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Wagner: Parsifal

Wagner: Parsifal


Klaus Florian Vogt (Parsifal), Elena Pankratova (Kundry), Ryan McKinny (Amfortas), Georg Zeppenfeld (Gurnemanz), Karl-Heinz Lehner (Titurel), Gerd Grochowski (Klingsor)

Bayreuth Festival Orchestra, Hartmut Haenchen, Uwe Eric Laufenberg (dir).

Last year’s “Tristan Und Isolde” was the successful first installment of an exclusive, multiyear partnership between Deutsche Grammophon and the Bayreuth Festival, in which the Yellow Label became the exclusive audiovisual partner of the mythical Wagner festival, releasing each edition's new production on DVD/Blu-ray.

This year, we are proud to release on DVD/Blu-ray the celebrated production of “Parsifal” which was premiered on 25 July 2016, directed by Uwe Eric Laufenberg and conducted by Hartmut Haenchen. Haenchen, in his belated Bayreuth debut, conducts from his own edition of the score.

Cast includes “[Klaus Florian Vogt] as a powerfully heroic Parsifal (…), the beautiful gold, silver piercing iron of Elena Pankratova’s voice as Kundry” (…), Georg Zeppenfeld as a slim Gurnemanz providing unparalleled vocal command (...) and Ryan McKinny as a noble and agonised Amfortas.” (The Telegraph)

“Haenchen's belated Festival debut fields all his customary research on the score...The cast fit well, with MicKinny outstanding in mood and...in the balance between hysteria and pain. Pankratova encompasses Kundry's tricky range in Act 2 with aplomb...Vogt sounds more natural in this role than as Lohengrin. Zeppenfeld contributes another multi-layered reading of an 'old' Wagner bass” Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2017

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Donizetti: La Favorite

Donizetti: La Favorite


Elīna Garanca (Léonor de Guzman), Matthew Polenzani (Fernand), Mariusz Kwiecień (Alphonse XI), Mika Kares (Balthazar), Elsa Benoit (Inès), Joshua Owen Mills ( Don Gaspar)

Bayerisches Staatsorchester, Chor des Bayerischen Staatsoper, Karel Mark Chichon, Amélie Niermeyer (dir.)

Read Presto's complete review of this disc here.

The premiere of the French version of Gaetano Donizetti’s La Favorite at the Bayerische Staatsoper on 23 October 2016 was a memorable event and this is why:

• star mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanca gave her acclaimed theatrical role debut as Léonor de Guzman

• Matthew Polenzani (Fernand) and Mariusz Kwiecień (Alphonse XI) gave their role debuts

• Karel Mark Chichon conducted La Favorite for the first time

• Chichon and the stage director Amélie Niermeyer gave their debuts at the Bayerische Staatsoper

• The last new production of La Favorite at the Bayerische Staatsoper was more than a 100 years ago

To tie in with two further performances at the Bayerische Staatsoper on 26 & 29 July, Deutsche Grammophon is set to release this extraordinary production on DVD/Blu-ray, recorded live on 23 October 2016

The “fabulous Elīna Garanča […] sings beautifully and emotionally restrained, leaving the audience deeply moved during her dying scene”, while Matthew Polenzani, in his debut as Fernand, scores with superb singing and acting, “reaching high tones with ease” (Süddeutsche Zeitung). Mariusz Kwiecień “convinces with the proper dandified arrogance and impressive acting”, while conductor Karel Mark Chichon completes the musically fantastic performance by “getting the most out of the Bayerische Staatsorchester, impressively bringing out the dark, viscous sounds of the score and following the soloists with great intuition.” (BR Klassik)

“The role of Léonor seems tailor-made for Garanča...her detached elegance and regal hauteur are ideal for this high-end trophy-mistress...When she finally lets her guard down in that great Act Three monologue, the emotional impact is heightened by the restraint that’s gone before...Polenzani, too, sings as if to the manner born, delivering heart-stopping pianissimo top notes and weightless legato.” Presto Classical, 28th July 2017

Presto Disc of the Week

28th July 2017

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Wagner: Lohengrin

Wagner: Lohengrin


Piotr Beczała (Lohengrin), Anna Netrebko (Elsa von Brabant), Tomasz Konieczny (Friedrich von Telramund), Evelyn Herlitzius (Ortrud), Georg Zeppenfeld (Heinrich der Vogler), Derek Welton (Der Heerrufer des Königs)

Staatskapelle Dresden, Sächsischer Staatsopernchor Dresden, Christian Thielemann

An operatic dream came true in May 2016, when two singers made their role debuts as Lohengrin and Elsa at the Dresden State Opera.

