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Crazy Girl Crazy: Music by Gershwin, Berg and Berio

Crazy Girl Crazy: Music by Gershwin, Berg and Berio

including bonus documentary DVD


Berg:

Lulu-Suite (Five Symphonic Pieces) for soprano and orchestra

Berio:

Sequenza III for woman's voice

Gershwin:

Girl Crazy: Suite


Barbara Hannigan (soprano/conductor)

Ludwig Orchestra

Whether singing, conducting, dancing or acting, the Canadian soprano Barbara Hannigan is a constant source of fascination. Alpha Classics is proud to enter her world and her very first album as singer and conductor in 2017: with the Amsterdam based orchestra Ensemble Ludwig, of which she is associate artist.

Barbara Hannigan has devised a programme including Berg's Lulu Suite and Gershwin's Girl Crazy in a Suite newly arranged by the multi award- winning American composer Bill Elliott. To complement these two pieces, she has recorded Berio's spectacular Sequenza III for solo voice.

An outstanding soprano, a distinguished interpreter of the music of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, an all-round artist who creates a sensation on concert platforms and in opera houses throughout the world, Barbara Hannigan has enriched her palette over the past few years by devoting a portion of her activities to conducting. This album in the form of a musical portrait of the artist, is completed by a DVD of a film made by Mathieu Amalric during the rehearsals and recording sessions. It plunges into the heart of the orchestra with a very personal look at the exchanges between conductor and musicians.

Over the next few years, Alpha will accompany Barbara Hannigan in a number of projects from very varied horizons.

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Alpha - ALPHA293

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Europakonzert 2017 from Cyprus

Europakonzert 2017 from Cyprus


Brahms:

Hungarian Dance No. 5

Dvorak:

Symphony No. 8 in G major, Op. 88

Koncz:

Hungarian Fantasy on Themes by Carl Maria von Weber

Weber:

Oberon Overture

Clarinet Concerto No. 1 in F minor, Op. 73

Andreas Ottensamer (clarinet)


The Europakonzert 2017 brought the Berliner Philharmoniker to one of the most mythical places in history: Paphos, birthplace of Aphrodite. Andreas Ottensamer was the soloist with his interpretation of Weber‘s highly elaborate Clarinet Concerto. The Berliner Philharmoniker, under the baton of Mariss Jansons, also played Dvořák’s 8th Symphony, an unusually optimistic and light-hearted composition.

The Berliner Philharmoniker celebrate their founding day (May 1st, 1892) in a European city of cultural significance every year.

This year’s concert takes the orchestra to one of the most mythical places in its history: Paphos, birthplace of Aphrodite.

Latvian conductor Mariss Jansons returns to the Berliner Philharmoniker’s rostrum once again, while the orchestra’s principal clarinettist Andreas Ottensamer is the solo clarinettist for the 2017 Europakonzert.

In front of the city’s Byzantine castle, the Berliner Philharmoniker play works by Carl Maria von Weber and Antonín Dvořák , which impress with their lyrical zest and warm colours.

Andreas Ottensamer performs his interpretation of von Weber‘s Clarinet Concerto, which is known as a much more elaborate composition than Mozart‘s clarinet concertos owing to the cooperation between the composer and clarinettist Joseph Heinrich Bärmann.

The concert concludes with Dvořák‘s 8th Symphony, an unusually optimistic and light-hearted composition.

DVD Picture: 16:9 – NTSC

DVD Sound: PCM Stereo, DD 5.0, DTS 5.0,

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Running time: 90mins

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Production year: May 2017

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EuroArts Europakonzert - 8024256268

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La grande danza: Aterballetto in Milan

La grande danza: Aterballetto in Milan


1 Opening

2 Words and Space (Jiří Pokorny)

3 Phoenix (Philippe Kratz)

4 Narcissus (Giuseppe Spota)

5 Applause & End Credits


Giuseppe Spota (Narcissus) & Philippe Kratz (Phoenix)

Aterballetto Dance Company

Words and Space (Jiří Pokorny)

Jiří Pokorny's “Words and Space” is a metaphor of an intrapersonal speech, a book full of floating stories. It is personal, intimate and very poetic.

