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Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky (1839-81)

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Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov

Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov

Recorded live from the Teatro Regio, Turin 7, 10 & 13 October 2010


Orlin Anastassov (Boris), Alessandra Marianelli (Xenia), Pavel Zubov (Fyodor), Ian Storey (Grigory), Vladimir Vaneev (Pimen), Peter Bronder (Prince Shuisky), Vasily Ladjuk (Andrey Shchelkalov), Vladimir Matorin (Varlaam), Luca Casalin (Missail), Nadezhda Serdjuk (Innkeeper), Evgeny Akimov (Holy Fool), Elena Sommer (Nurse), John Paul Huckle (Nikitich), Oliviero Giorgiutti (Mityukha), Matthias Stier (Boyar-in-attendance) & Andrei Konchalovsky (Khrushchyov)

Chorus and Orchestra of the Teatro Regio, Torino, Gianandrea Noseda (conductor) & Andrei Konchalovsky (director)

Boris Godunov is the story not only of a troubled leader but of an entire nation, and its history is as eventful as that of Mother Russia herself. In this new production, the legendary director Andrei Konchalovsky presents a personal vision of the opera that takes Mussorgsky’s bare and monumental first version as its basis, while adding the final scene from the composer’s revision, in which not only the Tsar but the people themselves reveal their fatal flaws.

Orlin Anastassov stars in the title role, conducted by Gianandrea Noseda.

‘’Orchestrally and vocally outstanding’’ The Opera Critic

Extra features:

Cast gallery

Interviews with Andrei Konchalovsky & Gianandrea Noseda

Running time 164 mins

Region Code All regions

Picture format 1080i High Definition

Sound format 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS

Menu languages EN

Subtitles EN/FR/DE/ES

“Konchalovsky sticks to the 1869 original...Orlin Anastassov makes a rich-voiced but wildly over-the-top Godunov...It's good to have the superlative treble Pavel Zubov as Boris's son Fyodor...Best is Gianandrea Noseda's fluent and urgent conducting” BBC Music Magazine, October 2011 ***

“Noseda is well-schooled in this repertoire through Valery Gergiev’s mentorship and offers a viscerally exciting performance of the score. His tempi are keen and there is plenty of thrust to his orchestra’s attack...Orlin Anastassov is a much younger Boris than we’re used to seeing, but then the real Boris Godunov became regent at the age of 34. Opulently costumed, he cuts a noble figure from the start and has the vocal resources to match.” Opera Britannia, 30th October 2011 ****/*****

“[Noseda] paces and balances Boris most naturally, eschewing brassy climaxes or over-melodramatic spookiness...Konchalovsky's detailed work with his responsive soloists has some of the over-the-top manic energy of Orson Welles in his Shakespeare films: the glinting, desperate, trapped eyes of Orlin Anastassov's Tsar and the fussy sweat-wiping mannerisms of Peter Bronder's Shuisky create an apt other-worldly presence. Both too are in fine voice.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2012

“Anastassov is vocally and physically imposing as the Tsar. It is not, I think, being fanciful to say that from early on his staring eyes reflect the first signs of Boris's mental derangement. His voice emerges with deep resonance, focused, flowing, dark of timbre...The cast has no weaknesses...I rate the performance highly.” International Record Review, October 2011

“The chorus especially are on top form.” James Longstaffe, Presto Classical, October 2014

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Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov

Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov

Opera in four parts and seven scenes, First version (1868/1869) Libretto: Modest Mussorgsky after Alexander Pushkin & Nikolai Karamsins


Alexander Tsymbalyuk (Boris Godunov), Yulia Sokolik (Fyodor), Eri Nakamura (Xenia), Heike Grötzinger (Xenia’s nurse), Gerhard Siegel (Schuisky), Markus Eiche (Andrey Chelkalov), Anatoli Kotscherga (Pimen), Sergey Skorokhodov (Grigory Otropyev), Vladimir Matorin (Varlaam), Ulrich Reß (Missail), Kevin Conners (Simpleton) & Goran Juric (Nikititch)

Chor der Bayerischen Staatsoper & Bayerisches Staatsorchester, Kent Nagano (conductor) & Calixto Bieito (stage director)

HD recording: Bavarian State Opera, Munich, February 2013

Set design: Rebecca Ringst

Costume design: Ingo Krügler

Lighting: Michael Bauer

Dramaturgy: Andrea Schönhofer

Child murder, scheming monks and a Tsar lapsing into madness – Modest Mussorgsky spread the thematic arc wide in his choral opera, which he began to work on from 1868, and with which he attempted to awaken an awareness of his own time through the indirect route of a historic story.

