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Shchedrin: The Left-Hander

Shchedrin: The Left-Hander


Andrei Popov, Edward Tsanga, Vladimir Moroz, Kristina Alieva, Maria Maksakova

Mariinsky Orchestra and Chorus, Valery Gergiev

DVD/BLURAY

Specially written for Gergiev on the occasion of his 60th birthday, Rodion Shchedrin’s 'The Left-Hander' is a comedy of Russians and Englishmen, new technology, old traditions and strong drink. The premiere was given by the Mariinsky Opera in St Petersburg in July 2013.

Rodion Shchedrin is one of music’s greatest living humourists and his work is laced with pitch-black irony and deadpan wit. Based on Nikolai Leskov’s classical satirical novella of 1881, 'The Tale of Cross-Eyed Lefty From Tula and the Steel Flea', 'The Left-Hander' is a gloriously wry exploration of Russia’s relationship with the West in general and England in particular. The work recently received its UK premiere and was met with great acclaim.

“All in all, a useful addition to the catalogue, if maybe not a sure-fire hit.” The Telegraph, 21st March 2015 ***

“It fizzes with energy … I enjoyed this hugely.” CD Review, 11th April 2015

“Gergiev conducts a sharp performance, one fully alert to the satires that enmesh the work.” Gramophone Magazine, June 2015

“The SACD recording is very fine, the booklet impeccably presented. If you love opera and are attracted by the Russian traditions of surrealism and dark humour, then this is an extremely fertile place to plant your flag.” MusicWeb International, 24th June 2015

“Andrei Popov gives way to joy in the title role, passing by all states, excitement to dejection. The Flea is a small mechanical doll alla Offenbach, a light coloratura of course, much applauded after her numbers...the beautiful lyric soprano Maria Maksakova as Princess Charlotte deserved much applause.” Diapason

“Shchedrin parses and sets the text very cleverly, with lively and often humorous orchestration, folkish when needed… Levsha is definitely an ensemble piece best suited to a company like the Mariinsky, with its expert chorus and strongly enacted minor parts.” Opera News

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Mariinsky - MAR0588

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Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro, K492

Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro, K492

Salzburg Festival, August 2015

(including interactive opera guide)


Luca Pisaroni (Conte Almaviva), Anett Fritsch (Contessa Almaviva), Martina Janková (Susanna), Adam Plachetka (Figaro), Margarita Gritskova (Cherubino), Ann Murray (Marcellina), Carlos Chausson (Don Bartolo), Paul Schweinester (Don Basilio), Franz Supper (Don Curzio), Christina Gansch (Barbarina), Erik Anstine (Antonio)

Wiener Philharmoniker & Konzertvereinigung Wiener, Dan Ettinger (conductor) & Sven-Eric Bechtolf (stage director)

Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro is an unforgettable opera about love, desire and the primal force of uncontrollable passion. Concluding the Salzburg Festival’s highly successful Mozart / Da Ponte cycle, director Sven-Eric Bechtolf sets this emotional tour de force in a stately English country house during the 1920s. The renowned Vienna Philharmonic ensures an exceptional evening of music from Mozart’s birthplace.

“Everything about the show exuded immediacy and naturalness: the intriguingly updated production by the director Sven-Eric Bechtolf; the winning performances of a compelling cast; and the supple, glowing playing that the conductor Dan Ettinger drew from the Vienna Philharmonic…”. (The New York Times)

In the hands of Sven-Eric Bechtolf, this final production in the Salzburg Festival’s Mozart / Da Ponte trilogy is a unique evening of inspiring opera.

The stage design, spread over two levels showing up to five rooms at the same time, ensures fast-paced, parallel and multi-layered staging possibilities.

DVD Picture: 16:9 – NTSC

DVD Sound: PCM Stereo, DD 5.1, DTS 5.1

Region code: 0 (worldwide)

Running time: 190 mins

Language: Italian

Subtitles: English, German, French, Italian, Spanish

Production year: 2015

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EuroArts - 8024272958

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Scheduled for release on 24 June 2016. Order it now and we will deliver it as soon as it is available.

Handel: Alcina

Handel: Alcina


Patricia Petibon (Alcina), Philippe Jaroussky (Ruggiero), Anna Prohaska (Morgana), Katarina Bradic (Bradamante), Anthony Gregory (Oronte), Krzysztof Baczyk (Melisso), Elias Mädler, Lionel Wunsch (Oberto)

Freiburger Barockorchester, MusicAeterna (Chorus of the Perm Opera), Andrea Marcon (musical director) & Katie Mitchell (stage director)

Stage design: Chloe Lamford

Costumes design: Laura Hopkins

Light: James Farncombe

Choreography: Joseph W. Alford

Alcina, one of Handel’s most popular operas, is named after a dangerously seductive sorceress – soprano Patricia Petibon in this production from the 2015 Aix-en-Provence Festival; but perhaps the central figure is the bewitched warrior Ruggiero, performed here by Philippe Jaroussky. The role, which includes the haunting, lilting aria ‘Verdi prati’, was composed for the celebrated countertenor Giovanni Carestini, who provided the focus for Jaroussky’s superb 2007 album of arias by Handel, Hasse, Porpora, Leo and Gluck.

