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Claude Achille Debussy (1862-1918)

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Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande

Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande

Live Recording from The Zurich Opera House, 2004


Rodney Gilfry (Pelléas), Isabel Rey (Mélisande), Michael Volle (Golaud), László Polgár (Arkel) & Cornelia Kallisch (Geneviève)

Zurich Opera House, Franz Welser-Möst (conductor) & Sven-Eric Bechtolf (stage director)

Set Design by Rolf Glittenberg

A staging of Claude Debussy’s only completed opera, Pelléas et Mélisande, recorded live at the Zurich Opera House. The opera’s premiere in Paris in 1902 brought the new century to the stage. It came quietly, introducing a new female figure that provided the visual artists of l’art nouveau with a fascinating alternative to such femmes fatales as Oscar Wilde’s Lulu and Frank Wedekind’s Salome.

Debussy (1862-1918) adapted a dreamlike libretto by the Belgian playwright and poet, Maurice Maeterlinck (1862-1949) and in the music retained the symbolic quality of the mysterious, almost static fairytale. Conductor Franz Welser-Möst and director Sven-Eric Bechtolf have become one of the leading partnerships in contemporary music theatre. The characters are impressively enacted by Rodney Gilfrey and Isabel Rey in the title roles.

Occasionally placed in wheelchairs that hint at emotional as well as physical inadequacies and frequently doubled by puppets, Debussy’s protagonists are kept at a distance in their subconscious dream world. Franz Welser-Möst conducts a performance that is clear, well structured, unsentimental and attuned to the alertness and pioneering spirit of a score that even today has lost none of its radiance. The designer Rolf Glittenberg set the work in a remote operatic universe that is both greyish white and ice cold.

Sound Format: PCM Stereo, DD 5.0, DTS 5.0, dts-HD Master Audio 7.1

Picture Format: 16:9, 1080i FULL HD

Subtitle Languages: FR (Original Language), GB, DE, IT, ES

Running Time: 161 mins

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Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande

Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande

Live Recording from The Aalto-Musiktheater Essen, 2012


Jacques Imbrailo (Pelléas), Michaela Selinger (Mélisande), Vincent Le Texier (Golaud), Doris Soffel (Geneviève) & Wolfgang Schöne (Arkel)

Essener Philharmoniker, Stefan Soltesz (conductor) & Nikolaus Lehnhoff (stage director)

Music of introverted tenderness and a libretto that hints at much and offers few answers – such is Pelléas et Mélisande, Claude Debussy´s only completed opera, based on the play of the same name by the Symbolist and Nobel Prize winner Maurice Maeterlinck.

Staged in Essen‘s Aalto Theatre, this pioneering work of early modern times was a landmark. “Conductor Stefan Soltesz knows how to highlight these sensualist Debussy colours, let melody blossom, enthral with the magic of sound. And when these seraphic tones ring out from a stage fl ooded with light, we cannot help but leave the world far behind“, wrote the critics. The consummately precise staging by veteran stage director Nikolaus Lehnhoff has a cast to match these wondrous sounds. The characters seem to float through the scenes, bringing to the stage the unspeakable, the negation and extinction of their feelings, showing the people of this story in inescapable solitude.

This production stars the young South African baritone Jacques Imbrailo as Pelléas and Michaela Selinger as Mélisande, as well as Vincent Le Texier and Doris Soffel.

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

Picture Format: 16:9

Resolution: 1080i High Definition

Subtitles: FR (Original Language), DE, GB, ES, IT, Korean

Running Time: 151 mins

Blu-ray Disc: 25 GB (Single Layer)

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“Neither Lehnhoff nor conductor Stefan Soltesz subscribe to the oft-voiced view that the work itself is muted or restrained. There's a palpable erotic charge between Jacques Imbrailo's handsome Pelléas and Michaela Selinger's full-on Mélisande. Vincent Le Texier's Golaud is pathological if empathetic, while Soltesz's conducting is opulently post-Wagnerian rather than reined-in” The Guardian, 28th November 2013 ****

