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Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake, Op. 20

Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake, Op. 20


Choreography by Heinz Spoerli.

In 2005 it was over 30 years since the Zurich Opera House had seen a performance of probably the world’s best-loved ballet, Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake. The Zurich Ballet, which has become one of the world’s leading dance ensembles under Heinz Spoerli’s direction, raised this famed work from its slumber with a dream team to tackle this classic anew. Zurich Ballet Director and choreographer Spoerli has long been confirmed as a master storyteller and an imaginative renewer of the genre: with the support of set designer Erich Wonder and costumier Florence von Gerkan he has devised a new and contemporary version of this classic dance tale that has been eagerly awaited by ballet enthusiasts all over the world, in this his third production of Swan Lake. Top Russian conductor Vladimir Fedoseyev ensures an evening of musical excellence, too.

It has just been announced that at the end of the 2011/12 season, Heinz Spoerli is to stand down as Ballet Director and Principal Choreographer at the Opera House in Zurich.

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Bel Air Classiques - BAC055

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Stravinsky: Petrushka & the Rite of Spring

Stravinsky: Petrushka & the Rite of Spring


Stravinsky:

The Rite of Spring

Choreography by Natalia Kasatkina and Vladimir Vasilev

Valeria Tsoi (The Chosen One), Vera Timashova (The Dark Spirit), Sergei Vanaev (The Wise Elder)

Moscow Classical Ballet

Petrushka

Choreography by Mikhail Fokine

Irek Mukhamedov (Petrushka), Ludmila Semenyaka (The Ballerina), Vyacheslav Elagin (The Moor), Yuri Vetrov (The Charlatan)

Orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre


Pavel Sorokin

Two twentieth-century ballet masterpieces performed by major Russian ballet troupes. Petrushka is a live 1992 performance by the Bolshoi Ballet, with choreography based on the original Fokine. The Rite of Spring is a filmed 1990 studio production by the Moscow Classical Ballet starring Ilgiz Galimullin and Valeria Tsoi. 76 minutes, Color, Mono, 4:3, All regions.

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VAI - DVDVAI4516

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Henze, H: Ondine

Henze, H: Ondine

Recorded live at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London, June 2009.


Choreographer: Frederick Ashton

Miyako Yoshida dances the title role originally created for Margot Fonteyn in the hauntingly beautiful underwater world of Ondine, vividly brought to life by The Royal Ballet. Frederick Ashton’s shimmering choreography, Lila de Nobili’s impressionistic designs and Hans Werner Henze’s specially commissioned, vibrant and inventive score, memorably combine to evoke the many moods and colours of the sea. Filmed in High Definition and recorded in true surround sound.

Extra features:

Illustrated synopsis

Cast gallery

The Making of Ondine – an interview with Hans Werner Henze

“Yoshida’s is a musical, well-mannered reading… Watson moves through it as through a nightmare, gesture urgent, dance vivid, the portrait compelling. … We see a masterpiece, disquieting, ever-mysterious.” Financial Times

Running time 114 mins

Region code All regions

Picture format 16:9 Anamorphic

Sound format 2.0 LPCM & 5.1 DTS

Menu language EN

Subtitles EN/FR/DE/ES (documentary only)

“Ashton's genius surfaces in supple arm movements and rippling footwork for his heroine. The petite wide-eyed Miyako Yoshida makes an ideal sprite for those of us who never saw Margot Fonteyn in action...Barry Wordsworth and the ROH Orchestra seem totally committed...and the Opus Arte presentation is as flawless as all its previous Royal Ballet releases.” BBC Music Magazine, October 2010 ****

“the camerawork is completely unobtrusive and faithful” Penguin Guide, 2011 edition

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Opus Arte Royal Opera House Collection - OA1030D

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Massenet: Manon

Massenet: Manon


Carlos Acosta (Des Grieux), Tamara Rojo (Manon), José Martin (Lescaut), Christopher Saunders (Monsieur G.M.), Laura Morera (Lescaut’s Mistress), Genesia Rosato (Madame), Thomas Whitehead (The Gaoler), Paul Kay (Beggar Chief) & Philip Mosley (Old Gentleman)

Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Martin Yates

Choreography: Kenneth MacMillan

TV Director: Ross MacGibbon

This new high-definition film of MacMillan’s hugely-popular ballet ‘Manon’ is the perfect twin to his classic ‘Romeo & Juliet’ (August 2009 release). Once again, the romantic male lead is taken by the charismatic Carlos Acosta, and once again his beautiful partner is Tamara Rojo. Prévost’s famous tale is set to the sensual music of Massenet and the Royal Ballet’s staging is played out against the sumptuous set and costume designs of Nicholas Georgiadis.

