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The Frederick Ashton Collection Vol. 1 (The Royal Ballet)

The Frederick Ashton Collection Vol. 1 (The Royal Ballet)

Tamara Rojo (Marguerite and Armand); Sergei Polunin (Marguerite and Armand); Natalia Osipova (Rhapsody); Steven McRae (Rhapsody - The Dream); Marianela Nuñez (Symphonic Variations); Vadim Muntagirov (Symphonic Variations -The Two Pigeons); Lauren Cuthbertson (The Two Pigeons); Zenaida Yanowsky (Marguerite and Armand); Roberto Bolle (Marguerite and Armand);

"... a bill which revealed the variety of the Royal’s founder choreographer from the perfumed sway of La Valse, to the lyrical loveliness of the Thais pas de deux, and the audacious joy of Voices of Spring. Monotones I and II, on the other hand, show his geometric modernism and his ability to conjure a kind of mysterious beauty by the simplest of means... the performances throughout the evening made the choreography look as fresh and important as ever." (The Daily Telegraph)

The Globe Collection - Shakespeare 400 (Shakespeare's Globe)

The Globe Collection - Shakespeare 400 (Shakespeare's Globe)

Stephen Fry (Malvolio (Twelfth Night)); Mark Rylance (Olivia (Twelfth Night)); Roger Allam (Falstaff (Henry IV); Prospero (The Tempest)); Jamie Parker (Hal (Herny IV); Henry V; Oliver (As you like it)); Samantha Spiro (Katherina (The Taming of the Shrew); Lady Macbeth); Catherine Bailey (Portia (Julius Caesar)); Eve Best (Beatrice (Much ado about Nothing); Cleopatra); Jessie Buckley (Miranda (The Tempest)); Dominic Rowan (Henry VIII; Touchstone (As you like it)); Naomi Frederick (Rosalind (As you like it)); William Houston (Titus Andronicus); Miranda Raison (Anne Boleyn (Henry VIII));

"... it is difficult to imagine that Twelfth Night could be performed more effectively than it currently is at the Globe theatre ..." (The Guardian)

The Imcomparable Celibidache - Box Set

The Imcomparable Celibidache - Box Set

"Sergiu Celibidache's Bruckner is often monumental. It is also revelatory in a way no other Bruckner conductor equals. Celibidache conducts these great symphonies as if he were King Lear himself, for in every bar of Bruckner's scores he scales heights of pathos and emotion most other conductors simply do not see in Bruckner's writing." (Musicweb International - Bruckner)

The Last Night of the Proms (BBC)

The Last Night of the Proms (BBC)

Hilary Hahn (Violin); Jane Eaglen (Soprano);

"A fulsome farewell to Andrew Davis’s 11-year tenure as the Proms conductor par excellence." (Gramophone)

The Merry Wives of Windsor (Shakespeare's Globe)

The Merry Wives of Windsor (Shakespeare's Globe)

Christopher Benjamin (Sir John Falstaff); Philip Bird (Dr. Caius); Sue Wallace (Mistress Quickly); Gregory Gudgeon (Nym); Michael Garner (George Page); Serena Evans (Meg Page);

"This revival of Christopher Luscombe’s lively 2008 production is the perfect addition to the Globe’s 2010 Kings and Rogues season and is arguably the most accessible to a contemporary audience." (The Stage)

The Metamorphosis (The Royal Opera)

The Metamorphosis (The Royal Opera)

Edward Watson (Gregor Samsa); Laura Day (Grete Samsa); Nina Goldman (Mrs Samsa); Neil Reynolds (Mr Samsa); Bettina Carpi (Maid/Coffee Lady); Greig Cooke (Dream Figure/Bearded Man); Amir Giles (Clerk/Dream Figure/Bearded Man/Train Conductor/Dream Figure); Arthur Pita (Choreography/Director); Frank Moon (Music); Simon Daw (Designs);

"It is the remarkable quality of Edward Watson as a dancer that he can convey, with subtlest yet most penetrating effects, the inner life of those characters whom he portrays on stage. I have been fortunate to see every great male dancer of my time: such stars of the Ballets Russes as Massine, Lifar and Dolin, and leading danseurs of the companies in St Petersburg and Moscow and of western ballet during the past half century. None, with the exception of Nicolas Le Riche, has rivalled Watson in the ability to strip character of its externals and find the real man beneath the emotional subterfuges and the caparisons of social manners." (The Financial Times)