“This DVD from Essen is remarkable for capturing the performances of the two young leads in the main roles. Jacques Imbrailo’s Pelléas is young, impulsive and fuelled by an all-consuming passion...Selinger’s Mélisande is excellent too. She acts the role as if inhabiting it from a distance, and there is something separate, almost out-of-body about her character, reinforcing the fact that Mélisande simply does not fit in” MusicWeb International, 11th December 2013

“Imbrailo's Pelléas is a virile, romantic heartthrob, with fine voice to match. Mezzo-soprano Michaela Selinger follows the recent trend of shunning the blanched view of Mélisande, resulting in some red-blooded utterances, but she is no less affecting for that.” BBC Music Magazine, February 2014 ***

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Debussy: Préludes - Book 1 (12, complete)

Debussy: Préludes - Book 1 (12, complete)

A music film with Daniel Barenboim


Debussy wanted his piano preludes to be played and listened to privately. This film pays tribute to his wish, featuring Daniel Barenboim interpreting the first book of these delicate musical pieces in a visual reenactment of the composer's time at the turn of the century. Architecture, old photographs, a dancer and pictures of nature appear, evoked by the music and the personal circumstances of the composer's life, with comments by his friends.

Quotations of French poetry which inspired the music as well as the composer's own thoughts and diary entries, give the film an exclusive intimate touch.

Join Daniel Barenboim, when he is sharing his personal insights into the music of Debussy and his understanding of the “Art of the Prelude”.

Complementing this very unique music film are excerpts from Daniel Barenboim ‘s Jubilee Concert in Buenos Aires.

Picture format Blu-ray Disc: 16:9 Pillarbox Upscale

Sound format Blu-ray Disc: LPCM Stereo

Region code: All (worldwide)

Subtitles: English, German, French, Spanish

Booklet notes: English, German, French

Running time: 59 mins

18 mins (Concert Excerpts)

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EuroArts - 2013114

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Europakonzert 1998 from Stockholm

Europakonzert 1998 from Stockholm

From the Vasa Museum Stockholm


Debussy:

Trois Nocturnes

Tchaikovsky:

The Tempest, Op. 18

Verdi:

Quattro Pezzi Sacri

Marie Alexis (soprano)

Swedish Radio Choir, Eric Ericson Chamber Choir

Wagner:

Der fliegende Holländer: Overture


New release of the EUROPAKONZERT Blu-ray Disc series.

The EUROPAKONZERT annually celebrates the founding of the Berlin Philharmonics on 1st May 1882.

Recorded at the Vasa Museum harbours, where a fully intact sailing ship from the 17th century (The Vasa) moors.

The Berlin Philharmonics opened under the baton of Claudio Abbado with Richard Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman and went on with a symphonic fantasia The Tempest by Peter Tschaikovsky and Claude Debussy’s Nocturnes that perfectly matched with the maritime location. The principal work was Verdi’s Quattro Pezzi Sacri with the performance of the excellent Swedish Radio Choir and the Eric Ericson Chamber Choir.

Picture format BLU-RAY DISC: NTSC 16:9

Sound format BLU-RAY DISC: PCM Stereo, DTS-HD Audio Master

Region code: All (worldwide)

Booklet notes: English, German, French

Running time: 131 mins

German FSK: 0

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EuroArts Europakonzert - 2012934

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Europakonzert 2003 from Lisbon

Europakonzert 2003 from Lisbon


Bartók:

Concerto for Orchestra, BB 123, Sz.116

Debussy:

Trois Nocturnes: Fêtes

Mozart:

Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K466

Maria João Pires (piano)

Ravel:

Le Tombeau de Couperin


The founding of the Berliner Philharmoniker on the 1st May in 1882 is annually celebrated with a concert in a European city of cultural significance.

As has been done every year since 1991, in 2003 the Berliner Philharmoniker commemorated their founding by performing at the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos, the former Hieronymite monastery in the vicinity of Lisbon.

This performance features great artists, such as pianist Maria João Pires, who is known as one of the greatest Mozart interpreters of our time, and is joined by maestro Pierre Boulez.

