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The Nutcracker | DVD | (31/10/2000)
from £21.05 | Saving you £3.94 (15.80%) | RRP
It's easy to see why The Nutcracker, Tchaikovsky's perennially popular ballet first performed in 1892, has such enduring appeal. As Patrice Bart's 1999 production shows, it is always beautiful to look at, lending itself to the Christmas season where it has a permanent place in the schedules of the major dance companies. And Hoffmann's tale of the troubled child who must go on a wonderful (and occasionally terrifying) journey of discovery has a universal and timeless appeal. Bart's production for the Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin builds on Petipa's original choreography and develops the context of the child Marie's (Nadja Saidakova) anxiety into a strong narrative. The godfather Drosselmayer (Oliver Matz) is initially a sinister figure, forcing her to confront past events before leading her into the glittering land of the Sugar Plum Fairy. Here, all expectations are exceeded. The familiarity of Tchaikovsky's intricately woven themes works in total harmony with sumptuous production values. The dancing is sublime. As the Prince, Vladimir Malakhov evokes the spirit of a young Nureyev. His pas de deux with the Sugar Plum Fairy should challenge even the most cynical tear ducts. Sit back, share the frisson of anticipation as Daniel Barenboim enters the conductor's box and let the whole experience engulf you. On the DVD: There are no extras. In addition to the 16:9 picture format, which enhances the authentic theatrical atmosphere, the Dolby Digital 5.1 sound helps make this Nutcracker an aural feast. Under Barenboim's masterful control, the orchestra draws you into the heart of the music. Booklet notes provide historical background as well as performer biographies, but a more complete cast list would have been useful. --Piers Ford
Bigonzetti: Caravaggio | DVD | (01/06/2009)
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Germany released, PAL/Region 0 DVD: LANGUAGES: German ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), German ( Dolby Digital Stereo ), German ( Dolby DTS 5.1 ), English ( Subtitles ), French ( Subtitles ), German ( Subtitles ), Italian ( Subtitles ), Russian ( Subtitles ), Spanish ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Behind the scenes, Cast/Crew Interview(s), Interactive Menu, Making Of, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Dancer Vladimir Malakhov leads the Stattsballett Berlin in this production of Claudio Monteverdi's opera Caravaggio, as adapted by Italian composer Bruno Moretti and choreographed by his creative partner, Mauro Bigonzetti. The Staatskapelle Berlin performs the music under the direction of conductor Paul Connelly. ...Caravaggio (2008)
TDK DVD Ballet And Concert Sampler 2006 | DVD | (30/01/2006)
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A compilation of ballet and concert excerpts from the TDK 2006 catalogue.
Malakhov - True Prince | DVD | (22/09/2003)
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This film captures the magnetic personality of this consummate dancer in that rarefied atmosphere that surrounds an artist devoted to his art. TRUE PRINCE chronicles the rituals of a dancer's daily life - the rehearsals the fans the backstage milieu and the strenuous performance demands of an international star.Malakhov shines on stage in those ecstatic moments when music soul and muscles work together. TRUE PRINCE reveals an intimate portrait of a young man destined for greatness: VLADIMIR MALAKHOV the quintessential ballet prince of our time.Programme highlights include:- Vladimir Malakhov discusses his first public performance at age 4- Reid Anderson: Classical Ballet Technique- Manon (Vienna State Opera Ballet) - Rehearsal and performance segments- Voyage - Complete ballet choreographed for Malakhov by Renato Zanella- Giselle (National Ballet of Canada) - Rehearsal and performance segments.
Great Dancers Of Our Time | DVD | (28/03/2005)
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Three of the most fascinating dancers on the current international ballet scene in Germany present their favourite choreographies each solo- or pas-de-deux-choreography introduced by the dancer.
Tchaikovsky-Swan Lake/Nutcrac | DVD | (03/11/2003)
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A new version of 'Swan Lake' in a modern staging by Patrice Bart of Tchaikovsky's immortal ballet from the Berlin Staatsoper with Daniel Barenboim providing the score. Also includes a modern performance of Hoffman's Christmas fairy tale 'Nutcracker', produced by Patrice Bart and set to the timeless music of Tchaikovsky.