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Rameau: Les Indes Galantes

Rameau: Les Indes Galantes


Amel Brahim-Djelloul (Hébé, Fatime, Phani), Benoît Arnould (Bellone, Alvar), Eugénie Warnier (Roxane), Olivera Topalovic (Amour, Zima), Judith Van Wanroij (Emilie, Atalide), Vittorio Prato (Osman), Anders Dahlin (Valère, Tacmas, Carlos, Damon), Nathan Berg (Huascar), Thomas Dolié (Adario)

Les Talens Lyriques, Christophe Rousset (conductor) & Olivier Simonnet (director)

Laura Scozzi: Staging & choregraphy

For the launch of its DVD collection, Alpha is joining forces with Christophe Rousset’s Les Talens Lyriques in Rameau’s opera-ballet Les Indes galantes, his most famous work, here performed in its 1750 ‘Toulouse’ version.

Particularly rich both on the musical level and in atmosphere, scrutinizing love ‘in far-off lands’ (Turkey, Peru, Persia and America), it responds to the infatuation with exoticism that tinged all the arts of the century. Rameau’s dance music is always quite suggestive, evocative of a movement or a pictorial atmosphere. As for the staging, Laura Scozzi brings her contemporary vision to these countries and travels.

Filmed at the Bordeaux National Opera, this production marked the Rameau celebrations in 2014 and was unanimously hailed by the international press:

"One of the glories of 18th-century music [...]. A cast [...] well nigh perfect." Tim Ashley, The Guardian

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Bizet: Carmen

Bizet: Carmen

High Definition recording June 2014, Verona Arena


Ekaterina Semenchuk (Carmen), Irina Lungu (Micaëla), Carlo Ventre (Don José), Carlos Álvarez (Escamillo), Francesca Micarelli (Frasquita), Cristina Melis (Mercédès), Federico Longhi (Le Dancaïre), Paolo Antognetti (Le Remendado), Seung Pil Choi (Zuniga) & Francesco Verna (Moralès)

Chorus and Orchestra of Verona Arena, Henrik Nánási

Stage direction & set design: Franco Zeffirelli

Bizet’s 'Carmen' - one of the most beloved operas – staged at the world-famous Arena di Verona. This opulent production was directed by Franco Zeffirelli and sung by an international cast of excellent singers: Russian mezzo-soprano Ekaterina Semenchuk, soprano Irina Lungu, tenor Carlo Ventre and Carlos Alvarez. The famous opera is staged as a colourful feast for the eyes, true to its source and convincingly acted by soloists, chorus and ballet alike. Conducted by Henrik Nánási it is a gloriously sung musical experience.

159 mins, subtitles in Italian, English, French German

Region free NTSC DVD, 16:9, Dolby digital 2.0, 5.1

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Bel Air Classiques - BAC121

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Rossini: Il Signor Bruschino

Rossini: Il Signor Bruschino

Recorded live at the Rossini Opera Festival, Pesaro, August 2012


Roberto De Candia (Bruschino Padre), Carlo Lepore (Gaudenzio), Maria Aleida (Sofia) & David Alegret (Florville)

Orchestra Sinfonica G. Rossini, Daniele Rustioni (conductor) & Teatro Sotterraneo (director)

Welcome to ‘Rossiniland’: where the 1800s meet the 2000s, and tourists are free to wander and gawp at the scintillating spectacle taking place around them. Innovative theatre company Teatro Sotterraneo has transferred Rossini’s light-hearted one-act operatic farce to a modern-day theme park, complete with popcorn stand and balloons.

Mistaken identities and general confusion abound, all exaggerated to a delightful degree by Rossini’s forward-thinking comedic effects. Helped by outlandish costumes and off-the-wall stage design – created by the Accademia di Belle Arti di Urbino – a polished cast serves to bring Rossini’s engaging drama to life, making this ‘clever production’ (New York Times) one not to be missed.

