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Rameau: Maître à Danser

Rameau: Maître à Danser


Rameau:

Daphnis et Aegle

La Naissance d'Osiris


Daphnis et Eglé and La Naissance d’Osiris - two unfamiliar titles - two works that have rarely seen the light of day. Setting them alongside Rameau’s immense Tragedies Lyriques one might be tempted to dismiss them as flimsy entertainments but on closer inspection they reveal a world full of charm, humanity, sensuality, and grace.

These are not pieces written for the opera houses of Paris but for the private, more intimate, court performances at Fontainebleau. Away from the glare of the Paris critics at a time when the musical world was in the throes of the tumultuous Querelle des Bouffons, Rameau was able to experiment with more European styles.

A great sense of freedom emanates from these scores - Rameau making his own journey through the culturally diverse world of the Age of Enlightenment.

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Hahn, R: Ciboulette

Hahn, R: Ciboulette


Julie Fuchs (Ciboulette), Jean-François Lapointe (Duparquet), Julien Behr (Antonin), Michel Fau, Agnès Terrier, Jérôme Deschamp

Orchestre Opéra de Toulon & Accentus, Laurence Equilbey

Filmed at the Opéra Comique, February 2013

Music direction and artistic collaboration: Laurence Equilbey

Stage direction: Michel Fau

Intended to set the spice of Parisian operetta against American musical comedy, 'Ciboulette' was Reynaldo Hahn’s first light score. It features the tribulations of the pretty market gardener Ciboulette, determined to earn herself a bright future without sacrificing her feelings. Her pursuit of happiness leads her to come across a whole collection of typical characters from the Paris of the Belle Epoque, from the humblest to the most distinguished.

2 discs DVD including a 32-page booklet.

Duration: 145 mins.

Extra features: 31 mins - interviews with Laurence Equilbey, Michel Fau, Agnès Terrier, Jérôme Deschamps and Julie Fuchs

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Entre Elle & Lui

Entre Elle & Lui

Live at the Château de Versailles


01. L’âme sœur à l’hameçon (Eddy Marnay – Michel Legrand)

02. La Valse des Lilas (Eddy Marnay – Michel Legrand)

03. Chanson de Delphine à Lancien (from Les Demoiselles de Rochefort) – (Jacques Demy – Michel Legrand)

04. Papa Can You Hear Me? (from Yentl) – (Alan et Marilyn Bergmann – Michel Legrand)

05. Recette pour un cake d’amour (from Peau d’Âne) – (Jacques Demy – Michel Legrand)

06. Le cinéma (Claude Nougaro – Michel Legrand)

07. You Must Believe in Spring (from Les Demoiselles de Rochefort) – (Michel Legrand –Jacques Demy – Alan et Marilyn Bergmann)

08. Dingo Rock (Miles Davis - Michel Legrand)

09. Imitation des pianistes de jazz

10. Le rouge et le noir (Claude Nougaro – Michel Legrand)

11. Conseils de la fée des Lilas (from Peau d’Âne) – (Jacques Demy – Michel Legrand)

12. Rêves secrets d’un prince et d’une princesse (from Peau d’Âne) – (Jacques Demy – Michel Legrand)

13. What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life? (from The Happy Ending) – (Alan et Marilyn Bergman – Michel Legrand)

14. La Chanson (Claude Nougaro – Michel Legrand)

15. Les moulins de mon cœur (from The Thomas Crown Affair) – (Eddy Marnay - Michel Legrand)

16. Un été 42 (from Summer of ‘42) – (Alan et Marilyn Bergman – Michel Legrand)

17. The Summer Knows (from Summer of ‘42) – (Alan et Marilyn Bergmann - Michel Legrand)

18. On My Way To You – (Alan et Marilyn Bergman – Michel Legrand)

19. Marins, amis, amants ou maris (from Les Demoiselles de Rochefort) – (Jacques Demy – Michel Legrand)

20. Serge et Nathalie (Claude Nougaro – Michel Legrand)

21. Duo de Guy et Geneviève (from Les Parapluies de Cherbourg) – (Jacques Demy – Michel Legrand)

22. Mon dernier concert (Claude Nougaro – Michel Legrand)

23. Chanson de Delphine (from Les Demoiselles de Rochefort) – (Jacques Demy – Michel Legrand)


Natalie Dessay (voice ), Michel Legrand (piano and voice ), Laurent Naouri (voice ), Pierre Boussaguet (double bass), François Laizeau (percussion) & Pierre Perchaud (guitar)

