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Puccini: Turandot

Puccini: Turandot


Nina Stemme (Turandot), Aleksandrs Antonenko (Calaf), Maria Agresta (Liù), Alexander Tsymbaluk (Timur), Angelo Veccia (Ping), Roberto Covatta (Pang), Blagoj Nacoski (Pong), Carlo Bosi (Altoum), Gianluca Breda (Mandarino), Azer Rza-Zada (Principe di Persia)

Coro di voci bianche dell’Accademia Teatro alla Scala, Coro del Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Riccardo Chailly, Riccardo Chailly, Nikolaus Lehnhoff (dir.)

TURANDOT, the first BD/DVD of a cycle of the complete Puccini operas in partnership with La Scala and conducted by Chailly. Quality casts and sumptuous productions guarantee a new benchmark for these classic operas. Nina Stemme assumes the title role with Maria Agresta as Liu with Aleksandrs Antonenko as the heroic Calaf.

“The set and costumes (Raimund Bauer and Andrea Schmidt-Futterer) are a feast for the eye...[Stemme] delivers ‘In questa reggia’ with burnished tone, culminating in a gleaming top C...Tsymbalyuk is touching in Timur’s lament for Liù, and the masks are well characterised...A firm recommendation for this eminently watchable offering from the theatre of the opera’s premiere.” Gramophone Magazine, April 2017

“it is a measure of Lehnhoff's authority that you never question his choices...Chailly digs deep into Puccini's score...And the La Scala orchestra plays as if their life depended on it...Stemme is in the great tradition of Birgit Nilsson's Turandot, though there is a touching uncertainty around her Princess too...Agresta's Liù is one of the most appealing on record.” BBC Music Magazine, June 2017 *****

GGramophone Magazine

DVD/Blu-ray of the Month - April 2017

BBC Music Magazine

Opera Choice - June 2017

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Decca - 0743938

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Christmas In London: Andre Rieu

Christmas In London: Andre Rieu


Introduction: Winter Wonderland, Talk André (02:32)

1. Seventy – Six Trombones (02:00)

2. Skater's Waltz, ARV_11 (05:59)

3. Concerto de Aranjuez (03:50)

4. Circus Renz, ARV_09 (02:55)

Wooden Heart (00:23)

5. The Pearl Fishers’ Duet (03:37)

6. The Holy City, ARV_11 (04:37)

7. Sleigh Ride (02:45)

8. O Holy Night, ARV_11 (03:36)

9. Hallelujah, ARV_10 (03:22)

10. Snowwaltz (03:24)

11. This land is mine (04:07)

12. Radetzkymarch, ARV_15 (01:28)

13. White Christmas, ARV_11 (01:17)

14. Jingle Bells, ARV_15 (02:04)

15. Hallelujah (03:13)

16. Amazing Grace, ARV_15 (02:51)

17. Adieu, little captain of my heart (03:47)

18. We wish you a merry Christmas, ARV_15 (00:58)

19. We’ll meet again (02:02)

Post-script: We wish you a merry Christmas, ARV_1 -Reactions Audience - Christmas Greetings André (01:20)


Andre Rieu (violin)

Christmas In London – filmed in London in 2015 – is the first commercial release of a UK concert by André in over 10 years. (Andre’s last UK DVD, Live At The Royal Albert Hall, has sold an outstanding 165,000 copies worldwide to date!)

Christmas In London includes some of the most beautiful Christmas music of all time, and also features a special introductory talk from André. Available on DVD and Blu-Ray, the concert includes the world’s most loved and cherished festive favourites. Up-beat melodies such as ‘We Wish You A Merry Christmas’, and the world’s best-selling single of all time ‘White Christmas’ (Bing Crosby), are complemented by atmospheric ballads such as ‘Hallelujah’ (Leonard Cohen) and ‘Amazing Grace’. André Rieu has rightly been called the ‘Agent of Happiness’ – which also makes him the ‘Agent of Good Cheer’ this Christmas in this unmissable concert!