“Phoenix” is inspired by the idea of the infinite circular motion of life: Birth, growth, immobility, death and finally birth again. Choreographer Philippe Kratz tries to understand who we were and what we are capable of becoming.

In “Narcissus” Giuseppe Spota takes a look at the youth of today. Are they ready to come out of their virtual frames and face the mirror of everyday life? Or will they all end up like Narcissus, alone to admire and cherish themselves?

DVD Picture: 16:9 – NTSC

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Running time: 75 mins (TBC)

Production: June 7th & 8th 2017

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EuroArts - 8024264238

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Sviatoslav Richter with Orchestra

Sviatoslav Richter with Orchestra


Bach, J S:

Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D major, BWV1050

only Richter recording

Oleg Kagan (violin) & Marina Vorozhtsova (flute)

Moscow Conservatory Chamber Orchestra, Yuri Nikolayevsky

Haydn:

Keyboard Concerto in D major, H. 18/11

Minsk Chamber Orchestra, Yuri Tsyiruk

Scriabin:

Prometheus (The Poem of Fire), Op. 60

All-Union Radio and Central Television Large Chorus & USSR State Symphony Orchestra, Evgeny Svetlanov


The opportunity to see Richter in live performance is a treasure. It’s even more exciting to see him in two major works by favorite composers which do not exist in audio-only recordings.

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Parnassus - PDVD1205

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Berg: Lulu

Berg: Lulu


Marlis Petersen (Lulu), Daniela Sindram (Gräfin Geschwitz), Rachael Wilson (Eine Theater-Garderobiere/Ein Gymnasiast/Ein Groom), Rainer Trost (Der Maler/Ein Neger), Bo Skovhus (Dr. Schön/Jack the Ripper), Matthias Klink (Alwa), Martin Winkler (Ein Tierbändiger/Ein Athlet), Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke (Der Prinz/Der Kammerdiener/Der Marquis), Elsa Benoit (Eine Fünfzehnjährige), Christian Rieger (Der Medizinalrat/Der Bankier/Der Professor), Pavlo Hunka (Schigolch), Christoph Stephinger (Der Theaterdirektor)

Bayerisches Staatsorchester, Kirill Petrenko (conductor), Dmitri Tcherniakov (director)

Lulu, Alban Berg’s hauntingly mysterious opera in a new production by Dmitri Tcherniakov, has been one of the major events of the 2015 Bayerische Staatsoper season : an ideal setting for conductor Kirill Petrenko first-ever DVD recording ! A sensuous and impenetrable opera, Berg’s masterpiece depicts the burning and sometimes bestial intensity of human relationships through the figure of Lulu, the true femme fatale, bearer of an enigma that haunts us way beyond the end of the opera. Venenous, sibylline, deathly for who approaches her, the dangerous Lulu destroys the established and bourgeois order she evolves in, carrying away with her all certainty, just like the audacious and demanding musical language Berg invented to give form to this unreachable character. Frank Wedekind’s work proved indeed to be an extremely fertile ground for the dodecaphonic composer’s imagination, and gave birth to one of the most singular and ambitious work of art of the twentieth century. With the privilege of a dream cast, gathering Berg’s best interprets, this new production of Lulu is conducted by Kirill Petrenko, and staged by Dmitri Tcherniakov. A visionary genius considered as the contemporary stage ‘enfant terrible’, it is with a shattering realism that he directs those characters, hostages to their own passions and darkest fantasies, and reveals the complexity of this great human and social tragedy. Marlis Petersen is Lulu, a role she was then singing for the ninth time, and which awarded her, for this production, the title of ‘singer of the year’ by German magazine Opernwelt

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Bel Air Classiques - BAC129

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The All-Star Orchestra & Gerard Schwarz: Programmes 15 & 16

The All-Star Orchestra & Gerard Schwarz: Programmes 15 & 16

British Enigmas & Mysterious Mountain


Britten:

The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, Op. 34

Copland:

Jubilee Variations on a Theme of Goossens

Elgar:

