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Christoph Willibald Gluck (1714-87)

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Gluck 300 Years

Gluck 300 Years


Gluck:

Alceste

Paris Version 1776. Live from the Staatsoper Stuttgart, 2006

Catherine Naglestad (Alceste), Donald Kaasch (Admète), Bernhard Schneider (Evandre), Catriona Smith (Le Coryphée), Johan Rydh (Grand Prêtre d'Apollon/Dieu infernal), Nam Soo Kim (La voix de l'Oracle), Motti Kastón (Apollon), Michael Ebbecke (Hercule), Wolfgang Probst (Un Héraut)

Staatsopernchor Stuttgart & Staatsorchester Stuttgart, Constantinos Carydis (conductor) & Jossi Wieler, Sergio Morabito (stage directors)

Iphigénie en Aulide

Live from the Opernhaus Zürich, 2001

Juliette Galstian (Iphigenie), Rodney Gilfrey (Oreste), Deon Van Der Walt (Pylades), Anton Scharinger (Thoas) & Martina Janková (Goddess Diana)

Orchestra « La Scintilla » of The Zurich Opera House (on historical instruments), William Christie (conductor) & Claus Guth (stage director)

Orfeo ed Euridice

Live from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, 1991

Jochen Kowalski (Orfeo), Gillian Webster (Euridice), Jeremy Budd (Amor)

Royal Opera Chorus & Orchestra, Hartmut Haenchen (conductor) & Harry Kupfer (stage director)


Christoph Willibald Gluck (1714-1787), called the opera reformer of the 18th century, greatly influenced the development of music theatre in his time. In honour of his 300th birthday, Arthaus Musik releases this special Blu-ray filled with three prize-winning productions of his most popular operas: Alceste from Stuttgart, awarded “performance of the year” in 2006 by the magazine Opernwelt, Iphigénie en Tauride from Zurich, led by baroque specialist William Christie, and Harry Kupfer’s legendary production of Orfeo ed Euridice from the Royal Opera House Covent Garden with Jochen Kowalski in the title role, which won the Olivier Award.

Bonus: Winds of Change, Winds of Love – The Life of Christoph Willibald Gluck (A Film by Inger Åby)

Sound Format: PCM Stereo

Picture Formats: 16:9 (Alceste, Iphigénie en Tauride) / 4:3 (Orfeo ed Euridice)

Blu-ray Disc: 50 GB (Dual Layer)

Resolution: 1080/60i (Upscale)

Subtitle Languages: GB, DE, FR, ES, IT

Running Time: 356 mins + 60 mins (Bonus)

FSK: 0

Region Code: worldwide

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Gluck: Iphigénie en Aulide & Iphigénie en Tauride

Gluck: Iphigénie en Aulide & Iphigénie en Tauride

Recorded live at De Nederlandse Opera, September 2011


Gluck:

Iphigénie en Aulide

Véronique Gens (Iphigénie), Salomé Haller (Diane), Nicolas Testé (Agamemnon) & Anne Sofie von Otter (Clytemnestre)

Iphigénie en Tauride

Mireille Delunsch (Iphigénie), Laurent Alvaro (Thoas), Jean-François Lapointe (Oreste), Yann Beuron (Pylade) & Salomé Haller (Diane)


Les Musiciens du Louvre Grenoble & Chorus of De Nederlandse Opera, Marc Minkowski (conductor) & Pierre Audi (stage director)

Two late and baleful tragedies by Euripides focus on the ill-starred daughter of the Greek King, Agamemnon. Will he sacrifice Iphigenia in order to secure fair winds for his voyage to Troy? In Aulis, the drama rages until she is spared. Having escaped to Tauris, Iphigenia finds herself compelled to kill her own brother before, once more, the fickle gods intervene.

Gluck's operatic settings are very rarely staged together, but Pierre Audi's production makes a darkly compelling case for their dramatic unity. All the lead performers here are experienced exponents of Gluck, and together they present a powerfully idiomatic experience.

First ever release together on DVD/Blu-ray.

Iphigénie en Aulide has never been issued before on DVD/Blu-ray.

Top international cast includes Véronique Gens as Iphigénie and Anne Sofie von Otter as Clytemnestre.

