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Rejoice: Itzhak Perlman & Cantor Yitzchack Meir Helfgott

Rejoice: Itzhak Perlman & Cantor Yitzchack Meir Helfgott


Itzhak Perlman & Cantor Yitzchack Meir Helfgott

The Klezmer Conservatory Band, Rejoice Chamber Orchestra, Russell Ger

This DVD celebrates the extraordinary artistic world of Eastern European Jewish music, or in the words of Itzhak Perlman, “chicken soup for the soul”. Legendary violinist Itzhak Perlman and renowned cantor Yitzchak Meir Helfgot join forces for a musical exploration of liturgical and traditional works in new arrangements for both chamber orchestra and klezmer settings. In Rejoice with Itzhak Perlman and Cantor Yitzchak Meir Helfgot, these two incomparable virtuosos unite for an evening of cantorial masterpieces, Yiddish folk and theater tunes, Hassidic melodies, and klezmer instrumentals.

The program is directed by Joshua Waletzky, whose earlier collaboration with Perlman,

In the Fiddler’s House, won a Primetime Emmy in 1995.

Bonus: Interviews with Izthak Perlman and Cantor Yitzchak Meir Helfgot.

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C Major - 718408

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Bruckner: Symphony No. 5 in B flat major

Bruckner: Symphony No. 5 in B flat major


Staatskapelle Dresden, Christian Thielemann

Following their recording of the 8. Symphony, Christian Thielemann and the Staatskapelle Dresden are continuing their internationally acclaimed Bruckner cycle with Symphony No. 5. Star conductor Christian Thielemann once again shows his talent for the German Romantic repertoire with a highly acclaimed interpretation of Bruckner´s Symphony No. 5.

SOUND FORMAT DVD: PCM Stereo, dts 5.1

PICTURE 16:9, HD

BOOKLET: E, G, F

TOTAL RUNNING TIME. 90 MINS

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C Major Thielemann Bruckner Symphonies - 717808

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Tchaikovsky: LAC (after Swan Lake)

Recorded live at Grimaldi Forum, Monaco, 2013


Anja Behrend (Le Cynge Blanc), April Ball (Le Cynge Noir), Stephan Bourgond (Le Prince), Alvaro Prieto (The King), Mimoza Koike (The Queen), Jeroen Verbruggen (Le Confident du Prince), Bernice Coppieters (Sa Majesté la Nuit)

Les Ballets de Monte Carlo & Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Slatkin

Jean-Christophe Maillot has re-worked Swan Lake with the writer Jean Rouaud (1990 Prix Goncourt winner) to bring a new drama to this pillar of the classic repertoire. This new adaptation, filmed in a special studio-setting at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco, brings a modern-day relevance to the timeless story of Siegfried and Odette. Designed by leading visual artist Ernest Pignon-Ernest, with costumes by Philippe Guillotel, and performed to a specially conceived and mastered soundtrack of Tchaikovsky’s score performed by the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, directed by Leonard Slatkin, the production has been hailed as ‘outstanding’ (Le Figaro), while the Jerusalem Post asserted ‘Swan Lake will never be the same after the tempestous Lac’. This film of Lac won the top award at the 2103 Golden Prague, as ‘Best Performing Arts Program’, where it was described as ‘A ravishing stage production offering the spectator a thrilling interpretation of Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece through contemporary dance’.

Extra features: A cast gallery.

Choreography Jean Christophe Maillot

Running time: 94 minutes

Subtitles: N/A

Sound format: 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS

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Opus Arte - OA1148D

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Borodin: Prince Igor

Borodin: Prince Igor


Ildar Abdrazakov (Prince Igor), Mikhail Petrenko (Prince Galitsky), Sergey Semishkur (Vladimir Igorevich), Vladimir Ognovenko (Skula), Andrey Popov (Yeroshka), Oksana Dyka (Yaroslavna), Kiri Deonarine (Polovtsian Maiden), Anita Rachvelishvili (Konchakovna), Mikhail Vekua (Ovlur), Štefan Kocán (Khan Koncha), Barbara Dever (Yaroslavna’s Nurse)

Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Chorus and Ballet, Gianandrea Noseda

For the first time in nearly 100 years, Borodin’s defining Russian epic, famous for its Polovtsian Dances, comes to the MET.

