Recorded on December 1st 1993 this programme celebrates the centenary of Tchaikovsky's death.
Dophins that use ultrasound to see human embryos lizards that can walk on water telepathic fish cryogenic frogs and bacteria that can make gold.... The sequel to Supersense made 11 years later that unravels the extrasensory feats and near-paranormal powers of animals combining state-of-the-art filming techniques with the latest research into animal senses.
Prehistoric takes you on a backwards timeline to see what stood, lived, fought and died in your backyard hundreds, thousands, even millions of years ago. The high-rises and sprawl of modern Los Angeles revert to farmland and settlements, then desert. Spinning back further in time, we reveal a lush green land prowled by woolly mammoths and sabre-toothed tigers. Back even further, we see the land itself form as two continental plates, slam together in a violent upheaval. Re-winding to the age of dinosaurs, we witness pterodactyls circling the skies over an ancient ocean filled with sharp-toothed marine dinosaurs in search of their prehistoric prey.
Ivo Pogorelich one of the world's most exciting pianists and an exclusive Deutsche Grammophon artist since 1981 was thrust into worldwide fame when Martha Argerich resigned from the jury of the 1980 Warsaw International Chopin Competition in protest of his elimination. This production by Humphrey Burton features him in the elegant Veneto Villa Caldogno and the splendid Eckartsau Castle in Lower Austria.
From the 8th - 11th March 2007 over 22 300 dogs from all over the globe travelled to the NEC in Birmingham to compete for the ultimate accolade of Best in Show at the world's greatest dog show Crufts. Crufts which is organised by the kennel club and in association with Pedigree attracted 153 000 visitors over the four days of the show in 2007 easily keeping this annual extravaganza's place in the Guinness Book Of Records as the largest dog show in the world. Dogs representing th
Disc 1. Earth Story 44 minutes This fascinating programme aims to shed light on the incredible planet that we call home. With the conbination of stunning cinematography and state of the art graphics 'Earth Story' provides the viewer a superb history of our beautiful planet. Disc 2. Grand Canyon 44 minutes How did the Grand Canyon get so deep? What are the secrets revealed in its mile high walls and what makes a world class white water rapid? Will Gadd climbs a sheer 400 foot pinnacle to see what the birth of the Grand Canyon looked like 70 million years ago. Disc 3. Sahara Desert 44 minutes Where would you find the biggest dinosaur ever? The oldest glass in the world? A cave so precious it changed history? In the same place where you can fly forever ski at 58 degrees centigrace and drink million year old water find out in 'Sahara Desert'. Disc 4. Great Barrier Reef 44 minutes Working with geologists and marine biologists extreme adventurer Will Gadd gets up close and personal with the planet's largest living thing. The story of what makes this place the perfect location for the largest reef in the world takes Gadd far inland in search of clues to Australia's mysterious past. Disc 5. Hawaii 44 minutes How does a mountain shape the perfect surfing wave? What creates a paradise yet also destroys it? And how could an island wipe out a metropolis an ocean away? To get at the truth behind these questions Will Gadd takes to the air in his paraglider for a unique perspective on paradise. Disc 6. Alaska 45 minutes What makes Alaska the last great wilderness on earth? Why is it the best place to see the northern lights and why are the mountains full of sea creatures? Join extreme adventurer Will Gadd as he discovers all that Alaska has to offer. Disc 7. Antarctica 1 hour 27 minutes Encounters at the end of the world sees renowned film maker Werner Herzog make a South Pole exploration as he takes the viewer on a journey to the most remote location on the planet to observe the people who inhabit it. Disc 8. Arctic Rush 52 minutes Arctic Rush tells the fascinating story of how the effects of global warming could have far more consequences than we could ever have imagined. Against a backdrop of dramatic visuals local inuit leaders reindeer herders polar scientists enviromental leaders and big thinkers present the concerns for the land which billions call home.
When it comes to being punctual and doing his duties perfectly, Lovely Singh is unmatchable. Taking great pride in what he does, he spares no effort in giving his everything to his profession. Summoned for an assignment of guarding Divya, the daughter of Sartaj Rana, a business tycoon. Lovely Singh accompanies her to her campus, but ends up rubbing her the wrong way with his over-protective nature ...and paranoia about security. She finds him to be a major obstacle in leading a regular campu...
