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Rimsky Korsakov: Le Coq d'Or

Rimsky Korsakov: Le Coq d'Or

Recorded Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg, December 2014


Vladimir Feliauer (King Dodon), Andrei Popov (The Astrologer) & Aida Garifullina (Queen of Shemakha)

Mariinsky Orchestra & Chorus, Valery Gergiev

Stage & Film Director: Anna Matison

Lighting Designer: Alexander Sivayev

Audio Producer: Ilya Petrov

For much of the twentieth century, Rimsky-Korsakov's operatic work was largely ignored in the west, and he was better-known for his editing of major works by Mussorgsky. A thoroughly Russian composer, his music derived much from his country's rich legacy of folk tales, and his lush, exotic orchestration was a strong influence on his student Stravinsky. Completed in 1907, just after the Russo-Japanese war, the opera's depiction of a witless Tsar meant it was initially banned and Rimsky-Korsakov never saw it performed. Finally staged in 1909, it received its first performance at the Mariinsky in 1919.

Based on text by Alexander Pushkin, with libretto by Vladimir Belsky, the opera begins with The Astrologer (Andrei Popov), who introduces himself as the director of the story, a moral tale, through a fantastical kingdom. King Dodon (Vladimir Feliauer), once a great warrior, is now old and tired. However, his sons (Andrei Ilyushinkov & Vladimir Sulimsky) have not inherited his talent for warfare and his kingdom is now under threat. To aid the King, the Astrologer brings a cockerel, whose cries, he says, will warn of any attack. In gratitude, Dodon offers him one wish, which he decides to hold on to until later. Soon after the cockerel crows, and Dodon sends his sons to battle. Following on behind them, he finds them slain and his army defeated.

Dawn breaks and a despairing Dodon is greeted by a mysterious figure, the beautiful Queen of Shemakha (Aida Garifullina). She seduces Dodon and they return to his kingdom, with her as his consort. Seizing this moment, the Astrologer decides to now is the time to use his wish, demanding Dodon hand over the Queen for himself. Furious, the Kings slays the Astrologer, but is then pecked to death by the Cockerel. Finally, the Queen and Cockerel both disappear, leaving behind chaos. Returning in an epilogue, the Astrologer finally explains that all the characters were imaginary, save for himself and the Queen.

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Malandain Ballet Biarritz

Malandain Ballet Biarritz


L’Après-midi d’un faune (Debussy) 2012

“As in the original ballet, my faun performs in a fantastical and sensual world, except that he is not a legendary half-human, half-beast creature, but a lonely young man expressing his desire for the very vague remembrance of love.” Thierry Malandain

Le Spectre de la rose (von Weber) 2012

“A dream is essentially a window open towards all sorts of fantasies. This young girl’s dream is about the ghost of a rose, a spirit full of various symbols. It means love, desire, spilled blood, when thorn-pricked, life-saving blood. A gallery of scattered images to be visited with the key of dreams.” Thierry Malandain

Une Dernière chanson / One Last Song (Traditional) 2012

A ballet leading to the most tender emotions. And even if it veers towards melancholy, even if the shivers of death run through it, the richness of its poetry will give the charm of all that ends well. Just the way one enjoys the last drink, the last ray of the sun, the last song.

Silhouette (Beethoven) 2016

This solo was created for dancer Frederik Deberdt in Biarritz. Etienne de Silhouette, a financial inspector under Louis XV, gave his name to the portraits of the face’s silhouette. This solo is a miniature through which the silhouette of the dancer Vaslav Nijinski passes.

Estro (Vivaldi) 2016

Thierry Malandain created this ballet on the elevation of desire with the aim to reach the peak, or, in the words of André Lendger: “It is easier today to climb a peak of 8000 meters than getting a few centimetres within oneself.”

Nocturnes (Chopin) 2016

Fréderic Chopin translated the moods that tortured him into his Nocturnes. By transcending the idea of combining two things as conflicting as dance and death, Nocturnes is as a fresco, like a dream crushed under the weight of eternal melancholy.


Choreographies by Thierry Malandain

With more than eighty works to his credit, Thierry Malandain developed a very personal vision of dance. Deeply linked to the concept of "Ballet" as an aesthetic movement, he gives priority to the dancing body and the celebration of its sensuality and humanity.

