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  • Rameau - Les Boréades / Robert Carsen, La La La Human Steps, Les Arts Florissants, William Christie, Opéra National de Paris [2003] Rameau - Les Boréades / Robert Carsen, La La La Human Steps, Les Arts Florissants, William Christie, Opéra National de Paris | DVD | (20/06/2004) from £25.56  |  Saving you £4.34 (14.50%)  |  RRP £29.99

    A performance of the Rameau opera which follows the tale of Queen Alphise who is contemplating abdication rather that an arranged marriage.

  • Dancing On Dangerous Ground Dancing On Dangerous Ground | DVD | (20/11/2000) from £14.77  |  Saving you £3.22 (17.90%)  |  RRP £17.99

    Dancing On Dangerous Ground is the thrilling new Irish dance drama based on Celtic's legend's most passionate and enduring love story - the tragic romance of Diarmuid & Grainne. The show features the world famous dancers and Riverdance stars Jean Butler and Colin Dunne. This long awaited Irish dance special received its world premiere in December 1999 at The Theatre Royal Drury Lane in London before transferring to Radio City Music Hall in New York in March 2000. Butler and Dunne

  • Monteverdi: Il Ritorno d'Ulisse in Patria -- Zurich/Harnoncourt [2002] Monteverdi: Il Ritorno d'Ulisse in Patria -- Zurich/Harnoncourt | DVD | (10/01/2003) from £13.47  |  Saving you £4.94 (19.80%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Klaus-Michael Gruber's austere staging of Monteverdi's Il Ritorno d'Ulisse in Patria ("Ulysses' Return") gives the impression of a sun-drenched ancient Greek island by the simplest of means: a bleached white wall against a dazzling sky-blue backcloth. It is an ideal setting for conductor Nikolaus Harnoncourt's pared-down reading of the score (fewer "authentic" rasps and rattles than 25 years ago) and Vesselina Kasarova's intense, restrained performance of Penelope, all the more powerful for being held back. For example, her repeated cry of "Torna!" ("Return to me!")--an excuse for much hand-wringing on the part of some mezzos--rarely rises above mezzo-forte here. Dietrich Henschel is equally impressive as Ulisse, and uses his rich, flexible voice with inventiveness: he handles the moment of recognition with his son Telemaco (the outrageously handsome Jonas Kaufmann) beautifully. There are some off-the-rail moments to the staging which might not appeal to English theatrical tastes: Penelope's suitors are presented in a rather silly puppet show and the comedy scenes with Iro (Rudolf Schasching) fall flat. But it doesn't prevent the final moments of reconciliation and recognition reaching powerful heights. On the DVD: Il Ritorno d'Ulisse in Patria is presented in 16:9 ratio and has PCM Stereo or Dolby Digital 5.1 sound options. There are subtitles in Italian, German, English, French and Spanish. A handsome, well-lit production is rendered on the small screen with as much subtle shading as possible by video director Felix Breisach, and falls very easily on the eye. --Warwick Thompson

  • Orphee Aux Enfers - Offenbach [1997] Orphee Aux Enfers - Offenbach | DVD | (15/04/2002) from £11.25  |  Saving you £3.74 (15.00%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Orphée aux Enfers, Offenbach's riotous parody of the dissipations of French life in the Second Empire, fairly gallops past in this 1997 Herbert Wernicke production staged at the Theatre de la Monnaie in Brussels. Based on Offenbach's meatier second version (1874) of the Orpheus legend, it features nicely judged performances across the board and some stunning special effects, notably the explosive locomotive crash signalling the breach of the divide between Heaven and Hell. Satire reigns, not least in the reactionary figure of Public Opinion, a pinny-clad bossy boots with a hint of Dame Edna Everage about her. Olympus is a moribund salon full of bored Gods, sick of the Ambrosian diet. The casting is excellent, with Jacqueline van Quaille's chain-smoking dowager Juno heading the field. Alexandru Badea’s Orpheus subverts the legend in his purely pragmatic pursuit of Eurydice (the thrush-voiced soprano Elizabeth Vidal) that has nothing to do with love. Dale Duesing's Jupiter is louche and sexy, particularly in the very funny fly scene in the second act. From first to last, Wernicke's production offers something to catch the eye and ear, culminating in the well-loved, frantic can-can finale. Overall this is not only well-sung but very entertaining. On the DVD: Orphée aux Enfers gets the standard stage-to-video treatment. The picture quality (16:9) is OK but often dark so you strain to catch some of the production's design subtleties. Excellent sound (PCM stereo) brings Offenbach's vibrant score to the forefront, well matched by the strong performances of the principal singers.--Piers Ford

  • Eugene Onegin - Tchaikovsky [2000] Eugene Onegin - Tchaikovsky | DVD | (27/06/2005) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £29.99

    Tchaikovsky - Eugene Onegin (Ermler Gavrilova Redkin)

  • Gael Force Dance [2002] Gael Force Dance | DVD | (29/07/2002) from £5.99  |  Saving you £0.00 (0.00%)  |  RRP £5.99

    Filmed in Belfast 'Gaelforce Dance' is a supercharged Irish dance spectacular in the vein of Riverdance. Sensual and dramatic it has brought over one million people to their feet worldwide with its energy grace passion and mix of original and contemporary Irish dance music.