Exhilarating production conceived by Florentine theatre collective Teatro Sotterraneo.

Set in a 21st Century Rossinian Disneyland- style theme park.

Written when Rossini was just 20, but full of intricate ensemble pieces.

Extra features: The Making of Il Signor Bruschino and a Cast Gallery.

Running time: 94 minutes

Subtitles: EN/FR/DE/JP/KO

Sound format: Dolby stereo/DTS Surround (DVD)

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Schumann: Piano Concerto & Piano Trio No. 2

Schumann: Piano Concerto & Piano Trio No. 2


Schumann:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54

DVD

Freiburger Barockorchester, Pablo Heras-Casado

Piano Trio No. 2 in F major, Op. 80

with Isabelle Faust (violin) & Jean-Guihen Queyras (cello)


Alexander Melnikov (fortepiano)

This second volume of the complete recording of the concertos and trios of Schumann shows just how badly we needed an interpretation that respects the subtleties and the transparency of Schumann’s writing. Here is a different stylistic approach to one of the finest concertos in the repertoire, which will undoubtedly open the way to the rediscovery of music as poetic as it is moving. The final installment will be of the Cello Concerto and Piano Trio No. 1 with Jean-Guihen Queyras.

"The idea for this CD project arose during a tour on which we performed Robert Schumann’s Trio Op.80. As passionate admirers of the composer, we conceived the desire to place his works for piano, violin and cello in a broader context and to illuminate them mutually in order to allow listeners to gain a deeper understanding of his music. We soon agreed to play the pieces for this recording on a historical piano and stringed instruments with gut strings, using orchestral forces to match. Thanks to this, we expected our playing to be better balanced, better articulated, and more open-minded. Pablo Heras-Casado and the Freiburger Barockorchester sprang spontaneously to mind as the ideal partners for a project of this kind. And indeed they took up our idea enthusiastically and were keen and irreplaceable fellow-conspirators in the world of Schumann. Our shared journey into the magical world of this incomparable composer will remain with us as an exceptionally intense, happy and fulfilling experience." Isabelle Faust, Alexander Melnikov, Jean-Guihen Queyras

DVD: The Piano Concerto filmed at Berliner Philharmonie

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Mahler: Symphony No. 4

Mahler: Symphony No. 4

Concertgebouw, Amsterdam 1982


Bernard Haitink is one of the most sought-after Mahler conductors of our day. In this concert of Mahler’s Fourth Symphony, recorded live at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, he conducts the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. The American Maria Ewing fascinates with her interpreation of the soprano solo featured in the work’s finale.

Bernard Haitink first conducted the Concertgebouw Orchestra in 1956.

Beginning in 1963, Haitink was chief conductor for 25 years, during which time the orchestra developed significantly. Particularly Haitink’s interpretations of Mahler and Bruckner made a worldwide impression. The Concertgebouw Orchestra was founded in 1888. On the occasion of its 100th anniversary in 1988, the orchestra officially received the appellation ‘Royal’.

Sound Format: PCM Stereo

Picture Format: 4:3

Subtitles: DE (Original Language), GB, FR

DVD 5 / NTSC

Running Time: 62 mins

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Daniil Trifonov: The Magics Of Music

Daniil Trifonov: The Magics Of Music

plus The Castelfranco Veneto Recital


The films offer an intimate view of the artist and his hardly-believable gifts which are currently astonishing the world. Daniil Trifonov started to play the piano at the age of five, not because he wanted to play the piano but because he wanted to compose.

That was unusual enough but it was only the beginning of a musical quest which led to his winning both the Tchaikovsky and Rubinstein competitions at the age of 20 — an astonishing feat.

In these two films Trifonov talks revealingly about his musical concerns but his modesty prevents him from saying anything at all about his extraordinary technique, “I am just playing the piano” he says. “There are people doing even more crazy things”.

