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Antonin Dvorak (1841-1904)

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Dvorak: Requiem, Op. 89

Dvorak: Requiem, Op. 89

Recorded live at deSingel, Antwerp, 2014, directed by Leonid Adamopoulos


Ilse Eerens (soprano), Bernarda Fink (alto), Maximilian Schmitt (tenor) & Nathan Berg (bass)

Antwerp Symphony Orchestra & Collegium Vocale Gent, Philippe Herreweghe

Philippe Herreweghe, principal conductor of the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra, has devoted himself for over ten years to fresh and invigorating readings of the (pre-) Romantic repertoire.

Together with the Collegium Vocale, founded in 1970 by Philippe Herreweghe himself, and superb soloists they perform Dvořák’s Requiem.

A modern and stylistically flexible symphony orchestra, the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra demonstrates an artistic flair which allows for a variety of styles and occupies a unique position in Flanders.

Collegium Vocale Gent were one of the first ensembles to use new ideas about baroque performance practice in vocal music. Their authentic, text-oriented and rhetorical approach gave the ensemble the transparent sound with which it would acquire world fame and perform at the major concert venues and music festivals all over the world.

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Running time: 97 mins

Production year: 2014

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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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Dvorak: Rusalka, Op. 114

Dvorak: Rusalka, Op. 114


Kristine Opolais (Rusalka), Klaus Florian Vogt (Prince), Nadia Krasteva (Foreign Princess), Gunther Groissböck (Goblin), Janina Baechle (Ježibaba), Ulrich Reß (Forester), Tara Erraught (Kitchen Boy), John Chest (Hunter), Evgeniya Sotnikova (1st Wood Nymph), Angela Brower (2nd Wood Nymph) & Okka von der Damerau (3rd Wood Nymph)

Chor der Bayerischen Staatsoper & Bayerisches Staatsorchester, Tomas Hanus (conductor) & Martin Kušej (director)

This highly acclaimed production from the Bayerische Staatsoper, a powerful and fascinating re-interpretation of Dvořák’s fairy-tale opera Rusalka, was a revelation: the young, up-and-coming Latvian soprano, Kristīne Opolais, whose performance was rightly hailed by the press as “one of the most vivid and striking accomplishments seen on an opera stage in a long time” (Vienna’s leading daily Der Standard). With her supple and velvety soprano voice, her captivating physical beauty and her hauntingly moving stage presence, Kristīne Opolais perfectly embodies the role of the water nymph who becomes a human being in order to find love.

Bonus: Making of “Rusalka”

Recording date: Bayerische Staatsoper, 2010

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Subtitles: Eng, Ger, Fr, Sp, Cn, Kor; Bonus: Eng

Booklet: Eng, Ger, Fr

Total running time: 192 mins (156 mins Opera + 36 mins Bonus)

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Dvorak: Rusalka, Op. 114

Dvorak: Rusalka, Op. 114


Kristine Opolais (Rusalka), Klaus Florian Vogt (The Prince), Gunther Groissbock (Vodnik), Janina Baechle (Jezibaba), Nadia Krasteva (The Foreign Princess)

Bayerisches Staatsorchester, Tomáš Hanus (conductor) & Martin Kušej (stage director)

This highly acclaimed production from the Bayerische Staatsoper was a veritable sensation and the performance of up-and-coming Latvian soprano, Kristīne Opolais was rightly hailed by the press as “one of the most vivid and striking accomplishments seen on an opera stage in a long time” (Vienna’s leading daily “Der Standard”).

With her supple and velvety soprano voice, her captivating physical beauty and her hauntingly moving stage presence, Kristine Opolais perfectly embodies the role of water nymph who becomes a human being in order to find love.

Directed by renowned director Martin Kušej.

Recorded at the Bayerische Staatsoper, 2010.

Total: 193 minutes (Opera: 156 min. + Bonus 36 min.)

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Bonus: English

“Not for the faint-hearted, Martin Kusej’s 2010 Munich production...transposes Dvorák’s water nymphs and goblins to the living-nightmare contemporary world of Josef Fritzl...there’s no denying the power of the staging. The soprano Kristine Opolais is a revelation in the title role and the music outstanding under Tomas Hanus’s baton.” The Times, 13th August 2011 ****

“In Martin Kusej’s brilliantly executed, up-to-the-minute interpretation of Dvorák’s fairy tale, first seen in Munich a year ago, Rusalka is the victim of a psychopathic abductor (the water goblin), irretrievably damaged in body and mind...Opolais gives a harrowing performance, at the head of a strong cast” Financial Times, 17th September 2011 *****

“[Kusej imposes] on Dvorak's work a harrowingly contemporary sexual violence. This is in its way a riveting conception, although it eliminates every trace of romance from the opera...Opolais's Rusalka exudes all-out commitment. The young Latvian soprano moves, acts and sings beautifully...Singing with velvety tone of imposing breadth, Gunther Groissbock proves terrifyingly convincing in putting across Kusej's dissolute, sexually brutal view of the Water Goblin.” International Record Review, September 2011

