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Mozart: Lucio Silla, K135

Mozart: Lucio Silla, K135


Kresimir Spicer (Lucio Silla), Lenneke Ruiten (Giunia), Marianne Crebassa (Cecilio), Inga Kalna (Lucio Cinna), Giulia Semenzato (Celia)

Teatro alla Scala, Marc Minkowski, Marshall Pynkoski (dir.)

This dramatic opera is associated with one of Mozart’s sojourns in Milan. The Austrian genius was sixteen when he composed this jewel of bel canto dedicated to the general and dictator of Ancient Rome: Lucio Silla made its debut on 26 December 1772, when Mozart was almost seventeen. It was the third opera that he had staged in the Regio Ducal Theatre, Milano. The staging by Marshall Pynkoski, specialized in eighteenth-century operas with particular insights into Baroque dance, drama and gestures, pays ‘attention to detail, making use of scenes and eighteenth-century impeccably decorated costumes designed by a specialist of the genre in film, Antoine Fontaine’ (delteatro.it). ‘The female cast is remarkable’ (La Repubblica).

Subtitles: Italian (original language), German, English, French, Spanish, Korean,

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Ludwig Minkus: Rudolf Nureyev's Don Quixote

Ludwig Minkus: Rudolf Nureyev's Don Quixote


Don Quixote was created by the master choreographer Marius Petipa, together with the composer Ludwig Minkus, for the Imperial Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow in 1869. Marking the 400th anniversary of Cervantess death, Don Quixote is here seen in the revised version by Rudolf Nureyev which the French choreographer Manuel Legris once a noted Basil himself in his days as an étoile in Nureyevs Paris troupe - devised for the Wiener Staatsballett. A Don Quixote to love Legris and company can count the evening a total success (Die Presse). As for the two principals, Maria Yakovleva and Denys Cherevychko as Kitri and Basil, no praise was high enough: both are technically brilliant (Wiener Zeitung).

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Verdi: I Due Foscari

Verdi: I Due Foscari


Plácido Domingo (Francesco Foscari), Francesco Meli (Jacopo Foscari), Anna Pirozzi (Lucrezia Contarini), Chiara Isotton (Pisana), Andrea Concetti (Jacopo Loredano), Edoardo Milletti (Barbarigo)

Coro e Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Michele Mariotti, Alvis Hermanis (dir.)

In his ‘new life’ as a baritone Plácido Domingo has triumphed in the role of Francesco Foscari in Los Angeles, London and Vienna. Now he takes to the role in La Scala, Milan, the theatre that is the symbol of Italian opera. I due Foscari, premiered in 1844, famously one of Verdi’s darkest operas, is staged by Alvis Hermanis, who made such an impact at the Salzburg Festival with Die Soldaten and Il trovatore. Domingo is joined by two of Italy’s most exciting singers, the soprano Anna Pirozzi and the tenor Francesco Meli, and the acclaimed Italian conductor Michele Mariotti. The Financial Times was deeply moved by Domingo’s performance, calling his interpretation of the role ‘sublime’.

BONUS Ioan Holender interviews Plácido Domingo on the occasion of I Due Foscari at La Scala in Milan

SUBTITLES: Italian (original language), German, English, French, Spanish, Korean, Japanese BONUS: English, German BOOKLET: English, German, French TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 138 mins (Opera 122’/ Bonus 16’)

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Faccio: Hamlet

Faccio: Hamlet

Bregenz Festival, July, 2016


Pavel Cernoch (Amleto), Claudio Sgura (Claudio), Iulia Maria Dan (Ofelia), Eduard Tsanga (Polonio), Dshamilja Kaiser (Gertrude), Sebastien Soules (Orazio), Paul Schweinester (Laerte), Bartosz Urbanowicz (Marcello), Gianluca Buratto (The ghost/A priest)

