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Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

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Beethoven: Fidelio, Op. 72

Beethoven: Fidelio, Op. 72

Recorded live at the Zurich Opera House in October 2008.


Roberto Saccà (Florestan), Melanie Diener (Leonore), Alfred Muff (Rocco), Sandra Trattnigg (Marzelline), Christoph Strehl (Jaquino), Lucio Gallo (Don Pizarro), Krešimir Stražanac (Don Fernando), Boguslaw Bidzinski (First Prisoner), Morgan Moody (Second Prisoner)

Zurich Opera Orchestra & Zurich Opera Chorus, Bernard Haitink (conductor) & Katharina Thalbach (director)

Translucence, transparency – warmth’ are the qualities identified by Bernard Haitink as necessary for an ideal sound performance of Beethoven’s only opera, and all are present in this fantastic recording of Katharina Thalbach’s new production for Opernhaus Zurich. Haitink conducts the Zurich Opera Orchestra in a magnificent performance in which Leonore Overture No. 3 provides an interlude between the two scenes of the second act, following a tradition started by Gustav Mahler. German soprano Melanie Diener, in the role of Leonore, leads a brilliant cast including Alfred Muff as Rocco, Roberto Saccà as Florestan, Sandra Trattnigg as Marzelline and Christoph Strehl as Jaquino. This High Definition recording with true surround sound marks the start of an exciting new collaboration between Opus Arte and Opernhaus Zurich.

Extra features:

Illustrated synopsis

Cast gallery

Running time 149 mins

Region code All regions

Video codec: AVC/MPEG-4 Disc size: BD50

Picture format 1080i High Definition / 16:9

Sound format 2.0 PCM & 5.0 DTS Master Audio

Menu language EN

Subtitles EN/FR/DE/ES

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Opus Arte - OABD7040D

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Beethoven: Fidelio, Op. 72

Beethoven: Fidelio, Op. 72


Jonas Kaufmann (Florestan), Adrianne Pieczonka (Leonore), Tomasz Konieczny (Pizarro), Hans-Peter König (Rocco), Olga Bezsmertna (Marzelline), Norbert Ernst (Jaquino), Paul Lorenger (Shadow Pizarro), Nadia Kichler (Shadow Leonore)

Wiener Philharmoniker & Konztertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor, Franz Welser-Möst

Staging: Claus Guth

Sets and costumes: Christian Schmidt

Claus Guth’s strikingly experimental new production drew fervent reactions at its premiere at the 2015 Salzburg Festival. On an elegantly spartan set - suggestive of Freud's ‘salon of the unconscious’ - the opera is reworked with amplified noises and ambient sounds substituting for the traditional dialogue and the inclusion of hand-signing doppelgangers who shadow some of the lead characters. “Jonas Kaufmann’s gorgeously sung Florestan”(Financial Times) and Leonora - “triumphantly sung by Adrianne Pieczonka” (The Guardian/Observer) - masterfully execute Guth’s conceptual exploration of the mind’s ability to self-impose its own prison.

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Sony - 88875193529

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Beethoven: Fidelio, Op. 72

Beethoven: Fidelio, Op. 72

Live from the Zurich Opera House, 2004


Camilla Nylund (Leonore), Jonas Kaufmann (Florestan), László Polgár (Rocco), Christoph Strehl (Jaquino) Alfred Muff (Pizarro), Elizabeth Rae Magnuson (Marzelline), Günther Groissböck (Fernando), Boguslaw Bidzinski (First Prisoner) & Gabriel Bermúdez (Second Prisoner)

Orchestra and Chorus of The Zurich Opera House, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Jürgen Flimm (director)

Beethoven’s only opera Fidelio never ceases to fascinate audiences with its spellbinding story of true love. Staged by renowned opera director Jürgen Flimm this production is the outstanding result of the teamwork of the orchestra and chorus of the Zurich Opera House with a cast of magnifi cent singer-actors. Finnish soprano Camilla Nylund in the title role presents a wonderful portrayal of the opposing characters of the loving wife, Leonore, and her alter ego, the young man Fidelio. The internationally renowned tenor Jonas Kaufmann is her counterpart Florestan – the attractive singer plays a convincing suffering prisoner, brought back to life by marital love. László Polgár is the jailer Rocco, torn between greed and sympathy and Alfred Muff takes on the sinister Don Pizarro to complete the setting.

Under the musical direction of Nikolaus Harnoncourt, this production became a highly memorable event. The Austrian conductor is universally celebrated for the structural transparency of his interpretations, his intellectual penetration and his emotional understanding of both music and opera plot. He once called this opera “a hymn of praise to marital love”. Although the work has a long tradition of being interpreted in political terms portraying oppression and liberation, imprisonment and freedom, Harnoncourt is adamant that, for Beethoven, these topics were only a means to an end: “What he was concerned about is love. The real action is between Leonore and Florestan. Essentially, the work is about what can be achieved by true love and the fact that a loving wife is ready to do anything for her husband.”

