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Classic Quadrophenia - Deluxe Version

Classic Quadrophenia - Deluxe Version

orchestrated by Rachel Fuller


CD:

1. I Am The Sea

2. The Real Me

3. Quadrophenia

4. Cut My Hair

5. The Punk And The Godfather

6. I'm One

7. The Dirty Jobs

8. Helpless Dancer

9. Is It In My Head?

10. I've Had Enough

11. 5:15

12. Sea And Sand

13. Drowned

14. Bell Boy

15. Doctor Jimmy

16. The Rock

17. Love Reign O'er Me

DVD:

1. Classic Quadrophenia - Making Of

2. The Development Of Classic Quadrophenia

3.The Quadrophenia Plot

4. Original Recording Of Quadrophenia

5. The Singers

6. Sources Of Inspiration

7. Love Reign O'er Me - DVD Version


Alfie Boe (tenor) & Pete Townshend

The Royal Philhamonic Orchestra, Robert Ziegler

CD + DVD

As legendary British rock band The Who celebrate their 50th anniversary, their landmark record ‘Quadrophenia’ is released in a new orchestral version orchestrated by Pete Townshend’s wife, Rachel Fuller. The rock opera is performed by The Royal Philhamonic Orchestra, with Alfie Boe filling the shoes of Jeff Daniels.

This deluxe version contains a bonus DVD featuring the making of Classic Quadrophenia along with exclusive clips and interviews.

Alfie Boe will be performing Love Reign O’er Me on the Palladium on May 5th. Other TV apperances inclue The One Show, Sky Arts, BBC Breakfast and Surprise Surprise. Classic Quadrophenia will also be performed at the Royal Albert Hall on July 5th, performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London Oriana Choir, conducted by Robert Ziegler, and starring Pete Townshend and Alfie Boe, who sings the parts originally sung by Roger Daltrey.

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Decca - 4795057

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Escaich: Claude

Escaich: Claude

book by R. Badinter


Jean-Sebastian Bou (Claude), Jean-Philippe Lafont, Roberto Ferreira, Laurent Alvaro, Remi Mathieu, Philip Sheffield

Maïtrise, Chorus & Orchestra. Opéra de Lyon, Jeremie Rhorer (conductor) & Olivier Py (director)

Daniel Izzo choreography

In 2010, Thierry Escaich composed his first opera, 'Claude', on a libretto by Robert Badinter after Victor Hugo’s 'Claude Gueux', was premiered at the Opéra National de Lyon in March 2013, earning high praise from the critics.

Composer, organist and improviser, Thierry Escaich is a unique figure on today’s music scene and one of the major representatives of the new generation of French composers. Following in the tradition of Franck, Messiaen and Dutilleux, and not refusing the contributions of popular music or elements of sacred inspiration, Escaich’s music bears witness above all to a powerful sense of formal architecture that plunges the listener into the heart of a superposition of original sound worlds.

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Bel Air Classiques - BAC118

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Janacek: Jenufa

Janacek: Jenufa

Live Recording from the Deutsche Oper Berlin, 2014


Michaela Kaune (Jenufa), Jennifer Larmore (Kostelnicka Buryjovka), Will Hartmann (Laca Klemen), Ladislav Elgr (Števa Buryja) & Hanna Schwarz (Grandmother Buryjovka)

Orchestra and Chorus of the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Donald Runnicles (conductor) & Christof Loy (stage director)

Set Designer Dirk Becker

Costume Designer Judith Weihrauch

Jenufa, still Janácek’s most successful and most often performed opera, is a musical study of the social milieu. Christof Loy moves the action of Janácek’s drama, revolving around the strict sacristan (the Kostelnicka) who drowns her stepdaughter Jenufa’s illegitimate child for fear of gossip and concern for her future, to a bare white room in which the passage of the seasons is only hinted. It is the sacristan’s stark prison cell – where he recounts past events and takes the spectator into the story seen in retrospective.

Michaela Kaune sings the title role of Jenufa with warm soprano, her despair at her situation palpable at every moment, culminating finally in the discovery of her dead son. Jenufa’s stepmother is sung by American mezzo-soprano Jennifer Larmore, who delights with her great vocal expressivity and beauty. Musical Director Donald Runnicles conducts the Orchestra of the Deutsche Oper Berlin, which perfectly balances the churning intensity and textural refinement.

