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Ólafur Arnalds: Island Songs

Ólafur Arnalds: Island Songs

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Ólafur Arnalds

Island Songs is the innovative brainchild of BAFTA award winning composer Ólafur Arnalds, alongside acclaimed film director Baldvin Z (BBC’s Trapped, Life in a Fish Bowl).

Ólafur will travel to 7 towns across Iceland where he will collaborate with 7 local artists, and at each location he will create, record and perform a new composition with the artist. He will deliver the audio and video the following day. Mercury Classics will release one audio track and one live performance video, each Monday.

Island Songs is a real-time interactive project that will evolve in the digital space, hosted via a bespoke website. Arnalds’ dedicated fanbase will be able to follow him on his travels via Facebook live-streams, Snapchats, Instagram, Twitter and Apple Connect.

Ólafur’s journey will also be chronicled by acclaimed film director Baldvin Z. The 7-week period will result in an hour-long music film, including conversations exploring music, history and identity, to create a powerful musical portrait of their native land. Marketing and promotional plans for phase two will be shared in the summer.

This is the most ambitious project that Ólafur has ever undertaken, creatively and logistically.

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Mercury - 4812857

(CD + DVD Video - 2 discs)

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Scheduled for release on 28 October 2016. Order it now and we will deliver it as soon as it is available.

Waldbühne 2016 from Berlin: Czech Night

Waldbühne 2016 from Berlin: Czech Night

Recorded live at the Waldbuehne Berlin, 2016, directed by Henning Kasten


Dvorak:

Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 53

Lisa Batiashvili (violin)

Symphony No. 6 in D major, Op. 60

Smetana:

Má Vlast: Vltava


Berliner Philharmoniker, Yannick Nézet-Séguin

What kind of music could be better suited for the Berliner Philharmoniker’s legendary annual Waldbühne concert than Czech music? It’s always passionate and full of verve and sure to lift everyone’s spirits. Only very rarely does a young talent ascend to ‘world stardom’, but one of the few who can be considered an international superstar while still belonging to the new generation of conductors is Yannick Nézet-Séguin. He presents the much-loved Vlatava (Moldau) as well as Dvořák’s Sixth Symphony and Violin Concerto with the wonderful Lisa Batiashvili on the violin.

“An evening in Berlin that could not have been more perfect.” (Tagesspiegel)

This concert is a dual premiere for Yannick Nézet-Séguin (Artist of the Year 2016 and winner of the ECHO Klassik 2014): for the first time, the Canadian is conducting the Berliner Philharmoniker at their last concert of the season at the Waldbühne. This is also his first appearance with the orchestra since his debut in 2010, with an interpretation of the two major Czech national composers, Bedřich Smetana and Antonín Dvořák.

With his orchestra cycle Má vlast, Smetana created a musical portrait of his home country; particularly the second part, The Moldau, came to stand as the embodiment of Czech music. Smetana combines rhythmic and melodic elements of Czech folklore with stylistic devices of Western symphonic music.

The same applies for Antonín Dvořák, fashioning his own musical language, shaped by the Bohemian idiom, in the Slavonic Dances. Thus his Sixth Symphony contains many allusions to Czech folk songs and dances that are typical of Dvořák’s music.

The Violin Concerto is also inspired by Slavic dance rhythms. This captivating piece is played by the Georgian violinist Lisa Batiashvili, acclaimed by the press as a “ballerina on the violin”.

Including ‘conductor camera’ option: switch to the ‘picture-in-picture’ or ‘full screen’ in the conductor’s camera feature (full concert length) and experience maestro Nézet-Séguin from the orchestra’s perspective.

16:9 – NTSC

PCM Stereo, DD 5.0, DTS 5.0

Language/subtitles: N/A

Region code: 0 (worldwide)

Running time: 107 mins

Production year: 2016

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EuroArts Waldbühne - 8024261498

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$15.75

Scheduled for release on 21 October 2016. Order it now and we will deliver it as soon as it is available.

The Art of Mats Ek - Giselle

The Art of Mats Ek - Giselle


Adam:

Giselle


Ana Laguna (Giselle), Luc Bouy (Albrecht), Yvan Auzely (Hilarion), Vanessa McIntosh (Bathilde) & Lena Wennergren (Myrtha)

Cullberg Ballet & Orchestre National de l’Opéra de Monte-Carlo, Richard Bonynge

Choreography and TV adaptation by Mats Ek

- World premiere on stage, 6 July 1982

- Adapted for TV in 1987

Sound Format: PCM Stereo

Picture Format: 4:3

Region Code: 0

Running Time: 89 mins

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Arthaus Musik Elegance - 109280

(DVD Video)

$17.25

Scheduled for release on 14 October 2016. Order it now and we will deliver it as soon as it is available.

