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Gala Performances Box Set

Gala Performances Box Set


Bizet:

Parle-moi de ma mère (from Carmen)

Angela Gheorghiu, Roberto Alagna

Curtis, E:

Tu ca nun chiagne

Roberto Alagna

Donizetti:

Quel guardo il cavaliere (from Don Pasquale)

Leontina Vaduva

Caro elisir, sei mio (from L'elisir d'amore)

Plácido Domingo, Leontina Vaduva

Gounod:

Faust - Prologue

Plácido Domingo, Robert Lloyd

Avant de quitter ces lieux (from Faust)

Dwayne Croft

Grigoriu:

Muzica (from Valurile Dunarii)

Angela Gheorghiu

Halévy:

Rachel, quand du Seigneur (from La Juive)

Roberto Alagna

Mascagni:

Suzel, buon di 'Cherry Duet' (from L'amico Fritz)

Plácido Domingo, Verónica Villarroel

Massenet:

Ah! Tout est bien fini... O souverain (from Le Cid)

Plácido Domingo

Mozart:

La ci darem la mano (from Don Giovanni)

Plácido Domingo, Susan Graham

Rachmaninov:

Vocalise, Op. 34 No. 14

Kiri Te Kanawa

Stephen Barlow

Rimsky Korsakov:

A skaly groznyje - Song of the Varangian Merchant

Paata Burchuladze, Dmitri Hvorostovsky

Edward Downes

Strauss, R:

Mir ist die Ehre widerfahren (from Der Rosenkavalier)

Susan Graham, Lillian Watson

Tchaikovsky:

The Snow Maiden, Op. 12: The Dance of the Clowns

Edward Downes

The Snow Maiden, Op. 12: Schneeflöckchen

Maria Deller-Takemura, Philip Mosley

Barry Wordsworth

None but the lonely heart, Op. 6 No. 6

Plácido Domingo

Edward Downes

Ya vas lyublyu 'Yeletsky’s aria' (from Pique Dame)

Dmitri Hvorostovsky

Stephen Barlow

Pas de deux

Darcey Bussell, Zoltán Solymosi

Barry Wordsworth

Gospod' moy, yesti greshen ya from Iolanta

Paata Burchuladze

Edward Downes

Akh, istomilas' ya gorem from The Queen of Spades

Anna Tomowa-Sintow

Stephen Barlow

The Nutcracker: Grand pas de deux

Leanne Benjamin, Tetsuya Kumakawa

Barry Wordsworth

1812 Overture, Op. 49

Elizabeth McGorian, Adam Cooper, Iohna Loots

Pas de deux (Anastasia)

Viviana Durante, Bruce Sansom


Two spectacular gala concerts from the stage of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, are brought together here in their unforgettable glory. In the 1993 Winter Gala, world-leading singers (including Plácido Domingo, Dmitri Hvorostovsky and Kiri Te Kanawa) and dancers (including Darcey Bussell, Lesley

Collier, and Irek Mukhamedov) celebrate the music of Tchaikovsky, in highlights from such opera and ballet favourites as The Queen of Spades and Eugene Onegin, The Nutcracker and The Sleeping Beauty. In the famously glittering 1996 gala concert, Domingo is joined by a cast of opera stars including Angela

Gheorghiu, Roberto Alagna and Susan Graham. Asher Fisch conducts this programme of great opera arias by composers including Bizet, Massenet, Gounod, Mozart and Donizetti.

These classic recordings are preserved in their original Standard Definition and 4:3 picture format, capturing The Royal Opera and The Royal Ballet at a memorable period in their long history.

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Verdi: Nabucco

Verdi: Nabucco


Matteo Manuguerra (Nabucco), Renata Scotto (Abigaille), Veriano Luchetti (Ismaele), Robert Lloyd (Gran Sacerdote), Elena Obraztsova (Fenena), Nicolai Ghiaurov (Zaccaria), Kenneth Edwards (Abdallo), Anne Collins (Anna)

Ambrosian Opera Chorus & Philharmonia Orchestra, Riccardo Muti

Verdi holds a special place in Riccardo Muti’s heart. Here he conducts the explosive opera whose nostalgic chorus, ‘Va, pensiero’, turned the composer into a hero of the Risorgimento, the movement for the unification of Italy. In the title role of the Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar, Matteo Manuguerra is a baritone in the great tradition, while Renato Scotto brings both formidable temperament and bel canto delicacy to Abigaille.

