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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

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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Bel Air Classiques - BAC037

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Furrer: Begehren

Furrer: Begehren


Vocalensemble NOVA, Beat Furrer

A contemporary performance piece by Beat Furrer (b. 1954) described by the composer as Music Theatre piece in 10 scenes, incorporating dancers, singers, orchestra and sound projection. This hugely imaginative staging was filmed at a live performance in 2003 and is presented for the first time on this DVD presentation. The film also includes an interview with Beat Furrer. “The 10 scenes show both figures, HE and SHE, in different stages of their development, in an intermediate area between memory and the search for one another – and at the same time the search for themselves.”

“Furrer's fusion of music and theatre captivates but the staging is predictable.” Gramophone Magazine, October 2009

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Kairos - KAI0012792

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Bill T. Jones - Solos

Bill T. Jones - Solos

A film by Don Kent & Christian Dumais-Lvowski


A major figure on the contemporary choreography scene, Billy T. Jones is also a remarkable dancer and a performer with an electrifying stage presence. Jones choreographed and performed worldwide as a soloist and duet company with his late partner, Arnie Zane before forming the Bill T. Jones /Arnie Zane Dance Company in 1982. Creating more than 100 works for his own company, Jones has also choreographed for American Dance Theater, Boston Ballet, Lyon Opera Ballet and Berlin Opera Ballet among others. In 1990, Jones choreographed Sir Michael Tippett's New Year under the direction of Sir Peter Hall for the Houston Grand Opera and the Glyndebourne Opera Festival. He conceived, co-directed and choreographed Mother of Three Sons, which was performed at the Munich Biennale, New York City Opera, and the Houston Grand Opera. He also directed Lost in the Stars for the Boston Lyric Opera. Here, alone in a studio and filmed from a totally cinematic point of view, he speaks to us of violence, gentleness and emotion in three short pieces: Ionization to music by Edgar Varèse; Chaconne, from Bach's Partita for solo Violin in D minor; and Tea for Two, the famous classic song. Bonuses on the The dancing man include interviews with the choreographer, master classes and dance excerpts.

"We will either dance or die" Bill T. Jones

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Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker, Op. 71

Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker, Op. 71

Recorded live at the War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco, California, on 19th & 20th December 2007


Damian Smith (Uncle Drosselmeyer), Elizabeth Powell (Clara), Davit Karapetyan (Nutcracker Prince), David Arce (King of the Mice), Yuan Yuan Tan (Queen of Snow), Pierre-François Vilanoba (King of Snow), Vanessa Zahorian (Sugar Plum Fairy)

San Francisco Ballet & San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, Martin West

Choreographer: Helgi Tomasson

This visually stunning, all-new production of Nutcracker, choreographed by Helgi Tomasson (artistic director of the San Francisco Ballet) is a graceful and timeless adventure on a grand scale. The scenic design by Michael Yeargan, setting the tale at the time of the 1915 San Francisco World Fair, is sensational. From the lovely Waltz of the Flowers to the crystalline beauty of the stunning Snowflake Waltz, each scene is more breathtaking than the last, bringing to life all the well-known and beloved characters with fresh sparkle and compelling originality. Recorded in High Definition video and true surround sound, this age-transcending production offers a dazzling magical journey which is garnering critical acclaim throughout the world.

Bonus material:

Illustrated synopsis & cast gallery.

Interviews with Helgi Tomasson, Michael Yeargan and Martin Pakledinaz.

Documentary: 1915 World's Fair.

‘The opulent new version of the seasonal classic, launched spectacularly by the San Francisco Ballet, is every parent’s dream of a holiday treat. It looks scrumptious, tastes delicious, offers substantial nourishment and won’t cause cavities.’ San Francisco Examiner

PICTURE FORMAT: 16:9
LENGTH: 132 Mins
SOUND: DTS SURROUND 5.0 / LPCM 2.0 STEREO
SUBTITLES: FR/DE/ES/IT

“This sumptuous production of Nutcracker updates the scenario to San Francisco during the 1915 International Exposition. With ravishing sets, superb dancing and stunning sound, it is an absolute delight.” BBC Music Magazine, September 2009 *****

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Opus Arte - OA1002D

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Khachaturian: Spartacus

Khachaturian: Spartacus


Choreography: Yuri Grigorovich

Scenario: Nikolai Volkov

Scenography, Set and Costume Design: Simon Virsaladz

Lighting Design: Mikhail Sokolov

A production of State Academic Bolshoi Theatre of Russia

Co-produced by Bel Air Media, Bolshoi Theatre of Russia In association with France 2, BBC and Decca Music Group with the support of Centre National de la Cinematographie

The world's greatest male dancer, Carlos Acosta, dances the greatest male ballet lead Spartacus, in Grigorovich's famous Soviet ballet, created for the Bolshoi to Khachaturian's famous score. Following sensational performances in Moscow and London in 2007, the Bolshoi's production was re-staged and filmed in January 2008 in the Paris Opera's Palais Garnier, especially for Carlos.