Dmitri Tcherniakov’s production is a brilliant psychological journey through the mind of its conflicted hero, and his “[…] wonderful staging is dreamlike, wrenchingly human and viscerally theatrical” (New York Times).

Star bass-baritone Ildar Abdrazakov takes on the monumental title role and "[…] masterfully probed Igor's guilt and regret" (Wall Street Journal).

The DVD includes a “Backstage at the MET” with host Eric Owens:

Introductions to Act 1, 2 and 3

Interview: Ildar Abdrazakov

Panel: Gelb, Tcherniakov; Noseda (+Lidiya)

Interview: Dyka; Petrenko (+Lidiya)

Interview: Rachvelishvili

Interview: Donald Palumbo

Picture format: 16:9 / colour / NTSC

Audio format: PCM Stereo / DTS 5.1

Region Code: All regions ("0")

Disc: 2 DVD-9

Menu Language: English

Subtitles (Opera): English, German, French, Spanish, Chinese, Korean

Total time: c. 202' (c. 192' opera + 10' extras)

Classification/FSK: from 6 Years

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DG - 0735146

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Bizet: Carmen

Bizet: Carmen


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

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

In 2008 the Opernhaus Zurich staged this magnificent production starring virtuoso tenor Jonas Kaufmann as Don José and the Bulgarian Vesselina Kasarova as the flirtatious prima-donna of the title role. Mezzo-soprano Kasarova is dazzling as the tough-as-nails, beautifully unsentimental heroine – think classic Sophia Loren meets West Side Story.

Kaufmann, in the guise of a Spanish police officer, brilliantly portrays the blustering but naive Don José as a modern contrast of hard-edged machismo and out-of-his-depths vulnerability.

Director Matthias Hartmann refreshed one of the greatest and most popular operas of all time with touches of a contemporary setting and costume designs that emphasize the timeless archetypes of the characters. This production of Carmen enthralled audiences with the visceral physical quality of the performances, enhanced by a single panoramic set for all four acts that is stripped of the traditional Spanish styling.

Kaufmann superbly presents Don José as awkward, socially inept and doomed for disillusionment. Kasarova’s Carmen commands attention with a soft and sensual exterior that hides her ruthless and sinister heart in plain view.

Menus: English • Picture Format: 16:9 Anamorphic Widescreen • Colour Mode: Colour • Region Code: 0 (worldwide)

DVD Format: NTSC • Duration: 166 mins • Sound: 1 LPCM Stereo • 2 DTS Digital 5.1 Surround Subtitles: French (sung language), English, German

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DG - 0743881

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Glass, P: Spuren Der Verirrten - The Lost


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Orange Mountain - DVDOMM5008

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Richter plays Schumann & The Russians

Richter plays Schumann & The Russians


Debussy:

Préludes - Book 2: No. 8, Ondine

Préludes - Book 1: No. 3, Le vent dans la plaine

Rachmaninov:

Moment musical No. 6 in C major, Op. 16 No. 6

Melodie in E Major, Op. 3 No. 3

Polichinelle, Op. 3, No. 4

Prelude Op. 32 No. 12 in G sharp minor

Schumann:

Faschingsschwank aus Wien, Op. 26

Blumenstück, Op. 19

Bilder aus Osten, Op. 66

with Lyudmila Berlinskaya

Paganini Studien, Op. 10 (extracts)

Toccata in C major, Op. 7

Fugues (4), Op. 72

Tchaikovsky:

The Seasons, Op. 37b: May ('Starlit Nights')

The Seasons, Op. 37b: June (Barcarolle)

L'espiegle, Op. 72, No. 12

Un poco di Chopin, Op. 72, No. 15

Valse de salon in A flat major, Op. 51 No. 1

Menuetto-scherzando, Op. 51 No. 3


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Parnassus - PDVD1203

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Mahler: Symphony No. 9 in D major

Mahler: Symphony No. 9 in D major


Theodor W. Adorno regarded Mahler’s Symphony No. 9 as “the first work of modern music”. Adorno’s teacher, Alban Berg, saw in it “the expression of a tremendous love for this world, a longing to live in peace and to savor Nature to its depths – before the arrival of Death. For it will inevitably come.” This live recording of the composer’s last completed symphony is part of an ongoing Leipzig cycle of Mahler’s symphonies. It confirms once more the Gewandhaus Orchestra’s reputation as an exemplary ensemble for the performance of Mahler’s music. The highest level of performance culture combined with a sharply contoured, transparent, polished, and detailed manner of playing, plus infectious verve and an unmistakable sound characterized by a darkly golden color – these are qualities responsible for the Gewandhaus Orchestra’s international reputation. Since the time of Bruno Walter, the orchestra has developed over the years a deep understanding of the works of Gustav Mahler, which in their collaboration with Riccardo Chailly has been continued.

