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  • Liszt - Mayerling Liszt - Mayerling | DVD | (03/03/2008) from £11.99  |  Saving you £3.00 (20.00%)  |  RRP £14.99

    Recorded live at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden London on 1st and 5th February 1994.

  • The Nutcracker The Nutcracker | DVD | (01/10/2001) from £10.61  |  Saving you £9.30 (37.20%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker ballet has had many facelifts over the years. Peter Wright's Royal Ballet production is among the most imaginative, bringing together the narrative and fantasy aspects with relish. The first half of Act 1 is made busy but low-key, moving up a gear with the majestic Christmas tree "Transformation Scene", and ending with a gorgeous "Waltz of the Snowflakes". Act 2 decks out the lengthy sequence of character dances with vivid stage sets, culminating in a moving reconciliation between the magician Drosselmeyer and his nephew. Anthony Dowell brings authority, Ivan Putrov enthusiasm to their respective roles; Alina Cojocaru is sympathetic as Clara, and Miyako Yoshida steals the show as the Sugar-Plum Fairy. The Royal Opera House Orchestra take time to adjust to Evgeny Svetlanov's spacious tempos, but the showpieces have real emotional force. A Nutcracker for today, and a Christmas treat for all ages. On the DVD: The 16:9 anamorphic picture reproduces superbly, though rapid switches of camera angles in the ensemble scenes causes some blurring of focus. The PCM Stereo sound is equally realistic in its reproducing of the orchestra from the pit. Special features include insightful interviews with Dowell and Wright--with trilingual subtitles--a behind-the-scenes look at the "Transformation Scene", and alternative fixed wide shots of both that and the "Snowflakes" scenes. The 28 access points are given in the booklet's detailed synopsis. --Richard Whitehouse

  • Mayerling [1994] Mayerling | DVD | (22/04/2002) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £24.99

  • Romantic Ballet Collection - Swan Lake/La Syphilde/Giselle Romantic Ballet Collection - Swan Lake/La Syphilde/Giselle | DVD | (22/09/2008) from £12.69  |  Saving you £12.30 (49.20%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Choreographer Matthew Bourne has achieved worldwide artistic and popular success with his innovative new versions of classical ballets. His groundbreaking work has attracted an enormous new audience for dance both at home and internationally. SWAN LAKE: Matthew Bourne''s triumphant modern re-interpretation of Swan Lake with its cast of male swans has turned tradition upside down and taken the ballet fraternity by storm. Never has such a contemporary re-working of a traditional ballet thrilled both ardent critics and modern dance enthusiasts in such equal measure. This is the recording made in 1996 of the original multi award-winning production. The cast includes: Adam Cooper Scott Ambler and Fiona Chadwick. 'Matthew Bourne has turned Swan Lake on its head he has given it a sex change and catapulted it into another universe.''some of the best performances you will ever see on a ballet stage.' The Times NUTCRACKER!: This delicious production is full of Matthew Bourne's trademark style of wit pathos and theatrical magic. Nutcracker! follows Clara's journey from a bleak Christmas Eve at Dr Dross' Orphanage through a shimmering ice-skating wonderland to the spectacular candy folk of Sweetieland. Tchaikovsky's much-loved score and Anthony Ward's stunning designs combine with Bourne's sizzling choreography. This is the recording made in 2003 of the original production starring Etta Murfitt Alan Vincent Saranne Curtin and Scott Ambler. 'Utterly delicious - a Dazzling Extravaganza' Sunday Telegraph THE CAR MAN Matthew Bourne uses the stirring and passionate music of Bizet's Carmen as the basis for a completely new and original tale. The dreams and passions of a small 1960's mid-western community are shattered by the arrival of a handsome stranger. Fuelled by heat and desire the inhabitants are drawn into a spiral of greed opportunism sex and murder. This is the original production filmed in 2001 and starring Alan Vincent Saranne Curtin Will Kemp Etta Murfit and Scott Ambler. 'Electrifying a dynamite dance of desire' Daily Mail Includes interview with Matthew Bourne.