The Art of John Neumeier - Death in Venice

The Art of John Neumeier - Death in Venice

From the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, 2004


Lloyd Riggins (Gustav von Aschenbach, Master Choreographer), Laura Cazzaniga (His Assistant, his Mother, Tadzio’s Mother), Ivan Urban (His “Friedrich der Große”), Hélène Bouchet (His “La Barbarina") & Elizabeth Cooper (piano)

Hamburg Ballett

Choreography, Staging and Lighting Design: John Neumeier

John Neumeier’s free adaptation of Thomas Mann’s novella Death in Venice for the marvellous dancers of the Hamburg Ballett walks a fine line between astute theatricality and melodrama, between brilliant passages of movement and banal gestures. The primary message is that the life of an artist - even a famous, successful one - can be hell unless he’s in creative touch with his inner child, his emotions.

Sound Format: PCM Stereo

Picture Format: 16:9

Audio Language Bonus: DE

Subtitles Bonus: EN, FR

Region Code: 0

Running Time: 123 mins + 59 mins (Bonus)

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Arthaus Musik Elegance - 109274

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$17.25

Scheduled for release on 14 October 2016. Order it now and we will deliver it as soon as it is available.

Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 'Choral'

Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 'Choral'

Wiener Musikverein, 2010


This Beethoven Symphony No. 9 from the outstanding Beethoven 9 Project of Christian Thielemann and the Wiener Philharmoniker, first time recorded in HD and 5.0 surround sound, is accompanied by a one hour-long documentary featuring Christian Thielemann and Germany´s most eminent music critic, Prof. Joachim Kaiser. From insights into Beethoven´s musical thinking to interpretational comparisons, including excerpts from performances by Karajan, Bernstein, Järvi, to historical perspectives – no aspect of Beethoven´s Symphony No. 9 will remain untreated!

BONUS: Maestro Thielemann and Joachim Kaiser discuss and analyse in an entertaining conversational exchange Thielemann’s interpretation, complemented by excerpts from rehearsals as well as by comparisons of Beethoven cycles with Karajan, Bernstein and Järvi.

SOUND FORMAT

DVD: DTS 5.0, PCM Stereo

PICTURE 16:9, HD

SUBTITLES: English, French, Spanish, Italian, Korean, Chinese

BOOKLET: English, German, French

TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 138 mins Concert: 80’ + Bonus: 58’

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C Major Thielemann Beethoven Symphonies/Documentaries - 737808

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$15.00

Scheduled for release on 14 October 2016. Order it now and we will deliver it as soon as it is available.

Bellini: Norma

Bellini: Norma

Recorded live at the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona, February 2015


Sondra Radvanovsky (Norma), Gregory Kunde (Pollione), Ekaterina Gubanova (Adalgisa), Raymond Aceto (Oroveso), Ana Puche (Clotilde) & Francisco Vas (Flavio)

Symphony Orchestra & Chorus of the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Renato Palumbo (conductor) & Kevin Newbury (stage director)

David Korins, set designer

Jessica Jahn, costume designer

D.M. Wood, lighting designer

“If we weep from emotion on hearing it, it’s nothing to be ashamed of” Richard Wagner on Bellini’s most famous opera Norma, the most successful work by the last and greatest composer of bel canto. This new production of Norma, directed by Grammy Award-nominated opera, theatre and film director Kevin Newbury and starring Sondra Radvanovsky as a “powerful, elegant” Norma (New York Times) and Gregory Kunde as Pollione, is “something very special. The word ‘historic’ is used perhaps a little too often but tonight there really is no other adjective to describe the sensational performances offered to us by Sondra Radvanovsky and Gregory unde.” (operatraveller.com)

Radvanovsky’s performance as Norma has been the fixed point of Newbury’s staging as it has travelled from San Francisco where it opened in September 2014, to Barcelona, and on to Chicago and Toronto, and was enthusiastically received from the off: British Opera magazine described her as “fearless in scaling the heights of this bel canto challenge. Her range of colours, from smoky to crystalline, and her authority [...] were wondrous and energizing, starting with a consummately phrased ‘Casta Diva’”.

Picture format: NTSC 16:9

Sound format: PCM Stereo / DTS 5.1

Region code: 0 (worldwide)

Subtitles: Italian, German, English, Catalan, French, Spanish, Korean, Japanese

Running time: 176 mins

No. of DVDs: 2 (DVD 9)

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C Major - 737208

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Scheduled for release on 14 October 2016. Order it now and we will deliver it as soon as it is available.

