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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’.

“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 *****

“…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

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Kühn: Dark

Kühn: Dark

A Ballet by Carolyn Carlson


Michele Abbondanza, Antonella Bertoni, Magda Borrull Pascual, Carolyn Carlson, Colette Malye, Peter Morin, Markku Nenonen, Tomeo Verges (dancers)

World Premiere on Stage at Théâtre De La Ville, Paris, 1988 Adapted For TV in 1989.

Choreography by Carolyn Carlson, Original Music by Joachim Kühn, Digital Mixing by Walter Quintus, Set Design by Frederic Pierre Robert, John Virke & Costume Design by Maritza Gligo.

Symbolic, spiritual and rich in contrast: Dark by Carolyn Carlson

Her body is long and slender – emaciated, almost. But certainly not lacking strength. Those distinctive lines – once in motion – are reminiscent of the rapid strokes of a calligrapher’s brush moving across a sheet of paper. Yet for all the spontaneity, every detail is considered. Nothing is left to chance. And the observer is given complete freedom to interpret the message the choreographer communicates in partnership with her performers, the composer and the designers of set, costume and lighting. Carolyn Carlson is a magician of ambiguity who transports her audience into a netherworld where life meets death. Her characters (or choreographic structures) are subject to constant metamorphosis. For the inspiration she offers, modern and contemporary dance owes a debt of gratitude to this purist of simplicity. The piece is set to an original score by Joachim Kühn, played on a piano, modified via a digital console. A company of eight dancers, including Carlson herself, perform Dark for this specially-shot studio recording.

BONUS: Making of Dark. Introduction by Carolyn Carlson

Sound Format: PCM STEREO

DVD Format: DVD 9, NTSC

Picture Format: 4:3

Running Time: 64 mins (Performance) + 17 mins (Introduction)

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Languages: GB, DE, FR, ES, IT (Introduction)

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Shchedrin: The Seagull – Die Möwe

Shchedrin: The Seagull – Die Möwe

Based on the play of the same name by Anton Chekhov. Live from the Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow 1980


Maya Plisetskaya & Alexander Bogatyrev

Ballet and Orchestra of The Bolshoi Theatre, Alexander Lazarev

World Premiere Recording on DVD.

Set Design by Valery Levental, Costume Design for Maya Plisetskaya by Pierre Cardin & Ballet Master and Staging by Maya Plisetskaya.

The Seagull is an amazing and touching ballet performance in two acts based on the play of the same name by Anton Chekhov. It tells a moving love story about young people reflecting on their human existence and the art of theatre acting. The romantic and artistic conflicts of the four characters are beautifully choreographed by Maya Plisetskaya who also dances as the main character Nina Zarietchnaya. Plisetskaya is ranked among the greatest ballerinas of the 20th century. Her superior choreography is brilliant, with strong images and excellent dancers whose performance gives a breathtaking adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s play. The accompanied music of Rodion Shchedrin amplifi es the moving story. With his music the pre-eminently Russian composer shows his passion for Russian folklore and folk music, Russian poetry and literature. Furthermore Shchedrin succeeds in synthesising traditional and new forms by using every contemporary technique of composition including aleatoric and serial. This production shows the ballet performance live from the historic Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow 1980. Due to the high professional level of the dancers and musicians it is a unique and very enjoyable experience for the spectators and a historical document of the outstanding dancer Maya Plisetskaya as well.

BONUS: Interviews with Maya Plisetskaya and Rodion Shchedrin. Introduction to the ballet and choreography.

Sound Format: PCM STEREO

DVD Format: DVD 9, NTSC

Picture Format: 4:3 (Ballet) / 16:9 (Bonus)

Running Time: 85 mins (Ballet) / 30 mins (Bonus)

FSK: 0

Languages : RU, GB, DE, FR, ES, IT (Bonus)

“…I found myself surprisingly moved and involved. Plisetskaya has found a credible choreographic idiom closer to expressive mime than full-blown classical ballet, and though her astonishingly lithe and supple body manages convincingly to transform her middle-aged self plausibly into a shy, ardent girl... and there's a bravado about the whole enterprise which sweeps one's reservations away.” Gramophone Magazine, February 2010

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Auber: Marco Spada

Auber: Marco Spada


Rudolf Nureyev, Ghislaine Thesmar, Michael Denard, Lucia Colognato, Alfredo Rainò

Orchestra e Corpo di ballo dell'Opera di Roma, Alberto Ventura

Choreography, sets and costumes by Pierre Lacotte. Conducted by Alberto Ventura. Bonuses: interviews with Mrs. Vittoria Ottolenghi (1984), Pierre Lacotte (2009)

