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Jules Emile Frederic Massenet (1842-1912)

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Massenet: Manon

Massenet: Manon


Anna Netrebko (Manon), Rolando Villazón (Des Grieux), Alfredo Daza (Lescaut), Christof Fischesser (Le Comte des Grieux), Rémy Corazza (Guillot de Morfontaine), Arttu Kataja (De Brétigny), Hanan Alattar (Hanan Alattar)

Staatskapelle Berlin, Daniel Barenboim (conductor) & Vincent Paterson (director)

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DG Unitel - 0734477

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Massenet: Thaïs

Massenet: Thaïs

Live Recording from The Teatro Regio di Torino 2008


Barbara Frittoli (Thaïs), Lado Ataneli (Athanaël), Alessandro Liberatore (Nicias), Maurizio Lo Piccolo (Palémon), Nadežda Serdyuk (Albine), Eleonora Buratto (Crobyle), Ketevan Kemoklidze (Myrtale), Daniela Schillaci (La Charmeuse), Diego Matamoros (Servant)

Orchestra And Chorus of The Teatro Regio di Torino, Gianandrea Noseda

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Directed, Set Design and Costumes by Stefano Poda.

Thaïs, a mature work by the composer Jules Massenet on the libretto by Louis Gallet, it is based on the novel of the same name by Anatole France. The new production of this rarely performed work is the result of more than a year of close collaboration between the forces of the Theatre and Stefano Poda, responsible, for the first time in Italy, for the direction, choreography, sets, lighting and costumes. On the podium, Gianandrea Noseda, who, seduced by the dramatic force and modernity of the orchestral writing, conducts Thaïs for the first time; a debut also for the protagonist Barbara Frittoli, who has chosen the Regio to make her debut in this difficult role. Georgian baritone Lado Ataneli gives an impressive study of the monk Athanaël. Purified of the anticlerical excesses of Anatole France’s original novel, the libretto by Louis Gallet retains the sensual charge, and above all, the irony which, though remaining underplayed, contributes to keeping alive a subject that has possible references to the contemporary world. The taste for the orient that characterised French culture during the nineteenth century had become, by the end on the century, a truly dominant theme in literature, painting and theatre. In Thaïs, which had its debut in 1894, exoticism becomes the vehicle of a trend which is explicitly decadent, containing themes typical of fin-de-siècle art, i.e. the contrast between sacred and profane, transgression and the figure of the femme fatale. The story, which stands out against the background of Alessandria in Egypt in all its opulence and refinement, culture and indolence, presents us with the crossed destinies of Athanaël, a Cenobite monk whose missionary zeal borders on fanaticism, and Thaïs, a famous courtesan who, worried about the transience of her beauty, lets herself be convinced to search immortality in the love of God.

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

Picture Format: 16:9

Resolution: 1080i FULL HD

Menu Language: GB

Blu-ray Disc: 50 GB (Dual Layer)

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

Running Time: 139 mins

FSK: 0

Region Code: 0

“Any version of this opera, no matter how impressive the settings, stands or falls on the two main protagonists and their series of duets. Frittoli is taxed by the high-lying phrases of the mirror aria, "Dis-moi que je suis belle", in Act 2, but rises to the challenge of "L'amour est une vertu rare"... Ataneli gives a strong performance but the highly stylised nature of the staging doesn't allow for much subtlety of expression. Gianandrea Noseda conducts with... sensitivity for Massenet's style” Gramophone Magazine, January 2010

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Arthaus Musik - 101386

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Massenet: Werther

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, Stage direction: Benoît Jacquot

Originally released on DVD in October 2010, Werther is the first in a series of new BLU-RAY transfers planned for 2014.

Jonas Kaufmann stars in the title role of Massenet's sublime adaptation of Goethe's revolutionary and tragic romance, opposite Sophie Koch as Charlotte. The original DVD received a host of outstanding international reviews.

