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Andris Nelsons conducts Brahms

Andris Nelsons conducts Brahms

Lucerne Festival in Summer 2014 Opening Concert


Brahms:

Serenade No. 2 in A Major, Op. 16

Alto Rhapsody, Op. 53

Sara Mingardo (alto)

Bavarian Radio Choir

Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73


Lucerne Festival Orchestra, Andris Nelsons

In 2014, all signs pointed to a new beginning at the Lucerne Festival. For the first time, the festival would take place without the incomparable Claudio Abbado, with the young Latvian Andris Nelsons leading the Lucerne Festival Orchestra. Nelsons had already won the trust and respect of both listeners and performers in a moving memorial concert for Abbado in Lucerne. He is known internationally as one of the most gifted conductors of his generation.

Now he was poised to lead the prestigious festival into a new era – he brilliantly mastered this “greatest challenge” (as he himself called it) of his career. The audience and the musicians responded with heart‐felt gratitude. “He is aware of every single player and carries us on an unbelievable wave of enthusiasm”, according to concertmaster Sebastian Breuninger. Solo violist Wolfram Christ adds, “Nelsons accepts what is inherent in our orchestra and what comes from Abbado; he builds on it and makes it into something new.”

Picture Format DVD: NTSC 16:9

Sound Formats DVD: PCM Stereo

Dolby Digital 5.1 DTS 5.1

Region Code: 0 (worldwide)

Running Time: 109:00 min

Disc Format: DVD‐9

Subtitles: German (Original), French, English, Japanese, Korean

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Accentus Music - ACC20325

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Mahler: Symphonies Nos. 7 & 8

Mahler: Symphonies Nos. 7 & 8


Mahler:

Symphony No. 7

2011

Symphony No. 8 in E flat major 'Symphony of a Thousand'

2013


Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra (HR-Sinfonie Orchester), Paavo Järvi

The highly praised Mahler Cycle with Paavo Järvi and the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra continues with the release of the 7th and 8th Symphonies. Bonus: Introductions to Symphonies Nos. 7 + 8 with Paavo Järvi.

SOUND FORMAT DVD: DTS 5.1, PCM Stereo

PICTURE 16:9, HD

SUBTITLES Symphony No. 8: English, German, French, Spanish, Korean, Japanese, Chinese, Latin

Bonus: Introductions to Symphonies Nos. 7 + 8 with Paavo Järvi

English (original language), German, Korean, Japanese

BOOKLET: E, G, F

TOTAL RUNNING TIME. 185 MINS

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C Major Paavo Järvi Complete Mahler Symphony Cycle - 729508

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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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Sound: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo

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

Running time: 103 Minutes

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Christopher Nupen Films - A19CND

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Verdi: Nabucco

Verdi: Nabucco

A live-recording of Nabucco from the Royal Opera House in London in April 2013


Plácido Domingo (Nabucco), Liudmyla Monastyrska (Abigaille), Andrea Caré (Ismaele), Marianna Pizzolato (Fenena) & Vitalij Kowaljow (Zaccaria)

Orchestra and Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Nicola Luisotti (conductor) & Daniele Abbado (director)

Plácido Domingo's major role debut as Nabucco at the Royal Opera House

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Sony - 88875059359

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Purcell: Dido and Aeneas

Purcell: Dido and Aeneas


Vivica Genaux (Dido), Henk Neven (Æneas), Ana Quintans (Belinda) & Marc Mauillon (Sorceress, Marin)

Vincent Dumestre (conductor) & Stéphane Vérité (director)

Cécile ROUSSAT & Julien LUBEK Staging, Choregraphy, Set, Costumes

Laurent CASTAINGT Lights

After the success of the DVDs devoted to Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme and Cadmus & Hermione, Vincent Dumestre and Le Poème Harmonique continue their exploration of repertoires of the 17th century.

This piece, combining theatre and music, allowed Purcell to achieve his dramatic ideal. In fact, he wrote only a single opera in his short career – he died at the age of 36 –, but with it, he left us a gem of rare beauty and extreme concision. The work’s genius is also due in part to the quality of the libretto, skilfully put together by Nahum Tate.

