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Margot Fonteyn & Michael Somes

Margot Fonteyn & Michael Somes


Tchaikovsky:

Sleeping Beauty (highlights)

Studio Recording, transmitted 20 December 1959

Royal Opera House Orchestra, John Lanchbery

Swan Lake, Op. 20 (excerpts)

Studio Recording, transmitted 9 June 1954

London Philharmonic Orchestra, Robert Irving

The Nutcracker, Op. 71 (Act II)

Studio Recording, transmitted 21 December 1958

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Hugo Rignold


Tchaikovsky’s three ballet masterpieces are all rare studio performances from the 1950s, featuring the legendary Margot Fonteyn.

Innately musical and technically perfect, Fonteyn was also a brilliant actress and is seen here at the height of her career with the celebrated Michael Somes, her dynamic partner during this creative period.

Fonteyn and Somes were the perfect match in terms of physique, presence, style and technique. The selections from these three classic ballets demonstrate just how successful their partnership was. Fonteyn made her mark dancing Aurora from Sleeping Beauty, a role in which she and the Sadler’s Wells Ballet made their American debut in 1949, ten years before this BBC studio production.

All three performances are released here for the first time on DVD with the extracts from Swan Lake representing one of the earliest appearances of Fonteyn on film.

1DVD

Sound format: LPCM Mono

Picture format: 4:3

Running time: 72’

Subtitles: n/a

Menu languages: English

Booklet languages: E/F/G

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ica classics Legacy - ICAD5050

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Jewels

Jewels


Ulyana Lopatkina, Igor Zelensky, Irina Golub, Andrian Fadeyev & Zhanna Ayupova

Mariinsky Ballet & Orchestra, Valery Gergiev (artistic director) & Tugan Sokhiev (conductor)

George Balanchine (choreography)

Before emigrating to the West, George Balanchine studied in St Petersburg and was a member of The State Academic Theatre, now known as the Mariinsky. Jewels dates from late in his career as a choreographer, and was premiered at the New York City Ballet in 1967. Although it did not receive its first performance at the Mariinsky until 1999, it has since become a core part of the company’s repertoire.

This performance was filmed by Brian Large at the Mariinsky Theatre and features many of the Mariinsky’s most well-known dancers alongside conductor Tugan Sokhiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra. Also included is an interview with the Artistic Director of the Mariinsky Theatre, Valery Gergiev. Jewels consists of three acts: Emeralds, Rubies and Diamonds, featuring music by Fauré, Stravinsky and Tchaikovsky respectively. There is a stark contrast in composition and style for each of the three acts, linked only by the dancers’ dazzling costumes encrusted with coloured gems corresponding to the title act.

For the opening act Emeralds, the dancers appear in long green tulle skirts. The demure choreography is reminiscent of the 19th -century French school in its languid and flowing appearance and is set to the music of Gabriel Fauré. The playful second act Rubies is accompanied by Stravinsky’s Capriccio for piano and orchestra. Full of character and wit, its striking angular poses bring to mind the modern New York scene. Diamonds evokes the classical era of Imperial Russia and the dancers, dressed in flat white tutus, sparkle along to the last three movements of Tchaikovsky’s Third Symphony.

The Mariinsky Ballet (formerly known as the Kirov) is probably the world’s greatest ballet company with an astonishing heritage and home to many of the most celebrated dancers. The ballet tours regularly, as well as performing throughout the year in St Petersburg.

Bonus features: interview with Valery Gergiev

“the greatest dance troupe in the world” Financial Times

“Balanchine’s 1967 creation is a dazzling stylistic potpourri of pure dance ... a spectacular sight and a fitting climax to a great evening” The Times

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DURATION 94 MIN APPROX

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Talbot, J: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Talbot, J: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Recorded live at the Royal Opera House, 9th March, 2011


Lauren Cuthbertson (Alice), Sergei Polunin (Jack/The Knave of Hearts), Edward Watson (Lewis Carroll/The White Rabbit), Zenaida Yanowsky (Mother/The Queen of Hearts) & Steven Macrae (Mad Hatter)

Orchestra of The Royal Opera House, Barry Wordsworth

Choreography Christopher Wheeldon.

