Liszt: Mayerling (DVD) – Steven McRae, Sarah Lamb, The Royal Ballet

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Liszt: Mayerling (DVD) – Steven McRae, Sarah Lamb, The Royal Ballet

Composer: Franz Liszt
Artists: Steven McRae, Sarah Lamb, The Royal Ballet, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Conductor: Koen Kessels
Choreographer: Kenneth MacMillan
Format: NTSC
Language: English
Region: All Regions
Number of Discs: 1
Studio: BBC / Opus Arte
DVD Release Date: August 23, 2019
Run Time: 133 minutes; plus 11 minutes bonus material

Kenneth MacMillan based his dark, intense ballet Mayerling on the tragic true story of Crown Prince Rudolf and his mistress Mary Vetsera, and it is celebrated as one of The Royal Ballet’s narrative masterpieces. The oppressive world of the Austro-Hungarian empire is brought to life by the whole Company, with a score drawn from the sweeping music of Franz Liszt, and with sumptuous designs by Nicholas Georgiadis. Steven McRae dances Rudolf, one of the most technically and emotionally demanding roles in the repertory for male dancers, with Sarah Lamb as Mary Vetsera, in choreography that pushes classical ballet to its limits.

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In classic or contemporary ballet, dancing may tell a story, express a mood, or simply reflect the music in movement. Ballet as part of staged performances originated in the Italian Renaissance courts of the 15th and 16th centuries and from there spread to France. The creation of classical ballet as we know it today occurred during the reign of the art-loving French king Louis XIV in the mid-17th century. During the Romantic era, ballet technique evolved to express new ideas, most notably with women dancing en point, or on their toes, allowing them to appear weightless and otherworldly.
Among the choreographers who helped bring ballet into the modern age by exploring new visual and dramatic styles are George Balanchine, Antony Tudor and—bridging the worlds of classical dance and Broadway—Agnes de Mille and Jerome Robbins.



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