Previously at home in French and Italian lyric tenor roles, Piotr Beczala was expanding his repertory in a direction that many opera fans had long wanted him to explore, while Anna Netrebko – previously hailed as the “queen of bel canto” – was undertaking her first Wagnerian role. It was also her first foray into the lyric-dramatic repertory.

Both singers had been persuaded to take on their new roles by the Dresden Staatskapelle’s principal conductor, Christian Thielemann, one of the leading Wagner conductors of our day.

Seldom has the world of opera been as excited as it was by these performances, public and press revealing a rare unanimity in hailing them as outstanding. Die Presse spoke of a “starry occasion”, while Die Welt described it as “musically one of the finest Lohengrins of all time – a Lohen-Dream”. This punning was evidently catching, for the Münchner Merkur attempted a conflation of the German terms for swan (Schwan) and madness (Wahnsinn) and produced the portmanteau word Schwahnsinn. A substantial part in the production’s success was played by Georg Zeppenfeld as King Henry, Evelyn Herlitzius as Ortrud, Tomasz Konieczny as Telramund, Derek Welton as the Herald and the Dresden State Opera Chorus. Together they formed a Wagner ensemble so splendid that – in the words of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung – “none better could currently be wished for”.

Picture Format: 1080i High Definition 16:9 | All Regions | Sound Formats: PCM Stereo, DTS-HD Master Audio 5.0

Subtitles: German (Orig. Language) · English · French · Spanish · Chinese

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Wagner: Tristan und Isolde

Wagner: Tristan und Isolde


Stephen Gould (Tristan), Evelyn Herlitzius (Isolde), Georg Zeppenfeld (König Marke), Iain Paterson (Kurwenal), Raimund Nolte (Melot), Christa Mayer (Brangäne), Tansel Akzeybek (Ein Hirt), Kay Stiefermann (Ein Steuermann), Tansel Akzeybek (Junger Seemann)

Bayreuth Festival Orchestra, Christian Thielemann (conductor) & Katharina Wagner (stage director)

An important and highly-anticipated new production of Wagner's take on this ultimate, immortal tale of love and longing by the composer's great-granddaughter Katharina Wagner. Featuring some of today's most prominent vocalists and Christian Thielemann, arguably the most important Wagner conductor of our day and age

This is the first installment of an exclusive, multiyear partnership between Deutsche Grammophon and the Bayreuth Festival, in which the Yellow Label becomes the exclusive audiovisual partner of the mythical Wagner festival, releasing each edition's new production on DVD/Blu-ray.

In celebration of the 150th anniversary of Tristan & Isolde this production was premiered on 25 July 2015 and marked the high-point of last year’s Bayreuth Festival.

“Katharina Wagner now gets a novel focus on Tristan und Isolde by stripping the work, its characters and its settings almost entirely of Romantic illusions and pretensions...The concentrated acting performances are closely supported by Christian Thielemann’s approach...This is an important and compelling addition to the number of worthwhile interventionist Bayreuth productions.” Gramophone Magazine, September 2016

GGramophone Awards 2017

Shortlisted - Opera

GGramophone Magazine

DVD/Blu-ray of the Month - September 2016

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DG - 0735254

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Mozart: Don Giovanni, K527

Mozart: Don Giovanni, K527


Peter Mattei (Don Giovanni), Bryn Terfel (Leporello), Anna Netrebko (Donna Anna), Barbara Frittoli (Donna Elvira), Kwangchoul Yun (Il Commendatore), Giuseppe Filianoti (Don Ottavio), Anna Prohaska (Zerlina), Stefan Kocan (Masetto)

Orchestra & Chorus of Teatro alla Scala, Daniel Barenboim, Robert Carsen (dir.)