Lewis Carroll’s ever-popular story provides the basis for Christopher Wheeldon’s spectacular new work, starring Royal Ballet Principal Lauren Cuthbertson. Captivating designs by Bob Crowley, an engaging and passionate score by Joby Talbot, and Wheeldon’s breathtaking choreography combine to produce in the words of The Times “spectacular family entertainment brought to life with enormous theatrical verve.’’

It was broadcast on the BBC over the Easter period.

The production will be revived at the Royal Opera House in Spring 2012.

Extra features:

Documentary about ‘Being Alice’

Running time 120 mins approx

Region Code All regions

Picture format 16:9 Anamorphic

Sound format 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS

Menu languages EN

Subtitles EN/FR/DE/ES

“What a treat this is - such an imaginative treatment of a favourite story. There are extraordinary, eccentric sets and special effects; colourful, larger-than-life, argumentative characters and extraordinary costumes. Lauren Cuthbertson, as Alice, is excellent, her every movement suggesting the actions and emotions of this curious, spirited pre-adolescent... Christopher Wheeldon’s choreography is very imaginative and fitting for every character.” MusicWeb International, August 2012

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Delibes: Coppelia

Delibes: Coppelia

Filmed live at the Palais Garnier, March 2011


Dorothée Gilbert (Swanilda), Mathias Heymann (Frantz), José Martinez (Coppélius) & Fabrice Bourgeois (Spalanzani)

The Paris Opera Corps de Ballet & Orchestre Colonne

Choreography Patrice Bart

Director Koen Kessels

Premiered by the Opera De Paris in 1870, and inspired by the fantastical writings of E.T.A. Hoffmann, Coppélia tells the story of a young man who becomes besotted with an exquisite automaton and is finally brought to his senses by his fiancée. In their production from the magnificent Palais Garnier, choreographer Patrice Bart in his final production and designer Ezio Toffolutti explore the story’s darker side while doing full justice to the exuberance and elegance of Delibes’ glorious score.

This production was screened in cinemas worldwide in March 2011

‘’The Paris Opera orchestra played sensuously for the conductor, Koen Kessels...costumes were extremely attractive, set theatrically striking. The dancers were models of self-presentation’’ New York Times

Extra features:

The mystery of Coppélia

Running time 124 mins approx

Region Code All regions

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Sound format 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS

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Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf, Op. 67

Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf, Op. 67

Recorded live at the Royal Opera House, 16 & 18 December, 2010


Sergei Polunin (The Wolf), Will Kemp (Grandfather), Kilian Smith (Peter), Charlotte Edmonds (Duck), Laurine Muccioli (Bird) & Chisato Katsura (Cat)

The Royal Ballet School & Royal Ballet Sinfonia, Paul Murphy

Choreography Matthew Hart

Peter and the Wolf, Prokofiev’s musical fairy tale, has been delighting children since 1936. Nearly 60 years later, in 1995, the young choreographer Matthew Hart created a witty choreographed version for the Royal Ballet School with designs by Ian Spurling. Described as ‘an utterly delightful ballet and a perfect showcase for the younger students,’ by the Royal Ballet’s Director, Monica Mason, it was staged again – and recorded for this DVD – in 2010.

"...Matthew Hart’s Peter and the Wolf is one of the most beguiling children’s ballets around.” The Telegraph

Extra features:

Cast gallery

Documentary feature on rehearsing Peter and the Wolf

Running time 38 mins approx

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La Petite Danseuse De Degas

La Petite Danseuse De Degas

Museums / Deluxe Edition


Corps de Ballet & Orchestre de L’Opéra National de Paris

Live Recording from The Opéra Garnier, Paris 2010

Choreography by PATRICE BART

THE STORY BEHIND A SCULPTURE THAT BECAME A BALLET

This DVD and booklet edition invites the listener on a journey back to the nineteenth century and retraces using words and contemporary images the origins of Edgar Degas’ famous “Little Dancer of Fourteen Years”. His sculpture combines artistic beauty and harsh reality, since the eponymous “little dancer” was, in fact, a young girl from a poor family, forced to earn a living by posing as a model… Based on research by Martine Kahane, the touching ballet “La Petite Danseuse de Degas” was conceived by choreographer Patrice Bart and commissioned by Director of Dance Brigitte Lefèvre. In many ways it was an opportunity for the Opéra national de Paris to delve into its own past.

