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Kenneth Macmillan Three Ballets

Kenneth Macmillan Three Ballets

Recorded live at the Royal Opera House, March 2010


 

Concerto

Music: Dmitry Shostakovich

Marianela Nuñez, Yuhui Choe & Steven McRae

Dominic Grier

Elite Syncopations

Music: Scott Joplin & other Ragtime composers

Sarah Lamb, Valeri Hristov & Steven McRae

Robert Clark

The Judas Tree

Music: Brian Elias

Carlos Acosta, Leanne Benjamin & Edward Watson

Barry Wordsworth


MacMillan’s vision has been vital in shaping The Royal Ballet’s style and repertory, and what better way to appreciate his art than with this rare chance to experience three contrasting works in a single performance. Abstract, dramatic, humorous – this programme gives a wonderfully varied introduction not just to MacMillan’s work but to the beauty and dramatic power of ballet itself. Concerto, to Shostakovich’s Second Piano Concerto, contrasts moments of exuberance and elegiac reflection. The Judas Tree places a single woman among 13 men to enact a harrowing event that is recognizably contemporary but with biblical overtones. Elite Syncopations completes the programme with a sparkling evocation of a dance hall that brings ragtime rhythms to the dance, and a ragtime band to the stage.

Extra features:

Introductions to each ballet piece by Deborah MacMillan

“There has never been a choreographer that I can think of who could produce three such contrasting works, and you sit watching in wonderment at the fertile imaginings of his mind. " Telegraph

"It's grisly, and yet horribly exciting in its momentum, as the men show off to each other like skateboarders, flinging themselves into barrel turns while knotting and unknotting their legs." The Independent

Running time 104 mins

Region code All regions

Picture format 16:9 Anamorphic

Sound format 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS digital

Menu language EN

Subtitles EN/FR/DE/ES

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Opus Arte Royal Opera House Collection - OA1038D

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Oliveros: Njinga - The Queen King

Oliveros: Njinga - The Queen King

The Return of a Warrior


A powerful music-theatre work, Njinga merges sumptuous layers of contemporary and traditional song, dance and music to tell the real-life story of an extraordinary 17th century African regent.

Njinga ruled 17th century Ndongo (now Angola) as ‘king’ because tribal custom forbade her to rule as a woman. A skilled diplomat and fierce warrior, Njinga kept the Portuguese at bay from Ndongo for the 40 years of her rule. Flowing freely between time periods, Njinga traces the diaspora of Njinga’s people to Brazil and the United States, linking the ancient warrior’s life to that of a contemporary African-American woman who has lost touch with her heritage.

Oliveros’ score and use of electronics and spatialisation provides an environment for the traditional African music, heightening the drama.

5.1 surround mix by Pauline Oliveros and Brenda Hutchinson.

This live recording is derived from the BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music) Next Wave Festival performances of 1993. (This historic document contains video and audio imperfections inherent in the original source materials.)

BONUS FEATURES:

ANCESTRAL VOICES (1992, 56:40), directed by Stephen Barnwell, follows the 1992 workshops for Njinga in Woodstock, N.Y. as well as background from a visit to Bahia, Brazil in 1990. Participants interviewed include Ione, Oliveros, performers Luisah Teish and Fannie Green, Carol Chappel, Valerie Maynard, Mestre João Grande (Grand Master of Capoeira) and Davi Vierira (Capoeira dancer).

PEAK MOMENTS (2009, 12:51), filmed and edited by Victoria Kereszi. Ione and Oliveros reflect on the 8-year development of Njinga leading to the Lisbon/Gulbenkian Foundation performance (1993), and the subsequent development of Njinga through today.

Written & Directed by: Ione

Original Music & Sound: Pauline Oliveros

Set & Costume Design: Valerie Maynard

Dance & Movement by: Carol Chappell, Nego Gato, Biza Sompa, Titos Sompa

Electro-acoustical Design: Loren Rush

Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround

Aspect Ratio: 4:3 and 16:9, colour

NTSC, Region 0

In English, Congolese, Portuguese

Total Time: 3 hrs 13 min

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Mode - DVDMODE220

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Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker, Op. 71

Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker, Op. 71

Recorded live at the Royal Opera House, Nov & Dec, 2009


Miyako Yoshida (The Sugar Plum Fairy), Ricardo Cervera/Steven McRae (Nephew/Nutcracker), Steven McRae (The Prince), Gary Avis (Drosselmeyer) & Iohna Loots (Clara)

The Royal Ballet & The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Koen Kessels (conductor) & Peter Wright (director)

Choreography: Peter Wright after Lev Ivanov

This all-time ballet favourite, in which young Clara is swept into a fantasy adventure when one of her Christmas presents comes to life, is at its most enchanting in Peter Wright’s glorious production – as fresh as ever in its 25th year. Tchaikovsky’s ravishing score, period designs by Julia Trevelyan Oman (including an ingenious magical Christmas tree), an exquisite Sugar Plum Fairy (Miyako Yoshida) and chivalrous Prince (Steven McRae), the mysterious Drosselmeyer (Gary Avis) and vibrant dancing by The Royal Ballet make for a captivating performance. Filmed in High Definition and recorded in true surround sound.

‘One of the very best seasonal treats for children and adults alike, the Royal Ballet’s Nutcracker is a handsome, magical, thoroughly traditional rendering of ETA Hoffmann’s immortal if deeply strange story.’ Sunday Express

Extra Features

Cast gallery

Rehearsing at White Lodge

Peter Wright tells the story of The Nutcracker

Running time TBC127mins

Region code All regions

Picture format 16:9 Anamorphic

Sound format 2.0 LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS digital

Menu language EN

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Opus Arte Royal Opera House Collection - OA1036D

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Khachaturian: Masquerade

Khachaturian: Masquerade


Alexander Spendaryan State Academy Opera and Ballet Theatre, Hakob Ter-Voskanian

The ballet Masquerade is a rarity. The Armenian composer Aram Khachaturian (1903-1978) originally conceived the evocative score as incidental music for a 1941 production of Mikhail Lermontov’s play of the same name. The ballet, following Lermontov’s drama, tells the tragic tale of a bracelet lost at a masked ball which leads Arbenin to wrongly accuse his wife Nina of infidelity. Despite her protestations of innocence, Arbenin poisons her, only to learn that she was guiltless.

The 1985 filmed production presented here makes full use of cinematic techniques to convey the ambiguity of sinister stratagems lurking at the fringes of a swirling masquerade ball, while Khachaturian’s music – in particular the famous Waltz and the wistful Nocturne – provides the perfect accompaniment to the inventive choreography.

63 minutes, colour, mono, 4:3.

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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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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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Format: NTSC

Warner Classics Warner Vision - 5186571082

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