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The Royal Ballet perform five short ballets choreographed by Frederick Ashton. Tamara Rojo dances for the last time in 'Marguerite and Armand', alongside Sergei Polunin, and Leanne Benjamin, who is soon to retire, performs in 'Méditation from Thaïs'. The other ballets featured in the show are: 'La Valse', 'Voices of Spring' and 'Monotones I and II'.
The third volume in the Beethoven symphonies cycle featuring Christian Thielemann and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. The set features Beethoven's seventh, eighth and ninth symphonies and contains three documentaries with analysis and discussion of each symphony by Christian Thielemann himself. The soloists of symphony no. 9 include Annette Dasch, Piotr Beczala, Georg Zeppenfeld and Mihoku Fujimura.
The American choreographer's ballet company performs two of his works, 'Brandenburgs' and 'Beloved Renegade', set to music by J.S.Bach and Poulenc, at the Théâtre National de Chaillot, Paris, in 2012.
Two archive BBC recordings highlighting the work of 19th century Danish choreographer August Bournonville. 'La Sylphide' is a studio recording from 1961, featuring dancers Flemming Flindt, Lucette Aldous, and Shirley Dixon, while 'Flower Festival in Genzano' is a 1974 recording from London's Sadler's Wells Theatre featuring Rudolf Nureyev and Merle Park.
The complete Beethoven symphonies cycle featuring Christian Thielemann and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. The set features all nine symphonies, each complete with an accompanying documentary containing analysis and discussion with Christian Thielemann himself.
A two-volume Christmas collection from the Royal Opera House. The Royal Ballet's Miyako Yoshida, Stephen McRae, and Gary Avis take the lead roles in a 2009 production of Tchaikovsky's classic work 'The Nutcracker', with Koen Kessels conducting. The second performance features a 2008 recording of Englebert Humperdinck's fairytale opera 'Hansel and Gretel'. Colin Davis conducts, with an acclaimed cast that includes Thomas Allen, Angelika Kirchschlager and Diana Damrau.
The second volume in the Beethoven symphonies cycle featuring Christian Thielemann and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. The set features Beethoven's fourth, fifth, and sixth symphonies and contains three documentaries with analysis and discussion of each symphony by Christian Thielemann himself.
A BBC recording from Christmas 1962, with choreography by Frederick Ashton, and featuring Nadia Nerina as Lise, and David Blair as Colas. John Lanchbery conducts The Covent Garden Orchestra.
Archive footage of The Bolshoi Ballet and The Kirov Ballet performing in London during the early 1960s. The set features extracts from 'The Stone Flower', 'Swan Lake', 'Cinderella', 'Giselle', 'Gayaneh' and 'Don Quixote'.
Danish conductor Thomas Dausgaard leads the Danish National Symphony Orchestra in performances of Brahms: Symphony No.1; Dvorak: Symphony No.9; Sibelius: Symphony No. 5; and Nielsen: Symphony No. 3, recorded at the Koncerthuset, Copenhagen in 2011.
Peter Seiffert and Petra Maria Schnitzer are the lead singers in Robert Carsen's modern-day adaptation of Wagner's epic opera, performed live at Barcelona's Gran Teatre Del Liceu in 2008. Sebastian Weigle conducts the orchestra and chorus.
The Bolshoi Ballet perform Yuri Grigorovich's version of the ballet by Adolphe Adam. Svetlana Lunkina plays the title role with Dmitry Gudanov as Count Albrecht and Maria Allash as the Queen of the Wilis. When young peasant girl Giselle discovers that her lover, Albrecht, is actually a nobleman in disguise who is due to be married, she dies from despair. But when Albrecht's life is threatened by the evil Wilis clan, Giselle's spirit returns to save him. Pavel Klinichev conducts the Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra.
Ole Anders Tandberg's visually striking debut production for Norwegian National Opera. Recorded live in 2010, Birgitte Christensen, Jacek Laszczkowski and Tim Mead head an international cast, with Allesandro De Marchi conducting.
Hamburg Ballet director and chief choreographer John Neumeier's interpretation of Hans Christian Anderson's fable. With music by Lera Auerbach, Yuan Yuan Tan takes the lead role in this production staged by the San Francisco Ballet.
A documentary profile of the prolific Czech choreographer. Filmed in Den Haag, Prague and Paris, Kylián's life, creative process and dances are examined in a rare portrait.
Acclaimed conductor Valery Gergiev leads the World Orchestra for Peace at the Abu Dhabi Festival in 2011. Works performed include Prokofiev's Symphony No 1; Tchaikovsky's Symphony No 5; and Rossini's overture to William Tell.
Daniel Barenboim leads the Vienna Philharmonic in this concert from the opening night of the Salzburg Festival in 2010. Included is Beethoven's 'Piano Concerto No.4', Boulez's 'Notations for Orchestra', and Bruckner's 'Te Deum' featuring performances by Elina Garanca, Dorothea Roeschmann, Franz Josef Selig and René Pape.