Sound Formats: PCM Stereo, dts-HD Master Audio 5.1

Picture Format: 16:9

Audio Language: DE

Subtitles: GB, DE, FR, ES, IT

Blu-ray Disc 25 GB (Single Layer)

Resolution: 1080i High Definition (Upscale)

Running Time: 128 mins

FSK: 0

“Jonas Kaufmann and Camilla Nylund fearlessly [pack] every phrase with compellingly truthful shades of meaning. Harnoncourt's Beethoven is famously raw and earthy: strong on struggle and on the composer's robust musical roots...The cameras' eyes direct us almost imperceptibly to crucial moments of musical and human relationship.” BBC Music Magazine, August 2016 *****

“[Nylund’s] bright soprano is on the right side of heroic while still remaining feminine, the perfect mix for the noble wife disguised as a boy…[Harnoncourt’s] interpretation here sees him at his best. The opening chords of the overture bristle with excitement and dramatic tension [and] his dramatic pacing of the big moments feels just right, and the ensembles move with great style” MusicWeb International, August 2016

“Kaufmann sings his big aria with his customary combination of immaculate technical address, a blend of lyricism with a wide range of dynamics, including serious power when required.” Opera, August 2016

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Arthaus Musik - 109224

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Beethoven: Missa Solemnis in D major, Op. 123

Beethoven: Missa Solemnis in D major, Op. 123


Krassimira Stoyanova (soprano), Elīna Garanča (mezzo), Michael Schade (tenor), Franz-Josef Selig (bass)

Sächsischer Staatsopernchor Dresden & Staatskapelle Dresden, Christian Thielemann

First time Missa Solemnis has been released on Blu-ray!

Features a cast of excellent soloists: Elīna Garanča, Krassimira Stoyanova, Michael Schade & Franz-Josef Selig

Performed on 13th & 14th February 2010 at the traditional memorial concert to commemorate the bombardment of Dresden during the last weeks of World War II.

“Thielemann generally favours lively tempos and a lightness of touch. Details are clear and he elicits a remarkable luminosity from the substantial forces, making this a deeply engaging account...The chorus is impressive and the soloists well matched...Blu-ray brings the expected crispness of picture, and the sound is wonderfully natural.” BBC Music Magazine, June 2011 *****

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C Major - 705504

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Beethoven: Missa Solemnis in D major, Op. 123

Beethoven: Missa Solemnis in D major, Op. 123


Susanne Bernhard (soprano), Anke Vondung (alto), Pavol Breslik (tenor), Yorck Felix Speer (bass-baritone)

Orchester und Kammerchor der KlangVerwaltung, Enoch zu Guttenberg

Audio-only Blu-ray

“The work's contemplative concluding movements draw a more assured quality of music-making than the preceding three, with the Benedictus the performance's evident highlight.” Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2010

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Beethoven: Missa Solemnis in D major, Op. 123

Beethoven: Missa Solemnis in D major, Op. 123


C Major is proud to present a stunning performance of Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis, conducted by Nikolaus Harnoncourt with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.

The highly acclaimed soloists are Marlis Petersen, Elisabeth Kulman, Werner Güra and Gerald Finley.

PICTURE: 16:9, HD

BD: DTS-HD MA 5.1, PCM 2.0

RUNNING TIME: 99 MINUTES

SUBTITLES: LATIN (ORIGINAL LANGUAGE), GERMAN, ENGLISH, FRENCH, SPANISH, CHINESE, KOREAN, JAPANESE

AVAILABILITY: WORLDWIDE

“This is exceptional. There are certainly many different valid ways to perform the Missa solemnis, but it's hard to imagine they will surpass this outstanding version...The Royal Concertgebouw is on absolutely top form...As for the soloists, it is hard to recall a Solemnis quartet who blend so well while retaining their mesmeric individuality.” BBC Music Magazine, October 2013 *****

“there are many well-known and highly respected performances of Beethoven’s choral masterpiece available on CD, including Harnoncourt’s earlier performance, but I cannot imagine any surpassing this new one especially when it comes to the visual medium.” MusicWeb International, 4th October 2013

BBC Music Magazine

DVD/Blu-ray Choice - October 2013

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C Major - 712704

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Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos. 1-5 (complete)

Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos. 1-5 (complete)


Recorded live at the prestigious Klavier-Festival Ruhr in May

2007, this Blu-ray recording reflects both a very individual and special reading of Beethoven's music and the artist's life-long dedication to the composer.

1080i 16:9, PCM 2.0, DTS-HD Master Audio

Booklet Notes: English, German, French

Running Time: 198 mins

Audiences: all audiences (FSK 0)

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Medici Arts - 2056774

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Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos. 1-5 (complete)

Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos. 1-5 (complete)


After decades of work on Beethoven’s original scores, the Austrian pianist Rudolf Buchbinder offers a definitive interpretation of all Beethoven’s piano concertos in this series of live recordings of his ecstatically acclaimed performances in the Musikverein Vienna from May 2011. Buchbinder conducts the Vienna Philharmonic from the keyboard and achieves a rare degree of tension and chamber-like concentration.

