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DVDs: Music & Dance

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Between 1917 and 1962, Picasso was involved in creating the designs for nine ballets. Le Train Bleu (The Blue Train) dates from 1924 and Le Tricorne (The Three-Cornered Hat) from 1919. These two historic ballets, created originally by Sergei Diaghilev, have been revived by the Paris Opera Ballet. Le Train Bleu is an operetta dansé of a chic and flippant society. DVD 87

Spirited, humorous and filled with the music of Haydn, Schubert, Mozart and Beethoven, High fidelity reveals the inner workings of the quartet as it follows them on tour to Prague, Venice and across the United States. DVD 254

Documentary focusing on Jay-Z’s album "Reasonable Doubt". DVD 510

A documentary about Sacred Harp singing, a haunting form of a cappella, shape-note singing with deep roots in the American south. Shape-note singing has survived over 200 years tucked away from notice in the rural deep south, where, in old country churches, singers break open The Sacred Harp, a 160 year old shape-note hymnal which has preserved these fiercely beautiful songs which are some of the oldest in America. DVD 368

This is the story of Blue Note Records, the jazz record company founded in 1939 by German refugees Alfred Lion and Francis Wolff. The history of the company has been intimately linked with the evolution of jazz music and the development of jazz musicians ever since. Includes many recordings of live performances by Blue Note artists as well as interviews of staff, performers and critics. Illustrated with photos by Francis Wolff. DVD 284

A major figure on the contemporary choreography scene, Bill T. Jones is also a remarkable dancer and a performer with an electrifying stage presence. Here, alone in a studio and filmed from a totally cinematic point of view, he speaks to us of violence, gentleness and emotion in three short pieces: Ionization to music by Edgar Varese; Chaconne, from Bach’s Partita for solo Violin in D minor; and Tea for Two, the famous classic song. DVD 482

David Parsons on inspiration -- Fine dining -- On friendship and brotherhood -- Brothers -- On woman dancers -- Reflections of four -- On capturing time -- Caught -- On judgmental behavior -- Scrutiny -- On finding ideas -- The envelope -- On David Parsons and his company -- Nascimento. DVD 84

"Complete instructions for European style reeds: Basic tools, tying on, scraping ; Gouging machines and shaping tools ; Tips from top international soloists ; Cor Anglais reeds, with Brian Nolf, Belgian National Orchestra ; Knife sharpening ; Easy to follow step by step instructions." DVD 526

The classic Dido and Aeneas combines traditional performances of the opera singers with contemporary dance. Dido, the noble queen of Carthage, has fallen in love with the Trojan Prince Aeneas. While the court celebrates the imminent union of the two monarchs, the evil sorceress with her coven of witches plots their downfall. Romance leads to heartbreak and tragedy. DVD 547