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Silvesterkonzert 2015

Silvesterkonzert 2015

New Year‘s Eve Concert 2015


Brahms:

Hungarian Dance No. 1 in G minor

Chabrier:

L'Etoile: Overture

Massenet:

Le Cid: Suite

Poulenc:

Les Biches: Suite

Ravel:

La Valse

Tzigane

Anne-Sophie Mutter (violin)

Saint-Saëns:

Introduction & Rondo capriccioso, Op. 28

Anne-Sophie Mutter (violin)


With the traditional New Year’s Eve Concert from Berlin the Berliner Philharmoniker give a warm welcome to the New Year.

In 2015 the Berliner Philharmoniker under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle celebrate with famous French compositions.

The guest star is Anne-Sophie Mutter who performs Camille Saint-Saëns’s thrilling Introduction et Rondo capriccioso and Maurice Ravel’s highly virtuosic Tzigane.

Anne-Sophie Mutter is winner of some of the most prestigious awards such as Grammy Award, Echo Klassik, Chevalier de la Legion d'honneur and Herbert von Karajan Music Prize.

Picture format DVD: 16:9 - NTSC

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

Region code: 0 (worldwide)

Booklet Notes: English, German, French

Running time: 90 mins

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EuroArts - 2061478

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The Art of the Love Song: Annie Moses Band

The Art of the Love Song: Annie Moses Band


1. Evergreen By Barbra Streisand/Paul Williams

2. La Vie En Rose / Honeysuckle Rose, by Edith Piaf, English by Mack David and Frank Eyton / By Fats Waller and Andy Razaf

3. And I Love Her by Lennon and McCartney

4. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face by Ewan Macoll

5. Nat King Cole Medley

6. The Very Thought of you by Ray Noble

7. That’s All by Alan Brandt and Bob Haymes

8. L-O-V-E by Bert Kaempfert and Milt Gabler

9. Old Fashioned Love Song by Paul Williams

10. Longer by Dan Fogelberg

11. Nature Boy by Eden Ahbez

12. I Only Have Eyes For You by Harry Warren and Al Dubin

13. Let's Stay Together by Al Green, Al Jackson, La Marquis Jefferson, Jermaine Dupre Mauldin, Willie Mitchell, Joseph Simmons

14. Steady Hands Words and Music by Gretchen Wolaver

15. Love Song by Leslie Duncan

16. And I Love You So By Don McLean

17. Grow Old With Me By John Lennon

DVD BONUS:

You Are So Beautiful By Billy Preston and Bruce Fisher

Band Interview Footage


Annie Moses Band

The six multi-talented brothers and sisters who make up the Annie Moses Band are on home ground for The Art of the Love Song, the lush, romantic album that follows their first Warner Classics release, American Rhapsody. Available as a CD, DVD or Blu-ray, it was recorded live in July 2015 at the legendary Grand Ole Opry House in their hometown of Nashville, Tennessee.

Nashville, officially designated the USA’s ‘Music City’, reigns supreme in country music, but the Annie Moses Band specialises in a particular brand of artistic fusion. They bring together a rich variety of musical styles – popular and classical – to create something fresh, distinctive and captivating.

In the words of the band’s sweet-voiced lead singer and violinist, Annie Wolaver Dupre, The Art of the Love Song “honours the miracle of love”. She quotes Nat King Cole’s haunting Nature Boy: “The greatest thing you'll ever learn, is just to love and be loved in return." The velvet-voiced Cole is a special point of reference on the album, which also offers romantic numbers made famous by a diverse collection of great names – among them Barbra Streisand, The Beatles, Art Garfunkel, Joe Cocker and Perry Como. The members of the Annie Moses Band have reinterpreted a whole treasury of classic love songs for the album: it has 14 tracks, with two bonus tracks on the CD, and a bonus track and interview footage on the DVD and Blu-ray.

Between them, the Wolaver siblings – Annie, Alex, Benjamin, Camille, Gretchen and Jeremiah – play violin, viola, cello, harp, mandolin, guitar, electric guitar, piano and B3 Hammond organ. Several of them trained at New York’s renowned Juilliard School; what’s more, they are also songwriters, and Alex is the Annie Moses Band’s chief producer.