Subtitles: English, French, Italian, Spanish

110 minutes

Live performance by Rome Opera House Ballet on January 8th, 1982

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Grieg: Peer Gynt, incidental music, Op. 23

Grieg: Peer Gynt, incidental music, Op. 23

A production of the Zurich Opera House filmed in High Definition, 11 & 12/2008


Christiane Kohl (Solveig, soprano), Boguslaw Bidzinski (Peer Gynt, tenor), Agnieszka Adamczak, Huiling Zhu (sopranos) & Angelica Voje (mezzo)

Zurich Ballet & Zurich Opera Orchestra & choir, Eivind Gullberg Jensen

Choreography: Heinz Spoerli & Sets: Florian Etti

Lighting: Martin Gebhardt

Film director: Andy Sommer

In Peer Gynt Zurich choreographer Heinz Spoerli has attempted a daring combination of Grieg's score and modern sounds for a dance translation of the interior monologue of Ibsen's hero. Going beneath the surface of Ibsen's narrative, Spoerli explores the emotional abyss the protagonist is plunged into. Finding that the Grieg work alone fell short of his ambitions, the choreographer turned to two contemporary composers whose music, rather than competing with Grieg's, enriches it and gives rise to different worlds.Thus the Grieg lends itself to the ballet's classical, narrative-style aspect, while the input from Brett Dean and Mark-Anthony Turnage provides an excellent vehicle for visual expression of Peer Gynt's moods and his inner distress. The production is performed by the Zurich Ballet, of which Spoerli is the director, with Peer Gynt danced by Stuttgart Ballet soloist Marijn Rademaker.The Orchestra and Choir of the Zurich Opera are conducted by Eivind Gullberg Jensen. Heinz Spoerli received the German Dance Prize 2009. In addition Marijn Rademaker, Principal Dancer of the Stuttgart Ballet, is the recipient of the German Dance Price ´Future´ 2009.

Illustrated booklet FR, EN G, GER

DVD : Color, picture format 16/9, NTSC

PCM Stereo - Dolby Digital 5.1 - DTS 5.1

Subtitles : FR, EN G

Duration 110 min

“Zürich Ballet chief Heinz Spoerli has created a passionately felt ballet from much of Grieg's score, some of Ibsen's dialogue (in German) and the borrowing of existing contemporary music. His choice and placing in the sequence of six pieces by Australian composer and ex-Berlin Philharmonic viola-player Brett Dean and two by Mark-Anthony Turnage follow the darker, neurotic corners of Ibsen's play more closely than Grieg did - a kind of filling-in of the traditional incidental music. Spoerli's decision to double-cast Peer with dancer and actor is effective, as is his fast-rising conductor... Jensen is able to secure from the Zürich Opera orchestra a deft pit-band lightness... His Dean and Turnage feel hardly less fluent.” Gramophone Magazine, February 2010

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My First Ballet Collection

My First Ballet Collection


INCLUDES:

Tchaikovsky The Sleeping Beauty Valse

Tchaikovsky Swan Lake Entrance of the Swans

Tchaikovsky Nutcracker Battle of the Toys and Mice

Hérold La Fille mal gardée The Fanny Elssler pas de deux

Tchaikovsky Nutcracker Madame du Cirque and the Dancing Bear

Tchaikovsky Nutcracker Chinese Dance

Mendelssohn A Midsummer Night’s Dream Oberon's Kingdom

Tchaikovsky The Nutcracker Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy

Hérold La Fille mal gardée Picnic

Adam Giselle Retour des vendangeurs et valse

Hérold La Fille mal gardée Dance of the cock and hens

Tchaikovsky The Nutcracker Russian Dance

Delibes Sylvia Pas des esclaves

Tchaikovsky Nutcracker Dance of the Mirlitons

Prokofiev Cinderella Cinderella

Tchaikovsky Nutcracker Waltz of the Snowflakes

Prokofiev Cinderella Duet of the Prince and Cinderella

Delibes Coppélia Bringing Coppélia to life

Hérold La Fille mal gardée Clog dance

Delibes Sylvia Pizzicati

Tchaikovsky The Sleeping Beauty Act 1 Finale

Tchaikovsky Swan Lake Cygnets’ Dance

Tchaikovsky The Nutcracker Waltz of the Flowers

Delibes Sylvia Les Chasseresses

Mendelssohn A Midsummer Night’s Dream Epilogue

Tchaikovsky Swan Lake Pas de trois – Odette, Siegfried, Von Rothbart


Featuring some of the world’s most exciting and talented dancers, this sparkling collection brings together some of the best scenes from your favourite ballets -- from the graceful elegance and passion of Swan Lake, to the humour and wit of the Clog Dance from La Fille mal gardée and the exuberant liveliness of The Nutcracker, this is a perfect collection for any ballet beginner.

