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Mozart & Schumann: Fantaisies

Mozart & Schumann: Fantaisies


Mozart:

Fantasia in C minor, K475

Piano Sonata No. 14 in C minor, K457

Schumann:

Fantasie in C major, Op. 17

Theme with Variations in E flat major WoO 24 ('Geistervariationen')

INCLUDES A 36-MINUTE BONUS DVD (on Warsaw) “Je m’appelle Varsovie

A film by Piotr Anderszewski

With the collaboration of Julien Condemine

DVD: Colour NTSC systems Disc Format: 1 DVD5 Sound Format: Stereo PCM 2.0


“I can hear in the music of both composers a similarity in their processes of giving physical form to their inspirations.

The cruel resistance of the blank page feels, in both cases, inexistent, ignored. And therein lies an important, precious connection between Mozart and Schumann: an unobstructed directness to their music, in which the purity of intention remains intact.” Piotr Anderszewski

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Warner Classics - 9029588855

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Yuri Grigorovich: The Golden Age

Yuri Grigorovich: The Golden Age

The Life And Art Of The Bolshoi’s Controversial Choreographer


A film by Denis Sneguirev

Denis Sneguirev's documentary about Yuri Grigorovitch (born 2 January 1927 in Leningrad), The Golden Age, takes its name from the last great ballet choreographed by Grigorovitch for the Moscow Bolshoi, which he led from 1964 to 1995. His 31-year tenure at the healm of one of the world's most prestigious companies coincides with the golden age of soviet ballet.

Adored by some, vilified by others, Grigorovitch was nicknamed the 'Tsar of the Bolshoi'. He created several of the iconic ballets which were to bring his troupe fame in the Soviet Union and also internationally, at a time when dance was used as a propaganda tool in the delicate political relations between the West and the East. Spectacular productions like Ivan the Terrible and Spartacus, which combined ancient epics with great national frescos, were discovered by western audiences for the first time. Grigorovitch's art was at its best in these ample narratives, where he exploited the strength and virtuosity of his dancers, who were at this time unrivaled in the west.

Denis Sneguirev's film addresses Yuri Grigorovitch directly, in the form of a letter. Interspersing interviews with artists and colleagues of Grigorovitch we look back over the career of this dancer and choreographer, which from its origins in Leningrad, and later in Moscow, would bring him international renown. The director also includes several extracts of Grigorovitch's ballets, set in context with the history of Soviet Ballet and with history in general.

Throughout his career Yuri Grigorovitch was a man of contrasts and paradoxes. Some reproached him for pandering to those in power, and yet he was never a member of the Communist Party. Should we view this controversial man as an icon? As a living monument? A despot? Without entering into polemical territory, Denis Sneguirev's film allows us to discover the many sides of a complex man, the artistic influence he exerted over a period of three decades, and the heritage he leaves today to the world of dance.

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Bel Air Classiques - BAC137

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Braunfels: Ulenspiegel

Braunfels: Ulenspiegel


EntArteOpera Chorus & Israel Chamber Orchestra, Martin Sieghart

Charles de Coster's novel Thyl Ulenspiegel provided the source for Braunfels’ opera of the same name. It narrates one of the darkest chapters in human history – the Spanish Inquisition in 16th-century Flanders – through the improbable voice of a world-famous buffoon. He depicts an apocalyptic panorama, in which the Seven Deadly Sins of the Bible, like the Riders of the Apocalypse, come to haunt the last remnants of mankind. Amid this doom and gloom, the composer Walter Braunfels sets his focus on the origins and general development of resistance. Ulenspiegel becomes an incisive case study of an apolitical daredevil who undergoes a radical personal transformation as a consequence of the terror which befalls his family. Promoted to become the political leader of the resistance, his mind knows only one thing: all-encompassing revenge.

PICTURE FORMAT: NTSC / Colour / 16:9

SOUND FORMATS: 2.0 Stereo · 5.1 Surround

SUBTITLES: Deutsch / English

DVD FORMAT: DVD 5

REGION CODE: 0 (Worldwide)

DURATION: 129 min

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Capriccio - C9006

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Rossini: Armida

Rossini: Armida

Sung in Italian


Carmen Romeu (Armida), Enea Scala (Rinaldo), Robert McPherson (Gernando / Ubaldo), Dario Schmunck (Goffredo / Carlo), Leonard Bernad (Idraote / Astarotte) & Adam Smith (Eustazio)

Symphony Orchestra and Chorus Opera Vlaanderen, Antwerpen/Ghent, Alberto Zedda (conductor) & Mariame Clément (director)

Set and Costume Designer Julia Hansen

Light Designer Bernd Purkrabek

Antwerp's Opera Vlaanderen continues its Rossini opera cycle with this production of his rarely performed Armida, conducted by Alberto Zedda. The work features no less than four tenors in the leading roles, taken here by the commanding voices of Enea Scala, Robert McPherson, Dario Schmunck and the young rising star, Adam Smith.