Two icons of French song – Natalie Dessay and Michel Legrand – follow the huge worldwide success of their album Entre Elle et Lui with a DVD of the very special concert on the 11th June 2014 at the Orangerie of the Château de Versailles. This is a unique collaboration from two giants of French music. The CD release in 2013 was hotly anticipated and received great critical acclaim upon its release. Natalie Dessay brings her lyrical voice and fresh interpretations to a selection of some of Michel Legrand’s best-loved songs including La Valse des Lilas, Les moulins de mon cœur (Windmills of Your Mind), Duo de Guy et Geneviève, Papa Can You Hear Me and many more.

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Poulenc: Dialogues des Carmélites

Poulenc: Dialogues des Carmélites

Live at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, 2013


Sophie Koch (Mère Marie de l’Incarnation), Patricia Petibon (Blanche de La Force), Véronique Gens (Madame Lidoine), Sandrine Piau (Soeur Constance de Saint Denis), Rosalind Plowright (Madame de Croissy), Topi Lehtipuu (Le Chevalier de La Force), Philippe Rouillon (Le Marquis de La Force), Annie Vavrille (Mère Jeanne de l’Enfant Jésus), Sophie Pondjiclis (Soeur Mathilde), François Piolino (Le Père confesseur du couvent), Jérémy Duffau (Le premier commissaire), Yuri Kissin (Le second commissaire, un officier) & Matthieu Lécroart (Le geôlier)

Philharmonia Orchestra & Chœur du Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Jérémie Rhorer (conductor) & Olivier Py (director)

Pierre-André Weitz – design and costumes

Bertrand Killy – lighting

Hervé Gary – lighting

Natalie Van Parys – choreography

Olivier Simonnet – filming director

At the end of 2013, the year that marked the 50th anniversary of Francis Poulenc’s death, his gripping and moving operatic masterpiece, Dialogues des Carmélites was staged in Paris by director Olivier Py with a cast featuring some of France’s finest female singers – Patricia Petitbon, Véronique Gens, Sandrine Piau and Sophie Koch – under the baton of Jérémie Rohrer. Le Figaro described the production as “a thing of wonder,” while Le Monde called it: “A masterpiece ... the most exciting and consummately achieved show to have been seen on a Parisian stage in a long time … This was great work, magisterial and unforgettable.”

“The memorable Dialogues des Carmélites at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées marked the climax of commemorative activities for the 50th anniversary of Poulenc’s death,” wrote Opera magazine of the production of Poulenc’s gripping and moving opera that was staged by the French director Olivier Py in Paris in December 2013.

Among operas composed in the post-War era, Dialogues des Carmélites, first seen in 1957 at La Scala, is one of the most frequently performed and best loved. Set during the French Revolution, it tells the story of a highly-strung young aristocrat, Blanche de la Force, who seeks peace by joining a convent and finally goes to the guillotine with her fellow nuns. Faith, fear, and sacrifice are among the issues it addresses with music – sometimes austere, sometimes sensuous, sometimes both at once – that exemplifies Poulenc’s characteristic amalgam of simplicity and sophistication. Its final scene, as the nuns go one by one to their execution while singing a soaring ‘Salve regina’, is of spine-tingling pathos and power.

The stark, monochrome decor for Py’s production, designed by André Weitz, makes use of sliding panels that open and close to create the acting space or reveal expressionist vistas, while the costumes evoke the first half of the 20th century rather than the era of the Revolution itself. Especially striking is the death scene of Madame de Croissy, the old Prioress, searingly sung and acted by the British mezzo-soprano Rosalind Plowright: the audience views her agonies as if from above, since her bed is mounted vertically on the rear panel of the stage. Later in the opera, when it comes to the final night in their convent, before their expulsion by the revolutionaries, the nuns are assembled as if for the Last Supper, while the stunning, transcendent final scene is set against a starry sky.