  • Wagner - Das Rheingold Wagner - Das Rheingold | DVD | (04/02/2008) from £13.29  |  Saving you £0.70 (5.00%)  |  RRP £13.99

    This film is the one existing record of Karajan's Salzburg Ring on video. Made in 1978, with imagination extra film sequences to complement the original stage production for the Easter Festival, it brings to life the epic grandeur of Karajan's concept, with the fallible gods, headed by Thomas Stewart's nobly-sung Wotan, depicted in all their mythic majesty.

  • Tchaikovsky - Swan Lake [1992] Tchaikovsky - Swan Lake | DVD | (26/07/2007) from £21.55  |  Saving you £1.44 (6.30%)  |  RRP £22.99

  • My First Ballet Lesson My First Ballet Lesson | DVD | (18/12/2006) from £5.98  |  Saving you £-0.99 (-19.80%)  |  RRP £4.99

    'Today I went to Ballet class and made some new friends. Our teacher's name is Terri Williams who writes all her own songs and dances which are great fun and helps us to remember our moves. My first Ballet lesson was great!'

  • Lesley Garrett - Desert Dreams [2003] Lesley Garrett - Desert Dreams | DVD | (12/07/2004) from £14.68  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Lesley Garrett is the focus of a small performing troupe who choose the desert as their stage. With songs and arias from the Barogue period to the modern day she brings this stark mysterious location to life.Tracklisting01. Soave Sia Il Vento02. If Music Be The Food Of Love03. Stabat Mater - 1st movement04. O Delle Mie Speranze05. Dido's Lament06. Where The Bee Sucks07. Song To The Moon08. Apres Un Reve09. Sure On This Shinin

  • Don Giovanni - Mozart Don Giovanni - Mozart | DVD | (27/06/2005) from £6.58  |  Saving you £1.64 (10.90%)  |  RRP £14.99

    Arthaus present another in the Glyndebourne classic opera series this time the long-awaited 1977 production of Don Giovanni directed by Sir Peter Hall.Don Giovanni represents a force of nature without conscience and sense of responsibility. His sole aim in life is to win the female he has just fallen in love with. Therefore all the people around him become his victims. Not able to own up to his crimes he is dragged down to hell.Sir Peter Hall has long been associated with Glyndebourne having directed there since 1970. His production of Mozart's tragic 'opera of all operas' as E.T.A. Hoffman once called it for the 1977 Glyndebourne seasons has received universal praise - a high accolade for such an original production. Celebrated baritone and Glyndebourne favourite Benjamin Luxon perfectly embodies the unconscionable seducer Don Giovanni - although he nearly didn't appear after injuring himself during rehearsals jumping from a balcony as stage directions instructed.

  • Ballets Russes Ballets Russes | DVD | (21/08/2006) from £5.29  |  Saving you £14.70 (73.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Ballets Russes is an intimate portrait of a group of pioneering artists (now in their 70s 80s and 90s) who gave birth to modern ballet. Directed with consummate invention and infused with juicy anecdotal interviews from many of the company's glamorous stars Ballets Russes treats modern audiences to a rare glimpse of the singularly remarkable merger of Russian American European and Latin American dancers choreographers composers and designers that transformed the

  • Bamboo Dream Bamboo Dream | DVD | (30/06/2003) from £5.84  |  Saving you £17.47 (69.90%)  |  RRP £24.99

    A 'blend' of ballet contemporary dance and Chinese dance which follows the seasons of the year. Choreography by Lin Hwai-Min. Cloud Gate Dance Theatre's extraordinary blend of contemporary dance ballet and traditional CHinese dance takes it influence from elements as diverse as calligraphy meditation and martial arts. Here in the choreography of artistic director Lin Hwai-Min age-old beliefs and stories are brought into contemporary and universal perspective taking inspiration from the bamboo seen in China as a symbol of integrity and epitome of elegance.

