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Weber: Der Freischütz

Weber: Der Freischütz


Sharon Sweet (Agathe), Ruth Ziesak (Ännchen), Peter Seiffert (Max), Andreas Schmidt (Ottokar), Kurt Rydl (Kaspar), Roman Trekel (Kilian), Anton Scharinger (Kuno), Matthias Hölle (Hermit), Peter Matic (Zamiel)

Rundfunkchor Berlin & Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Marek Janowski

This memorable version of Weber’s Der Freischütz from 1994 returns to the catalogue. It offers some outstanding vocal contributions, opined BBC Music Magazine, “sung with a genuine feeling for melodic shape and verbal emphasis: Peter Seiffert’s sensitive, conscience-stricken Max and Ruth Ziesak’s delightfully pert Ännchen.” But, the review also states, perhaps the recording’s “chief glories are the resplendent playing of the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester of Berlin, alive to every nuance of Weber’s colourful orchestration, and the dynamic conducting of Marek Janowski.”

RCA Sony Classical Opera - 88985404312

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Mozart: Don Giovanni, K527

Mozart: Don Giovanni, K527

Live recording from the Oper Köln, 1991


Thomas Allen (Don Giovanni), Carolyn James (Donna Anna), Carol Vaness (Donna Elvira), Ferrucio Furlanetto (Leporello), Andrea Rost (Zerlina) & Matthias Hölle (Comtur)

Gürzenich-Orchester Köln, James Conlon (conductor) & Michael Hampe (stage director)

During his time as manager from 1975 to 1995, Michael Hampe brought the Oper Köln international recognition. His production of Don Giovanni stands in connection with an exemplary cultivation of the Mozart repertoire. James Conlon conducts the Gürzenich-Orchester Köln, and the well known singers Thomas Allen, Carolyn James and Carol Vaness are convincing in the main roles. Hampe’s directing concept is based on the contradiction between an irresistibly raging lust for life that cannot be inhibited by any limits (embodied by Don Giovanni) and death, as its counterpart, which appears in the person of the stone guest. Mozart and da Ponte’s claim was that their interpretation of this material depicted their own time, when the economically and morally exhausted feudal system stood immediately before its dissolution (which would shortly come in the French Revolution). This idea guided the Cologne production in its impressive, many-layered realization of the “Giovanni cosmos”.

Sound Formats: PCM Stereo

Picture Format: 4:3

DVD Format: DVD 9 / NTSC

Original Language: IT

Subtitles: GB, DE, FR, NL, JP

Running Time: 173 mins

FSK: 0

Region Code: 0

Worldwide available

“This Michael Hampe production is a traditional staging, the costumes likewise...Furlanetto is outstanding in vocal and acted characterization with consummate beauty of tone in his native language...the best female singing comes from Carolyn James and Carol Vaness as Anna and Elvira respectively.” MusicWeb International, 11th April 2014

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Mozart: Don Giovanni, K527

Mozart: Don Giovanni, K527


Recording Date: 1991

Place of recording: From the Opernhaus Köln

Running Time: 173 min

Picture Format: 4:3

Sound Format: PCM Stereo, Dolby Digital (Stereo)

Menu Languages PAL: D, F, GB, I, S, SP

Subtitle Languages PAL: D, F, GB

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Subtitle Languages NTSC: GB, JP

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Wagner: Parsifal

Wagner: Parsifal


Andreas Schager (Parsifal), Anja Kampe (Kundry), Wolfgang Koch (Amfortas), René Pape (Gurnemanz), Tomas Tómasson (Klingsor), Matthias Hölle (Titurel)

Staatskapelle Berlin, Staatsopernchor, Konzertchor der Staatsoper, Daniel Barenboim & Dmitri Tcherniakov (director)

Wagner’s final opera is a medieval epic story marked by Christian, Buddhist and esoteric references. It is about redemption and renewal, but this new production by Russian director Dmitri Tcherniakov adds a jarring note: revenge.

“Anja Kampe, most intense of Wagnerian singing actresses, goes all the pitiful way; I wept for her in Act III, and began to see a big love story between her and tortured adolescent Parsifal. Andreas Schager is a real find, plausibly anguished…the orchestral colours, with excellent cello and clarinet phrasing, win back some sympathy” BBC Music Magazine, February 2017 ****

“Musically it’s first-class…the casting is pretty much ideal and all deliver superbly. Kampe proves with her gleaming high notes that this role needs a soprano…[Schager] has both weight and lyricism. Pape now colours more committedly than in previous recordings of the role; Koch and Tómasson also do very well” Gramophone Magazine, October 2016

“A fresh take on the opera that will challenge and provoke you.” MusicWeb International, October 2016

“Tcherniakov has established himself as one of our most important directors of opera, and this foray into Wagner shows why, with its mix of respect for the drama and its traditions, and its innovative ideas...A must for anyone with Wagnerian inclinations.” New York Times, 24th November 2016

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Wagner: Parsifal

Wagner: Parsifal


Andreas Schager (Parsifal), Anja Kampe (Kundry), Wolfgang Koch (Amfortas), René Pape (Gurnemanz), Tomas Tómasson (Klingsor), Matthias Hölle (Titurel)

Staatskapelle Berlin, Staatsopernchor, Konzertchor der Staatsoper, Daniel Barenboim & Dmitri Tcherniakov (director)

Wagner’s final opera is a medieval epic story marked by Christian, Buddhist and esoteric references. It is about redemption and renewal, but this new production by Russian director Dmitri Tcherniakov adds a jarring note: revenge.