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Wagner: Parsifal

Wagner: Parsifal

Recorded live at the Royal Opera House


Simon O’Neill (Parsifal), Angela Denoke (Kundry / Voice from Above), René Pape (Gurnemanz), Gerald Finley (Amfortas), Willard W. White (Klingsor) & Robert Lloyd (Titurel)

Royal Opera Chorus & Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Antonio Pappano (conductor) & Stephen Langridge (director)

Wagner’s last opera Parsifal is a work of intense humanity. It narrates the story of a troubled community ultimately healed through one man’s realization of the power of compassion. Created in honour of the bicentenary of Wagner’s birth, Stephen Langridge’s new production, with designs by Alison Chitty, distils with ‘intellectual fibre and visual eloquence’ (Financial Times) the timeless and universal nature of the Parsifal story. The cast includes great Wagnerian tenor Simon O’Neill in the title role. René Pape as Gurnemanz is ‘immaculate’ (Guardian), Gerald Finley as Amfortas is ‘compelling’ (Telegraph) and Angela Denoke as Kundry is ‘dramatically electrifying’ (Telegraph). The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House under Royal Opera Music Director Antonio Pappano give a ravishing rendition of Wagner’s sublime score. Filmed in High Definition and recorded in true Surround Sound.

Running time: 281 minutes

Subtitles: EN/FR/DE/JP/KO

Sound format: 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS

“Amfortas [is] sung and acted with the greatest distinction by Gerald Finley...Denoke is always striking as Kundry but doesn't really have a large enough voice for the demanding role. The minor roles are well taken. And the orchestra covers itself with glory, tirelessly magnificent for all 270 minutes.” BBC Music Magazine, February 2015 **

“this is a well-thought-through production whose ideas don’t fight against the music...In musical terms, too, this is a simply excellent performance...[Gurnemanz] is a role that René Pape might have been born to sing...[Finley] is similarly balm to the ears as Amfortas...[Denoke] seizes every dramatic opportunity which the role gives her.” MusicWeb International, 9th December 2014

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Elgar: The Apostles, Op. 49

Elgar: The Apostles, Op. 49


Alison Hargan (soprano), Alfreda Hodgson (contralto), David Rendall (tenor), Bryn Terfel (baritone), Robert Lloyd (bass) & Stephen Roberts (bass)

London Symphony Chorus & London Symphony Orchestra, Richard Hickox

Inspiration for The Apostles came at an early age for Elgar who, as a child, was fascinated to learn about Christ’s disciples, ordinary men who witness the most extraordinary events. A commission from the Birmingham Triennial Music Festival gave him the opportunity to explore this theme and in 1903 Elgar wrote The Apostles, the first in a planned trilogy of works depicting the lives of Jesus’ disciples (the third, intended to follow The Kingdom, never materialised). A narrative work, it deals with the calling of the disciples and their experiences of Jesus’ preaching, miracles, crucifixion, resurrection, and ascension.

An expansive oratorio, The Apostles calls for six soloists, lavish orchestration, and large chorus. Although often overshadowed by The Dream of Gerontius, written shortly before, it contains some of Elgar’s most inspired music, particularly in the dramatic portrayal of Judas and in the exalted, moving finale.

On this ‘241’ release Richard Hickox, a true champion of British music, conducts the London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus. The two most prominent roles, Mary Magdalene and Judas, are sung by Alfreda Hodgson and Robert Lloyd, respectively. The recording also features an outstanding performance from a young Bryn Terfel as Peter. The set is released as part of the Richard Hickox Legacy series.

“Supported by a strong cast of soloists, Hickox delivers a warmly expressive and subtly nuanced interpretation which really catches fire in the more inspired second part of Elgar's oratorio.” BBC Music Magazine, Christmas 2014 ****

Chandos 241 - The Hickox Legacy - CHAN241-49

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Verdi: Don Carlo

Verdi: Don Carlo

Five-act version, sung in Italian


Jonas Kaufmann (Don Carlo), Anja Harteros (Elisabetta di Valois), Matti Salminen (Filppo II), Thomas Hampson (Rodrigo, Marchese di Posa), Ekaterina Semenchuk (La Principessa Eboli), Eric Halfvarson (Il Grande Inquisitore), Robert Lloyd (Un frate), Maria Celeng (Tebaldo), Sen Guo (Una voce dal cielo), Benjamin Bernheim (Il Conte di Lerma/Un Araldo reale)

Wiener Philharmoniker, Sir Antonio Pappano (conductor), Peter Stein (director)

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Verdi: Don Carlo

Verdi: Don Carlo

Five-act version, sung in Italian


Jonas Kaufmann (Don Carlo), Anja Harteros (Elisabetta di Valois), Matti Salminen (Filppo II), Thomas Hampson (Rodrigo, Marchese di Posa), Ekaterina Semenchuk (La Principessa Eboli), Eric Halfvarson (Il Grande Inquisitore), Robert Lloyd (Un frate), Maria Celeng (Tebaldo), Sen Guo (Una voce dal cielo), Benjamin Bernheim (Il Conte di Lerma/Un Araldo reale)

Wiener Philharmoniker, Sir Antonio Pappano (conductor), Peter Stein (director)

Giuseppe Verdi’s late opera Don Carlo delivers all the big topics while Ferdinand Wögerbauer’s ultra-simple décor provides a spartan counterpoint to the dramatic action.

