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Charles François Gounod (1818-93)

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Gounod: Faust

Gounod: Faust

Salzburger Festspiele 2016


Piotr Beczała (Faust), Ildar Abdrazakov (Méphistophélès), Maria Agresta (Marguerite), Alexey Markov (Valentin), Tara Erraught (Siébel), Paolo Rumetz (Wagner) & Marie-Ange Todorovitch (Marthe)

Wiener Philharmoniker & Philharmonia Chor Vienna, Alejo Pérez (conductor) & Reinhard von der Thannen (stage director)

“Spectacular and photogenic” staging (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung) by award winning stage director and designer Reinhard von der Thannen.

Gounod’s masterpiece is based on Carré’s play Faust et Marguerite, which in turn is based on Part I of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s dramatic poem Faust, one of the great works of European literature. The opera contains much-loved musical highlights including the memorable “Soldiers’ Chorus”, Méphistophélès’ rowdy “Song of the Golden Calf”, and Marguerite’s “Jewel Song” with its dazzling coloratura.

The Philharmonia Chor Wien and the Wiener Philharmoniker are performing under the baton of young Argentinian conductor Alejo Pérez.

Picture: 1080/60i Full HD – 16:9

Sound: PCM Stereo,

DTSH-HD Master Audio 5.1

Language/subtitles: English, Deutsch, Français, Italiano, Español, Japanese, Korean

Region code: All (worldwide)

Running time: 180 mins

Production year: 2016

“Musical standards are high, the Wiener Philharmoniker playing urgently for Argentinian conductor Alejo Pérez. He has a fine cast at his disposal, headed by Piotr Beczała in pristine voice as Faust, his beautifully smooth tenor perfect for French repertoire...[Abdrazakov] sounds gloriously free in his upper register...Agresta sings an affecting Marguerite, aided by crystal pianissimos.” Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2017

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Gounod: Faust

Gounod: Faust


Jonas Kaufmann (Faust), René Pape (Méphistophélès), Marina Poplavskaya (Marguerite), Russell Braun (Valentin), Jonathan Beyer (Wagner), Michèle Losier (Siébel), Wendy White (Marthe)

Orchestra & Chorus of The Metropolitan Opera, Yannick Nézet-Séguin

Production from The Met

Stage direction: Des McAnuff

Jonas Kaufmann leads an all-star cast in a thrilling performance of Gounod’s melodrama.

”Mr. Kaufmann, a Met superstar… was a handsome, vocally splendid Faust. He sang the pensive and romantic passages with veiled dusky colorings and tender lyricism, and unleashed pent-up power in full-bodied phrases, capped by fearless high notes.” The New York Times.

Double Tony Award winning stage director Desmond McAnuff’s production, hailed by the New York Times as “rich with ideas and theatrically daring”, presents Faust as an atomic scientist inhabiting a dark world shot through with Cold War resonances.

Alongside Kaufmann, a typically gold-standard Met cast includes the “phenomenal” René Pape as Méphistophélès and the “ideally-suited” Marina Poplavskaya as Marguerite.

Star conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin draws an “elegant, darkly textured performance” from the Metropolitan Opera orchestra.

Also released in March 2014 is Werther on Blu-Ray featuring Jonas Kaufmann.

“Here the Met plays a fistful of trumps. Jonas Kaufmann is an ardent Faust and, in smart evening clothes, is as stylish sartorially as he is vocally...Pape is a wickedly cynical Mephistopheles...But the star is Marina Poplavskaya's Marguerite...[she] makes you hear the Ballad of the King of Thule, the Jewel aria and the love duet as if the ink was scarcely dry on the page” BBC Music Magazine, July 2014 ****

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Gounod: Faust

Gounod: Faust


Charles Castronovo (Faust), Ildar Abdrazakov (Méphistophélès), Irina Lungu (Marguerite), Vasilij Ladjuk (Valentin), Samantha Korbey (Marthe), Ketevan Kemoklidze (Siebel), Paolo Maria Orecchia (Wagner)

Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Regio di Torino, Gianandrea Noseda

Premiered in Paris in 1859, Gounod’s Faust was an instant success and even today remains one of the most popular of all French operas. Its libretto was based on Michel Carré’s adaptation of his own stage play Faust et Marguerite, which in turn was loosely fashioned after Goethe’s two-part tragedy. By placing a giant black ring centre-stage that casts an ominous shadow over the singers and dominates the action, director, set and costume designer Stefano Poda has moved the storyline of the restless searcher Faust, to an abstract, seemingly futuristic hall, thereby ensuring that the most fascinating stage moments are not due only to sophisticated lighting. Thanks to the excellent and enthusiastic cast, Poda deftly guides the opera to triumph. Charles Castronovo in the title role is especially convincing, with his brilliant acting and mellifluous singing. Russian bass Ildar Abdrazakov – a regular in all major opera houses around the world – stars as the demonic Méphistophélès. As the innocent young girl Marguerite we see Moldovan soprano Irina Lungu, who demonstrates her ability with crystal-clear timbre.

