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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

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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.

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

“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

“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

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Stravinsky and the Ballets Russes

Stravinsky and the Ballets Russes


Stravinsky:

The Firebird

Ekaterina Kondaurova (Firebird), Ilya Kuznetsov (Ivan Tsarevich), Marianna Pavlova (The Princess) & Vladimir Ponomarev (Kachtcheï the Immortal)

The Rite of Spring

Alexandra Iosifidi (The Chosen One), Elena Bazhenova (300-Year-Old Woman) & Vladimir Ponomarev (Shaman)

The Firebird:

Choreography & libretto: Michel Fokine (1910)

reconstruction Isabelle Fokine, Andris Liepa;

Set & costume design:Anna & Anatoly Nezhny after original sketches by Alexander Golovin, Léon Bakst & Michel Fokine

The Rite of Spring

Choreography after Vaslav Nijinsky (1913)

Scene plan: Igor Stravinsky & Nicholas Roerich, reconstructed and staged by Millicent Hodson;

Set and costume design: Nicholas Roerich, reconstructed and supervised by Kenneth Archer; Lighting: Vladimir Lukin


Subtitles: Fr, Eng, Booklet: 16 pages, Fr, Eng, Ger

Filmed in High Definition at the Mariinsky Theatre June 2008

Duration: 2h03'

Bonus: documentary 1909-2009 Ballets Russes & interviews with Millicent Hodson & Kenneth Archer (38')

Today it is difficult to imagine the impact on audiences at the beginning of the 20th century of Serge Diaghilev (1872-1929) and his Ballets Russes. In celebration of the debut of the Ballets Russes in Paris in 1909, this wonderful Stravinsky evening at the Mariinsky Theatre showcases the original Nijinsky version of The Rite of Spring for the first time on DVD along with The Firebird, both conducted by Valery Gergiev. Thanks to the relentless work of Millicent Hodson, Nijinsky's original choreography has now been recreated, performed by the lead dancers and Ballet Company of the Saint Petersburg's Mariinsky Theatre conducted by Valery Geriev, known the world over for his interpretation of Stravinsky's works.

See also Blu-ray version.

Presto Disc of the Week

27th July 2009

BBC Music Magazine Awards 2010

DVD of the Year

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Sandstrøm, J: The Tale of A Manor

Sandstrøm, J: The Tale of A Manor


Johanna Björnson, Martin Leander, Gerd Andersson, Suzanna Carlsson, Mikael Mengarelli, Claire Wikholm, Istvan Kisch (dancers)

Royal Swedish Ballet & The Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Jonas Dominique

Dance Drama for Television by Pär Isberg and Bengt Wennehorst. Based on the novel by Selma Lagerlöf.

Choreography by Pär Isberg

This studio recording of Pär Isberg’s ballet, created specially for television, is danced by the Royal Swedish Ballet. The work is based on a romantic adventure story by the great nineteenth-century Swedish writer Selma Lagerlöf. An original score has been composed by Jan Sandström and it is performed by the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Jonas Dominique. With lavish period sets and costumes, designed by Bo-Ruben Hedwall, this large cast ballet, starring Johanna Björnson and Martin Leander, tells a gothic tale reminiscent of Beauty and the Beast.

At the end of the 1880s, Selma Lagerlöf’s family had to move from Mårbacka, the house where she had lived during her childhood. This event had a profound influence on her life and writing and is one of the sources of inspiration for The Tale of a Manor …

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Menu Language: GB

Running Time: 74 mins

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Tchaikovsky: Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66

Tchaikovsky: Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66

Recorded live at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London on 23rd November 1994.


Viviana Durante, Zoltán Solymosi, Anthony Dowell, Benazir Hussein, William Tuckett & Elizabeth McGorian

The Royal Opera Chorus & The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Barry Wordsworth

Marius Petipa’s demanding but enchanting choreography of Tchaikovsky’s romantic fairytale The Sleeping Beauty is one of the best-loved of all classical ballets. This recording of Anthony Dowell’s gloriously romantic 1994 production, with charming, dreamlike designs by Maria Bjørnson, features an all-star cast led by Viviana Durante as a charismatic Princess Aurora, Zoltán Solymosi as a delightful Prince Florimund and Anthony Dowell as a wonderfully dishevelled Carabosse. The Royal Ballet, in exceptionally fine form, is beautifully accompanied by the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, conducted by Barry Wordsworth.

‘Viviana Durante, who replaces the injured Darcey Bussell, is outstanding as Aurora. Radiant and youthful, she dances with an ease and naturalness that is enchanting. She also takes astonishing risks, holding a difficult balance for an extra few seconds while maintaining immaculately clean lines.’ Evening Standard

“Maria Björnson's designs horrified the ballet conservatives, but visually this is the best Beauty ever. Petipa's choreography survives mostly intact with Zoltán Solymosi's handsome Prince and Viviana Durante's spellbinding Aurora.” BBC Music Magazine, January 2010 *****

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