  • Manon [1982] Manon | DVD | (01/07/2000) from £9.80  |  Saving you £8.19 (45.50%)  |  RRP £17.99

    Kenneth MacMillan's tragic lyric ballet to sumptuous music by Jules Massenet orchestrated for the ballet by Leighton Lucas is a Royal Opera House favourite returning season after season. The story of Manon Lescaut is a moving tale of corrupted innocence in early 18th century Paris in which the lovely girl finds both happiness and grief at the hands of men who love and abuse her. Manon is one of MacMillan's most highly regarded works featuring several passionate and moving pas

  • Ashton Celebration [Artists of the Royal Ballet, Emmanuel Plasson] [Opus Arte: OABD7128D] [Blu-ray] [2013] Ashton Celebration | Blu Ray | (04/09/2013) from £22.59  |  Saving you £7.40 (24.70%)  |  RRP £29.99

    OA 7128D; OPUS ARTE - BBC - Inghilterra; Classica Orchestrale

  • Nina Ananiashvili & International Stars Vol. 1 Nina Ananiashvili & International Stars Vol. 1 | DVD | (22/09/2003) from £24.99  |  Saving you £0.00 (0.00%)  |  RRP £24.99

    In 1991 a troupe of international ballet stars headed by the brilliant young Russian ballerina Nina Ananiashvili visited Japan presenting a program which underscored the considerable talents of a new generation of virtuoso dancers. Fortunately for ballet fans the performance was videotaped preserving an extraordinary demonstration of balletic wizardry.At the centre of all the excitement was Miss Ananiashvili herself demonstrating an exuberance and impetuosity coupled to a technique that can only be described as breathtaking. In these excerpts from the 1991 program her art can be viewed from a variety of perspectives: As the young girl in Le Spectre de la Rose she embodies the first stirrings of adolescent desire; in the Grand pas de deux from The Sleeping Beauty she reigns as the quintessential Prima Ballerina Assoluta; the more modern vocabulary of Moods brings a deep sensuality to her dancing while the extended Grand pas from Don Quixote shows off Ananiashvili's awesome virtuosity.

  • Peter And The Wolf / L'Enfant Et Les Sortileges [1986] Peter And The Wolf / L'Enfant Et Les Sortileges | DVD | (25/09/2000) from £16.75  |  Saving you £3.24 (16.20%)  |  RRP £19.99

    It was a happy idea to couple the Royal Ballet School production of Peter and the Wolf with the Netherlands Dance Theatre's L'enfant et les sortiléges, for in each story the boy is the protagonist, in one instance leading a wolf hunt and in the other wreaking revenge on his toys after his mother has locked him in his room to finish his homework. Neither work in their final form was conceived for dancing: the Prokofiev comes from the concert hall and the Ravel from the opera house. Colette, the authoress of Gigi penned the story of L'enfant et les sortil&ecute;ges, which is related here in an introduction by the choreographer Jiri Kylian with charm and a nod back at his own childhood pranks. Viewers coming to this dance version of the opera for the first time maybe be surprised that Ravel composed the boy's role for a girl and a rather buxom one in this instance. The somewhat gloomy, heavily embroidered production misses no opportunity in bringing to life the toys in the boy's room or the animals in the garden that turn on him in retribution. In conclusion as an act of compassion of binding the paw of an injured squirrel, the boy and the animal kingdom are reconciled in music of a truly sublime nature. Lorin Maazel conducts Ravel's sophisticated and witty score with its translucent vocal lines with the affection for which he has long been renowned. In marked contrast to that production, Peter and the Wolf is set against a plain backdrop with one prop, a slice of carved tree trunk centre stage. Anthony Dowell narrates and also dances the role of the Grandfather with aplomb. In each instance a musical instrument represents a character. The choreographer Matthew Hart marshals his small group of dancers, duck, cat, bird and wolf, with imagination and dexterity. David Johnson as Peter (represented by the full orchestra) gives a splendid performance, boyish and graceful, making a further excellent advertisement for schoolboys considering dancing as a career in the wake of Billy Elliot. A stylish presented and well contrasted double bill. --Adrian Edwards