Staged by: Stefano Poda

Recording date: Teatro Regio di Torino, 2015

Sound format: DTS-HD MA 5.1, PCM 2.0

Picture: 16:9, HD

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

Booklet: English, German, French

Total running time: 180 Mins

“Gianandrea Noseda does a superb job in highlighting the dramatic sweep as well as the refined detail of Gounod’s most popular score, drawing taut playing from the theatre’s orchestra…there’s a high standard of singing from Charles Castronovo’s warmly lyrical Faust, Irina Lungu’s sentient and accomplished Marguerite [and] Ildar Abdrazakov’s grandly ironic Méphistophélès” BBC Music Magazine, June 2016 ***

“Stefano Poda’s production is heavy on symbolism, yet is stylish and enthralling…[Noseda] leads a taut performance, drawing fine playing from his orchestra…there’s a lovely burnished quality to Castronovo’s Faust and he sings a fine ‘Salut, demeure chaste et pure’…Abdrazakov’s Méphisto is suave, with plenty of panache” Gramophone Magazine, July 2016

“This imaginative and insightful Stefano Poda production at Teatro Regio Turino makes spectacular entertainment.” MusicWeb International, 2nd December 2016

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Gounod: Roméo et Juliette

Gounod: Roméo et Juliette


Roberto Alagna (Roméo), Angela Gheorghiu (Juliette). Mercutio played by Pavel Novák / sung by Vratislav Krˇíž, Capulet played by Jan Šváb / sung by Aleš Hendrych, Frère Laurent played by Daniel Lipnik / sung by František Zahradnícˇek & Paris played by Marcel Acquarone / sung by Zdeneˇk Harvánek

Czech Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, Chorus played by members of the Czech National Opera / sung by Kühn’s Mixed Choir, Prague, Anton Guadagno (conductor) & Barbara Willis Sweete (director)

Shakespeare’s lovers never looked and sounded as good as in this romantic film adaptation of Charles Gounod’s beloved opera Roméo et Juliette, starring one of classical music’s most popular and successful couples, Roberto Alagna and Angela Gheorghiu. A spectacular medieval castle and its surrounding countryside provide the breathtaking setting for this timeless tale of warring families and star-crossed lovers.

Conductor Anton Guadagno leads the Czech Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra through the opera’s beautiful arias and duets in this fresh interpretation of Gounod’s masterwork.

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

Subtitles: GB, DE, FR, ES, JP, KOR

Running Time: 73 mins

Picture Format: 16:9

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Resolution: 1080i High Definition (Upscale)

Blu-ray Disc 25 GB (Single Layer)

FSK: 12

“Romeo was Roberto Alagna’s finest role in the first half of his career, and the audio-visual documentation of his interpretation makes it entirely clear why he succeeded in winning over both audiences and critics.” Opera, November 2016

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Gounod: Roméo et Juliette

Gounod: Roméo et Juliette

Filmed in High Definition at the Verona Arena, 08/2011


Nino Machaidze (Juliette), Ketevan Kemoklidze (Stephano), Cristina Melis (Gertrude), Stefano Secco (Roméo), Jean-François Borras (Tybalt), Paolo Antognetti (Benvolio), Artur Rucinski (Mercutio), Nicolo Ceriani (Paris), Giampiero Ruggeri (Gregorio), Manrico Signorini (Capulet), Giorgio Giuseppini (Frère Laurent) & Deyan Vatchkov (Le Duc de Vérone)

Orchestra, Coro e Corpo di Ballo della Fondazione Arena di Verona, Fabio Mastrangelo (conductor) & Francesco Micheli (director)

Set design EDOARDO SANCHI

Costumes SILVIA AYMONINO

Choreography NIKOS LAGOUSAKOS

Lighting PAOLO MAZZON

Here from the iconic Verona arena is Charles Gounod’s masterpiece Roméo & Juliette, performed there for the first time since 1977. This new production was entrusted to Italian director Francesco Micheli, making his arena debut, who opted for a personal, highly original version: “An arena within the Arena, like a blood-red Elizabethan theatre. A senescent world that will not let its own children live.”

Juliette is sung by Georgian soprano Nino Machaidze, in a return to one of her early roles at the Salzburg Festival. Stefano Secco, often heard at the Opéra Bastille in Paris and other international venues, is Roméo. Artur Rucinski interprets Mercutio, Romeo’s friend and the rival of Jean-François Borras’s Tybalt. The page Stéphano is sung by soprano Ketevan Kemoklidze. The Orchestra and Chorus of the Arena di Verona are conducted by Fabio Mastrangelo.

