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Giovanni Battista Pergolesi (1710-36)

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Pergolesi: Adriano in Siria

Pergolesi: Adriano in Siria

Pergolesi Spring Festival, Jesi, Ancona


Marina Comparato (Adriano), Lucia Cirillo (Emirena), Annamaria Dell’Oste (Farnaspe), Nicole Heaston (Sabina), Stefano Ferrari (Osroa) & Francesca Lombardi (Aquilio Tribuno)

Accademia Bizantina, Ottavio Dantone (conductor) & Ignacio García (director)

For the festivities marking the Pergolesi’s tercentenary in his native Jesi, Ignacio García created a new staging of the imperial drama Adriano in Siria. His staging in Jesi’s exquisite 18th-century Teatro Comunale Pergolesi includes the delightful comic intermezzo Livietta e Tracollo, thus following the precedent set at the premiere in 1734. A fine Italian cast and the distinguished Accademia Bizantina are led by the Accademia’s director, Ottavio Dantone.

Extra features:

Interview with Ottavio Dantone

Cast gallery

Running time 188 mins

Region Code All regions

Picture format 16:9 Anamorphic

Sound format 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS

Menu languages EN

Subtitles EN/FR/DE

“This is the most impressive and engaging product of Pergolesi's anniversary year I've heard so far...[Annamaria dell'Oste] is more dramatically aware and dignified than simply dazzling: she never once plays to the gallery, or drops out of character...The orchestral playing is exceptionally fine, with the very tight ensemble vividly captured by the microphones.” International Record Review, January 2012

“Top marks go to conductor and director for giving the music space to breathe. The vocal cast is almost uniformly brilliant. The tension between unbridled feeling and duty's constraints - a tension that obsessed 18th-century audiences - simmers throughout, energising the extemporisation through which the singers develop character. Dell'Oste is in a class of her own: she turns coloratura into eloquent, heart-rending declarations” BBC Music Magazine, February 2012 ****

GGramophone Magazine

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BBC Music Magazine

DVD & Blu-ray Choice - February 2012

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Pergolesi: Flaminio

Pergolesi: Flaminio

Live Recording from The Teatro Valeria Moriconi, Jesi 2010


Juan Francisco Gatell (Polidoro), Laura Polverelli (Flaminio), Marina De Liso (Giustina), Sonya Yoncheva (Agata) & Serena Malfi (Ferdinando)

Accademia Bizantina, Ottavio Dantone (conductor) & Michal Znaniecki (stage director)

World Premiere Recording!

The 2010 Jesi production is conscious of the complexity of Flaminio for all its seeming simplicity and cleverly exploits the suggestive milieu of the Teatro Valeria Moriconi, in particular its shape and relatively small scale. Without any attempt at realism, (the main action takes place “in a villa on the outskirts of the city of Naples, complete with hunting lodge, etc.”, but just a handful of props to symbolise the bucolic atmosphere), the production concentrates on establishing a kind of meta-theatrical relationship to this repertoire work which sets out to highlight the interweaving and overlayering of truth and fiction, passion and irony, tragedy and comedy. The orchestra sits behind a broad wooden platform and suspended netting decorated with leaves; every so often scenes about the characters’ private lives open up on various levels (these serve to expand the audience perspective both horizontally and vertically), as if the plot were following the inner development of these living characters. The theatrical narrative unravels – through a brilliant succession of dramatic and light-hearted moments – to its predictable happy ending.

The result takes us a step closer towards finally rediscovering such masterpieces of the Neapolitan school of the 18th century: in addition to being highly serious, ingenious and fabulous entertainment in its own right, Il Flaminio is substantive proof of the key role Naples played in developing the genre for European audiences.