Marc Minkowski & Les Musiciens du Louvre Grenoble have been widely acclaimed for their Gluck performances.

Running time: 267 minutes

Subtitles: EN/FR/DE/DU/KO

Sound format: 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS

“in this performance every cross-hatched, baleful figure is crisp and clear...Veronique Gens's submissive, poised Iphigénie [en Aulide] becomes Mireille Delunsch's red-eyed, hysterical Iphigénie en Tauride...Both sopranos sing magnificently despite Audi's over-stylised movement direction” BBC Music Magazine, May 2013 *****

“[von Otter] presents a deeply sympathetic character...[Gens's] Iphigenia is equally touching and just as beautifully sung...one or two [production] oddities are far outweighed by the intensity that Pierre Audi secures from his team. Minkowski conducts superbly.” Gramophone Magazine, May 2013

“Some of the finest French Classical stylists around come together under the baton of Marc Minkowski on this double-bill of Gluck's two 'Iphigénie' operas...Anne Sofie von Otter is a magnetic Clytemnestre.” Katherine Cooper, Presto Classical, July 2014

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Gluck: Iphigénie en Tauride

Gluck: Iphigénie en Tauride

Live Recording from The Zurich Opera House, 2001


Juliette Galstian (Iphigenie), Rodney Gilfrey (Oreste), Deon Van Der Walt (Pylades), Anton Scharinger (Thoas) & Martina Janková (Goddess Diana)

Orchestra « La Scintilla » of The Zurich Opera House (on historical instruments), William Christie (conductor) & Claus Guth (stage director)

Gluck’s wonderful but neglected 1774 opera Iphigénie en Tauride, inspired by the Greek legend, is treated with forceful and convincing simplicity in Claus Guth’s revolutionary production staged at the Zurich Opera House. The psychological drama in a tense atmosphere of fears and traumas is underlined by Guth’s use of huge masks and enclosed spaces. Conductor William Christie and his typically transparent but never cold orchestral sound perfectly match the descriptive elements in Gluck’s score, while the Armenian mezzosoprano Juliette Galstian as a fabulously good Iphigénie, the leading American opera baritone Rodney Gilfry as Oreste and the late South African tenor Deon van der Walt as Pylade head a superb cast.

Sound Format: PCM Stereo, DD 5.1, DTS 5.1

Picture Format: 16:9

Original Language: FR

Subtitles: IT, GB, DE, FR, ES

Running Time: 108 mins

Resolution: 1080i High Definition (Upscale)

Blu-ray Disc 25 GB (Single Layer)

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Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice

Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice


Anita Rachvelishvili (Orfeo), Maite Alberola (Euridice), Auxiliadora Toledano (Amore)

Orquesta BandArt, Gordan Nikolić

Staged by La Fura dels Baus

Another fantastic staging by La Fura dels Baus. Recorded at the 25th Peralada Festival, Spain, 2011.

A splendid cast as well as an avant-garde production that makes extensive use of large projection screens and includes members of the orchestra as actors onstage result in one of the most exciting opera performances in recent years.

Watch the trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gPqcM6PWsyc

This is the first Orfeo opera on Blu-ray!

Running Time Total: 110 minutes

Picture 16:9, HD

BD: DTS-HD MA 5.1, PCM 2.0

Subtitles Italian (original language), English, German, French, Spanish, Chinese, Korean

“Rachvelishvili is a natural performer with a beautifully full mezzo-soprano, but as yet a lightweight Gluckian.” BBC Music Magazine, November 2012 **

“Padrissa keeps the stage in a constant state of motion, often in ways that are conceptually rooted in historic authenticity...The big surprise is that, no matter how busy the screen becomes, it rarely distracts from the music...Rachvelishvili is a vocally robust, poetically alert Orpheus, though Auxiliadora Toledano steals the vocal honours in her wonderful portrayal of Amore” Gramophone Magazine, November 2012

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Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice

Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice

Filmed at the Baroque Theatre of Cˇeský Krumlov Castle


Bejun Mehta (Orfeo), Eva Liebau (Euridice) & Regula Mühlemann (Amore)

Collegium 1704, Collegium Vocale 1704, Václav Luks

Cinema Edition.

A Film by Ondrˇej Havelka.

