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Borodin: Prince Igor

Borodin: Prince Igor


Ildar Abdrazakov (Prince Igor), Mikhail Petrenko (Prince Galitsky), Sergey Semishkur (Vladimir Igorevich), Vladimir Ognovenko (Skula), Andrey Popov (Yeroshka), Oksana Dyka (Yaroslavna), Kiri Deonarine (Polovtsian Maiden), Anita Rachvelishvili (Konchakovna), Mikhail Vekua (Ovlur), Štefan Kocán (Khan Koncha), Barbara Dever (Yaroslavna’s Nurse)

Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Chorus and Ballet, Gianandrea Noseda

For the first time in nearly 100 years, Borodin’s defining Russian epic, famous for its Polovtsian Dances, comes to the MET.

Dmitri Tcherniakov’s production is a brilliant psychological journey through the mind of its conflicted hero, and his “[…] wonderful staging is dreamlike, wrenchingly human and viscerally theatrical” (New York Times).

Star bass-baritone Ildar Abdrazakov takes on the monumental title role and "[…] masterfully probed Igor's guilt and regret" (Wall Street Journal).

The DVD includes a “Backstage at the MET” with host Eric Owens:

Introductions to Act 1, 2 and 3

Interview: Ildar Abdrazakov

Panel: Gelb, Tcherniakov; Noseda (+Lidiya)

Interview: Dyka; Petrenko (+Lidiya)

Interview: Rachvelishvili

Interview: Donald Palumbo

Picture format: 16:9 / colour / NTSC

Audio format: PCM Stereo / DTS 5.1

Region Code: All regions ("0")

Disc: 2 DVD-9

Menu Language: English

Subtitles (Opera): English, German, French, Spanish, Chinese, Korean

Total time: c. 202' (c. 192' opera + 10' extras)

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Bizet: Carmen

Bizet: Carmen


Vesselina Kasarova (Carmen), Jonas Kaufmann (Don José), Isabel Rey (Micaela), Michele Pertusi (Escamillo)

Chor der Oper Zürich & Philharmonia Zurich, Franz Welser-Möst

In 2008 the Opernhaus Zurich staged this magnificent production starring virtuoso tenor Jonas Kaufmann as Don José and the Bulgarian Vesselina Kasarova as the flirtatious prima-donna of the title role. Mezzo-soprano Kasarova is dazzling as the tough-as-nails, beautifully unsentimental heroine – think classic Sophia Loren meets West Side Story.

Kaufmann, in the guise of a Spanish police officer, brilliantly portrays the blustering but naive Don José as a modern contrast of hard-edged machismo and out-of-his-depths vulnerability.

Director Matthias Hartmann refreshed one of the greatest and most popular operas of all time with touches of a contemporary setting and costume designs that emphasize the timeless archetypes of the characters. This production of Carmen enthralled audiences with the visceral physical quality of the performances, enhanced by a single panoramic set for all four acts that is stripped of the traditional Spanish styling.

Kaufmann superbly presents Don José as awkward, socially inept and doomed for disillusionment. Kasarova’s Carmen commands attention with a soft and sensual exterior that hides her ruthless and sinister heart in plain view.

Menus: English • Picture Format: 16:9 Anamorphic Widescreen • Colour Mode: Colour • Region Code: 0 (worldwide)

DVD Format: NTSC • Duration: 166 mins • Sound: 1 LPCM Stereo • 2 DTS Digital 5.1 Surround Subtitles: French (sung language), English, German

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Glass, P: Spuren Der Verirrten - The Lost


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Orange Mountain - DVDOMM5008

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Richter plays Schumann & The Russians

Richter plays Schumann & The Russians


Debussy:

Préludes - Book 2: No. 8, Ondine

Préludes - Book 1: No. 3, Le vent dans la plaine

Rachmaninov:

Moment musical No. 6 in C major, Op. 16 No. 6

Melodie in E Major, Op. 3 No. 3

Polichinelle, Op. 3, No. 4

Prelude Op. 32 No. 12 in G sharp minor

Schumann:

Faschingsschwank aus Wien, Op. 26

Blumenstück, Op. 19

Bilder aus Osten, Op. 66

with Lyudmila Berlinskaya

Paganini Studien, Op. 10 (extracts)

Toccata in C major, Op. 7

Fugues (4), Op. 72

Tchaikovsky:

The Seasons, Op. 37b: May ('Starlit Nights')

The Seasons, Op. 37b: June (Barcarolle)