PCM Stereo, dts-HD Master Audio 5.1 (Blu-ray)

Picture Format: 16:9, 1080i FULL HD

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

Running Time: 183 mins

FSK: 0

“The recitatives are crisp, witty and delivered at a rate of knots. The production and staging are tight too...[the singers are] technically absolutely rock solid and terrific actors but never overplaying their comic hand...Dantone ensures that the pace of the drama is constantly changing in line with the unpredictable flow of the action” International Record Review, June 2013

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Pergolesi: Il Prigionier Superbo & La Serva Padrona

Pergolesi: Il Prigionier Superbo & La Serva Padrona


Pergolesi:

Il prigionier superbo

Antonio Lozano (Sostrate), Maria Rodrìguez Cusì (Rosmene), Marina de Liso (Metalce), Ruth Rosique (Ericlea), Marina Comparato (Viridate), Giacinta Nicotra (Micisda)

La Serva Padrona

Alessandra Marianelli (Serpina), Carlo Lepore (Uberto), Jean Meningue (Vespone)


Accademia Barocca de I Virtuosi Italiani, Corrado Rovaris (conductor) & Henning Brockhaus (stage director)

The Fondazione Pergolesi Spontini, which has been devoting itself to the research and performance of Pergolesi‘s music for years now, had his operas recorded live at the annual Music Festival in Jesi.

Released on this BD are two productions from Jesi of one almost forgotten opera, Il prigionier superbo, and one of Pergolesi’s most popular works, La serva padrona, combined like they were at the original premiere. Il prigionier superbo tells the story of two rival kings and a princess in distress. In order to strengthen his power, Metalce imprisons his rival Sostrate. Further, he tries to obtain Rosmene’s love. Proud like her father Sostrate, she persistently thwarts the tyrant, while on the other hand she forces herself to hate her beloved Viridate. La serva padrona is the short comedy of Serpina and Uberto: the wily maidservant, hell-bent on her willing to become the mistress of the house, thinks up a plan in order to convince her master to marry her.

Both operas were directed by Henning Brockhaus, who placed Il prigionier superbo within a contemporary setting inside a cave and La serva padrona in a circus. The casts both brilliantly show their versatile voices in numerous virtuosic arias accompanied by the Baroque specialists of the Accademia Barocca de I Virtuosi Italiani, conducted by Corrado Rovaris.

Sound Format: PCM Stereo, dts-HD Master Audio 5.1 (Blu-ray)

Picture Format: 16:9, 1080i FULL HD

50 GB (Dual Layer)

Subtitles: IT (Original Language), GB, DE, FR, ES, KOR, JP

Running Time: 177 mins

FSK: 0

“The winner here...is La serva padrona...there's bags of energy not only from the two singers but also from the excellent mute part of the servant Vespone...Marianelli is a sharp-witted, pert-voiced Serpina...Lepore is a suitably blustery Uberto, the playing of Accademia Barocca is exemplary, with some particularly splendid trumpet playing” International Record Review, June 2013

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Pergolesi: L'Olimpiade

Pergolesi: L'Olimpiade

Live Recording From The Teatro Valeria Moriconi, Jesi, 2011


Raul Gimenez (Clistene), Lyubov Petrova (Aristea), Yetzabel Arias Fernandez (Argene), Jennifer Rivera (Licida), Sofia Soloviy (Megacle)

Academia Montis Regalis, Alessandro de Marchi (conductor) & Italo Nunziata (director)

With Olimpiade the famous poet Metastasio created one of the most popular librettos of the 18th century. It was set to music by over 60 baroque and classical composers including Vivaldi, Caldara, Hasse, Cimarosa and Donizetti. Pergolesi’s composition from 1735 was one of the earliest adaptations.

In the 2011 Jesi production of L’Olimpiade a large part of the auditorium is taken up by a cross-shaped platform. This is where the characters of the drama are introduced, where they elaborate their plans and express their innermost feelings, their sufferings and hopes, while the supreme ritual of the ancient Greek world, the Olympic Games, is celebrated on a distant stage: that event upon which their lives – and all prospects of happiness or otherwise – depend.

L’Olimpiade stars a superb cast of young singers, especially to be named are the ladies in the leading roles – Lyubov Petrova, Yetzabel Arias Fernández, Jennifer Rivera and Sofi a Soloviy – as well as famous Raúl Giménez in the role of King Clistene.

Alessandro De Marchi has been involved in the interpretation of early music for a long time. His orchestra, specialized on the interpretation of baroque and classical compositions on period instruments, Academia Montis Regalis, was also involved in this project.