Sound Formats: PCM Stereo, DD 5.0

Picture Format: 16:9

Audio Language: Czech

Subtitles: GB, DE, FR, ES, IT, KOR, CN

DVD 9 / NTSC

Running Time: 131 mins

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Kern: Show Boat

Kern: Show Boat


Heidi Stober (Magnolia Hawks), Michael Todd Simpson (Gaylord Ravenal), Kirsten Wyatt (Ellie Mae Chipley), John Bolton (Frank Schultz), Patricia Racette (Julie La Verne), Patrick Cummings (Steve Baker), Bill Irwin (Cap’n Andy) & Harriet Harris (Parthy Ann Hawks), Morris Robinson (Joe), Angela Renée Simpson (Queenie)

San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus, John DeMain (conductor), Francesca Zambello (director)

A true classic of American musical theater, this tale of life on the Mississippi from the 1880s to the 1920s is both a poignant love story and a powerful reminder of the bitter legacy of racism.

"A triumph—a stylish, fast-paced and colorful show that had the capacity audience on its feet, cheering loud and long" (Chicago Classical Review)

Featuring such songbook classics as “Ol’ Man River” and “Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man”- a stylish, exuberant production from the San Francisco Opera.

With Heidi Stober as Magnolia Hawks, Ellie Mae Chipley as Kirsten Wyatt, Frank Schultz as John Bolton and Steve Baker in the role of Patrick Cummings –The roles of Cap’n Andy and his wife Parthy are taken by Emmy winner Bill Irwin and Harriet Harris,

2 DVDs in luxury digipak, with extensive bonus

format DVD: NTSC - 16:9

Sound format DVD: PCM Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1

Region code: 0 (worldwide)

Subtitles: English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Korean

Running time: 144 mins + 33 mins bonus

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EuroArts San Francisco Opera - 2059688

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Mozart: Don Giovanni, K527

Mozart: Don Giovanni, K527


Ildebrando D’Arcangelo (Don Giovanni), Anett Fritsch (Elvira),Tomasz Konieczny (Il Commendatore), Lenneke Ruiten (Donna Anna), Andrew Staples (Don Ottavio), Valentina Naforniţa (Zerlina), Luca Pisaroni (Leporello), Alessio Arduini (Masetto)

Wiener Philharmoniker & Philharmonia Chor Wien, Christoph Eschenbach (conductor) & Sven-Eric Bechtolf (director)

The first D minor chords thunder ominously from the orchestra pit, while on the stage, the entrance hall of an elegant hotel appears, symbolic of a place of non-committal encounters. Luxury seeps from every pore of the stairs, galleries and mysterious doors - the perfect place for Don Giovanni’s exercises in seduction

Director Sven-Eric Bechtolf pulls off a brilliant coup with the high aesthetics of his intrigue, a masterful parody of the “everything is possible” of our time - flanked by an ensemble of exquisite vocal talents.

Ildebrando D’Arcangelo, testosterone-charged Latin lover, amounts “with his splendid timbre and his stunningly virile magnetism to what must be an ideal realization of Don Giovanni” (Neue Zürcher Zeitung). With his finely balanced voice, Luca Pisaroni as an intellectually bespectacled Leporello. “The powerful bass of Commendatore Tomasz Konieczny is a true sensation” (Frankfurter Rundschau). The female roles are all realized with elegantly lean voices: Anett Fritsch highly dramatic as Elvira, the Donna Anna of Lenneke Ruitens supple in her vocal line and Valentina Naforniţa “a wonderful Zerlina who radiates strong vocal sensuality” (Opernnetz).

Special feature: Full length realtime BEHIND THE SCENES.