Prague Philharmonic Choir, Wiener Symphoniker, Paolo Carignani

Staged by Olivier Tambosi

This production ‘offers all an Italian-opera-lover could possibly desire’ wrote the FAZ after the revival of this ‘forgotten gem’ at the Bregenz Festival. The festival continued its rediscovery series with ‘Amleto/Hamlet’, an opera by Verdi contemporaries Franco Faccio and Arrigo Boito, based on Shakespeare’s tragedy Hamlet. Premiered in 1865 in Genoa and restaged in 1871 at Milano’s La Scala, ‘Hamlet’ was only revived in 2014 concertante in the US before its ‘triumphal rebirth’ (Deutschlandradio Kultur) at the Bregenz Festival, where the opera was also recorded for the first time ever. Faccio, who conducted the first performance of Verdi’s Aida in Italy and the world premiere of Otello, and Boito, Verdi’s librettist of Otello and Falstaff, skillfully and effectively challenge the conventions of Italian opera, which they wanted to revitalize by infusing it with the spirit of Shakespeare’s drama. Anticipating the musical language of later Italian verismo composers, the opera combines lovely musical interludes with superb vocal writing. Heading a supreme cast, Pavel Černoch as Amleto delivers superbly, ‘using his colorful tenor skillfully to develop the transformation of the insecure youngling to the ice-cold avenger’ (NZZ) and ‘granting the work large scale’ (Abendzeitung). Under the baton of Paolo Carignani with the Vienna Symphoniker and Prague Philharmonic Choir ‘it carried terrific punch’ (The Telegraph). Olivier Tambosi’s ‘excellent staging served it well, with a clear focus on the high points’ (The Telegraph). ‘There is a lot of exciting music to discover in this opera…What an amazing richness in ideas! This opera is worth to be rediscovered.’ (SZ) ‘Faccio’s opera is the one that should be performed, and if plans are not already afoot to bring it to the land of Shakespeare, they certainly should be.’ (The Telegraph)

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PICTURE: 16:9, HD

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

BOOKLET: English, German, French

TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 145 mins

“Cernoch is mesmerising in the title-role, particularly in the great confrontation-scenes with his mother and Ophelia.” Presto Editor's Choice, August 2017

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Mozart: Requiem in D minor, K626

Mozart: Requiem in D minor, K626

Felsenreitschule, Salzburg, January 2017


Genia Kühmeier (soprano), Elisabeth Kulman (mezzo-soprano), Julien Behr (tenor), Charles Dekeyse (bass)

Salzburger Bachchor, Les Musiciens du Louvre, Académie Équestre de Versailles, Bartabas, Marc Minkowski

An absolute highlight of Salzburg’s Mozart Week with ‘highest art of sound and riding’ (Kronenzeitung): the French equine artist and theatrical genius Bartabas presents Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Requiem. Horses and riders from the formidable Académie Équestre de Versailles join forces with the Musiciens du Louvre, conducted by Marc Minkowski, the Salzburger Bachchor and ‘an excellent quartet of soloists’ (Kurier), namely Genia Kühmeier, Elisabeth Kulman, Julien Behr and Charles Dekeyser, to place the Requiem into a new theatrical context. Restoring the Felsenreitschule’s original purpose – a riding school – and at the same time including its impressive architecture of arcades into the musical dramaturgy, the production is a breath-taking synthesis of the arts. By meticulously refining the skillfully regulated interactions between humans, animals and music, Bartabas and his horsemen have created a production which is much more than a great show riding choreography: it’s a moving exploration of the interconnectedness of existence. A piece of art with an “exceptional power of attraction” (Schwäbische Zeitung), “a requiem for all senses“ (Kronenzeitung).