‘Manon’ is the third DVD release from Decca’s new exclusive artist, Carlo Acosta. The Cuban superstar builds on his stunning ‘Spartacus’ (October 2008) and romantic ‘Romeo & Juliet’ (August 2009) with an elegant and moving performance as the ardent young lover, Des Grieux, in MacMillan’s classic version of the tragedy.

This new high-definition film of ‘Manon’ is the perfect twin to the Royal Ballet’s staging of MacMillan’s other great classic – ‘Romeo & Juliet’. It is one of the most popular ballets in the Royal Ballet’s repertory, having received over 200 performances since its premiere in 1974.

This High Definition Widescreen recording was screened in cinemas throughout the UK in early 2009, and broadcast later in the year by the BBC.

‘Manon’ and ‘Romeo & Juliet’ 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’.

The DVD also includes an extensive (40 min) and fascinating documentary film, 'Dancing Manon', featuring interviews with Carlos Acosta, Tamara Rojo, Monica Mason (Director of the Royal Ballet) and Ross MacGibbon (TV Director).

BONUS FEATURES:

Extended 'Dancing Manon' film, featuring interviews and rehearsal footage

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Decca - 0743346

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Liszt: Mayerling

Liszt: Mayerling

A ballet by Kenneth MacMillan


Choreographer: Kenneth MacMillan

Edward Watson takes the role of Crown Prince Rudolf in Kenneth MacMillan's compelling ballet which lives out the final eight years of Rudolf’s life with its relentless downward spiral of political intrigue, drugs and murder. It culminates with the suicide pact at the hunting lodge - known as Mayerling - between Rudolf and his 17-year-old mistress, Mary Vetsera (Mara Galeazzi). Filmed in high definition and recorded in true surround sound.

“…while Mara Galeazzi as Mary Vetsera nearly stole the show with her natural conviction, exuberance and authoritative technique, the evening belonged to Watson as Rudolf, one of the most challenging male roles ever created.” Sunday Express

Extra features:

Illustrated synopsis

Cast gallery

Principles in rehearsal with Edward Watson & Mara Galeazzi

Short feature on costumes

Running time 157 mins

Region code All regions

Picture format 16:9 Anamorphic

Sound format 2.0 PCM & 5.1 DTS Master Audio

Menu language EN

Subtitles FR/DE/ES (extra features only)

Recorded live at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London, October 2009.

“A contorted Edward Watson as death-obsessed Austrian royalty leads a brilliant Royal Ensemble in Opus Arte's second DVD of Kenneth Macmillan's stunner.” BBC Music Magazine, March 2011 *****

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Opus Arte Royal Opera House Collection - OA1028D

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Adam: Giselle

Adam: Giselle


Anna Tysganikova (Giselle), Jozef Varga (Albrecht), Igone de Jongh (Myrtha) and Jan Zerer (Hilarion)

Holland Symfonia, Dutch National Ballet, Boris Gruzin

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Warner Classics Warner Vision - 5186571082

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Les Ballets Trockadero, Vols I & II

Les Ballets Trockadero, Vols I & II


Les Sylphides, Le Grand Pas de Quatre, Paquita,The dying Swan,Yes Virginia, Another Piano Ballet, Swan Lake-act II, Le Corsaire, Go for Barocco & Raymonda's Wedding


Czech Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, Pierre Michel Durand

Issued separately earlier this year, now available as a specially priced box set.

"best fun for both balletomanes and balletophobes: the jokes (with not a little malice used to leaven the dancing) are cunningly truthful." Financial Times

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Bel Air Classiques - BAC605

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Marenco: Excelsior

Marenco: Excelsior

Live Recording from The Teatro Degli Arcimboldi, Milano 2002


Marta Romagna, Riccardo Massimi, Isabel Seabra & Roberto Boll

Teatro Alla Scala, David Coleman

Choreography by Ugo Dell’Ara

In 1881 La Scala Milan staged a magnificent ballet spectacle. The aim was to present by means of a ballet all the great discoveries and achievements which had illuminated the late 19th century. The result was ‘a choreographic, historic, allegoric, phantastic plot in two parts and eleven scenes’, i.e. this was not a ballet in the classical sense. Excelsior is a kind of choreographic composition, which sings the praises of progress in science and accomplishments, in keeping with the era of supreme optimism. The steam engine, the Brooklyn Bridge, electricity, telegraph, the Suez Canal and the tunnel between Italy and France are all technical achievements, which are shown on stage. Despite its seemingly dreary subject matter it was a huge success when fi rst performed, and enjoyed a run of 103 performances during that year alone. This production from 2002 at the Teatro alla Scala brings a riot of colour to Manzotti‘s work. With 100 dancers on stage at a time, references to the golden MGM film era and Busby Berkeley-style dancing, it is guaranteed to intrigue and charm!