“It is hard to imagine a happier or more enthralling presentation of [Pergolesi’s] ‘Olimpiade’ ... more natural in the theater than one would think possible.” La Stampa

Sound Format: PCM Stereo, DD 5.1 (DVD)

PCM Stereo, dts-HD Master

Audio 5.1 (Blu-ray)

Picture Format: 16:9, 1080i FULL HD

Format: DVD 9 & DVD 5 / NTSC, 50 GB (Dual Layer)

Subtitle Languages: IT (Original Language),

GB, DE, FR, ES, JP, Korean

Running Time: 170 mins

“an astonishingly vital, stirring experience...thanks to the inspired advocacy of Alessandro de Marchi and his superb Accademia Montis Regalis, one quickly appreciates the composer's widened dramatic range and command of an Italianate gift for lyrical characterisation.” BBC Music Magazine, July 2013 ****

“Some of the best singing in the opera comes from the mezzo Jennifer Rivera...Gimenez has tremendous presence onstage in this DVD. Even with his old-school, vibrato-rich delivery, his recitatives come across with real dignity...It is elegantly conducted by De Marchi with the first-class instrumentalists of Academic Montis Regalis.” International Record Review, June 2013

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Pergolesi: La Salustia

Pergolesi: La Salustia

Live Recording from The Teatro G.B. Pergolesi, Jesi 2011


Vittorio Prato (Marziano), Serena Malfi (Salustia), Laura Polverelli (Giulia), Florin Cezar Ouatu (Alessandro) & Giacinta Nicotra (Albina)

Accademia Barocca De I Musici Italiani, Corrado Rovaris (conductor) & Juliette Deschamps (stage director)

World Premiere Recording.

Pergolesi’s first opera “La Salustia” is filled with emotions and dramatic elements. It portrays the battle of two women, their struggle for power and justice. Further, it is the story of failing deceitful plots and mistrust.

Salustia is the strong empress, wife of the Roman emperor Alessandro, whose mother-in-law Giulia would rather see dead than accept as ruler. Strangely however, it is Salustia who saves Giulia from her own death more than once. She fights not only for her own justice – ruling together with her love Alessandro – but also for justice amongst all the other battling parties. At the end she is rewarded for her moral strength. The drama around the unbreakable Salustia takes its course in the setting of ancient Rome. Young French director Juliette Deschamps, known for various opera productions in Jesi, made the old story come alive on a stage that suggests an ancient palace with large windows, later on the coliseum. The cast features well-loved Pergolesi interpreters such as Serena Malfi, Laura Polverelli or Vittorio Prato. The Accademia Barocca de I Musici Italiani, well-known for productions in historic performance practice, are led by Corrado Rovaris. This is a world premiere recording of one of the very few Salustia-productions that exist worldwide.

“Deschamps's production is clear and visually handsome, with Vanessa Sannino's 18th-century costumes registering particularly vividly on Blu-ray. Shining vocally brightly are mezzo-soprano Laura Polverelli as the scheming Giulia, mezzo Serena Malfi as the victimised Salustia and baritone Vittorio Prato as Marziano, his paternal revenge on Salustia's behalf thrillingly respresented” BBC Music Magazine

“[Salustia] is thoroughly likeable in the hands of mezzo Serena Malfi. Her light young tones exude innocent shock at her situation...but she mines Pergolesi's music for all the emotional gravitas she can muster...The strong case here is matched by meticulous period playing and calm direction” International Record Review, June 2013

“The singing and playing of La Salustia are both expert and enthusiastic...This work stands as an enjoyable example of Pergolesi's art and of both stylish and virtuoso singing.” MusicWeb International, 13th May 2013

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Pergolesi: Lo frate ‘nnamorato

Pergolesi: Lo frate ‘nnamorato

Live Recording from The Teatro G. B. Pergolesi, Jesi, 2011


Nicola Alaimo (Marcaniello), Elena Belfiore (Ascanio), Patrizia Biccirè (Nena), Jurgita Adamonyte (Nina), Barbara Di Castri (Luggrezia), David Alegret (Carlo), Laura Cherici (Vannella), Rosa Bove (Cardella), Filippo Morace (Don Pietro)

Europa Galante, Fabio Biondi (conductor) & Willy Landin (stage director)

Pergolesi’s comic opera Lo frate ’nnamorato (The Brother in Love) from 1732 was his ticket to the Royal Chapel in Naples. Its huge success was due to the beautiful score, showing Pergolesi’s talent for opera compositions, and the exquisite Libretto by Gennarantonio Federico. Lo frate ‘nnamorato especially owes its wit and exuberance to the comic resources of improvisational theatre, which is refl ected in the narrative structure and relationships between the dramatis personae. Love triangles, marriage plans that come to nothing, intrigues and more lead the opera along to the unsuspected outcome.