“[Machaidze] seems to be the Juliette of choice today and this video makes clear why that's the case: lovely singing and a demeanour that manages to be sensual and innocent at once. Secco's voice may be a tad light for Romeo if heard live, but with microphone placement being what it is, he's excellent in the role...Mastrangelo leads a big-boned, arena-sized performance, full of excitement and tension.” International Record Review, September 2012

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Annette Dasch: Die Gretchenfrage

Annette Dasch: Die Gretchenfrage

The Crucial Question


Annette Dasch started her fulminant career as a winner of prestigious international singing competitions and is nowadays one of the most sought-after singers.

In 2011, an extraordinary concert of the star soprano took place. Based on "The crucial question",Annette Dasch dedicated the programme to mythical female characters in desperate crisis situations,with works by Schubert, Berlioz and Schumann.

Including the portrait of the singer “That is why music is the most important thing”, a film by AnnetteSchreier. This portrait follows Annette Dasch in her time in Bayreuth, Geneva, Munich and Berlin,during rehearsals, in performances, and in preparations of her show “Annettes DaschSalon”

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

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

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Booklet notes: English, German, French

Subtitles: English, German, French

Running time: 90 mins + 30 mins Portrait

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Gala Mariinsky II

Gala Mariinsky II

Live recording from Mariinsky II in St. Petersburg, May 2, 2013


includes

Bizet:

Les tringles des sistres tintaient (from Carmen)

Gounod:

Le veau d'or est toujours debout (from Faust)

Mozart:

La ci darem la mano (from Don Giovanni)

Prokofiev:

Montagues And Capulets (from Romeo and Juliet)

Saint-Saëns:

Mon cœur s'ouvre à ta voix (from Samson et Dalila)

Verdi:

Nel dì della vittoria … Ambizioso spirto … Vieni t'affretta! … Or tutti sorgete (from Macbeth)

Wagner:

Winterstürme wichen dem Wonnemond (from Die Walküre)


Anna Netrebko, Ekaterina Semenchuk, Olga Borodina, Plácido Domingo, Alexei Markov, Yevgeny Nikitin, Ildar Abdrazakov, René Pape, Mikhail Petrenko, Sergei Semishkur (Opera), Olga Esina, Kim Kimin, Anastasia Kolegova, Yekaterina Kondaurova, Ulyana Lopatkina, Alexander Sergeyev, Vladimir Shklyarov, Oxana Skorik, Diana Vishneva (Principal Dancers and Soloists of the Mariinsky Ballet), Yuri Bashmet (viola), Leonidas Kavakos (violin), Denis Matsuev (piano)

Ballet, Chorus and Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre, Valery Gergiev

The Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg is one of the most prestigious opera and ballet venues in the world. Built in 1860 and named in honour of Maria Alexandrovna of Hesse-Darmstadt, wife of Czar Alexander II, it is home to the famous Mariinsky Ballet as well as numerous international stars and ensembles. After the turn of the millennium it was painstakingly restored; and since 2013, St. Petersburg’s Theatre Square has been crowned with the “Mariinsky II” an imposing new arts and performance venue. At its inauguration on May 2, 2013, the highly gifted conductor Valery Gergiev led a veritable who’s who of the classical music world. Featuring gems from opera, orchestral music and ballet, and with modern dance interludes, the programme encompassed the history of the legendary venue from its beginnings to the present day. This broad historical span was symbolically represented by a bridge connecting the Mariinsky Theatre and the Mariinsky II. Arthaus Musik is now offering you a unique opportunity to own an enduring reminder of this unique performance, in which stars including Anna Netrebko, Plácido Domingo, Olga Borodina, Vladimir Shklyarov and René Pape supported by the Mariinsky Theatre chorus, orchestra and ballet celebrate the spirit of this illustrious establishment.

Sound Format: PCM Stereo

Picture Format: 16:9

Blu-ray Disc: 25 GB (Single Layer)

Resolution: 1080i High Definition

Running Time: 120 mins

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“The ballet excerpts highlight stunning technical control over bravura…the basses generally win the day, Mikhail Petrenko offering a sonorous ‘Ey Ukhnem!’ and Evgeny Nikitin an imposing Boris Godunov…[and] Olga Borodina walks away with the vocal honours for her voluptuous Dalila.” Classical Music

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Jonas Kaufmann

Jonas Kaufmann


Bizet:

Carmen

Vesselina Kasarova (Carmen), Jonas Kaufmann (Don José), Isabel Rey (Micaela), Michele Pertusi (Escamillo)

Chor der Oper Zürich & Philharmonia Zurich, Franz Welser-Möst

Gounod:

