fourth Symphony’s third movement in welcome detail. The Mariinsky musicians have played this repertoire so often that they could probably do it in their sleep, but there’s no sense of routine.” Financial Times, 22nd October 2011 ***

“Tchaikovsky's last three symphonies are familiar to the Mariinsky Orchestra and their conductor Valery Gergiev, so one can expect their performances of them to be immaculate. Not a note is out of place, even in the most desperate and hectic passages of these performances...Yet the overall impression is of a paradoxical combination of coolness and hysteria.” BBC Music Magazine, December 2011 ***

“These are keenly voiced performances of plentiful character, intrepid incident and abundant temperament, occasionally infuriating, yes, but seldom aloof...The actual sound, whether in stereo surround, is first-class. Gergiev acolytes need not tarry; the rest should approach with an element of caution.” Gramophone Magazine, December 2011

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World Orchestra for Peace at the Abu Dhabi Festival

World Orchestra for Peace at the Abu Dhabi Festival


Prokofiev:

Symphony No. 1 in D major, Op. 25 'Classical'

Rossini:

Guillaume Tell Overture

Tchaikovsky:

Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64


This DVD includes two major works of Russian repertoire for which Gergiev is famous. While he emphasises the lightness and vitality of Prokofiev’s “Classical” Symphony, Gergiev pours his entire soul into Tchaikovsky’s grand, exultant Fifth Symphony.

Includes a fascinating 23 minutes Documentary about the orchestra, founded by Sir Georg Solti. The orchestra draws its roster from the great orchestras of the world - even the back bench violins are first and second desk players at home.

The Abu Dhabi Festival is regarded as the United Arab Emirates’ largest and most prestigious classical arts event.

“The conductor Valery Gergiev has become one of Russia’s most potent cultural symbols. [...] From the works of Mikhail Glinka to those of Shostakovich, the core of the Russian repertory is infused with a direct emotional appeal. When he conducts those scores (indeed, when he conducts anything), Gergiev is seeking a gut connection between the music and the audience.” The New York Times

Running Time Total: 104 minutes

Symphonies: 83 minutes

Documentary: 21 minutes

Picture 16:9, color

Sound PCM Stereo, DTS 5.1

(Bonus: PCM Stereo)

Subtitles Documentary: German,

English (original language)

“The programme is both straightforwardly popular and plays to conductor Valery Gergiev's strengths. He and the orchestra whip up a fine storm in the opening of Rossini's William Tell Overture, are scintillating in the exhilarating finale of Prokofiev's Classical Symphony, and give a stately account of Tchaikovsky's Fifth Symphony...With the Johann Strauss encore...the orchestra lifts spirits with playing which infectiously combines high spirits with professional polish” BBC Music Magazine, October 2011 ****

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Daniel Barenboim and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra – The Salzburg Concerts

Daniel Barenboim and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra – The Salzburg Concerts


Beethoven:

Leonore Overture No. 3, Op. 72b

Mozart:

Sinfonia concertante in E flat for Oboe, Clarinet, Horn, Bassoon & Orchestra, K297b

Schoenberg:

Variations for Orchestra, Op. 31

Tchaikovsky:

Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 74 'Pathétique'


The concerts on this DVD and Blu-ray had been recorded at the 2007 Salzburg Festival, during the orchestras Salzburg residency. The ensemble "proved its status as a first-class orchestra that has no need to shy from comparisons with the philharmonic 'top dogs' from Vienna or Berlin" (Munich's Abendzeitung).

The idea of uniting young musicians from Israel, Palestine and various Arab countries into a musical ensemble still seems incredible today. Yet such an orchestra has been flourishing since 1999, when Daniel Barenboim and Edward Said founded the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra.

DVD: DTS 5.0, PCM Stereo

Total: 122 minutes

“captures the sense of music-making on the wing...rarely has the final coda erupted with such overwhelming joy. The same electrifying concentration informs performances of Schoenberg's Variations and Tchaikovsky's Pathetique Symphony, which find Barenboim so emotionally involved that at times he gently coaxes the sounds from the orchestra rather than directing them imperiously.” International Record Review, January 2012

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Tchaikovsky: Pique Dame

Tchaikovsky: Pique Dame


Misha Didyk (Hermann), Emily Magee (Lisa), Lado Ataneli (Count Tomsky), Ludovic Tézier (Prince Yeletsky), Elena Zaremba (Polina), Ewa Podles (Countess), Mikhaïl Vekua (Chaplitsky), Francisco Vas (Chekalinsky) & Claudia Schneider (Masha)

Symphony Orchestra and chorus of the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Michael Boder (conductor) & Gilbert Deflo (director)

Obsessive in gambling and in love, the soldier Hermann is the protagonist of Tchaikovsky’s Pique Dame, based on a story by Pushkin. He is smitten with the aristocratic Lisa and fixated on learning the winning secret of ‘the three cards’ from her grandmother, the Countess, played by iconic contralto Ewa Podles. This opulent production from Barcelona’s Liceu captures St Petersburg in the era of Catherine the Great, while the house’s Music Director Michael Boden conducts a large and impressive cast.

Extra features:

Cast Gallery

Running time 183 mins

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/CA

“[Didyk] cuts a fine figure on stage: tall, blond, physically agile, he sings the role of the poor lunatic gambler well. His voice is laser-like in focus and has the familiar Slavic edge...Ataneli's Tomsky is a fine interpretation, his bright voice standing up well...[Podles] is in full control of her considerable resources, the voice booming when it must and scaled back for her lovely ballad” International Record Review, September 2011

“Misha Didyk is both vocally strong and physically striking; his acting is suitably neurotic and ‘on the edge’...[Podles] just about steals every scene she’s in. The part is often sung by veteran mezzos somewhat past their prime, so it’s refreshing to hear it so well sung by a rich contralto and so well acted.” Opera Britannia, 30th October 2011 ****

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The Nobel Prize Concert 2010

The Nobel Prize Concert 2010


Beethoven:

Leonore Overture No. 3, Op. 72b

Sibelius:

Symphony No. 5 in E flat major, Op. 82

Tchaikovsky:

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35

Joshua Bell (violin)


Joshua Bell lights up the stage with this dazzling performance of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto, the centerpiece of the Nobel Prize Concert© in honour of the 2010 Nobel Prize Laureates. Part of the official Nobel Week, this tribute concert opens with music by Beethoven that urgently evokes the spirit of freedom from tyranny. And closing the evening is a glowing account by Sakari Oramo and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic of Sibelius’s monument to orchestral majesty, the titanic Fifth Symphony.

BONUS: Interviews featuring Joshua Bell, Sakari Oramo and Mario Vargas Llosa, 2010’s Nobel Laureate in Literature

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Running Time: 91:25

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“For many the main event here is Joshua Bell who turns in a fine account of the Tchaikovsky Concerto, ably supported by Oramo...In the expansive opening Allegro moderato, both relish the inherent drama and passion as well as its winning lyrical impulse...Of the bonus interviews, that with Nobel Laureate Mario Vargas Llosa is the pick.” Gramophone Magazine, September 2011

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