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Verdi: Rigoletto

Verdi: Rigoletto

A stage performance of the Opernhaus Zürich, June 2014


Saimir Pirgu (Il Duca di Mantova), George Petean (Rigoletto), Aleksandra Kurzak (Gilda), Andrea Mastroni (Sparafucile), Judith Schmid (Maddalena) & Julia Riley (Giovanna)

Philharmonia Zürich & Chor der Oper Zürich, Fabio Luisi (conductor) & Tatjana Gürbaca (stage director)

Set and Lighting Designer: Klaus Grünberg

Costume Designer: Silke Willrett

Grand festivities are held at the court of the Duke of Mantua. But the community which enjoys itself no longer knows values and amuses itself out of deadly boredom. The most cynical of all is court jester Rigoletto. He only wants to protect his daughter Gilda against the depraved world. He prohibits her everything – the young woman, however, goes her own way. On the first DVD of the new label Philharmonia Records we present Giuseppe Verdi’s popular opera «Rigoletto» live from the Opernhaus Zürich. Therewith, Director Tatjana Gürbaca – chosen as the Director of the Year 2013 by the «Opernwelt» – succeeded in producing a scenically reduced as well as expressively poetic production, acclaimed by press and public alike. Fabio Luisi, general music director of the Opernhaus Zürich and one of the leading interpreters of Italy’s opera repertory, stands at the desk of the Philharmonia Zürich.

Picture Format DVD NTSC 16:9

Sound Formats DVD PCM Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1

Region Code 0 (worldwide)

Disc Format DVD-9

Running Time Opera 124:39 min

Running Time Bonus 15:07 min

Subtitles German, English, French

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Accentus Music - PHR0203

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Vivaldi & Bach: Magnificats and Concerti

Vivaldi & Bach: Magnificats and Concerti


Bach, J S:

Keyboard Concerto No. 1 in D minor, BWV1052

Pierre Hantaï (harpsichord)

Magnificat in D major, BWV243

Hanna Bayodi-Hirt, Johannette Zomer (sopranos), Damien Guillon (countertenor), David Munderloh (tenor) & Stephan MacLeod (baritone)

La Capella Reial de Catalunya

Magnificat in D major, BWV243

bonus DVD

Hanna Bayodi-Hirt, Johannette Zomer (sopranos), Damien Guillon (countertenor), David Munderloh (tenor) & Stephan MacLeod (baritone)

La Capella Reial de Catalunya

Keyboard Concerto No. 1 in D minor, BWV1052

bonus DVD

Pierre Hantaï (harpsichord)

Vivaldi:

Concerto, Op. 3 No. 2 'Con due Violini e Violoncello obligato', RV 578

Manfredo Kraemer, Pablo Valetti (violins)

Magnificat in G minor, RV610

Hanna Bayodi-Hirt, Johannette Zomer (sopranos), Damien Guillon (countertenor), David Munderloh (tenor) & Stephan MacLeod (baritone)

La Capella Reial de Catalunya

Magnificat in G minor, RV610

bonus DVD

Hanna Bayodi-Hirt, Johannette Zomer (sopranos), Damien Guillon (countertenor), David Munderloh (tenor) & Stephan MacLeod (baritone)

La Capella Reial de Catalunya


JS Bach and Vivaldi’s' Magnificat's: desert island repertoire to illustrate the splendour of the orchestra Le Concert des Nations and choir of La Capella Reial de Catalunya. Jordi Savall offers a vivid and striking performance of these two masterpieces, recorded live at the Royal Chapel in Versailles in 2013. Each of them is introduced by a concerto by the same composer in the same tonality.

The superlative performance of Pierre Hantaï in the Concerto BWV1052 is another jewel to the crown of this album.