An all-star cast featuring Deutsche Grammophon artist Anna Netrebko, Bryn Terfel and Anna Prohaska, delivers a sensational new recording of Mozart’s Don Giovanni, conducted by Daniel Barenboim at the start of his inaugural season as Music Director of La Scala.

Recorded live at the opening of the 2011-12 La Scala season, Don Giovanni is now set to be released in time for Bryn Terfel’s 50th birthday on 9 November 2015. It also ties in with the traditional opening of the new season at La Scala – 7 December, the feast-day of St Ambrose, patron saint of Milan.

It features stunning performances from Anna Netrebko as Donna Anna in her La Scala debut, Peter Mattei as a swaggering Don Giovanni, Bryn Terfel as his sidekick Leporello and Anna Prohaska as Zerlina. Anna Netrebko made her international breakthrough at the 2002 Salzburg Festival as Donna Anna, among the most powerful and moving of all soprano roles. “Netrebko’s Donna Anna was thrilling in her nobility and ease of execution,” noted the Observer (London) following her La Scala debut. “She is on grand form.” The New York Times, meanwhile, hailed her “compelling portrayal”. Director Robert Carsen’s staging of Don Giovanni opens by turning a distorting mirror on the performers, the audience and the theatre itself, in what the Observer called “a fabulous visual coup”.

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Pete Townshend: Classic Quadrophenia

Pete Townshend: Classic Quadrophenia

Live from the Royal Albert Hall


1. I am The Sea

2. The Real Me

3. Quadrophenia

4. Cut My Hair

5. The Punk And The Godfather

6. I´m One

7. The Dirty Jobs

8. Helpless Dancer

9. Is It In My Head

10. I´ve Had Enough

11. 5:15

12. Sea And Sand

13. Drowned

14. Bell Boy

15. Doctor Jimmy

16. The Rock

17. Love, Reign O´er Me

18. The Real Me (encore)


Classic Quadrophenia has had its world premiere performance at the Royal Albert Hall this summer, starring Pete Townshend and Alfie Boe, featuring guest stars Billy Idol and Phil Daniels.

The concert was sold out within one week to an audience of 4.500 people! “The audience was rapturously impressed, with standing ovations all round” (The Daily Telegraph).

The Independent stated “Quadrophenia’s place in the classical canon is assured!”.

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Verdi: Macbeth

Verdi: Macbeth


Željko Luèiæ (Macbeth), René Pape (Banquo), Anna Netrebko (Lady Macbeth), Claudia Waite (Lady-in-Waiting to Lady Macbeth), Christopher Job (A Servant of Macbeth), Raymond Renault (Duncan, King of Scotland), Noah Baetge (Malcolm, Duncan’s Son), Joseph Calleja (Macduff, Thane of Fife), Moritz Linn (Fleance, Banquo’s Son), Richard Bernstein (A Murderer), Seth Malkin (A Herald), James Courtney (A Doctor), David Crawford (A Warrior), Ashley Emerson (A Bloody Child), Jihee Kim (A Crowned Child)

The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus, Fabio Luisi, Adrian Noble (dir.)

An unforgettable performance of Anna Netrebko at the MET now on DVD/BR!

Outstanding press acclaim for her performance:

New York Observer stated: “.. a superstar cast ... the most potent: Anna Netrebko's ferociously exciting star turn as Lady Macbeth ... a "demented" performance, one so exciting it propels both artist and audience figuratively to the brink of madness.”

While the New York Times writes: “Lady Macbeth is causing a sensation at the Metropolitan Opera ... This was Ms. Netrebko's night”

This MET performance featured not only an astonishing Anna Netrebko, but also a superstar-cast with artists like Željko Luèiæ, René Pape, Joseph Calleja and a brilliantly performing MET Orchestra and Chorus conducted by Fabio Luisi.

