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Il Turco In Italia - Rossini | DVD | (21/01/2005)
from £19.79 | Saving you £5.20 (20.80%) | RRP
A performance of Rossini's opera performed by the Zurich Opera House Chorus and Orchestra and the Supernumerary Association; conducted by Franz Welser-Most.
Hamlet - Ambroise Thomas | DVD | (06/09/2004)
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Staged at the Gran Teatro Del Liceu in Barcelona October 2003 this opera - written by Ambroise Thomas - is performed by the Symphony Orchestra And Chorus of the Gran Teatro Del Liceu; conducted by Bertrand De Billy.
Lock - Amelia (La La La Human Steps) | Blu Ray | (05/01/2009)
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The multi-award-winning dance film Amelia (2002) explores the use of point technique using extended intertwining solos, complex partnering sequences and extreme speed to generate powerful performances with unexpected moments of tender emotion and serenity. Edouard Lock uses intricate choreography for both camera and dancers, creating amazing and constantly shifting points of view. Trademark performances, brilliant and relentless, combined with the delicate sensual lighting of Andr? Turpin and the minimalist environment of a giant wooden box with rounded forms that seems to have no exit, create a disturbingly exquisite and moving experience. The original score, written by David Lang for violin, cello, piano and voice, combines evocative minimalism with lyrics from five of Lou Reed's most famous works, created in the 60s for The Velvet Underground.
Michael Flatley - Gold | DVD | (19/03/2001)
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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.
Lady Macbeth Of Mtsensk - Shostakovich | DVD | (01/09/2004)
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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.
Giselle | DVD | (15/05/2000)
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Alolphe Adam's Giselle is the first of the great classical ballets and this production was choreographed by Patrice Bart and filmed at La Scala in Milan.
Sleeping Beauty - The Kirov Ballet | DVD | (05/09/2005)
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Choreography by Marius Petipa and featuring the 19th century ballet performed in 1982 to mark the company's bicentenary year. Three of the Kirov's finest dancers head the cast of this recording. Irina Kolpakova takes the title role of Princess Aurora Sergei Berezhnoi dances Prince Desire and Lubov Kunakova is the Lilac Fairy
Puccini: Madama Butterfly -- Verona/Arena | DVD | (11/06/2001)
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This traditional production of Puccini's enduringly popular opera Madama Butterfly should give much pleasure. It was recorded at the open-air theatre in Verona in 1983 with the local orchestra and chorus under the aptly named Maurizio Arena. The video direction is by an expert in the field, Brian Large, who brings home all the intimate moments of Puccini's drama from an open set that ascends and sprawls across rows of seating. His camera draws the viewer into scenes that the audience cannot witness at their distance--most movingly when Sharpless, the American consul in Nagasaki, gives up his attempt to read Pinkerton's letter to Butterfly saying he has no intention of seeing her again (set to that magical melody which will recur as the humming chorus). It's of little matter that there are no operatic stars in the cast for this ensemble consists of experienced singers who fill the night air with lungs to match Puccini's heaviest demands. The audience, many of them evidently on holiday, greet the show-stopping moments with waves of applause. Their enthusiasm may drown a few bars of orchestral continuity but the orchestra itself is always at the service of the singers on a soundtrack that captures the atmosphere of an open-air performance with astonishing verisimilitude. Butterfly, sung by the statuesque Raina Kabaivanska, may not see Cio-Cio San (to give "butterfly" her real name) 16 years again and some of her arm movements are overdone but her big number "Un bel di" and its reprise when she's holding her child by Pinkerton are touchingly conveyed. Neither does she overplay the final scene where she prepares to follow her father's example using the Mikado's dagger to commit suicide--a moment that sends a shiver down the spine in its economy. Nazzareno Antinori as her Pinkerton, with his matinée idol looks and resonant voice, complements her well; their singing of Puccini's spacious love duet at the close of Act One goes down a treat with the crowd. --Adrian Edwards
Prokofiev: War and Peace (La guerre et la paix) -- Paris Opera/Bertini | DVD | (29/09/2003)
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From the opera National de Paris TDK presents Prokofiev's monumental opera War and Peace in a tremendous production directed by Francesca Zambello.Based on Tolstoy's famous novel War and Peace is an opus of exceptional scale. Over 70 figures make up the enormous lyrical formation. The story tells of the fate of a Russian aristocrat who is overcome with shock at Napoleon's invasion. The core of the drama set against the backdrop of the war is the passionate love between the young Natacha Rostov to the Prince Andrei Bolkonski.
How To Be A Ballet Dancer | DVD | (15/03/2004)
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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!