Sound Format: PCM Stereo, DD 5.1

Picture Format: 16:9

DVD Format: DVD 9, NTSC

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

Running Time: 112 mins + 20 mins (bonus)

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Arthaus Musik - 101572

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Le Songe

Le Songe

Recorded at The Grimaldi Forum Monaco, 2009


Mendelssohn:

A Midsummer Night's Dream - incidental music, Op. 61


Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo

Based on the play A Midsummer Night’s Dream by WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

Choreography & Film by JEAN-CHRISTOPHE MAILLOT

Music by FELIX MENDELSSOHN, DANIEL TERUGGI, BERTRAND MAILLOT

Scenography by ERNEST PIGNON-ERNEST

Costumes by PHILIPPE GUILLOTEL

Plunge headlong into the colourful fantasy and enchantment of a Shakespeare classic, gorgeously reinterpreted by Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo -- under the Presidency of H.R.H. the Princess of Hanover.

Gorgeous dancing – and wildly imaginative sets and costumes – bring to vivid life the ecstatic, elegant eroticism in Shakespeare‘s classic fantasy.

Internationally acclaimed choreographer Jean-Christophe Maillot, brilliantly unites theatre, dance, and music (including Mendelssohn‘s captivating score) in a fairytale world of mischievous sprites and mortals. Hapless humans entangled in the net of their own unconscious impulses create a dream-like comedy surfi ng on the wings of the maddest desires. This visually stunning ballet interweaves small dances, theatrical scenes, expressive mime and even circus acts, telling a captivating story with the aid of larger-than-life mythical characters. The crowd of characters is carried along in a noisy, comic, acrobatic dance, daring to make joyful jokes, perform immodest, naughty tricks, displaying cheekiness, and frivolous eroticism. One of the great merits of the ballet comes from the artists themselves, who bring exuberant enthusiasm and superior acting and dancing skills to their roles.

„Maillot has gained a reputation for challenging the dance establishment...with a passion for something new.“ The New York Times

“… the Ballets de Monte-Carlo could not have dreamed of anything better than this animal-inspired Songe which awakens their passions.” Libération

Sound Format: PCM Stereo, DD 4.1

Picture Format: 16:9

DVD Format: DVD 9, NTSC

Running Time: 101 mins

FSK: 6

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Les Sylphides & Giselle

Les Sylphides & Giselle


Adam:

Giselle

Studio Performance, Transmitted 3 November 1958

Nadia Nerina, Nicolai Fadeyechev, Niels Bjørn Larsen, Lydia Sokolova & Margaret Hill

Chopin:

Les Sylphides

Studio Performance, Transmitted 3 April 1953

Svetlana Beriosova, Violetta Elvin, Alicia Markova & John Field


These two valuable studio performances comprise rare archive material featuring internationally renowned dancers released for the first time on DVD.

Les Sylphides, introduced by one of the founders of modern British ballet, Tamara Karsavina, is one of the earliest examples of a complete filmed ballet in the BBC archives.

The production boasts a stellar cast, including Alicia Markova, Prima Ballerina Assoluta and Founder and President of English National Ballet.

Markova, invited by Diaghilev to join his Ballet Russes at just fourteen, was the first British dancer to become the principal dancer of a ballet company. Svetlana Beriosova became a prima ballerina at Sadlers Wells in 1955, and Violetta Elvin, one of the Bolshoi’s most promising talents was often seen as Fonteyn’s closest rival.

Giselle, one of the most popular ballets from the Romantic era, features Nadia Nerina in the title role. Renowned as the best technician at Covent Garden in the 1950s and 1960s, Nerina was famous for her acrobatic lifts.

New York Times critic on Nerina: “She is as pretty as a picture, has great charm and can dance like a million dollars.....we shall all be fighting to drink champagne out of her slippers!"

