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Henry Purcell (1659-95)

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Purcell: Dido and Aeneas

Purcell: Dido and Aeneas

Recorded live at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London on 3rd & 8th April 2009.


Sarah Connolly (Dido), Lucas Meachem (Aeneas), Lucy Crowe (Belinda), Sara Fulgoni (Sorceress), Anita Watson (Second Woman), Eri Nakamura (First Witch), Pumeza Matshikiza (Second Witch), Iestyn Davies (Spirit), Ji-Min Park (Sailor)

Dancers of The Royal Ballet, The Royal Opera Extra Chorus & Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Christopher Hogwood (conductor) & Wayne McGregor (stage director)

The Royal Ballet and The Royal Opera join forces for Wayne McGregor’s acclaimed fusion of music and movement, whose richly layered designs perfectly complement Purcell’s telling of a classical tale of love thwarted by evil powers. With Sarah Connolly and Lucas Meachem in the title roles, Christopher Hogwood conducts the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Filmed with High Definition cameras and recorded in true surround sound.

BONUS MATERIAL

Illustrated synopsis & cast gallery.

Interview with Wayne McGregor.

‘Dido is perfectly integrated, and the expressively stylised movements that McGregor has devised for the singers make a fascinating contrast to the gyrations of the corps de ballet. …The casts were excellent. [Sarah Connolly] struck gold with a heartbreaking account of "When I am laid". The sensitivity of her acting and her intense musicality was striking throughout. Lucy Crowe made a delightful Belinda, with Lucas Meachem a quarterback hunk of an Aeneas. The young ad hoc chorus sang beautifully.’ The Telegraph

Picture 1080i High Definition / 16:9 Sound 2.0 & 5.1 PCM

Video codec AVC/MPEG-4 Disc size BD25 Menu language EN Subtitles EN/FR/DE/ES/IT

Region code All regions Running time 72 mins Dimensions W135 H170 D12 (mm)

“The wide open spaces and minimalist designs contrive a vast universe against which a very intimate human tragedy can be teased out, presented with an almost classical purity and restraint. Lucy Crowe is a seductive Belinda, with Sara Fulgoni equally compelling as the Sorceress, and under Christopher Hogwood's shapely musical direction the score engorges the amplitude of the Opera House without... any illuminating period pertinence. ...Sarah Connolly embraces the fateful trajectory towards suicide with almost unbearable intensity.” BBC Music Magazine, January 2010 ****

“thanks to the film director Jonathan Haswell it works better there than in the theatre...Belinda is unaffectedly played by Lucy Crowe, her bright tones and precise articulation all one could desire. Sarah Connolly, whether tormented by love or grief, is an equally ideal Dido...Definitely worth investigating.” Gramophone Magazine, April 2010

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Purcell: Dido and Aeneas

Purcell: Dido and Aeneas


Malena Ernman (Dido), Christopher Maltman (Aeneas), Judith Van Wanroij (Belinda), Hilary Summers (Sorceress), Lina Markeby (Second Woman), Céline Ricci (First Witch), Ana Quintans (Second Witch), Damian Whiteley (Sailor), Marc Mauilon (Spirit)

Choir and Orchestra Les Arts Florissants, William Christie (conductor) & Deborah Warner (stage director)

Libretto by Nahum Tate based on a story by Virgile

Sets and Costumes Chloé Obolensky

Lighting Jean Kalman

Coproduction with Netherlands Opera,Amsterdam, Production adapted for Vienna Festival May 2006

A genius with the ability to combine French and Italian influences in an art that transported the English language, Purcell may be William Christie's favourite composer.This production of Dido and Aeneas, directed by Deborah Warner and interpreted by Les Arts Florissants, was overwhelmingly acclaimed when created at the Vienna Festival in 2006 and again when repeated at the Opéra Comique in 2008.This short opera, one of the earliest, is particularly dear to William Christie who has recorded and directed it on several occasions.

Brilliant stage direction by Deborah Warner combines various time spaces in the 17th century with the present day, enhanced by the subtle lighting schemes of Jean Kalman.The elegant, production for television by François Roussillon entirely sustains the stage direction and music bringing to life the performance recorded in December 2008 at the Opéra Comique.

