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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


Staatskapelle Berlin, Daniel Barenboim

“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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Accentus Music Bruckner The Mature Symphonies - ACC202178

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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!

SOUND FORMAT

DVD: PCM Stereo, dts 5.1

PICTURE

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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C Major - 718008

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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

FSK: 0

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Arthaus Musik Mariss Jansons Conducts…. - 102205

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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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Opus Arte Royal Opera House Collection - OA1158D

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Lang Lang at the Royal Albert Hall

Lang Lang at the Royal Albert Hall


 

The Dance of Waterweeds

Zuqiang Wu (1927), Mingxin Du (1928). Encore

Chopin:

Ballades Nos. 1-4

Waltz No. 6 in D flat major, Op. 64 No. 1 'Minute Waltz'

encore

Nocturne No. 16 in E flat major, Op. 55 No. 2

encore

Lecuona:

....Y la negra bailaba!

encore

Mozart:

Piano Sonata No. 5 in G, K283

Piano Sonata No. 4 in E flat major K282

Piano Sonata No. 8 in A minor, K310

Rondo alla Turca from Piano Sonata No. 11, K331

encore

Ponce, M:

Intermezzo No. 1

encore

Schumann:

Davidsbündlertänze, Op. 6: No. 14: Zart und Singend

encore

Scriabin:

Étude Op. 8 No. 12 in D sharp minor

encore


Lang Lang (piano)

In November 2013 Lang Lang returned to London’s legendary Royal Albert Hall for two recitals that sold out within 48 hours of tickets being released.

This 120 minute film captures the complete recital and offers an opportunity to re-live an unforgettable concert experience.

He finished a celebrated two-part program consisting of Mozart and Chopin with no less than eight encores, breaking Evgeny Kissin's record of encores at the RAH.

The three early Mozart Piano Sonatas have been part of Lang Lang's latest recital which he presented live in more than 200 concerts worldwide - the recordings that were captured at his RAH concert are also part of the new Mozart album.

Besides the Mozart Sonatas, Chopin's Four Ballads were part of the regular program.

The encores included Mozart’s popular Rondo Alla Turca and a breathtaking performance of Scriabin's Etude in D-sharp minor.

The DVD/Blu-ray will be released at the same time as the Mozart album - October 20, 2014.

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Sony - 88843082549

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Verdi: Rigoletto

Verdi: Rigoletto


Louis Quilico (Rigoletto), Christiane Eda-Pierre (Gilda), Luciano Pavarotti (Duke of Mantua), Isola Jones (Maddalena), Ara Berberian (Sparafucile), Richard J. Clark (Monterone), Charles Anthony (Borsa), John Darrenkamp (Marullo), Norman Andersson (Count Ceprano), Betsy Norden (Countess Ceprano), Batyah Godfrey Ben-David (Giovanna), Nadyne Brewer (Page) & Paul De Paola (Guard)

The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Chorus & Ballet, James Levine

Decca is proud to present this unique recording of Rigoletto. The only Rigoletto stage production on film featuring Luciano Pavarotti, this performance of one of Verdi's best-loved operas was discovered in the Metropolitan Opera Archives and is available here for the first time. Recorded in 1981, it presents Pavarotti at the peak of his career, supported by an outstanding cast that includes Louis Quilico in the title role, Christine Eda-Pierre as Gilda, Ara Berberian as Sparafucile, and Isola Jones as Maddalena, with Met Music Director James Levine on the podium.

Production..............John Dexter

Stage Director..........David Sell

Designer................Tanya Moiseiwitsch

Lighting designer.......Gil Wechsler

Choreographer...........Norbert Vesak

TV Director.............Brian Large

Picture format: 4:3

Audio Format: LPCM

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Disc: DVD9

Menu Language: English

Subtitles: English, French, German

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Decca - 0743884

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Tony Palmer: Great English Composers Volume 1

Tony Palmer: Great English Composers Volume 1

Vaughan Williams & Malcolm Arnold


Volume One of the ‘Great English Composers’ series is a two DVD set containing two of Tony Palmer’s acclaimed films: Ralph Vaughan Williams - O Thou Transcendental and Malcolm Arnold - Toward The Unknown Country.

