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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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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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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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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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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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Best of Bolshoi Ballet

Best of Bolshoi Ballet


Adam:

Giselle

(slightly abridged)

Galina Ulanova, Nikolai Fadeyechev, Taisia Monakhova, Alexander Radunsky, Erik Volodin, Irina Makedonskaya, Vladimir Levashev & Rimma Karelskaya

Yuri Faier

Asafyev:

Dance of the Tartars from The Fountain of Bakhchsarai

Choreography by R. Zakharov

G. Rozhdestvensky

Glinka:

Ivan Susanin (A Life for the Tsar): Polonaise

Choreography by R. Zakharov

Yuri Faier

Ivan Susanin (A Life for the Tsar): Krakoviak

Choreography by R. Zakharov

Yuri Faier

Gounod:

Walpurgisnacht from Faust

Choreography by L. Lavrovsky

Yuri Faier

Rachmaninov:

Spring torrents, Op. 14 No.11

Choreography by Asaf Messerer

Yuri Faier

Saint-Saëns:

The Dying Swan (Solo)

Choreography by M. Fokine

Yuri Faier

Tchaikovsky:

Spanish Dance from Swan Lake

Choreography by A. Gorsky

G. Rozhdestvensky


Paul Czinner’s acclaimed 1956 filming of the Bolshoi Ballet’s first-ever tour of Great Britain, which preserves two complete programs: a Bolshoi Highlights Program featuring Raissa Struchkova in the Walpurgisnacht from Gounod’s Faust, and Galina Ulanova in The Dying Swan and a thrilling performance of Giselle with Ulanova and Nikolai Fadeyechev

Also included in the Highlights Program is the celebrated Spring Water ballet, set to music by Rachmaninoff and danced with dazzling virtuosity by the outstanding members of the Bolshoi troupe

The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra are under the direction of Gennadi Rozhdestvensky and Yuri Faier

In Dance Magazine, critic Clive Barnes eulogized the artistry documented here: “Everything the Russian critics have written about her is true. The impeccable technique, the expressive body, the intellect, the informed face; yet Ulanova has something criticism could never define, something you might look for in Shakespeare’s sonnets.”

“The greatest performance by an interpretive artist within my experience” – Clive Barnes, Dance Magazine (1998) [on Ulanova’s Giselle as seen documented here]

In 5.1 DTS Surround Sound

First time on DVD

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The Children of the Beijing Opera

The Children of the Beijing Opera

One minute on stage, ten years of training. A film by Don Kent & Christian Dumais-Lvowski


In granting us the rare privilege of entry, the Beijing Opera School offers access to the age-old art form of traditional Chinese opera. Based on a typical day for student and their teachers, the film follows them through dawn-to-dusk activities that include acrobatics, classes in singing, music and dance, makeup sessions, schoolwork, rehearsals and performances.Total immersion in an establishment where discipline is, in many respects, that of a military academy.

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Margot

Margot

Ballets featured Romeo & Juliet, Swan Lake, Giselle, Sleeping Beauty, Marguerite & Armand & The Nutcracker


Rudolf Nureyev, Frederick Ashton, Robert Helpmann, Ninette de Valois, Roland Petit, Monica Mason, Lynn Seymour, Antoinette Sibley, Anthony Dowell & Beryl Grey

This is the story of how the most famous dancer that England has ever produced was deceived and betrayed by those closest to her; of how a little girl called Peggy Hookham, brought up in Shanghai, told her mother she would one day become the greatest dancer in the world; and of how, in spite of being almost unable to walk, she was still performing when she was 67.

It is a story of courage and tenacity, of unbelievable devotion – to her art and to those whom she loved who, in the end, left her penniless and alone, even to the extent that she was buried at first in a pauper’s grave. It is the stuff of fiction – except that it is true.

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Una Serata con Carla Fracci

Una Serata con Carla Fracci


Offenbach:

Can-Can (from Orpheus in the Underworld)

Prokofiev:

Romeo and Juliet, Op. 64 - excerpts

Tchaikovsky:

Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66 (excerpts)


Carla Fracci (ballerina)

1973 RAI documentary about La Scala' prima ballerina Carla Fracci with Amodeo Amodio, Paolo Bortoluzzi, Jacqueline De Min, Giuseppe di Stefano, Alice & Ellen Kessler, James Urbain and Franca Valeri. Carla Fracci performs excerpts from The Sleeping Beauty (Tchaikovsky), Cancan (Offenbach), Romeo et Juliette (Prokofiev). Subtitled in English, French, Spanish & Japanese. Color, 57 min. Playable in all regions.

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Hardy - HCD4030

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