Vlastimil Harapes

Primo ballerino

Catalogue Number: SU 7017-9
Published: 21st November 2008
Genre: Ballet
Format: 1 DVD
In his day Vlastimil Harapes was one of the premier dancers of the international ballet scene. He was a star who shone on the stage of the National Theater for twenty years, and for thousands of balletgoers in dozens of countries his name was a synonym for dance. Ballet is the most fragile of arts, fading with the dancer's youth, but recordings of Harapes' artistry in the greatest works of the classical and modern ballet repertoire were preserved in the archives of Czech Television. They provided the material for this indisputably unique collection of performances immortalizing this personable, graceful dancer. Included are scenes from such famous ballets as Romeo and Juliet, Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, Achilles, Pulcinella, La Boutique Fantasque, and Spartacus, as well as works choreographed to music by Josef Suk (Radúz and Mahulena), Georges Bizet (Carmen), Leoš Janáček (The Kreutzer Sonata), Charles Gounod (Faust and Markéta), Johann Sebastian Bach (Prelude in C minor), and Petr Hapka (Denim Blue)… His partners in these scenes include soloists Marta Drottnerová, Hana Vláčilová and Ivanka Kubicová. Bonus scenes from the television shorts Runner (Běžec) and We Can Go On (Můžeme dál) round out the selection. Throughout these performances Harapes shines with the captivating charm of his artistry and the contagious joy of life. These are recordings of an art which is fleeting, but whose beauty is eternal. The legendary dancer in roles from classical and modern ballet!
Jean Sibelius
1. Land of a Thousand Lakes 02:55
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
2. The Blue Bird. Paux de deux from the Ballet Sleeping Beauty 06:05
Sergei Prokofiev
3. Romeo and Juliet. Ballet - Fragments 12:45
Adolphe Charles Adam
4. Giselle. Pas de deux 06:12
Charles Gounod
5. The Night of Walpurgis. Fragments from the opera Faust 05:04
Christoph Willibald Gluck
6. Achilles. Fragments 03:08
Igor Stravinsky
7. Pulcinella 04:13
Leoš Janáček
8. The Kreutzer Sonata 03:53
Benjamin Britten
9. Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge /Andante grazioso, andante/, Op. 10 03:32
Gioacchino Rossini
10. La Boutique fantasque. Fragment 04:02
Aram Ilich Khatchatourian
11. Spartacus 05:01
Josef Suk
12. Radúz and Mahulena 04:36
Georges Bizet, Rodion Konstantinovich Shchedrin
13. Passion 02:34
Václav Zahradník
14. Contrasts 03:22
Alexey Lvovich Rybnikov
15. Juno and Avos. Fragment 06:51
Johann Sebastian Bach
16. Prelude in C minor 04:25
Michael Kocáb
17. Odysseus 02:52
Petr Hapka
18. Denim Blue 03:54
Benny Goran Andersson
19. Chees 03:29
20. Annoucement of Vinners of the Televizní rolnička 1985 01:07
Vítězslav Hádl
21. Vlaštovčí hnízdo 04:08
Jacques Offenbach, Vangelis, Gustav Mahler, Ladislav Simon, Michal Pavlíček
The Runner. Television film
22. The Tales of Hoffmann. Pas de deux 03:56
23. One More Kiss, Dear 02:40
24. Odysseus. Pas de deux 03:18
25. Jennifer. Pas de deux 03:20
26. Laundry 04:40
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Sergei Prokofiev, Jimmy Webb, Ray Parker, Ludwig Minkus, Seweryn Krajewski
Can We Come In? Television film
27. Swan Lake 00:30
28. Romeo and Juliet 03:30
29. Three Players 02:05
30. Ghostbusters 01:30
31. Le Corsaire 02:00
32. Glory Is A Ball 02:00