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Berlioz: Les Troyens

Berlioz: Les Troyens

Recorded live at the Royal Opera House, June 2012


Bryan Hymel (Énée), Eva-Maria Westbroek (Didon), Anna Caterina Antonacci (Cassandre), Fabio Capitanucci (Chorebe), Hanna Hipp (Anna), Brindley Sherratt (Narbal), Ashley Holland (Panthée), Pamela Helen Stephen (Hécube), Ed Lyon (Hylas), Ji-min Park (Iopas), Ji Hyun Kim (Hélénus), Robert Lloyd (Priam), Jenna Sloan (Polyxéne), Barbara Senator (Ascagne), Sophia McGregor (Andromaque), Lucas Jaconi (Captain), Adrian Clarke, Jeremy White (Soldiers)

Royal Opera Chorus & Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Sir Antonio Pappano (conductor), Sir David McVicar (director)

Running time: 275 minutes

Subtitles EN/FR/DE/ES/JP/KR

Sound format: 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS

Les Troyens is a tour de force that ranges from fiery military marches to intense choruses, passionate soliloquies and the lyrical love duets of Dido and Aeneas. For Hector Berlioz, librettist and composer, the opera became the work of decades and the passion of a lifetime, the culmination of his literary love affair with Virgil's Aeneid and with two tragic heroines, Cassandra and Dido. David McVicar's staging is on an enormous scale, assembling one of the largest casts ever seen at Covent Garden. The sweeping theme of the rise and fall of empires runs throughout Les Troyens, along with moving meditations on love and honour.

Read Presto's complete review of this disc here.

“Es Devlin’s set designs are brilliantly realised and effectively done...[Antonacci] is a magnificent Cassandra, worthy to compare with the best of them...it is [Westbroek's] humanity and vulnerability that impress most...Listening to [Hymel] you are never in any doubt that you are listening to a hero...this release is a triumph.” MusicWeb International, 31st October 2013

“It's powerful in all senses, not least Antonio Pappano's conducting, which is dramatically hard-driven but not without atmosphere, making the love music luminously sensuous...The huge cast is uniformly good and sometimes exceptional - especially tenor Bryan Hymel's Aeneas...It's an intelligent, theatrically energetic staging.” BBC Music Magazine, January 2014 *****

“It is magnificent...McVicar marshals his huge forces with a sure hand and shows an impressive concern for detail...[Antonacci's] every phrase, every gesture, is mesmerising...Westbroek as Dido is so heartbreaking in the final scenes that you forget how dramatically inept they are; and Bryan Hymel is a match for Davis's Jon Vickers” Gramophone Magazine, Janaury 2014

“Devlin’s sets certainly supply visual impact in spades...Hymel deliver[s] something very different, very special and (dare I say it?) more authentically ‘French’-sounding than Kaufmann might have been...[Antonacci] brings a no-holds-barred physicality to the role...Westbroek makes for a radiant, vulnerable Didon...this was one of the operatic highlights of 2012 and it retains much of its impact in this excellent DVD transfer.” Katherine Cooper, Presto Classical, 7th October 2013

BBC Music Magazine

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Puccini: Manon Lescaut

Puccini: Manon Lescaut


Montserrat Caballé (Manon Lescaut), Plácido Domingo (Chevalier Des Grieux), Noel Mangin (Geronte de Ravoir), Vicente Sardinero (Lescaut), Robert Tear (Edmondo), Richard Van Allan (The Innkeeper), Bernard Dickerson (The Dancing Master), Delia Wallis (A Singer), Robert Lloyd (Sargeant of the Royal Archers), Ian Partridge (A Lamplighter) & Gwynne Howell (A Naval Captain)

Ambrosian Opera Chorus & New Philharmonia Orchestra, Bruno Bartoletti

“The New Philharmonia Orchestra sparkles and shimmers under the baton of Bruno Bartoletti in this recording with Montserrat Caballé in the title role. She treats us to some of the most expressive Puccini singing I've ever heard in her Act Four aria, Sola, perduta, abbandonata, and she is partnered by Plácido Domingo, magnificently classy as the Chevalier des Grieux...this recording is a treasure.” James Longstaffe, Presto Classical, July 2014

Warner Classics - The Opera Series - 7359822

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Mozart: Requiem

Mozart: Requiem


Mozart:

Requiem in D minor, K626

Helen Donath (soprano), Christa Ludwig (mezzo-soprano), Robert Tear (tenor) & Robert Lloyd (bass)

Philharmonia Orchestra & Chorus, Carlo Maria Giulini

Exsultate, jubilate, K165

Barbara Hendricks (soprano)

Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Sir Neville Marriner


“This is above all a lyrical performance, both chorally and, more particularly, in the solo music, the realisation of which gave me especial pleasure. Giulini’s attentiveness to line is always much in evidence, and he obtains solo singing of a beautifully focused quality.” Gramophone Magazine

EMI Masters - 6787022

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Mozart: Requiem

Mozart: Requiem


Mozart:

Requiem in D minor, K626

Sylvia McNair (soprano), Carolyn Watkinson (contralto), Francisco Araiza (tenor), Robert Lloyd (bass)

Academy of St Martin in the Fields

Ave verum corpus, K618

Rundfunkchor Leipzig


Decca Virtuoso - 4783360

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