“[Noble's] direction is frequently gripping, aided by two magnificent central performances. Anna Netrebko's darker soprano of recent years is not perfectly suited to Verdi's heavier roles...it was a performance matched by Željko Luèiæ's Macbeth. His velvety timbre and stylish phrasing mark him out as one of the few Verdi baritones today worthy of the description...Luisi revels inthe score's dark tinta.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2016

Presto Discs of 2015

Finalist

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The Club Album - Live from Yellow Lounge

The Club Album - Live from Yellow Lounge


 

Non-Musical Silence

Forever In Time

Bach, J S:

Concerto for Two Violins in D minor, BWV1043: Allegro

Mahan Esfahani (harpsichord), Noa Wildschut (violin) & Ye-Eun Choi (violin)

Mutter's Virtuosi

Concerto for Two Violins in D minor, BWV1043: first movement

Mahan Esfahani (harpsichord), Noa Wildschut (violin) & Ye-Eun Choi (violin)

Mutter's Virtuosi

Benjamin, A:

Jamaican Rumba

Lambert Orkis (piano)

Brahms:

Hungarian Dance No. 1 in G minor

Lambert Orkis (piano)

Copland:

Rodeo: Hoe down

Debussy:

Golliwog's Cakewalk (from Children's Corner)

Clair de Lune (from Suite Bergamasque)

Gershwin:

Preludes (3)

Lambert Orkis (piano)

Gounod:

Ave Maria

Saint-Saëns:

Introduction & Rondo capriccioso, Op. 28

Tchaikovsky:

Souvenir d'un lieu cher, Op. 42: Mélodie in E flat major

Vivaldi:

The Four Seasons: Summer, RV315 - Presto

Mahan Esfahani (harpsichord)

Mutter's Virtuosi

The Four Seasons: Winter, RV297 - Allegro non molto

Mahan Esfahani (harpsichord)

Mutter's Virtuosi

Williams, John:

Schindler's List: Theme

Lambert Orkis (piano)


Virtuoso violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter created a sensation at Berlin’s Neue Heimat venue, recreating the impact of her legendary 2013 Yellow Lounge appearance, when she attracted one of the biggest crowds in the history of Deutsche Grammophon’s ground-breaking “classical-goes-clubbing” series. Now she’s pushing the electric atmosphere to the limit by making the first-ever live Yellow Lounge recording.

The ‎ground-breaking project, co-produced by Deutsche Grammophon and ZDF, is set for global release in August, with German TV broadcasts in the summer and autumn, and a special documentary to follow in 2016.

Deutsche Grammophon President Mark Wilkinson welcomed Mutter’s return to the Yellow Lounge: “Last night, in Berlin, a part of classical music changed for ever. Anne-Sophie Mutter is breaking down boundaries, and taking risks without compromising her art – ultimately pushing on a door through which we hope others will follow.”

On stage with Mutter were her longtime accompanist Lambert Orkis, the Mutter Virtuosi – a hand-picked ensemble of young alumni of the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation – and star harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani, whose solo debut with Deutsche Grammophon is released this month. The programme spanned three centuries of classical music – from Bach and Vivaldi to Gershwin and John Williams – and was conceived by the violinist exclusively for this Yellow Lounge event and the accompanying album.

Yellow Lounge fuses the classical world and club culture, combining performances from stars of the former with cutting-edge DJ and VJ sets in urban spaces. On turntables this time were DJs Clé and Canisius, who’ve worked numerous Yellow Lounges, as has world-renowned VJ Philipp Geist, who was responsible for the stunning visuals.

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Borodin: Prince Igor

Borodin: Prince Igor


Ildar Abdrazakov (Prince Igor), Mikhail Petrenko (Prince Galitsky), Sergey Semishkur (Vladimir Igorevich), Vladimir Ognovenko (Skula), Andrey Popov (Yeroshka), Oksana Dyka (Yaroslavna), Kiri Deonarine (Polovtsian Maiden), Anita Rachvelishvili (Konchakovna), Mikhail Vekua (Ovlur), Štefan Kocán (Khan Koncha), Barbara Dever (Yaroslavna’s Nurse)

Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Chorus and Ballet, Gianandrea Noseda

For the first time in nearly 100 years, Borodin’s defining Russian epic, famous for its Polovtsian Dances, comes to the MET.

