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Verdi: Requiem

Verdi: Requiem


Krassimira Stoyanova (soprano). Veronica Simeoni (mezzo-soprano), Francesco Meli (tenor), Georg Zeppenfeld (bass)

Ballett Zürich, Philharmonia Zürich, Chor und Zusatzchor der Oper Zürich, Fabio Luisi, Christian Spuck (direction and choreography)

With the „Messa da Requiem“, Christian Spuck brought one of Verdi’s key works to the stage. In a large-scale co-production by the Ballett and Oper Zürich, the German choreographer and director ventured to portray an unusual interpretation of Verdi’s funeral mass in his scenic-choreographic production.

36 dancers, the choir and supplementary choir of the Opernhaus Zürich as well as four highly acclaimed soloists joined together under the direction of Fabio Luisi for 13 wide-ranging scenes dedicated to one of the most fundamental themes of humanity. Christian Spuck does not seek a mere religious interpretation of the liturgical text. Instead, he is interested in focusing on people who, in their vulnerability and helplessness, are in the search for comfort. In poetic tableaux he deals with basic human emotions and focuses on the feelings of fear, rage, pain, sadness and the search for redemption.

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Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 & Triple Concerto

Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 & Triple Concerto


Beethoven:

Triple Concerto for Piano, Violin, and Cello in C major, Op. 56

Isabelle Faust (violin), Jean-Guihen Queyras (violoncello) & Martin Helmchen (piano)

Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67


More than 200 years after its premiere at the Gewandhaus in Leipzig, Isabelle Faust, Jean-Guihen Queyras and Martin Helmchen have congenially mastered the artistic challenge of Beethoven’s gemstone. Under Herbert Blomstedt's sensitive direction, the soloists unite chamber musical intimacy together with virtuoso sophistication – and prove once again that the Triple Concerto is an unduly underestimated, much too rarely programmed masterpiece.

With the composer's 5th Symphony, Blomstedt succeeds in achieving an entirely new perspective of this work. In the culmination of his three-year, intensive reenactment of Beethoven’s cosmos, the impressive sound that characterizes the Swedish grand seigneur's conducting is heralded by transparency rather than showmanship, relevance instead of pathos, and tenderness in place of sentimentality.

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Running Time: 78:51 min

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Mahler: Symphony No. 8 in E flat major 'Symphony of a Thousand'

Mahler: Symphony No. 8 in E flat major 'Symphony of a Thousand'


Gustav Mahler’s 8th Symphony breaks the boundaries of the symphonic form in a world-embracing gesture. Riccardo Chailly is one of the staunchest performers of this work, and therefore it seemed appropriate in many ways that he chose this work for his inaugural concert as Claudio Abbado’s successor and new music director of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra. The artistic statement was combined with a deeply personal conviction: it should be a “tribute to Claudio,” the highly esteemed friend and colleague to whom Chailly, as he emphasizes, owes very much. On 12 August 2016, Claudio Abbado’s unfinished Mahler cycle with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra was completed in a breathtaking performance of the Mahler 8th, simultaneously heralding in a new era in Lucerne.

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Running Time: 92:56 min

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Subtitles: DE, EN, FR, JAP, KOR, CHIN

“His approach is characteristically thoughtful...As you would expect from a handpicked band, the orchestral playing is consistently glorious. The contribution of the combined choirs is authoritative and there is a fine team of soloists…Released on DVD without frills, it is an impressive document.” The Guardian, 22nd June 2017 ****

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Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 6 & 7

Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 6 & 7


Beethoven:

Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68 'Pastoral'

Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92


In his Sixth Symphony, the “Pastoral”, Ludwig van Beethoven conveys his musical message in such a way that lets the listener literally “see” images of beautiful nature, tempestuous storms, and shepherds singing in the fields, whereas in his Seventh Symphony, Beethoven lets the music speak for itself. The performances of these works by the Gewandhausorchester under its conductor laureate Herbert Blomstedt give the uplifting feeling that the intentions of both composer and performers are united in serving the musical message.

In the lively, subtly differentiated interpretation of the works, sincere happiness, deep respect, piety, joyful serenity and an affinity to nature as well as passion, vitality and spirit can all be felt. This is what the "authenticity" of making music is all about. The humanist and musician Herbert Blomstedt embodies this truth in a unique way, creating an atmosphere where the wonders of music all become true.

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Running Time: 93:21 min

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Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 'Choral'

Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 'Choral'


Simona Saturova (soprano), Mihoko Fujimura (alto), Christian Elsner (tenor) & Christian Gerhaher (baritone)

MDR Rundfunkchor, GewandhausChor, GewandhausKinderchor & Gewandhausorchester, Herbert Blomstedt

Ludwig van Beethoven's Ninth Symphony and the musical city of Leipzig are closley intertwined with each other: Felix Mendelssohn, Kapellmeister of the Gewandhausorchester, made the work and indispensable part of the concert hall repertoire and Arthur Nikisch, one of his successors, established in 1918 the worldwide tradition of performing this groundbreaking and pioneering work at the end of the year. The phenomenal Herbert Blomstedt, Gewandhauskapellmeister from 1998 to 2005, once again conducted Beethoven's Ninth in Leipzig for the 2016 New Year celebrations.