Ruggiero, captive on Alcina’s magic island, will be transformed into an animal or inanimate object once the enchantress tires of him, but fortunately his betrothed Bradamante (a mezzo-soprano) comes to save him, disguised as her brother, Ricciardo. Further complications ensue when Alcina’s sister, Morgana, falls in love with ‘Ricciardo’.

The production of Alcina, by the British director Katie Mitchell, was welcomed by the Financial Times as “meticulously executed …, rich in detail, consummately polished”. Like Mitchell’s Aix-en-Provence staging of George Benjamin’s hugely successful Written on Skin (first seen in 2012), it offers simultaneous action in multiple zones of the stage, with Alcina’s elegant boudoir taking pride of place. As the New York Times wrote: “It involves a huge sorcery machine for turning people into animals (or whatever). And Ms. Mitchell works magic of her own onstage, constantly showing the enchantresses Alcina and Morgana alternating between glamorous public personas and their ‘real life’, older, private selves …There are also bits of simulated sex, mingling genders and suggesting, among other things, inventive new ways to hit high notes.”

Describing the whole show as “a night of a thousand delights”, Bachtrack wrote that “Philippe Jaroussky cuts a mighty fine dash as the debonair knight Ruggiero … The French countertenor's yearning mezza voce delivery of ‘Verdi prati’ is sublime, possibly the evening's vocal highlight, although there is strong competition from Anna Prohaska's ‘Tornami a vagheggiar’ [Morgana’s spectacular Act 1 closing number] and from Anthony Gregory's [Oronte] physically and vocally energetic ‘È un folle, un vile affetto’. Add some bell-clear, sweetly defined contributions from Katarina Bradić [Bradamante] and Krzysztof Baczyk [Melisso] as the gallant rescuers and this Alcina is a feast for the ear.” Le Monde reported that “Patricia Petibon throws herself into the title role, body, voice, soul and more, toying with the limits of style,” while the New York Times found that she was “little short of sensational vocally … and excellent at eliciting sympathy through her acting.”

The Financial Times praised the Freiburger Barockorchester for playing with “flair, energy and an easy, open sound ... [Conductor] Andrea Marcon lets the phrases breathe, gives a lush continuo section room to unfold, and knows how to drive the pace forward without sounding forced.” Describing Marcon as “exceptional”, Opera News felt that: “Musically, this was a performance of the highest festival level … the continuo and instrumental solos attained a rarely heard level of ensemble with an orchestra honed to perfection.”

Running time: 182 minutes

Colour . NTSC systems . Disc Format: 2 DVD 9

Sound Format: Stereo PCM 2.0 / Dolby Digital 5.1

Menu language: English

Subtitles: ENG, GER, FR, IT

Sung in Italian

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Erato - 9029597436

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Scheduled for release on 3 June 2016. Order it now and we will deliver it as soon as it is available.

Puccini: Gianni Schicchi

Puccini: Gianni Schicchi


Plácido Domingo (Gianni Schicchi), Arturo Chacón-Cruz (Rinuccio), Andriana Chuchman (Lauretta), Greg Fedderly (Gherardo), Meredith Arwady (Zita), Stacey Tappan (Nella), Craig Colclough (Simone), Peabody Southwell (La Ciesca), Philip Cokorinos (Betto di Signa), Liam Bonner (Marco), Isaiah Morgan (Gherardino), E. Scott Levin (Maestro Spinelloccio), Kihun Yoon (Ser Amantio di Nicolao), Daniel Armstrong (Pinellino), Gabriel Vamvulescu (Guccio)

Los Angeles Opera Orchestra, Grant Gershon (conductor) & Woody Allen (director)

Directed by Woody Allen

Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi is the only opera Woody Allen has ever staged. The 2015 version on this release is a revival of Woody Allen’s 2008 production for L.A. Opera, a hilarious parody of classical Italian cinema stereotypes. Features Plácido Domingo in the leading role as Gianni Schicchi.

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Sony - 88985315089

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Scheduled for release on 3 June 2016. Order it now and we will deliver it as soon as it is available.

Yanni: The Dream Concert

Yanni: The Dream Concert

Live from The Great Pyramids of Egypt


Yanni

The No. 1 selling, composer, producer, multi-instrumentalist and global phenomenon Yanni has performed his distinctive music in exotic and historic locations all across the world. From his groundbreaking concert at the Acropolis to his most recent televised performance at El Morro, Puerto Rico, Yanni has pushed the boundaries of the way audiences experience live music. After performing at China's Forbidden City and India's Taj Mahal, Yanni realized his lifelong dream to perform at the foot of the Sphinx at the Great Pyramids of Giza in Egypt — the last of the Seven Ancient Wonders of the World that remains today. The November 2015 concert was captured in 4K state-of-the-art high definition audio and video, and features a career-spanning selection of fan favorites, along with never-before-performed songs and new arrangements of his classic compositions. YANNI: THE DREAM CONCERT - LIVE AT THE GREAT PYRAMIDS OF EGYPT will be released on CD/DVD, Blu-ray, and Digital Download on June 3 via Sony Music Masterworks’ imprint Portrait Records.

