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Open Air - A Night with the Berliner Philharmoniker
Recorded live at the Waldbühne, Berlin, 2002
The extraordinary atmosphere of this Open Air venue is the imagination of this production. More than 20,000 people attended the yearly Open Air Concert of the Berliner Philharmoniker at the Waldbühne in Berlin. The atmosphere is as unique as the Night of the Proms Concert.
This is a full programme of musical showpieces and some of the most popular pieces of classical music like Tchaikovsky The Nutcracker, Mascagni Intermezzo, Paganini Il carnevale die Venezia and Sibelius Valse triste.
The famous violinist Vadim Repin is clearly happy to indulge, performing here with all the appropriate showmanship and artistry alongside the first-class Berliner Philharmoniker and Mariss Jansons. This isn´t only a production for core classical lovers – this is a night for a wide audience.
“Repin’s playing of the Paganini has to be watched to be believed, and the audience, quite justifiably, go wild at the end, causing him to repeat the piece, this time modified for even greater effect, enchanting all present including orchestra and conductor. " John Phillips, MusicWeb International
Picture format DVD: NTSC 16:9
Sounds formats DVD: PCM Stereo, DD 5.1, DTS 5.1
Region code: 0
Booklet notes: English, German, French
Running time: 116 mins
Usually despatched in 2 - 3 working days.
Kurt Masur - A Life In Music
The Anniversary Gala from Leipzig
Recorded live at the Gewandhaus zu Leipzig, 15-16 June 2007
“Warm, young blood still courses through the veins of this octogenarian .” The Times
Usually despatched in 2 - 3 working days.
Tatiana Borodina (soprano), Aleksandra Buczek (soprano), Mariusz Godlewski (baritone), Andrzej Kalinin (tenor), Zbigniew Kryczka (bass-baritone), Oleh Lykhach (tenor), Rafal Majzner (tenor), Jacek Rys (tenor), Jaroslaw Zawadzki (tenor), Radoslaw Zukowski (bass)
Orchestra, Chorus & Ballet of the Wroclaw Opera, Ewa Michnik
“Even in its final form from 1858 (the original dates from 10 years earlier), Halka is uneven and derivative, but it is precisely its variable quality that makes the work so fascinating. For all the reliance on early-19th-century German and Italian models, one can hear a national operatic language begin to take shape.
The plot is straightforward. The engagement party of the noble Janusz is disturbed by Halka, a peasant girl with whom he had fathered a child, now dead. Halka refuses to accept that Janusz has deserted her despite the promptings of Jontek, whose love for Halka is utterly unrequited.
As Halka's despair deepens into madness, she contemplates burning down the church in which the wedding takes place but relents; on forgiving Janusz, she drowns herself.
Wrocpaw Opera's account, given to mark the 60th anniversary of the company's stage, is full-blooded and vivid. Laco Adamik's sensitive video direction of his own production is a model of clarity, capturing the sweep of the grander passages as well as the more intimate moments. Despite the predominantly monochrome costumes – the aristocrats are mostly in white, the commoners in black – the use of colour throughout is telling, especially in the vivid dance numbers in Acts 1 and 3. The light of the first-act party gradually darkens as Halka's anguish deepens and the action moves back to Janusz's estate. Yet it is in Acts 3 and 4 that Moniuszko's music becomes its most affecting and emotional, in contrast to the superficiality of Stolnik's house.
Tatiana Borodina catches the heroine's fluctuating mental states, from radiant joy to dark desperation, with equal force, her voice rich and powerful although showing some strain in the highest passages. Oleh Lykhach and Mariusz Godlewski are excellent as Jontek and Janusz, the latter especially catching the character's vacillation between cowardice and guilt. The company as a whole is excellent and the orchestra is strongly directed by Ewa Michnik. Recommended.” Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010
Usually despatched in 4 - 5 working days.