The films contain a number of performances shot live on stage with cameras unusually close to the artist which adds consideraby to the power of the images. They also present him in conversations which demonstrate his earnestness, his exceptional modesty and his gloriously high intelligence.

In the portrait film Trifonov plays music by Chopin, Ravel and Trifonov himself: part of his first piano Concerto, filmed at the world premiere performance which took place at the Cleveland Institute, in the United States, in April 2014.

In the performance film he plays music by Chopin, Scriabin, Johann Strauss (arranged Trifonov) and Rachmaninov — a performance of the rarely heard Variations on a Theme of Chopin, in the elegant Teatro Accademico in Castelfranco Veneto, near Venice in Italy.

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Picture format: 16:9

Sound: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo

Subtitles: French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish, Traditional Chinese

Running time: 103 Minutes

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Handel: L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato

Handel: L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato


Sarah-Jane Brandon, Elizabeth Watts (sopranos), James Gilchrist (tenor), Andrew Foster-Williams (baritone)

Mark Morris Dance Group & Choeur & Orchestre du Teatro Real Madrid, Jane Glover

'L'Allegro' was Mark Morris's premiere work as Director of Dance at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels, Belgium in 1988, and has since been performed to critical and audience acclaim all over the world. Winner of numerous awards including a Laurence Olivier Award, 'L'Allegro' uses Milton's text and features sets inspired by William Blake's later watercolours.

Founded in New York City in 1980 by Morris, the Mark Morris Dance Group (MMDG) is considered one of the preeminent modern dance companies, its members praised repeatedly for their technique and their musicality. Live music and community engagement are vital components of the Dance Group, which has toured with its own musicians, the MMDG Music Ensemble, since 1996. Through Access/MMDG programming, the Dance Group provides educational opportunities in dance and music to people of all ages and abilities while on tour internationally and at home at the Mark Morris Dance Center in Brooklyn, NY.

The performance was filmed July 2014 at the Teatro Real in Madrid, Spain.

Bonus Feature:

Insights - Mark Morris on L'Allegro

Overture: Concerto grosso Op. 6 No. 1

A tempo giusto / Allegro

97 mins [ballet] and 13 mins [bonus]

Subtitles: French & Spanish

16:9

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Lanchbery: Tales of Beatrix Potter

Lanchbery: Tales of Beatrix Potter

Recorded live at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London on 23 and 27 December 2007


Victoria Hewitt (Mrs Tittlemouse), Ricardo Cervera (Johnny Town-Mouse), Jonathan Howells (Mrs Tiggy-Winkle), Gemma Sykes (Jemima Puddle-Duck), Gary Avis (The Fox), Bennet Gartside (Pigling Bland), Laura Morera (Pig-Wig), David Pickering (Aunt Pettitoes), Zachary Faruque (Mr Jeremy Fisher), Giacomo Ciriaci (Tom Thumb), Iohna Loots (Hunca Munca), Joshua Tuifua (Peter Rabbit) & Steven McRae (Squirrel Nutkin)

The Royal Ballet & Royal Ballet Sinfonia, Paul Murphy

Frederick Ashton, choreographer

Created by Frederick Ashton for a film in 1971, Tales of Beatrix Potter brings alive, with rich characterisation and invention, the famous images and stories of Beatrix Potter. John Lanchbery’s music (incorporating mostly forgotten Victorian melodies) is utterly captivating, inspiring spirited playing from the Royal Ballet Sinfonia conducted by Paul Murphy. Christine Edzard's designs conjure up a lost England of field mice and Berkshire black pigs, of foxgloves and shady groves. Swept up in the ballet’s childlike exuberance, the entire cast delivers outstanding portrayals of such colourful figures as Jemima Puddle-Duck, Jeremy Fisher, Mrs Tiggy-Winkle and the irrepressible Peter Rabbit. Ashton's warm and witty, yet demanding, choreography creates a piece of charm and grace for all ages.