The 2011 Jesi production, set in the 1950s, features an outstanding cast of singers that further present first-class acting skills that drive a line between quintessence and parody, inventive genius and a sense of tradition, caricature and insight into the roles and characters. Nicola Alaimo, Elena Belfiore, Patrizia Biccirè and Jurgita Adamonytė – to name but a few – carry this wonderful production, realized by the young Argentine director Willy Landin.

Fabio Biondi began his career as a Wunderkind Violinist at the age of twelve. In 1990 he founded his fabulous ensemble Europa Galante, which quickly became the most internationally renowned and awarded Italian ensemble of baroque music.

Sound Format: PCM Stereo, DD 5.1 dts-HD Master Audio 5.1

Picture Format: 16:9, 1080i FULL HD

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

Running Time: 160 mins

Blu-ray Disc: 50 GB (Dual Layer)

FSK: 0

Region Code: Worldwide

Worldwide available

“The production...brilliantly updates the work to the 1950s. Its whole atmosphere is redolent of that great era in Italian cinema...The fast-paced comedy is perfectly placed - and ideally paced...Patrizia Biccire is utterly on song - soulful, with a full, rounded tone...The procession of good tunes, hints of folk music, and really wittily crafted ensembles is irresistable” International Record Review, June 2013

“The singing and playing in this performance are quite outstanding...Under Fabio Biondi this score bubbles and shines very brightly indeed. The singing and acting of Laura Cherici as the maid Vannella is but one high point in a set of beautifully observed performances.” MusicWeb International, 29th August 2013

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Baroque Opera Classics Box Set

Baroque Opera Classics Box Set


Cavalli:

Ercole Amante

Luca Pisaroni (Ercole), Veronica Cangemi (Iole), Anna Bonitatibus (Giunone), Jeremy Ovenden (Hyllo), Anna Maria Panzarella (Deianira), Marlin Miller (Licco), Umberto Chiummo (Nettuno/Tevere/Spirit of Eutyro), Wilke te Brummelstroete (Bellezza/Venere), Johannette Zomer (Cinzia/Parsitea/Spirit of Clerica), Mark Tucker (Mercurio/Spirit of Laomedonte) & Tim Mead (Paggio/Spirit of Bussiride)

Concerto Köln & Chorus of De Nederlandse Opera, Ivor Bolton (conductor) & David Alden (stage director)

La Didone

Recorded live at the Théâtre de Caen, October 2011

Anna Bonitatibus (Didone), Kresimir Spicer (Enea), Xavier Sabata (larba), Maria Streijffert (Ecuba) & Katherine Watson (Cassandra)

Les Arts Florissants, William Christie (conductor) & Clément Hervieu-Léger (director)

Handel:

Deidamia

Recorded live at the De Nederlandse Opera, March & April 2012

Sally Matthews (Deidamia), Veronica Cangemi (Nerea), Olga Pasichnyk (Achille), Silvia Tro Santafé (Ulisse), Andrew Foster-Williams (Fenice), Umberto Chiummo (Licomede) & Jan-Willem Schaafsma (Nestore)

Concerto Köln, Ivor Bolton (conductor) & David Alden (director)

Pergolesi:

Adriano in Siria

Pergolesi Spring Festival, Jesi, Ancona

Marina Comparato (Adriano), Lucia Cirillo (Emirena), Annamaria Dell’Oste (Farnaspe), Nicole Heaston (Sabina), Stefano Ferrari (Osroa) & Francesca Lombardi (Aquilio Tribuno)

Accademia Bizantina, Ottavio Dantone (conductor) & Ignacio García (director)

Rameau:

Zoroastre

Recorded live at Drottningholms Slottsteater on the Drottningholm Island, Stockholm in July 2006

Anders J Dahlin (Zoroastre), Evgueniy Alexiev (Abramane), Sine Bundgaard (Amélite), Anna Maria Panzarella (Erinice), Lars Arvidson (Zopire/La Vengeance), Marcus Schwartz (Narbanor), Gerard Théruel (Oromasès/Ariman), Ditte Andersen (Céphie)