Yanni holds the record for most No. 1’s in Billboard’s New Age category, racking up 40-plus platinum and gold albums with sales of over 25 million. A multiple Grammy Award nominee, Yanni is truly a global artist and has sold out tour dates around the world and performed for millions of people. His primarily instrumental works cross all barriers; without lyrics, the music is accessible to all listeners regardless of age, race, language or culture.

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Sony - 88875188472

(CD + DVD Video)

$18.75

Scheduled for release on 3 June 2016. Order it now and we will deliver it as soon as it is available.

Andre Rieu: Welcome To My World

Andre Rieu: Welcome To My World

Part 1: Episodes 1-4


Episode 1: TV Show

Episode 2: The Brits are Coming!

Episode 3: On The Road

Episode 4: The Veteran’s Concert


Andre Rieu (violin)

André Rieu: “Welcome to my World” captures never seen before aspects of his life through a combination of behind-the scenes documentary, music performances and special heart-warming interviews.

This unique series follow the Classical Brit Award-winning artist and his very special guests as they prepare to perform in dazzling concerts around the world.

From Australia to Argentina via Mexico and Maastricht, viewers will join André and members of the famous Johann Strauss Orchestra in a spectacular journey celebrating music, waltzes and his spellbinding showmanship.

Each episode documents an exhilarating part of the maestro’s life, as well as showcasing new concert performances.

André Rieu “Welcome to my World” features exclusive interviews and unprecedented access to the team who work with the violinist and help make his concerts so memorable. The episodes contain unique interviews with his sons Marc and Pierre Rieu and long-standing members of the Johann Strauss Orchestra, as well as his trusted concert soloists Carla Maffioletti, Carmen Monarcha and Mirusia Louwerse and many more special guests.

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Decca - 4763388

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$17.50

Scheduled for release on 3 June 2016. Order it now and we will deliver it as soon as it is available.

3 Modern Operas

3 Modern Operas


Berg:

Lulu

Recorded at the Salzburg Festival, August 2010, Video Director: Brian Large

Patricia Petibon (Lulu), Pavol Breslik (The Painter/A Negro), Michael Volle (Dr. Schön/Jack the Ripper), Cora Burggraaf (Dresser/High_School Boy/Groom), Franz Grundheber (Schigolch), Thomas Piffka (Alwa), Thomas Johannes Mayer (An Animal Tamer/Rodrigo), Heinz Zednik (The Prince/The Manservant), Andreas Conrad (The Marquis), Martin Tzonev (The Theatre Manger/The Banker), Emilie Pictet (A Fifteen-year-old girl), Cornelia Wulkopf (Her Mother)

Wiener Philharmoniker & Upper Austrian Jazz Orchestra, Marc Albrecht (conductor) & Vera Nemirova (stage director)

Schreker:

Die Gezeichneten

Recorded at the Salzburg Festival, July 2005, Video Director: Andreas Morell

Robert Hale (Herzog Antoniotto Adorno), Michael Volle (Graf Andrea Vitelozzo Tamare), Wolfgang Schöne (Lodovico Nardi), Anne Schwanewilms (Carlotta Nardi) & Robert Brubaker (Alviano Salvago)

Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin & Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor, Kent Nagano (director) & Nikolaus Lehnhoff (stage director)

Zimmermann, B A:

Die Soldaten

Recorded at the Salzburg Festival, August 2012, Video Director: Hannes Rossacher

Alfred Muff (Wesener), Laura Aikin (Marie), Tanja Ariane Baumgartner (Charlotte), Tomasz Konieczny (Stolzius), Renée Morloc (Stolzius’s mother), Gabriela Benacková (Countess de la Roche), Matthias Klink (The Young Count), Daniel Brenna (Desportes), Boaz Daniel (Eisenhardt) & Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke (Pirzel)

Wiener Philharmoniker, Ingo Metzmacher (conductor) & Alvis Hermanis (stage director)


This DVD Box contains three award-winning reference recordings of modern 20th century operas, recorded at the Salzburg Festival in 2005, 2010 and 2012.

Featuring the Wiener Philharmoniker, the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and stellar soloists such as Michael Volle, Matthias Klink, Tomasz Konieczny and Patricia Petibon.

Extraordinary stage designs and thrilling productions.

Picture format: 16:9 - NTSC

Sound format: PCM Stereo, DD 5.0, DTS 5.0

Region code: 0 (worldwide)

Running time: DVD 1: 122 mins, DVD 2: 145 mins, DVD 3: 173 mins

Total running time: 440 mins

Language: German, Subtitles: English, German, French (and for DVD 3: Italian, Japanese, Chinese, Korean)

Production years: 2012, 2010, 2005

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EuroArts - 8024272972

(DVD Video - 4 discs)

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Scheduled for release on 24 June 2016. Order it now and we will deliver it as soon as it is available.

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