Dmitri Tcherniakov’s production is a brilliant psychological journey through the mind of its conflicted hero, and his “[…] wonderful staging is dreamlike, wrenchingly human and viscerally theatrical” (New York Times).

Star bass-baritone Ildar Abdrazakov takes on the monumental title role and "[…] masterfully probed Igor's guilt and regret" (Wall Street Journal).

The Blu-ray includes a “Backstage at the MET” with host Eric Owens:

Introductions to Act 1, 2 and 3

Interview: Ildar Abdrazakov

Panel: Gelb, Tcherniakov; Noseda (+Lidiya)

Interview: Dyka; Petrenko (+Lidiya)

Interview: Rachvelishvili

Interview: Donald Palumbo

Picture format: 1080i / 60i / 16:9 / colour

Audio Format: PCM Stereo / DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Region Code: All regions ("0")

Disc: 1 BD-50

Menu Language: English

Subtitles (Opera): English, German, French, Spanish, Chinese, Korean

Total time: c. 202' (c. 192' opera + 10' extras)

Classification/FSK: from 6 Years

“The result is attractive and gripping because the production knows what it wants to see (personal psychodrama than Kismet-style pseudo-orientalism)...Both Ildar Abdrazakov...and Oksana Dyka inhabit these roles with vocal agility and, in their acting, a refreshing lack of the old-fashioned hamminess that used to pass for charisma in 19th-century Russian opera...Strongly recommended.” Gramophone Magazine, December 2014

“Abdrazakov is mightily impressive in the title role, and there are powerhouse performances from Stefan Kocán as Konchak and Mikhail Petrenko as Galitsky. Noseda, as always in Russian music, is formidable.” The Guardian, 12th December 2014 ****

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Verdi: Il Trovatore

Verdi: Il Trovatore


Anna Netrebko (Leonora), Gaston Rivero (Manrico), Plácido Domingo (Il Conte di Luna), Marina Prudenskaya (Azucena), Adrian Sampetrean (Ferrando), Anna Lapkovskaja (Ines)

Staatskapelle Berlin, Daniel Barenboim

Filmed live in Berlin, Anna Netrebko and Plácido Domingo star in one of Verdi’s greatest operas, under the baton of Daniel Barenboim.

Il Trovatore is without question one of Verdi’s most dramatic masterpieces – as well as one of his most melodic and including the irresistible ‘Anvil Chorus’ and the tenor showstopper ‘Di quella pira’.

Anna Netrebko makes her debut as Leonora, triumphing in a uniquely demanding role for a Verdi soprano and one she will sing again at the 2014 Salzburg Festival.

Adored for his legendary performances in the title role, Plácido Domingo here sings the baritone role of the troubador’s arch-rival, the aristocratic Count di Luna.

Celebrated film-maker Philipp Stölzl, well-known for his groundbreaking video collaborations with Rammstein and Madonna, directs his first Verdi opera, creating an extraordinarily powerful visual and visceral theatrical experience, unlike any other production of the opera.

The roles of the troubadour and the gypsy Azucena are taken by Uruguayan tenor Gaston Rivero and Russian mezzo-soprano Marina Prudenskaya.

STEREO: PCM / SURROUND: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Picture Format: 1080i/60i High Definition / 16:9

Filmed live in High Definition

Subtitles: Italian, English/German/French/Spanish/Chinese/Korean

“Netrebko gives a completely authoritative performance. Although her shaping of Verdi's vocal lines is not especially individual, she has voice to spare and nothing sounds beyond her...[Domingo] sounds rather tired at the start but his still majestic tenor-baritone, boosted by an undimmed ability to command the stage, comes good by the end.” Gramophone Magazine, November 2014

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