Backing them on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry House last July was a full-scale symphony orchestra, comprising young musicians from around the world who had come to Nashville to participate in the annual Fine Arts Summer Academy. This two-week summer-school is led by the members of Annie Moses Band – with their mother, Robin, serving as Artistic Director, and their father, Bill, as Musical Director. The lavish sound of the orchestra provides the perfect setting for the instruments and voices of the younger Wolavers – and for the unforgettable words and music of some of the world’s most memorable love songs.

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Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Vol. 3

Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Vol. 3

Salzburg Festival 2014, Mozarteum


Beethoven:

Piano Sonata No. 2 in A major, Op. 2 No. 2

Piano Sonata No. 9 in E major, Op. 14 No. 1

Piano Sonata No. 15 in D major, Op. 28 'Pastorale'

Piano Sonata No. 27 in E minor, Op. 90

Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor, Op. 57 'Appassionata'

Piano Sonata No. 11 in B flat major, Op. 22

Piano Sonata No. 20 in G major, Op. 49 No. 2

Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13 'Pathetique'

Piano Sonata No. 25 in G major, Op. 79

Piano Sonata No. 21 in C major, Op. 53 'Waldstein'

Piano Sonata No. 30 in E major, Op. 109

Piano Sonata No. 31 in A flat major, Op. 110

Piano Sonata No. 32 in C minor, Op. 111


Beethoven’s opus of 32 piano sonatas, known as “the New Testament of piano music”, is a landmark in piano literature. Spanning Beethoven’s entire life, the sonatas reflect his whole development as a human being and a musician, moving from one century into the next, from one epoch in music in to another. With the sonatas “Pathétique”, “Moonlight”, “Waldstein”, “Appassionata”, “Hammerklavier” and the final sonata op. 111, the cycle contains some of the most known piano pieces of all time. Now, for the first time in its history the complete cycle was performed at the Salzburg Festival. For this challenge the Festival asked no less than the world-renowned and influential Beethoven expert and pianist Rudolf Buchbinder. With more than 45 performances of Beethoven’s complete sonata cycle in concert halls all over the world and his relentless drive to discover new details and facets in the sonatas through meticulous study of the scores, “Buchbinder has set new standards in the interpretation of Beethoven’s works” (Bayerischer Rundfunk). This 2 DVD-Set/Blu-ray includes two concerts featuring sonatas Nos. 2, 9, 15 (Pastoral), 27, 23 (Appasionata), 11, 20, 8 (Pathétique), 25, 21 (Waldstein), 30, 31, 32.

BONUS: 36 minutes interview with Rudolf Buchbinder about the Beethoven Piano Sonatas.

SOUND FORMAT DVD: DTS 4.0, PCM Stereo

PICTURE 16:9, HD

SUBTITLES: BONUS: German (Original language), English

BOOKLET: English, German, French

TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 293 Mins

(Sonatas: 257 Mins)

(Bonus: 36 Mins)

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C Major Rudolf Buchbinder Complete Beethoven Piano Sonatas - 734508

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Gounod: Faust

Gounod: Faust


Charles Castronovo (Faust), Ildar Abdrazakov (Méphistophélès), Irina Lungu (Marguerite), Vasilij Ladjuk (Valentin), Samantha Korbey (Marthe), Ketevan Kemoklidze (Siebel), Paolo Maria Orecchia (Wagner)

Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Regio di Torino, Gianandrea Noseda

Premiered in Paris in 1859, Gounod’s Faust was an instant success and even today remains one of the most popular of all French operas. Its libretto was based on Michel Carré’s adaptation of his own stage play Faust et Marguerite, which in turn was loosely fashioned after Goethe’s two-part tragedy. By placing a giant black ring centre-stage that casts an ominous shadow over the singers and dominates the action, director, set and costume designer Stefano Poda has moved the storyline of the restless searcher Faust, to an abstract, seemingly futuristic hall, thereby ensuring that the most fascinating stage moments are not due only to sophisticated lighting. Thanks to the excellent and enthusiastic cast, Poda deftly guides the opera to triumph. Charles Castronovo in the title role is especially convincing, with his brilliant acting and mellifluous singing. Russian bass Ildar Abdrazakov – a regular in all major opera houses around the world – stars as the demonic Méphistophélès. As the innocent young girl Marguerite we see Moldovan soprano Irina Lungu, who demonstrates her ability with crystal-clear timbre.