The Baroque Theatre of Cˇ eský Krumlov Castle provides an ideal setting for one of the most important operas in music history, Christoph Willibald Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice. Director Ondrˇej Havelka captures much more than a stage performance: combining period details with modern psychological interpretation he chooses a cinematic approach that literally takes us behind the scenes of this unique venue. Bejun Mehta, ‘arguably the best countertenor in the world today’ (Sueddeutsche Zeitung), lends credibility to the emotions tormenting Orfeo’s heart. As his beloved Euridice, Austrian soprano Eva Liebau juggles joy and jealousy. Bringing comic relief to the work’s dark tone is Regula Mühlemann as Amore, who cheerily sends mortals zigzagging on their way to life, love – and, maybe, death. Under the baton of baroque specialist Václav Luks, the splendid soloists are supported by the Prague orchestra and vocal ensemble Collegium 1704 and Collegium Vocale 1704. This is the perfect new release to celebrate Gluck’s 300th anniversary in 2014!

Sound Formats: PCM Stereo, dts-HD Master Audio 5.0

Picture Format: 16:9

Blu-ray Disc: 25 GB (Single Layer)

Blu-Ray Resolution: 1080i High Definition

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

Running Time: 75 mins

FSK: 0

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Region Code: worldwide

“[Mehta's] creamy tone and expressive use of vocal nuance is a notable strength...his acting is committed and his vocal articulation, expression and characterization are exemplary...Eva Liebau sings strongly and acts well as Euridice whilst Regula Mühlemann as Amore, in colourful attire, and after a spectacular entrance, does so as well.” MusicWeb International, 1st July 2014

“Using the 1762 Vienna version of the score (with judicious cuts), it boasts an Orfeo of blazing dramatic commitment in countertenor Bejun Mehta and makes haunting use of light and shadow, especially in the great Hades scene.” Katherine Cooper, Presto Classical, July 2014

“At its best, indeed, in the unadorned unfolding of hell and then heaven, the experience strikes fire in a manner crucially lacking in other filmed Orfeos. Unfortunately, not even this one comes free of curious directorial glosses...But since [Mehta] is a superbly commanding, passionate interpreter of Gluck's vocal lines, and since his cast colleagues give accounts of their music no less sensitive, the powerful impact of the whole survives the passing flaws.” BBC Music Magazine, September 2014 ****

“[Mühlemann] portrays the character [Amor] with great charm. Eva Liebau is excellent as Eurydice, uncomprehending and then furious...Mehta mourns Eurydice at the start with tenderness, and there's a nice sense of wonder at the Elysian Fields...The period orchestra under Vaclav Luks is fine. There is much to enjoy here.” Gramophone Magazine, September 2014

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Gluck: Orphée et Eurydice

Gluck: Orphée et Eurydice

Sung in German


Orpheus - Yann Bridard (ballet), Maria Riccarda Wesseling (opera), Eurydice - Marie-Agnès Gillot (ballet), Julia Kleiter (opera), Amor - Miteki Kudo (ballet ) & Sunhae Im (opera)

Ballet de l'Opéra national de Paris & Balthasar-Neumann Chor & Ensemble, Thomas Hengelbrock

Choreography and Stage Direction: Pina Bausch

Set, costume and lighting designs: Rolf Borzik

Filmed in HD at the Palais Garnier February 2008 Orpheus and Eurydice is Pina Bausch's masterpiece and the ultimate symbol of the genius of this German choreographer, who died last June, five days after being diagnosed with cancer. Bausch was the artistic director of the Tanztheater Wuppertal, which she founded in 1973. She had a formidable international reputation as one of modern dance's greatest innovators. Her dance-theatre works include the melancholic Café Müller (1978), in which dancers stumble around the stage crashing into tables and chairs, and a thrilling Rite of Spring (1975), which required the stage to be completely covered with soil. Excerpts from Bausch's Café Müller and another of her works, Masurca Fogo, reached a wider audience when they were featured in Pedro Almodóvar's film Talk to Her (2002). Bausch also appeared in Federico Fellini's 1983 film And the Ship Sails On. In recent months, she had been preparing a 3-D cinema project with Wim Wenders; shooting was slated to commence in September. Bausch continued to perform as a dancer throughout her 60s. Her company last visited the UK in 2008 for a sold-out series of performances, drawing long queues for returns at Sadler's Wells in London.