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Running time: 132 minutes

Production years: 2012, 2016

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Europakonzert 2005 from Budapest

Europakonzert 2005 from Budapest


Bartók:

Violin Concerto No. 2, Sz 112

Leonidas Kavakos (violin)

Berlioz:

Le Corsaire Overture, Op. 21

Stravinsky:

The Firebird


Every year, the Berliner Philharmoniker’s founding day (1st May 1882) is celebrated with a concert in a European city of cultural significance. In 2005, the EUROPAKONZERT took place in Budapest, the capital of Hungary. At the impressive Budapest State Opera House, the Berliner Philharmoniker perform works by Bartók (Violin Concerto No.2), Stravinsky (Firebird) and Berlioz (Le Corsaire, Overture) under the baton of their music director Sir Simon Rattle. The Soloist for Bartók's 2nd violin concerto is Leonidas Kavakos. The Greek violinist has established himself as one of the most sought-after virtuosos and appears regularly with leading orchestras and in recital throughout the world.

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Running time: 103 mins

Production year: 2005

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Floyd, C: Susannah

Floyd, C: Susannah


Susan Hellman Spatafora (Susannah), Todd Donovan (Olin Blitch), Scott Wichael (Little Bat), Anthony Wright Webb (Sam), Brian Wehrle (Elder McLean), Benjamin Bloomfield (Elder Ott)

St. Petersburg Opera Orchestra and Chorus, Mark Sforzini (conductor) & Miochael Unger (director)

Carlisle Floyd is one of America’s foremost composers. Though he has also written in other forms, he is renowned for his operas, for which he also writes the libretti. The most famous and popular is his third opera, Susannah, premiered in 1955 and the second most performed of all American operas. Updated and set in Tennessee, it is loosely based on the Apocryphal tale of Susannah and the Elders. The work is rooted in vernacular folk melodies and hymns and contains soaring melodic beauty.

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Verdi: Il Trovatore

Verdi: Il Trovatore

Live from the Vienna State Opera, 1978


Raina Kabaivanska ( Leonora), Piero Cappuccilli (Il Conte di Luna ), Fiorenza Cossotto (Azucena), Plácido Domingo (Manrico), José van Dam (Ferrando)

Orchestra and Chorus of the Vienna State Oper, Herbert von Karajan (conductor and stage-director)

Il Trovatore was always one of Herbert von Karajan‘s favourite operas. He conducted it at the very beginning of his career and his first studio recording in 1956 was made in Milan with Maria Callas and Giuseppe di Stefano, but „his“ Trovatore really made its mark in the legendary performances given at the Salzburg Festival in 1962, which formed the basis for this successful revival in Vienna. He once declared in an interview that what he loved about this opera was its archetypal human passions, its compression of highly dramatic situations into the smallest conceivable space and Verdi‘s genius for translating such situations into music.

This 1978 performance is steeped in scandal. Franco Bonisolli was originally cast in the lead role but abandoned the cast during a rehearsal where the public had been admitted entry, and, after throwing his sword at the conductor, left the stage in fury, to be later replaced by Plácido Domingo.

What this performance makes so special: Karajan not only conducted the opera, but he was also responsible for the stage direction.

Sound Format: PCM Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Picture Format: 4:3 DVD 9 / NTSC Running Time: 151 mins Subtitles: DE, FR, EN, IT, ES, CN FSK: 0

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New York City Ballet in Paris

New York City Ballet in Paris


Bizet:

Symphony in C

Gounod:

Walpurgisnacht from Faust

Ravel:

La Valse

Sonatine


New York City Ballet, Orchestre Prométhée, Daniel Capps

The New York City Ballet, with its collection of extraordinary dancers and its unique repertoire, is one of the most prestigious dance companies in the world. This exceptional production, performed in Paris after eight years of absence, revolves around three great French composers who inspired NYCB founder George Balanchine: Charles Gounod, Maurice Ravel and Georges Bizet. The four ballets performed, choreographed from 1925 to 1980, perfectly encapsulate Balanchines genius and his very own neo-classical style. They also provide a particular insight on the bonds that tied Balanchine to France. What is known today as Walpurgisnacht Ballet was a ballet choreographed for the opera Faust (Charles Gounod) at the Paris Opera in 1975. It premiered as an independant piece in New York in 1980. Sonatine, set to a music by Maurice Ravel, was created by two New York City Ballet French principals, the recently departed Violette Verdy and Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux. La Valse was originally composed by Ravel for the Ballets Russes and Serge Diaghilev, then exiled in France, shortly before Balanchine entered the company. Symphony in C (Georges Bizet), better known as Le Palais de Cristal, premiered at the Paris Opera. A spectacular tribute to Balanchine, beautifully served by the breath-taking technique of these American dancers, who rank today among the best in the world!