Enigma Variations, Op. 36

Hovhaness:

Symphony No. 2 'Mysterious Mountain', Op. 132


The All-Star Orchestra, Gerard Schwarz

The All-Star Orchestra gives you a front row seat to the world’s greatest music, performed by top players chosen from over 30 great American orchestras, and conducted by Gerard Schwarz. The programs feature complete performances of popular masterpieces and world premieres of new works by leading American composers. Filmed in High-Definition with multiple cameras in and around the orchestra, the All-Star Orchestra celebrates the symphonic experience in the 21st century. The first work on this release is Edward Elgar’s Enigma Variations. The score is dedicated to “my friends pictured within,” and each Variation represents a real person. As he was finishing the work, Elgar wrote: “The enigma I will not explain- it’s ‘dark saying’ must be left unguessed, and I warn you that the apparent connection between the Variations and the Theme is often of the slightest texture.” A musical mystery of great beauty and endless fascination. The next piece is Benjamin Britten’s Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra. The perennial family favorite showcases- one by one- all the instruments of the orchestra. Next is Alan Hovhaness’ Symphony No. 2, opus 132 “Mysterious Mountain.” The composer wrote: “Mountains are symbols, like pyramids, of man’s attempt to know God. Mountains are symbolic meeting places between the mundane and spiritual world.” Finally is Eugene Goossens’ Jubilee Variations. This is a world premiere video recording of this unpublished 1944 work created by Eugene Goossens with contributions from ten composer friends, including Aaron Copland, Howard Hanson, William Schumann, and more.

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Naxos - 2110562

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Mozart: Così fan tutte, K588

Mozart: Così fan tutte, K588

Live from the Opéra national de Paris, Palais Garnier, 2017


Jacquelyn Wagner (Fiordiligi), Michèle Losier (Dorabella), Frédéric Antoun (Ferrando), Philippe Sly (Guglielmo), Paulo Szot (Don Alfonso), Ginger Costa-Jackson (Despina)

Paris Opera Orchestra and Chorus, Philippe Jordan, Anne Teresa De Keersmaker (director and choreographer)

Set & Lighting Design: Jan Versweyveld

Costumes: An D’Huys

Dramaturgy: Jan Vandenhouwe

The direction of Così fan tutte has been entrusted to the choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker who has chosen to embody each of the characters through both a singer and a dancer. From the preconceived notion of constant and eternal love, the lovers shift progressively towards the more complex realisation that feelings of love are more akin to perpetual motion.

Sound Format: PCM Stereo, DD 5.1

Picture Format: 16:9

2 x DVD 9 / NTSC

Running Time: 188 mins

Language: IT

Subtitles: DE, EN, FR, KOR

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Arthaus Musik - 109338

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The All-Star Orchestra & Gerard Schwarz: Programmes 13 & 14

The All-Star Orchestra & Gerard Schwarz: Programmes 13 & 14

Russian Treasures & Northern Lights


Mussorgsky:

Pictures at an Exhibition

orch. Ravel

Prokofiev:

Romeo and Juliet, Op. 64 - excerpts

Sibelius:

Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 43


The All-Star Orchestra, Gerard Schwarz

The All-Star Orchestra gives you a front row seat to the world’s greatest music, performed by top players chosen from over 30 great American orchestras, and conducted by Gerard Schwarz. The programs feature complete performances of popular masterpieces and world premieres of new works by leading American composers. Filmed in High-Definition with multiple cameras in and around the orchestra, the All-Star Orchestra celebrates the symphonic experience in the 21st century. The first work on this release is Modest Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. The beloved orchestral showpiece is a series of imaginative portraits, including “The Glome,” the “Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks in Their Shells,” and the spectacular Finale, “The Great Gate of Kiev.” The next work is Sergei Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet. Excerpts from the famous ballet include: Capulets and Montagues, the Dance of the Knights, Portrait of a Young Juliet, Scene at the Ball, the Fight and The Death of Tybalt. Finally, Jan Sibelius’ Symphony No. 2 is presented. The work is a pinnacle of Nordic Romanticism. The grand, expansive melodies and searing harmonies have been called the musical equivalents of fire and ice. This is the most famous of the Finnish composer’s symphonies.