Guardian critic Judith Mackrell gave the show a five-star review, praising Bausch's ability to "combine movement of shocking visceral intensity with stage visions of often hallucinogenic strangeness".

"She was an artist of the kind that the world is only blessed with from time to time. Her repertoire of works has inspired generations of audiences and artists with an impact that is hard to overestimate." Alistair Spalding, artistic director, Sadler's Wells

Color, 16/9 - PCM STEREO, DTS HD

MASTER AUDIO 5.1

Le ballet : 104 minutes

Subtitles : FR, ENG, DE, SP, IT

“Even though I’m a bit allergic to Bausch’s brand of Teutonic gloom, I can’t deny that this has a rare emotional intensity which grows out of the music.” The Telegraph, 2nd December 2011

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Gluck: Orphée et Eurydice

Gluck: Orphée et Eurydice


Roberto Alagna (Orphée), Serena Gamberoni (Eurydice) & Marc Barrard (L'Amour)

Teatro Comunale di Bologna Orchestra, Giampaolo Bisanti

Libretto Pierre-Louis Moline

Theatrical and musical adaptation in one prologue and three acts by David Alagna

Filmed in High Definition at the Bologna Opera, January 2008

THE PERFORMANCE: Roberto Alagna as Orpheus in his brother David's new version of Gluck’s masterpiece. A major event recorded in Bologna.

Opting for the French-language version of Orpheus, David Alagna was faced with the task of achieving an appropriately subtle adaptation. In a plot transposed to the present day, Eurydice dies in a car accident on the day of her wedding and Orpheus's quest for his beloved is a dream beginning and ending at the cemetery. No happy ending in this interpretation, but a new approach to characterisation:Amore, sung by a baritone, becomes a funeral parlour employee and Orpheus' guide. Orpheus, of course, loses his loved one forever by turning to look back. World famous tenor Roberto Alagna throws himself body and soul into this production. His incredible vitality, flawless timbre and diction make him a great Orpheus. His partner, young Italian soprano Serena Gamberoni, is simply stunning as Eurydice, while French baritone Marc Barrard is suitably terrifying as the guide to the Underworld. The orchestra is conducted by Giampaolo Bisanti, who masterfully brings out all Gluck's poetry, romantic melancholy and depth.

A co-production with the Montpellier Opera.

Colour 16/9 - PCM STEREO, DTS HD MASTER

AUDIO 5.1

“The first of several fade-cuts… takes us to the scene of a car crash, where paramedics pull Eurydice's body from the wreckage. Thence to the graveyard, whence all that follows is Orphée's dream. If you can swallow the concept, the acting is detailed and humane, the Underworld a powdery fantasy of suspended animation. ...Robert Alagna's verismo Orphée is a perceptive study of sudden bereavement. Giampaolo Bisanti's conducting is fleet and finely accented” BBC Music Magazine, March 2010 ***

“The opening scene is set at Orpheus and Eurydice's wedding. The couple are involved in a car crash and soon the action changes to the cemetery as Eurydice's coffin is lowered into the grave. …as Orpheus descends into Hades, the set changes to a more abstract vision of a frozen Hell with bodies suspended in mid-air... The whole production veers between the sublime and the ridiculous in about equal quantities. Roberto Alagna as Orpheus gives a performance of great intensity.” Gramophone Magazine, March 2010

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Amours divins!: Famous French Arias & Scenes

Amours divins!: Famous French Arias & Scenes


Gluck:

Divinités du Styx (from Alceste)

Grands dieux soutenez mon courage… Ah ! Divinités implacables (from Alceste)

Ô moments délicieux!...Bannis les craintes et les alarmes (from Alceste)

Alceste au nom de dieux (from Alceste)

Objet de mon amour (from Orphée et Eurydice)

J'ai perdu mon Eurydice (from Orphée et Eurydice)

Non, je n'espere plus... O toi qui prolongeas mes jours (from Iphigénie en Tauride)

Je cède à vos désirs - D'une image, hélas! trop chérie (from Iphigénie en Tauride)

O malheureuse Iphigenie! (from Iphigénie en Tauride)

Dieux qui me poursuivez (from Iphigénie en Tauride)