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Alia Vox - AVSA9909

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Phill Niblock: Brazil 84

Phill Niblock: Brazil 84

16mm film with music soundtrack by Phill Niblock


Niblock:

Three Orchids for 3 orchestras

Orchestra of the SEM Ensemble, Petr Kotik

Two by Tom for 2 orchestras

Trio Scordatura (Amsterdam) and the Nelly Boyd Ensemble (Hamburg)

Three Orchids

Trio Scordatura


Phill Niblock (b.1933) is an intermedia artist using music, film, photography, video and computers. He makes thick, loud drones of music, filled with microtones of instrumental timbres which generate many other tones in the performance space. Simultaneously, he presents films / videos which look at the movement of people working, or computer driven abstract images. 'Brazil 84' is from Niblock’s series “The Movement of People Working.” 16mm, unedited long shots, carefully framed to compress single movements, shot in rural and urban settings, capturing people in their working environments: men and women using their hands and body to an eternal working choreography that seems tuned to the microtonal universe of Niblock’s music.

All these images are timeless, they could have been shot today, in the ‘60s or even earlier in the century. All these images have a perfect timing, a perfect framing, captured not as a document but more as a choreographic gesture, as visual music. The images are raw, colours are saturated and the sound seems to happen in your head. Phill Niblock says: “In 1984, I returned to Brazil, deciding to travel the coast, closest to the ocean, from Salvador, Bahia, to as far north as I could get in the time I had. I was the sole film crew, carrying the camera bag and tripod, loading the film, reading the light... The film from that trip is the material on this DVD. And it was beautiful to see that country and those people.”

Originally silent, Niblock chose to add his music as the soundtrack, as he often does during screenings of his films. These works, specially compiled for this release, are presented in both stereo and surround mixes. For this DVD, a new transfer was made of the original 16mm film, which was then restored under Niblock’s supervision. The Digipak package contains a booklet of essays by Niblock, Bob Gilmore (music), Carlos Casas (film) and Johan Vandermaelen (the recordings).

Region 0, NTSC

Color, Aspect Ratio 4:3

Duration: 77 minutes

5.1 Dolby Digital & DTS Surround and Stereo

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Mode - mode273dvd

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From today on your name is Sara

From today on your name is Sara

By Volker Ludwig and Detlef Michel


Grips Theatre Berlin

Lyrics: Volker Ludwig

Music: Hansgeorg Koch

Based on the autobiography 'Ich trug den gelben Stern', published in English as 'Outcast: A Jewish Girl in Wartime Berlin' by Inge Deutschkron

1933. Inge is eleven years old, a bright Berlin kid, who refuses to understand why all of a sudden she is not allowed to play on the street. In the years after that for Inge, being a Jew means not only humiliation, attacks and restrictions, but also never going dancing or to the cinema. It means growing up without having been young. “Starting today your name is Sara,” a police officer tells 16-year-old Inge in 1938 and stamps a “J” on her ID card. “J” as in Jew. From that point on everything changed in the life of the self-confident, young Berliner. Constantly on the run from the Nazis, she and her mother wander through Berlin from one hiding place to the other….

The play, based on Inge Deutschkron’s book 'Ich trug den gelben Stern', tells a story in 33 scenes. Of the fear of the hunted. Of numerous individuals who helped Inge and her mother and who became, for Inge Deutschkron, the “quiet heroes.” And last but not least, of the fierce courage of a young girl who refused to give up. It has had 350 sold-out performances in the GRIPS Theater and is still part of its repertoire. In Berlin alone more than 120,000 theatergoers have seen the play since its premiere in 1989. In the meantime it has been staged by 42 theatres. Berlin’s GRIPS Theater, founded in 1969 under the influence of the student movement, is today the world’s most famous theatre for children and young people. As a comedic, musical “hang-in-there” Theater, it deals with the real problems of its audiences.

After many years working as a journalist in Tel Aviv, Inge Deutschkron lives once again in Berlin, significantly encouraged by her experiences with the play 'From today, your name is Sara'.