BONUS: Riccardo Chailly on Mahler 9 and in conversation with Henry‐Louis de La Grange.

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Accentus Music Riccardo Chailly Mahler Symphony cycle - ACC20299

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Strauss, R: Arabella

Strauss, R: Arabella

Salzburg Easter Festival, 2014


Renée Fleming (Arabella), Thomas Hampson (Mandryka), Albert Dohmen, Gabriela Beňačková (Adelaide), Albert Dohmen (Waldner), Hanna-Elisabeth Müller (Zdenka), Daniel Behle (Matteo), Derek Welton (Dominik), Benjamin Bruns (Elemer), Steven Humes (Lamoral), Daniela Fally (Fiakermilli), Jane Henschel (Kartenaufschlägerin)

Staatskapelle Dresden & Sächsischer Staatsopernchor Dresden, Christian Thielemann

Staged by Florentine Klepper

2014 celebrates the 150th birthday of Richard Strauss. Arabella from this year´s Salzburg Easter Festival and is after Capriccio the second R: Strauss Opera C Major is releasing in 2014. Der Rosenkavalier from this year´s Salzburg Festival will be released in fall 2014.

Fantastic star cast: Renèe Fleming, Thomas Hampson, Albert Dohmen (Covent Garden, Wiener Staatsoper, MET), Gabriela Beňačková (Wiener Staatsoper, Covent Garden)

With Christian Thielemann and the Staatskapelle Dresden „the music of Richard Strauss is in best hands“. (ORF)

Subtitles: Deutsch, Eng, Fra, Spa, Chin, Kor, Jap

Booklet: Englisch, Deutsch, Französisch

No. of Discs: 2

Run time: 178 MIN

Disc Format: NTSC

Picture: 16:9

Audio: PCM Stereo, Dolby 5.1

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C Major - 717208

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Stravinsky: L'Histoire du Soldat

Stravinsky: L'Histoire du Soldat


Nacho Duato (Soldier), Aryeh Weiner (Devil), Gerald Tibbs (Alter Ego), Teresina Mosco (Mother), Fiona Lummis (Fiancée), Lionel Hoche (Friend of the Soldier) & Karin Heyninck (Princess)

Nederlands Dans Theater, David Porcelijn

Choreography by Jirí Kylián

Jirí Kylián feels a great affinity for Stravinsky, who, like himself, was forced to leave his homeland. He describes the composer’s music drama, L’Histoire du soldat, as a “surrealistic fairy tale for grown-up children”. His version of the piece uses the original French version libretto by Charles Ferdinand Ramuz. With scenery and costumes by John MacFarlane, this studio recording features Nacho Duato as the soldier who sells his soul to the Devil for wealth, but is forced to wander the world.

The onset of the First World War and the Russian Revolution of 1917 had drastic consequences for Stravinsky in his Swiss exile: his property was confiscated, and he the reby lost the rights to his works and the associated income, leaving him in a situation which isolated him as an artist. Stravinsky and his librettist for L’Histoire du soldat, Charles Ferdinand Ramuz, had the idea of “founding a travelling theatre which, with as little funding as possible, could be moved easily from place to place and perform in small meeting places.” It involved a street ballad-like series of scenes about a pact between a soldier and the devil which was “to be read, played and danced”. The associated new work, with its diversity, its structure, the switching between narration, action, mime and dance, and its elements from tango, English Waltz and Ragtime, could not have been categorized under any genre which existed at the time. It was premiered on 28 September 1918 and in this version is brilliantly reinterpreted by the Nederlands Dans Theater.

Sound Format: PCM Stereo

Picture Format: 4:3

DVD Format: DVD 9 / NTSC

Running Time: 51 mins

Subtitles: FR (Original Language), GB, DE

FSK: 0

Region Code: 0

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Arthaus Musik - 100133

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