Viva Vivaldi! is a concert by the Italian mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli interspersing arias from the 20 surviving operas of Vivaldi with two concertos. Given with the early music ensemble Il Giardino Armonico before a very appreciative audience in the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, the performance is part of Bartoli's exploration of the Venetian composer's opera music which also includes The Vivaldi Album. That said there is very little overlap between the studio-recorded CD and this 105-minute concert. Anyone thinking of Vivaldi's vocal music in the context of his uplifting scared works may get a shock, for Bartoli performs as if her life depended upon it, attacking pieces such as "Armatae Face et Anguibus" from Juditha Triumphans with vengeful gusto. Indeed, there is a startling dynamic energy, which contrasts powerfully with the more restrained interpretations by singers such as Emma Kirkby. Bartoli's natural Italian and the live atmosphere of Maria Grazia d'Alessio's oboe gives her interpretation of the quietly haunting and melodically rich "Non ti Lusinghi la Crudeltade" from Tito Manlio a particular piquancy. The Flautino Concerto is a most attractive interlude, while the more famous Lute/Violin Concerto beguiles with its exquisite lyricism. One Vivaldi opera not represented, Orlando Furioso, is available in a complete performance from 1989.On the DVD: The anamorphically enhanced 1.77:1 image is well above average for a concert video with good detail, definition and colour, and compression artefacting only noticeable on rare completely static shots. There are three sound options: DTS, Dolby Digital 5.1 and PCM stereo. The surround options are certainly all enveloping, though there is a certain gimmickry in placing the flutes in the rear channels which is attractive with the eyes closed but is decidedly unrepresentative of what is happening on screen. In these modes Bartoli's voice is curiously unfocused. The stereo alternative is clearly locked to the screen, with much of the information actually directed to the centre speaker. This is less expansive but has a natural clarity that will appeal to those who want a more accurate reproduction of the event. There are multiple language subtitles, including English, though the only special feature is the option to have the musical score superimposed over the concert. While a fine idea in principle the execution leaves everything to be desired: the score is presented on a translucent white backdrop, through which the musicians can be seen as pale, bleached-out ghostly figures. Unfortunately the overlaying of the two images results in such an irritating flicker that the screen is barely watchable. --Gary S Dalkin
This 8 DVD set looks into some of nature's Global Catastrophes including:- Hurricanes Volcanoes and Floods.
EMMY winning series that looks at our planet Earth from the seas to the climate universe land and history that makes our planet what it is today. Over 7 hours of the award-winning documentary series on 3 DVD's. Episodes included: ""The Living Machine "" ""The Blue Planet "" ""The Climate Puzzle "" ""Tales from Other Worlds "" ""The Solar Sea "" ""Gifts from the Earth "" and ""The Fate of the Earth.""
