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Tchaikovsky - Sleeping Beauty | DVD | (27/08/2007)
from £34.28 | Saving you £-18.29 (-114.40%) | RRP
Filmed at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco in 2002 Jean-Christophe Maillot has revived the essence of the original 'Sleeping Beauty' fairy tale by Charles Perrault. The well-known fairy tale has been softened and sentimentalised over the years by both the Petipa and Tchaikovsky ballet and also the Walt Disney animated film. Maillot essentially puts the sex back into the story interweaving the fantastic and the natural; he constantly amazes us throughout this exceptional dance piece which was honoured with a Nijinsky Award.
Maria Callas - La Callas... Toujours - Paris, 1958 | DVD | (26/03/2001)
from £8.63 | Saving you £-14.01 (-87.60%) | RRP
La Callas... Toujours is a black-and-white televised recital (Callas' Paris debut) that took place at the Paris Opera on December 19, 1958 when television was still in its infancy. We might wish that it had happened earlier, when her voice was in better condition, or later, when video recording technology was more advanced--so that, for example, we would not have to take the narrator's word that Callas is wearing a red dress. After all, visual elements were as important as the vocal dimensions in her art but her fans will welcome this warmly. The material, carefully chosen to show Callas at her best and most versatile, includes "Casta Diva" from Bellini's Norma (a Callas speciality), the haunting "Miserere" scene from Verdi's Il trovatore, and the mischievous "Una voce poco fa" from Rossini's Barber of Seville, a fine series of stylistic contrasts in which the essential point is not pure tonal beauty but characterisation and subtle expressive nuances. Others have made this music sound prettier; nobody has presented it with more impact. But the climax of this programme is its second half, a staged performance of Act II of Puccini's Tosca. This is a study in police brutality, sexual harassment and sheer violence, psychological and physical, that has some of opera's most extreme moments--including the great aria "Vissi d'arte", the murder of the villain Scarpia and the contemptuous dismissal flung at his corpse--"and all Rome trembled before him". In this segment, Callas goes mano a mano with Tito Gobbi, her only equal as a singing actor during her career. They savour this material in a virtuoso performance. --Joe McLellan, Amazon.com
The Bolshoi Ballet 2 | DVD | (31/03/2008)
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The Bolshoi Ballet 2 contains performances of:- Ivan The Terrible- The Stone Flower- Spartacus- RaymondaPerformances recorded at the Bolshoi Theatre, 1989, 1990.
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
La Scala Collection | DVD | (02/05/2006)
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Various Composers: La Scala Collection - 11 Operas
Wagner-Der Ring Des Nibelunge | DVD | (02/07/2007)
from £32.67 | Saving you £27.32 (45.50%) | RRP
This legendary Bayreuth Festival production of Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen directed by Harry Kupfer with designs by Hans Schavernoch and conducted by Daniel Barenboim is considered perhaps the finest video recording of these four operas ever made. For their innovative modernist staging Kupfer and his team turned away from the work's time of origin and located The Ring at a road of history a meeting-place of past present and future which sets the scene for the story's struggles of power and love. Barenboim's authoritative yet highly responsive reading of the immense score and the extraordinary performances of the cast help to make this a truly memorable Ring.
Hercules - Handel | DVD | (06/02/2006)
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Musical drama in three acts.
The Bolshoi Ballet - Romeo & Juliet/Nutcracker/Sleeping Beauty/Swan Lake | DVD | (07/05/2007)
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Recorded at the Bolshoi Theatre 1989:Includes:Sergei Prokofiev:Romeo And Juliet.Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky:Swan Lake.Sleeping Beauty.The Nutcracker.
Mozart: The Mozart Glyndebourne Collection | DVD | (28/11/2005)
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Six Mozart features: 'Cosi Fan Tutte (1975)' 'Don Giovani (1977)' 'Die Entfuhrung Aus Dem Serail (1980)' 'Idomeneo (1974)' 'Le Nozze Di Figaro (1973)' and 'Die Zauberflote (1978)'.
Verdi - Il Trovatore, Rigoletto, Falstaff (Haitink, Rizzi) | DVD | (21/05/2007)
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Contains the operas:- Falstaff.- Il Trovatore.- Rigoletto.
Magic Of The Russian, The Ballet | DVD | (11/10/2004)
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A compilation of the ballet from Russia. Includes the complete 'The Nutcracker' 'The Firebird' 'Petrushka' 'Scheherazade' and shorter ballet extracts.
Glyndebourne Diamonds | DVD | (30/04/2007)
from £33.09 | Saving you £11.90 (26.50%) | RRP
All enclosed operas are recorded live at the Glyndebourne Festival Opera.Contains the operas:- Macbeth (1972).- Il Ritorno D'Ulisee In Patria (1973).- The Rake's Progress (1975).- Falstaff (1976).- Fidelio (1979).
Luciano Pavarotti - La Boheme/Aida/Die Fledermaus | DVD | (29/10/2007)
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Luciano Pavarotti: La Boheme / Aida / Die Fledermaus
Nessun Dorma - Favourite Puccini Operas - La Boheme/Turandot/Madama Butterfly/Manon Lescaut | DVD | (01/10/2007)
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La Boheme - Live Recording From the San Francisco Opera House 1988.Turandot - Live Recoding From The San Francisco Opera House 1994.Madama Butterfly - Live Recording From Teatro Alla Scala Milano 1986.Manan Lescaut - Live Recording From The Flemish Opera 1991.
Don Giovanni / Cosi Fan Tutte | DVD | (28/11/2005)
from £41.15 | Saving you £8.84 (17.70%) | RRP
Cosi Fan Tutte:Live from the Zurich Opera House 2000Don Giovanni:Live from the Zurich Opera House 2001
Cecilia Bartoli - The DVD Collection | DVD | (08/03/2004)
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The DVD CollectionCecilia Bartoli: A PortraitThe original and unique portrait of the amazing Cecilia Bartoli filmed at the outset of her career and giving a fascinating insight into her background personality and approach to her art. Includes her Savoy Hotel recital.Cecilia Bartoli: Live in ItalyCecilia Bartoli's acclaimed 1998 recital in the Palladian splendour of Vicenza's Teatro Olimpico. Accompanied by French virtuoso Jean-Yves Thibaudet it ranges from v
Various Composers - Les Ballets De Monte-Carlo (Maillot) | DVD | (05/03/2007)
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