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Honegger: Jeanne d'Arc au bucher

Honegger: Jeanne d'Arc au bucher


Marion Cotillard (Jeanne d’Arc), Xavier Gallais (Frère Dominique), Yann Beuron (Porcus, Héraut I, Le Clerc), Maria Hinojosa (La Vierge), Aude Extrémo (Catherine), Anna Moreno-Lasalle (La mère aux tonneaux), Eric Martin-Bonnet (Une Voix, Héraut II, Paysan), Carles Romero Vidal (Héraut, L’âne, Bedford, Jean de Luxembourg)

Barcelona Symphony & Catalonia National Orchestra, Marc Soustrot

Jeanne d’Arc au bûcher, written by the Swiss composer Arthur Honegger in 1938, is a fascinating oratorio. The text by Paul Claudel is constructed like a flashback, in which Joan looks back over her life just before she dies.

The actor Marion Cotillard (Inception, The Dark Knight Rises and La Vie en Rose) plays Joan with an overwhelming intensity and sincerity. The last moments of the martyr’s life, illustrated by the evocative and innovative music of Honegger, resound like a heartrending cry.

With an exceptional cast of performers, this live recording offers a gripping new version of one of the masterpieces of twentieth-century music.

Available seperately in two formats – DVD and CD

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Viva Verdi! The La Scala Concert

Viva Verdi! The La Scala Concert


Verdi:

La Forza del Destino: Sinfonia

encore

Quattro Pezzi Sacri

I Vespri Siciliani: Sinfonia

Jerusalem: Airs de Ballet i. Pas de Quatre ii. Pas de Deux iii. Pas Solo iv. Pas d’ensemble

Nabucco Overture

Giovanna d'Arco: Sinfonia

Gerusalemme: Introduction


Filarmonica della Scala, Riccardo Chailly

If there is one opera house in the world synonymous with the music of Verdi it is the Teatro alla Scala, Milan. This concert from the sumptuous auditorium of La Scala was given in celebration of the 200th anniversary of Verdi’s birth and comprises some of his best-known overtures alongside rarer repertoire from the operas.

The concert also celebrates Riccardo Chailly’s appointment as La Scala’s Principal Conductor (effective January 2015) and Music Director (from January 2017), following in such famous footsteps as Arturo Toscanini, Tullio Serafin and Victor de Sabata.

The Filarmonica della Scala have this music in their blood and under Chailly deliver performances of scintillating precision and panache.

This DVD complements the studio recording ‘Viva Verdi’ released in 2012. Of that release The Sunday Times wrote: “It’s hard to imagine this music better played or conducted than here.” Gramophone said: “The orchestra has been breastfed on the music and the conductor brings that little extra bit of telling exuberance to proceedings...the playing simply fizzes”.

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Legrand: Les Parapluies de Cherbourg (The Umbrellas of Cherbourg)

Legrand: Les Parapluies de Cherbourg (The Umbrellas of Cherbourg)

By Michel Legrand & Jacques Demy. Symphonic Version – World Premiere. Sung in French


Marie Oppert (Geneviève Emery), Natalie Dessay (Madame Emery), Vincent Niclo (Guy Foucher), Laurent Naouri (Roland Cassard), Louise Leterme (Madeleine)

Orchestre national d’Ile-de-France, Michel Legrand (conductor) & Vincent Vittoz (stage director)

Recorded live at Paris’ Châtelet Theatre in Autumn 2014, this is a magical stage adaptation of Jacques Demy’s iconic 1964 film Les Parapluies de Cherbourg (The Umbrellas of Cherbourg). Michel Legrand conducts a 75-piece symphony orchestra in his own hauntingly lyrical score, while the pivotal role of Madame Emery is taken by soprano Natalie Dessay, renewing the collaboration she established with Legrand on the 2013 Erato album Entre elle et lui.

The 1964 film Les Parapluies de Cherbourg (The Umbrellas of Cherbourg) – directed by Jacques Demy, with a score by Michel Legrand and starring a young and luminous Catherine Deneuve – is an international icon of French culture. For millions of people around the world, its haunting love theme – known in English as ‘I Will Wait For You’ – exemplifies Legrand’s musical style.

