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Verdi: La Traviata

Verdi: La Traviata


Diana Damrau (Violetta), Francesco Demuro (Alfredo), Ludovic Tezier (Germont)

Orchestre et Chœur de l’Opéra National de Paris, Francesco Ivan Ciampa

Live from the Opéra National de Paris

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The Club Album - Live from Yellow Lounge

The Club Album - Live from Yellow Lounge


Bach, J S:

Concerto for Two Violins in D minor, BWV1043: Allegro

Concerto for Two Violins in D minor, BWV1043: first movement

Benjamin, A:

Jamaican Rumba

Brahms:

Hungarian Dance No. 1 in G minor

Copland:

Rodeo: Hoe down

Debussy:

Golliwog's Cakewalk (from Children's Corner)

Clair de Lune (from Suite Bergamasque)

Gershwin:

Preludes (3)

Gounod:

Ave Maria

Saint-Saëns:

Introduction & Rondo capriccioso, Op. 28

Tchaikovsky:

Souvenir d'un lieu cher, Op. 42: Mélodie in E flat major

Vivaldi:

The Four Seasons: Summer, RV315 - Presto

The Four Seasons: Winter, RV297 - Allegro non molto

Williams, John:

Schindler's List - theme

Schindler's List - theme Live From Yellow Lounge


Virtuoso violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter created a sensation at Berlin’s Neue Heimat venue, recreating the impact of her legendary 2013 Yellow Lounge appearance, when she attracted one of the biggest crowds in the history of Deutsche Grammophon’s ground-breaking “classical-goes-clubbing” series. Now she’s pushing the electric atmosphere to the limit by making the first-ever live Yellow Lounge recording.

The ‎ground-breaking project, co-produced by Deutsche Grammophon and ZDF, is set for global release in August, with German TV broadcasts in the summer and autumn, and a special documentary to follow in 2016.

Deutsche Grammophon President Mark Wilkinson welcomed Mutter’s return to the Yellow Lounge: “Last night, in Berlin, a part of classical music changed for ever. Anne-Sophie Mutter is breaking down boundaries, and taking risks without compromising her art – ultimately pushing on a door through which we hope others will follow.”

On stage with Mutter were her longtime accompanist Lambert Orkis, the Mutter Virtuosi – a hand-picked ensemble of young alumni of the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation – and star harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani, whose solo debut with Deutsche Grammophon is released this month. The programme spanned three centuries of classical music – from Bach and Vivaldi to Gershwin and John Williams – and was conceived by the violinist exclusively for this Yellow Lounge event and the accompanying album.

Yellow Lounge fuses the classical world and club culture, combining performances from stars of the former with cutting-edge DJ and VJ sets in urban spaces. On turntables this time were DJs Clé and Canisius, who’ve worked numerous Yellow Lounges, as has world-renowned VJ Philipp Geist, who was responsible for the stunning visuals.

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DG - 4795021

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Monteverdi in Mantua

Monteverdi in Mantua

the Genius of the Vespers


Monteverdi:

Vespro della beata Vergine (1610)


presented by Simon Russell Beale

The Sixteen, Harry Christophers

The BBC’s celebrated Sacred Music journey continues with Monteverdi in Mantua - the story of a Renaissance duke and the composer who worked for him and how their volatile relationship would create one of the most revolutionary and beautiful collections of music ever published: The Monteverdi Vespers of 1610. The programme is presented by Shakespearean actor and former St Paul’s Cathedral chorister, Simon Russell Beale, whose enthusiasm for choral music is matched by his gift for storytelling. Together with conductor Harry Christophers and his virtuoso choir The Sixteen, Simon explores Monteverdi’s early career in Mantua, where he wrote the Vespers under the slave-like regime of Duke Vincenzo Gonzaga, a man addicted to sex, luxury and art. Using the remarkable legacy of 127 surviving letters, Monteverdi is revealed as the first of a new breed of dramatic composer, straddling the worlds of the secular and sacred, whose bold experiments would change the way music sounds forever.