“Whatever reservations one might have about the production, the performance as a whole is remarkable. The cast has clearly bought into the producer's concept and they deliver a devastating ensemble performance. Kristine Opolais as Rusalka is vocally superb and acts magnificently..Tomáš Hanus draws some wonderful playing from the Bavarian State Orchestra and paces the musical-dramatic flow flawlessly.” BBC Music Magazine, October 2011 ****

“The grim modern tale is acted out with undeniable intensity. Kristine Opolais's Rusalka may not have the vocal beauty of some but she gives her all in a moving portrayal...Vogt is almost perfectly cast, capturing equally the poetic naivety and Wagnerian grandeur of Dvorak's music. There could be no more frightening Fritzl/Water Goblin than Günther Groissböck...The conductor, Tomáš Hanus, paces the score with energy” Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2011

“Some scenes are almost unwatchable…But it's superbly done and is notable for a brave, perhaps career-best performance from Kristine Opolais in the title role. Klaus Florian Vogt is her emotionally insensitive Prince; Gunther Groissböck her truly horrifying father. It's forcefully conducted by Tomáš Hanus, too.” The Guardian, 8th December 2011 ***

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Dvorak: Rusalka, Op. 114

Dvorak: Rusalka, Op. 114

Recorded at La Monnaie


Myrtò Papatanasiu, Pavel Černoch, Annalena Persson, Willard White, Renée Morloc

La Monnaie Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, Ádám Fischer

Staged by Stefan Herheim

Antonín Dvořák’s next to last opera draws its substance from the underwater wonderland of little mermaids, Undines and Melusines: Rusalka, a water nymph, wishes to become human in order to be loved by the young prince. Despite being warned against it, she asks the witch Ježibaba to help her. In order forher wish to be fulfilled, Rusalka must give up her voice and face eternal damnation if her love fails.

Jaroslav Kvapil’s libretto inspired Dvořák to compose a masterpiece, a compelling opera full of poignantlyricism and dramatic twists.

Ádám Fisher and Stefan Herheim masterfully present this ‘lyrical fairytale’ at La Monnaie, Belgium.

La Monnaie has been acclaimed best opera house of the year 2011 (Opernwelt).

In this widely acclaimed interpretation, the fairytale elements assume frighteningly realistic dimensions, making this enchanting production a psychoanalytical study of male fantasies and female archetypes.

Includes 10-minute Behind-the-Scenes Bonus with Interviews with Stefan Herheim and others.

“The cast throw themselves into [the production] with admirable energy, but it's simply too calculated and posturing...musically this isn't at all bad. Adam Fischer's conducting is smooth, rich and idiomatic, his principals good. Myrtò Papatanasiu hasn't quite the ideal purity of tone, but she has as much passion and vulnerability as the staging allows.” BBC Music Magazine, January 2015 ***

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Dvorak: Rusalka, Op. 114

Dvorak: Rusalka, Op. 114

English National Opera 1986


Eilene Hannan (Rusalka), Ann Howard (Jezibaba), John Treleaven (Prinz), Phyllis Cannan (Foreign Princess), Rodney Macann (Water Goblin), Edward Byles (Gamekeeper), Fiona Kimm (Kitchen-Boy), Christopher Booth-Jones (Hunter)

English National Opera, Mark Elder

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Subtitles: GB, DE, FR, ES, CZ | Running Time: 159 mins

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Dvorak: Stabat Mater, Op. 58

Dvorak: Stabat Mater, Op. 58

Live from the KKL Concert Hall, Lucerne March 3 2015


Erin Wall (soprano), Mihoko Fujimura (mezzo-soprano), Christian Elsner (tenor), Liang Li (bass)

Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra & Choir, Mariss Jansons

"... stood the mournful Mother weeping" whispers the chorus after the orchestral introduction of Antonín Dvorák 's most celebrated choral work, the Stabat Mater Op. 58. As the work builds to include the four vocal soloists, the obsessively repeated main motif of a descending chromatic line begins to work its magic on the rapt audience.

And under the baton of Mariss Jansons, the Chorus and Symphony Orchestra of the Bayerischer Rundfunk, graced with four superb soloists, take us to a higher sphere of artistry, where hushed tones alternate with glorious fortissimi. Next to a Bruckner symphony performed by Jansons and his ensemble, the Stabat Mater was, in the words of the Neue Zürcher Zeitung, "the second high point of this year's Lucerne Easter Festival," the venue of our concert. Jansons sees within it a broad, profound range of sorrow. Having begun the work in late 1875 / early 1876, but soon set aside, Dvorák returned to it after two tragedies befell him and plunged him into an uncharacteristically melancholic mood: the accidental death of his 11-month-old daughter Rose and the succumbing to smallpox of his three-year-old son Otakar. Yet even stricken with grief, Dvorák could not resist writing simple, folk-like, life-affirming melodies for his luminous Stabat Mater. To master these tragic events, the devout Catholic Dvorák sought comfort and strength in God and in the composition of a work dedicated to the Mother of Sorrows.