Mozart - a Musical Journey: Austria | DVD | (30/06/2008)
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Austria:This tour of Austria takes us from the historic towns of Stein-Krems and Salzburg to the former imperial country residence at Laxenburg, the Imperial Treasury in Vienna and the vivid contemporary architecture of Fritz Stowasser, better known as Hundertwasser.The music for this tour of Austria is taken from two concertos by Mozart, his clarinet concerto and his oboe concerto.
Ballet Class - Intermediate And Advanced With David Howard | DVD | (07/07/2008)
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Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen -- Metropolitan/Levine | DVD | (14/10/2002)
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The James Levine cycle of Wagners Der Ring des Nibelungen is humane and emotionally powerful rather than monumental or spiritual; Levine is more interested in finding our sympathy for the characters than inspiring pity or terror. These are very traditional productions in which you see a rock where you need to see a rock, a dragon where the libretto says a dragon (the Metropolitan Opera has never been a place for experiment). What Levine and the Met can and do offer is excellent orchestral playing and some of the best singers in these roles in the world. Siegfried Jerusalem is boyish and naive and touching as Siegfried, and he is also surprisingly good as the detached mischievous Loge of Das Rheingold. James Morris is uniformly impressive as Wotan and makes the character evolve from the young ruthless god of the first opera to the tired old god of Siegfried, who seeks nothing more than his own necessary defeat and death. As Brunnhilde, Hildegard Behrens makes a convincing shift from goddess to woman, from callousness to tenderness and on to vindictiveness and self-sacrificing wisdom. Overall, this is an attractive Ring cycle, well-cast and beautifully played; others have greater strengths in some areas, but Levine is reliable across the board. On the DVD: Der Ring des Nibelungen has all four operas, which are also available individually, contained in a single box. All the DVDs come with a photo gallery of the Metropolitan Opera productions and with menus and subtitles in German, French, English, Spanish and Chinese. Its a little disappointing, though, that they are presented in American NTSC format, not European PAL, and the picture ratio is standard TV 4:3. On the plus side, they all have an excellent clear acoustic in the three audio options: PCM stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS 5.1. --Roz Kaveney
Otello - Verdi | DVD | (12/04/2004)
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Filmed at the Metropolitan Opera House in 1995 this rendition of Verdi's 'Otello' is beautifully crafted by leading stars Placido Domingo and Renee Fleming. This was the first major success for Fleming at the Met and as this release illustrates she tackled the character of Desdemona wonderfully.
Rigoletto - Verdi | DVD | (09/08/2004)
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Opera in three acts produced live at the Metropolitan Opera on 7 November 1977.
New York City Ballet Workout | DVD | (03/01/2005)
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The New York City Ballet Workout routine was developed by Peter Martins and the New York City Ballet along with the New York Sports Club. If you envy the ballet dancer's long, lean body and graceful, elegant movements, then this beautifully produced video is for you. First watch the rippling muscles of four gorgeous ballet dancers (two bare-midriffed women and two bare-chested men) performing the warm-up moves to classical ballet music, while Martins narrates: no ballet technique is taught, so it's look-and-follow if you have no previous ballet training. Then get down on a mat for slow lower-body stretches. A difficult abdominal series is next, followed by "floor barre" exercises to tone the thighs and buttocks while still using the abdominals, then moves to strengthen the back and upper body. Next is a series of standing exercise segments using various ballet movements to strengthen the legs and postural/balance muscles. The workout is divided into 17 short sections, which may give it a disjointed feeling if you're used to more continuity. At the end is a bonus sequence with profiles of the four performers, all dancers with the New York City Ballet. We get to watch them performing, practicing, and eating. One dancer makes the point that ballet is very athletic, but because it's supposed to look ethereal, the hard work stays hidden from the audience. If you love ballet (even just watching it), you'll enjoy this workout. (By the way, Sarah Jessica Parker introduces the video, but does not have any other role in it.) --Joan Price, Amazon.com
Salome | DVD | (03/03/2003)
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A performance of Strauss's biblical 'Salome' at the Royal Opera House.
Cecilia And Bryn At Glyndebourne - Arias And Duets | DVD | (04/06/2002)
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Opera arias and duets from Mozart Rossini Haydn Donizetti and Handel.
An Evening With The Royal Ballet | DVD | (26/03/2007)
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Filmed on stage in London featuring extracts from Swan Lake Ondine and The Firebird.
Gianni Schicchi - Puccini | DVD | (30/05/2005)
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Alessandro Corbelli takes the title role in Annabel Arden's whirlwind production of Puccini's compact opera in which the scheming Gianni Schicchi retrieves for himself the spoils of a disinherited family to pave the way for his daughter to marry her love.