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Walk with the Devil
Walk with the Devil
by Tom Foote
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping, 1 Aug 2013
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This review is from: Walk with the Devil (Paperback)
Based on an ex French Foreign Legionaire, Robert Ryder, whose son dies from a (contaminated)drug overdose.
Ryder vows to avenge his death and eventually tracks down those at the very top of the drugs chain.

Scintillating and page-turning, the pace is frenetic.

As the noted writer Stuart Woods states-"This is Tom Foote at the peak of his Powers-read it"

Highly recommended and a must read.


The Kirov Ballet - Giselle [DVD] [2001]
The Kirov Ballet - Giselle [DVD] [2001]
Dvd ~ Galina Mezentseva
Price: £12.59

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deeply moving, sublime, unforgetable,what more ! just buy it., 4 Nov 2008
I agree entirely with other reviewer's comments as regards the excellence
of this very moving and unforgetable performance.

I have watched it on countless occasions and often back to back.It is so beautiful and compelling,it has frequently left me in tears. Galina Metsenseva as Giselle is absolutely perfect-such grace and fluidity,amazing.(Yes,she is a little thin, but so what!) Konstantin Zaklinsky is an equally perfect Albrecht. "Queen of the Wilies",Tatyana Terekhova, is breathtaking also.

The Corp surpasses itself as one had come to expect of this 1983 production by the Kirov. (Typical Russian Classical Ballet ,a la Kirov)

Fedotov conducts to his usual high standards and sound is fine.Of course,Adam's score is very beautiful indeed. Picture quality (shows it's age) is the only snag,if slight, and certainly should not deter any ballet lover.

A must for all ballet lovers.
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Gluck - Orphée et Eurydice / Robert Wilson, John Eliot Gardiner, Théâtre du Châtelet [1999] [DVD] [2001]
Gluck - Orphée et Eurydice / Robert Wilson, John Eliot Gardiner, Théâtre du Châtelet [1999] [DVD] [2001]
Dvd ~ Magdalena Kozená

14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Triumph in Artistry. Ravishingly beautiful., 12 July 2005
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Both visually and aurally, this surely must be one of the pinnacles in artistic achievements.
Ravishingly beautiful melodies.Surreal set and lighting.
All three protagonists,Magdalena Kozena as Orpheus, Madeline Bender as Urydice and Patricia Petibon as Cupid are perfectly cast.
Kozena's rich coloratura voice is very beautiful indeed. Bender is equally so and Pitibon's interpretation of Cupid is light and fairly-like.
The Monteverdi Choir and Orchestra Revolutionnaire et Romantique are, as we have to to expect under the direction of Sir John Eliot Gardiner, as near to perfect as is humanly possible.
Stage direction (Robert Wilson) and TV direction(Brian Large) quite outstanding.
A masterpiece - don't hesitate.
Ferdia Riordan


Kirov Classics [DVD] [2000]
Kirov Classics [DVD] [2000]
Dvd ~ The Kirov Ballet
Price: £24.99

19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ravishingly beautiful, a stunning and unmissablecollection., 8 Nov 2004
This review is from: Kirov Classics [DVD] [2000] (DVD)
Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful, a classic indeed. Simply a must for all ballet lovers.
Contents: Chopinina, Petrushka, Barber's Adagio, La Corsaire(Pas de Deux), The Fairy Doll, Markitenka,(Pas de Six) and Grand Pas from Paquita.
Main stars include Faroukh Ruzimatov (in his usual La Coraire gymnastics), Yulia Makhalina and Igor Zelenka in a ravishing presentation of Paquita but all the stars and indeed Corp de Ballet are simply ourstanding in elegance, performance and poise.
Chopiniana is indeed very beautiful and moving and the Pas de Six from Markitenka (new to me) is simply charming as is The Fairy Doll.
While format is 4:3 and sound is PCM Stereo ,it is more than acceptable.The Marinsky Orchestra,(forwardly placed) under
Fedotov is at its very best.
One or two niggles though. The producers have inserted full credits after each piece. This tends to frustrate one when all one wants to do is to savour the next fabulous offering.
Also the absence of a live audience tends to curtail(not always successfully with me!) ones desire to whoop with delight after each performance but this in itself gives an indication of just how wonderful these performances are.
There is also quite good documentation which includes a very clear and concise history of the Kirov/Marinsky.
Summary: Don't hestitate -just buy it. A must. You will treasure it for a lifetime. Newcomers, put this DVD on top of your list- together with "Essential Ballet"(Decca Label) which includes Kirov performances from Covent Garden and Red Square.


Rudolf Nureyev's La Bayadere [DVD] [2001]
Rudolf Nureyev's La Bayadere [DVD] [2001]
Dvd ~ Rudolf Nureyev
Price: £12.39

32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mind -blowing, 8 Feb 2004
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I could not think of sufficient superatives with which to describe this performance.Every aspect of it is astonishing. From performers to production it is simply in a class of it's own. The emotions I experience every time I have watched it are the same-from sheer spine-tingling exhilaration to heart-rending tears.
Without doubt THE best ballet experience I've had ,apart from live performances of both the Kirov and Bolshoi and this DVD experience is as close as one will get to the real thing.
For all ballet lover's ,longtime or those who just want to learn more, this DVD is an absolute must. Buy it NOW, you will never regret it.A classic to be treasured for all time.
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