The Ralph Vaughan Williams DVD features archive performances by Boult and Barbirolli, newly discovered interviews with Vaughan Williams himself, specially recorded extracts from the Symphonies, Job, The Lark Ascending and the Tallis Fantasia. There are unexpected contributions from Harrison Birtwistle, John Adams, Richard Thompson, Mark Anthony Turnage, Barbara Dickson, Michael Tippett and Neil Tennant of The Pet Shop Boys. The documentary on Malcolm Arnold celebrates one of Britain's most underestimated and yet most popular composers, who wrote scores to altogether 132 films including Whistle Down the Wind, Hobson's Choice and the Oscar-winning Bridge Over the River Kwai. Sir Malcolm also composed ballets, symphonies and operas.

The DVD features friends and family and includes extracts from his works. However, it does not shirk the darker side of Arnold's life, full of complications caused by a mental illness he suffered from.

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Tony Palmer Films - TP24101

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Berg: Lulu

Berg: Lulu


Barbara Hannigan (Lulu), Natascha Petrinsky (Geschwitz), Tom Randle (Maler & Neger), Dietrich Henschel (Dr. Schön/Jack the Ripper), Charles Workman (Alwa), Pavlo Hunka (Schigolch), Ivan Ludlow (Tierbändiger & Athlete)

Orchestre symphonique de la Monnaie, Paul Daniel

Stage direction: KRZYSZTOF WARLIKOWSKI

Set & costume designs: MALGORZATA SZCZESNIAK

Choreography: CLAUDE BARDOUIL

Dance & solos choreography: ROSALBA TORRES GUERRERO

Recording: La Monnaie, Brussels, 19 & 26/10/2012

Frank Wedekind’s work provided fertile ground for Berg's second opera, 'Lulu', considered one of the major works of the 20th century, but which remained unfinished due to his untimely death in 1935. Intoxicatingly enigmatic and deadly for those close to her: from the folly of love to the humiliation of vulgarity, she incites excess. After his production of 'Médée' (DVD & Blu-ray Bel Air Classiques), Krzysztof Warlikowski once again delves the innermost depths of the human psyche and chooses to tackle Lulu as a deeply moving requiem ‘to the memory of an angel’.

Paul Daniel conducts the Orchestre Symphonique de la Monnaie and Canadian soprano Barbara Hannigan gives a tremendous, never-to-be-forgotten account of the title role.

Running time 194 min.

Booklet FR / ENG / NL - Subtitles FR / ENG / DE / NL

16/9, NTSC / PCM Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1

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Bel Air Classiques - BAC109

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Tony Palmer: The Adventures of Benjamin Schmid

Tony Palmer: The Adventures of Benjamin Schmid


Benjamin Schmid (violin)

This 90-minute DVD follows the acclaimed violinist Benjamin Schmid for a year as he travels the world. It features him performing the Korngold Violin Concerto with Seiji Ozawa and the Vienna Philharmonic at the opening of the Salzburg Festival. Contributors include Hans Werner Henze, André Previn, Yehudi Menuhin, Hans Graf and Stephane Grappelli.

Benjamin Schmid was a pupil of Stéphane Grappelli and Yehudi Menuhin, with whom he made his professional debut in Salzburg; major prize-winner at the Carl Flesch International and frequently the ‘Editor’s Choice’ of the ‘Gramophone’ magazine for his recordings of Bach and Ysaÿe. The ‘adventures’ follow Schmid to St Petersburg in the Shostakovich Hall, Tokyo with the New Japan Philharmonic, China with the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Rome with Hans Werner Henze, the USA with the Houston Symphony, London and with the philharmonia playing Britten, Pärt, Paganini, Mozart, jazz and the now famous Korngold Concerto in Salzburg.

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Alexandre Tharaud: Le Temps Dérobé

Alexandre Tharaud: Le Temps Dérobé

A film by Raphaëlle Aellig Régnier


Mozart:

Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major, K488


“Finely chiseled, this documentary reveals a point of view of exceptional quality and a rare gift for listening.” Sandrine Marques / Le Monde

An uncommon glimpse into the world of an artist who is considered one of the most talented of his generation: Alexandre Tharaud. Born into an artistic family, Alexandre melds his passion for the piano with his fertile disquiet. The film explores intimate moments in which the artist is faced more with himself than with the audience: a confrontation both tender and brutal with his passion, his inaccessible star.

Image Patrick Mounoud

Audio Marianne Roussy, Balthasar Jucker and Philippe Chariot

Montage Chloé Seyssel

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