A Special Edition version (COR16137) is also available which includes The Sixteen’s audio recording of the Vespers of 1610.

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Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann

Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann

HD recording: Teatro Real, Madrid - 05/2014


Eric Cutler (Hoffmann), Anne Sofie Von Otter (La Muse/Nicklausse), Vito Priante (Lindorf / Coppélius / Dr Miracle / Dapertutto), Christoph Homberger (Andrès / Cochenille / Frantz / Pitichinaccio), Ana Durlovski (Olympia), Measha Brueggergosman (Antonia / Giulietta), Altea Garrido (Stella), Lani Poulson (La Mère d’Antonia), Jean-Philippe Lafont (Maître Luther / Crespel), Gerardo López (Nathanaël), Graham Valentine (Spalanzani), Tomeu Bibiloni (Hermann), Isaac Galán (Schlemil)

Orchestra & Chorus of the Teatro Real de Madrid, Sylvain Cambreling (conductor) & Christoph Marthaler (stage director)

Although posthumous, 'The Tales of Hoffmann' is considered as the masterpiece of Jacques Offenbach’s work and mixes love, pain and whim.

The intrigue settles around three stories about a broken love. Told by Hoffmann, narrator and hero, these tales paint a portrait of three feminine figures: Olympia the automaton, Antonia the dying opera singer and Giulietta the courtesan. This triptych allows the development of very different universes, and colour. It’s also a declension of the image of woman and of evil. Christoph Marthaler signed this creation for the Teatro Real. This was Gerard Mortier’s last commission for this stage: the Swiss director has proven his ease in many different registers. An essential capacity needed for a work as rich and subtle as 'The Tales of Hoffmann'. Music is conducted by Sylvain Cambreling and the cast includes Eric Cutler, Anne Sofie von Otter, Measha Brueggergosman and Jean-Philippe Lafont.

1 DVD Running time 193 min.

Booklet FR / ENG / ESP, Subtitles FR / ENG / DE / ES

16/9, NTSC, Sound Dolby Digital 2.0, Dolby Digital 5.1

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Rimsky Korsakov: The Tsar's Bride

Rimsky Korsakov: The Tsar's Bride

sung in Russian


Anatoli Kotscherga (Vasily Sobakin), Olga Peretyatko (Marfa), Johannes Martin Kränzle (Grigory Gryaznoy), Tobias Schabel (Grigory Malyuta-Skuratov), Pavel Cernoch (Ivan Lykov), Anita Rachvelishvili (Lyubasha), Stephan Rügamer (Bomelius), Anna Tomowa-Sintow (Domna Saburova), Anna Lapkovskaya (Dunyasha) & Carola Höhn (Petrovna)

Staatskapelle Berlin, Daniel Barenboim

Stage direction, Set design Dmitri Tcherniakov

Enregistrement HD / HD recording: Staatsoper im Schiller Theater, Berlin - 10/2013

The argument is based on an historical case. In the suburbs of Moscow, reigned around 1571 Tsar Ivan IV, 'the Terrible'. Widowed, he is looking for a new wife for the third time. He chooses the young Marfa; she loves another man but bends to the will of the Tsar and renounces her love. From this starting plot, the Russian director Dmitri Tcherniakov retains only the frame. A live competition is organised for a virtual monarch like in a reality show called «Joe Millionaire » where competitors attempt to marry a rich man. Here, the characters become the various players of the audiovisual industry bringing an acerbic criticism of contemporary TV.

Daniel Barenboim conducts the Staatskapelle Berlin, with Olga Peretyatko, Anita Rachvelishvili and Johannes Martin Kränzle. Recorded at Staatsoper, Im Schiller Theater Berlin, in October 2013.