Package: Luxury slipcase in Salzburg Festival serial design, 2 DVDs

Picture format DVD: 16:9 - NTSC

Sound format DVD: PCM Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1

Region code: 0 (worldwide)

Subtitles: English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Japanese

Running time: 180 mins performance, 180 mins Behind the scenes

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Porrino: I Shardana

Porrino: I Shardana

Sung in Italian. World première on DVD


Manrico Signorini (Gonnario), Angelo Villari (Torbeno), Gianpiero Ruggeri (Orzocco), Domenico Balzani (Norace), Paoletta Marrocu (Bèrbera Jonia), Alessandra Palomba (Nibatta), Gabriele Mangione (Perdu), Enrico Zara (Sardinian Shephard/The lookout/Second Warrior), Nicola Ravarino Guagenti (A Voice/First Warrior) & Elena Ledda (Special guest)

Orchestra and Chorus of Fondazione Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, Anthony Bramall (conductor) & Davide Livermore (director)

Set Giò Forma Production Design

Costume designer Marco Nateri

Light designer Loïc François Hamelin

When we examine the score of I Shardana by Ennio Porrino, we easily understand what a central role this opera played in the artistic development of the composer. The first drafts of it date from 1934-35, but the work only debuted years later, on 21st March 1959, at the San Carlo theatre in Naples, with its final title of 'I Shardana' and Porrino himself conducting. The composer would die suddenly a few months later.

Porrino’s drama mirrors a period in archaeology when Nuragic Sardinia was discussed even in non-specialist circles, with the island’s bronze statuettes and megaliths recalling a primeval society at the origins of European civilization. Hutalabì, indeed, is the ancient war cry of Sardinian horsemen, and the opera speaks of times when – as Porrino specifies in the score – shepherds were warriors and judges, “when man did not believe in one God but in the power of the stars, and worshipped the dead and the waters”.

I Shardana, therefore, is set in a free Sardinia, an island where rigorous rules are in force and its people do not tolerate invasions or spiritual contamination.

Video Format/ Aspect ratio: NTSC – 16:9

Audio Format: PCM 2.0 - Dolby digital 5.1

Subtitles: Fre, Eng, Ger, Ita, Jap, Kor

Region code: 0 – All regions

Recorded: September, 2013 – Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, Italy

Duration: 109 min

Notes: English, Italian

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Dynamic - 37683

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Schubert: Fierrabras D 796

Schubert: Fierrabras D 796

Salzburg Festival 2014


Michael Schade (Fierrabras), Julia Kleiter (Emma), Benjamin Bernheim (Eginhard), Dorothea Röschmann (Florinda), Markus Werba (Roland), Georg Zeppenfeld (Charlemagne), Marie-Claude Chappuis (Maragond), Manuel Walser (Brutamonte)

Wiener Philharmoniker, Ingo Metzmacher

Staged by: Peter Stein

Fie rrabras of 1823 is the last of Franz Schubert’s stage works. Rarely performed to this day, this heroic-romantic opera has now been staged for the first time ever at the Salzburg Festival by famous director Peter Stein. The strong cast includes the “marvellously expressive miracle Dorothea Röschmann” (Die Zeit) and “Michael Schade, who exudes his exceptional tenor in Fierrabras’s heroic arias” (Der neue Merker). Under the energetic baton of lngo Metzmacher, the Vienna Philharmonic unfold “the melos, the poetry, the sweetness and the dramatic force of Schubert’s highly refined and atmospheric sound worlds” (Kleine Zeitung) in highly romantic fashion. Bonus: The Making of Fierrabras.

SOUND FORMAT DVD: PCM Stereo, dts 5.0

PICTURE 16:9, HD

SUBTITLES: German (original language), English, French, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Japanese

BOOKLET: E, G, F

TOTAL RUNNING TIME. 174 MINS

Opera: 164 mins Bonus: Making of 10 mins

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Strauss, R: Der Rosenkavalier

Strauss, R: Der Rosenkavalier

Recorded live at Glyndebourne Opera House, May 2014


Tara Erraught (Octavian), Kate Royal (The Marschallin), Lars Woldt (Baron Ochs auf Lerchenau), Michael Kraus (Herr von Faninal), Miranda Keys (Marianne Leitmetzerin), Christopher Gillett (Valzacchi) & Helene Schneiderman (Annina)

London Philharmonic Orchestra & The Glyndebourne Chorus, Robin Ticciati (conductor) & Richard Jones (stage director)

Strauss’s musically ravishing comic masterpiece is given a visual updating in director Richard Jones’s stylish and ‘gently subversive’ Glyndebourne staging, one which offers ‘a dreamlike distortion not just of Vienna’s 18th-century past, but also of everything we know about reality’ (Financial Times). Created to mark the 150th centenary of the composer’s birth, the production is packed with energy and wit, its impeccable stagecraft by no means detracting from the first class singing which underpins, among others, Tara Erraught’s ‘touching’ (Guardian) performance as Octavian, Kate Royal’s ‘most graceful of Marschallins’ and Lars Woldt’s ‘pitch-perfect’ Baron Ochs (Sunday Telegraph). Conductor Robin Ticciati brings clarity and detail to the score, infusing the music with spirit and humanity.