  • Masters of Cinema - Judex/Nuits Rouges Masters of Cinema - Judex/Nuits Rouges | DVD | (25/08/2008) from £8.59  |  Saving you £16.40 (65.60%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Judex (1963): The magical rarely seen Judex directed by the great Georges Franju (Eyes Without a Face) was largely unappreciated at the time of its release in 1963. This lyrical and dreamlike picture a putative remake of Louis Feuillade's own 1916 Judex is as evocative of the silent master's own works as it is the later films of Jean Cocteau and Salvador Dali. A French reviewer wrote in 1963: The whole of Judex reminds us that film is a privileged medium for the expression of poetic magic. Starring the magician Channing Pollock the divine Edith Scob and the mesmerising Francine Berg'' Judex concerns a wicked banker his helpless daughter and a mysterious avenger. It plays like a fairy tale one in which Franju creates a dazzling clash between good and evil eschewing interest in the psychological aspects of his characters for unexplained twists and turns in the action. The beautifully controlled imagery superbly rendered by Marcel Fradetal's black-against-white photography animates a natural world and the spirits of animals all at war with a host of diabolical forces. Franju's Judex and Nuits Rouges both paid overt homage to the surreal silent serial-works of Feuillade. Scripted in collaboration with Feuillade's grandson Jacques Champreux these films evince the same poetic magic that made the art of that earlier master a cause c''l''bre not only for the Surrealist movement but also for the world renowned Cin''math''que Fran''aise. It was the Cin''math''que (co-founded by the legendary Henri Langlois with Franju) that helped resurrect the reputation of Feuillade decades after he'd slipped out of the public consciousness. Nuits Rouges (1973): Nuits Rouges [Red Nights] released in the UK as Shadowman was the second Franju Champreux meditation upon the films of Feuillade. It aggressively escalates a pulp atmosphere steeped in shocking turns of events to an even more vertiginous level. Here the object of pursuit is the fabled treasure of the mythical order of the Knights Templar which the filmmakers use as the jump-off point for staging a series of fantastic set-pieces. As the Fant''mas-esque arch-criminal (known only as The Man Without a Face played by Jacques Champreux himself) violently pursues the treasure the action intensifies amongst a cadre of post '68 bohemians the Paris police bureau and a cult of cowled conspirators. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present Georges Franju's two most mindbending films on DVD in the UK for the first time.

  • La Bayadere [1994] La Bayadere | DVD | (25/10/1999) from £11.19  |  Saving you £6.80 (37.80%)  |  RRP £17.99

    A ballet in three acts by Rudolf Nureyev from the Palais Garnier. The story follows the doomed love affair between a warrior and a bayadere who is later killed by her rival...

  • Don Quixote - American Ballet Theatre [1983] Don Quixote - American Ballet Theatre | DVD | (23/02/1998) from £11.19  |  Saving you £6.80 (37.80%)  |  RRP £17.99

    Baryshnikov, Harvey and Don Quixote is a combination which could hardly fail to be a crowd-pleaser, but in an era when armchair ballet audiences have a huge selection of sure-fire winners to choose from it's worth reflecting on just why this production is so good. This is the 1983 Quixote from the New York Metropolitan Opera House, full-length and, indeed, full of merit. The staging is traditional and over-designed in the best possible way, with Brian Large's video direction capturing the whole apparatus with consummate skill (this is one of the few canned ballets which won't have you fretting over there being too many or not enough close-ups, tracking shots, wide-angle panoramas and so on--they're all there, and they're all uncannily where they should be) and with the cast seemingly having an enormous amount of fun, particularly Baryshnikov himself, whose twinkly eyed Basil is totally engaging. The most intriguing performance, however, falls to Richard Schafer as Quixote. Rather than allow the character to degenerate into buffoonery, Schafer depicts the elderly knight as mysterious and, indeed, almost mystical in his delusions; here, Quixote is not so much a clown but a seer, bearing a strange dignity which contrasts poignantly with the rumbustiousness around him--an elegant twist within an already very pleasing interpretation. --Roger Thomas

  • Lady Macbeth Of Mtsensk - Shostakovich Lady Macbeth Of Mtsensk - Shostakovich | DVD | (01/09/2004) from £8.03  |  Saving you £7.96 (49.80%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Filmed in Barcelona at the Gran Teatro Del Liceu this new production of the 'Lady Macbeth Of Mtsensk' by composer Dimitry Shostakovitch features the Symphony Orchestra of the Gran Teatro Del Liceu; conducted by Alexander Anissimov.

  • Michael Flatley - Gold Michael Flatley - Gold | DVD | (19/03/2001) from £10.98  |  Saving you £9.01 (45.10%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Lord of the Dance and Riverdance sensation Michael Flatley in his third show displaying once again the magic of his dancing style This DVD contains all of Michael's greatest hits plus sneak previews of exclusive dances recorded especially for this programme. Also features 5 brand new dances new versions of his classics and the story of his phenominal career in his own words.

  • How To Be A Ballet Dancer How To Be A Ballet Dancer | DVD | (15/03/2004) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £5.99

    Every young girl loves ballet! It's every young girl's dream to be a ballet dancer and this magical DVD will show them how. Instructional and enjoyable this delightful production contains sections for those who want to practice ballet and home and for those who just wish to watch!

  • Le Corsaire [1989] Le Corsaire | DVD | (21/08/2000) from £11.39  |  Saving you £6.60 (36.70%)  |  RRP £17.99

    A production of the ballet 'Le Corsaire' performed at the Kirov Theatre in Leningrad April 1989.

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