Bonus: Illustrated synopsis

Picture format: NTSC 16:9 anamorphic

Sound format: LPCM 2.0 / DTS 5.1

Region code: 0 (worldwide)

Subtitles (synopsis): French, German, Spanish, Italian

Running time: 76 mins

No. of Discs: 1 (DVD9)

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Ballet for Children

Ballet for Children


Lanchbery:

Tales of Beatrix Potter

Recorded live at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London on 23 and 27 December 2007

Victoria Hewitt (Mrs Tittlemouse), Ricardo Cervera (Johnny Town-Mouse), Jonathan Howells (Mrs Tiggy-Winkle), Gemma Sykes (Jemima Puddle-Duck), Gary Avis (The Fox), Bennet Gartside (Pigling Bland), Laura Morera (Pig-Wig), David Pickering (Aunt Pettitoes), Zachary Faruque (Mr Jeremy Fisher), Giacomo Ciriaci (Tom Thumb), Iohna Loots (Hunca Munca), Joshua Tuifua (Peter Rabbit) & Steven McRae (Squirrel Nutkin)

Royal Ballet Sinfonia, Paul Murphy

Prokofiev:

Peter and the Wolf, Op. 67

Recorded live at the Royal Opera House, 16 & 18 December, 2010

Sergei Polunin (The Wolf), Will Kemp (Grandfather), Kilian Smith (Peter), Charlotte Edmonds (Duck), Laurine Muccioli (Bird) & Chisato Katsura (Cat)

Royal Ballet Sinfonia, Paul Murphy

Talbot, J:

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Recorded live at the Royal Opera House, 9th March, 2011

Lauren Cuthbertson (Alice), Sergei Polunin (Jack/ The Knave of Hearts), Edward Watson (Lewis Carroll/ The White Rabbit), Zenaida Yanowsky (Mother/ The Queen of Hearts), Steven Macrae (Mad Hatter)

Orchestra of The Royal Opera House, Barry Wordsworth

Tchaikovsky:

The Nutcracker, Op. 71

Recorded live at the Royal Opera House, Nov & Dec, 2009

Miyako Yoshida (The Sugar Plum Fairy), Ricardo Cervera/Steven McRae (Nephew/Nutcracker), Steven McRae (The Prince), Gary Avis (Drosselmeyer) & Iohna Loots (Clara)

Orchestra of the Royal Opera House,, Koen Kessels (conductor) & Peter Wright (director)


This unique collection brings together four jewels of the Royal Ballet repertoire that will delight and captivate young viewers the world over. Prepare to be enchanted by the timelessly colourful characters of Beatrix Potter including Peter Rabbit and friends; swept up in the magical world of Clara and her beloved Nutcracker; dazzled by Alice's weird and wonderful adventures in Wonderland; and spellbound by the action in Prokofiev's classic Peter and the Wolf.

Running time: 6 hours 14 minutes

Subtitles: EN/FR/DE/ES (The Nutcracker) EN/FR/DE/ES/IT (The Tales of Beatrix Potter) EN/FR/DE/ES (Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland) EN/FR/DE/ES (Peter and the Wolf)

Sound format: 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS

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Masters of Classical Music

Masters of Classical Music

20 documentaries on 5 DVDs in a luxury DVD Box


Bach, J S:

Brandenburg Concertos Nos. 1-6 BWV1046-1051 (complete)

Freiburger Barockorchester, Gottfried van der Goltz

Bartók:

Concerto for Orchestra, BB 123, Sz.116

Recorded live at the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos, Lisbon, 1 May 2003

Berliner Philharmoniker, Pierre Boulez

Beethoven:

Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67

Berliner Philharmoniker, Claudio Abbado

Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 'Choral'

Berliner Philharmoniker, Claudio Abbado

Berlioz:

Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14

Berliner Philharmoniker, Mariss Jansons

Brahms:

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77

Recorded live at the Teatro Massimo, Palermo, 1 May 2002

Gil Shaham (violin)

Berliner Philharmoniker, Claudio Abbado

Bruckner:

Symphony No. 8 in C minor

Wiener Philharmoniker, Pierre Boulez

Debussy:

La Mer

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Daniel Barenboim

Dvorak:

Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95 'From the New World'

Berliner Philharmoniker, Claudio Abbado

Haydn:

Symphony No. 94 in G Major 'Surprise'

Berliner Philharmoniker, Mariss Jansons

Mahler:

Symphony No. 5

Lucerne Fesitval Orchestra, Claudio Abbado

Das Lied von der Erde

WDR Sinfonieorchester, Semyon Bychkov

Mendelssohn:

Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64

Recorded live at the Gewandhaus Leipzig, May 1997

Frank Michael Erben (violin)

Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Kurt Masur

Mozart:

Symphony No. 41 in C major, K551 'Jupiter'

Recorded live at the Konzerthaus, Berlin, 13 November 2005

Kammerorchester C.P.E. Bach, Hartmut Haenchen

Ravel:

Boléro

Berliner Philharmoniker, Daniel Barenboim

Schubert:

Symphony No. 8 in B minor, D759 'Unfinished'

Berliner Philharmoniker, Daniel Barenboim

Schumann:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54

Martha Argerich (piano)

Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Riccardo Chailly

Strauss, R:

Eine Alpensinfonie, Op. 64

Recorded live at the Semperoper, Dresden, 22 September 1998

Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden, Giuseppe Sinopoli

Stravinsky:

The Rite of Spring

Berliner Philharmoniker, Bernard Haitink

Tchaikovsky:

Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64

Berliner Philharmoniker, Claudio Abbado


Twenty famous masterpieces by the most important composers in history are brought closer to the viewer through first class concert broadcasts. Examples from the musical scores help the viewer to follow the themes and rhythms and to understand the overall structure of the work. Each introductory feature is clearly andinformatively designed. Thus the viewer goes on a journey back to the time and place of composition and isinformed about the life of the composer whilst receiving a complete introduction to the work

Discovering Masters of Classical Music includes : Bach Brandenburg Concertos, Mozart Symphony No. 41, HaydnSymphony No. 94 “Surprise”, Beethoven Symphony No. 5 and No. 9, Schubert Symphony No. 8 “Unfinished”,Berlioz Symphonie fantastique, Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Violin Concerto in E-minor, Schumann Piano Concerto,Brahms Violin Concerto, Bruckner Symphony No. 8, Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5, Dvořák Symphony No. 9, DebussyLa Mer, Mahler Symphony No. 5 and Das Lied von der Erde, Stravinsky Le Sacre du Printemps, Strauss Eine Alpensinfonie, Ravel Boléro, Bartók Concerto for Orchestra

Orchestras: Berliner Philharmoniker, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, C.P.E. Bach Chamber Orchestra, Freiburger Barockorchester, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Lucerne Festival Orchestra, Sächsische Staatskapelle, WienerPhilharmoniker, WDR Sinfonieorchester

Conductors: Claudio Abbado, Daniel Barenboim, Pierre Boulez, Semyon Bychkov, Riccardo Chailly, Hartmut Haenchen, Bernard Haitink, Mariss Jansons, Kurt Masur, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Gottfried von der Goltz

Hosted by Jeremy Barham, Michael Beckerman, Pierre Boulez, Frank-Michael Erben, Constantin Floros, Hartmut Haenchen, Peter Hill, Armin Koch, Wulf Kunold, Robert Levin, Paul Roberts, Wolfgang Sandberger, Habakuk Traber

Picture format DVD: 16:9 - NTSC

Sound format DVD: PCM Stereo

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Running time: 600 mins

Subtitles: English, German, French, Spanish, Korean, Chinese German

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EuroArts - Discovering Masterpieces of Classical Music - 2060858

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