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Stravinsky: The Rake's Progress

Stravinsky: The Rake's Progress

Recorded live at the Glyndebourne Opera House, 18 & 19 December, 2010


Miah Persson (Anne Trulove), Topi Lehtipuu (Tom Rakewell), Clive Bayley (Father Trulove), Matthew Rose (Nick Shadow), Susan Gorton (Mother Goose), Elena Manistina (Baba the Turk) & Graham Clark (Sellem)

The Glyndebourne Chorus & London Philharmonic Orchestra, Vladimir Jurowski (conductor) & John Cox (director)

In this celebrated Glyndebourne Festival production, David Hockney’s designs for director John Cox reinterpret the Hogarth etchings that inspired the opera’s libretto, written for Stravinsky by W.H. Auden and Chester Kallman.

In 2010, this revival under Glyndebourne’s Music Director, Vladimir Jurowski, captured the opera’s neo-classical spirit and its juxtaposition of whimsy, cynicism and compassion, prompting the Financial Times to call it, ‘‘as enjoyable a performance of Stravinsky’s opera as any that has come along".

Extra features:

Documentary includes interview with David Hockney Introduction to the Rakes’s Progress Running time 150 mins

Region Code All regions

Picture format 1080i High Definition / 16:9

Sound format 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS

Menu languages EN

Subtitles EN/FR/DE/ES

“Full of colour and light, and brimming with wit, this is a production that lifts the performers...Lehtipuu conveys [Tom's] fresh-faced innocence, making his gradual demise all the more heart-breaking. Bass Matthew Rose is not the most chilling Nick Shadow, but is all the more believable as an apparently supportive, and likeable, friend to Tom, until the veil drops...[Persson] underpins [Anne's] heartfelt love with a steely determination...An absolute triumph.” BBC Music Magazine, January 2012 *****

“It is hard to imagine a Tom Rakewell who looks the part better than the lanky, almost adolescent Topi Lehtipuu, his wide-eyed innocence an open invitation to corruption, and he sings the role with elegance. Miah Persson is almost his equal...The combination of Vladimir Jurowski and the London Philharmonic Orchestra ensures crisp ensemble of the highest quality.”” Gramophone Magazine, March 2012

“Star of the show - as she is so often - is Miah Persson, who turns out to be a radiant and steadfast Anne...[Lehtipuu] manages to give us a Tom whoe fundamentally endearing qualities shine through, even when he's at his most cocky...Matthew Rose's portrayal of Nick Shadow has been criticized in some quarters for its lack of venom, but I find that the mellifluous coating to his malevolence only adds to the effect.” International Record Review, February 2012

BBC Music Magazine

DVD/Blu-ray Choice - January 2012

Blu-ray Disc

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Opus Arte Glyndebourne - OAB7094D

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$35.50

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Gay: The Beggar's Opera

Gay: The Beggar's Opera

Performing version by Richard Bonynge and Douglas Gamley. Orchestrated by Douglas Gamley.


Graham Clark (Matt), Stafford Dean (Lockit), John Gibbs (Jemmy Twitcher), Michael Hordern (The Player), Kiri Te Kanawa (Polly Peachum), Angela Lansbury (Mrs. Peachum), Alfred Marks (The Jailer & Mr. Peachum), Warren Mitchell (The Beggar & The Drawer), James Morris (Macheath), Ann Murray (Jenny Diver), Regina Resnik (Mrs. Trapes), Anthony Rolfe Johnson (Filch), Joan Sutherland (Lucy Lockit) & Ann Wilkens (Dolly Trull)

National Philharmonic Orchestra & London Opera Chorus, Richard Bonynge

Recording Location: Kingsway Hall, London, UK, March 1981

In 1981 Richard Bonynge, together with an illustrious cast of singers (Joan Sutherland, Kiri Te Kanawa, et. al.) and actors (Angela Lansbury, Warren Mitchell, Michael Hordern, et. al.) went into Kingsway Hall for a recording of a new edition (by Richard Bonynge and Douglas Gamley) of John Gay’s The Beggar’s Opera. Written in 1728, it is a ballad opera in three acts (Ballad operas were satiric musical plays that used some of the conventions of opera, but without recitative. The lyrics of the airs in the piece are set to popular broadsheet ballads, opera arias, church hymns and folk tunes of the time.) Running for 62 consecutive performances, the piece notched up a record the longest run in theatre history up to that time. Unlike other existing recordings of The Beggar’s Opera, this new performing edition features opera stars alongside great actors as well as a full-size (double woodwind) orchestra. One of the most sought after of Sutherland/Bonynge collaborations, the original CD has long been out of print and here reappears with the original liner notes as well as the full libretto.