Extra Features: Robin Ticciati - Taking the Baton, The Trio, Sights and Smells of a Production and a cast gallery.

Running time: 191 minutes

Subtitles: EN/FR/DE/JP/KO

Sound format: Dolby stereo/DTS Surround (DVD) / LPCM stereo

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Opus Arte Glyndebourne - OA1170D

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Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake, Op. 20

Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake, Op. 20

Recorded live at The Royal Opera House, March, 2015


Natalia Osipova (Odette/Odile), Matthew Golding (Prince Siegfried), Elizabeth McGorian (The Princess), Gary Avis (An Evil Spirit), Alastair Marriott (The Tutor) & Valeri Hristov (Benno)

Orchestra of the Royal Opera House & The Royal Ballet, Boris Gruzin

Choreography Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov

This magnificent Royal Ballet production of Swan Lake is an unforgettable experience. Anthony Dowell’s interpretation of Petipa and Ivanov’s 1895 St Petersburg version set a standard and style that made it a ‘yardstick for others’ (New York Times). Wonderful choreography for the entire company includes the coveted double role of the gentle and vulnerable swan queen Odette and her predatory alter-ego, the black swan Odile. It is a challenge relished by principal ballerinas, and is danced here in a spell-binding performance by Natalia Osipova, partnered by Matthew Golding as a powerful and empathetic Prince Siegfried. Tchaikovsky’s glorious score shines, given the full force of the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House conducted by Boris Gruzin, and Yolanda Sonnabend’s detailed, Fabergé-inspired designs evoke the atmosphere of Imperial Russia in the era of the ballet's creation.

Extra features: Introduction with Natalia Osipova and Matthew Golding, Anthony Dowell in conversation with Darcey Bussell, Coaching Swan Lake and a cast gallery.

Running time: 180 minutes

Subtitles: N/A

Sound format: 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS

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Opus Arte Royal Opera House Collection - OA1181D

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In Memoriam: Lorin Maazel

In Memoriam: Lorin Maazel

Recorded at the basilica di San Marco,Venice, 16 Nov 2007


Verdi:

Requiem


Norma Fantini (soprano), Anna Smirnova (mezzo-soprano), Francesco Meli (tenor) & Rafal Siwek (bass)

Coro Del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino & Symphonica Toscanini, Lorin Maazel

The performance of Verdi’s famous Messa da Requiem celebrating Toscanini's fiftieth anniversary of death in 2007 took place at the beautiful basilica of St Mark's in Venice, where it was first performed on 22 May 1874 to mark the anniversary of the death of the Italian poet Alessandro Manzoni.

The Orchestra Symphonica Toscanini was founded in Rome in 2006 and consists of some two hundred young andhighly skilled musicians, all of whom have been selected by Lorin Maazel, the orchestra’s Music Director for life.

The use of opera singers in this sacred work gives this interpretation a special splendour, harking back to theperformance tradition that can be retraced to the first performances led by Verdi himself in 1874.

With this gorgeous interpretation, Lorin Maazel celebrates Maestro Toscanini's fiftieth anniversary of death and the country of Italy which gave him his inspiration.

"Too perfect to be real" La Provincia di Como, Italy

"With Symphonica Toscanini, you can hear the enthusiasm, the passion of the musicians." Los Angeles Times

"Hunger and ambition are not bad things in a young orchestra; this one is worth hearing." The New York Times

Picture format: NTSC 16:9

Sound formats: PCM Stereo, DD 5.1, DTS 5.1

Region code: 0 (worldwide)

Subtitles: Latin, German, English, French

Booklet notes: English, German, French

Running time: 97 mins

“Maazel has chosen as soloists theatre singers on the cusp of international eminence… The Florentine chorus is first-rate, as is the recently founded and privately funded by Symphonica Toscanini, of which Maazel is music director.” Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2009

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