Stage director Mariame Clément teams up once more for Opera Vlaanderen with set designer Julia Hansen, building on their successful production of Cavalli's Il Giasone, which was also released on the Dynamic label (CDS663). Here they take a critical look at the world of the Crusades. Clément sees Armida as the incarnation of the magical concept of ‘love’, for which noble and heroic knightly ideals are cast aside, turning love into a destructive frenzy.

Filmed in H.D. Subtitles in Italian, English, German, French, Japanese and Korean.

Available also on Blu-ray video.

Video Format / Aspect ratio: NTSC – 16:9

Audio Format: PCM 2.0 – Dolby digital 5.1

Region code: 0 – All regions

Recording date & place: November 2015 - Vlaamse Opera Gent, Belgium

Subtitles: Ita, Eng, Fre, Ger, Jap, Kor

Duration: 164 min.

Notes: Italian / English

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Dynamic - 37763

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Salieri: L'europa Riconosciuta

Salieri: L'europa Riconosciuta


Diana Damrau (Europa), Desirée Rancatore (Semele), Genia Kühmeier (Asterio), Daniela Barcellona (Isseo), Giuseppe Sabatini (Egisto), Alessandra Ferri, Roberto Bolle (dancers)

Orchestra, Coro e Corpo di Ballo del Teatro alla Scala, Riccardo Muti (conductor) & Luca Ronconi (director)

Set and costume design: Pier Luigi Pizzi

Choreography : Heinz Spoerli

In 1778 Antonio Salieri’s Europa riconosciuta became the first work to be performed at the Milanese theatre later known as the Teatro alla Scala. Despite this honour, Europa riconosciuta (Europa recognised) remained unperformed for 226 years until 2004, when Riccardo Muti, then Music Director of La Scala, chose it to reopen the legendary theatre after three years of renovation work.

Running time: 133 min.

Sung in Italian, with subtitles in FR, GE, EN, IT

Stereo PCM 2.0 / Dolby Digital 5.1, NTSC – All regions – 16:9

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Erato - 9029588998

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Frank Peter Zimmermann Plays Mozart & Bach

Frank Peter Zimmermann Plays Mozart & Bach


Bach, J S:

Sonatas for Violin & Harpsichord Nos. 1-6, BWV1014-1019

Enrico Pace (piano)

Mozart:

Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major, K216

Berliner Philharmoniker, Bernard Haitink

Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major, K219 'Turkish'

Berliner Philharmoniker, Bernard Haitink

Bonus Film: Frank Peter Zimmermann – Bach and Me

1. Working with Bach 4:58

2. The Stradivarius (1711) 1:46

3. Bach: Sonata in E major – IV. Allegro 3:37

4. Passing on Musical Passion 5:31

5. Sonata in C minor – I. Largo 4:36

6. Sonata in C minor – IV. Allegro 4:20

7. In Paris with the String Trio 5:23

8. Bach: Sonata in F minor – II. Allegro 3:59

9. The Depth of the Music 1:25

10. Bach: Sonata in F minor – III. Adagio 4:56

12. Playing Sibelius in Copenhagen 5:55

13. Sibelius: Violin Concerto in D minor 4:56

14. Life as an Artist 4:57

15. Sonata in G major – V. Allegro 3:01

16. Credits 0:40

Directed by Dorothee Binding & Benedict Mirow


Violinist Frank Peter Zimmermann is one of the world’s top instrumentalists. His recordings are acclaimed by both the press and audience and have already received countless awards, such as the ECHO Klassik.

He performs Mozart’s Violin Concertos Nos. 3 G major & 5 A major with the Berliner Philharmoniker under the baton of Bernard Haitink. Accompanied by Enrico Pace, he plays Johann Sebastian Bach’s unrivalled violin sonatas.

Picture format: 16:9 NTSC

Sound format: PCM Stereo, DD 5.1, DTS 5.1

Region code: 0 (worldwide)

Running time: 213 mins (DVD 1: 156 mins, DVD 2: 57 mins)

Language: German

Subtitles: English, German, French

Production years: 1993, 1994, 2008

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EuroArts - 8024264068

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Scheduled for release on 3 February 2017. Order it now and we will deliver it as soon as it is available.

The Planets – A Figure Skating and Modern Dance Fantasia

The Planets – A Figure Skating and Modern Dance Fantasia

A film by Barbara Willis Sweete


Holst:

The Planets, Op. 32


A spectacular ice fantasia featuring the Olympic skating champions Paul and Isabelle Duchesnay and former world champion Brian Orser. Set to the music of the symphonic masterpiece by Gustav Holst, this dazzling production incorporates solo and ensemble ice dancing, precision group skating and synchronized swimming. Spectacular…in its beauty, grace and adoration of the pure flame of imagination…a sublimely elegant celebration of visual, aural and bodily splendor… (Broadcast Week)

Set at Mount Olympus surrounded by a starry firmament, the elaborate ice and dance show is characterizing each of the Greek gods.