Australian Eloquence - ELQ4428629

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Darwin: Song for a City

Darwin: Song for a City

Recorded Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London, UK, January 1975


anon.:

God Save The Queen

Bellini:

Dormono entrambi … Mira, o Norma … Sì, fino all'ore (from Norma)

Joan Sutherland (Norma) & Heather Begg (Adalgisa)

McCormick:

Advance Australia Fair

Offenbach:

Couplets des deux hommes d'armes (from Geneviève de Brabant)

(sung in English)

Tom McDonnell (Grabuge) & Clifford Grant (Pitou)

Verdi:

Cortigiani, vil razza dannata (from Rigoletto)

Louis Quilico (Rigoletto)

Qui posa il fianco (from I Lombardi)

Margreta Elkins (Giselda), Graham Clark (Oronte) & Clifford Grant (Pagano, a hermit)

Un di, se ben rammentomi... Bella figlia dell'amore (from Rigoletto)

Graham Clark (Il Duca), Joan Sutherland (Gilda), Heather Begg (Maddalena) & Tom McDonnell (Rigoletto)


Christmas Eve 1974 was a nightmare for the inhabitants of Darwin (in Australia’s Northern Territory) when it was destroyed by a violent cyclone. A Darwin Appeal Fund was launched and a month later, on 25 January 1975, Richard Bonynge conducted a fund-raising concert at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. The idea was that of Joan Sutherland’s – who participated together with a cast of Australian, New Zealand and British operatic luminaries – and the LP receives its complete CD release for the first time. A newly-written introduction by Richard Bonynge is included.

“The most substantial item is the great duet from Act 2 of Bellini's Norma...Here [Sutherland's] singing is glorious, and she is ably matched by her compatriot, Heather Begg, as Adalgisa. Each section of the duet is beautifully drawn, leading up to the final cabaletta which is nothing short of exhilarating.” Gramophone Magazine, February 2011

Australian Eloquence - ELQ4428644

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The Pavarotti Edition, Vol. 3: Verdi

The Pavarotti Edition, Vol. 3: Verdi


Luciano Pavarotti, Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor), Riccardo Cassinelli (Tenor), Ambrosian Opera Chorus (Chorus), Fernando Pavarotti (Tenor), Montserrat Caballé (Soprano), Christian Du Plessis (Baritone), John Gibbs (Baritone), Martti Talvela (Bass), Sherrill Milnes (Baritone), Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano), Huguette Tourangeau (Mezzo-Soprano), Graham Clark (Tenor), The London Opera Chorus (Chorus), Marjon Lambriks (Mezzo-Soprano)

London Philharmonic Orchestra, The National Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Lamberto Gardelli, Peter Maag, Richard Bonynge, Claudio Abbado

Decca Pavarotti Edition - 4700032

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Verdi: Il Trovatore (highlights)

Verdi: Il Trovatore (highlights)


Dame Joan Sutherland (Leonora), Marilyn Horne (Azucena), Luciano Pavarotti (Manrico), Ingvar Wixell (Conte di Luna), Nicolai Ghiaurov (Ferrando), Norma Burrowes (Ines), Graham Clark (Ruiz), Peter Knapp (Un vecchio zingaro)

The National Philharmonic Orchestra, The London Opera Chorus, Richard Bonynge

Decca - 4582272

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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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Schreker: Der Schatzgräber

Schreker: Der Schatzgräber


Tijl Faveyts (The King), Alasdair Elliott 9 Der Schreiber/der Kanzler), André Morsch (Herold/der Graf), Kurt Gysen (Der Schultheiss/der Magister), Graham Clark (Der Narr), Kay Stiefermann (Der Vogt), Mattijs van de Woerd (Der Junker), Raymond Very (Elis), Andrew Greenan (Der Wirt), Manuela Uhl (Els), Gordon Gietz (Albi), Peter Arink (Ein Landsknecht), Cato Fordham (First Burger), Richard Meijer (Second Burger), Marieke Reuten (Mezzo-soprano solo), Inez Hafkamp & Hiroko Mogaki (Alto solo)

Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra & Netherlands Opera Chorus, Marc Albrecht

The early 20th century Austrian composer Franz Schreker is especially known for his operas. Der Schatzgräber (The Treasure Hunter) was completed in 1918 and premiered Frankfurt in 1920. On this recording, the second in a Netherlands Opera series on Challenge Classics, the Netherlands Philharmonic and the Netherlands Opera Chorus are conducted by Marc Albrecht. The cast includes Tijl Faveyts, Raymond Very, and Kay Stiefermann.

Franz Schreker wrote the libretto and composed the music to Der Schatzgräber following the great success of his previous two operas Der ferne Klang and Die Gezeichneten. After it was premiered in Frankfurt in 1920, productions took place in major cities across Europe.