Blake, Dan: The Dust Moves

Blake, Dan: The Dust Moves


Dan Blake (saxophone)

Mivos Quartet

Dan Blake's concert-length work for string quartet and saxophone with projected animations, with the esteemed Mivos Quartet. The DVD presents both live footage and with the animations, and a download code for the audio only.

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Infrequent Seams Records - DVDIS1006

(DVD Video)

$13.25

Scheduled for release on 14 October 2016. Order it now and we will deliver it as soon as it is available.

Brahms: The Piano Concertos

Brahms: The Piano Concertos

Wiener Musikverein, 2015


Brahms:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15

Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 83


“It is not every day that Brahms sounds so perfect as this,” enthuses the Kurier newspaper, describing Buchbinder’s performance with the Vienna Philharmonic. The “phenomenal piano virtuoso” (Kurier) plays the First and Second Piano Concertos of Johannes Brahms in the Golden Hall of the Vienna Musikverein with Maestro Zubin Mehta, who has long been intensively associated both with the orchestra and with soloist Rudolf Buchbinder.

Brahms’s piano concertos constantly demand from the pianist a wide range of interpretational refinement alongside a very high level of concentration and considerable technical skill. A challenge which Rudolf Buchbinder easily achieves: “Buchbinder’s tour de force earned him cheers” (Die Presse). “What Rudolf Buchbinder, the Vienna Philharmonic and conductor Zubin Mehta delivered at the Musikverein easily deserves the accolade ‘milestone’.” (Kurier)

Running Time Total: 96 mins

Picture 16:9, HD

Sound DVD: DTS 5.0, PCM Stereo

Booklet German, English, French

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C Major - 733508

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Normally: $25.75

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Scheduled for release on 14 October 2016. Order it now and we will deliver it as soon as it is available.

The Art of Patrice Bart - La Petite Danseuse de Degas

The Art of Patrice Bart - La Petite Danseuse de Degas


Levaillant:

La Petite Danseuse De Degas

World premiere recording, live from the Opéra Garnier, Paris 2010


Clairemarie Osta (The Little Dancer), Dorothee Gilbert (The Etoile Dancer), Mathieu Ganio (The Ballet Master) & Jose Martinez (The Subscription Holder)

Corps de Ballet de l’Opera national de Paris & Orchestre de l’Opera national de Paris, Koen Kessels

Original idea by Patrice Bart & Martine Kahane

Choreography by Patrice Bart

The idea of creating a ballet came to Brigitte Lefèvre, the Ballet’s dance director, after reading Martine Kahane’s research about Degas’s 1881 sculpture ‘La Petite Danseuse de quatorze ans’. Although numerous exhibitions, books and films had already been dedicated to Degas and dance until then, no choreographic work had ever really done so. Choreographer Patrice Bart and composer Denis Levaillant translated the intrinsic modernity of a 19th-century story into music and the language of the stage.

Sound Formats: PCM Stereo, DD 5.1

Picture Format: 16:9

Audio Language Bonus: FR

Subtitles Bonus: FR, EN, DE, ES, IT

Region Code: 0

Running Time: 112 mins + 20 mins (Bonus)

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Arthaus Musik Elegance - 109272

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$17.25

Scheduled for release on 14 October 2016. Order it now and we will deliver it as soon as it is available.

The Art of Patrice Bart - The Nutcracker

The Art of Patrice Bart - The Nutcracker


Tchaikovsky:

The Nutcracker, Op. 71

Live from the Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Berlin, 1999


Nadja Saidakova (Mary), Vladimir Malakhov (Le Prince Casse Noisette), Oliver Matz (Drosselmeyer), Beatrice Knop (Reine des Glaces) & Viara Natcheva (Reine des Neiges)

Staatsballett Berlin & Staatskapelle Berlin, Daniel Barenboim

Choreography by Patrice Bart

Based on the original choreography by Marius Petipa

Stage and costume designer: Luisa Spinatelli

In 1999, exactly 107 years – to the day – after the first performance in St Petersburg, Patrice Bart’s choreography of Tchaikovsky’s worldwide success The Nutcracker premiered at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin. Bart placed a prologue before the ballet, in which Marie is abducted as a child and in which everything is placed in a modern context.

Sound Formats: PCM Stereo, DD 5.1

Picture Format: 16:9

Region Code: 0

Running Time: 118 mins

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Arthaus Musik Elegance - 109276

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Scheduled for release on 14 October 2016. Order it now and we will deliver it as soon as it is available.

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