As an artist of the 19th century, he was driven by the psychology of the masses. Thus, in 'Boris Godunov', alongside the hero of the title, the main role is actually taken primarily by the Russian people, rejoicing, starving, demanding and questioning.

In conjuction with conductor Kent Nagano, Spanish stage director Calixto Bieito proposes an original reading of this brilliant work. The cast is led by Alexander Tsymbalyuk (Boris), with associates Gerhard Siegel (Schuisky), Markus Eiche (Chelkalov) and Anatoli Kotscherga (Pimen).

Running time: 139 min.

Booklet: FR / Eng / Ger; Subtitles: FR / Eng / Ger

Image: HD, Colour, 16/9, NTSC

Sound: PCM Stereo, DTS HD Master Audio 5.1

“the updating seems neither modish nor forced, and is carried out with economy and intelligence...There's no dip in commitment anywhere in the cast. Tsymbalyuk's Boris, sung in a pleasingly smooth, well-regulated bass, is excellent...Nagano achieves thrillingly focused results...Highly recommended.” Gramophone Magazine, May 2014

“With thrilling stagecraft and theatrical clarity, Bieito unapologetically updates Pushkin’s tragedy to a brutal modern world of dictatorship, surveillance, resistance and riot police: the politics...are all too relevant to events and personalities in eastern Europe today...Nagano’s conducting homing in on the score’s nervous intensity, this is an electrifying performance of overwhelming power” The Telegraph, 11th April 2014 *****

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Mussorgsky: Khovanshchina

Mussorgsky: Khovanshchina

Recorded live at the Nationaltheater, Munich, 10 & 14 July 2007


Paata Burchuladze (Ivan Khovansky), Anatoly Kotscherga (Dosifey), Camilla Nylund (Emma), Doris Soffel (Marfa), Klaus Florian Vogt (Andrey Khovansky) & John Daszak (Vasily Golitsin)

Bayerisches Staatsorchester, Kent Nagano

Staged, directed and designed by Dmitri Tcherniakov

Kent Nagano superbly masters the challenges presented by this score, shapes the dynamics with subtle intensity, and casts the score in a mellow glow.

As Marfa, the spurned lover of Ivan Khovansky‘s son Andrei, Doris Soffel unfolds such a rich palette of sonorities, from the pathos of the lower ranges to shaded distant heights, that “one is tempted to speak of a Russian mezzo”.

Fantastic cast: Anatoly Kotscherga portrays the religious leader Dosifei with fervor and bluster, Klaus Florian Vogt dazzles heroically as Andrey, John Daszak is a technically flawless Golitsin, and bass-baritone Paata Burchuladze gives a charismatic, forceful account of Prince Ivan Khovansky.

The final chorus, which Mussorgsky did not compose, is played in the orchestrally transparent version of Igor Stravinsky – the third great Russian composer who contributed to making “Khovanshchina“ a gripping stage work for all times.

With his stripped-down sets and historicizing costumes, director Dmitri Tcherniakov, one of the new voices of contemporary Russian theater, builds a bridge to the political present.