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Decca - 5717963

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Handel: Giulio Cesare in Egitto

Handel: Giulio Cesare in Egitto


Cecilia Bartoli (Cleopatra), Andreas Scholl (Cesare), Philippe Jaroussky (Sesto), Anne Sofie von Otter (Cornelia), Christophe Dumaux (Tolomeo), Ruben Drole (Achilla), Jochen Kowalski (Nireno/a), Peter Kálmán (Curio)

Il Giardino Armonico, Giovanni Antonini; Moshe Leiser, Patrice Caurier (directors)

This “dynamite new production” (Opera Today) of Handel’s Giulio Cesare in Egitto inaugurated Cecilia Bartoli’s first season as Artistic Director of the Salzburg Whitsun Festival in 2012.

“Bartoli’s Dream Start with Dream Voices” wrote the Vienna Kurier of this uproarious Moshe Leiser/Patrice Caurier in which Bartoli heads a hand-picked cast including Andreas Scholl, Philippe Jaroussky and Anne Sofie Von Otter with Il Giardino Armonico conducted by Giovanni Antonini.

“[Andreas Scholl’s] coloratura is note perfect, he phrases recitatives with as much musicianship as arias, and the steadiness and purity of his voice are remarkable.” The Financial Times

“Bartoli remains at her peak. Not only is her coloratura flawless, and her voice as colorful and ravishingly beautiful as ever, but her ability to use her incomparable technique at the service of expression has also deepened with age. As a seductress, Bartoli was irresistible. Teasing out her incomparably agile coloratura runs, she softened high notes to tickle the senses with a mixture of sweetness and delight. When, in the second act, she mounted a missile and diagonally ascended into the heavens, it felt as though she were riding the ultimate pink Cadillac off to her honeymoon rendezvous. And in her final aria, “Da tempeste il legno infranto” when she danced around the stage and adorned herself with strings of lights while flashing the trademark Bartoli smile, it was all one could do to resist running onstage and give her a huge hug.” San Francisco Classical Voice

Presto Discs of 2016

Finalist

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Decca - 0743859

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Cinema


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Decca - 0762951

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Andre Rieu: Wonderful World

Andre Rieu: Wonderful World


1. Seventy – Six Trombones

2. Capriccio Italien, opus 45

3. Nel blu dipinto di blu (Volare)

4. Amor, vida de mi vida (Zarzuela Rafael Romanza)

5. Au fond du temple Saint (Les pecheurs de perles) (The Pearl Fishers' Duet)

6. España cañí (Spanish Gypsy Dance)

7. Viljalied / Vilja Song

8. Sportpalastwalzer (Wiener Praterleben) The Wiener Praterleben Waltz

9. Csárdásfürstin Medley (The Gypsy Princess)

Im Weissen Rößl / The White Horse Inn

10. Un bel di, vedremo

11. Veronika, der Lenz ist da / Veronika, spring is here

12. Irgendwo auf der Welt / Somewhere in the world

13. Das ist die Liebe der Matrosen / The Way With Every Sailor

14. Wishing you were somehow here again

15. Einsamer Hirte / The Lonely Shepherd

16. Ciuleandra

17. Mocirita cu Trifoi

18. Briu Banat

19. An der schönen blauen Donau, ARV_15 / The Beautiful Blue Danube, ARV_15

20. This land is mine (The Exodus Song)

21. Radetzkymarsch, ARV_15 / Radetzkymarch, ARV_15

22. Strauß & Co. , ARV_15

23. Libiamo, ARV_10

24. Happy Days are here again

25. Mexico

26. Maastricht Hymne, ARV_09 /Maastricht Anthem, ARV_09

27. Maastricht, stadt der fröhlicher Sänger / Maastricht, City Of Jolly Singers

28. What a wonderful World

29. Nel blu dipinto di blu (Volare)

30. Adieu, mein kleiner Gardeoffizier / Adieu, little captain of my heart

31. Marina


Andre Rieu (violin)

André's fans have been looking forward to this moment for nearly a year: the new DVD of this summer’s Vrijthof concert in Maastricht is out! It was a fantastic event once again, with tens of thousands of people coming from all over the world to enjoy it.