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Poulenc: Dialogues des Carmélites

Poulenc: Dialogues des Carmélites

Filmed in HD at the Bayerische Staatsoper (Munich), 03/2010


Alain Vernhes (Marquis de la Force), Susan Gritton (Blanche de la Force), Bernard Richter (Chevalier de la Force), Sylvie Brunet (Madame de Croissy), Soile Isokoski (Madame Lidoine), Susanne Resmark (Mère Marie), Hélène Guilmette (Soeur Constance), Heike Grötzinger (Mère Jeanne) & Anaïk Morel (Soeur Mathilde)

Bayerisches Staatsorchester & Chor der Bayerischen Staatsoper, Kent Nagano

Stage direction and set design: Dmitri Tcherniakov

Costumes Elena Zaytseva, Lighting Gleb Filshtinsky

A passionate lover of the human voice, Francis Poulenc composed the Dialogues des Carmélites in 1953, using a libretto he himself had written from a screenplay by Georges Bernanos. The first ever performances in Munich, this production was entrusted to Dmitri Tcherniakov, whose worldwide reputation is underpinned by productions like Eugene Onegin and Macbeth at the Paris Opera and Don Giovanni at Aixen-Provence.

The superb international cast includes a fine Blanche de la Force in Susan Gritton and an excellent Madame de Croissy by Sylvie Brunet, who was favourably compared to Rita Gorr in the press. They are superbly backed up by Soile Isokoski, Susanne Resmark, Hélène Guilmette, Alain Vernhes and the fabulous Bernard Richter.

Kent Nagano with the Dialogues literally at his fingertips – he recorded a landmark version some years ago – is at the helm of the Bavarian State Opera Orchestra and Chorus.

Duration : 146 minutes

Subtitles : Fr, Eng, Ger, Spa

Colour 16/9, NTSC

PCM Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1

“[the production is] set in a soulless authoritarian state but filmed in a way that underlines individual dilemmas and common humanity. It is worth watching for Sylvie Brunet’s doughty Madame de Croissy, Soile Isokoski’s gracious Madame Lidoine and Susan Gritton’s winning Blanche.” Financial Times, 4th June 2011 ***

“Tcherniakov's production is probably the most physically active Dialogues ever staged. Everyone is seemingly in constant motion...Sylvie Brunet is a memorably formidable and pitiable Croissy...Helen Guilmette's Constance, lively but never cloying or cute, is immeasurably enhanced by heavenly floated pianissimi...Isokoski, suitably dignified in her role, is in ravishing voice.” International Record Review, July/August 2011

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Verdi: I Due Foscari

Verdi: I Due Foscari


Plácido Domingo (Francesco Foscari), Francesco Meli (Jacopo Foscari), Anna Pirozzi (Lucrezia Contarini), Chiara Isotton (Pisana), Andrea Concetti (Jacopo Loredano), Edoardo Milletti (Barbarigo)

Coro e Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Michele Mariotti, Alvis Hermanis (dir.)

In his ‘new life’ as a baritone Plácido Domingo has triumphed in the role of Francesco Foscari in Los Angeles, London and Vienna. Now he takes to the role in La Scala, Milan, the theatre that is the symbol of Italian opera. I due Foscari, premiered in 1844, famously one of Verdi’s darkest operas, is staged by Alvis Hermanis, who made such an impact at the Salzburg Festival with Die Soldaten and Il trovatore. Domingo is joined by two of Italy’s most exciting singers, the soprano Anna Pirozzi and the tenor Francesco Meli, and the acclaimed Italian conductor Michele Mariotti. The Financial Times was deeply moved by Domingo’s performance, calling his interpretation of the role ‘sublime’.

BONUS Ioan Holender interviews Plácido Domingo on the occasion of I Due Foscari at La Scala in Milan

SUBTITLES: Italian (original language), German, English, French, Spanish, Korean, Japanese BONUS: English, German BOOKLET: English, German, French TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 138 mins (Opera 122’/ Bonus 16’)

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