Cécile Roussat and Julien Lubek, stage directors coming from the arts of the circus and the mime Marceau, had already collaborated with Le Poème Harmonique on the Carnaval Baroque. Here, they combine mime, dance and acrobatics with the music in a moving, magical production.

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Alpha - ALPHA706

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Easter from King's

Easter from King's


includes

Allegri:

Miserere mei, Deus

Bach, J S:

Chorale Prelude BWV625 'Christ lag in Todesbanden'

Byrd:

Ave verum Corpus

Cruger:

Ah, holy Jesu, how hast thou offended (Herzliebster Jesu)

arr. Bach

Franck, C:

Panis Angelicus

Gesius:

Hosianna, dem Sohne Davids

Joao IV:

Crux fidelis

Monteverdi:

Adoramus te, Christe

Mozart:

Requiem in D minor, K626 - Lacrimosa

Ouseley:

O Saviour of the world

trad.:

Were you there?

arr. Whitbourn

Vaughan Williams:

Let all the world in every corner sing

Wood, C:

This joyful Eastertide

and readings


'Easter from King’s' is the first DVD release of the regular BBC broadcast, which forms a cornerstone of the BBC’s Easter programming. This service was first broadcast at Easter 2014 from the College’s awe-inspiring Chapel. Featuring seasonal hymns and readings alongside choral favourites, including Allegri’s 'Miserere', the Lacrimosa from Mozart’s Requiem, the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s 'Messiah' and Cesar Frank’s 'Panis Angelicus', this collection presents a contemplation of Christ’s death and resurrection.

This world-famous choir is perhaps best-known for its Christmas broadcasts, but gives daily sung services in the beautiful surroundings of King’s College Chapel. Cameras are normally forbidden during services, so this DVD provides a rare opportunity to experience the choir engaged in its core activity, celebrating the most important festival of the Christian calendar.

The DVD joins the label’s other critically-acclaimed recordings including their first celebrated DVD release, 'Carols from King’s' and will be accompanied by an extensive international press and marketing campaign.

Booklet with notes in English and a reproduction of the original service booklet with hymn texts.

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Kings College - KGS0009

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Schumann: Violin Concerto

Schumann: Violin Concerto


Schumann:

Piano Trio No. 3 in G minor, Op. 110

with Jean-Guihen Queyras (cello) & Alexander Melnikov (piano)

Violin Concerto in D minor, WoO 23

Freiburger Barockorchester, Pablo Heras-Casado


In the autumn of 1851 Schumann composed, in rapid succession, the two violin sonatas and, in the space of just seven days from 2 to 9 October, the Piano Trio no.3, Op.110. As always during his work, Schumann was oblivious to everything around him, neglected social obligations, and isolated himself – even from Clara. ‘Robert is working very assiduously on a trio for piano, violin, and cello,’ she confided to her diary, ‘but he won’t let me hear anything of it until he has quite finished it – all I know is that it’s in G minor.’

This trio, like all his other chamber works with piano, was tailor-made for Clara to play and right from the first rehearsal session in the domestic circle she went into a veritable frenzy of delight: ‘It is original, absolutely full of passion, especially the scherzo, which sweeps one away to the wildest depths’, Just a little bit of that same enthusiasm would probably have spared the Violin Concerto a great deal of opprobrium: Clara witheld the score, as did the dedicatee, Joachim. It was finally premiered in Berlin on 26 November 1937, more than 80 years after it was composed, with the Berlin Philharmonic conducted by Karl Böhm and the violinist Georg Kulenkampff. Yehudi Menuhin had the privilege of making the first commercial recording, produced in the following year, 1938, with the New York Philharmonic under its British principal conductor John Barbirolli.

This first volume in a trilogy comprising the complete concertos and piano trios of Schumann brings together two late and unjustly neglected works. The instigators of the project, Isabelle Faust, Alexandre Melnikov and Jean-Guihen Queyras, champion their cause with a force of conviction and a choice of instruments that restore the delicate transparency and subtlety of their textures. The next release will be of the Piano Concerto and Piano Trio No. 2.

"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. Pablo Heras-Casado and the Freiburger Barockorchester sprang spontaneously to mind as the ideal partners for a project of this kind. 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.