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Puccini: La Bohème

Puccini: La Bohème

Teatro Regio di Torino, October, 2016


Irina Lungu (Mimì), Giorgio Berrugi (Rodolfo), Kelebogile Besong (Musetta), Massimo Cavalletti (Marcello), Benjamin Cho (Schaunard), Gabriele Sagona (Colline), Matteo Peirone (Benoît/Alcindoro), Cullen Gandy (Parpignol)

Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Regio di Torino, Gianandrea Noseda (conductor) & Àlex Ollé (director)

120 years after its very first performance, which took place at Teatro Regio di Torino, La Bohème returns to the tradition-steeped Italian opera house. With director Àlex Ollé from La Fura dels Baus and music director Gianandrea Noseda the Teatro Regio presents a spectacular, up-to-date anniversary production. For Àlex Ollé, directing the opera for the first time, “La Bohème allows the young generation to get rid of everything that prevents them from flying, feeding only on their own vitality; the real hunger of the protagonists is the hunger for life. My production is set in a modern city outskirt. It is there where, in my opinion, the intellectual matrix of the future happens; in ugly, disreputable and poor places which are authentic. In this kind of environment, where life and art – as they did in Romanticism – belong to the survivors.” “A triumphant youthful Bohème”, in which the singers excel due to their naturalness. Giorgio Berrugi sings his Rodolfo “with a luminous timbre, in refined nuances” (La Stampa), perfectly matching “Irina Lungu’s full-bodied Mimì” (The London Times). All in all, “this is theatre, this is life, this is passion” (Corriere della sera).

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PICTURE: 16:9, HD

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

BOOKLET: English, German, French

TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 112 mins

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Kit Armstrong performs Bach's Goldberg Variations and its predecessors

Kit Armstrong performs Bach's Goldberg Variations and its predecessors


includes

Bach, J S:

Goldberg Variations, BWV988

Bull, J:

Walsingham

Byrd:

Hughe Ashton's Ground

Sweelinck:

Mein junges Leben hat ein End - variations

Erbarm dich mein, o Herre Gott


When Kit Armstrong was only 14, he overcame his mentor Alfred Brendel’s reluctance to take on pupils. According to Brendel: 'He played so beautifully that I thought to myself, "I have to make time for him". It was a performance that really led you from the first to the last note'. Soon Armstrong was winning international prizes both as pianist and as composer and was appearing as soloist at some of the world’s foremost venues. At the Concertgebouw, Armstrong mesmerized his audience with Bach’s monumental Goldberg Variations – preceded by earlier polyphonic variation masterpieces by William Byrd, Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck and John Bull.

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“Armstrong has the ability to reduce his sound to the merest whisper while retaining projection; intellect is completely in the service of music. The Aria unfolds absolutely naturally, while the immediately following music reveals Armstrong’s rock- solid rhythm. Armstrong’s mastery of tone, his ability to project the most tender expression and his long- range vision contribute to a stunning performance.” International Piano, September 2017 *****

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Verdi: Requiem

Verdi: Requiem

Live at the Hollywood Bowl, LA, 2013


When the revered writer Alessandro Manzoni died in 1873, Verdi was unable to bring himself to attend the funeral. Instead he composed his monumental Messa da Requiem in Manzoni’s memory and conducted its first performance on the first anniversary of the writer’s death. In addition to its profound spirituality, the work also brings together all the finest qualities familiar from Verdi’s operas, qualities that include endless melodic lines and powerful musico-dramatic effects. The present performance was recorded in Los Angeles’s legendary Hollywood Bowl in August 2013 and brought together three superstars from the world of music: the conductor Gustavo Dudamel, the tenor Vittorio Grigolo and the bass-baritone Ildebrando D’Arcangelo, all of them at the top of their form. 'It was an important and exceptional evening … That experience involved a radical and wondrous rethinking of the Requiem on Dudamel‘s part' (Los Angeles Times).