1 DVD DIGIPACK Running time 152 min

Booklet FR / ENG / DE, Subtitles FR / ENG / DE

16/9, NTSC, Sound Dolby Digital 2.0, Dolby Digital 5.1

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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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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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Monteverdi in Mantua (Special Edition)

Monteverdi in Mantua (Special Edition)

the Genius of the Vespers


Monteverdi:

Vespro della beata Vergine (1610)


presented by Simon Russell Beale

The Sixteen, Harry Christophers

Single DVD / 2CD Set

The BBC’s celebrated Sacred Music journey continues with Monteverdi in Mantua - the story of a Renaissance duke and the composer who worked for him and how their volatile relationship would create one of the most revolutionary and beautiful collections of music ever published: The Monteverdi Vespers of 1610. The programme is presented by Shakespearean actor and former St Paul’s Cathedral chorister, Simon Russell Beale, whose enthusiasm for choral music is matched by his gift for storytelling. Together with conductor Harry Christophers and his virtuoso choir The Sixteen, Simon explores Monteverdi’s early career in Mantua, where he wrote the Vespers under the slave-like regime of Duke Vincenzo Gonzaga, a man addicted to sex, luxury and art. Using the remarkable legacy of 127 surviving letters, Monteverdi is revealed as the first of a new breed of dramatic composer, straddling the worlds of the secular and sacred, whose bold experiments would change the way music sounds forever.

For those who already have the CD recording of the Monteverdi Vespers of 1610, a documentary-only version of Monteverdi in Mantua (COR16131) is also available.

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Coro BBC Sacred Music - COR16137

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Jonas Kaufmann

Jonas Kaufmann


Bizet:

Carmen

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

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

Gounod:

Faust

Jonas Kaufmann (Faust), René Pape (Méphistophélès), Marina Poplavskaya (Marguerite), Russell Braun (Valentin), Jonathan Beyer (Wagner), Michèle Losier (Siébel), Wendy White (Marthe)

Orchestra & Chorus of The Metropolitan Opera, Yannick Nézet-Séguin

Massenet:

Werther

Jonas Kaufmann (Werther), Sophie Koch (Charlotte), Ludovic Tézier (Albert), Anne-Catherine Gillet (Sophie)

Orchestre e Chœur de l'Opéra National de Paris, Michel Plasson

Puccini:

Tosca

Emily Magee (Tosca), Jonas Kaufmann (Cavaradossi), Thomas Hampson (Scarpia), Valeriy Murga (Angelotti), Giuseppe Scorsin (Sagristano)

Chorus and Orchestra of the Opernhaus Zürich, Paolo Carignani


Jonas Kaufmann is one of the undoubted opera superstars of today, and his electric stage presence is perfectly captured in this DVD set. Kaufmann is renowned for his versatility, and this varied selection of four Opera productions showcases his vocal flexibility in style, genres and languages.

“Jonas Kaufmann brought the house down … a personal triumph” Sunday Times Werther

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Wagner: The Bayreuth Edition Box Set

Wagner: The Bayreuth Edition Box Set


Wagner:

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

Recorded live at Bayreuth Festspiele 2008

Franz Hawlata (Hans Sachs), Michael Volle (Sixtus Beckmesser), Michaela Kaune (Eva), Klaus Florian Vogt (Walther Von Stolzing), Norbert Ernst (David), Carola Guber (Magdalene), Artur Korn (Veit Pogner), Markus Eiche (Fritz Kothner), Friedemann Röhlig (Ein Nachtwächter), Charles Reid (Kunz Vogelgesang), Rainer Zaun (Konrad Nachtigall), Edward Randall (Balthasar Zorn), Hans-Jürgen Lazar (Ulrich Eisslinger), Stefan Heibach (Augustin Moser), Martin Snell (Hermann Ortel), Andreas Macco (Hans Schwarz), Iógenes Randes (Hans Foltzd)

Sebastian Weigle (conductor) & Katharina Wagner (stage director)

