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Peter Sellars’ New Version
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.
Scheduled for release on 8 January 2016. Order it now and we will deliver it as soon as it is available.
Dresden version including reference to Bachanals (Act 1, Scene 1) in the Paris version
Peter Seiffert (Tannhäuser), Marina Prudenskaya (Venus), Ann Petersen (Elisabeth), Peter Mattei (Wolfram von Eschenbach), René Pape (Hermann, Landgraf von Thüringen), Peter Sonn (Walther von der Vogelweide), Tobias Schabel (Biterolf), Jürgen Sacher (Heinrich der Schreiber), Jan Martiník (Reinmar von Zweter) & Sónia Grané (Ein Hirtenknabe)
Staatskapelle Berlin, Daniel Barenboim
Stage direction & choreography: Sasha Waltz
Costume design: Bernd Skodzig
Set design: Pia Maier Schriever, Sasha Waltz
Lighting design: David Finn
A brand new production of ‘Tannhäuser’ from the Staatsoper Berlin, conducted by Daniel Barenboim, staged and choreographed by Sasha Waltz, who has brought to the stage this Romantic Wagner opera with a star cast of some of today's best Wagnerian singers: Peter Seiffert in the title role, Réne Pape as Landgraf and Peter Mattei as Wolfram, Ann Petersen sings Elisabeth and Marina Prudenskaya is Venus.
HD recording: Staatsoper im Schiller Theater, Berlin – 04/2014
DVD Running time: 192 min.
Booklet: FR / ANGL / ALL, Subtitles: FR / ANGL / ALL
16/9, NTSC, Audio: Dolby Digital 2.0, Dolby Digital 5.1
Scheduled for release on 20 November 2015. Order it now and we will deliver it as soon as it is available.
In 1610, Monteverdi gave his Vespers for the Virgin in Mantua before conquering the Basilica of Saint Mark in Venice. This was the first great sacred masterpiece of the Baroque. Following the brilliant Orfeo (1607), the Vespers borrow its opening fanfare and positioned Monteverdi as the leading composer of his time.
J. E. Gardiner founded the Monteverdi Choir, one of the world’s finest choruses, specifically for this work, which he conducted for the first time in 1964 and subsequently recorded twice. With the present recording, where the image ideally accompanies the music, J. E. Gardiner wanted to make more perceptible the spatialisation that characterized Venetian music, by using the specific architecture and different levels of the Chapelle Royale at Versailles.
Alpha - ALPHA705
(DVD Video + Blu-ray - 2 discs)
Scheduled for release on 13 November 2015. Order it now and we will deliver it as soon as it is available.
Rebirth of a Nation
1. The Broken Compass (Intro Theme)
2. A Nation Divided
3. North Isn’t South
4. The Most Dangerous Woman in America
7. The Parallax Waltz
8. Gettysburg Requiem
9. What Would Moses Say?
10. Lincoln and Booth Get Acquainted
11. Dixie As Anti-Utopia
12. Blackface (We Are All Sharecroppers Now)
13. Getting Biblical
14. The Election and Results: The New Montage
15. Gus, Elsie, Silas and The Klan
16. Black Militia
17. Ride of The Klansmen
18. The Next Election
19. Ghost of a Smile
Paul D Miller is probably most well-known under his 'onstructed persona' as DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid. He has recorded a huge volume of music and collaborated with a wide variety of musicians and composers, among them Iannis Xenakis, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Kronos Quartet, Pierre Boulez, Steve Reich, Yoko Ono, Thurston Moore and many others. He also composed and recorded the score for the Cannes and Sundance Award-winning film 'Slam', starring acclaimed poet Saul Williams, and produced material on Yoko Ono’s recent album 'Yes, I’m a Witch'.
Conceived as a reimagining of director D W Griffith’s infamously racist 1915 silent film 'The Birth of a Nation', 'Rebirth of a Nati'on, recorded with Kronos Quartet, is a controversial and culturally significant project that examines how “…exploitation and political corruption still haunt the world to this day, but in radically different forms”.
Originally commissioned in 2004 by the Lincoln Center Festival, Spoleto Festival USA, Weiner Festwochen, and the Festival d’Automne a Paris, the project was Miller’s first large-scale multimedia performance piece, and has been performed around the world, from the Sydney Festival to the Herod Atticus Amphitheater, more than fifty times.
“In an era where whistleblowers like Julian Assange and Edward Snowden have shown us that perspective can truly alter global events,” Miller says, “we need more than ever to see the context that early cinema offers us. As my old friend Saul Williams likes to say: Another World Is Possible. A remix of a film as deeply important and problematic as 'The Birth of a Nation' reminds us that many of these issues still linger with us at every level.”
The original DVD version of 'Rebirth of a Nation' was released by Anchor Bay Films/Starz Media in 2008. Cantaloupe Music’s package will include a new print of the film, and marks the first time that the project’s entire recorded score will be made available on CD.
(also available to download from $10.00)
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Concerto: A Beethoven Journey
Leif Ove Andsnes is undoubtedly one of the top pianists of our age. For four years he has been performing and recording the five Beethoven piano concertos, primarily with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra but also with the major conductors & orchestras worldwide – such as Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Philharmonic. Award-winning film-maker Phil Grabsky has been with him throughout.
The film is much more than a portrait of a great pianist on tour – it is an in depth exploration into the much misunderstood life of Ludwig van Beethoven, as revealed by these five masterworks. The relationship between Beethoven and his world is mirrored by the relationship between the pianist and orchestra in these concertos. Grabsky’s acknowledged skill is biography and he believes that many people know too little about arguably the greatest composer of all time.
This is an exciting, beautifully cinematic film offering a fresh look at Beethoven through the widely acclaimed performances and articulate insight of the great Leif Ove Andsnes.
Scheduled for release on 30 October 2015. Order it now and we will deliver it as soon as it is available.