Spectacular choreographies on ice.

Featuring legendary Olympic ice dancing champions Paul and Isabelle Duchesnay and former world ice skating champion Brian Orser.

Music by Gustav Holst, performed by the Montreal Symphony Orchestra under Charles Dutoit.

The film received several awards and nominations: Gold Camera Award (US International Film & Video Festival), Gemini Award (Best Performing Arts & Best Direction) plus both an Emmy and Grammy nomination (Grammy category: Best Music Video-Long Form).

Picture format: 16:9 - NTSC

Sound format: PCM Stereo

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Running time: 51 mins

Language: English

Subtitles: German

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EuroArts - 8024261078

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Europakonzert 1996 from Mariinsky Theatre

Europakonzert 1996 from Mariinsky Theatre

Live from the Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg, 1 May 1996, directed by Brian Large.


Beethoven:

Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92

Romances Nos. 1 & 2 for violin and orchestra

Kolja Blacher (violin)

Prokofiev:

Romeo and Juliet, Op. 64 - excerpts

Rachmaninov:

Ves tabor spit (from Aleko)

Anatoly Kocherga (baritone)

Tchaikovsky:

The Nutcracker: Waltz of the Flowers


Every year, the Berliner Philharmoniker’s founding day (1st May 1882) is celebrated with a concert in a European city of cultural significance. In 1996, the EUROPAKONZERT took place in the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg. It was in this legendary theatre that many of the great Russian operas received their premieres and where the Berliner Philharmonisches Orchester performed for the first time - on the occasion of Tsar Nicholas’s II coronation - exactly 100 years ago. Under the baton of Claudio Abbado, the Berliner Philharmoniker celebrated their anniversary with Russian favourites plus two of Beethoven’s Violin Romances and his Seventh Symphony.

Picture format: 16:9 NTSC

Sound format: PCM Stereo

Region code: 0 (worldwide)

Running time: 110 mins (90 mins concert, 20 mins documentary)

Language: German

Subtitles: English, French, Italian, Spanish

Production years: 1996

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EuroArts Europakonzert - 8024212538

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Bach, J S: Mass in B minor, BWV232

Bach, J S: Mass in B minor, BWV232

Live recording, Munich, Herkulessaal, 22.04.2016


Christina Landshamer (soprano), Anke Vondung (mezzo-soprano), Maximilian Schmitt (tenor) & Andreas Wolf (bass-baritone)

Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks & Concerto Köln, Peter Dijkstra

For Bach, the Mass in B minor marked the culmination and also the end point of his life’s work as a composer. This "great Catholic Mass," the only mass he composed, and in which he set to music the complete Ordinary of the Latin Mass, was his last great vocal work. The Mass, completed in 1748/49, is a musical masterpiece in which the Baroque musical splendour is always to the fore, though reflective moments and intense, heartfelt chorales are also very important elements. The Latin Ordinarium constitutes the silk thread along which all these musical pearls are strung.

Even after almost three hundred years, the music of Bach's Mass in B minor is still animated, fresh, and a true Baroque delight – whether heard live in concert or recorded. What makes this concert version of June 2016 at the "ION - Nuremberg International Organ Week" in Nuremberg’s St. Lorenz Church so special that it should definitely be added to any DVD collection? The fresh voices of the young but excellent vocal soloists: the regularly praised "astonishing three-dimensionality" and "crystalline clarity" of the Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks under the direction of Peter Dijkstra and of course of the renowned period instrument ensemble Concerto Köln; and last but not least, the exciting live atmosphere of a concert event that delighted the audiences, and even managed to coax the word “magical” from music critics – rare praise, but in this case, richly deserved! The DVD recording of Bach's Mass in B Minor has now been reissued by BR-KLASSIK.

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Wagner: Das Liebesverbot

Wagner: Das Liebesverbot


Manuela Uhl (Isabella), Christopher Maltman (Friedrich), Peter Lodahl (Lucio), Ilker Arcayürek (Claudio), Ante Jerkunica (Brighella)

Chorus and Orchestra of Teatro Real, Madrid, Ivor Bolton (conductor) & Kasper Holten (director)

Wagner’s rarely performed early comic opera, based on Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure, enjoys its Spanish debut in a new production by director Kasper Holten. The lively score boasts clear Italian, French and Weberian influences that pre-date the composer’s mature voice, yet the music continually delights with the unmistakable emergence of Wagner’s precocious genius. His adaptation of the Bard’s play reflects the rebellious mood of a Revolutionary Germany, vindicating sensual love and attacking the fanatical repression of sexuality by a puritanical and hypocritical authority. Ivor Bolton conducts a vibrant cast featuring English baritone and Cardiff Singer of the World Lieder Prize-winner Christopher Maltman, Turkish-Viennese tenor and BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist Ilker Arcayürek and Germany’s hottest Wagnerian leading lady, Manuela Uhl.

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