Donald's Ostrich 1937

Donald is the baggagemaster at a remote railway station. Part of the latest cargo shipment is Hortense the Ostrich, who is a bit too friendly with Donald, and who eats everything in sight, whether it's food or not (mostly not): a concertina, an alarm clock, some balloons, all of which start reacting when Hortense gets the hiccups.

Richard Strauss: Elektra 2006

Elektra, Op. 58, is a one-act opera by Richard Strauss, to a German-language libretto by Hugo von Hofmannsthal, which he adapted from his 1903 drama Elektra. The opera was the first of many collaborations between Strauss and Hofmannsthal. It was first performed at the Dresden State Opera on January 25, 1909. Elektra is a difficult work and is musically complex. A performance requires musicians with great stamina. The role of Elektra in particular is one of the most demanding in the dramatic soprano repertoire.

FAMOUS COMPOSERS: R. Strauss

This biography of R. Strauss features portraits, music, commentary, rare archival material and concludes with an informative outline of the key works. Background excerpts are performed by the Elysian Ensemble. Extend your listening experiences by combining these biographical videos with our Greatest Hits CDs for a great introduction to classical music for ages 12 and up. 35 min.

Richard Strauss - Ariadne Auf Naxos 2012

Flemings voice might have been made for Ariadne and she achieved a great personal triumph in this production: The chief glory of the evening was hearing Renee Fleming, the Straussian soprano par excellence, making her role debut as Ariadne… As the possessor of what is, possibly, the most beautiful soprano voice in the world, she put her vocal treasures in the service of an empathic, nuanced interpretation of the role. From the creamy top, through a rich, warm middle, to the bewitching, darker colours of her lower register, Fleming poured her magnificent sound into Strausss enchanting melodic arcs, animating the sadness, vulnerability, and desire of the bereft princess...

Johann Strauss: Dance and Dream, A Night in Vienna 2014

This entertaining video comprises the enjoyable dance performance A Night in Vienna, a one-hour celebration of the music of the Johann Strausses - father and son. This recording recreates the beauty and atmosphere of the ballroom performances of 19th-century Vienna, charting the rise of the waltz craze. In the wonderful setting of the Hofburg in Vienna, the former residence of the Habsburg rulers, the period instrument orchestra Wiener Akademie plays favourites by the Strauss family and Joseph Lanner, and dance performances in historical costumes recreate the atmosphere of the first half of the 19th century.

Der Rosenkavalier 2017

In his new production, Robert Carsen places the action at the end of the Habsburg Empire, underscoring the opera’s subtext of class and conflict against a rich backdrop of gilt and red damask

Strauss I and II: Dance and Dream - A Night in Vienna 2013

Experience the grandeur of Austria's capital city in the 19th century with this celebration of the Viennese waltz and the composers who ushered in a new era of ballroom dancing: Johann Strauss and his son. The majesty of the waltz comes alive as dancers in period costume gracefully whirl about the floor, musically accompanied by soprano Lesley Garrett and Master's Wiener Walzer Tanz Ensemble of the Wiener Akademie.

Claude Lévi-Strauss par lui-même 2008

In what way can reflecting on worlds very far from our own, either in space or time, bear relevance for us today? Is there a scientific legacy - a before and after Lévi-Strauss - in anthropology? This documentary retraces the intellectual path of the author of "Tristes tropiques" ("A World on the Wane") and "La Pensée sauvage" ("The Savage Mind"), Claude Lévi-Strauss. The anthropologist and founder of structural anthropology in France is portrayed via numerous selected extracts of interviews he has given since the 1960s. The film is a fascinating introduction into the mind of a man who is interested in all men. Lévi-Strauss has great confidence (in spite of a pessimistic view of our contemporary world) in the creative capacities of the human mind.

Richard Strauss: An Alpine Symphony 2008

Esteemed maestro Neeme Järvi conducts the Hague Philharmonic in a majestic performance of "An Alpine Symphony" -- Richard Strauss's epic tone poem that portrays the experience of a day spent climbing an Alpine mountain. The program also includes Strauss's Oboe Concerto, featuring oboist Pauline Oostenrijk, and Eduard Reeser's Symphonic Suite, an arrangement of Alphons Diepenbrock's score for the play "Elektra."

Andre Rieu - 100 Years of Strauss 2003

Performing some of Strauss's most popular waltzes, André Rieu's stunning orchestra travel to a huge array of European locations in this PBS produced extravaganza.

Strauss Fantasy 1954

Johnny Green leads the MGM Symphony Orchestra in a medley of waltzes and other familiar pieces by three members of the Strauss family.

Johann Strauss: Aschenbrodel 1999

Music & Musicals, Classical Music, Opera & Operetta - Christian Rovny, Jolantha Seyfried, Christian Tichy, Simona Noja, Gregor Hatala and the Corps de ballet of the Wiener Staatsoper dance this magical version of the classic Cinderella story set to the music of Vienna composer Johann Strauss II. After transforming herself from a cinder-smudged house servant to a breathtakingly beautiful princess, Aschenbrödel meets the man of her dreams. But is she meant to have him for the rest of her life?

Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier 1998

Among the greatest operas in Richard Strauss's oeuvre, "Der Rosenkavalier (The Cavalier of the Rose)" spins the tale of the Marschallin (Elizabeth Whitehouse), a dowager struggling with old age. Making the transition more difficult is Octavian (Ildiko Komlosi), a lover many years her junior. This 1997 Palermo production, under the baton of maestro Pier Luigi Pizzi, co-stars Daniel Lewis Williams as Baron Ochs, the Marschallin's obnoxious cousin.

Strauss Der Rosenkavalier 1960

This wonderful film has had a spotty release history, and has been in and out of print over the years, establishing itself as one of the must have cult items for a certain segment of the opera loving public. With this new Blu-ray transfer, hopefully it can stay in print long enough for fans to gobble it up, for it most certainly is a feast worthy of a Waltz King Richard Strauss. Elisabeth Schwarzkopf is a near-perfect heroine in this poignantly comic look at aging and starcrossed lovers. Though this is not a flashy production, it's of such inestimable historical value, and presents this opera in such a glorious performance, that it's easy to overlook some of the technical issues of this Blu-ray. Highly recommended.

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