Picture format: 1080i Full HD 16:9

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

Region code: All (worldwide)

Subtitles (Bonus): German English, French, Spanish

Booklet notes: English, German, French

Running time: 172 mins

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Mussorgsky: Khovanshchina

Mussorgsky: Khovanshchina

Wiener Staatsoper 1989


Nicolai Ghiaurov (Ivan Khovansky), Vladimir Atlantov (Andrey Khovansky), Yuri Marusin (Vasily Golitsyn), Anatoly Kocherga (Shaklovity), Paata Burchuladze (Dosifey), Ludmila Semtschuk (Marfa), Brigitte Poschner-Klebel (Susanna), Heinz Zednik (Scribe), Joanna Borowska (Emma), Wilfried Gahmlich (Kuzka), Timothy Breese (Streshniev)

Wiener Staatsoper, Claudio Abbado (conductor) & Alfred Kirchner (director)

Sound Format: PCM Stereo

Picture Format: 4:3 | Original Language: RU

Subtitles: GB, DE, FR, IT, ES | Running Time: 188 mins

Resolution: 1080i High Definition (Upscale)

Blu-ray Disc 25 GB (Single Layer) | FSK: 6

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Arthaus Musik Legendary Performances - 109160

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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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Classic Archive™ Collector’s Edition – Voices

Classic Archive™ Collector’s Edition – Voices


Berlioz:

La Damnation de Faust: D'amour l'ardente flamme

Regine Crespin (soprano)

Brahms:

Ein Deutsches Requiem, Op. 45

Dvorak:

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

Falla:

Siete Canciones populares españolas

Teresa Berganza (mezzo)

Mahler:

Rheinlegendchen (Des Knaben Wunderhorn)

Irmgard Seefried (soprano)

Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (4 songs, complete)

Mozart:

Parto, parto, ma tu ben mio (from La Clemenza di Tito)

Teresa Berganza (mezzo)

Mussorgsky:

Oy, dušno, dušno! - Prošcay, moy sïn (from Boris Godunov)

Boris Christoff (bass)

Poulenc:

Tu as raison (from La Voix Humaine)

Denise Duval (soprano)

Schubert:

Wohin? (No. 2 from Die schöne Müllerin, D795)

Victoria de los Angeles (soprano)

Schumann:

Intermezzo (No. 2 from Liederkreis, Op. 39)

Regine Crespin (soprano)

Mondnacht (No. 5 from Liederkreis, Op. 39)

Regine Crespin (soprano)

Strauss, R:

Der Rosenkavalier, Act 1 – conclusion

Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (soprano), Hertha Töpper (contralto)

Wagner:

Euch Lüften, die mein Klagen (from Lohengrin)

Elisabeth Grummer (soprano)

Amfortas! Die Wunde! (from Parsifal)

Wolfgang Windgassen (tenor)

Wesendonck-Lieder (5)

Julia Varady (soprano)

Weber:

Wie nahte mir der Schlummer … Leise, leise, fromme Weise (from Der Freischütz)

Wolf, H:

Das verlassene Mägdlein (No. 7 from Mörike-Lieder)

Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (soprano)


Great performances from legendary artists of the 20th century, the Classic Archive™

Collector’s Edition – VOICES offers unique insights in the world of music interpretation of the golden age.

This fifth part of the edition is dedicated to some of the most outstanding voices of the past.

With more than 14 hours of material the edition includes various concerti, recitals, interesting documentaries, some in colour, some in glorious black and white, as well as comprehensive booklet information.

This collector’s edition makes rare classical archive footage from the years 1957-1998 suitable for Blu-ray Disc lovers.

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Nobuyuki Tsujii Live at Carnegie Hall

Nobuyuki Tsujii Live at Carnegie Hall

Recorded at Carnegie Hall, November 10, 2011


Beethoven:

Piano Sonata No. 17 in D minor, Op. 31 No. 2 'Tempest'

Chopin:

Prelude Op. 28 No. 15 in D flat major ‘Raindrop'

Foster, S:

I Dream of Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair

arr. Tsujii

Liszt:

Un Sospiro from 3 Concert Studies, S144 No. 3

Concert Paraphrase on Rigoletto, S.434 after Verdi's opera

Mussorgsky:

Pictures at an Exhibition (piano version)

Musto:

Improvisation and Fugue

Tsujii:

Elegy for the Victims of the Earthquake and the Tsunami of March 11, 2011


On November 10, 2011, Nobuyuki Tsujii, the blind pianist from Japan who was the winner of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition Gold Medal in 2009 appeared on the stage of Carnegie Hall.