The New Year's Gala Concert given by the Berlin Philharmonic is one of the fixtures of the German music scene, as much as the Vienna Philharmonic concerts are of the Austrian one. This concert from 1996 is typical of the genre, including a selection of highbrow lollipops, a brilliant internationally renowned soloist (Maxim Vengerov) and a generous helping of waltzes with which to swing in the new year. Claudio Abbado brings his usual unflashy savoir-faire to the job of conducting, and the orchestra responds with some gorgeously silky, perfectly executed, if not always electrifying, playing. Vengerov makes Ravel's Tzigane flash and thunder with gypsy passion and gives an equally fiery performances of Brahms' Hungarian Dances Nos. 7, 17 and 21. If the Swedish Radio Choir aren't quite as thrilling in Brahms' Liebeslieder Waltzes and Gypsy Songs they still do a fine job with a remarkably tight sense of ensemble and excellent phrasing. All in all, this is an attractive (if not earth-shattering) performance from one of the world's finest orchestras. On the DVD: there are no pleasant surprises here. The visual content includes concert shots of the orchestra, choir and soloist in the Philharmonie Hall. There are no subtitles in any language for the choral sections, and the special features comprise two trailers for Cecilia Bartoli's Vivaldi album and a recording of Penderecki's The Seven Gates of Jerusalem. --Warwick Thompson
Fossil Detectives: North England & Scotland
From 1980 the Canadian director Robert Carsen worked for several years at the renowned Glyndebourne Opera Festival, for which he was awarded the Carl Ebert Ward directing. This young talent was then recognised and nurtured by huge for directing. This young talent was then recognised and nurtured by Hugues Gall, who was later to become general manager at the Paris Bastille Opera. Carsen's breakthrough came with his production of Mefistofele, first shown in Ghent in 1988. Among the works which he has tackled with huge success are Bellini's la Straniera and Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor from the bel canto repertoire, as well as modern (classical) works, such as Igor Stravinsky's The Soldier's Tale or The Lighthouse by Peter Maxwell Davies. The main centres of Carsen's work in the 1990's were the festival at Aix-en-Provence and the Flemish Opera, Antwerp, where the director received universal acclaim for his seven-part Puccini cycle. Where Verdi is concerned, Carsen has directed productions in Paris and Cologne of Nabucco, Macbeth, Otello and Falstaff. The New York Metropolitan Opera staged Carsen's guest production of Peter Tchaikovsky's Eugen Onegin, and he produced Die Frau ohne Schatten by Rochard Strauss for the Vienne State Opera. For Cologne Opera at the end of the 2000 season Carsen takkled Wagner's summum opus - a new Ring cycle.
Discovery Adventure Box Set (18 Discs)
A double-feature of animal documentaries from the good people at National Geographic. Suitable for children from 5-11 years of age. Awesome Animal Builders: ""Spin"" the garrulous globe (voiced by Dudley Moore) hosts a fascinating glimpse at the home-building habits of some of the animal kingdom's busiest creatures as they construct their nests hives lairs dens and more. Secret Weapons And Great Escapes: Spin the talking globe (otherwise known as Dudley Moore) narra
Documentary focusing on birdlife from around Britain this volume takes a look at the peregrine raven golden eagle curlew and hobby found on moors and mountains and the avocets puffins kittiwakes cormorant and gannet barn owl lapwing magpie skylark and pheasant found around farms and ponds and the Kingfisher mallard bittern grey heron wigeon and mute swan song thrush starling robin blue tit from the urban areas of the country and the nightingale green woodpecker goldcrest buzzard and long-eared owl that are found in the British Isle.
At the Waldbuhne concert in 1994 the Berlin Philharmonic put a programme together under the heading' A night of Dances and Rhapsodies' which is presented the works of central European composers. The dance and folk pieces of music from the 19th century which the orchestra performed under the baton of Mariss Jansons emphasised the different styles and trends from this musically significant era.
Witness the reality of armed combat in theatres of conflict across the world with this incredible 2-disc collection. Through the extensive use of footage filmed by both Allied and Axis forces throughout the war it is possible to gain a remarkable insight into the defining event of the 20th century. From the rise of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party within Germany to the fierce fighting waged across the globe cameras were there to capture the events that shaped the world in surprising detail. Observe the crucial battles and moments of the war including the D-Day landings and the battle for Normandy from both sides of the conflict. See Allied ships hunting down German U-Boats house-to-house fighting in France and Berlin the discovery of the concentration camps snowbound combat in Scandinavia and tank warfare in the deserts of Africa. With no modern CGI talking heads or dramatic reconstruction this breathtaking series shows the war as it actually happened resulting in a truly significant and momentous document for future generations.
Visits Northwest Coast at Formby where Hermione has come to see some beautiful footprints preserved in the sticky sand. But these aren't the tracks of some mysterious beast; they are clearly the tracks of modern humans. Dating up to 5000 years ago these footprints give a tantalizing glimpse of the behavior of our direct ancestors. Britain's Jurassic Coast stretching for 155 kilometres along England's South Coast is one of the most important geological sites in the world. The coastline covers an incredible span of earth's history from 65 million year old rocks in the east you travel back through 185 million years of history. Along the Jurassic Coast are some of the best places in the country to search for fossils.
A live recording of Johann Sebastian Bach's St John Passion recorded at the Suntory Hall in Tokyo.
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