Michael Schonwandt is the conductor in this Royal Danish Opera premiere of Paul Ruders' opera, based on Lars von Trier's film 'Dancer in the Dark'. The story follows the tragic tale of Selma, a poor factory worker with failing eyesight who sacrifices her life to ensure that her son receives an eye operation. The cast is lead by Ylva Kihlberg in the title role.
Complete collection of salsa tutorials from dance instructor Marlon Silva and his assistant Susie Neff. 'Beginning Lessons 1' includes lessons on how to stay in step with the music by breaking the moves and combos down into building blocks. In 'Beginning Lessons 2', new techniques are introduced including couple dancing and spinning combinations. The 'Intermediate' tutorial focuses on Cape combinations, multiple spinning combinations, the Vine, the Whip, the Tunnel and the Merengue. Whilst in the 'Advanced and Expert Combinations' tutorial, Marlon's class covers the Knee, dip essentials and variations, square dance, leader's blender, follower's blender, the Reverse, the Corkscrew, the Topspin and the Spool Up.
Egyptian dance tutorial presented by professional dancer and percussionist, Hilary Thacker. The programme is filmed in the temple of Aphrodite, and includes lessons on such moves as the camel, the Egyptian walk, the snaky arms and shimmies, as well as a section on the veil.
Ivor Bolton conducts the Freiburger Barockorchester in this performance of Handel's oratorio, recorded live at the Salzburg Festival in 2009. Performers include Christine Schafer, Bejun Mehta, Johannes Martin Kranzle and Joseph Kaiser.
Dance instructor Marlon Silva teaches his group to dance the salsa, using a step-by-step technique where moves are broken down into 'building blocks'. The dance moves taught include single couple switches, trios, switches in trios and the Casino Rueda.
Step-by-step guide to line dancing, presented by instructor Maoliosa Bond. Beginners are guided through six dances: 'Toosh Poosh', 'Ghost Bustin'', 'Six Shooter', 'Hats Off to Texas', 'Western Jive' and 'Tumbleweed'.
Disc 1 1. The Second Stage Turbine Blade (Video) 2. Time Consumer (Video) 3. Devil In Jersey City (Video) 4. Everything Evil (Video) 5. Delirium Trigger (Video) 6. Hearshot Kid Disaster (Video) 7. 33 (Video) 8. Junesong Provision (Video) 9. Neverender (Video) 10. God Send Conspirator (Video) 11. IRO-Bot (Video) 12. The Ring In Return (Video) 13. In Keeping Secrets Of Silent Earth: 3 (Video) 14. Cuts Marked In The March of Men (Video) 15. Three Evils (Embodied In Love And Shadow) (Video) 16. The Crowing (Video) 17. Blood Red Summer (Video) 18. The Camper Velourium I: Faint Of Hearts (Video) 19. The Camper Velourium II: Backend Of Forever (Video) 20. The Camper Velourium III: Al The Killer (Video) 21. A Favor House Atlantic (Video) 22. The Light & The Glass (Video) 23. 21:13 (Encore) (Video) Disc 2 1. Keeping The Blade (Video) 2. Always & Never (Video) 3. Welcome Home (Video) 4. Ten Speed (Of God's Blood & Burial) (Video) 5. Crossing The Frame (Video) 6. Apollo I: The Writing Writer (Video) 7. Once Upon Your Dead Body (Video) 8. Wake Up (Video) 9. The Suffering (Video) 10. The Lying Lies & Dirty Secrets Of Miss Erica Court (Video) 11. Mother May I (Video) 12. The Willing Well I: Fuel For The Feeding End (Video) 13. The Willing Well II: From Fear Through The Eyes Of Madness (Video) 14. The Willing Well III: Apollo II: The Telling Truth (Video) 15. The Willing Well IV: The Final Cut (Video) 16. Everything Evil The Trooper Devil In Jersey City (Video) 17. The Reaping (Video) 18. No World For Tomorrow (Video) 19. The Hound (Of Blood And Rank) (Video) 20. Feathers (Video) 21. The Running Free (Video) 22. Mother Superior (Video) 23. Gravemakers & Gunslingers (Video) 24. Justice In Murder (Video) 25. The End Complete I: The Fall Of House Atlantic (Video) 26. The End Complete II: Radio Bye Bye (Video) 27. The End Complete III: The End Complete (Video) 28. The End Complete IV: The Road And The Damned (Video) 29. The End Complete V: On The Brink (Video) 30. I Shall Be Released (Encore) (Video) 31. Welcome Home (Encore) (Video)
A two-volume set that marks the start of a Beethoven symphonies cycle featuring Christian Thielemann and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. Volume One features Beethoven's first three symphonies, while Volume Two contains three documentaries with analysis and discussion of each symphony by Christian Thielemann himself.
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