Captured in HD widescreen, this is the first major DVD/video of Spartacus since the Bolshoi's own performances from the 70s.

This is the first DVD marking the signing of Carlos Acosta to the Decca label as an exclusive artist, and the next DVD release is expected to be the Royal Ballet's production of Romeo & Juliet, starring Acosta and Tamara Rojo.

Extras: The DVD will also include a 30 min extra film, featuring interviews with Carlos and choreographer Yuri Grigorovich.

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Decca - 0743303

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Prokofiev: Cinderella, Op. 87

Prokofiev: Cinderella, Op. 87

Recorded live at the Palais Garnier, Paris on 24, 26, 28 April 2008.


Agnès Letestu, José Martinez, Laëtitia Pujol, Stéphanie Romberg, Stéphane Phavorin & Wilfried Romoli

Paris Opera Ballet & Paris Opera Orchestra, Koen Kessels

Choreographer: Rudolf Nureyev

Rudolf Nureyev’s colourful, “movie-star” version of Prokofiev’s Cinderella retains the classic Perrault story but sets it in America during the difficult years of the Great Depression in the 1930s and 1940s. Agnès Letestu stars as Cinderella who, living with her alcoholic father, tyrannical stepmother and two spiteful stepsisters, dreams of escape and stardom in Hollywood. After a promising screen-test during which The Film Star, suavely portrayed by José Martinez, falls head over heels in love with her, she is fearful that her new-found happiness is too good to be true and will vanish with her youth. Fortunately, her magical protector (in the form of The Producer) and her lover move heaven and earth for a ‘happily ever after’ ending. This is Paris Opera Ballet at its very best.

‘More than a traditional full-length ballet, Nureyev’s Cinderella is a musical fantasy overflowing with vitality.’ Le Figaro

Bonus Documentary: 'Cinderella goes to Hollywood'

PICTURE FORMAT: 16:9
LENGTH: 185 Mins
SOUND: 2.0 LPCM STEREO / 5.1 DTS SURROUND SOUND
SUBTITLES: EN/FR/DE/ES/IT

“Agnès Letestu is grace and modesty personified in Nureyev's 'Cinderella Goes to Hollywood', overstuffed with references ranging throughout Chaplin, Groucho Marx and King Kong. All of Prokofiev's score is presented.” BBC Music Magazine, December 2008 ****

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Opus Arte - OA0997D

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Opera & Ballet Favourites

Opera & Ballet Favourites

Recorded live at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London on 1st December 1993.


Puccini:

Quando me'n vo (from La Bohème)

Rachmaninov:

Ves tabor spit (from Aleko)

Rimsky Korsakov:

A skaly groznyje - Song of the Varangian Merchant

Gorod kamennyi, gorodam vsem mat? 'Song of the Venetian guest' (from Sadko)

Tchaikovsky:

The Dance of the Clowns from The Snow Maiden

Snowflakes from The Nutcracker

None but the lonely heart, Op. 6 No. 6

Ya vas lyublyu 'Yeletsky’s aria' (from Pique Dame)

Gospod' moy, yesti greshen ya from Iolanta

Akh, istomilas' ya gorem from The Queen of Spades

The Nutcracker: Grand pas de deux

1812 Overture, Op. 49

Kuda, Kuda 'Lensky's Aria' (from Eugene Onegin)

Pas de deux (Anastasia)

Pas de deux (The Sleeping Beauty)

Larina Ball from Eugene Onegin


Stage Director: John Cox

The 1993 Winter Gala Concert from the stage of the Royal Opera House sees a stellar array of the world’s greatest artists celebrate the music of Tchaikovsky – composer of many of the all-time opera, concert and ballet favourites, including The Queen of Spades, the 1812 Overture and The Nutcracker.