Duration: 169 minutes

Languages: Sung in French, with subtitles available in English and German

Audio specs: Stereo Dolby 5.1

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Menahem Pressler & Quatuor Ebène 90th Anniversary Concert

Menahem Pressler & Quatuor Ebène 90th Anniversary Concert

Live in Paris


Chopin:

Nocturne No. 20 in C sharp minor, Op. post.

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Menahem Pressler (piano)

Debussy:

String Quartet in G minor, Op. 10 - Andantino doucement expressif

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Quatuor Ebène

String Quartet in G minor, Op. 10 - Andantino doucement expressif

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Quatuor Ebène

Dvorak:

Piano Quintet in A major, Op. 81

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Menahem Pressler (piano)

Quatuor Ebène

Piano Quintet in A major, Op. 81

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Menahem Pressler (piano)

Quatuor Ebène

Schubert:

Piano Quintet in A major, D667 'The Trout'

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Menahem Pressler (piano)

Quatuor Ebène

Piano Quintet in A major, D667 'The Trout'

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Menahem Pressler (piano)

Quatuor Ebène

Der Lindenbaum (No. 5 from Winterreise, D911)

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Menahem Pressler (piano) & Christoph Prégardien (tenor)

Frühlingstraum (No. 11 from Winterreise, D911)

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Menahem Pressler (piano) & Christoph Prégardien (tenor)

Die Krähe (No. 15 from Winterreise, D911)

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Menahem Pressler (piano) & Christoph Prégardien (tenor)

Der Leiermann (No. 24 from Winterreise, D911)

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Menahem Pressler (piano) & Christoph Prégardien (tenor)

Die Forelle, D550

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Menahem Pressler (piano) & Christoph Prégardien (tenor)


The Quatuor Ebène was invited by legendary pianist Menahem Pressler to join him in celebrating his 90th birthday at a concert at the Salle Pleyel in Paris in November 2013. Their programme included two of the most life-affirming works in the chamber repertoire, Dvořák’s Piano Quintet in A major and Schubert’s ‘Trout’ Quintet, which form the CD version of this release. Additional items on the DVD version include the mesmerising encore – the Quatuor Ebène in the slow movement of Debussy’s quartet, with Pressler joining them on stage as a silent, but physically responsive partner. No wonder the 1800-strong audience burst into a rendition of ‘Happy Birthday’.

90 years old, and still performing superbly as a soloist and chamber musician, pianist Menahem Pressler is a phenomenon – as the members of the Quatuor Ebène delightedly acknowledged at a celebratory concert at Paris’s Salle Pleyel on November 7th 2013. Recordings made at the concert, which also brought contributions from the double-bassist Benjamin Berlioz and the tenor Christoph Prégardien, have now been released on both CD and DVD.

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Mozart: Don Giovanni, K527

Mozart: Don Giovanni, K527


Erwin Schrott (Don Giovanni), Anna Netrebko (Donna Anna), Luca Pisaroni (Leporello), Malena Ernman (Donna Elvira), Charles Castronovo (Don Ottavio), Katija Dragojevic (Zerlina), Jonathan Lemalu (Masetto), Mario Luperi (Commendatore)

Balthasar-Neumann-Orchestra, Balthasar-Neumann-Choir, Thomas Hengelbrock

A live recording of Don Giovanni from the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, recorded on May 23rd 2013, featuring the 'Balthasar-Neumann Choir & Ensdemble', conducted & directed by Thomas Hengelbrock. Erwin Schrott performing in his most celebrated role, Don Giovanni. Featuring a stellar cast of singers – Erwin Schrott, Anna Netrebko, Luca Pisaroni, Malena Ernman. “Schrott creates Don Giovanni in all his malevolent glory — virile, confident, arrogant. He is bursting with animal sexuality, yet manages to hint at the manic obsession that drives the character. Stunning.” Opera Today.

Subtitles: German, English, French, Italian

Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1

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Verdi: Requiem

Verdi: Requiem

Live from the Golden Hall of Vienna’s Musikverein, 2013


Krassimira Stoyanova (soprano), Marina Prudenskaja (mezzo-soprano), Saimir Pirgu (tenor) & Orlin Anastassov (bass)

Chor und Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Mariss Jansons

Conducting the brilliantly disposed Bavarian Radio Chorus and Symphony Orchestra, Mariss Jansons transforms the Golden Hall of Vienna’s Musikverein into a heavenly anteroom. From the very first, hushed measures, the orchestra “once again impressively demonstrates its leading rank among the German orchestras” (Die Presse).