Staged by: Stefano Poda

Recording date: Teatro Regio di Torino, 2015

Sound format: DTS 5.1, PCM Stereo

Picture: 16:9

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

Booklet: English, German, French

Total running time: 180 Mins

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Bizet: Carmen

Bizet: Carmen

Recorded live at the Royal Opera House, June 2011


Christine Rice (Carmen), Bryan Hymel (Don José), Aris Argiris (Escamillo) & Maija Kovalevska (Micaëla)

Royal Opera Chorus & Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Constantinos Carydis (conductor) & Francesca Zambello (stage director)

Julian Napier’s cinematic film of the Royal Opera’s production of Carmen – originally shot in 3D – is now made available on DVD and 2D Blu-ray. Arguably the world’s most popular opera, at the centre of this musical drama is the fiery Carmen, a gypsy woman whose love is as fleeting as it is passionate. Carmen has a devastating effect on the men she ensnares, and as the opera begins, she initiates an intense love affair with army corporal Don José. Later, when she abandons him for her new conquest, the bullfighter Escamillo, Don José’s jealousy turns to rage. This time, Carmen has pushed one suitor too far for her own good. In this characteristically vivid and vibrant stage production by Francesca Zambello, Seville is brought to life with ranks of soldiers, crowds of peasants, gypsies and bullfighters – as well as a magnificent horse, a donkey and even some chickens! Featuring the indomitable Bryan Hymel as Don José and Christine Rice in the title role, this compelling production of Bizet’s masterpiece has everything from intimate solos to rousing choruses, making it truly a musical event to remember.

Extra features: Carmen the opera and a Cast Gallery.

Running time: 155 minutes

Subtitles: EN/DE/FR/JAP/KO

Sound format: 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS

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Belarbi: La Reine Morte

Belarbi: La Reine Morte

The Dead Queen


Davit Galstyan (Don Pedro), Maria Gutierrez (Dona Ines De Castro) & Artjom Maksakov (Roi Ferrante)

Orchestre national du Capitole de Toulouse & Ballet du Capitole, Koen Kessels

Choreographer Kader Belarbi

Originally created for the Ballet du Capitole in 2011, La Reine morte is Kader Belarbi’s spectacular ballet, based on Montherlant’s play of the same name. The story follows Don Pedro, Prince of Portugal, who has fallen in love with Doña Inés de Castro, a lady-in-waiting of the Infanta – Pedro’s would-be wife. The sweethearts are married in secret, to the fury of the King, and the ensuing drama combines events in the real world with the two lovers’ dreams and visions. The ballet harks back to the classical style, but brings a refreshing new insight to the genre of the tragic love story. The choreography is set to a selection of pieces by the quintessential composer of ballet music, Tchaikovsky.

Recorded live at Théâtre du Capitole, Toulouse, January 2015

Extra features: Cast Gallery

Running time: 110 minutes

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Hasse, J A: Artaserse (1730 Venice version)

Hasse, J A: Artaserse (1730 Venice version)


Anicio Zorzi Giustiniani (Artaserse), Maria Grazia Schiavo (Mandane), Sonia Prina (Artabano), Franco Fagioli (Arbace), Rosa Bove (Semira), Antonio Giovannini (Megabise)

Ensemble Barocco dell'Orchestra Internazionale d'Italia, Corrado Rovaris

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Ken Russell’s View of The Planets

Ken Russell’s View of The Planets


Holst:

The Planets, Op. 32


First ever release on DVD of a long-forgotten masterpiece.

The Planets by Gustav Holst is one of the best-loved twentieth-century pieces by a British composer. Ken Russell has taken a brilliant performance of this work, with Eugene Ormandy conducting The Philadelphia Orchestra, and illustrated The Planets with passages from a mass of documentary material.

Russell’s work in film and television has been dazzling and controversial, though often full of charm and insights. His feature film credits include The Music Lovers, Women in Love, Mahler, The Devils, Savage Messiah, Lisztomania, Valentino and Tommy.

In this film from 1983 he presents his visual interpretation of Holst’s music. Written in seven movements, each describes the character of a planet: Mars – forceful and assertive; Venus – love of all things beautiful; Mercury – eloquent; Jupiter – buoyant and hopeful; Saturn – enduring; Uranus – eccentric and unexpected; and Neptune – subtle and mysterious.

