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old classiclakeland dvds
dvd – Borders & Northumberland
Contents of the “Borders & Northumberland” dvd are as follows:-
1 Alnwick Gardens to Handel’s Water Music (Suite No. 1, No.3 & 4) 6:57
A look at the amazing water features and cascades at Alnwick Water Gardens, the inspiration of the Duchess of
2 More of Alnwick Gardens to Handel’s Water Music (Suite No. 1, No.5). 3:43
More features at Alnwick Gardens including the tree house.
3. Jedburgh & Melrose Abbeys, Holy Island Priory to J.S. Bach (from St. Matthew Passion, No. 68) 6:31
Three popular historical sites to some uplifting music from the master!
4. Lindisfarne Castle and Garden to Handel, (Largo from Serse) 3:40
This charming castle, originally a Tudor fort stands on a remarkably scenic rock outcrop.
5. Holy Island Lime Kilns & sea shore to Handel’s Water Music (Suite No. 1, No.7) 2:13
The ruins of what was once a thriving industry.
6. The Coast, Dunstanburgh Castle, Beadnell & Seahouses Harbour to Handel’s Water Music (Suite No. 3, No. 16) 3:01
7. Going to the Farne Islands to Handel’s Water Music (Suite No. 3, No. 19 & 20) 3:37
On the boat trip to the Farne Islands with views of the cliffs and rich populations of bird life.
8. On the Farne Islands to Handel’s Water Music (Suite No.2, No. 12) 3:04
The bird life, including puffins, and views from these interesting islands.
9. Bamburgh Castle to Handel’s Water Music (Suite No. 2, No. 14) 2:06
Another fine castle standing on a basalt outcrop with wonderful sandy beaches on the doorstep.
10. Berwick to Handel’s Water Music (Suite No. 3, No. 22) 1:41
A quick look at the old ruins of Berwick Castle.
11. HADRIAN’S WALL & KIELDER WATER & FOREST PARK to Vaughan Williams- The Lark Ascending 15:14
This sequence starts at Walltown and then moves east visiting Cawfields and Steel Rigg, with a mid section showing
Kielder Water and the Forest Park. Then back to Hadrian’s Wall at Housesteads Roman Fort before ending at Long
Stone with views of Vindolanda.
12 The Breamish Valley & inland scenes to PACHELBEL: Canon 4:28
The last section goes inland to the Breamish Valley and around Ingram, with a visit to Linhope and Linhope Spout
before descending back down the valley on my bicycle!
The piece ends with a couple of images near Wooler.
Total running time approximately 56 minutes.
dvd – Mahler
MAHLER Symphony No. 1 (53:14) This video follows the inspirational themes and expressions of Mahler’s 1st Symphony, beginning with fanfares piercing the early morning mists (views over Windermere), then happy serenity in “eternal spring” with images from various Lakeland areas. Free of narration, the symphony continues with a wonderful variety of moods and atmospheres, from heartfelt anguish to exquisite calmness, and dramatic intensity. Images on the video are carefully chosen to complement these emotions, and are chiefly of the Lake District but areas of north Lancashire and Morecambe Bay are included. Events featured include Grasmere sports; leaping lambs, Bassenthwaite scarecrow festival; superb mist covered Borrowdale from Maiden Moor; winter floods and storm damage around Keswick; the Arnside bore; the cross Morecambe Bay walk from Arnside to Kents Bank; leaping salmon; a fell race and the awesome spectacle of thousands of starlings flying in swarms over Leighton Moss bird reserve.
BLUMINE (7:15) (the original 2nd movement of the 1st Symphony) This theme is one of springtime and flowers, which are blended with a scattering of lakeland views. Symphony No. 3, final movement (25:31) Here we see more general areas of Lakeland, with many landscape views from southern lakeland hills such as Scout Scar, and also featuring an accidental heather fire near Newlands, a climb up to Skiddaw summit, and numerous dramatic sunsets.
dvd – Messiah, highlights
CONTENTS OF HANDEL’S MESSIAH (Highlights)
Sinfonia (3:10) opens with views of Grasmere with a misty Rydal Water before an eruption of bird life, ending with a brief snow storm and a frosty Aira Force.
Comfort ye my people – every valley shall be exalted. (6:42)
autumn at Rydal Water, views from Nab Scar, Ullswater view, (goats, autumn colours), then a frosty Crummock Water, Buttermere and Rannerdale (remembering the bluebells) before ending with a local barn owl hunting.