With his former orchestra, of which he has been Conductor Laureate since 2005 and with whom he enjoys a close friendship, he achieves a gripping interpretation of this monumental work. Under the direction of Blomstedt, together with his excellent musicians, the choirs, and an outstanding quartet of soloists led by the magnificent voice of Christian Gerhaher, the utopia of global freedom and humanity in Friedrich Schiller's Ode to Joy, penned in Leipzig in 1785, grows to overwhelming dimensions.

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Running time: 74:13 min

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Subtitles: German (original), English, French, Japanese, Korean

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Bellini: I Capuleti e I Montecchi

Bellini: I Capuleti e I Montecchi


Joyce DiDonato (Romeo), Olga Kulchynska (Giulietta), Benjamin Bernheim (Tebaldo), Roberto Lorenzi (Lorenzo), Alexei Botnarciuc (Capellio), Gieorgij Puchalski (The companion)

Philharmonia Zürich & Chorus of the Opernhaus Zürich, Fabio Luisi (conductor) & Christof Loy (stage director)

The story of Romeo and Juliet, who pay for their passion with their lives, has been interpreted in the widest variety of literary and musical genres ever since the Renaissance. Vincenzo Bellini’s much too rarely staged Romeo and Juliet opera, I Capuleti e I Montecchi, is far removed from Shakespeare’s version: rather than telling the story of a tenderly burgeoning love, the piece is an account of the last 24 hours in the two young people’s lives. The underlying mood of the piece is thus one of melancholy – which then develops into a catastrophic maelstrom. The première of the thrilling Zurich production of this bel canto gem, directed by Christof Loy and conducted by Fabio Luisi, was enthusiastically received by critics and audiences alike. The two protagonists also met with acclaim: experience world star Joyce DiDonato in the trouser role of Romeo, with the young Ukrainian soprano Olga Kulchynska at her side as Giulietta.

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Running Time: 139:02 min

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Subtitles: German (Original), French, English, Japanese, Korean

“Zurich’s Opera’s cast and conductor jump on board with admirable commitment. Fabio Luisi boldly sculpts the cantabile phrases without getting bogged down, and the orchestral playing is evocative, with pungent contributions from the winds…Bernheim brings conflicted ardour to Tebaldo, and Lorenzi offers compassionate mercy as Lorenzo…yet Zurich really strikes gold with the triumphant pairing of Joyce DiDonato as Romeo and Olga Kulchynska as Giulietta…tremendously affecting” Gramophone Magazine, December 2016

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Berg: Wozzeck

Berg: Wozzeck


Christian Gerhaher (Wozzeck), Brandon Jovanovich (Drum Major), Mauro Peter (Andres), Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke (Captain), Lars Woldt (Doctor) & Gun-Brit Barkmin (Marie)

Chor der Oper Zurich & Philharmonia Zurich, Fabio Luisi (conductor) & Andreas Homoki (stage director)

The soldier Wozzeck flits through a world that he is unable to decipher. The Doctor torments him with absurd medical experiments; the Captain humiliates and ridicules him. And Wozzeck’s lover, Marie, with whom he has a child, cuckolds him with the Drum Major. Wozzeck becomes a murderer, stabbing Marie to death.

Georg Büchner’s drama fragment, on which Alban Berg based his first opera, is an unflinching case study of social injustice and human suffering. But it is also a grotesque piece that thrives on exaggeration – and in which only a fine line separates the unfathomable from the ridiculous. Accordingly, director Andreas Homoki forgoes all realism. His nightmarishly radical production is inspired by puppet theatre. Christian Gerhaher’s role début as Wozzeck can only be described as sensational: his capacity for vocal and dramatic subtlety is simply breath‐taking. At the rostrum of the Philharmonia Zurich, Fabio Luisi explores both the expressionistic and the more intimate aspects, reminiscent of chamber music, in Berg’s seminal score.

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Running Time: 100:58 min

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Subtitles: German (original), French, English, Japanese, Korean

“This is a finely honed production that follows its premise to an absurdist conclusion with slick theatricality and dispassionate zeal...All sentimentalism is banished here. So, largely, is the opera’s plea for justice and compassion. It is left to Christian Gerhaher’s Wozzeck to fight that battle, which he does with formidable diction and great lyrical beauty, offering, where he can, a still centre in the tumult.” Gramophone Magazine, November 2016

“While the Lieder-like beauty of Gerhaher’s singing Is matchless – he can act too – this is no star vehicle. It is ensemble work of the highest order…the relationships are brilliantly drawn, and the murder of Marie is more shocking for its surrealism. The string and woodwind solos are incisive, and the blossoming of the orchestral interludes as directed by Luisi is almost indecently lovely” BBC Music Magazine, Christmas 2016 *****

“This is a triumph – gripping and moving. The performance of Christian Gerhaher is outstanding, but there is also much else to admire and recommend.” MusicWeb International, October 2016