The Drottningholm Theatre Orchestra and Chorus & Les Talens Lyriques, Christophe Rousset (musical director) & Pierre Audi (stage director)

Scarlatti, G:

Dove È Amore È Gelosia

Recorded live at The National Theatre, Prague Summer 2011

Lenka Máciková (Marquise Clarice, widow), Aleš Briscein (Count Orazio), Katerina Knežíková (Vespetta), Jaroslav Brezina (Patrizio), Bohumil Klepl (Servant) & Tatána Kupcová (Marquise)

Schwarzenberg Court Orchestra, Vojtech Spurný (conductor) & Ondrej Havelka (director)


La Didone is one of the earliest operas in existence, and Ercole Amante, at the time of its premiere, was the grandest show ever performed in Europe. By contrast, prior to its revival in the very Baroque gem of a theatre that hosted its premiere, the courtly farce Dove È Amore È Gelosia was virtually unknown, as was the hitherto neglected Deidamia, Handel’s final Italian opera. The 18th-century Baroque theatre machinery at Drottningholm lends authenticity to Rameau’s Zoroastre, as does the period Pergolesi Theatre at Jesi to the performance of Adriano in Siria. Sally Matthews is ‘captivating’ as Deidamia (New York Times), Anna Bonitatibus is an uncompromisingly intense Didone, and Luca Pisaroni’s Hercules is by turns heroic and melodious. Specialist ensembles, including Concerto Köln, Les Arts Florissants and Les Talens Lyriques, bring apt nuance and colour to these sumptuous productions showcasing worthy masterworks of the Baroque.

Sound format: 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS

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

Running time: 919 MINUTES

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Opus Arte - OABD7194BD

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Nederlands Dance Theater Celebrates Jirí Kylián

Nederlands Dance Theater Celebrates Jirí Kylián


BIRTH-DAY

Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Kylián’s sense of humour comes prominently to the fore, but tragedy lurks behind the humour. After all, each birthday implies another step away from the day of birth and a step closer to death. “Ever since I was very young, I have felt very deeply that our birth certificate is actually our death sentence”, says Jirí Kyilán. Birth-day plays a game with time.

Mozart’s music is either adagio or prestissimo, and the same can be said of the movements that at times are performed at double pace or at times almost sink into immobility. “Mozart, whose music I have chosen for this production, is the greatest example of someone whose time between day ‘A’ and day ‘Z’ was painfully limited, but who nevertheless has understood life in all its richness, fantasy, clownery and madness.”

“Birth-day is haunting, charming, and often laugh-out-loud funny, and so it is a great introduction to Kylián’s work.” Classical.net

BELLA FIGURA

Music by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, Antonio Vivaldi, Giuseppe Torelli

This ballet by Jirí Kylián, with the dancers draped in red skirts which the viewer will not quickly forget, is of an indescribable beauty. In Bella Figura, Jirí Kylián ventures into the twilight zone of the human soul. Dream and reality collide on stage, offering a constantly changing perspective. The flashing images which rapidly change in colour and mood flow harmoniously together with a collage of renaissance and baroque music by Vivaldi, Torelli and Pergolesi. The result is elusive and enigmatic. “Simply – the feeling one has after dreaming of falling down only to wake with a broken rib”, as Kylián himself described it.

“A gorgeous choreography.” De Telegraaf

SLEEPLESS

Music by Dirk Haubrich

Jirí Kylián has made many masterpieces, one of them the fascinating Sleepless, a creation for six young dancers in which the set plays an important part. It has a wall behind which dancers – or sometimes just parts of their bodies – appear, disappear and return. The set allows unexpected entrances or creates hallucinating images of heads which in a grotesque way do not appear to go with the bodies.

Special Feature: Introductions to each ballet by Jirí Kylián

Sound Formats: PCM Stereo

Picture Format: 16:9

Language (introductions): GB

Subtitles (introductions): DE, FR, ES, IT, NL

Blu-ray Disc: 25 GB (Single Layer)

Resolution: 1080i High Definition (Upscale)

Running Time: 92 mins (ballets) & 36 mins (introductions)

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Arthaus Musik - 108150

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