L'espiegle, Op. 72, No. 12

Un poco di Chopin, Op. 72, No. 15

Valse de salon in A flat major, Op. 51 No. 1

Menuetto-scherzando, Op. 51 No. 3


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Parnassus - PDVD1203

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Mahler: Symphony No. 9 in D major

Mahler: Symphony No. 9 in D major


Theodor W. Adorno regarded Mahler’s Symphony No. 9 as “the first work of modern music”. Adorno’s teacher, Alban Berg, saw in it “the expression of a tremendous love for this world, a longing to live in peace and to savor Nature to its depths – before the arrival of Death. For it will inevitably come.” This live recording of the composer’s last completed symphony is part of an ongoing Leipzig cycle of Mahler’s symphonies. It confirms once more the Gewandhaus Orchestra’s reputation as an exemplary ensemble for the performance of Mahler’s music. The highest level of performance culture combined with a sharply contoured, transparent, polished, and detailed manner of playing, plus infectious verve and an unmistakable sound characterized by a darkly golden color – these are qualities responsible for the Gewandhaus Orchestra’s international reputation. Since the time of Bruno Walter, the orchestra has developed over the years a deep understanding of the works of Gustav Mahler, which in their collaboration with Riccardo Chailly has been continued.

BONUS: Riccardo Chailly on Mahler 9 and in conversation with Henry‐Louis de La Grange.

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Accentus Music Riccardo Chailly Mahler Symphony cycle - ACC20299

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Strauss, R: Arabella

Strauss, R: Arabella

Salzburg Easter Festival, 2014


Renée Fleming (Arabella), Thomas Hampson (Mandryka), Albert Dohmen, Gabriela Beňačková (Adelaide), Albert Dohmen (Waldner), Hanna-Elisabeth Müller (Zdenka), Daniel Behle (Matteo), Derek Welton (Dominik), Benjamin Bruns (Elemer), Steven Humes (Lamoral), Daniela Fally (Fiakermilli), Jane Henschel (Kartenaufschlägerin)

Staatskapelle Dresden & Sächsischer Staatsopernchor Dresden, Christian Thielemann

Staged by Florentine Klepper

2014 celebrates the 150th birthday of Richard Strauss. Arabella from this year´s Salzburg Easter Festival and is after Capriccio the second R: Strauss Opera C Major is releasing in 2014. Der Rosenkavalier from this year´s Salzburg Festival will be released in fall 2014.

Fantastic star cast: Renèe Fleming, Thomas Hampson, Albert Dohmen (Covent Garden, Wiener Staatsoper, MET), Gabriela Beňačková (Wiener Staatsoper, Covent Garden)

With Christian Thielemann and the Staatskapelle Dresden „the music of Richard Strauss is in best hands“. (ORF)

Subtitles: Deutsch, Eng, Fra, Spa, Chin, Kor, Jap

Booklet: Englisch, Deutsch, Französisch

No. of Discs: 2

Run time: 178 MIN

Disc Format: NTSC

Picture: 16:9

Audio: PCM Stereo, Dolby 5.1

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C Major - 717208

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Stravinsky: L'Histoire du Soldat

Stravinsky: L'Histoire du Soldat


Nacho Duato (Soldier), Aryeh Weiner (Devil), Gerald Tibbs (Alter Ego), Teresina Mosco (Mother), Fiona Lummis (Fiancée), Lionel Hoche (Friend of the Soldier) & Karin Heyninck (Princess)

Nederlands Dans Theater, David Porcelijn

Choreography by Jirí Kylián

Jirí Kylián feels a great affinity for Stravinsky, who, like himself, was forced to leave his homeland. He describes the composer’s music drama, L’Histoire du soldat, as a “surrealistic fairy tale for grown-up children”. His version of the piece uses the original French version libretto by Charles Ferdinand Ramuz. With scenery and costumes by John MacFarlane, this studio recording features Nacho Duato as the soldier who sells his soul to the Devil for wealth, but is forced to wander the world.

The onset of the First World War and the Russian Revolution of 1917 had drastic consequences for Stravinsky in his Swiss exile: his property was confiscated, and he the reby lost the rights to his works and the associated income, leaving him in a situation which isolated him as an artist. Stravinsky and his librettist for L’Histoire du soldat, Charles Ferdinand Ramuz, had the idea of “founding a travelling theatre which, with as little funding as possible, could be moved easily from place to place and perform in small meeting places.” It involved a street ballad-like series of scenes about a pact between a soldier and the devil which was “to be read, played and danced”. The associated new work, with its diversity, its structure, the switching between narration, action, mime and dance, and its elements from tango, English Waltz and Ragtime, could not have been categorized under any genre which existed at the time. It was premiered on 28 September 1918 and in this version is brilliantly reinterpreted by the Nederlands Dans Theater.