“Something of a triumph for all concerned.” Opera, May 2017

GGramophone Awards 2017

Winner - Opera

GGramophone Magazine

DVD/Blu-ray of the Month - November 2016

BBC Music Magazine Awards 2017

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Mahler: Symphony No. 5 & Selected Songs from 'Des Knaben Wunderhorn'

Mahler: Symphony No. 5 & Selected Songs from 'Des Knaben Wunderhorn'

Lucerne Festival In Summer 2015


Mahler:

Symphony No. 5

Rheinlegendchen (Des Knaben Wunderhorn)

Matthias Goerne (baritone)

Wo die schönen Trompeten blasen (Des Knaben Wunderhorn)

Matthias Goerne (baritone)

Das irdische Leben (Des Knaben Wunderhorn)

Matthias Goerne (baritone)

Urlicht (Des Knaben Wunderhorn)

Matthias Goerne (baritone)

Des Antonius von Padua Fischpredigt (Des Knaben Wunderhorn)

Matthias Goerne (baritone)

Revelge (Des Knaben Wunderhorn)

Matthias Goerne (baritone)

Der Tambourg'sell (Des Knaben Wunderhorn)

Matthias Goerne (baritone)


Andris Nelsons conducted the Lucerne Festival Orchestra for the third time in August 2015, the orchestra’s second summer without founder and guiding spirit Claudio Abbado. The first half of his concert was already a highlight: the baritone Matthias Goerne seemed completely at home in a selection of songs from Des Knaben Wunderhorn. His warm, dark voice allows him to capture the somber and tragic atmosphere of this music like no one else. Its shaded timbre is most perfectly suited to the work’s melancholy and nocturnal moods, where one can directly experience how an artist of this caliber can bring music to the edge of the abyss. The Lucerne Festival Orchestra, renowned for its unique Mahler sound, had last played Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 in the summer of 2004 with Abbado – a flowing, transparent, and ethereal interpretation. Nelsons finds a completely different approach to the work. His Mahler is fiery, expansive, and powerful. In spite of the introductory funeral march, his reading is more positive than tragic, radiating an intense vitality. It is breathtaking to observe the orchestra’s response to Nelsons’s energetic, physical, and emotional conducting style. The relationship between orchestra and conductor is one of giving and taking, nothing else.

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Running Time: 123:12 min

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Subtitles: German (Original), French, English, Japanese, Korean

“A high- octane, viscerally intense performance of the fifth symphony beautifully filmed and recorded here for Accentus” Classical Music, October 2016 *****

“[The Lucerne Festival Orchestra’s] magnificent playing here is suffused with the memory of their creator, Claudio Abbado, and re-energised with the new-found dynamism of the visionary Latvian…Nelsons and his orchestra are predictably joyous and the coming-together of the earlier chorale and delirious helter-skeltering strings is ridiculously exciting” Gramophone Magazine, September 2016

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Mendelssohn & Beethoven: Violin Concertos

Mendelssohn & Beethoven: Violin Concertos


Bach, J S:

Partita for solo violin No. 1 in B minor, BWV1002: Sarabande

encore

Sarabande from Partita No. 2 in D minor

encore

Beethoven:

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61

Mendelssohn:

Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64


The Daily Telegraph describes Nikolaj Znaider as "the most stimulating young musician playing today, drawing on musical intelligence, perception and dynamism to give performances of rare intensity.” This release presents one of the world's foremost violinists playing two landmark concertos, accompanied by the Leipzig Gewandhausorchester ‐ "one of Europe's finest orchestras" (The Guardian) ‐ under the baton of its music director Riccardo Chailly.

It was the Gewandhausorchester that, in 1845, first performed Mendelssohn’s Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in E minor. Mendelssohn himself had conducted Beethoven's Violin Concerto in D major several times and helped this milestone in the history of music to its great breakthrough.

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Running Time: 84:49 min

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“Znaider’s sweet, richly-coloured tone and painstaking commitment to these two much-played works shines through every bar…with gorgeous, burnished accompaniment from the Gewandhaus players” Classical Music, August 2016 *****

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Pärt: Adam's Passion

Pärt: Adam's Passion


Michalis Theophanous, Lucinda Childs

Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir & Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, Tõnu Kaljuste

Stage Direction, Set Design & Lighting Concept: Robert Wilson

“You see, this story is your story, one that questions me. And this story is my story, one that responds to you. This is our common story. The story of Adam is the story of all mankind. And it is one of tragedy.” Arvo Pärt

Adam’s Passion is the moving first collaboration between two “masters of slow motion who harmonize perfectly with each other” (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung). In the spectacular setting of a former submarine factory, American director and universal artist Robert Wilson creates a poetic visual world in which the mystical musical language of the Estonian composer Arvo Pärt can cast its meditative spell. Three of Pärt’s major works – Adam’s Lament, Tabula rasa, and Miserere, as well as Sequentia, a new work composed especially for this production – are brought together here using light, space, and movement to create a tightly-woven Gesamtkunstwerk in which the artistic visions of these two great artists mirror each other.

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Running Time: 94: 08 min

Disc Format: BD 25

Subtitles: Original (Lat./Russ.), English, German, French, Japanese, Korean

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