O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion (5:54) Christmas window shopping at Keswick, interspersed with a walk up Cat Bells returning via Newlands, and some surprises along the way. A good number of still images in this piece.
For unto us a child is born (4:03) – Young lambs full of the joys of spring! with a glimpse of some goslings besides Tarn Hows.
Pifa (0:58) – a short visit to Loughrigg Tarn.
He shall feed his flock (5:31) – A cold wintry look at bird life on Derwentwater, with an evening sunset beyond a frozen shore line.
He was despised and rejected of men (11:10) – Snowy
Keswick, deserted Hope and Fitz Parks under snow, the boat landings and Friars Crag, including woodland and tree frost formations with a few summer/winter blends from the same spot. A furious middle section with a helicopter in a snow storm and some icy waterfalls including Aira Force.
Hallelujah (3:43) – The joy of spring flowers, especially daffodils, with glimpses of lots of wildlife including red squirrel, heron, robin, before a climb up Dod for wonderful Ullswater views including time lapsed clouds.
I know that my Redeemer liveth (6:07) – A lovely snowy tour from Ashness Bridge to Watendlath and return via Walla Crag and Bleaberry fell area.
Behold, I tell you a mystery (9:36) – opens with unusual time lapsed cloud formations, then Kentmere Church and valley, various wonders of spring flowers at Dubwath Meadows nature reserve, views of Windermere from Gummers Howe, Ullswater again, deer in Borrowdale, woods at Thirlmere, Grasmere Church and graveyard (Wordsworth), views from Scafell Pike to Broad Stand, more of Grasmere, various summer to winter blends from the same spot, ending with the church at Hawkshead
dvd – Mozart and J.S. Bach favourites
MOZART – Favourites (approx 56 mins) “Lakeland and Cumbria miscellany”
Excerpts from Symphony No. 40, Piano Concerto No. 21, Clarinet Concerto, Violin Concerto No. 3, Eine Kleine Nachtmusic (Allegro & Romance), Ave Verum Corpus, Concerto for Flute & Harp.
This video covers a wider area of Cumbria,including the western coast and the Eden
J.S. BACH – Favourites (approx 42 mins) “A joyous kaleidoscope of lakeland”.
Excerptsfrom:- Christmas Oratorio, Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring, Brandenburg Concerto, Sheep may safely graze, Suite No. 2, Air on the G string, Cello Suite No. 1, Piano concerto No. 5, Double Violin Concerto
Various artists from Naxos Various artists from Naxos.
dvd – Peace and Tranquillity
PEACE – a relaxing selection – 42 mins Delius – On hearing the first Cuckoo in Spring (bluebells at Rannerdale etc.); Grieg – Piano Concerto in A Minor – Adagio (autumn Ullswater); Chopin – Piano Concerto No. 2 – Larghetto (autumn around Coniston Water); Brahms – Violin Concerto – Adagio (moorland around Dock Tarn/ Ullscarf); Handel – Largo from Xerxes (jaws of Borrowdale); Vivaldi – Guitar Concerto – Largo (autumn Derwentwater); Albinoni – Oboe Concerto adagio (snowy Borrowdale)
TRANQUILLITY approx 52 mins
Albinoni Adagio (includes the ospreysat Bassenthwaite Lake), Albinoni Oboe Concerto, (Orrest Head/Arnside area); Massenet meditation from Thais, (Tarn Hows and Tilberthwaite), Marcello Oboe Concerto (Wintry fells), Beethoven Moonlight Sonata (twilight hours) & Emperor Piano Concerto (Buttermere & Crummock), Mahler Adagietto (sundry Lakeland) Various artists from Naxos.
dvd – Scotland (Bruch & Mendelssohn)
In this DVD Bruch’s VIOLIN CONCERTO features a snowy
Loch Lomond/ Arrochar area followed by a little wintry ski-ing
in the Cairngorms. A spring thaw leads to summery conditions
with a stormy Glen Coe, views from Ledaig near Oban, on to
the Isle of Skye (including Cuillin views and a visit to the Old
Man of Storr) before returning to the mainland near Oban and
Glen Coe once more. The final movement mainly visits the
Newtonmore Highland Games (Clan Macpherson march)
The Scottish Fantasy begins with a few historical sites
including cemeteries and ruins, then visits the far north
(Durness coastline) ending at Beauly. Another movement
crosses from the west coast near Ullapool down and across
to Braemar and the east. The final movement shows an open
air Ceilidh at Grantown on Spey, a woodfest in Anagach
Woods, views along the Spey valley to Ballindallock Castle,
Brodie Castle, Elgin and the Moray Firth.