Before this production at the Châtelet Theatre in Paris in Autumn 2014, staged versions of Les Parapluies de Cherbourg had been mounted in New York and Paris (in 1979) and in London (2011), but this was the first to feature a full-size symphony orchestra – the 75 members of the Orchestre national d'Île-de-France, conducted by Legrand himself.

It was also the first production to feature two singers celebrated for their achievements on the operatic stage: Natalie Dessay, who plays Madame Emery, the proprietor of an umbrella shop in the Normandy port of Cherbourg and mother of 17-year-old Geneviève (the character originally played by Catherine Deneuve), and Laurent Naouri, Natalie Dessay’s real-life husband, as the wealthy Parisian jeweller Roland Cassard, who courts Geneviève, even though she is pregnant by another man – her true love, Guy, who, since the action takes place in 1957, has been drafted to fight in the war in Algeria.

Both Dessay and Naouri captured the spirit and style of Les Parapluies de Cherbourg perfectly. As Michel Legrand himself has said, it occupies a special place between the world of the musical and the world of opera, since all the dialogue is sung rather than spoken. Jacques Demy died in 1990, but the fluidity of his screenplay was captured at the Châtelet by director Vincent Vittoz in an imaginative and witty semi-staged production. Rather than evoking the intensely vivid visual language of the film, the show was unashamedly and brilliantly theatrical, placing the orchestra on stage with the singers and making use of simple, flexible decor of charming cut-outs based on drawings by Jean-Jacques Sempé, famous for his cartoons for magazines such as Paris Match and The New Yorker.

This is not the first time Dessay, Legrand and Naouri have collaborated on a project for Erato: Naouri was one of the guest artists on the best-selling 2013 album Entre elle et lui, on which Dessay and Legrand performed 18 of Legrand’s songs. On the stage at the Châtelet they were joined by Marie Oppert – like her character, Geneviève, a 17-year-old – and, in the role of Guy, the popular light tenor Vincent Niclo. The 82-year-old Legrand, meanwhile, made a surprise entrance at the opening of the show, wearing an elegant raincoat and wielding a yellow umbrella.

Welcoming a “a wonderful evening of nostalgia” Le Figaro had special praise for Natalie Dessay’s “astonishing musical and theatrical intelligence”, while Le Point, describing the production as “a magically refined interpretation” and the score as “marvellous – both sophisticated and heartbreaking”, lauded the entire cast, but singled out young Marie Oppert as “a real revelation”. The US magazine Opera News, meanwhile, wrote that: “The composer [Legrand] conducted his own enriched orchestration with age-defying energy and was rewarded with superb playing from the Orchestre National d’Île-de-France ... There was a standing ovation from the first-night audience; nobody would dare begrudge them this classy piece of nostalgia.”

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André Rieu: Magic Of The Violin

André Rieu: Magic Of The Violin


1. Romance in F

2. Air

3. Romance (from The Gadfly)

4. The Godfather Waltz

5. Romance Anonyme (Jeux Interdits)

6. You Raise Me Up

7. The Rose

8. My Way

9. Dance Of The Fairies feat.: Akim Camara

10. Song Of The Volga

11. A Little Nightmusic

12. Im Prater blüh'n wieder die Bäume

13. Lips Are Sealed feat.: Carla Maffioletti, Carmen Monarcha, Mirusia Louwerse, Suzan Erens, The Platin Tenors

14. The Beautiful Blue Danube

15. Radetzky March

16. Lullaby (Guten Abend, gut' Nacht)

Bonus track

17. Tara's Theme


André Rieu (violin)

Central to everything that André does – touring, recording, composing – has always been the Violin. ‘Magic of the Violin’ on CD features 15 unforgettable, uplifting melodies, personally selected, compiled and of course, played by André himself, accompanied by his own Johann Strauss Orchestra. Delight in movements from his popular orchestral works from the rousing ‘My Way’ to the divine Song To The Moon.

The DVD is a visual testimony to those unforgettable and evocative concerts, and a captivating visual journey through some of André’s best performances in recent memory.

