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Gilbert And Sullivan Collection | DVD | (24/11/2014)
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From the popular BBC series this comprehensive collection includes 12 classics from the immortal partnership of lyricist W.S.Gilbert and composer Arthur Sullivan. For more than 100 years these comic colourful operas have been consistently entertaining audiences around the world. Music by the London Symphony Orchestra The Ambrosian Opera Chorus and a cast of award-winning international stars including Peter Allen William Conrad Frank Gorshin Joel Grey Frankie Howard Peter Marshall Keith Mitchell Vincent Price Clive Revill In: Cox &amp; Box The Gondoliers HMS Pinafore Iolanthe The Mikado Patience The Pirates of Penzance Princess Ida Ruddigore The Sorcerer Trial by Jury The Yeoman of the Guard.
New Year's Day Concert 2002 | DVD | (13/02/2002)
from £31.08 | Saving you £-11.09 (-55.50%) | RRP
The annual New Year's Day Concert is the traditional Strauss gala with the Vienna Philharmonic marking the turn of the calendar in the spectacularly beautiful Musikverein. For the first time in 2002 the concert was conducted by Seiji Ozawa and the light-hearted nature of the event finds this always engaging conductor at his most impishly playful. The works of Joseph and Johann Strauss more-or-less alternate, opening with Johann's Zivio! march and closing, 108 minutes later, with the traditional clap-along to the Radetzky-March. Among the polkas and waltzes, including a ravishing encore of the Blue Danube waltz, other highlights include the overture to Die Fledermaus, which gets the second half of the concert off to a rousing start. Johann's little known Perpetuum mobile controversially brings politics to the occasion, being used to mark the introduction of the Euro. Perhaps this is why it is immediately followed by a Danse Diabolique by Joseph Hellmesberger jnr, the one none-Strauss work in the programme? However, sly satire is soon forgotten as the delightful Elisen-Polka sweeps devilish thoughts away with its delightful melody. A wonderful time is had by all and while watching on TV can never recreate the atmosphere of being there it is all still hugely enjoyable. On the DVD: The New Year's Day Concert 2002 has possibly the first classical music DVD "director's cut", as prepared by the ever dependable veteran of classical music videos, Brian Large. What this means is that the four filmed inserts which were included in the broadcast version of the concert appear here as extras, the concert playing complete without ever leaving the hall. These and the concert itself are presented in an excellent 16:9 anamorphic picture. Sound defaults to good PCM stereo but there are options for a superior Dolby Digital 5.0 mix, and a wonderfully rich and atmospheric 5.0 DTS track. There are four trailers for further TDK music DVDs, a picture gallery of Seiji Ozawa, and a tourism promotional video for Vienna with noticeably poorer picture quality than everything else on the disc.--Gary S. Dalkin
The Duchess of Malfi | DVD | (13/12/2010)
from £46.25 | Saving you £13.74 (22.90%) | RRP
Aimed at the student teacher lecturer and theatre lover alike. Each production is highly polished using professional actors and directors at London's award-winning Greenwich theatre which specialises in productions for young people. Filmed in crystal clear High Definition these DVDs have been designed to deliver the look and feel of a live performance to be watched and enjoyed again and again. Theatre on DVD - the new way to enjoy stage plays and bring set texts to life! The Duchess of Malfi is a popular choice as a set text despite (or perhaps because of) the violence and horror of its later scenes. Generally considered to be the masterpiece of Jacobean playwright John Webster it was first produced in around 1613. It's a macabre tragedy based on actual events and tends to be loved or hated by critics - while consistently captivating audiences across the centuries. Set in Italy in the early fifteenth century it starts out as a love story with the Duchess marrying beneath her class. However her two brothers one cool and corrupt the other violent and warped have other ideas. With incredible plot twists along the way the play ends as an utter tragedy as the brothers take revenge on her destroying themselves in the process.
Volpone | DVD | (13/12/2010)
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A brand new series of classic plays aimed at the student teacher lecturer and theatre lover alike. Each production is highly polished using professional actors and directors at London's award-winning Greenwich theatre which specialises in productions for young people. Filmed in crystal clear High Definition these DVDs have been designed to deliver the look and feel of a live performance to be watched and enjoyed again and again. Theatre on DVD - the new way to enjoy stage plays and bring set texts to life! Volpone has long been a popular choice as a set text for students. Written by Ben Jonson it was first produced in 1606. Billed as a comedy it also includes elements of tragedy and even animal fable (Volpone is Italian for 'fox'). In essence it's a dark satire on greed and lust and remains Jonson's most performed work. The action takes place in seventeenth-century Venice over the course of one day. The chief characters are Volpone a rich libertine and conman and Mosca his self-seeking servant. They cause chaos with an audacious fraud designed to part the city's wealthiest from their fortunes. The tale twists and turns as all the characters attempt to deceive each other until the whole scheme finally collapses with disastrous consequences for Volpone.
Musicals Collection Vol. 2 | DVD | (31/10/2011)
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