The repertoire includes pieces by meaningful composers such as Maurice Ravel, Béla Bartók, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Claude Debussy.

Picture format: 1080i Full HD – 16:9

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

Region code: All (worldwide)

Subtitles: English, German, French

Booklet notes: English, German, French

Running time: 120 mins

German FSK: 0

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Falla: Noches en los jardines de Espana

Falla: Noches en los jardines de Espana


Albéniz:

Navarra

recorded October 7th 2010

Debussy:

Préludes - Book 2: No. 3, La Puerta del Vino

recorded October 7th 2010

Estampe No. 2 - La soirée dans Grenade

recorded October 7th 2010

Falla:

Noches en los jardines de Espana

recorded in Berlin, at Berliner Philharmonie, September 7th 2010

Berliner Philharmoniker, Sir Simon Rattle

Homenaje a Debussy

recorded October 7th 2010

Fantasía Bética

recorded October 7th 2010

Granados:

Goyescas: Quejas ó La Maja y el Ruiseñor

recorded October 7th 2010

Ravel:

Gaspard de la Nuit

recorded October 7th 2010

Valses nobles et sentimentales

recorded October 7th 2010

Scriabin:

Nocturne for the left hand

recorded October 7th 2010


Joaquín Achúcarro (piano)

The internationally renowned pianist Joaquín Achúcarro has been described as ‘the consummate artist’ and ‘the leading pianist from Spain’; he has won plaudits and prizes around the world.

In 2000 he was named ‘Artist for Peace’ by UNESCO in recognition of his extraordinary artistic achievements.

This DVD presents an evocative recital of Spanish-inspired music, given by Achúcarro in Madrid, and a triumphant performance of Falla’s Nights in the Gardens of Spain with the Berliner Philharmoniker and Sir Simon Rattle, recorded in Berlin.

Including a note by Joaquín Achúcarro written for this release.

“I have only heard this sound from Rubinstein” Zubin Mehta

“There is something special with Achucarro. Very few musicians can extract this kind of sound from the piano” Sir Simon Rattle

Sounds formats: PCM 2.0, DTS-HD Master Audio Surround

Region code: 0

Booklet notes: English, German, French

Running time: 27 mins (Berlin) + 75 mins (Madrid)

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EuroArts - 2058884

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Jacques Loussier Trio Play Bach and more…

Jacques Loussier Trio Play Bach and more…


Bach, J S:

Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D major, BWV1050

Keyboard Concerto No. 3 in D major, BWV1054

III Allegro

Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV1068: Air ('Air on a G String')

Pastorale C minor

Prelude & Fugue Book 1 No. 5 in D major, BWV850: Fugue

Debussy:

Arabesques (2)

L'isle joyeuse

Ravel:

Boléro

Satie:

Trois Gymnopédies


Jacques Loussier (piano), Benoît Dunoyer de Segonzac (bass) & André Arpino (drums)

In 1959, Loussier hit upon the idea that was to make his international reputation, by combining his interest in jazz with his love of J.S. Bach. Thereby he created his very own view of Bach, blending the most beautiful tunes of the Baroque master with an irresistibly swinging sound.

Loussier’s trio achieved the breakthrough to popular commercial success enjoyed by only a select few jazz musicians. In fifteen years, the group sold over six million albums.

On the occasion of Loussier’s 70th birthday, the ensemble performed its greatest hits for the first time in Bach’s “own” church, St Thomas’s in Leipzig.

Extra: Jacques Loussier in Conversation

Picture format Blu-ray Disc: 1080i Full HD – 16:9

Sound format Blu-ray Disc: PCM Stereo, DTS-HD Master Audio

Surround Sound

Region code: All (worldwide)

Subtitles: English, German, French

Booklet notes: English, German; French

Running time: 98 mins concert, 14 mins bonus

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EuroArts - 2054064

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Menahem Pressler in Recital

Menahem Pressler in Recital

Recorded at the Cité de la Musique, Paris, March 2011


Beethoven:

Piano Sonata No. 31 in A flat major, Op. 110

Chopin:

Mazurka No. 5 in B flat major, Op. 7 No. 1

Mazurka No. 7 in F minor, Op. 7 No. 3

Mazurka No. 13 in A minor, Op. 17 No. 4

Nocturne No. 20 in C sharp minor, Op. post.