  • Stravinsky: The Firebird & Les Noces -- Royal Ballet [1996] Stravinsky: The Firebird & Les Noces -- Royal Ballet | DVD | (12/09/2002) from £20.41  |  Saving you £4.58 (18.30%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Two very different Stravinsky ballets are here presented by The Royal Ballet: the traditional, colourful designs perfectly suit the opulence of The Firebird, contrasting with the later, more austere, ritualistic scoring and choreography of Les Noces ("The Wedding"). Firebird is a traditional fairytale: the Prince gets his girl (a princess, naturally), with a little help from a magical Firebird, by defeating the evil Kostchei, who's holding the Princess and her fellow maidens captive. The devil notoriously gets all the best tunes, and with the riveting presence of David Drew's Kostchei it's apparent that baddies get the best moves in dance, too. Leanne Benjamin is an immensely athletic Firebird and Jonathan Cope, as the Prince, dances with style and personality. Les Noces is, by contrast, a genuine ensemble piece, with the principals (the bride and groom) being almost less important than the corps de ballet itself. There are a few moments of less-than-perfect ensemble here, but these pale into insignificance in the face of the raw power of Stravinsky's angular music (scored for four pianos, percussion and chorus with solo voices). A third item finds Stravinsky conducting the Philharmonia Orchestra in his own Firebird Suite. The date was 1965 and he was a frail 83 at the time, but the concentration of the reading is compelling, as is his own stern visage, only breaking into a smile at the very end of the performance. This is an excellent filler for a first-rate ballet release. On the DVD: The Firebird & Les Noces on this disc are presented with terrific technical values, both visually and in sound quality (the Stravinsky archive performance is in mono, however, but it's perfectly respectable). This is a real feast for the eye, backed up by solid documentation in the booklet and excellent additional features--David Drew's arch and entertaining "Nijinska's World" and behind-the-scenes rehearsal footage--that will appeal to both seasoned ballet fans and those who are new to the art form. --Harriet Smith

  • Rudolf Nureyev And Margot Fonteyn - An Evening With The Royal Ballet Rudolf Nureyev And Margot Fonteyn - An Evening With The Royal Ballet | DVD | (22/08/2011) from £11.65  |  Saving you £5.34 (31.40%)  |  RRP £16.99

    An Evening With The Royal BalletExcerpts from four different ballets danced by Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev one of the most successful dance partnerships of modern times filmed at the peak of their creative genius with the corps de ballet of the Royal Ballet.Les SylphidesLe CorsaireLa Valsethe Sleeping Beauty (Act 3 Aurora's Wedding)Filmed at Royal Opera House Covent Garden London.

  • The Nutcracker [1994] The Nutcracker | DVD | (21/01/2002) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £27.99

    The Birmingham Royal Ballet Peter Wright's production of THE NUTCRACKER Ballet in two acts. Music by Pytor Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

  • Ballet Favourites Ballet Favourites | DVD | (02/08/2004) from £8.17  |  Saving you £6.82 (45.50%)  |  RRP £14.99

    Ballet Favorites is a spectacular compilation of sequences from some of the world's best loved ballets - La Fille mal Gardee The Nutcracker Giselle The Sleeping Beauty Romeo and Juliet La Bayadere The Prince of Pagodas and Don Quixote. On display are the talents of some of the greateset dancers of recent years with the world's top ballet companies: American Ballet Theatre The Royal Ballet The Kirov Ballet The Paris Opera Ballet.

  • Tchaikovsky: Gala Tribute To Tchaikovsky [1993] Tchaikovsky: Gala Tribute To Tchaikovsky | DVD | (29/10/2001) from £12.98  |  Saving you £19.01 (59.40%)  |  RRP £31.99

    Recorded on December 1st 1993 this programme celebrates the centenary of Tchaikovsky's death.

