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Roland Petit: Le Jeune Homme Et La Mort & Carmen

Roland Petit: Le Jeune Homme Et La Mort & Carmen

Live Recording from The Opéra National De Paris, 200


Bach, J S:

Le jeune homme et la mort

Bizet:

Carmen


Marie-Agnès Gillot, Nicolas Le Riche & Clairemarie Osta

Ballet de L’Opéra National de Paris & Orchestre Colonne, Paul Connelly

The DVD shows two masterpieces of French post-war ballet and a homage to Roland Petit, its most influential representative.

Including the ballets Le jeune homme et la mort and Carmen in a production with the Orchestre Colonne directed by Paul Conelly. Premiered in June 1946 Le jeune homme et la mort marked the start of a whole new generation of choreography in liberated Paris, becoming the trademark of existentialist ballet. Petit choreographed his Carmen ballet, which is loosely based on Prosper Mérimée‘s story, to a musical potpourri from Bizet‘s opera. In this recording filmed at the Opéra National de Paris, the star soloists of the Opéra ballet company take on the challenge: Nicolas Le Riche, Marie-Agnès Gillot and Clairemarie Osta. Filmed with great visual and musical mastery, both works are documents of Petit’s enormous infl uence on post-war ballet and this DVD can be regarded as a homage to the grand seigneur of French dance.

BONUS: Interviews with Brigitte Lefèvre, Roland Petit and Nicolas Le Riche

Sound Format: LPCM Stereo, DD 5.0, DTS 5.0

Format: 16:9

DVD Format: DVD 9, NTSC

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

Running Time: 92 mins

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A Tribute to Maya Plisetskaya

A Tribute to Maya Plisetskaya


GEORGES BIZET / RODION SHCHEDRIN: “Carmen-Suite”

PYOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY: Romantic Encounter & Sleeping Beauty (excerpt) “Grand adage à la Rose”

GUSTAV MAHLER: Adagietto from the Fifth Symphony “La Rose Malade”

J.S. BACH / CHARLES GOUNOD: “Ave Maya”


Maya Plisetskaya, Alexander Godunov, Anatoly Berdyshev & Valery Kovtun (Dancers)

Bolshoi Ballet Dancers

Choreographies by Alberto Alonso, Maurice Béjart, Roland Petit & Valentin Elisariev

Maya Plisetskaya is one of the most outstanding dancer of the second half of the 20th century. Immediately after graduation from the Moscow Choreography School she became well-known, creating her own style which is characterized by a brilliant technique, elegance, perfection of each individual gesture and pose, always in combination with her beautiful dramatic art and extraordinary musicality.

“I am happy to see the most important milestones in my creative life brought together like this. The DVD contains a selection of my collaborations with leading choreographers from Roland Petit to Maurice Béjart. Wonderful!” Maya Plisetskaya

BONUS: Interview with Maya Plisetskaya and slide show “Maya, a Life in Pictures”

Sound Format: PCM Stereo

Format: 4:3

DVD Format: DVD 9, NTSC

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

Running Time: 82 mins (Ballet) + 19 mins (Bonus)

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Tchaikovsky: Cherevichki (The Slippers)

Tchaikovsky: Cherevichki (The Slippers)

Recorded live at the Royal Opera House, Nov 2009


Larissa Diadkova (Solokha), Maxim Mikhailov (The Devil), Vladimir Matorin (Chub), John Upperton (Panas), Olga Guryakova (Oxana), Vsevolod Grivnov (Vakula), Alexander Vassiliev (Pan Golova),Viacheslav Voynarovskiy (The Schoolmaster), Olga Sabadoch (Odark), Changhan Lim (Wood Goblin), Andrew Macnair (Echo), Sergei Leiferkus (His Highness), Jeremy White (Master of Ceremonies) & Mara Galeazzi & Gary Avis (Principal Dancers)

Dancers of The Royal Ballet & Orchestra of The Royal Opera House, Alexander Polianichko (conductor) & Francesca Zambello (stage director)

Choreography: Alastair Marriott.

Based on Gogol’s fantastical and comic story of the Devil’s antics on Christmas Eve, this magical blend of opera and ballet is brought to vivid life in Francesca Zambello’s colourful production. Magnificent set designs (Mikhail Mokrov) and costumes (Tatiana Noginova), and an excellent, largely Russian cast provide authenticity. Splendid dancing by The Royal Ballet and Cossack dancers completes the spectacle. Filmed in High Definition and recorded in true surround sound.

“It’s pretty as a picture, no question – an animated pop-up book of naïve and colourful charm.” Independent

“…this expensive-looking production that combines the forces of the Royal Opera and the Royal Ballet…” The Guardian

Extra features:

Introducing Cherevichki by Francesca Zambello

Cast & Characters

Staging Gogol's world

Running time 154mins

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

“[Mokrov's designs] positively glow with snowy Russian colour and charm...Polianichko makes an affectionate case for the score” BBC Music Magazine, Christmas 2010 ****

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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

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Sound format 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS digital

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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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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

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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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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

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“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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