If you missed it, now is your chance to catch up. As always with André, ‘Wonderful World’ is a brilliant product, bringing you a fabulous summer evening concert in Maastricht. The Platinum Tenors sing a world-famous aria from Georges Bizet’s ‘The Pearl Fishers’ and the well-known ‘Amor, vida de mi vida’.

Carmen Monarcha shines as Madam Butterfly, Donij Van Doorn sings the Vilja song with great passion and Mirusia Louwerse steals everyone’s heart with a song from ‘The Phantom of the Opera’.

Under the inspirational direction of André Rieu, the Johann Strauss Orchestra plays pieces including ‘Capriccio Italien’, ‘The Gypsy Princess’ and ‘The Blue Danube’.

Once again this year André invited some very special guests for the Vrijthof concert: the pan flute musician Gheorghe Zamfir and a range of Romanian musicians and dancers, who provided the stunning finale to a fabulous concert.

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Decca - 4747226

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Lehár: The Merry Widow

Lehár: The Merry Widow

sung in English


Lehár:

Die Lustige Witwe


Director and choreographer Susan Stroman

The great Renée Fleming stars as the beguiling femme fatale who captivates all Paris in Lehár’s enchanting operetta, seen in a new staging by Broadway virtuoso director and choreographer Susan Stroman (The Producers, Oklahoma!, Contact).

Stroman and her design team of Julian Crouch (Satyagraha, The Enchanted Island) and costume designer William Ivey Long (Cinderella, Grey Gardens, Hairspray) have created an art-nouveau setting that climaxes with singing and dancing grisettes at the legendary Maxim’s. Nathan Gunn co-stars as Danilo and Kelli O’Hara is Valencienne. Sir Andrew Davis conducts.

Bonus Feature: Backstage at the MET with members of the Cast

English, French and German subtitles

“Davis keeps Lehar's effervescent score bubbling along and this would be the perfect, light-hearted operatic fare to see in the New Year...There's a great sense of fun running through the entire cast. Fleming's Hanna Glawari is glamorously over the top, as is Nathan Gunn's Danilo, revelling in his wild life of drinking, gambling and grisettes at Chez Maxim's.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2016

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Decca - 0743901

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Verdi: Falstaff

Verdi: Falstaff


Ambrogio Maestri (Falstaff), Angela Meade (Alice Ford), Franco Vassallo (Ford), Lisette Oropesa (Nannetta), Paolo Fanale (Fenton), Stephanie Blythe (Mistress Quickly), Jennifer Johnson Cano (Meg Page), Keith Jameson (Bardolfo), Christian Van Horn (Pistola)

The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus, James Levine (conductor) & Robert Carsen (director)

Verdi's brilliant final masterpiece Falstaff, in its first new Met production in 50 years -- and conducted by Met Music Director James Levine in his first new production since his return to his podium at the Met.

“When it comes to theatrical flair, captivating costumes, stage antics and imagination, there are not many shows on Broadway to rival the Met’s new Falstaff”.

This visual feast, served up by director Robert Carsen, is a “thoughtful, affecting and hilarious staging that updates the action from the time of Henry IV to England in the 1950s” (New York Times).

James Levine conducts Verdi’s final masterpiece with “affectionate energy” while Ambrogio Maestri, heading a stellar cast, projects “towering bravado and rare baritonal fervour in the title role” (Financial Times).

“Ambrogio Maestri is made for the title role, with the apt physique, nimble acting and superb vocal presence that make him the leading Falstaff of the day. There is no weak link in a finely balanced, comically-attuned cast (the women are especially impressive) and Levine’s conducting is pitch-perfect. The show fizzles from start to finish and is tremendous fun” Classical Music, January 2016 *****

“The whole thing is a riot from start to finish, led by the irrepressible Ambrogio Maestri - surely the world's leading fat knight...His baritone is rich and resonant, and he invests the role with humour and touching resignation...the sense of ensemble is lively under James Levine's shrewd direction.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2016

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Decca - 0743893

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Dvorak: Rusalka, Op. 114

Dvorak: Rusalka, Op. 114


Renée Fleming (Rusalka), Piotr Beczala (Prince), Dolora Zajick (Jezibaba), John Relyea (Water Goblin), Emily Magee (Foreign Princess)

Orchestra, Ballet & Chorus of The Metropolitan Opera, Yannick Nézet-Séguin

Dvorak’s enchanting fairytale of the water-nymph Rusalka has been a signature role for Renée Fleming for the past 25 years.