The MENDELSSOHN program features:-
1: Overture Die Hebriden (Fingal’s Cave) 10:56
The sound of Iona and a boat ride to the Treshnish Isles,
featuring puffins, and Staffa on a sunny windy spring day.
2: Adagio from Symphony No. 3 “Scottish” 10:15
featuring Iona, Mull, and on to the Arisaig peninsular with
its wonderful beaches and views to the western isles.
3: Notturno (from incidental music to”A midsummer
night’s dream”) 6:25 Some historical sites between Fort
William and Lochgilphead including Glen Shiel.
4: Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage 13:34 – A peaceful
opening showing various Loch and coastal scenes, ending
with some rough seas and a landing at Mallaig
dvd – Tchaikovsky
The first movement opens with a murky moody morning before the fog lifts revealing an autumnal Ullswater, followed by a lively birds section. Then a tender “love theme” shows Derwentwater in all its beautiful autumn colours. Nightfall descends to a dramatic thunderstorm, followed by a particularly speedy car journey from Troutbeck to Keswick! Some lively sheep and lambs dance to the music, with a leaping mouse stealing hazel nuts (intended for the red squirrel), before the red squirrel gets its share. A snowstorm descends which leads to a beautiful sunny snowy day on the shores of Windermere, ending the movement. The second movement is based around Coniston Water, again amongst beautiful autumn colours. The third movement opens at the Waterhead swans, before another fast road journey – again to Keswick, with surprising interludes along the way at Rydal, Grasmere and Dunmail Raise. The final movement concentrates on three fantastic days on the mountains during Christmas 2006- when superb views across the sea of mists and freezing fog below are suitably matched to the wonderful feelings of the music. including dramatic time-lapse scenes of the turbulence of vapour. The ANDANTE from VIOLIN CONCERTO has a spring theme – with sundry young birds and animals interspersed with views including Esthwaite Water and tarns on Claife Heights.
dvd – The Seasons (poetry/music)
Lakeland Seasons nature and the English Lakes set to the music of John Pearson, either without narration or with the poetry of James Thomson, nature poet (1700-1748)
This production by Mikes-Eye uses the music of Mikes brother, John Pearson, as the soundscape for the backing to the photography. Flowing through the seasons in a relaxing and stressless progression, the revolving year unfolds, revealing sweeping landscapes inter-mixed with close up details from nature and lakeland. The additional version includes the blank verse poetry of James Thomson (1700 – 1748) read by Mike and offers an extra dimension for the senses to digest. His excellent descriptive-reflective-didactic poem, extracts of which are used as the inspiration for the production, is ideally suitable for the wide ranging stunning scenery and weather conditions encountered. A summary of featured locations is enclosed within this case. Running time approximately 58 mins for each version.
dvd – Vivaldi Four Seasons/Beethoven “Pastoral”
a dvd from the original classic lakeland series of video tapes which includes
VIVALDI – “THE FOUR SEASONS” (42 mins approx) “a journey through the lakeland year”
This was our first video production (1994) and still remains a firm favourite.
Locations are generally scattered throughout lakeland but naturally follow the seasons to match the music.
BEETHOVEN “PASTORAL” SYMPHONY (42 mins approx) “rural lakeland in harmony”
Chiefly filmed during spring and summer, most popular areas of lakeland are covered, including
a section on Keswick Show, a very dry and then a stormy Haweswater.
Orienteering instructional dvd
Orienteering instructional dvd, price includes postage and packing
Part 1 is based in the school grounds, and here we learn what a map
is and how it relates to the ground. part 2 we move out into the forest where we are introduced to 5 colour maps. Vegetation and contours are mentioned briefly but the
emphasis is on line features and handrails. The use of a compass is
introduced and the course this time of yellow / orange standard where
we learn how to make route choice decisions and the importance of
keeping in contact with the map. Part 3 “Off the Beaten Track” goes into detail about compasses, taking bearings, route choice, cutting corners, aiming off, and using
different types of handrails. Part 4 “Going for Gold” investigates ways of improving performance. Race analysis methods, route and split times comparisons lead on
to goal setting. The importance of good technique is emphasised,
including orienteering flow, map reading on the move, planning
ahead and speed control.