Sound Format: PCM STEREO

DD 5.1, DTS 5.1

DVD Format: DVD 9, NTSC

Picture Format: 16.9

Subtitle Languages: GB, DE, FR, ES, CN (Bonus)

FSK: 0

Running Time: 120 mins

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Arthaus Musik - 107115

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Gluck: Orphée et Eurydice

Gluck: Orphée et Eurydice

Sung in German


Orpheus - Yann Bridard (ballet), Maria Riccarda Wesseling (opera), Eurydice - Marie-Agnès Gillot (ballet), Julia Kleiter (opera), Amor - Miteki Kudo (ballet ) & Sunhae Im (opera)

Ballet de l'Opéra national de Paris & Balthasar-Neumann Chor & Ensemble, Thomas Hengelbrock

Choreography and Stage Direction: Pina Bausch

Set, costume and lighting designs: Rolf Borzik

Filmed in HD at the Palais Garnier February 2008 Orpheus and Eurydice is Pina Bausch's masterpiece and the ultimate symbol of the genius of this German choreographer, who died last June, five days after being diagnosed with cancer. Bausch was the artistic director of the Tanztheater Wuppertal, which she founded in 1973. She had a formidable international reputation as one of modern dance's greatest innovators. Her dance-theatre works include the melancholic Café Müller (1978), in which dancers stumble around the stage crashing into tables and chairs, and a thrilling Rite of Spring (1975), which required the stage to be completely covered with soil. Excerpts from Bausch's Café Müller and another of her works, Masurca Fogo, reached a wider audience when they were featured in Pedro Almodóvar's film Talk to Her (2002). Bausch also appeared in Federico Fellini's 1983 film And the Ship Sails On. In recent months, she had been preparing a 3-D cinema project with Wim Wenders; shooting was slated to commence in September. Bausch continued to perform as a dancer throughout her 60s. Her company last visited the UK in 2008 for a sold-out series of performances, drawing long queues for returns at Sadler's Wells in London.

Guardian critic Judith Mackrell gave the show a five-star review, praising Bausch's ability to "combine movement of shocking visceral intensity with stage visions of often hallucinogenic strangeness".

"She was an artist of the kind that the world is only blessed with from time to time. Her repertoire of works has inspired generations of audiences and artists with an impact that is hard to overestimate." Alistair Spalding, artistic director, Sadler's Wells

Color, 16/9, NTSC - PCM STEREO, DOLBY

DIGITAL 5.1, DTS 5.1

“Even though I’m a bit allergic to Bausch’s brand of Teutonic gloom, I can’t deny that this has a rare emotional intensity which grows out of the music.” The Telegraph, 2nd December 2011

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Bel Air Classiques - BAC044

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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’.

“…excellent sound and picture quality. Nicholas Geogiadis's designs, dating from 1965. are still gorgeously redolent of Renaissance Verona, and the big scenes of street life and the Capulet ball are magnificent spectacles. One of today's dream partnerships, Tamara Rojo and Carlos Acosta, prove more than a match for their distinguished predecessors. ...Rojo rises to the fierce dramatic challenges of the last act with electrifying intensity. ...and Prokofiev's score is vigorously conducted by Boris Gruzin.” Gramophone Magazine, February 2010

“As… the star-crossed lovers… the inspirational Carlos Acosta and the facially so expressive Tamara Rojo… galvanising conducted by Gruzin… all flaming testosterone thanks not only to Acosta and his Mercutio, José Martín, but also to the brutal Tybalt of Thiago Soares. Like all the character dancers here, he fills the role with life and energy. The final duel practically flies off the stage, the corps' reaction seems genuine and Elizabeth MacGorian's Lady Capulet makes the mother's-grieving curtain truly hair-raising for once. ...at the Royal Ballet a classic is raised to an unsurpassable level.” BBC Music Magazine, March 2010 *****

GGramophone Magazine

DVD of the Month - February 2010

Building a Library

DVD Choice - February 2010

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Decca - 0743337

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