“[on DVD] it comes beautifully to life, with Sophie Koch’s Charlotte much more involving in close-up than she was at a distance and Jonas Kaufmann an absolute dream of a Werther. Their scorching Act 3 duet will simply blow your head off.” The Telegraph, 2nd December 2011

“Kaufmann's singing...is rich and often extremely beautiful...[Koch] is a touching and dignified Charlotte...the playing is thoughtful and intense, and every care is taken over detail” Gramophone Magazine, February 2011

“Soulful eyes, charismatic, a heartfelt voice: Kaufmann makes a perfect Werther, and Koch is a worthy partner in Benoit Jacques's staging. The only blot is the camera's visits backstage.” BBC Music Magazine, May 2014 *****

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Decca - 0743826

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Massenet: Werther

Massenet: Werther

Live Recording from The Vienna State Opera, 2005


Marcelo Álvarez (Werther), Elina Garanca (Charlotte), Ileana Tonca (Sophie), Adrian Eröd (Albert), Alfred Sramek (Le Bailli), Peter Jelosits (Schmidt), Marcus Pelz (Johann), Clemens Unterreiner (Brühlmann) & Maria Gusenleitner (Käthchen)

Chorus and Orchestra of The Vienna State Opera, Philippe Jordan (conductor) & Andrei Serban (director)

Sound Format: PCM Stereo

Picture Format: 16:9 | Original Language: IT

Subtitles: IT, GB, DE, FR, ES

Running Time: 132 mins & 12 mins (Bonus)

Resolution: 1080i High Definition (Upscale)

Blu-ray Disc 25 GB (Single Layer) | FSK: 0

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Arthaus Musik Legendary Performances - 109140

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Dinara Alieva in Moscow

Dinara Alieva in Moscow


 

Potpourri of Russian Songs - Homage to Deanna Durbin from the film His Butler's Sister

Arlen:

Over the Rainbow

Bernstein:

West Side Story: Mambo

Charpentier, G:

Depuis le jour (from Louise)

Cilea:

Io son l'umile ancella (from Adriana Lecouvreur)

Falla:

Danse Espagnole No. 1 (from La Vida Breve)

Gershwin:

Summertime (from Porgy and Bess)

Giordano, U:

Fedora: Intermezzo, Act 2

Kalman:

Tanzen Möcht' ich (from Die Csárdásfürstin)

Lehár:

Meine Lippen sie Kussen so heiss (from Giuditta)

Loewe, F:

I Could Have Danced All Night (My Fair Lady)

Luna, P:

El niño judio: Zarzuela

El Niño Judío: De España vengo

Massenet:

Obéissons quand leur voix appelle (from Manon)

Adieu, notre petite table (from Manon)

Offenbach:

Orphée aux Enfers Overture

Puccini:

Manon Lescaut - Intermezzo

Strauss, J, II:

Frühlingsstimmen Walzer Op. 410

Torroba:

La Marchenera: La Petenera


Dinara Alieva (soprano)

Masters of Choral Singing & Russian National Orchestra, Constantine Orbelian

Rising superstar soprano Dinara Alieva – a mainstay at the Bolshoi Opera since 2010 – has been entrancing opera and concert audiences throughout Europe and elsewhere ever since, appearing to consistent acclaim in major roles at many of the world’s top houses.

This exciting and consistently delightful live concert video – following her highly successful prior CD release on Delos, 'Pace mio Dio' (DE3462) – showcases not only her voluptuous voice, interpretive power and stylistic versatility, but also (thanks to the visual element) her stunning glamour and charismatic stage presence.

The varied and highly appealing program encompasses operatic favourites from such composers as Charpentier, Massenet and Cilea – as well as lighter fare from the Spanish Zarzuela and the Viennese operetta traditions, plus several beloved popular standards.

Woven through the vocal program is a series of scintillating orchestral bonbons courtesy of conductor Constantine Orbelian (per Opera News, “…the singer’s dream collaborator) leading the superb Russian National Orchestra and the vaunted Grand Choir, Masters of Choral Singing.

Also includes a Potpourri of Russian songs: 'Homage to Deanna Durbin', from the film 'The Butler’s Sister'.