Bonus - Behind the scenes + Interviews and rehearsal with Gustavo Dudamel

Picture format: 1080i High Definition

Sound format: PCM 2.0 / DTS-HD Master Audio 5.0

Region code: 0 (worldwide)

Subtitles: Latin, English, German, French, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Japanese

Running time: 94 mins + 18 mins (bonus)

No. of Discs: 1 (Blu-ray)

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Elbphilharmonie Hamburg: Grand Opening Concert

Elbphilharmonie Hamburg: Grand Opening Concert

Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, 11.01.2017


Beethoven:

Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 'Choral': Ode to joy

Britten:

Six Metamorphoses after Ovid for solo oboe, Op. 49: Pan

Caccini, G:

Amarilli mia bella

Cavalieri:

La Pellegrina: Dalle piu alte sfere

Dutilleux:

Mystère de l'instant: Appels, Échos et Prismes

Liebermann, R:

Furioso for Orchestra

Messiaen:

Turangalîla Symphony: Finale

Praetorius, Jacob:

Quam Pulchra es a 5

Rihm:

Reminiszenz - Triptychon und Spruch in memoriam Hans Henny Jahnn

Wagner:

Parsifal: Prelude to Act 1

Zimmermann, B A:

Photoptosis - Prelude for large orchestra


Philippe Jaroussky, Sir Bryn Terfel, Wiebke Lehmkuhl, Pavol Breslik, Hanna-Elisabeth Müller

NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester, Ensemble Praetorius, NDR Choir, Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Thomas Hengelbrock

The Elbphilharmonie, the 'hall of wonders' (The Guardian), is undoubtedly the new landmark of Hamburg, a monumental synthesis of breath-taking architecture, a unique location and a world-class concert hall. In varying instrumentations the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra, under the baton of Principal Conductor Thomas Hengelbrock, and several top-class soloists explore the possibilities of the Elbphilharmonie’s Grand Hall and its acoustics with an exciting programme that spans across all musical eras, from the Renaissance to the present. It culminates in a brand-new commissioned work, created especially for this occasion by the most important living German composer, Wolfgang Rihm. 'A striking building, a scintillating concert!' (The New York Times).

BONUS: This documentary accompanies the formation process of this grand building, from the first sketch plans to the rehearsals before it´s festive inauguration and includes statements by the architects Pierre de Meuron and Jacques Herzog, the acoustician Yasuhisa Toyota, Christoph Lieben-Seutter, Thomas Hengelbrock and more.

Running Time: Total: 165 mins (112’ concert + 53’ bonus)

Picture: 16:9, HD

Sound: BD: PCM Stereo, DTS-HD MA 5.1

Booklet: English, German, French

Subtitles: Concert: German, English, French, Korean, Japanese // Bonus: German, English, Korean, Japanese

Bonus: Documentary: The Elbphilharmonie - Hamburg´s New Landmark

“An unequivocal success is the way the drama of the leaps between the centuries remains absolutely undiluted...[the techincolour light displays] look phenomenal, and are well worth stretching to the Blu-ray for...As a concert recording this may not represent absolute as-it-was perfection but as a package with the documentary, and as a record of an extraordinary musical event, it comes highly recommended.” Gramophone Magazine, September 2017

GGramophone Magazine

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Bruckner: Symphony No. 3 in D minor ‘Wagner Symphony'

Bruckner: Symphony No. 3 in D minor ‘Wagner Symphony'

Filmed at the Philharmonie Munich, 2. & 3.9.2016


Christian Thielemann and the Staatskapelle Dresden have already released the Bruckner Symphonies Nos. 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 and continue their Bruckner Cycle at the Philharmonie in Munich with a ‘radiant and majestic’ (The Guardian) performance of the Symphony No. 3, also known as the ‘Wagner Symphony’. Thielemann, a more than experienced Bruckner interpreter, has once again proven himself, with masterly control over a shining wind section. With ‘moments of disruptive suspense and intense audio density he displays the full musical maelstrom of Bruckner’s Symphony No. 3’ (Münchner Merkur).

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PICTURE: 16:9, HD

BOOKLET: English, German, French

TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 68 mins

“Thielemann’s approach to tempos is slightly more flexible than in [his recording of] the Fourth Symphony, although his choices are judiciously handled and do not detract from the overall sense of line…the orchestral playing is in a class of its own, superbly balanced and exquisitely articulated” Gramophone Magazine, August 2017

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