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Harmonia Mundi - HMC902196

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Horizon 6

Horizon 6


Aa:

Violin Concerto

Janine Jansen (violin)

Vladimir Jurowski

Andriessen, L:

Mysteriën (Version No. 1)

(bonus DVD)

Mariss Jansons

Brewaeys:

Symphony No. 6

David Robertson

Along the Shores of Lorn

Otto Tausk

Glanert:

Frenesia

Xian Zhang


With this sixth issue in the Horizon Series, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra once again confirms its commitment to contemporary music. It features a mix of world premieres*, RCO-commissioned** works and other recently written music, opening with house composer Detlev Glanert's expressive 'Frenesia'. Vladimir Jurowski conducts the RCO and Janine Jansen in Michel van der Aa's eclectic Violin Concerto. The Belgian spectralist composer Luc Brewaeys is represented with two works: Symphony No. 6 and 'Along the Shores of Lorn', conducted by David Robertson and Otto Tausk. This SACD comes with a bonus DVD containing the world premiere of Louis Andriessen's 'Mysteriën' (Mysteries), an historic event marking the 125th birthday of the RCO.

Hybrid Multichannel SACD (5.0) + bonus DVD (LPCM 2.0 / DD 5.0 / 16:9 / NTSC) 30:27

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RCO Live Horizon - RCO15001

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$17.25

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Wuorinen: Brokeback Mountain

Wuorinen: Brokeback Mountain

Opera in two acts after the story by Annie Proulx


Daniel Okulitch (Ennis del Mar), Tom Randle (Jack Twist), Heather Buck (Alma), Hannah Esther Minutillo (Lureen), Ethan Herschenfeld (Aguirre/Hog-Boy), Celia Alcedo (Alma´s mother), Jane Henschel, (Jack´s mother), Ryan Macpherson (Jack´s father), Hilary Summers (Bartender), Letitia Singleton (Saleswoman), Gaizka Gurruchaga (Cowboy) & Vasco Fracanzani (Bill Jones)

Orchestra & Chorus Teatro Real de Madrid, Titus Engel (musical director) & Ivo Van Hove (stage director)

A modern opera adaptation by Charles Wuorinen, based on Annie Proulx’s short story, previously adaptated by Ang Lee for the Oscar-winning film 'Brokeback Mountain', marks Wuorinen’s return to the opera stage with one of the major works of his career, equally ambitious in its beauty and momentous tragedy. 'Brokeback' is the story of ranch hand Ennis del Mar and rodeo cowboy Jack Twist, two young men who meet and fall in love on the fictional Brokeback Mountain in Wyoming in 1963.

Wuorinen says “It’s a story of doomed love, in this case a complex homosexual relationship taking place in a very homophobic society.” In a decidedly different approach from the film adaptation, Wuorinen creates a grittier atmosphere. The story and characters have been tightly condensed by Proulx. In reference to the genesis of the story Proulx has said: “‘Brokeback’ was constructed on the small but tight idea of a couple of home-grown country kids, opinions and self-knowledge shaped by the world around them, finding themselves in emotional waters of increasing depth. I wanted to develop the story through a kind of literary sostenente.” With bass-baritone Daniel Okulitch and tenor Tom Randle. Staged by Ivo van Hove and conducted by Titus Engel.

Running time 150 min: Opera 130 min. & bonus 20 min

Bonus interview with the artists

Subtitles: French / English / Spanish

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

HD recording: Teatro Real - Madrid, 02/2014

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Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 1-9 (complete)

Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 1-9 (complete)


Myrto Papatanasiu (soprano), Bernarda Fink (mezzo-soprano), Burkhard Fritz (tenor) & Gerald Finley (baritone)

Netherlands Radio Choir & Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Iván Fischer

Recorded Live at Concertgebouw Amsterdam on 11 May 2013, 31 May 2013, 9-10 January 2014 and 20-21 February 2014

The Beethoven symphonies: all nine of them stunning masterworks, all nine performed countless times. Be that as it may, there are conductors who can recontextualise these symphonies in such a way that they sound completely new, as Iván Fischer proved in 2013 and 2014 in his Beethoven Series with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, spread out over two seasons. A veritable journey of discovery through a familiar landscape.

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