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Zubin Mehta - New Year's Concert 1990

Zubin Mehta - New Year's Concert 1990


Strauss, J, I:

Indianer-Galopp (Indian Galop), Op. 111

Radetsky March, Op. 228

Strauss, J, II:

Der Zigeunerbaron: Einzugsmarsch

Donauweibchen Waltz, Op. 427

Wiener Blut Waltz, Op. 354

Im Sturmschritt! (At the Double!), Op. 348

Demolirer-Polka, Op. 269

Geschichten aus dem Wienerwald, Op. 325

Tritsch-Tratsch Polka, Op. 214

Explosions Polka, Op. 43

An der schönen, blauen Donau, Op. 314

Strauss, Josef:

Die Emanzipierte

Sport-Polka, Op. 170

Sympathie, Op. 73

Eingesendet, Op. 240

Suppe:

Ein Morgen, ein Mittag, ein Abend in Wien Overture


Ballett der Wiener Staatsoper & Wiener Philharmoniker, Zubin Mehta

Directed by Brian Large

After three decades of collaboration with the Vienna Philharmonic, Zubin Mehta made his New Year’s Concert debut, which instantly achieved legendary status.

"It’s easy to hear why they keep inviting him – Mehta brings a knowing discretion of touch, freeing the amazing Vienna Philharmonic to weave its customary magic” (BBC Music Magazine)

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Adam: Giselle

Adam: Giselle

Recorded live at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London in January 2006.


Alina Cojocaru, Johan Kobborg, Marianela Nuñez & Martin Harvey

The Royal Ballet & The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Boris Gruzin (conductor) & Marius Petipa (choreographer)

Perhaps the most celebrated ballet of the Romantic era, Adolphe Adam’s intoxicating ballet Giselle is the dramatic story of a peasant girl whose betrayal by her aristocratic lover causes her to go mad before dying and returning as a ghost. Featuring the fabulous Alina Cojocaru in the title role and Johan Kobborg as a torn Count Albrecht, Peter Wright’s sparkling production and John Macfarlane’s pastoral designs create an opulent feast for the eyes, here captured in High Definition video and true surround sound.

PICTURE FORMAT: 16:9
LENGTH: 112 Mins
SOUND: 2.0 LPCM STEREO / 5.0 DTS SURROUND SOUND
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“The Royal Ballet's recent triumphs continue with this exquisite Giselle. Beguiling actress-dancer Alina Cojocaru embraces both Act I's sweet rural girl and the tragic ghost of Act II.” BBC Music Magazine, December 2008 ****

“[Cojocaru and Kobborg] are a touching pair and the remaining roles [are] no less brilliant and as strongly characterized. The Royal Corps de Ballet is superb. A compelling performance, with fine supportive playing from the Covent Garden orchestra under Boris Gruzin and expert video direction throughout.” Penguin Guide, 2011 edition

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Minkus: Don Quixote

Minkus: Don Quixote


Viengsay Valdès (Kitri), Romel Frometa (Basilio), Dayron Vera (Don Quixote) & Javier Sanchez (Sancho Panza)

Ballet Nacional de Cuba & Symphonic Orchestra of the Great Theatre of Havana, Giovanni Duarte

If there is one country in the world where classical ballet is still an art form for the people and by the people, it is Cuba A veritable artistic miracle, the Cuban National Ballet was born of the unshakeable will of a heroic woman.Alicia Alonso, founded this improbable ballet company in 1948, with the support of Fidel Castro, and 60 years later, the octogenarian former prima ballerina, whose sight started to fail aged 20, is still the director.

A star of the American Ballet Theatre, New York, in the ‘40s, first Westerner to dance at the Kirov and Bolshoi, she has produced such stars as Covent Garden's Carlos Acosta and created a culture where the ambition to star in such a very European choreographic tradition is akin to that of being a footballer in Brazil. Alicia Alonso is a tenacious warrior who has shared her passion with all the Cuban people, taking it to schools all over the country.