‘…a dazzling evening in the company of a galaxy of stars from The Royal Ballet and the Royal Opera. …an unsurpassable celebration of opera and ballet.’ Daily Telegraph

PICTURE FORMAT: 16:9
LENGTH: 137 Mins
SOUND: LPCM 2.0
SUBTITLES: EN

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Opus Arte - OAR3110D

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Zubin Mehta - New Year's Concert 1990

Zubin Mehta - New Year's Concert 1990


Strauss, J, I:

Indianer-Galopp (Indian Galop), Op. 111

Radetsky March, Op. 228

Strauss, J, II:

Der Zigeunerbaron: Einzugsmarsch

Donauweibchen Waltz, Op. 427

Wiener Blut Waltz, Op. 354

Im Sturmschritt! (At the Double!), Op. 348

Demolirer-Polka, Op. 269

Geschichten aus dem Wienerwald, Op. 325

Tritsch-Tratsch Polka, Op. 214

Explosions Polka, Op. 43

An der schönen, blauen Donau, Op. 314

Strauss, Josef:

Die Emanzipierte

Sport-Polka, Op. 170

Sympathie, Op. 73

Eingesendet, Op. 240

Suppe:

Ein Morgen, ein Mittag, ein Abend in Wien Overture


Ballett der Wiener Staatsoper & Wiener Philharmoniker, Zubin Mehta

Directed by Brian Large

After three decades of collaboration with the Vienna Philharmonic, Zubin Mehta made his New Year’s Concert debut, which instantly achieved legendary status.

"It’s easy to hear why they keep inviting him – Mehta brings a knowing discretion of touch, freeing the amazing Vienna Philharmonic to weave its customary magic” (BBC Music Magazine)

First release in 5.1 DTS Surround Sound

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DG - 0734454

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Adam: Giselle

Adam: Giselle

Recorded live at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London in January 2006.


Alina Cojocaru, Johan Kobborg, Marianela Nuñez & Martin Harvey

The Royal Ballet & The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Boris Gruzin (conductor) & Marius Petipa (choreographer)

Perhaps the most celebrated ballet of the Romantic era, Adolphe Adam’s intoxicating ballet Giselle is the dramatic story of a peasant girl whose betrayal by her aristocratic lover causes her to go mad before dying and returning as a ghost. Featuring the fabulous Alina Cojocaru in the title role and Johan Kobborg as a torn Count Albrecht, Peter Wright’s sparkling production and John Macfarlane’s pastoral designs create an opulent feast for the eyes, here captured in High Definition video and true surround sound.

PICTURE FORMAT: 16:9
LENGTH: 112 Mins
SOUND: 2.0 LPCM STEREO / 5.0 DTS SURROUND SOUND
SUBTITLES: N/A

“The Royal Ballet's recent triumphs continue with this exquisite Giselle. Beguiling actress-dancer Alina Cojocaru embraces both Act I's sweet rural girl and the tragic ghost of Act II.” BBC Music Magazine, December 2008 ****

“[Cojocaru and Kobborg] are a touching pair and the remaining roles [are] no less brilliant and as strongly characterized. The Royal Corps de Ballet is superb. A compelling performance, with fine supportive playing from the Covent Garden orchestra under Boris Gruzin and expert video direction throughout.” Penguin Guide, 2011 edition

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Opus Arte Royal Opera House Collection - OA0993D

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Minkus: Don Quixote

Minkus: Don Quixote


Viengsay Valdès (Kitri), Romel Frometa (Basilio), Dayron Vera (Don Quixote) & Javier Sanchez (Sancho Panza)

Ballet Nacional de Cuba & Symphonic Orchestra of the Great Theatre of Havana, Giovanni Duarte

If there is one country in the world where classical ballet is still an art form for the people and by the people, it is Cuba A veritable artistic miracle, the Cuban National Ballet was born of the unshakeable will of a heroic woman.Alicia Alonso, founded this improbable ballet company in 1948, with the support of Fidel Castro, and 60 years later, the octogenarian former prima ballerina, whose sight started to fail aged 20, is still the director.

A star of the American Ballet Theatre, New York, in the ‘40s, first Westerner to dance at the Kirov and Bolshoi, she has produced such stars as Covent Garden's Carlos Acosta and created a culture where the ambition to star in such a very European choreographic tradition is akin to that of being a footballer in Brazil. Alicia Alonso is a tenacious warrior who has shared her passion with all the Cuban people, taking it to schools all over the country.

Bonus c30mins: Interviews and rehearsals with Alicia Alonso, filmed in the glass-roofed Grand Palais, Paris. Highlights from Giselle and Don Quixote, Alicia dancing & modern productions

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Bel Air Classiques - BAC036

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