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Schoenberg: Moses und Aron

Schoenberg: Moses und Aron


Thomas Johannes Mayer (Moses), John Graham-Hall (Aron), Nicky Spence (A Youth)

Orchestre et Chœurs de National de L'Opéra de Paris, Philippe Jordan (conductor) & Romeo Castellucci (director)

Moses und Aron, Arnold Schönberg’s masterpiece, at the Paris Opera in a glorious and poetic staging by Romeo Castellucci and conducted by Philippe Jordan, now available on DVD and Blu-ray! A profound, powerful and yet unfinished opera, Moses und Aron ends with an admission of defeat: « O Word, thou Word that I lack! », Moses’ last cry, is also the last phrase the composer has been able to set to music. Recounting the story of Moses, who has experienced the immensity of God, and of Aron, who tries to speak of it; casting doubt upon the adequacy of tonal and traditional musical language; Moses und Aron questions the possibility of a True Speech. Following in their wanderings the children of Israel, a stateless people lost in the desert and looking for signs and images, Moses und Aron symbolizes the challenges encountered by a community looking for her own identity, torn between spiritual ideal and material needs. The Paris Opera Chorus and Orchestra who, thanks to his musical director Philippe Jordan’s work, has pierced all the secrets of Schönberg’s audacious score, reveal with grace and accuracy all the emotion contained in this anxious, overwhelming and unforgettable masterpiece.

Castellucci, with his bull and his ink, has managed somehow to make indelible images out of an opera in which images are the greatest evil of all. THE GUARDIAN

The spectacle […] remains unforgettable. You could quibble with specific ideas in Mr. Castellucci’s work, but the sweep and scale of his vision in this “Moses” is a path to Schönberg’s unforgiving, glorious opera. THE NEW YORK TIMES

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Mozart: Die Zauberflöte, K620

Mozart: Die Zauberflöte, K620


Martin Summer, Yasmin Özkan, Martin Piskorski, Fatma Said, Theresa Zisser, Till von Orlowski

Orchestra e Coro dell’Accademia Teatro alla Scala, Ádám Fischer (conductor) & Peter Stein (director)

Accompanied by a luxurious team of professionals, consisting of the renowned stage director Peter Stein, stage designer Ferdinand Wöger and conductor Ádám Fischer, Teatro alla Scala presents Mozart’s Zauberflöte. In this production, orchestra, chorus, soloists as well as outfitters all consisted of students of the Academia Teatro alla Scala, the educational institution aimed to train the young talents, founded by the Teatro alla Scala in 2001. The result was stunning – an instant success – with all ten performances selling out at La Scala, which is famous for its extremely critical loggionisti. According to Die Presse, Fischer ‘gets the best out of the Academy Orchestra with delicate execution and humane phrasing’ while the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung praises Fatma Said as Pamina and Yasmin Özkan as the Queen of the Night.

RECORDING DATE: Teatro alla Scala, September 2016

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PICTURE: 16:9, HD SUBTITLES: German (original language), Italian, English, French, Spanish, Korean, Japanese

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Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 1-4 (Complete)

Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 1-4 (Complete)


Before moving into the Elbphilharmonie, chief conductor Thomas Hengelbrock and his NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester performed a ‘Brahms Marathon’ with all four symphonies of the Hamburg-born composer in the historic Laeiszhalle. Brahms’ music has always played an important role in the history of the orchestra, whose defining interpretations of the symphonies by Brahms and Bruckner have become the ensemble’s artistic hallmark. The orchestra, founded in 1945, was led by outstanding conductors such as Günter Wand, Christoph Eschenbach and Christoph von Dohnányi. Since 2011, chief conductor Thomas Hengelbrock is in charge of continuing the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester’s history. In the bonus program Discovering Brahms, Thomas Hengelbrock offers interesting background information on all four symphonies. ‘The evening was more than worth it’ (Hamburger Abendblatt).

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Verdi: Otello

Verdi: Otello


Stuart Neill (Otello), Jessica Nuccio (Desdemona), Roberto Frontali (Jago), Tamta Tarieli (Emilia), Manuel Pierattelli (Roderigo), Seung Pil Choi (Lodovico), Giacomo Medici (Montano), Franco Di Girolamo (A Herald)

Fondazione Orchestra Regionale delle Marche, Coro Lirico Marchigiano Vincenzo Bellini, Pueri Cantores D. Zamberletti, Complesso di palcoscenico Banda Salvadei, Riccardo Frizza

A co-production between the Macerata Opera Festival and the Festival Castell de Peralada, this Otello was the winner of the Campoamor Prize for the best production of 2015. Direction and set design are in the hands of the incomparable Paco Azorin, who ingeniously utilises the entire stage area of the Arena Sferisterio with his inspiring use of lighting and projections. Conductor Riccardo Frizza, acknowledged as one of today's finest interpreters of Italian opera, gets the best from both Verdi's rich score and the lead singers: in the title role, Stuart Neill combines an imposing stage presence with his richly nuanced voice; Jessica Nuccio is a wonderfully lyrical Desdemona; while Roberto Frontali brings both fine singing and charismatic acting to the role of Jago.

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