Running time 92 mins Region code All regions

Picture format 16:9 Anamorphic Sound format 5.0 Full Half DTS / PCM Stereo

Menu language EN Dimensions (mm) W135 H190 D15

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Adam: Giselle

Adam: Giselle

Studio Recording from 1987


Ana Laguna, Luc Bouy, Yvan Auzely, Vanessa Mcintosh & Lena Wennergren

Orchestre National de L’opéra de Monte-Carlo, Richard Bonynge

Choreography and TV adaptation by Mats Ek

Stage Designed by Marie-Louise De Geer Bergenstråhle

“Giselle“ is seen as the epitome of romantic ballet and ever since its debut performance in 1841, it features among the standard repertoire of countless ballet companies. The acclaimed Swedish choreographer and dancer, Mats Ek, made dance history in the early eighties with his bizarrely unromantic and radically drastic new interpretation of the ballet classic. He interpreted the content and the style of the second act in a contemporary way for the Swedish Cullberg Ballet - one of the most famous modern dance formations in the world. Mats Ek keeps the music of Adolphe Adam: he uses a 1969 recording of the Monte Carlo Opera Orchestra conducted by Richard Bonynge that we also hear in this studio recording. The premiere cast of characters, Ana Laguna (Giselle), Luc Bouy (Albrecht), Yvan Auzely (Hilarion), Vanessa McIntosh (Bathilde) and Lena Wennergren (Myrtha), turn the accompanying recording into a fi rst class ballet documentation.

“My version of Giselle is an attempt at retelling the story. For me Giselle – and this applies to the old ballet as well – is about love. Love, which in the old version conquers death. That differs in mine. But love remains the main thing.” Mats Ek

Sound Format: PCM Stereo

DVD Format: DVD 9, NTSC

Picture Format: 4:3

Running Time: 89 mins

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Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake, Op. 20

Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake, Op. 20

Recorded at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London, on 16th & 24th March 2009.


Marianela Nuñez (Odette/Odile), Thiago Soares (Price Siegfried), Elizabeth McGorian (Siegfried's mother), Christopher Saunders (Von Rothbart/Evil Spirit), Alastair Marriott (Tutor), David Pickering (Benno)

Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Valeriy Ovsyanikov (conductor) & Anthony Dowell (stage director)

Choreographers: Marius Petipa & Lev Ivanov

Yolanda Sonnabend's Faberge-inspired designs evoke a world of Imperial Russia in Anthony Dowell's acclaimed production for The Royal Ballet of one of the world's best-loved ballets. Marianela Nuñez as Odette/Odile and Thiago Soares as Prince Siegfried bring new vitality to a compelling story of tragic romance. The Russian conductor Valeriy Ovsyanikov directs the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House in Tchaikovsky's lush romantic score. Filmed in High Definition and recorded in true surround sound.

Bonus material:

Illustrated synopsis.

Cast gallery.

Interview with Anthony Dowell

Four Swan Queens - Exclusive 30-minute conversation on the demands of dancing the role of the Swan Queen with former Prima Ballerinas Dame Beryl Grey, Dame Monica Mason, Lesley Collier and current principal Marianela Nuñez.

‘Anthony Dowell’s production…offers the ultimate classical experience, with the sights and sounds of a proud 19th century tradition running at full throttle. Fancy a romantic tragedy in a tutu? Then this is the ballet for you. …The production as a whole is beautifully formed and dramatically convincing… And praise, too, for the corps, who made us feel the sorrow and anger of the swans’ collective misfortune.’ The Times

Running time 179 mins

Region code All regions Picture format 16:9 Anamorphic

Sound format Half DTS 2.0 / 5.1

Menu language EN Subtitles (extra features) FR/DE/ES/IT

Dimensions (mm) W135 H190 D25

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Yared: Clavigo

Yared: Clavigo

Live Recording from The Opéra National de Paris Palais Garnier 1999


Nicolas Le Riche, Clairemarie Osta, Marie-Agnès Guillo, Yann Bridard & Yann Saïz

Corps de Ballet de L’Opéra National de Paris & Orchestre de L’Opéra National de Paris, Richard Bernas

Set Design by Jean-Michel Wilmotte, Costume Design by Luisa Spinatelli & Lighting by Marion Hewlett.