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Dinara Alieva in Moscow

Dinara Alieva in Moscow


 

Potpourri of Russian Songs - Homage to Deanna Durbin from the film His Butler's Sister

Arlen:

Over the Rainbow

Bernstein:

West Side Story: Mambo

Charpentier, G:

Depuis le jour (from Louise)

Cilea:

Io son l'umile ancella (from Adriana Lecouvreur)

Falla:

La vida breve: First Spanish Dance

Gershwin:

Summertime (from Porgy and Bess)

Giordano, U:

Fedora: Intermezzo, Act 2

Kalman:

Tanzen Möcht' ich (from Die Csárdásfürstin)

Lehár:

Meine Lippen sie Kussen so heiss (from Giuditta)

Loewe, F:

I Could Have Danced All Night (My Fair Lady)

Luna, P:

El niño judio: Zarzuela

El Niño Judío: De España vengo

Massenet:

Obéissons quand leur voix appelle (from Manon)

Adieu, notre petite table (from Manon)

Offenbach:

Orphée aux Enfers Overture

Puccini:

Manon Lescaut - Intermezzo

Strauss, J, II:

Frühlingsstimmen Walzer Op. 410

Torroba:

La Marchenera: La Petenera


Dinara Alieva (soprano)

Masters of Choral Singing & Russian National Orchestra, Constantine Orbelian

Rising superstar soprano Dinara Alieva – a mainstay at the Bolshoi Opera since 2010 – has been entrancing opera and concert audiences throughout Europe and elsewhere ever since, appearing to consistent acclaim in major roles at many of the world’s top houses.

This exciting and consistently delightful live concert video – following her highly successful prior CD release on Delos, 'Pace mio Dio' (DE3462) – showcases not only her voluptuous voice, interpretive power and stylistic versatility, but also (thanks to the visual element) her stunning glamour and charismatic stage presence.

The varied and highly appealing program encompasses operatic favourites from such composers as Charpentier, Massenet and Cilea – as well as lighter fare from the Spanish Zarzuela and the Viennese operetta traditions, plus several beloved popular standards.

Woven through the vocal program is a series of scintillating orchestral bonbons courtesy of conductor Constantine Orbelian (per Opera News, “…the singer’s dream collaborator) leading the superb Russian National Orchestra and the vaunted Grand Choir, Masters of Choral Singing.

Also includes a Potpourri of Russian songs: 'Homage to Deanna Durbin', from the film 'The Butler’s Sister'.

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Bach Piano Concertos: Martha Argerich and friends

Bach Piano Concertos: Martha Argerich and friends


Bach, J S:

Keyboard Concerto No. 3 in D major, BWV1054

Keyboard Concerto No. 4 in A major, BWV1055

Keyboard Concerto No. 5 in F minor, BWV1056

Keyboard Concerto No. 7 in G minor, BWV1058

Concerto for Two Keyboards in C major, BWV1061

Concerto for Two Keyboards in C minor, BWV1062

Concerto for Three Keyboards in D minor, BWV1063

Concerto for Three Keyboards in C major, BWV1064

Concerto for Four Keyboards in A minor (after Vivaldi), BWV1065


Live HD recording: Salle Pleyel (Paris), 21 & 22 Oct. 2013

The great Martha Argerich and the Chamber Orchestra of Lausanne leads a team of talented pianists from all around the world. These major figures and young soloists at the edge of a promising career are gathered to glorify Bach. These piano concertos are ideal for many combinations: one, two, three or even four pianists.

This brilliant formation includes amongst others Nicholas Angelich and Frank Braley, the gifted Michel Dalberto and Nelson Goerner, the classic”master Kovacevich, the great Russian pianist Lilya Zilberstein, the South Korean Dong-Hyek Lim as well as the talented David Kadouch.

Running time: 175 min.

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Sound: PCM Stéréo, Dolby Digital 5.1

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Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos. 1-5

Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos. 1-5


Beethoven:

Piano Concertos Nos. 1-5 (complete)

Coriolan Overture, Op. 62


Live HD recording: Salle Métropole (Lausanne), 10/2012 & 05/2013

For the past 15 years, the destiny of Christian Zacharias has been linked to that of the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, of which he is currently Principal Conductor and Artistic Director from 2000 to 2013. This has resulted in invitations to the most prestigious venues and numerous recordings. Christian Zacharias’s career has been crowned with numerous distinctions: he was named Artist of the Year at Cannes MIDEM in 2007 and received the rank of Officer in the Order of Arts and Letters in 2010.