Faust

Jonas Kaufmann (Faust), René Pape (Méphistophélès), Marina Poplavskaya (Marguerite), Russell Braun (Valentin), Jonathan Beyer (Wagner), Michèle Losier (Siébel), Wendy White (Marthe)

Orchestra & Chorus of The Metropolitan Opera, Yannick Nézet-Séguin

Massenet:

Werther

Jonas Kaufmann (Werther), Sophie Koch (Charlotte), Ludovic Tézier (Albert), Anne-Catherine Gillet (Sophie)

Orchestre e Chœur de l'Opéra National de Paris, Michel Plasson

Puccini:

Tosca

Emily Magee (Tosca), Jonas Kaufmann (Cavaradossi), Thomas Hampson (Scarpia), Valeriy Murga (Angelotti), Giuseppe Scorsin (Sagristano)

Chorus and Orchestra of the Opernhaus Zürich, Paolo Carignani


Jonas Kaufmann is one of the undoubted opera superstars of today, and his electric stage presence is perfectly captured in this Blu-ray set. Kaufmann is renowned for his versatility, and this varied selection of four Opera productions showcases his vocal flexibility in style, genres and languages.

“Jonas Kaufmann brought the house down … a personal triumph” Sunday Times (Werther)

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Maria Callas In Concert

Maria Callas In Concert

Hamburg 1959 & 1962


Bellini:

Oh! s'io potessi dissipar le nubi (from Il Pirata)

Hamburg, 15th May 1959

Bizet:

Carmen: Prelude to Act I

Hamburg, 16th March 1962

L'amour est un oiseau rebelle 'Habanera' (from Carmen)

Hamburg, 16th March 1962

Carmen: Entr'acte to Act III (Intermezzo)

Hamburg, 16th March 1962

Près des remparts de Séville (Séguedille) (from Carmen)

Hamburg, 16th March 1962

Gounod:

Mireille: Overture

Hamburg, 16th March 1962

Massenet:

De cet affreux combat…Pleurez, mes yeux ! (from Le Cid)

Hamburg, 16th March 1962

Rossini:

Una voce poco fa (from Il barbiere di Siviglia)

Hamburg, 15th May 1959

Nacqui all'affanno, al pianto...Non più mesta (from La Cenerentola)

Hamburg, 16th March 1962

Spontini:

Tu che invoco (from La vestale)

Hamburg, 15th May 1959

Verdi:

Nel dì della vittoria ... Vieni! t'affretta (from Macbeth)

Hamburg, 15th May 1959

Tu che le vanità (from Don Carlo)

Hamburg, 15th May 1959

La forza del destino Overture

Hamburg, 16th March 1962

Surta è la notte...Ernani! Ernani, involami (from Ernani)

Hamburg, 16th March 1962

O don fatale (from Don Carlo)

Hamburg, 16th March 1962


Maria Callas (soprano)

Programme: 119 minutes

1080i HD 16:9 (pillarbox) Bluray Disc with LPCM 16-bit stereo and 5.0 DTS-MA surround sound are designed for worldwide playback. 1x 60i BD25

Originally recorded in 4:3 standard definition and mono sound, and remastered to 1080i and stereo / 5.1 surround sound for Blu-Ray release.

Stereo remastering by Abbey Road Studios

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New York City Ballet in Paris

New York City Ballet in Paris


Bizet:

Symphony in C

Gounod:

Walpurgisnacht from Faust

Ravel:

La Valse

Sonatine


New York City Ballet, Orchestre Prométhée, Daniel Capps

The New York City Ballet, with its collection of extraordinary dancers and its unique repertoire, is one of the most prestigious dance companies in the world. This exceptional production, performed in Paris after eight years of absence, revolves around three great French composers who inspired NYCB founder George Balanchine: Charles Gounod, Maurice Ravel and Georges Bizet. The four ballets performed, choreographed from 1925 to 1980, perfectly encapsulate Balanchine’s genius and his very own neoclassical style. They also provide a particular insight on the bonds that tied Balanchine to France. What is known today as Walpurgisnacht Ballet was a ballet choreographed for the opera Faust (Charles Gounod) at the Paris Opera in 1975. It premiered as an independant piece in New York in 1980. Sonatine, set to a music by Maurice Ravel, was created by two New York City Ballet French principals, the recently departed Violette Verdy and Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux. La Valse was originally composed by Ravel for the Ballets Russes and Serge Diaghilev, then exiled in France, shortly before Balanchine entered the company. Symphony in C (Georges Bizet), better known as Le Palais de Cristal, premiered at the Paris Opera. A spectacular tribute to Balanchine, beautifully served by the breath-taking technique of these American dancers, who rank today among the best in the world!

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