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Sound format: Ambient Mastering

Picture format: 4:3

Running time: 92’

Subtitles: F/G

Menu languages: English

Booklet languages: E/F/G

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Prokofiev: Cinderella, Op. 87

Prokofiev: Cinderella, Op. 87


Elisha Willis (Cinderella), Iain Mackay (The Prince), Gaylene Cummerfield (Skinny), Carol-Anne Millar (Dumpy), Marion Tait (Cinderella’s Stepmother) & Victoria Marr (The Fairy Godmother)

Birmingham Royal Ballet & Royal Ballet Sinfonia, Koen Kessels

Director and Choreographer: David Bintley

Set and Costume Designer: John F. Macfarlane

Birmingham Royal Ballet’s award-winning chief choreographer, David Bintley, creates his own stunning new Cinderella fairy story, returning to the essence of the 17th-century original.

Elisha Willis’s forlorn and palely loitering Cinders is brutally treated by her two bullying stepsisters in their mouldering kitchen, encouraged by their wicked witch of a mother, the wonderfully Cruella De Vil-like Marion Tait. The sisters, Skinny (Gaylene Cummerfield) and Dumpy (Carol-Anne Millar, having fun in a fat suit) tread a nimble line between comedy and nastiness, while never descending to caricature. Their raucous behaviour, as they attempt to attract the attention of every eligible bachelor they see, is brought to life with hilariously faulty footwork. And the regal revelling at the ball is given a modern edge as the dancers enjoy a cup cake or two. But the show is made truly heartwarming through the vision of Cinderella’s suffering being transformed into deserved joy as she meets her Prince and lives happily ever after.

Designer John Macfarlane has conjured up a magical world to bring this much loved fairytale to life. After a terrific opening, he transforms the potently grim kitchen into a dream-like, star-speckled fantasia-cum nightmare: a giant friendly frog and a pair of lively lizards help dress Cinderella for the ball; the glittering carriage, like spun sugar, folds itself together; and Cinderella vanishes at the stroke of midnight through the whirring mechanism of a simply amazing clock. The piece ends with a vast celestial body melting on to the stage.

Koen Kessels draws splendid playing from the Royal Ballet Sinfonia.

“This Cinderella is a theatrical banquet for the eyes” THE TELEGRAPH

Approx Duration: 109 mins

Picture format: NTSC 16:9

Colour

Region Code: All regions

Audio: Dolby 2.0 Stereo + 5.1 Surround sound

Subtitles: None

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Prokofiev: Ivan The Terrible

Prokofiev: Ivan The Terrible

Live Recording from The Opéra National de Paris, 2003


Nicolas Le Riche (Ivan), Eleonora Abbagnato (Anastasia) & Karl Paquette (Kurbsky)

Le Corps de Ballet and Opéra National de Paris, Vello Pähn (conductor) & Yuri Grigorovich (stage director)

Set & Costume Design by Simon Virsaladzé

Choreography by Yuri Grigorovich

Arthaus presents one of the most fascinating choreographies to have emerged from Russia during the last decades: Yuri Grigorovich’s original ballet dramatizing Ivan the Terrible‘s reign as Czar of Russia. Choreographed to Sergei Prokofiev‘s score for Eisenstein‘s famous film on the same topic, this ballet in two acts was premiered in Moscow in 1975 at the Bolshoi Theatre. Greeted with enthusiasm in New York in the same year, it continued its success with Western audiences when Grigorovich was invited to stage Ivan the Terrible at the Paris Opéra in 1976, making it an essential part of the company’s repertoire.

This production features the amazing star of the Paris Ballet, Nicolas Le Riche, one of the foremost dancers of today, in the title role. Famous all over the world for his elegant strength, the beauty of his expression and the musicality of his movements, he has created leading roles for choreographers such as Rudolf Nureyev, Mats Ek and John Neumeier.

Using the music composed by Sergei Prokofiev for the celebrated two-part film epic by Sergei Eisenstein entitled “Ivan Grozny” as a starting point, Yuri Grigorovich choreographed a fresco on the life of the Russian people and lent it inspiration with the deadly love story of the tsar and his first wife, Anastasia, beneath the dark gaze of the traitor Kurbsky. In this work sensitive classical and powerful character dance blend together to create a lyrical epic, rich in the colours of medieval Russia.

Sound Format: PCM Stereo, DD 5.0, DTS 5.0

Picture Format: 16:9

DVD Format: DVD 9, NTSC

Running Time: 114 mins

FSK: 6

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Arthaus Musik - 107247

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