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belvedere - BVD10142

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$26.00

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Ravel: Concert for a Deaf Soul

Ravel: Concert for a Deaf Soul

A Play for Ragna Schirmer and Puppets about Maurice Ravel


Ravel:

Miroirs, 5 pieces for piano

Gaspard de la Nuit

Pavane pour une infante défunte


Katharina Kummer, Nils Dreschke, Sebastian Fortak, Lars Frank (puppeteers & actors) & Ragna Schirmer (piano)

Stage Director: Christoph Werner

Film Director: Axel Fuhrmann

'Concert for a Deaf Soul' is a theatrical take on the secretive life of French composer Maurice Ravel. A harmonious collaboration between Halle Puppet Theatre and pianist Ragna Schirmer has produced an "evening of empathy, filled with love for Ravel and his music." Scenes from the life of Ravel alternate and merge with some of his most impressive pieces for piano. Music, imagination, puppets and actors conflate into a touching and poetic experience.

Pianist Ragna Schirmer is one of the most distinguished artists of the younger generation. She has been awarded a total of 15 first prizes, becoming the only person to win the International Johann Sebastian Bach Competition in Leipzig twice. Ragna Schirmer has performed with the Münchner Philharmoniker under Zubin Mehta, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig under Herbert Blomstedt, Orchestre National de France under Kurt Masur and other orchestras. Her CD's have received numerous awards and excellent reviews throughout Europe (Diapason, Le Monde de la Musique, Gramophone, FonoForum, Crescendo).

Language: G | GB | F

Subtitles: GB | F

Region: 0 | NTSC

Sound: Stereo

Picture Format: 16:9

Bonus: 4 Interviews + Cartoon Movie

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belvedere - BVD10150

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$28.25

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Strauss, R: Der Rosenkavalier

Strauss, R: Der Rosenkavalier

Salzburg Festival 2014


Krassimira Stoyanova (The Feldmarschallin), Sophie Koch (Octavian),

Mojca Erdmann (Sophie), Silvana Dussmann (Marianne Leitmetzerin), Wiebke Lehmkuhl (Annina), Günther Groissböck (Baron Ochs auf Lerchenau), Adrian Eröd (Herr von Faninal), Kresimir Spicer (Valzacchi), Stefan Pop (A Singer), Tobias Kehrer (A police inspector), Martin Piskorski (Faninal's Major-Domo), Franz Supper (The Marschallin's Major-Domo), Lucas Singer (A notary), Roman Sadnik (An Innkeeper)

Wiener Philharmoniker, Franz Welser-Möst

This unabbreviated version of The Rosenkavalier from Salzburg Festival 2014 became a triumph and received fantastic reviews.

Staged by legendary Harry Kupfer.

Great cast incl. Krassimira Stoyanova, Günther Groisböck, Sophie Koch, Mojca Erdman, Franz Welser-Möst and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.

SOUND FORMAT DVD: PCM Stereo, dts 5.1

PICTURE 16:9, HD

SUBTITLES: English, German, French, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Japanese

BOOKLET: E, G, F

TOTAL RUNNING TIME. 146 MINS

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C Major - 719308

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Bizet: Les Pêcheurs de Perles

Bizet: Les Pêcheurs de Perles

Napoli 2014


Patrizia Ciofi (Leila), Dmitry Korchak (Nadir), Dario Solari (Zurga), Roberto Tagliavini (Nourabad)

Orchestra, Coro e Corpo di Ballo del Teatro di San Carlo, Gabriele Ferro

Staged by: Fabio Sparvoli

Bizet is more than Carmen. In his opera Les pêcheurs de perles (The Pearl Fishers) you find melodies to die for and not only the vocal music is beautiful, but also the orchestral and ballet pieces too. The opera includes “Warhorse” romance in every tenor’s repertoire: “Je crois entendre encore”, the tenor-baritone duet “Au fond du temple saint”. The tenor “has the most beautiful romances, some of which are nothing less than exceptional, and able to ensure Bizet’s eternal fame.” (Corriere della sera)