His dream had come true. Arguably the most important event in the career of any performer, for “Nobu” it was a miracle. With his brilliant technique and beautiful tone, he contrasts familiar warhorses with newer pieces, including one of his own compositions, written in memory of the victims of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami in March 2011. Nobu brought the usually reserved Carnegie Hall audience to its feet.

Interviewed after Nobuyuki Tsujii’s recital, Van Cliburn observed: ‘What a thrill to hear this brilliant, very gifted, fabulous pianist. You feel God’s presence in the room when he plays. His soul is so pure, his music is so wonderful and it goes to infinity, to the highest heaven.’

GGramophone Magazine

Blu-ray of the Month - November 2012

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Russian Opera Classics Box Set

Russian Opera Classics Box Set


Mussorgsky:

Boris Godunov

Recorded live from the Teatro Regio, Turin 7, 10 & 13 October 2010

Orlin Anastassov (Boris), Alessandra Marianelli (Xenia), Pavel Zubov (Fyodor), Ian Storey (Grigory), Vladimir Vaneev (Pimen), Peter Bronder (Prince Shuisky), Vasily Ladjuk (Andrey Shchelkalov), Vladimir Matorin (Varlaam), Luca Casalin (Missail), Nadezhda Serdjuk (Innkeeper), Evgeny Akimov (Holy Fool), Elena Sommer (Nurse), John Paul Huckle (Nikitich), Oliviero Giorgiutti (Mityukha), Matthias Stier (Boyar-in-attendance) & Andrei Konchalovsky (Khrushchyov)

Chorus and Orchestra of the Teatro Regio, Torino, Gianandrea Noseda (conductor) & Andrei Konchalovsky (director)

Rimsky Korsakov:

The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevronia

Recorded live at the De Nederlandse Opera, February 2012

Svetlana Ignatovich (Fevroniya), John Daszak (Grishka Kuterma), Vladimir Vaneev (Prince Yuriy Vsevolodovich), Maxim Aksenov (Prince Vsevolod Yuryevich), Ante Jerkunica (Bedyay), Vladimir Ognovenko (Burunday), Alexey Markov (Fyodor Poyarok) & Mayram Sokolova (Page)

Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra & Chorus of Netherlands Opera, Marc Albrecht (conductor) & Dmitri Tcherniakov (director)

Shostakovich:

Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk

Recorded live in Het Muziektheater, Amsterdam in June 2006

Eva-Maria Westbroek (Katerina Izmailova), Christopher Ventris (Sergey), Carole Wilson (Aksinya), Vladimir Vaneev (Boris), Lani Poulson (Sonyetka), Ludovít Ludha (Zinovi), Alexandre Kravets (Shabby Peasant)

Chorus of De Nederlandse Opera & Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Mariss Jansons (conductor) & Martin Kušej (stage director)

Tchaikovsky:

Eugene Onegin

Recorded live at De Nederlandse Opera, June & July, 2011

Olga Savova (Madame Larina), Krassimira Stoyanova (Tatjana), Elena Maximova (Olga), Nina Romanova (Filipjevna), Bo Skovhus (Jevgeni Onjegin), Andrej Dunaev (Vladimir Ljenski), Mikhail Petrenko (Vorst Gremin), Peter Arink (Petrovitsj), Roger Smeets (Zaretski), Guy de Mey (Monsieur Triquet) & Richard Prada (Zapevalo)

The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Mariss Jansons (conductor) & Stefan Herheim (stage director)

Pique Dame

Misha Didyk (Hermann), Emily Magee (Lisa), Lado Ataneli (Count Tomsky), Ludovic Tézier (Prince Yeletsky), Elena Zaremba (Polina), Ewa Podles (Countess), Mikhaïl Vekua (Chaplitsky), Francisco Vas (Chekalinsky) & Claudia Schneider (Masha)

Symphony Orchestra and chorus of the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Michael Boder (conductor) & Gilbert Deflo (director)