Russell’s view of The Planets is provocative, stimulating, inventive, entertaining and wonderfully watchable, with “images that are beautiful, frightful and imaginative” (Daily Mail).

Special Feature: Introduced by Melvyn Bragg

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Picture Format: 4:3 (pillarbox)

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Running time: 53 mins

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The Story of Stravinsky's Le Sacre du printemps

The Story of Stravinsky's Le Sacre du printemps

A Film by Peter Rump


Stravinsky:

The Rite of Spring


First release on DVD.

With Valery Gergiev and Igor Stravinsky.

Featuring: Pierre Boulez, Alexander Toradze and others.

This programme records the meeting of two Russian musical giants, as Valery Gergiev, the most charismatic and dynamic conductor of our day, rehearses, performs and discusses Igor Stravinsky’s Le Sacre du printemps, a masterpiece of the twentieth-century. This visceral music is close to the maestro’s heart. He not only talks about its history and demonstrates what makes it such an innovative, inspiring and exhilarating composition, but also explains his special affi nity with this work from Stravinsky’s “Russian period”.

The theme of the Sacre is the primitive peasants’ appeasement of the new year deity that presides over earthly fertility and man’s survival. Stravinsky’s reiterated rhythms, harsh, massive blocks of harmony and dour, menacing scraps of basic melodic material evoke the first spring thaw for primitive man. The piece was written as ballet music, commissioned by Diaghilev and choreographed by Nijinsky for the Ballets Russes. The première of the Sacre ballet caused such a scandal that 29th May 1913 has gone down as the most notorious night in dance history. This programme includes extracts from a 1970’s Joffrey Ballet production of the Sacre, which used Nijinsky’s choreography and reconstructions of the original set and costume designs.

Among a wide range of archive material used in the programme is a rare clip of Igor Stravinsky conducting the Sacre, as well as footage of the composer talking about his composition and recalling his reaction to the audience’s loud disapproval of the piece at is première – “I said, ‘Go to Hell!’”

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Audio Languages: GB, DE

Subtitles: FR

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Running time: 57 mins

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A Tribute to Hans Knappertsbusch

A Tribute to Hans Knappertsbusch

Live recording from the Theater an der Wien, Wiener Festwochen, 1962 & 1963


Beethoven:

Leonore Overture No. 3, Op. 72b

Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58

Wilhelm Backhaus (piano)

Wagner:

Die Walküre: Act 1

Claire Watson (Sieglinde), Fritz Uhl (Siegmund) & Josef Greindl (Hunding)

Tristan und Isolde: Prelude & Liebestod

Birgit Nilsson (Isolde)


The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and Hans Knappertsbusch worked together for the first time at the Salzburg Festival in 1929. Mozart’s Eine kleine Nachtmusik, De Falla’s Nights in the Gardens of Spain and a Dance Suite by the composer Franckenstein formed the first half of the programme while Beethoven’s Eroica took up the second half. Although the orchestra and the conductor had never met before, Knappertsbusch rehearsed only the first part of the programme. He refused to rehearse Beethoven’s Eroica, saying, “You know the work, I know the score”. The violinist Otto Strasser remembers, “He radiated such confidence on the evening of the concert that a rehearsal had indeed not been necessary”…

This incident was characteristic for the relationship between the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and Hans Knappertsbusch, which lasted for 35 years, giving 210 concerts and playing for innumerable performances at the Vienna State Opera. Although Knappertsbusch was born near Wuppertal in Westphalia in 1888, the conductor felt particularly at home in Vienna. When the National Socialists removed the somewhat defiant Musical Director of the Munich State Opera from his post in 1936 in the middle of a performance and forbade him to conduct any further performances or concerts, Knappertsbusch took up a position as conductor at the Vienna State Opera, where Bruno Walter was Artistic Director at the time. As a result he had a particularly close relationship with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, which remained unchanged till the end of the war. After the Second World War Vienna continued to be the centre of his conducting activity - together with Munich and Bayreuth - and until shortly before his death in Munich in 1965, Knappertsbusch’s concerts were the annual highlights of the season not only for the orchestra but also for his many fans.

Sound Formats: PCM Mono

Picture Format: 4:3

Original Language: DE

Subtitles: GB, FR, DE, ES, IT

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Running Time: 152 mins

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