Bonus c30mins: Interviews and rehearsals with Alicia Alonso, filmed in the glass-roofed Grand Palais, Paris. Highlights from Giselle and Don Quixote, Alicia dancing & modern productions

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Best of Bolshoi Ballet

Best of Bolshoi Ballet


Adam:

Giselle

(slightly abridged)

Galina Ulanova, Nikolai Fadeyechev, Taisia Monakhova, Alexander Radunsky, Erik Volodin, Irina Makedonskaya, Vladimir Levashev & Rimma Karelskaya

Yuri Faier

Asafyev:

Dance of the Tartars from The Fountain of Bakhchsarai

Choreography by R. Zakharov

G. Rozhdestvensky

Glinka:

Ivan Susanin (A Life for the Tsar): Polonaise

Choreography by R. Zakharov

Yuri Faier

Ivan Susanin (A Life for the Tsar): Krakoviak

Choreography by R. Zakharov

Yuri Faier

Gounod:

Walpurgisnacht from Faust

Choreography by L. Lavrovsky

Yuri Faier

Rachmaninov:

Spring torrents, Op. 14 No.11

Choreography by Asaf Messerer

Yuri Faier

Saint-Saëns:

The Dying Swan (Solo)

Choreography by M. Fokine

Yuri Faier

Tchaikovsky:

Spanish Dance from Swan Lake

Choreography by A. Gorsky

G. Rozhdestvensky


Paul Czinner’s acclaimed 1956 filming of the Bolshoi Ballet’s first-ever tour of Great Britain, which preserves two complete programs: a Bolshoi Highlights Program featuring Raissa Struchkova in the Walpurgisnacht from Gounod’s Faust, and Galina Ulanova in The Dying Swan and a thrilling performance of Giselle with Ulanova and Nikolai Fadeyechev

Also included in the Highlights Program is the celebrated Spring Water ballet, set to music by Rachmaninoff and danced with dazzling virtuosity by the outstanding members of the Bolshoi troupe

The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra are under the direction of Gennadi Rozhdestvensky and Yuri Faier

In Dance Magazine, critic Clive Barnes eulogized the artistry documented here: “Everything the Russian critics have written about her is true. The impeccable technique, the expressive body, the intellect, the informed face; yet Ulanova has something criticism could never define, something you might look for in Shakespeare’s sonnets.”

“The greatest performance by an interpretive artist within my experience” – Clive Barnes, Dance Magazine (1998) [on Ulanova’s Giselle as seen documented here]

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The Children of the Beijing Opera

The Children of the Beijing Opera

One minute on stage, ten years of training. A film by Don Kent & Christian Dumais-Lvowski


In granting us the rare privilege of entry, the Beijing Opera School offers access to the age-old art form of traditional Chinese opera. Based on a typical day for student and their teachers, the film follows them through dawn-to-dusk activities that include acrobatics, classes in singing, music and dance, makeup sessions, schoolwork, rehearsals and performances.Total immersion in an establishment where discipline is, in many respects, that of a military academy.

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Una Serata con Carla Fracci

Una Serata con Carla Fracci


Offenbach:

Can-Can (from Orpheus in the Underworld)

Prokofiev:

Romeo and Juliet, Op. 64 - excerpts

Tchaikovsky:

Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66 (excerpts)


Carla Fracci (ballerina)

1973 RAI documentary about La Scala' prima ballerina Carla Fracci with Amodeo Amodio, Paolo Bortoluzzi, Jacqueline De Min, Giuseppe di Stefano, Alice & Ellen Kessler, James Urbain and Franca Valeri. Carla Fracci performs excerpts from The Sleeping Beauty (Tchaikovsky), Cancan (Offenbach), Romeo et Juliette (Prokofiev). Subtitled in English, French, Spanish & Japanese. Color, 57 min. Playable in all regions.

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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 5th December 2006

Choreographer: Marius Petipa


Tchaikovsky’s The Sleeping Beauty is one of the best loved of classical ballets, combining in a single work all the enchantment and virtuosity that ballet has to offer. The royal court, the panoramic journey of the Prince to the overgrown castle, and the great celebratory dances of the happy ending (in which other famous fairytale figures appear) are all brought to life by the luscious designs of this celebrated production, created in 1946 for the The Royal Ballet. The inspired performances of its revival for the 75th anniversary of the Company in 2006, together with a magnificent High Definition recording, make this a superb tribute to The Royal Ballet’s unique style and visual splendour.