Dieux! Protecteurs de ces affreux rivages (from Iphigénie en Tauride)

Quel langage (from Iphigénie en Tauride)

Divinité des grandes âmes (from Iphigénie en Tauride)

Offenbach:

Amours divins (from La Belle Helène)

Dis-moi Vénus (from La belle Hélène)

C'est le ciel qui m'envoie (from La belle Hélène)

Thomas, Ambroise:

Vains regrets! (from Hamlet)

J'ai pu frapper le miserable (from Hamlet)

Etre ou ne pas etre (from Hamlet)

A vos jeux, mes amis (from Hamlet)

C'est en vain que j'ai cru me (from Hamlet)


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Picture Format: 4:3 & 16:9

Audio Language: Multilingual

Subtitles: GB, DE, FR

Blu-ray Disc 25 GB (Single Layer)

Resolution: 1080i High Definition (Upscale)

Running Time: 120 mins

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Lionel Bringuier & Nelson Freire Live at the Royal Albert Hall

Lionel Bringuier & Nelson Freire Live at the Royal Albert Hall


Berlioz:

Le Corsaire Overture, Op. 21

Chopin:

Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21

Gluck:

Orfeo ed Euridice (Orphée et Euridice): Dance of the Blessed Spirits

Ravel:

Daphnis et Chloé - Suite No. 2

Roussel:

Symphony No. 3 in G minor, Op. 42


Leading Chopin interpreter Nelson Freire is the soloist in Chopin’s lyrical and brilliant Second Piano Concerto. On the podium the young French conductor Lionel Bringuier makes his Proms debut conducting the BBC Symphony Orchestra and gives a sizzling performance of Roussel’s Symphony No.3 and of Ravel’s score for the ballet 'Daphnis et Chloé' - Suite No 2.

Chopin wrote his concerto at the age of 19 while crazily in love with an opera singer, but it's the work itself which is the object of adoration for soloist Nelson Freire who describes himself as having something of a 'crush' on the piece after first hearing it as a teenager.

The three other works on the programme chart French music over a century of changing musical tastes, beginning in 1844 with Berlioz's vivid evocation of a swashbuckling pirate adventure in his overture 'Le corsaire'. By 1912 the tides of modernism influenced Ravel's lavishly scored, pastoral ballet Daphnis and Chloë, with its famous opening soundscape of dawn breaking over the forest canopy, and by the 1930s Roussel's Third Symphony reflected the trends of neo-classicism.

"It was around the beginning of the second movement of Albert Roussel's Third Symphony that the playing of the BBC Symphony Orchestra – under the outstanding 23-year-old French conductor Lionel Bringuier, making his Prom debut – moved into top gear. From that point on, the orchestra's awareness of its own sound, collectively and individually, became heightened to an unusually compelling degree. The playing stayed on this exalted level until the end of the concert, which closed with Ravel's second Daphnis and Chloé suite...shaped with a certainty of direction that never compromised the music's inherent sensuousness. It provided a sensational climax to the evening."

George Hall, The Guardian 13/8/2010

Recorded live at the Royal Albert Hall, 08/2010, Running time 95 min.

Booklet: French, German, English

Image 1BD25, Colour 16/9, 1080i Full HD

Sound PCM Stereo, DTS HD Master Audio 5.1

“the least flashy of virtuosos, [Freire] conjures up a phenomenal palette of colours by the most economical means. I would urge anyone to hear this performance with Bringuier...You can sense even the oldest, most cynical hands in the band responding to his charismatic direction with enthusiasm...All in all, a tremendous concert.” Gramophone Magazine, June 2013

“If it was a bold idea to invite this young French conductor to the BBC Proms, it was surely madness to film the concert. But thank goodness the BBC and innovative label BelAir took the chance, as this is a model of filmed music-making. Bringuier’s rapport with the orchestra (and with soloist Nelson Freire here on scintillating form) is immediately evident. Thoroughly recommended” Classical Music, May 2013

“Bringuier's evident penchant for chamber-like clarity reaps rewards in a taut yet genial reading [of the Roussel]...In the midst of their annual Proms marathon, these performances have a start of season freshness...Freire's playing is heartfelt, but with a lightness of touch and apparent effortlessness that is the product of true virtuosity” BBC Music Magazine, July 2013 *****

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