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Puccini: Tosca

Puccini: Tosca

Live from the Baden-Baden Easter Festival, 2017


Kristine Opolais (Floria Tosca), Marcelo Álvarez Mario Cavaradossi), Marco Vratogna (Baron Scarpia), Alexander Tsymbalyuk (Cesare Angelotti), Peter Rose (Il Sagrestano), Peter Tantsits (Spoletta), Douglas Williams (Sciarrone), Walter Fink (Un carceriere)

Berliner Philharmoniker, Philharmonia Chor Wien & Cantus Juvenum Karlsruhe, Sir Simon Rattle

Philipp Himmelmann (stage director)

Raimund Bauer (set design)

Kathi Maurer (costume design)

For the Easter Festival 2017 in Baden-Baden, Sir Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker draw their inspiration from Tosca, the most brilliant of all the Puccini operas. And that is deservedly so, since Tosca is not merely a work of art, but also a gripping

suspense-packed story – Puccini at its best. In a spectacular staging by Philipp Himmelmann, this production offers a fresh, sexy view on this beloved classic.

Kristine Opolais changes into the well-behaved pristine prima donna and shows how to wrap the men on stage round her finger, as she performs with fierce and full physical commitment.

Marcelo Álvarez sings with powerful, but smooth tenor. Marco Vratonga’s modern take on Scarpia convinces with brutal elegance and a great voice.

BD Picture: 1080i Full HD – 16:9

BD Sound: PCM Stereo, DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Language/subtitles:

Italian/ English, German, French

Region code: All (A1/B2/C3)

Running time: 180 mins

Production: April 2017

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EuroArts - 8024264174

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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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C Major - 742504

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The Art of David Hallberg At The Bolshoi

The Art of David Hallberg At The Bolshoi


Auber:

Marco Spada - Ballet version

David Hallberg, Evguenia Obraztsova, Olga Smirnova, Semion Chudin, Igor Tsvirko

Orchestra of the State Academic Bolshoi Theatre, Alexey Bogorad (conductor), Pierre Lacotte (choreography)

Tchaikovsky:

Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66

Svetlana Zakharova, David Hallberg, Maria Allash

The Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra, Vassily Sinaisky (conductor), Marius Petipa (choreography), Yuri Grigorovich (new choreographic version)


The Sleeping Beauty

New choreographic version (2011): Yuri Grigorovich

Recorded at the Bolshoi Theatre - Moscow (2011)

Directed by Vincent Bataillon

138 mins

Audio: 2.0 PCM, DTS HD Master Audio 5.1

Full HD 16/9

Marco Spada

Recorded at the Bolshoi Theatre - Moscow (2014)

Directed by Vincent Bataillon

126 mins (ballet) + 23 mins (Bonus)

Audio: 2.0 PCM, DTS HD Master Audio 5.1

Full HD 16/9

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Bel Air Classiques - BAC618

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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,

Japanese

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C Major - 743404

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Bellini: Norma

Bellini: Norma


Maria Josè Siri (Norma), Sonia Ganassi (Adalgisa), Rubens Pelizzari (Pollione), Nicola Ulivieri (Oroveso)

Orchestra Filarmonica Marchigiana, Coro Lirico Marchigiano 'V. Bellini', Michele Gamba, Luigi Di Gangi e Ugo Giacomazzi

This production of Vincenzo Bellini’s Norma from the Macerata Opera Festival was described by the Italian press as "a perfect synthesis of cast, direction, sets, lighting and costumes"; the aria Casta diva received a standing ovation. Among the superb cast, Uruguayan soprano Maria José Siri stands out in the title role, along with Italian mezzo Sonia Ganassi, who shines as Adalgisa.

Audio Format: PCM STEREO 2.0 / DTS 5.1 HD Master

Audio Subtitles: Italian, English, French, German,

Japanese and Korean

Region code: 0 – All regions

Recording date & place: July/August 2016 –

Arena Sferisterio – Macerata, Italy

Duration: 144 min.

Notes: Italian / English

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Dynamic - 57768

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Scheduled for release on 13 October 2017. Order it now and we will deliver it as soon as it is available.

Mahler: Symphony No. 2 'Resurrection'

Mahler: Symphony No. 2 'Resurrection'


The names of Gustav Mahler and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra are inseparable. Willem Mengelberg's pioneering work and Mahler's own guest performances with the orchestra have laid the foundations for the Dutch Mahler cult and the RCO's Mahler tradition that flourished ever since. During the past years, Daniele Gatti has conducted strong and spectacular performances of four Mahler symphonies as a guest conductor. After the Fifth, Ninth, Sixth and Third, Gatti's first Mahler symphony as chief conductor was the Second Symphony.

This recording marks the start of a new RCO Live Mahler cycle with Daniele Gatti.