Die Walküre

Recorded live at the Bayreuth Festival, Germany, in 2008

Endrik Wottrich (Siegmund), Eva-Maria Westbroek (Sieglinde), Albert Dohmen (Wotan), Linda Watson (Brünnhilde), Kwangchul Youn (Hunding), Michelle Breedt (Fricka), Sonja Mühleck (Gerhilde), Anna Gabler (Ortlinde), Edith Haller (Helmwige), Martina Dike (Waltraute), Wilke te Brummelstroete (Siegrune), Annette Küttenbaum (Grimgerde), Manuela Bress (Rossweise), Simone Schröder (Schwertleite)

Christian Thielemann (conductor) & Tankred Dorst (director)

Der fliegende Holländer

Recorded live at the Bayreuth Festival Theatre, July 2013

Samuel Youn (Der Holländer), Franz-Josef Selig (Daland), Ricarda Merbeth (Senta), Tomislav Muzek, (Erik), Christa Mayer (Mary), Benjamin Bruns (Der Steuermann)

Christian Thielemann (conductor) & Jan Philipp Gloger (director)

Lohengrin

Recorded live at the Bayreuth Festival, August 2011

Klaus Florian Vogt (Lohengrin), Annette Dasch (Elsa Von Brabant), Petra Lang (Ortrud), Jukka Rasilainen (Friedrich Von Telramund), Georg Zeppenfeld (König Heinrich), Samuel Youn (Der Heerrufer Des Königs)

Andris Nelsons (conductor) & Hans Neuenfels (director)

Tannhäuser

Recorded live at the Bayreuth Festspiele, July 2014

Torsten Kerl (Tannhäuser), Camilla Nylund (Elisabeth), Michelle Breedt (Venus), Markus Eiche (Wolfram von Eschenbach), Kwangchul Youn (Landgraf Hermann), Lothar Odinius (Walther von der Vogelweide), Thomas Jesatko (Biterolf), Stefan Heibach (Heinrich der Schreiber), Rainer Zaun (Reinmar von Zweter)

Axel Kober (conductor) & Sebastian Baumgarten (stage director)

Tristan und Isolde

Recorded live at the Bayreuth Festival, Germany, in 2009

Robert Dean Smith (Tristan), Irene Theorin (Isolde), Robert Holl (König Marke), Jukka Rasilainen (Kurwenal), Ralf Lukas (Melot), Michelle Breedt (Brangäne), Clemens Bieber (Junger Seemann), Arnold Bezuyen (Hirt) & Martin Snell (Steuermann)

Peter Schneider (conductor) & Christoph Marthaler (stage director)


Bayreuth Festival Orchestra and Chorus

Since its inception, Bayreuth has become the byword for innovative and daring productions. The six operas featured on this release are certainly no exception; showcasing the original sets, creative productions and outstanding singing that the opera house is famous for, they cement Bayreuth’s worldwide reputation for nurturing raw talent, constantly striving for innovation. Jan Philipp Gloger’s controversial production of Der fliegende Holländer is conducted by Christian Thielemann, ‘Germany’s most sought-after conductor’ (Daily Telegraph), while Axel Kober takes the helm in Sebastian Baumgarten’s thought provoking production of Tannhäuser, which casts the opera as one giant experiment. Die Walküre stars up-and-coming singers Johan Botha and Edith Haller, both praised in the German press for their standout performances. The radical Tristan und Isolde sees Christoph Marthaler setting the romantic opera in a Communist-era reception room, unencumbered by the traditional lakes and forests, instead more like a psychodrama of the 1950s. Concluding the six operas is Katharina Wagner’s debut production: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, the first ever live recording from the Festival, praised by Opera Canada for its ‘stunning theatrical spectacle’. Richard Wagner’s operas find their home at Bayreuth, and these six very different but equally compelling performances capture the spirit of the German composer perfectly.

Subtitles: Der fliegende Hollander: English/French/German/Korean

Tannhauser: English/French/German/Korean

Lohengrin: English/French/German/Spanish

Die Walkure: English/French/German/Spanish

Tristan und Isolde: English/French/German/Spanish

Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg: English/French/German/Spanish

Sound format: 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS

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