Sound Format: PCM Stereo

Picture Format: 4:3

DVD Format: DVD 9 / NTSC

Running Time: 51 mins

Subtitles: FR (Original Language), GB, DE

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Region Code: 0

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Arthaus Musik - 100133

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A Recital With Renée Fleming

A Recital With Renée Fleming

Vienna At The Turn Of The 20th Century


 

I'm in love with Vienna

J Strauss II/Tiomkin

Gershwin:

Summertime (from Porgy and Bess)

Korngold:

Sterbelied

Das Heldengrab am Pruth, Op. 9 No. 5

Was du mir bist? (from Drei Lieder, Op. 22)

Das eilende Bachlein, Op. 27 No. 2

Frag mich oft from Walzer aus Wien

Glück, das mir verbleib 'Marietta's Lied' (from Die Tote Stadt)

Mahler:

Rückert-Lieder (5 songs, complete)

Schoenberg:

Erwartung, Op. 17

Jane Grey, Op. 12 No. 1

Strauss, R:

Zueignung, Op. 10 No. 1

Zemlinsky:

5 Lieder from a poem by Richard Dehmel for baritone & piano


Renée Fleming (soprano) & Maciej Pikulski (piano)

Live from the Golden Hall of the Musikverein Vienna, 2012

Video Director Brian Large

This concert is Renée Fleming’s very personal homage to “Fin de Siècle” Vienna. At the turn of the last century, the capital of the Austrian Empire was also one of the cultural centers for the fi ne arts and, in particular, for music. The city of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven, a “melting pot” of cultures and musical traditions, attracted gifted musicians and composers alike and provided the perfect soil for much of the greatest music of that time. With this selection of works by Hugo Wolf (1860 -1903) and Gustav Mahler (1860 -1911), combined with more progressive songs by Alexander Zemlinsky (1871 - 1942), Arnold Schoenberg (1874 - 1951) and Erich Wolfgang Korngold (1897 - 1957), Renée Fleming presents to us the full variety of this unique epoch. The venue of her recital with Maciej Pikulski at the piano is, of course, the Golden Hall of the Musikverein Vienna.

Sound Formats: PCM Stereo, DD 5.0

Picture Format: 16:9

DVD Format: DVD 9 / NTSC

Subtitle Languages: GB, DE, FR

Running Time: 88 mins

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Arthaus Musik - 102196

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Adam: Giselle

Adam: Giselle

Recorded live at the Royal Opera House, January 2014


Choreography Marius Petipa after Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot

Giselle remains one of the most popular Romantic ballets of all time. The story brings together an engaging mix of human passions, supernatural forces, and the transcendent power of self-sacrificing love. The production by Sir Peter Wright catches the atmosphere of this great Romantic ballet, especially in the perfection of its White Act, with ghostly maidens drifting through the forest in spectacular patterns – one of the most famous of any scenes for the corps de ballet. Giselle dances with lightness and fragility, giving the impression of floating through the mist.

This is one of The Royal Ballet’s most loved and admired productions, faithful to the spirit of the 1841 original yet always fresh at each revival. This performance features former Bolshoi star and now Royal Ballet principal Natalia Osipova in a breath-taking interpretation of the title role.

Extra features: The Romance of Giselle, The Corps de ballet in Giselle and a cast gallery.

Running time: 113 minutes

Subtitles: N/A

Sound format: 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS

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Mozart: Don Giovanni, K527

Mozart: Don Giovanni, K527

Teatro La Fenice, 2011


Ildebrando D’Arcangelo (Don Giovanni), Andrea Concetti (Leporello), Carmela Remigio (Donna Elvira), Myrto Papatanasiu (Donna Anna), Marlin Miller (Don Ottavio), Manuela Bisceglie (Zerlina), William Corrò (Masetto), Enrico Giuseppe Iori (Il Commendatore)

Orchestra e Coro del Teatro La Fenice, Riccardo Frizza

Great cast with Ildebrando D´Arcangelo, Carmela Remigio (sang with Pavarotti, worked with conductors like C. Abbado, R. Muti and performed at Covent Garden, La Scala etc.), Andrea Concetti (performed with conductors as C. Abbado and at opera houses in Paris, Zurich, Berlin, Salzburg Festival etc.)

Ildebrando D´Arcangelo will sing Don Giovanni this year at the Salzburg Festival.

From Sferisterio Opera Festival, Maccerata, Italy.

Staged by Pier Luigi Pizzi.

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