“Musically it’s first-class…the casting is pretty much ideal and all deliver superbly. Kampe proves with her gleaming high notes that this role needs a soprano…[Schager] has both weight and lyricism. Pape now colours more committedly than in previous recordings of the role; Koch and Tómasson also do very well” Gramophone Magazine, October 2016

“A fresh take on the opera that will challenge and provoke you.” MusicWeb International, October 2016

“Tcherniakov has established himself as one of our most important directors of opera, and this foray into Wagner shows why, with its mix of respect for the drama and its traditions, and its innovative ideas...A must for anyone with Wagnerian inclinations.” New York Times, 24th November 2016

“Daniel Barenboim’s conducting - patient, serious and drawing beautiful playing from the Staatskapelle - is a good match for Tcherniakov’s concentrated, melancholy vision of the work. It’s beautifully shot, too.” Opera, February 2017

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Wagner: Parsifal

Wagner: Parsifal


Falk Struckmann (Amfortas), Matthias Hölle (Titurel), Hans Sotin (Gurnemanz), Poul Elming (Parsifal), Ekkehard Wlaschiha (Klingsor), Linda Watson (Kundry)

Orchestra of the Bayreuther Festspiele, Giuseppe Sinopoli (conductor) & Wolfgang Wagner (stage director)

C Major presents for May from Bayreuth Festival 1998 conducted by the great Wagner conductor Giuseppe Sinopoli Parsifal, never before available on Blu-ray.

The four main roles are taken by Poul Elming, Linda Watson, Falk Struckmann and Hans Sotin – one of the strongest line-ups in Bayreuth’s more recent history.

This programme is too available on DVD 705908

SOUND FORMAT: PCM Stereo. dts-HD MA 5.1

PICTURE: 16:9, HD

SUBTITLES: German (original language), English, French, Spanish, Korean, Japanese

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Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen

Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen

16GB USB flash-drive


Das Rheingold

John Tomlinson (Wotan), Günter von Kannen (Alberich), Bodo Brinkmann (Donner), Helmut Pampuch (Mime), Kurt Schreibmayer (Froh), Matthias Hölle (Fasolt), Graham Clark (Loge), Philip Kang (Fafner), Linda Finnie (Fricka), Hilde Leidland (Woglinde), Eva Johansson (Freia), Annette Küttenbaum (Wellgunde), Birgitta Svendén (Erda), Jane Turner (Flosshilde)

Die Walküre

Paul Elming (Siegmund), Nadine Secunde (Sieglinde), Matthias Hölle (Hunding), Anne Evans (Brünnhilde), John Tomlinson (Wotan), Ruth Floeren (Ortlinde), Shirley Close (Waltraute), Hitomi Katagiri (Schwertleite), Eva-Maria Bundschuh (Helmwige), Linda Finnie (Siegrune/Fricka), Birgitta Svendén (Grimgerde), Eva Johansson (Gerhilde), Hebe Kijkstra (Rossweisse)

Siegfried

Siegfried Jerusalem (Siegfried), Günter von Kannen (Alberich), Anne Evans (Brünnhilde), Philip Kang (Fafner), John Tomlinson (Wanderer), Birgitta Svendén (Erda), Graham Clark (Mime), Hilde Leidland (Waldvogel)

Götterdämmerung

Siegfried Jerusalem (Siegfried), John Tomlinson (Wanderer), Anne Evans (Brünnhilde), Birgitta Svendén (Erste Norn), Philip Kang (Hagen), Linda Finnie Zweite Norn), Bodo Brinkmann (Gunther), Uta Priew (Dritte Norn), Eva-Maria Bundschuh (Gutrune), Hilde Leidland (Woglinde), Waltraud Meier (Waltraute), Annette Küttenbaum (Wellgunde), Günter von Kannen (Alberich), Jane Turner (Flosshilde)

Bayreuth Festival Orchestra and Choir, Daniel Barenboim

Contents:

Music

Wagner’s complete Ring cycle available in two high quality audio formats (uncompressed WAV and 320kbps MP3)

Video

• BBC documentary: ‘Great composers - Wagner’

• ‘The making of the Ring’ featuring Daniel Barenboim and John Tomlinson.

Full libretto

• The full libretti of all four operas, available to download in PDF form

Specially designed software application featuring:

• Synopses and Articles:

Full synopses for each opera and seventeen original articles covering all

aspects of the Ring and its production.

• Leitmotif extracts and scores:

An exploration of the leitmotifs used in the Ring, with scores, extracts and descriptions covering 65 of the most prominent themes

• Illustrated comic strip:

An illustrated guide to the story of the Ring.