  • The Birmingham Royal Ballet/The Royal Ballet - Nutcracker Sweeties/The Judas Tree The Birmingham Royal Ballet/The Royal Ballet - Nutcracker Sweeties/The Judas Tree | DVD | (27/11/2006) from £14.77  |  Saving you £3.22 (17.90%)  |  RRP £17.99

    Kenneth MacMillan choreographed his last ballet The Judas Tree for Irek Mukhamedov who takes the lead in this striking production. A vampish woman turns up on a building site in dockland wastes and causes an explosive reaction amongst a group of thirteen workmen led by their Foreman. In the heated confusion only one man responds with tenderness. Gradually the dark underside of male sexuality is exposed and the power of peer pressure takes over. The ballet spirals into a climax

  • La Bayadere La Bayadere | DVD | (02/10/2006) from £14.41  |  Saving you £0.58 (3.90%)  |  RRP £14.99

    The ballet is set in legendary India. Solar the noblest and braviest warrior of the land returns with his comrades from hunting the tiger. On the pretext that he wants to pray at the holy fire he asks his friends to leave him on his own. In reality however he hopes to meet his secret lover the Bayadere or temple dancer Nikiya. After they have left Solor calls the fakir Magdayeva whom he wants to help him arrange a secret meeting with Nikiyal they are however interrupted by the arrival of the high Brahman and the priests. The Brahman orders Magdaveya to call the other fakirs and to light the holy fire for the celebrations. The Bayaderes appear and begin their ritual dance. When they have finished their dance Nikiya appears; she has been chosen to be ordained as their leader and is taken to the Brahman who lifts her veil and is overwhelmed by her beauty.

  • Swan Lake - Tchaikovsky Swan Lake - Tchaikovsky | DVD | (04/11/2002) from £24.99  |  Saving you £0.00 (0.00%)  |  RRP £24.99

    This new staging of Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake from the Royal Swedish Ballet features a dance ensemble of breathtaking wonder in a majestic staging true to the values of the original production. Choreographer Sir Peter Wright has built up the role of Prince Siegfried, giving him a greater presence right from the beginning when he appears as a mourner at the funeral of his father. Sir Peter also emphasises the darker forces that will destroy the romance between the Prince and Odette, the swan transformed into a beautiful maiden. These touches are manifest through the granite-like grandeur of the castle exterior and the skilful deployment of chiaroscuro, notably in the scenes by the lake where the indigo and royal blue contrast with the brilliant white worn by the corps de ballet. There are many other imaginative touches in the choreography, from the swans' initial entry, seemingly self-propelled to suggest their airborne flight overhead, to the comical turn of the bandy legged cygnets in the "Dance of the Little Swans". Nathalie Nordquist is an enchanting Odette, and, with a slight change in makeup, a characterful Odile. The Prince, danced by Anders Nordstrom, cuts an aristocratic figure, making an elegant partner for Odette. The swans are the last word in poise and grace. On the DVD: Swan Lake is presented in 16:9 anamorphic format with the option of stereo or surround sound. The picture quality is first class with good front-to-back depth. The orchestra may not be the world's most glamorous but there's compensation in hearing this score played in the theatre acoustic for which it was written. The special features are just that: an audio commentary on the plot, a list of notable productions, an interview with the two principal dancers, a history of the Royal Swedish Ballet from Director Peter Jacobbson and, best of all, an interview of wisdom and insight from Sir Peter Wright, the choreographer, entitled "Love Transcends Death". --Adrian Edwards

  • The Nutcracker - Tchaikovsky [1999] The Nutcracker - Tchaikovsky | DVD | (29/10/2004) from £21.03  |  Saving you £3.96 (15.80%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker (Royal Swedish Ballet)

  • The Sleeping Beauty The Sleeping Beauty | DVD | (21/01/2002) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £27.99

    The Royal Ballet performs a spellbinding version of the classic fairy tale about a handsome prince who awakens an enchanted princess with a kiss.

  • The Nutcracker [1968] The Nutcracker | DVD | (22/04/2002) from £21.25  |  Saving you £13.74 (39.30%)  |  RRP £34.99

    A 1968 made for television version of The Nutcracker performed at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden choreographed and produced by as well as starring Rudolf Nureyev and the Royal Ballet. Music by Tchaikovsky.

  • The Royal Ballet [1960] The Royal Ballet | DVD | (15/03/2004) from £16.79  |  Saving you £-6.80 (-68.10%)  |  RRP £9.99

    This 1960 Film features a variety of dances from different ballets including Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake Stravinsky's The Firebird and Neze's Ondine. It is an excellent showpiece for the talents of the Royal Ballet.

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