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Delos - DV7008

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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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Decca - 0743872

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Kenneth MacMillan: L’Histoire de Manon

Kenneth MacMillan: L’Histoire de Manon


Aurélie Dupont (Manon Lescaut), Roberto Bolle (Le Chevalier Des Grieux), Stéphane Bullion (Lescaut), Alice Renavand (La maîtresse de Lescaut), Benjamin Pech (Monsieur Guillot de Morfontaine), Karl Paquette (Le Geôlier) & Viviane Descoutures (Madame)

Le Corps de Ballet de l’Opera national de Paris & Orchestre de l’Opera national de Paris, Martin Yates

The film of L’Histoire de Manon, reproduced on this Blu-ray, was directed by Cédric Klapisch and co-directed by Miguel Octave on 18 May 2015. This exceptional evening marked the farewell of Aurélie Dupont as prima ballerina of the Paris Opéra Ballet.

In 1974, British choreographer Kenneth MacMillan in turn decided to focus on the two protagonists for an ambitious ballet that could translate the feelings and emotions of two souls abused by the accidents of life and their own personal weaknesses. In short, how a young girl on her way to a convent manages to elope with the young student with whom she has just fallen in love, only to leave him to escape destitution and finally allow herself to be persuaded by her brother Lescaut to yield to the advances of wealthy “protectors”. Accused of prostitution and deported to Louisiana, Manon is rescued by Des Grieux. Driven to murder by Manon’s jailer, he escapes with her into the marshes where the young girl ultimately succumbs. Although sincere, the love that Manon and Des Grieux share for each other cannot stand up to the vagaries of existence. As a result, neither is able to escape moral or social decline. Rather than reuse the score of Massenet’s opera, MacMillan entrusted Leighton Lucas with the task of arranging a series of extracts taken from a selection of the French composer’s operatic, symphonic and vocal scores... The end result was a huge success from its debut performance in London in 1974 onwards.

Bonus: Interview with Aurélie Dupont

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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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Philippe Jaroussky: La voix des rêves

Philippe Jaroussky: La voix des rêves

Greatest Moments on Concerts


anon.:

Ciaccona di Paradiso, e dell'Inferno

Caldara:

Lo seguitai felice (L'Olimpiade)

Cavalli:

Uscitemi dal cor, lacrime amare

Hahn, R:

A Chloris

Handel:

Son nata a lagrimar (from Giulio Cesare)

Venti turbini (Rinaldo)

Lascia ch'io pianga (from Rinaldo)

Io t'abbraccio (from Rodelinda)

Aminta e Fillide (Arresta il passo) HWV 83: Se vago rio

Scherza, infida (from Ariodante)

Verdi prati (from Alcina)

Mi lusinga il dolce affetto (from Alcina)

Lekeu:

Sur une tombe

Massenet:

Elégie

Monteverdi:

Sento un certo non so che

Ohime ch'io cado

Adagiati, Poppea - Oblivion soave (L'incoronazione di Poppea)

Pur ti miro (I gaze upon you) from L'Incoronazione di Poppea

Piazzólla:

Los Pajaros Perdidos

Porpora:

Alto Giove (from Polifemo)

Purcell:

Sound the trumpet, beat the drum, Z335

Rossi, Luigi:

Lasciate averno (from Orfeo)

Sances:

Lagrimosa beltà

Shostakovich:

Duet for Two Violins and Piano

Strozzi:

Il Lamento "Su'l Rodano severo"

L'Eraclito amoroso 'Udite amanti'

Vivaldi:

Vedro con mio diletto (from Giustino)

Se in ogni guardo from Orlando finto pazzo

Sol da te, mio dolce amore (from Orlando furioso)

Sento con qual diletto (from Ercole sul Termodonte)

Nel profondo from Orlando Furioso

Nisi Dominus: Cum dederit


Philippe Jaroussky (countertenor)

Philippe Jaroussky, described by Germany’s Die Zeit as “the Apollo of countertenors’, stands out among his many talented contemporaries as much for the soprano-like beauty of his tone as for the elegance and insight of his interpretations and his adventurous and erudite approach to repertoire – whether unearthing neglected scores by little-known composers or venturing beyond the Baroque into the 19th and 20th centuries.

