Tchaikovsky: The Classic Ballets (3-DVD) – The Royal Ballet

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Tchaikovsky: The Classic Ballets (3-DVD) – The Royal Ballet

Composer: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Artists: Marianela Nuñez, Thiago Soares, Christopher Saunders, Alina Cojocaru, Federico Bonelli, Genesia Rosato, Miyako Yoshida, Steven McRae, Gary Avis, Iohna Loots, Ricardo Cervera, Artists of the Royal Ballet, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Choreographers: Marius Petipa, Lev Ivanov, Peter Wright
Format: NTSC
Language: English
Subtitles: French, German, Spanish, Italian
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Number of Discs: 3
Studio: Opus Arte
DVD Release Date: September 24, 2013
Run Time: 442 minutes

This special collection brings together three definitive Royal Ballet performances of Tchaikovsky’s celebrated masterpieces: the tragic and gloriously romantic Swan Lake in Anthony Dowell’s acclaimed production, Monica Mason’s enchanting and visually striking Sleeping Beauty based on the classic 1946 production, and the enduring Christmas favorite The Nutcracker at its most captivating in Peter Wright’s timeless production. The collection is a showcase for The Royal Ballet’s inimitable style and virtuosity. Filmed in High Definition and recorded in true Surround Sound.

“Alina Cojocaru’s Aurora was the ballet’s radiant centerpiece, charming, in control and filled with a palpable delight in every pretty step.” (The Times - Sleeping Beauty)

“Anthony Dowell’s production...offers the ultimate classical experience, with the sights and sounds of a proud 19th century tradition running at full throttle. Fancy a romantic tragedy in a tutu? Then this is the ballet for you...The production as a whole is beautifully formed and dramatically convincing...And praise, too, for the corps, who made us feel the sorrow and anger of the swans’ collective misfortune.” (The Times - Swan Lake)

“All in all a fine performance of a justified favorite is given the presentation it deserves.” (Musicweb International - Nutcracker)



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History

Ballet

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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