“Deborah Warner's Opéra Comique Dido… probes the inherent darkness right from the outset, using light touches and almost pantomimic comedy to throw the advancing tragedy into sharp relief. …there's a truthfulness in Warner's vision which compels, not least because the musical motor is William Christie and Les Arts Florissants. Fleshing out the string parts with woodwinds in the French manner... Christie creates a vibrant space where Christopher Maltman's princely yet complex Aeneas can shine, and where Malena Ernman's vulnerable Dido can explore her manifold insecurities” BBC Music Magazine, March 2010 ****

“[Christie] presents the score here in lyrical mode, avoiding the harsh edges and digging rhythms of many another modern period interpretation...Agonisingly in love, the central impersonations of Malena Ernman and Christopher Maltman are unmissably realised and directed” Gramophone Magazine, June 2010

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Purcell: The Fairy Queen, Z629

Purcell: The Fairy Queen, Z629

Recorded live at Glyndebourne Opera House, Lewes, East Sussex, on 17th & 19th July 2009.


Lucy Crowe (Juno/Mystery), Claire Debono (Spring/First Fairy), Anna Devin (Second Fairy), Helen-Jane Howells (Eve), Carolyn Sampson (Night), Robert Burt (Mopsa), Sean Clayton (Summer), Ed Lyon (Secrecy/Adam), Adrian Ward (Autumn), Lukas Kargl (Phœbus), Desmond Barrit (Drunken Poet), Andrew Foster-Williams (Winter/Sleep/Coridon/Hymen)

Actors: Sally Dexter (Titania), Joseph Millson (Oberon), Desmond Barrit (Bottom), Susannah Wise (Hermia), Oliver Le Suer (Demetrius), Oliver Kieran Jones (Lysander), Jotham Annan (Puck)

The Glyndebourne Chorus & Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, William Christie (conductor) & Jonathan Kent (stage director)

Jonathan Kent’s spectacular production of Purcell’s huge semi-opera is joyous, imaginative and witty. Glyndebourne, with its intimate auditorium, provides the perfect setting for a drama which is partly spoken and partly sung. Based on an adaptation of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the story is lavished with a brilliance that justifies this production’s acclaim. Paul Brown’s inventive designs, Kim Brandstrup’s exquisite choreography, an excellent cast of actors and singers and outstanding playing by the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment under William Christie combine to make a seamless theatrical experience, here recorded in High Definition and true surround sound.

“There are too many highlights to mention in this varied and infinitely delightful entertainment. Glyndebourne has a triumph on its hands.” The Stage

Extra features:

Interview with William Christie

Interview with Jonathan Kent

Running time 3 hours 41 mins

Region code All regions

Picture format 16:9 Anamorphic

Sound format 2.0 LPCM & 5.1 DTS digital

Menu language EN

Subtitles EN/FR/DE/ES

“Jonathan Kent's joyous Glyndebourne production burst[s] with opulent stagecraft...Kent is abetted by William Christie in the pit, a man of the theatre down to his gainfully-employed fingertips...Altogether a riotously funny, ravishingly intelligent production.” BBC Music Magazine, November 2010 *****

“Kudos to director Jonathan Kent and the entire production team of Glyndebourne's fabulous 2009 reincarnation of the music and play reunited...the production is a treat to watch...this DVD conveys an exceptionally spectacular event in the theatre.” Gramophone Magazine, October 2010

GGramophone Awards 2010

Best of Category - DVD Performance

GGramophone Magazine

DVD of the Month - October 2010

Building a Library

First Choice (Blu-ray) - September 2011

BBC Music Magazine

DVD Choice - November 2010

BBC Music Magazine Awards 2011

DVD of the Year

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Purcell: The Fairy Queen, Z629

Purcell: The Fairy Queen, Z629

English National Opera, 1995


Yvonne Kenny (Titania), Thomas Randle (Oberon), Simon Rice (Puck) & Richard Van Allan (King Theseus)

Chorus and Orchestra of the English National Opera, Nicholas Kok (conductor) & David Pountney (director)

Choreographed and Staged by Quinny Sacks

David Pountney’s enchanting and colourful production of Purcell’s The Fairy Queen launched in 1995 by the English National Opera was received with great enthusiasm by both the public and musical press. Under the musical direction of Nicholas Kok, the English National Orchestra played a baroque music which was as crystal clear as it was expressively infectious. Next to outstanding performers of the dancing roles such as Puck (Simon Rice) and the Indian boy (Arthur Pita), an entire armada of excellent singers was summoned up such as one seldom experiences together on the baroque opera stage. These included Yvonne Kenny as Titania, Thomas Randle as Oberon and Richard Van Allan as King Theseus. Jonathan Best, with his comic portrayal of the drunken poet, was loved by the audience and praised highly by the press, while other singers like Michael Chance, Mary Hegarthy, Janis Kelly, Marc Le Brocq and Christopher Ross all contributed their talents to produce an unusual musical theatre experience, released on Blu-ray for the first time.