Established as one of Virgin Classics’ bestselling artists, Jaroussky, now aged 34, has been honoured three times in the Victoires de la Musique awards in his native France and has also received Germany’s most prominent music prize, the Echo Klassik. His diverse achievements are saluted in two new collections on Virgin Classics – the 2CD set “The Voice” and the DVD and Blu Ray “La Voix des rêves: Greatest moments in Concert”.

“LA VOIX DES RÊVES - Greatest Moments in Concert” (available on DVD & Blu Ray) features video footage from a number of occasions and venues – including items from a concert given among the crystal chandeliers of the splendid Galerie des Glaces in the palace of Versailles, and works by Handel and Vivaldi performed in another jewel of French Baroque architecture, the sumptuously decorated Chapelle de la Trinité in Lyon. Also included are exclusive interviews an array of fellow musicians: Jean-Christophe Spinosi, Emmanuelle Haïm, Christina Pluhar; Jérôme Ducros, Quatuor Ebène, Gautier Capuçon, Marie-Nicole Lemieux and Renaud Capuçon.

Jaroussky and his appeal were aptly summarised in a recent profile in the French magazine Balthazar: “Philippe Jaroussky alternates between opera and recitals, bringing his sensual, graceful voice and matinee idol looks, and this has made him a key star of classical music. But his recordings also reveal a skilled musicologist who has revived numerous forgotten artists like the castrato Carestini [and the composers] Johann Christian Bach and Caldara. Jaroussky simply glows. Anyone who has had the opportunity to meet him will find it hard to forget his enthusiastic conversation and his magnetic gaze.”

The singer made his passions clear in an interview with Crescendo magazine, revealing that “I don’t like being told I have the ‘voice of an angel’, because that would just mean that it sounds pretty and takes people out of themselves … I want to be able to evoke more human emotions too: sorrow, despair, jealousy.” Speaking to the leading French newspaper Le Monde, he went into more detail on his philosophy as a maturing singer: “Ten years into your career, you reach a certain level of purity in your approach. You are always set on improving – strengthening your high notes, your low notes, your projection or your expressivity – but you also accept what it means to be an artist.”

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Erato - 0175919

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Richard Strauss: Don Quixote & Dvorak: Symphony No. 8

Richard Strauss: Don Quixote & Dvorak: Symphony No. 8


Dvorak:

Carnival Overture, Op. 92

Symphony No. 8 in G major, Op. 88

Elizondo:

Danza Latinamericanas

Massenet:

Don Quichotte: Interlude No. 2

Strauss, R:

Don Quixote, Op. 35


Yo-Yo Ma (cello), Wen Xiao Zheng (viola) & Anton Barakhovsky (violin)

Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Mariss Jansons

Recorded at the Philharmonie am Gasteig, Munich, 2016

As an artist in residence with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the American cellist Yo-Yo Ma had the opportunity to do what is perhaps the second thing he loves the most after playing: sharing his love of music with others.

During his residency, he transformed himself from sensitive teacher to inimitable Bach interpreter to first cello of a major symphony orchestra.

Yo-Yo Ma doesn’t fade away into the music, nor does he take a worshipful attitude towards the pieces he performs. From the moment he walks onto the stage, he exudes charisma that immediately confirms his exceptional status as the 'best cellist in the world'.

With its ten variations on a theme of knightly character for full orchestra, Richard Strauss’ tone poem 'Don Quixote' not only depicts the colorful adventures of Cervantes' chivalrous hero, but also functions as a virtuoso display of glorious solo melodies embedded in stunning orchestral passages. It is, in a way, a second Strauss cello concerto. Joining 'the Don' later is a viola solo that personifies the faithful Sancho Panza and is played by Wen Xiao Zheng.

To those in the know, Jansons’ partnership with the great Munich-based BRSO is one of the most transcendent conductor-orchestra pairings.

Approx. 111 minutes

Blu-ray DTS-HD Master Audio R.1

LPCM Stereo 1080p High Definition

Region Code : worldwide BD 50

“It’s the Dvorak that’s the real draw here. The symphony’s rapturous reception – the genuine rapture of an audience bowled over and ablaze with joy – says it all.” Gramophone Magazine, February 2017

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belvedere - BVD08024

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