Clavigo is an amazing ballet performance of the five-act romantic tragedy written by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. It is Goethe’s first play that he published under his own name in 1774.

The ballet which is choreographed by Roland Petit tells the harm of a disoriented lover who is in the conflict of listening to his heart or his evil mind. Petit’s superior choreography is brilliant, with strong images and excellent dancers. The lead role was created by Nicolas Le Riche who is one of the most talented dancers of today. The gorgeous dancing choreography is emphasised by the straightforward stage design which consists of grey, black and white panels.

This production shows the ballet recorded in the Opéra national de Paris - Palais Garnier in France. The accompanied music of Gabriel Yared is created in a particular style. The composer describes his working progress as follows: „I definitely did not want to write ‘ period’ music. On the contrary, I tried to use the greatest variety of styles, to explore the various types of music I like, for the sheer pleasure of composing music one could dance to.“ Yared’s music underpins the entire ballet and makes it a unique and highly enjoyable experience for the spectators.

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Four Elements / Four Seasons

Four Elements / Four Seasons

A choreographic concert by and with Juan Kruz Díaz de Garaio Esnaola


Rebel, J-F:

Les Élémens

Georg Kallweit

Vivaldi:

The Four Seasons

Midori Seiler (solo violin)

Clemens-Maria Nuszbaumer


Juan Kruz Diaz de Garaio Esnaola (direction, choreography)

Bonus: presentation by Folkert Uhde, Radialsystem V Producer;

Vivaldi Sonneto dimostrativo read by Folkert Uhde;

Conversation: Juan Kruz Diaz de Garaio Esnaola & Midori Seiler

Following the internationally acclaimed staging of Purcell's opera Dido and Aeneas (2005) and the opening production at Berlin's new arts space, Radialsystem V, 4 Elements - 4 Seasons is the third collaboration between the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin and the company Sasha Waltz & Guests. 4 Elements- 4 Seasons juxtaposes two almost contemporaneous yet very different works in a choreographic concert, both of which take depictions of nature as their starting point. After sold-out performances in 2007 the production has triumphed in Cologne, Baden-Baden, St. Pölten, Paris, Istanbul, and Bregenz. In the first part, Rebel's Les Éléments, the dancer fashions the process of a creation and the cycle of growth and decay. In the second part, The Four Seasons, the orchestra itself is choreographed. After long avoiding so frequently performed a work as The Four Seasons, the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin presents an unconventional version of what are the most popular Baroque violin concertos. Clemens-Maria Nuszbaumer has conceived a musical arrangement for two small string orchestras, each with a harpsichord as continuo instrument, which are placed opposite each other on a relatively large expanse of the stage. In the foreground stands or sits a small group of solo violin, cello and lute, occasionally joined by a solo viola. By means of this layout - and a few small interventions in the distribution of parts - it is possible to create attractive contrasts between the intimate solo group in the foreground and the sonorous 'décor' in the background.Thus, for example, the rolling thunder in the storm scene of the second and third movements of 'Summer' can genuinely move to and fro within the orchestra. Juan Kruz Diaz de Garaio Esnaola was born in the Spanish Basque Country. After training as a countertenor, he switched to dance. He has taken part in various internationally acclaimed films as a dancer, actor and choreographer. He has worked with Sasha Waltz since 1996 New Space for the Arts in Berlin: In September 2006 Radialsystem V was opened as a new centre for creative development in Berlin. In a short space of time it has established itself time as a venue for innovative and prestigious concerts, dance and music theatre performances both in Berlin and at a national and international level.The artistic directors and managing partners of Radialsystem V are its two founders, Jochen Sandig and Folkert Uhde.

“There are two ways to approach this film: dismiss it as risible and pretentious or surrender to its originality and surreal imagery. Either way, watch the bonuses first for an explanation of the genesis of the concert and for the discussion between the solo violinist (Midori Seiler) and the extravagantly monickered choreographer and dancer Juan Kruz Diaz de Garaio Esnaola.” Gramophone Magazine, December 2009

“The Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin has certainly achieved [this musical integrity] with its choreographic concert of naturethemed Baroque music…Seiler’s sweetly fluid virtuosity is breathtaking.” Classic FM Magazine

“This certainly sheds new light on the concept of the peripatetic musician.” BBC Music Magazine, May 2010 ***

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