Looking back to Wagner, while embracing the fashions and forms of his own time, Schreker pondered what an artist should offer to modern society. In Der Schatzgräber that crisis of conscience finds voice in mystic medievalism. The opera’s plot centres around a queen who has lost her jewels, and with them her beauty and fertility. The court fool knows about a wandering minstrel called Elis whose magic lute points out all hidden treasures to him. The king promises the fool that he will be allowed to choose a wife as a reward, if Elis can find the jewels.

Marc Albrecht has been the chief conductor of the Netherlands Philharmonic and Netherlands Chamber Orchestra since the 2011-2012 season. He is particularly known for his interpretations of works by Wagner and Richard Strauss, and of contemporary music.

His critically-acclaimed live recording of Strauss’ Elektra with the Netherlands Philharmonic (CC72565) was released on Challenge Classics in 2012.

“The cast is very strong in the key roles, with Tijl Faveyts authoritative as the King, and Manuele Uhl suitably dramatic as Els. Mattijs van de Woerd has avuncular warmth as the innkeeper...this is one of those operas and recordings which ‘has it all’, from the drama and sublime beauty of the music to the glorious performance and sumptuous recording.” MusicWeb International, 23rd January 2014

“The Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra make the most of the brief passages of purely orchestral writing and the practised hand of Marc Albrecht ensures as strong a sense of forward motion as this kind of harmonic idiom permits.” Gramophone Magazine, March 2014

Super Audio CD

Format:

Hybrid Multi-channel

Challenge Classics - CC72591

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Wagner: Der Fliegende Holländer: highlights

Wagner: Der Fliegende Holländer: highlights


Simon Estes (Holländer), Lisbeth Balslev (Senta), Matti Salminen (Daland), Robert Schunk (Erik), Anny Schlemm (Mary), Graham Clark (Steuermann), Chor der Bayreuther Festspiele (chorus)

Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele, Woldemar Nelsson

Decca - 4806481

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Stravinsky: The Rake's Progress

Stravinsky: The Rake's Progress

Recorded live at the Glyndebourne Opera House, 18 & 19 December, 2010


Miah Persson (Anne Trulove), Topi Lehtipuu (Tom Rakewell), Clive Bayley (Father Trulove), Matthew Rose (Nick Shadow), Susan Gorton (Mother Goose), Elena Manistina (Baba the Turk) & Graham Clark (Sellem)

The Glyndebourne Chorus & London Philharmonic Orchestra, Vladimir Jurowski (conductor) & John Cox (director)

In this celebrated Glyndebourne Festival production, David Hockney’s designs for director John Cox reinterpret the Hogarth etchings that inspired the opera’s libretto, written for Stravinsky by W.H. Auden and Chester Kallman.

In 2010, this revival under Glyndebourne’s Music Director, Vladimir Jurowski, captured the opera’s neo-classical spirit and its juxtaposition of whimsy, cynicism and compassion, prompting the Financial Times to call it, ‘‘as enjoyable a performance of Stravinsky’s opera as any that has come along".

Extra features:

Documentary includes interview with David Hockney Introduction to the Rakes’s Progress Running time 150 mins

Region Code All regions

Picture format 16:9 Anamorphic

Sound format 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS

Menu languages EN

Subtitles EN/FR/DE/ES

“Full of colour and light, and brimming with wit, this is a production that lifts the performers...Lehtipuu conveys [Tom's] fresh-faced innocence, making his gradual demise all the more heart-breaking. Bass Matthew Rose is not the most chilling Nick Shadow, but is all the more believable as an apparently supportive, and likeable, friend to Tom, until the veil drops...[Persson] underpins [Anne's] heartfelt love with a steely determination...An absolute triumph.” BBC Music Magazine, January 2012 *****

“It is hard to imagine a Tom Rakewell who looks the part better than the lanky, almost adolescent Topi Lehtipuu, his wide-eyed innocence an open invitation to corruption, and he sings the role with elegance. Miah Persson is almost his equal...The combination of Vladimir Jurowski and the London Philharmonic Orchestra ensures crisp ensemble of the highest quality.” Gramophone Magazine, March 2012

“Star of the show - as she is so often - is Miah Persson, who turns out to be a radiant and steadfast Anne...[Lehtipuu] manages to give us a Tom whoe fundamentally endearing qualities shine through, even when he's at his most cocky...Matthew Rose's portrayal of Nick Shadow has been criticized in some quarters for its lack of venom, but I find that the mellifluous coating to his malevolence only adds to the effect.” International Record Review, February 2012

BBC Music Magazine

DVD Choice - January 2012

DVD Video

Region: 0

Format: NTSC

Opus Arte Glyndebourne - OA1062D

(DVD Video)

$29.50

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Bravo Pavarotti

Bravo Pavarotti


Decca - 4782371

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