Opera, ballet or even a comedy?

The Pendlebury Library has over 500 DVDs in its collection, supporting the teaching at the Faculty of Music.  All the DVDs are catalogued and may be searched for on the library catalogue.  Borrowable on a one-day loan, just fill in a fetching slip to request them at the issue desk.

Our display case currently features a selection of DVDs, but here is a taster of some of what we have.

Cover image of Albert Herring DVD

Albert Herring / Britten (Opera)

This is a Glyndebourne performance of Albert Herring (Classmark DVD.C.267) in the opera house for which it was conceived and where it premiered in 1947.  Several of Britten’s operas are available on DVD to support the course “Benjamin Britten: music and words”.   The English Touring Opera have just performed this at the  West Road Concert Hall  on  17th and  19th October 2012.

The Nose / Shostakovich (Opera)

Cover image of The Nose DVD

An unusual recording in that the video and the audio are two different performances.  This  is the legendary 1974 Moscow Chamber Opera production of “The Nose” (DVD.C.281) overdubbed with the well-known audio recording made four years earlier and conducted by Rozhdestvensky, who is not the person seen conducting the performance on the video.  However, it is the only publicly available recording of this opera.

Lift to the Scaffold (Film)

Cover image of Lift to the Scaffold DVD

Occasionally, films are purchased for their soundtrack.  This thriller (DVD.F.74) heralded the black and white era  and the French New Wave films.  It features striking camerawork, Paris locations and an improvised jazz score by the legendary Miles Davis.

Masterclass DVDs

Cover image of Piano Masterclass DVD


Recently purchased for the Pendlebury are two masterclasses – one piano (DVD.A.26) and one violin (DVD.A.27)– in the Masterclass Media Foundation series.

The Beatles Anthology (Documentary)

Image of the Beatles Anthology boxed set

Supporting the “Popular music and Society in the 20th century” course, The Anthology DVDs are a rich, vibrant collection of snapshots and first hand recollections of The Beatles. This 5 disc set (DVD.A.20-24) showcases rare, unseen and archive footage interlinked with anecdotes and interviews with George, Paul, Ringo and George Martin as well as those who worked closely and were involved with The Beatles during their career.

So why not have a look at our range covering opera, documentaries, ballets, ethnomusicology, films and comedies.   To browse a list of all available video recordings at the Pendlebury, use the Advanced search on the Newton catalogue. Type DVD as your search term and set the location to the Pendlebury Library of Music.


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