With Boris Godunov Mussorgsky sets the stage, managing to embody Mother Russia in his monumental tale of Nation and Tsar at an eventful turn in history. Two more texts by Pushkin see achingly lyrical realisations by Tchaikovsky, who first tells of the callous, young Eugene Onegin and his tragic story of illusion, disaffection and frustrated love, and then, in Pique Dame, of the soldier Hermann, who is obsessed with the aristocratic Lisa and with coaxing a winning secret from her gambling grandmother, the Queen of Spades. In Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh, his finest work for the stage, the master orchestrator spins a supernatural tale with the mystical flavour and steady unfolding of a legend of redemption, while Shostakovich runs the gamut of love, lust, power and oppression in Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, a drama exploring the shadowy boundaries between victim and perpetrator. Orlin Anastassov, Bo Skovhus, Ewa Podleś and Eva-Maria Westbroek shine in the title roles, as does Svetlana Ignatovich as the forest maiden Fevronia, in vivid, opulent productions from De Nederlanse Opera and Barcelona’s Liceu.

Sound format: 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS

Subtitles: EN/FR/DE/IT/ES/NE

Running time: 919 MINUTES

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Salzburg Festival 2012 Opening Concert

Salzburg Festival 2012 Opening Concert


Mussorgsky:

Songs and Dances of Death

Sergei Semishkur (tenor)

Prokofiev:

Symphony No. 5 in B flat major, Op. 100

Stravinsky:

Symphony of Psalms

Konzertvereinigung Wiender Staatsopernchor


This Blu-ray Disc presents a wonderful recording of the opening concert of the Salzburger Festspiele from 2012 – an annual highlight on the Classical Music calendar traditionally performed by the vibrant heart of the festival: the Wiener Philharmoniker.

The program from 2012 was Russian themed with a focus on the most profound questions of human life with excellent interpretations of Igor Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms, Modest Mussorgsky’s Songs and Dances of Death and Sergei Prokofiev’s Fifth Symphony.

The concert is conducted by Valery Gergiev, general and artistic director of the Mariinsky Theatre, winner of the Herbert-von-Karajan Award and the Polar Music Prize. Russian tenor Sergei Semishkur, soloist at the Mariinsky theatre, excels in his intense interpretation of Mussorgsky’s Songs and Dances of Death.

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

Sound formats Blu-ray Disc: PCM Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.0, DTS 5.0

Region code: All (worldwide)

Subtitles: English, German, French

Booklet notes: English, German, French

Runnning time: 90 mins

“the Philharmonic - and particularly the Vienna State Opera Chorus - render Stravinsky's Psalms with biting urgency, with rhythm and transparency of sound effectively replacing their usual lushness.” Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2013

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EuroArts - 2072614

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Sir Simon Rattle: Berliner Philharmoniker

Sir Simon Rattle: Berliner Philharmoniker


Beethoven:

Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92

Borodin:

Prince Igor: Polovtsian Dances

Symphony No. 2 in B minor

Brahms:

Double Concerto for Violin & Cello in A minor, Op. 102

Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98

Bruch:

Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26

Vadim Repin (violin)

Mussorgsky:

Khovanshchina - Introduction

Pictures at an Exhibition

Rachmaninov:

Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30

Yefim Bronfman (piano)

Shostakovich:

Dance (from The Golden Age – Suite, Op. 22)

Stravinsky:

The Rite of Spring

Symphony in 3 movements

Tchaikovsky:

The Nutcracker, Op. 71

Wagner:

Parsifal: Prelude to Act 1


The first extensive Blu Ray collection of The Berliner Philharmoniker concerts demonstrate the orchestra´s excellence in numerous fields.

Concerts are located in Philharmonie hall, open-air location “Waldbühne, as well as uncommon and compelling venues of Europakonzert: concert from 2007 held in a historical cable factory and the concertfrom 2008 at Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow.

All 4 concerts are conducted by Sir Simon Rattle, who has been shaping the face of the orchestra formore than 10 years

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EuroArts - 2059734

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