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Andris Nelsons, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Yefim Bronfman at the Lucerne Festival, 5th September 2011

Andris Nelsons, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Yefim Bronfman at the Lucerne Festival, 5th September 2011


Beethoven:

The Ruins of Athens Overture, Op. 113

Concertgebouw Orchestra, Andris Nelsons

Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat major, Op. 73 'Emperor'

Yefim Bronfman (piano)

Concertgebouw Orchestra, Andris Nelsons

Chopin:

Étude Op. 10 No. 8 in F major

Yefim Bronfman (piano)

Dvorak:

Slavonic Dance No. 3 in A flat major, Op. 46 No. 3

Concertgebouw Orchestra, Andris Nelsons

Rimsky Korsakov:

Scheherazade, Op. 35

Concertgebouw Orchestra, Andris Nelsons


Andris Nelsons is one of the most sought-after young conductors on the international scene today and once again served notice of his extraordinary talent in Summer 2011 when he conducted two concerts with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam at the prestigious Lucerne Festival.

This concert, available on DVD and Blu-ray features, amongst a programme of Rimsky-Korsakov, Beethoven and Dvořák, the Grammy Award-winning pianist Yefim Bronfman performing Beethoven’s majestic Fifth Piano Concerto and Chopin’s Etude in F major.

Andris Nelsons is a regular conductor with many of the world’s top orchestras.

Total: 110 minutes

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“every gesture and expression dovetails with what we hear. Subtle yet soaring, these orchestral performances are shaped by a conductor who enjoys every second of his job, and equally enjoys the musicians before him - the superb Concertgebouw players, peerless in technical finesse and the elegant colouring of phrase and line.” BBC Music Magazine, October 2012 ***

“Nelsons is engrossed in the music, and it’s impossible not to succumb to his obvious and infectious enthusiasm...That’s one of the unexpected joys of this concert; everyone is clearly having fun...A delightful overture, a competent concerto, and a Scheherazade to die for.” MusicWeb International, July 2012

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An Evening with Renée Fleming

An Evening with Renée Fleming

Recorded live at Waldbühne, Berlin, 2010


includes:

Dvorak:

Mesícku na nebi hlubokém 'Song to the Moon' (from Rusalka)

Elgar:

Salut d'amour, Op. 12

Khachaturian:

Spartacus: Adagio of Spartacus & Phrygia

Korngold:

Glück, das mir verbleib 'Marietta's Lied' (from Die Tote Stadt)

Leoncavallo:

Mimi Pinson la biondinetta (from La Bohème)

Musette svaria sulla bocca viva (from La Bohème)

Mussorgsky:

A Night on the Bare Mountain

Puccini:

Donde lieta usci (from La Bohème)

Tu che di gel sei cinta (from Turandot)

Smetana:

Dobrá! Já mu je dám!... Jak je mi? (Dalibor)

Strauss, R:

Morgen mittag um elf! (from Capriccio)

Zueignung, Op. 10 No. 1

Tchaikovsky:

Romeo & Juliet - Fantasy Overture

Wagner:

Rienzi Overture


The Waldbühne in Berlin, one of the most appealing outdoor amphitheatres on the European continent, is the home of the Berliner Philharmoniker’s summer concerts. With over 20,000 attendances, these are some of the most popular classical music concerts in the world.

This year the Berliner Philharmoniker play under the baton of Ion Marin, one of the most exciting conductors on today’s musical scene. They welcome "America's Beautiful Voice", Grammy Award winning soprano Renée Fleming, who has a devoted international following wherever she appears. Her career has been built on success across a wide range of musical styles, but she is best-known for her excellence in opera worldwide.

The device of the evening was “Night of Love”- the most beautiful Opera Arias in combination with atmospheric instrumental pieces.

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BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall

BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall


Beethoven:

Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68 'Pastoral'

Dvorak:

Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 53

Julia Fischer (violin)

Strauss, R:

Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, Op. 28


From the pastoral landscapes of Beethoven’s Symphony No.6 to the vibrant folk scenes of Strauss’ sound-poem Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche and Dvořak’s Violin Concerto, this Prom takes a vivid journey across Central Europe. At the BBC Proms 2014, the world’s largest classical music festival, David Zinman appeared in his final concert as chief conductor of Zurich’s Tonhalle Orchestra, stepping down after almost 20 years.

Julia Fischer “was the accomplished and eloquent soloist” (Evening Standard) performing Dvořák’s richly lyrical Violin Concerto with “the kind of flawless technique and steely vibrato that seems impervious to human fallibility” (The Telegraph).

“This beautiful Prom marked the end of an era. David Zinman’s final concert as chief conductor of the Zurich Tonhalle was a superb example of his intelligent musicianship” The Guardian

Recorded: Royal Albert Hall, London, BBC Proms 2014

Running Time Total: 102 Minutes

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Sound: DTS-HD MA 5.1, PCM 2.0

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Booklet: English, German, French

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