SOUND FORMAT DVD: PCM Stereo, dts 5.1

PICTURE 16:9, HD

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

BOOKLET: E, G, F

TOTAL RUNNING TIME. 118 MINS

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C Major - 719508

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André Rieu: The Best Of Christmas

André Rieu: The Best Of Christmas


CD

01. Stille Nacht

02. Deck The Hall With Boughs Of Holly

03. Walking In The Air – From “The Snowman”

04. O Come All Ye Faithful

05. Sleigh Ride

06. White Christmas

07. Jingle Bells

08. The Holy City

09. God Rest You Merry Gentlemen

10. O Holy Night

11. Petit Papa Noel

12. Go Tell It On The Mountain

13. Ave Maria

14. O Little Town Of Bethlehem

15. December Lights

16. Hallelujah

DVD

01. Stille Nacht [Music Video]

02. Deck The Hall With Boughs Of Holly – Edit [Music Video]

03. O Daughter Of Zion [Music Video]

04. White Christmas [Music Video]

05. Sleigh Ride [Music Video]

06. Old Toy Trains – Edit [Music Video]

07. O Christmas Tree [Music Video]

08. Walking In The Air (Theme From ‘The Snowman’) [Music Video]

09. Dezemberlichter [Music Video]

10. Go Tell It On The Mountain [Music Video]

11. Jingle Bells – Edit [Music Video]

12. Winter Wonderland [Music Video]

13. Christmas Rose (Es ist ein Ros’ entsprungen) [Music Video]

14. The Holy City [Music Video]

15. Ave Maria [Music Video]

16. Sleep Little Jesus (Slaap nu mijn Jezuke) [Music Video]

17. Silent Night [Music Video]


André Rieu (violin)

Johann Strauss Orchestra

To celebrate this most special time of year, Andre Rieu presents Best of Christmas, a selection of Rieu’s best loved Christmas hits chosen by the King of the Waltz himself.

For the very first time, Rieu has included a Christmas DVD alongside the CD as an extra special gift to his fans!

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Decca - 4713769

(CD + DVD Video - 2 discs)

$15.75

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Schiller: Symphonia

Schiller: Symphonia


1. Tune In

2. Ein Schöner Tag mit Eva Mali

3. Hochland

4. Lichtermeer

5. Desert Empire

6. Schiller

7. Ruhe

8. Sehnsucht (Instrumental)

9. Sehnsucht: Reprise

10. Sommernacht

11. Berlin Moskau

12. Tired mit Jaël

13. Let It Ruse mit Midge Ure

14. Leben… I Feel You (Instrumental)

15. Das Glockenspiel

16. Solveig’s Song mit Eva Mali

17. Sonne mit Unheilig

18. Berlin Berlin


Schiller (Christopher von Deylen) performs his most popular hits from across his 15-year career including “Das Glockenspiel” live at the historic Gendarmenmarkt in Berlin, accompanied by a spectacular full symphony orchestra. The extraordinary performance features tracks from his Gold-status “Opus”. The multi-award winning artist is one of the most successful German electronic acts of all time.

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Panorama - 0735152

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Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake, Op. 20

Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake, Op. 20

Wiener Staatsoper, April 2014


Olga Esina, Vladimir Shishov, Eno Peci, Dagmar Kronberger

Wiener Staatsballett & Orchester der Wiener Staatsoper, Alexander Ingram

Choreography by Rudolf Nureyev.

Rudolf Nureyev created his now classic version in 1964; to mark the 50th anniversary of this early masterpiece by a ballet genius, the Vienna State Opera has revived his production for 2014 with new sets and costumes.

SOUND FORMAT DVD: PCM Stereo, dts 5.1

PICTURE 16:9, HD

BOOKLET: E, G, F

TOTAL RUNNING TIME. 132 MINS

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C Major - 717608

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