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RCO Live - RCO17108

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Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor

Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor


Diana Damrau (Lucia), Charles Castronovo (Edgardo), Ludovic Tézier (Enrico), Taylor Stayton (Arturo), Kwangchul Youn (Raimondo), Rachael Lloyd (Alisa), Peter Hoare (Normanno)

Orchestra and Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Daniel Oren (conductor), Katie Mitchell (director)

Designer Vicki Mortimer

Lighting designer Jon Clark

Movement director Joseph Alford

Diana Damrau’s reputation as the world’s leading coloratura soprano has been built on her extraordinary technical virtuosity, her sensitive musicianship and her acute psychological insight. In Katie Mitchell’s sometimes radical production of Lucia di Lammermoor from the Royal Opera House, she is, as the Financial Times wrote, 'brilliantly convincing'. Award winning director Katie Mitchell took a revisionist approach to the drama, updating the action to the mid-19th century and applying a feminist slant as she added new and unexpected elements. Mitchell also made extensive use of a ‘split screen’ effect on the stage, counterpointing two different pieces of action at key moments.

Running time: 123 min. approx. (opera) + 15 min. (bonus)

Languages: Sung in Italian, with subtitles available in Italian,

French, German, English, Spanish

EXTRA FEATURES

Introduction to Lucia di Lammermoor

The sound of madness: The glass harmonica in Lucia di Lammermoor

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Erato - 9029579202

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Waldbühne 2017 - Schumann & Wagner

Waldbühne 2017 - Schumann & Wagner

Berlin Open Air Concert


Schumann:

Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 97 'Rhenish'

Wagner:

Freudig begrussen wir 'Entrance of the Guests' (from Tannhauser)

Siegfried: Waldweben

Götterdämmerung: Siegfried's Rhine Journey and Funeral March

Die Walküre: Ride of the Valkyries

Mild und leise 'Isolde's Liebestod' (from Tristan und Isolde)

Lohengrin: Prelude to Act 3


For their annual season end concert, the Berliner Philharmoniker take the audience on a dreamy, magically journey through the river Rhine with Schumann’s beloved 3rd Symphony Rhenish. Pieces from Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen under the baton of dynamic conductor Gustavo Dudamel complete this evening.

BD Picture: Full HD – 16:9

BD Sound: PCM Stereo, DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Language/subtitles: ---

Region code: All (A1/B2/C3)

Running time: 90 mins

Production: July 2017

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Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker, Op. 71

Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker, Op. 71


Lauren Cuthbertson (Clara), Federico Bonelli (Prince), Francesca Hayward (Sugar-Plum Fairy), Alexander Campbell (Nutcracker), Gary Avis (Drosselmeyer)

The Royal Ballet, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Boris Gruzin

The Royal Ballet’s The Nutcracker is the quintessential Christmas ballet. When her nutcracker toy comes to life, young Clara is transported by the magician Drosselmeyer to a magical world of excitement and delight. Lauren Cuthbertson and Federico Bonelli dance the exquisite Sugar Plum Fairy and her Prince; Francesca Hayward and Alexander Campbell take the roles of Clara and the Nutcracker; and Gary Avis is the mysterious, kindly Drosselmeyer. This performance celebrated Peter Wright’s 90th birthday and a production that has been in The Royal Ballet’s repertory for more than thirty years. With sumptuous period designs, spellbinding stage effects and of course Tchaikovsky’s iconic score, The Nutcracker continues to enchant audiences of all ages. Filmed in High Definition and recorded in true surround sound. "fresh and reinvigorated - Nutcrackers come and Nutcrackers go but the Royal Ballet's version is a hardy perennial. " (The Stage) "The Royal Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker, always handsomely traditional, has become a tradition of its own." (The Independent) "Francesca Hayward and Alexander Campbell make an enchanting couple, " (The Daily Telegraph)

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La grande danza: Aterballetto in Milan

La grande danza: Aterballetto in Milan


1 Opening

2 Words and Space (Jiří Pokorny)

3 Phoenix (Philippe Kratz)

4 Narcissus (Giuseppe Spota)

5 Applause & End Credits


Giuseppe Spota (Narcissus) & Philippe Kratz (Phoenix)

Aterballetto Dance Company

Words and Space (Jiří Pokorny)

Jiří Pokorny's “Words and Space” is a metaphor of an intrapersonal speech, a book full of floating stories. It is personal, intimate and very poetic.

“Phoenix” is inspired by the idea of the infinite circular motion of life: Birth, growth, immobility, death and finally birth again. Choreographer Philippe Kratz tries to understand who we were and what we are capable of becoming.

In “Narcissus” Giuseppe Spota takes a look at the youth of today. Are they ready to come out of their virtual frames and face the mirror of everyday life? Or will they all end up like Narcissus, alone to admire and cherish themselves?

BD Picture: Full HD – 16:9

BD Sound: PCM Stereo, DTS-HD Master Audio 5.0

Region code: All (A1/B2/C3)

Language/subtitles: N/A

Running time: 75 mins (TBC)

Production: June 7th & 8th 2017

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EuroArts - 8024264234

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