Rudolf Buchbinder is firmly established as one of the most important pianists on the international scene, he is a regular guest of renowned orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, Orchestre National de France, London Philharmonic, National Symphony, and the Philadelphia Orchestra. He also has over 100 recordings to his credit.

In December 2011 Rudolf Buchbinder celebrated his 65th birthday.

Bonus: 30 minutes Documentary about Rudolf Buchbinder, plus interview with Joachim Kaiser.

Running Time Total: 216 minutes

Piano Concertos: 186 min.

Bonus: 30 min.

DTS-HD MA 5.0, PCM Stereo

“a man who plays Beethoven with the innocent self-assurance of the virtuoso...He is happiest when his hands are full: in the finales, for instance, where the forthrightness and his technical address are admirable and he can cook iup a storm or two.” Gramophone Magazine, June 2012

“these performances are deeply felt and as the talk on the disc confirms, very thoroughly researched by Buchbinder who compares many different editions of the works he is performing.” MusicWeb International, May 2012

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Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Nos. 1-32 (Complete)

Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Nos. 1-32 (Complete)

Salzburg Festival 2014, Mozarteum


Beethoven’s opus of 32 piano sonatas, known as “the New Testament of piano music”, is a landmark in piano literature. Spanning Beethoven’s entire life, the sonatas reflect his whole development as a human being and a musician, moving from one century into the next, from one epoch in music in to another. With the sonatas “Pathétique”, “Moonlight”, “Waldstein”, “Appassionata”, “Hammerklavier” and the final sonata op. 111, the cycle contains some of the most known piano pieces of all time. Now, for the first time in its history the complete cycle was performed at the Salzburg Festival. For this challenge the Festival asked no less than the world-renowned and influential Beethoven expert and pianist Rudolf Buchbinder. With more than 45 performances of Beethoven’s complete sonata cycle in concert halls all over the world and his relentless drive to discover new details and facets in the sonatas through meticulous study of the scores, “Buchbinder has set new standards in the interpretation of Beethoven’s works” (Bayerischer Rundfunk).

BONUS: 36 minutes interview with Rudolf Buchbinder about the Beethoven Piano Sonatas

SOUND FORMAT Blu-ray: PCM 2.0, dts-HD MA 4.0

PICTURE: 16:9, HD

SUBTITLES: Bonus in German / Subtitles in English, Korean, Japanese

BOOKLET: English, German, French

TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 644 mins Concert: 608 mins + Bonus: 36 mins

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C Major Rudolf Buchbinder Complete Beethoven Piano Sonatas - 734804

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Beethoven Piano Sonatas Vol. 1

Beethoven Piano Sonatas Vol. 1

Salzburg Festival 2014, Mozarteum


Beethoven:

Piano Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 2 No. 1

Piano Sonata No. 10 in G major, Op. 14 No. 2

Piano Sonata No. 13 in E flat major, Op. 27 No. 1 'Quasi una fantasia'

Piano Sonata No. 17 in D minor, Op. 31 No. 2 'Tempest'

Piano Sonata No. 18 in E flat major, Op. 31 No. 3 'The Hunt'

Piano Sonata No. 5 in C minor, Op. 10 No. 1

Piano Sonata No. 12 in A flat major, Op. 26 'March Funebre'

Piano Sonata No. 22 in F major, Op. 54

Piano Sonata No. 4 in E flat major, Op. 7

Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27 No. 2 ‘Moonlight'


Beethoven’s opus of 32 piano sonatas, known as “the New Testament of piano music”, is a landmark in piano literature. Spanning Beethoven’s entire life, the sonatas reflect his whole development as a human being and a musician, moving from one century into the next, from one epoch in music in to another. With the sonatas “Pathétique”, “Moonlight”, “Waldstein”, “Appassionata”, “Hammerklavier” and the final sonata op. 111, the cycle contains some of the most known piano pieces of all time.

Now, for the first time in its history the complete cycle was performed at the Salzburg Festival. For this challenge the Festival asked no less than the world-renowned and influential Beethoven expert and pianist Rudolf Buchbinder.

With more than 45 performances of Beethoven’s complete sonata cycle in concert halls all over the world and his relentless drive to discover new details and facets in the sonatas through meticulous study of the scores, “Buchbinder has set new standards in the interpretation of Beethoven’s works” (Bayerischer Rundfunk).

This first 2 DVD-Set/Blu-ray includes the first two concerts featuring sonatas Nos. 1, 4, 5, 10, 12, 13, 14, 17, 18 and 22.

Picture 16:9, HD

Sound DTS-HD MA 4.0, PCM 2.0

Booklet German, English, French

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C Major Rudolf Buchbinder Complete Beethoven Piano Sonatas - 734204

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