In these 2-DVD edition is a wonderful version of the 5 piano concertos by Beethoven with Lausanne Chamber Orchestra filmed in the Salle Métropole in Lausanne.

BONUS: “From B for Beethoven to Z for Zacharias” (52 min.).

Portrait of pianist-conductor Christian Zacharias: chatty and sparkling with intelligence, the charismatic maestro reveals himself as never before in this bonus documentary.

Running time: 245 min. (concerts: 193 min. & bonus: 52 min.)

Booklet: FR / ENGL

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Subtitles (bonus) : ENGL

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Franz Welser-Möst: The Sarajevo Concert

Franz Welser-Möst: The Sarajevo Concert

June 28th 2014


Berg:

Drei Orchesterstücke, Op. 6

Brahms:

Schicksalslied, Op. 54

Opera Choir of the National Theatre Sarajevo

Ravel:

La Valse

Schubert:

Symphony No. 8 in B minor, D759 'Unfinished'


Sony Classical is pleased to announce the release of ‘The Sarajevo Concert’ by the Vienna Philharmonic under Franz Welser-Möst. On June 28th, 2014, the Vienna Philharmonic played under Franz Welser-Möst the Concert in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, commemorating the Centenary of the Assassination at Sarajevo on June 28th, 1914. The concert took place in the National Library of Sarajevo, metres from the site where Austro-Hungarian heir Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated exactly 100 years previously. This invitation-only event was transmitted by EUROVISION to TV and radio broadcasters around the world as part of a co-production involving EBU Members BHRT (Bosnia & Herzogovina), ZDF (Germany) and France Télévisions. Performance fees were waived for the concert, which featured a musical program with strong connections to the historical events of 1914-1918, inviting reflection, analysis and remembrance of an era-defining conflict. The concert was relayed free to giant screens outside the Vijećnica to a large public audience.

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Donizetti: Classic Comedies Box Set

Donizetti: Classic Comedies Box Set


Donizetti:

Don Pasquale

Recorded live at the Glyndebourne Festival 2013

Alessandro Corbelli (Don Pasquale), Danielle de Niese (Norina), Nikolay Borchev (Malatesta), Alek Shrader (Ernesto), James Platt (A Notary), Anna-Marie Sullivan (Servant)

Enrique Mazzola (conductor) & Mariame Clément (director)

L'elisir d'amore

Recorded live at Glyndebourne Opera House, East Sussex, United Kingdom, in August 2009

Ekaterina Siurina (Adina), Peter Auty (Nemorino), Alfredo Daza (Belcore), Luciano di Pasquale (Dulcamara), Eliana Pretorian (Giannetta)

Maurizio Benini (conductor) & Annabel Arden (director)


From fake potions and feigned emotions to the follies of youth and the vulnerability of age, this special set brings together two of Donizetti's greatest comedies, L'elisir d'amore and Don Pasquale, charming works packed with musical wit and in which the composer looks beyond the archetypes of the buffa tradition to create complex, highly individual characters. Both operas are brought to life in sparkling Glyndebourne productions, with first-class singing from such noted artists as Alessandro Corbelli, Danielle di Niese and Ekaterina Siurina, and expert bel canto conducting from the pit.

Running time: 4 hours 23 minutes

Subtitles: EN/FR/DE/ES/IT/KO

Sound format: 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS

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Falla: When the Fire Burns & Nights in the Gardens of Spain

Falla: When the Fire Burns & Nights in the Gardens of Spain


Falla:

Noches en los jardines de Espana


'When the Fire Burns' is a musical documentary portrait. Shot throughout Spain and Argentina, the film captures the rich sensuality of Manuel de Falla's music, in counterpoint to the near monastic austerity of his life. Featured are performances by Charles Dutoit and the Montréal Symphony Orchestra, Teresa Berganza, Alicia de Larrocha, Narciso Yepes, Nicanor Zabaleta, and gypsy flamenco singers and dancers.

Directed by: Larry Weinstein

Also included is a full performance of Nights in the Gardens of Spain, a music film combining night-time footage of the Alhambra, the Moorish palace and gardens atop the hills of Granada - a stunning performance of de Falla’s masterpiece by pianist Alicia de Larrocha.

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