• Photos, biographies and other editorial

“For me the highlight of Daniel Barenboim's 1992 Bayreuth cycle is the matchless singing of John Tomlinson as Wotan, coupled with a radiant Brünnhilde from Anne Evans. Siegfried Jerusalem is movingly tender as Siegfried, and Philip Kang as Hagen is menacingly unsettling; his summoning of the vassals in Act Two of Götterdämmerung is thrilling indeed, with the gentlemen of the Bayreuth chorus sounding fantastic.” James Longstaffe, Presto Classical, March 2015

“it's arguably the finest Ring on disc of the last 30 years” The Guardian, 19th December 2013 ****

“The performances have mostly lasted very well, give or take some lurching speeds and passing weaknesses in lesser roles” The Times, 13th December 2013

Warner Classics - 2564641265

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Celibidache in St. Florian

Celibidache in St. Florian

A Film by Jan Schmidt-Garre


Bruckner:

Mass No. 3 in F minor


Sergiu Celibidache conducts Anton Bruckner’s Mass in F minor, which Bruckner called “the most difficult of all masses”. The film documents the work process from the first rehearsals with piano and choir to the eventual integration of choir, orchestra and soloists. The musical structure, initially created in Munich, is adapted to the acoustic requirements of St. Florian, and then performed in concert. Anton Bruckner was the organist at St. Florian as a young man and wrote many of his masterpieces here – he is buried underneath the organ.

“Sergiu Celibidache’s work on Bruckner’s Mass in F minor can indeed be regarded as a testament. However, it needed a highly sensible and musical video director like Jan Schmidt-Garre to capture this testament in an adequate fashion. Technical advances brought with them greater challenges for fi;ming teams, and an accomplishment like that of Schmidt-Garre stands quite alone, unfortunately.” Opernwelt

Bonus: Guest appearance of Sergiu Celibidache and the Munich Philharmonic in Moscow during a state visit, 1989

Sound Format: PCM Stereo

Picture Format: 4:3

DVD Format: DVD 5 / NTSC

Audio Language: DE

Subtitle Languages: GB, FR, ES, JP

Running Time: 60 mins & 5 mins (bonus)

FSK: 0

“this is a conducting masterclass at a level of detail and insight that is rarely permitted today.” BBC Music Magazine, February 2014 ****

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Haydn: The Seven Last Words (Choral Version)

Haydn: The Seven Last Words (Choral Version)


Frieder Bernius/Karl Forster, Inga Nielsen/Gabriele Schreckenbach/Martyn Hill/Matthias Hölle/Kammerchor Stuttgart/Württembergisches Kammerorchester Heilbronn/Frieder Bernius, Martyn Hill (tenor vocals), Inga Nielsen (soprano vocals), Gabriele Schreckenbach (vocals), Matthias Hölle (bass), Kammerchor Stuttgart/Württembergisches Kammerorchester Heilbronn/Frieder Bernius, Wolfgang Meyer/Chor der St. Hedwigs-Kathedrale Berlin/Berliner Symphoniker/Karl Forster, Wolfgang Meyer (organ)

Württembergisches Kammerorchester Heilbronn, Kammerchor Stuttgart, Chor der St. Hedwigs-Kathedrale Berlin, Berliner Symphoniker, Karl Forster, Frieder Bernius

Warner Classics - 9999142845

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Wagner: Parsifal

Wagner: Parsifal


Falk Struckmann (Amfortas), Matthias Hölle (Titurel), Hans Sotin (Gurnemanz), Poul Elming (Parsifal), Ekkehard Wlaschiha (Klingsor), Linda Watson (Kundry)

Orchestra of the Bayreuther Festspiele, Giuseppe Sinopoli (conductor) & Wolfgang Wagner (stage director)

Finally on DVD, the 1998 production of Wagner’s Parsifal from the Bayreuth Festival. in mystically poetic staging that exerts an unbroken fascination not least as a result of its expressive lighting effects.

Conducted by Giuseppe Sinopoli and directed by Wagner’s Grandson Wolfgang Wagner.

The four main roles are taken by Poul Elming, Linda Watson, Falk Struckmann and Hans Sotin – one of the strongest line-ups in Bayreuth’s more recent history.

First DVD release of this 1998 production.

Running Time 268 minutes

Picture 16:9, colour

Sound PCM Stereo, DTS 5.1

Subtitles German (original language), English, French, Spanish

Packaging NTSC: Amaray 2 DVD

Booklet English, German, French

“impressively atmospheric and gorgeously played” BBC Music Magazine, August 2011 ****

“the fact that Wolfgang Wagner's production and design are characteristically traditional and unchallenging might actually be a plus-point for many...The long dialogue scene between Kundry and Parsifal is done with outstanding musical and dramatic conviction...Struckmann, Elming and the veteran Hans Sotin are all at their vocal best, while Sinopoli responds to the simplicity of the staging by letting the music speak with maximum expressiveness.” Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2011

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