Sound Format: PCM Stereo

Picture Format: 16:9

Resolution: 1080i High Definition

Original Language: GB

Subtitles: DE, FR, ES

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Running Time: 134 Min

Blu-ray Disc: 25 GB (Single Layer)

“[David Pountney] captures the madness of the original [production of The Fairy Queen] with a bravura staging, performed with gusto by a large ensemble. The wit and inventiveness are astounding, plus it is laugh-out-loud funny – Jonathan Best’s Drunken Poet threatens to steal the show...Yvonne Kenny’s pearlescent soprano is caught at its peak as Titania, Tom Randle is a lithe Oberon and Nickolas Kok leads a springy performance from the pit.” Classical Music ****

“it makes for a highly entertaining show...Tom Randle and Yvonne Kenny are excellent as Oberon and Titania...The dancing is imaginative and amusing, and the ENO forces under Nichoals Kok could have been performing Purcell all their lives.” Gramophone Magazine, May 2015

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Purcell: The Indian Queen, Z630

Purcell: The Indian Queen, Z630

Peter Sellars’ New Version


Julia Bullock (Teculihuatzin/Dona Luisa), Vince Yi (Hunahpu), Nadine Koutcher (Dona Isabel), Christophe Dumaux (Ixbalanque), Markus Brutscher (Don Pedrarias Davila), Noah Stewart (Don Pedro de Alvarado), Maritxell Carrero (Leonor)

MusicAeterna, Teodor Currentzis, Peter Sellars (dir.)

This is the second creative project bringing together conductor Teodor Currentzis and director Peter Sellars (the first being the operatic double-bill of Iolanta and Perséphone staged in Madrid in 2012), and also the first collective production of three opera companies — the Perm Opera and Ballet Theatre, the Spanish Teatro Real and the English National Opera.

The action is set in Central America. Spanish colonialists are at war with the native Mayan people. In the face of the armed forces the locals appear armed with bows and arrows, but they are mere children. Blood runs like a river. The Mayans resort to trickery – in order to infiltrate the enemy, the daughter of the Mayan chief becomes a concubine to the commander of the Spanish army. The plan brings her unexpected happiness (she falls in love with the commander and has children with him) but also tragedy (the Spanish colonialists continue the massacre of the Mayans). With nowhere to turn for help, the only hope is that the great Mayan gods will descend from the sky to the earth at the critical moment…

The scenery recreates the symbolic and colourful decoration of the Mayan tribes and the Zapatista Army — a modern national liberation movement in Mexico. The music is performed by an international ensemble of soloists, choir and the orchestra musicAeterna.

“punchy playing from Perm Opera's MusicAeterna orchestra under Teodor Currentzis...The Perm chorus...also field Purcell's sacred anthems with refreshing directness...Yet the more the evening slides on, the more the tools in Sellars's armoury grow rusty...The sympathetic and hard-working Julia Bullock is the Queen...and two very different countertenors, the soprano-ish Vince Yi and the silkier-sounding Christophe Dumaux, both impress.” Gramophone Magazine, March 2016

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O let me weep: Famous Baroque Arias & Scenes

O let me weep: Famous Baroque Arias & Scenes


Handel:

Cara sposa (from Rinaldo)

David Daniels (countertenor)

Venti turbini (Rinaldo)

David Daniels (countertenor)

Piangerò la sorte mia (from Giulio Cesare)

Yvonne Kenny (soprano)

Se bramate d’amar chi vi sdegna (from Serse)

sung in English

Ann Murray (mezzo)

Scherza, infida (from Ariodante)

sung in English

Ann Murray (mezzo)

Cor Ingrato (Rinaldo)

David Daniels (countertenor)

Purcell:

Plainte - O, Let Me Weep (from The Fairy Queen, Z629)

Yvonne Kenny (soprano)

Vivaldi:

Sorge l'irato nembo e la fatal tempesta (from Orlando Furioso)

Marilyn Horne (mezzo)


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Picture Format: 4:3 & 16:9

Audio Language: GB (Introductions)

Subtitles: DE, FR

Blu-ray Disc 25 GB (Single Layer)

Resolution: 1080i High Defi nition (Upscale)

Running Time: 70 mins

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Arthaus Musik Great Arias - 109239

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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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