Debussy:

Estampes (3) (Complete)

Schubert:

Piano Sonata No. 21 in B flat major, D960


For more than 50 years, Menahem Pressler was the driving force of the legendary Beaux Arts Trio, giving 6.000 performances until the trio stopped concertizing in 2009. Menahem Pressler is now returning to a solo career.

During this recital filmed at Paris’ Cité de la Musique 2011, Menahem Pressler plays two of the most imposing works in the piano repertoire: Beethoven’s penultimate sonata and Schubert’s last sonata which both require unusual emotional involvement from the performer.

Menahem Pressler is the last representative of a pianistic tradition directly connected with the great German and French piano schools: he studied with several pupils of the illustrious Ferruccio Busoni but also received valuable advice from Robert Casadesus or Paul Loyonnet who opened the world of Ravel and Debussy to him.

“Pressler’s ability to give all the voices prominence while simultaneously isolating the melody was amazing. His fingers still retain a youthful facility.” The Washington Post

Picture format: 1080i 16:9

Sound formats: PCM Stereo

Region code: all (worldwide)

Booklet notes: English, German, French

Running time: 88 mins

“His technique may be somewhat dimmed, but the twinkle of his distinctive sound remains as fresh and beautiful as ever; so, too, his astute pointing of musical structure, and the sheer love with which he communicates these great works...Pierre-Martin Juban's straightforward, well-judged direction provides a fine match between style and subject.” BBC Music Magazine, August 2012 ****

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Ideale Audience International - 3079664

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Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 23 & 27

Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 23 & 27

90th Anniversary Concert. Recorded at the Salle Pleyel, Paris


Debussy:

Clair de Lune (from Suite Bergamasque)

Mozart:

Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major, K488

Piano Concerto No. 27 in B flat major, K595


There have been quite a few child prodigies in the history of music. Yet, an equally exceptional phenomenon is that of a musician who has devoted over eighty years of his life to music and finds himself in a mental and physical state which still allows him to keep performing in front of a vast audience. For these chosen artists, one could forge a new concept, that of the 'venerable prodigy', a category to which Menahem Pressler belongs without any doubts.

After 53 years as the legendary pianist of the Beaux-Arts trio (from 1955 to 2008), Menahem Pressler is now enjoying an incredible Indian summer which is bringing him back to the solo career he enjoyed for a decade, after he won the Debussy competition.

On the occasion of his 90th Birthday he celebrates with Paavo Jarvi and the Orchestre de Paris at Salle Pleyel in Paris performing Mozart piano concerts no 23 and 27 as well as Debussy: Clair de lune.

Bonus: Paavo Jarvi in conversation with Menahem Pressler.

Picture Format: 1080i Full HD 16:9

Sound Format: PCM Stereo dts-HD Master Audio 5.1

Region Code: 0

Duration: 82 minutes concert + 14 minutes bonus material

Recorded: live from the Salle Pleyel, Paris 29 January 2014 K488 K511 & 17 October 2012 K595 Debussy

Original language: English bonus material

Booklet Notes: English German French

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EuroArts - 2059884

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Paavo Järvi conducts Stravinsky & Debussy

Paavo Järvi conducts Stravinsky & Debussy

Recorded live at the Salle Pleyel, Paris, September and November 2012


Debussy:

Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune

Stravinsky:

The Firebird

The Rite of Spring


Conducted by Grammy award winning Paavo Järvi the Orchestre de Paris exquisitely performs three landmark pieces of orchestral music.

Both of Stravinsky’s ballet scores and Debussy’s L’Après-midi d’un faune are well suited for a DVD recording. The wildly varying moods under Järvi’s expert guidance are superbly caught in this high quality production.

The orchestra undertake international tours and aims to reach all genres of people. Järvi became the Music Director at the beginning of the 2010/11 season, and after just seven months his contract was extended to the end of 2016.

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Electric Picture - EPC06BD

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