The four outstanding soloists fuse together to project a vast range of emotions, from whispered reverence to emotional upheavals. While Bulgarian soprano Krassimira Stoyanova has been closely associated with the Wiener Staatsoper for several years now, mezzo-soprano Marina Prudenskaya has been steadily building her international career, one major role after another. Albanian-born tenor Saimir Pirgu was chosen by Claudio Abbado at the young age of 22 to sing Ferrando in “Così fan tutte.” Bulgarian bass Orlin Anastassov, meanwhile, has established himself as a superb Verdi singer.

Verdi’s “Messa da Requiem” is in itself a work of superlatives: a towering structure of blazing brass, mighty choral masses and tour-deforce passages for four soloists... a work of deepest and most heartfelt intimacy... a mass for the dead without any mawkish undertones... Quite possibly the foremost achievement in 19th-century liturgical music.

Sound Format: PCM Stereo, DD 5.1

Picture Format: 16:9

DVD Format: DVD 9 / NTSC

Subtitles: GB, DE, FR

Running Time: 91 mins

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Mahler: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2

Mahler: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2


Mahler:

Symphony No. 1 in D major 'Titan'

2010

Symphony No. 2 in C minor 'Resurrection'

2012


Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchstra (HR-Sinfonie Orchster), Paavo Järvi

The release of Mahler´s Symphonies Nos. 1 + 2 starts the release the complete Mahler cycle with Paavo Järvi and the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra on DVD and Blu-ray. Each Symphony will have an introduction by Paavo Järvi.

Bonus: Introductions to Symphonies Nos. 1 + 2 with Paavo Järvi.

Reviews of the concerts had been terrific!

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DVD: PCM Stereo, dts 5.1

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16:9, HD

SUBTITLES

Symphony No. 2: Original language: German, Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, and Japanese.

Bonus: English (original language), German, Korean

BOOKLET: E, G, F

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Wagner: Parsifal

Wagner: Parsifal

Recorded live at the Royal Opera House, February 2014


Simon O'Neill (Parsifal), Angela Denoke (Kundry / Voice from Above), René Pape (Gurnemanz), Gerald Finley (Amfortas), Willard W. White (Klingsor) & Robert Lloyd (Titurel)

Royal Opera Chorus & Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Antonio Pappano (conductor) & Stephen Langridge (director)

Wagner’s last opera Parsifal is a work of intense humanity. It narrates the story of a troubled community ultimately healed through one man’s realization of the power of compassion. Created in honour of the bicentenary of Wagner’s birth, Stephen Langridge’s new production, with designs by Alison Chitty, distils with ‘intellectual fibre and visual eloquence’ (Financial Times) the timeless and universal nature of the Parsifal story. The cast includes great Wagnerian tenor Simon O’Neill in the title role. René Pape as Gurnemanz is ‘immaculate’ (Guardian), Gerald Finley as Amfortas is ‘compelling’ (Telegraph) and Angela Denoke as Kundry is ‘dramatically electrifying’ (Telegraph). The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House under Royal Opera Music Director Antonio Pappano give a ravishing rendition of Wagner’s sublime score. Filmed in High Definition and recorded in true Surround Sound.

Running time: 281 minutes

Subtitles: EN/FR/DE/JP/KO

Sound format: 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS

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Bruckner: The Mature Symphonies (Symphony No. 8)

Bruckner: The Mature Symphonies (Symphony No. 8)


Bruckner:

Symphony No. 8 in C minor


“Clarity was one thing that made this performance a marvel. Another was the flexibility of Barenboim’s speeds.... The flexibility of Barenboim’s tempi meant that Bruckner’s charm – an often overlooked aspect of his genius – shone through, especially in the genial Trio.” (The Telegraph) Bruckner’s 8th is the last symphony completed by the Austrian composer. Many of his contemporaries regarded the symphony as “the pinnacle of 19th century music”. Even today, this monumental work fascinates listeners with its virtuoso orchestral technique, its immensity of sound, and its inexhaustible richness of detail.

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