PICTURE FORMAT: 16:9
LENGTH: 174 Mins
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“In 2006, the company revived its classic Sleeping Beauty, featuring pretty Oliver Messel designs and a spruce choreography combining the romantic Petipa original with Ashton's hallmark narrative. Nuñez is charm personified as the Lilac Fairy, and has there ever been a more enchanting Aurora than Cojocaru?” BBC Music Magazine, September 2008 ****

“Alina Cojocaru’s Aurora was the ballet’s radiant centrepiece, charming, in control and filled with a palpable delight in every pretty step.” The Times

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Adam: Giselle

Adam: Giselle


The amazing Bolshoi interpretation of Theophile Gautier’s piece created in 1841 at the Opéra de

Paris : Giselle. One of the great moments of Dance history that saw the main themes of Romanticism expressed.

A love pastoral care that ends tragically, a fantastic world of unearthly creatures and redemption

thanks to the power of love. Giselle is the dream of a poet who gets deliberately lost in a dream world… A young countryside

girl seduced by a Lord, reaches the height of tragedy before falling into a supernatural epilogue. This ballet is a masterpiece of romantic ballets in which movement traduces the soul’s language. In order to write Giselle, Théophile Gautier required the help of Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges. The choregraphy was insured by Jean Coralli : first ballet director of the Opéra de Paris.

Jules Perrot who was in love with the main interpret contributed to the project more than he was expected to. This reunion of talents made this romantic ballet masterpiece exist. Movement

became the soul’s language. The popular Bolshoi Ballet series continues, bringing ballet lovers some of the finest performances by

the worlds most acknowledged dance company.

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Prokofiev: Cinderella, Op. 87

Prokofiev: Cinderella, Op. 87


G. Komleva, (Cindirella), M. Daoukaev (Prince), L. Galinskaia (Furious) & M. Koullik (Grimacing)

Marinskii Theatre & Bolshoi Ballet, V. Okountsov (director)

The famous story of Perrault becomes a wonderful ballet thanks to the genius of Serguei Prokofiev. This DVD offers this major piece interpreted by The Marinsky Theatre in a mind-blowing direction. An abundance of characters and mythical scenes (poetic duet with the Prince, remarkable adagios, languourous waltzs…). A succession of very famous scenes among which, the presentation of the slipper to Cinderella who is either dreamy or nervous but always pure. A moment of grace and emotion lived through the magic of Dance. The popular Bolshoi Ballet series continues, bringing ballet lovers some of the finest performances by the worlds most acknowledged dance company.

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Hérold: La Fille mal gardée

Hérold: La Fille mal gardée

Recorded live at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London on 2nd February 2005.


Carlos Acosta, Marianela Nuñez, William Tuckett & Jonathan Howells

The Royal Ballet & The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Anthony Twiner

Choreographer: Frederick Ashton

Ever since it’s triumphant premiere in January 1960, Frederick Ashton's La fille mal gardée has been esteemed as one of his happiest creations. This is a charming piece, elegantly performed, a village love affair set in the idyllic Constable landscape of Ashton's imagination. Marianela Nuñez and Carlos Acosta would be show-stoppers in almost any suitable role, but as Lise and Colas they are superb. William Tuckett and Jonathan Howells, in the comic roles of Simone and Alain respectively, are every bit as arresting, both displaying a certain genius for knockabout. The luminously colourful Osbert Lancaster designs, together with the vitality of The Royal Ballet’s dancing and vibrant playing from the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House under the baton of Anthony Twiner, serve to augment the harmless good fun at which Ashton excels.

PICTURE FORMAT: 16:9
LENGTH: 112 Mins
SOUND: LPCM STEREO / 5.1 SURROUND SOUND
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“La fille mal gardée is sheer perfection, Nuñez and Acosta are unsurpassable respectively in the feminine grace and masculine confidence of Ashton's Lise and Colas, and their mimetic skills are delicious.” BBC Music Magazine, September 2008 *****

“The Royal Ballet’s present revival makes much of its vigorous characters, its brilliantly virtuosic solos and duets…[Marianella Nunez] gives the swift, intricate footwork as gorgeously as I have ever seen it. …Nunez is an excellent match for Carlos Acosta’s whizzing solos and his cheerful eagerness as her admirer Colas. …Altogether, a terrific show.” The Stage

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