The Gramophone Classical Music Guide writes: “Renée Fleming's tender and heartwarming account of Rusalka's Song to the Moon reflects the fact that the role of the lovelorn water nymph, taken by her in a highly successful production at the MET in New York, has become one of her favourites”.

Here at last – in sumptuous HD – is that MET production by the late Günther Schneider-Siemssen and directed by Otto Schenk.

Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts with “sensitivity and urgency” (Financial Times)and the strong supporting cast includes Piotr Beczala “wonderful as the Prince, his tenor elegant and impassioned” (New York Times).

“For sumptuously costumed, traditionally picturesque opera productions, you don't need to look much further...This is favourite Fleming role and it is beautifully sung very beautifully, her creamy tone with slivery top notes still exquisite. Beczala is in heroic voice and throws in some gorgeous head notes in his death throes...Nézet-Séguin is alert to the score's Czech dance rhythms and wallows in Dvorak's rich orchestration.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2016

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Decca - 0743874

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Verdi: Otello

Verdi: Otello


Johan Botha (Otello), Renée Fleming (Desdemona), Falk Struckmann (Iago) & Michael Fabiano (Cassio), Renée Tatum (Emilia), James Morris (Lodovico), Eduardo Valdes (Roderigo)

The Metropolitan Opera, Chorus & Ballet, Semyon Bychkov

Renée Fleming’s Desdemona enshrines one of her signature roles in a definitive performance: “she knows exactly how to spin the gentle lines of the ‘Willow Song’ and ‘Ave Maria’ so that they softly fill the hall” (New York Times). This 2012 performance was most likely her last on stage, making it a document of historic importance. As the New York Times wrote: “The role was one of her earliest successes with the company, as well as the vehicle for her first Met opening night 17 years ago, and it remains a lovely fit”

Verdi’s late masterpiece is presented in Elijah Moshinsky’s classic MET production with sumptuous sets and period costumes; one of the longest-running opera productions in MET history.

Semyon Bychkov conducts an all-star cast led by South African Heldentenor Johan Botha in the title role with a voice of “impressive size and bronze color” (New York Times) and a strong supporting cast includes the superb Falk Struckmann as Iago and star tenor Michael Fabiano as Cassio.

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Decca - 0743892

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Rossini: Guillaume Tell

Rossini: Guillaume Tell


Nicola Alaima (Tell), Marina Rebeka (Mathilde), Juan Diego Flórez (Arnaud), Amanda Forsythe (Jemmy), Veronia Sieoni (Hedwige), Simon Orfila (Walter Furst), Luca Tittoto (Gesler), Alessandro Luciano (Rodolphe), Wojtek Gierlach (Leuthold/Un chasseur), Celso Albelo (Ruodi)

Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Michele Mariotti

Staged by Graham Vick

Subtitles GB, FR(Sung), DE, KR

“Flórez, the finest stage Arnold of modern times, [is] here at the very peak of his powers...Vick is at his best directing one-to-one encounters...Alaimo's burly Tell looks every inch Rossini's Tell: patriot, father, man of peace. And Marina Rebeka is a persuasive Mathilde, despite some occasional blurring of Rossini's crystalline setting of the French text...Mariotti's conducting of his Bologna forces is robust.” Gramophone Magazine, July 2015

“Alaimo is a rock solid Tell, dignity personified. Juan Diego Florez is a thrilling and seemingly inexhaustible Arnold, Marina Rebeka an elegantly voiced Mathilde and Amanda Forsythe an exciting Jemmy, who for once gets her aria...Mariotti's conducting is outstanding, capturing the chamber qualities of the piece as well as its overall grandeur...I don't think you can better this release.” Opera Now, June 2015 *****

Presto Discs of 2015

Finalist

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Decca - 0743871

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