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Verdi: Oberto

Verdi: Oberto


Ildar Abdrazakov (Oberto), Evelyn Herlitzius (Leonora), Carlo Ventre (Ricardo), Marianne Cornetti (Cuniza), Nuria Lorenzo (Imelda)

Chorus of Ópera de Bilbao & Orquesta Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias, Yves Abel

PICTURE FORMAT: 16:9
LENGTH: 151 Mins
SOUND: DTS SURROUND / LPCM STEREO
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“…Yves Abel's propulsive conducting in this Bilbao performance makes a positive case for the score. The dramatic weaknesses… are much less well disguised in Ignacio García's static production and Domenico Franchi's heavy designs. Ildar Abrazakov brings gravitas and warmth to the title role... and the soprano Evelyn Herlitzius is compelling as Oberto's daughter, Leonora.” BBC Music Magazine, January 2008 ***

“‘…shot through with genius and is recognizably Verdi's from the first slashing phrase…” New York Times

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Verdi: Il Trovatore

Verdi: Il Trovatore

Stage Director - Robert Carsen


Carl Tanner (Manrico), Iano Tamarrger (Leonora), Zeljko Lucic (Luna), Marianne Cornetti (Azucena), Giovanni Battista Parodi (Ferrando), Deanne Meekger(Ines), José Luis Ordonez Parodi (Ruiz)

Wiener Symphoniker Orchestra, Moscow Chamber Choir & Chorus of the Bregenz Festival, Thomas Rösner

This spectacular production, recorded live in August 2006, celebrates the 60th anniversary of the Bregenz Festival, Austria.

Bonus Feature: Documentary 'Stage on a Lake' including interviews with the stage director & set designer.

PICTURE FORMAT: 16:9

LENGTH: 119 Mins

SOUND: DTS SURROUND 5.0 / LPCM STEREO

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“It is nothing short of staggering to see how Carsen, using only light and shade, manages to create new spaces again and again within this dreadful labyrinth of steel. Fabio Luisi conducts the Vienna Symphony Orchestra as though in a beguiling dream. Every single instrumental ornament, no matter how small, is clearly audible on the evening air. The ensemble, freed from the obligation to produce great volume in sound, can now concentrate entirely on beauty of tone and expression.” Stuttgarter Zeitung

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Angelin Preljocaj

Angelin Preljocaj


 

Songe de Médée

MC14/22


Marie-Agnès Gillotr, Eleonora Abbagnator, Wilfried Romoli, Constance Nicolasor & Carl Van Gotdsenhoven

Ensemble Court-Circuit & Opéra national de Paris Ballet, Pierre-André Valade

Recorded live at the Paris Opera Ballet in November 2004.

PICTURE FORMAT: 16:9
LENGTH: 155 Mins
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Meyerbeer: Les Huguenots

Meyerbeer: Les Huguenots

Stage Director - Lotfi Mansouri


Joan Sutherland (Marguerite de Valois), Amanda Thane (Valentine), Anson Austin (Raoul de Nangis), Suzanne Johnston (Urbain), John Pringle (Count de Nevers), Clifford Grant (Marcel), John Wegner (Count de Saint Bris)

The Australian Opera Chorus & The Elizabethan Sydney Orchestra, Richard Bonynge

PICTURE FORMAT: 4:3
LENGTH: 200 Mins
SOUND: STEREO
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“Sutherland’s voice retains the sheen of old gold, and can still get up to its agile, vertiginous tricks” The Observer

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Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5

Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5


Prokofiev:

Symphony No. 5 in B flat major, Op. 100

Strauss, R:

Tod und Verklärung, Op. 24


‘He seemed to have the knack of delving deep into the psychology of individual members of the orchestra, and of extracting from them playing of an almost transcendental nature.’ Misha Donat

1969 Turin recording.

PICTURE FORMAT: 4:3
LENGTH: 77 Mins
SOUND: LPCM MONO
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“Celibidache makes the most of Prokofiev's balletic moments, and has a keen sense of pacing and balance in Strauss. The sound could be more opulent, both from the orchestra, and as recorded.” BBC Music Magazine, September 2007 ***

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Celibidache conducts Mozart

Celibidache conducts Mozart


Cherubini:

Overture to Il portatore d'acqua

Mozart:

Symphony No. 39 in E flat major, K543

Schubert:

Symphony No. 2 in B flat major, D125


PICTURE FORMAT: 4:3
LENGTH: 79 Mins
SOUND: LPCM MONO
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“His intense, finely balanced and deeply felt interpretations made him one of the greatest names in twentieth century orchestral conducting. Above all, he was a superb technician.” All Music Guide

“Even with a reduced orchestra, Celibidache creates a full sound here. But there's also some energetic and precise phrasing, lightness in the fast movements, and obvious enjoyment from a beaming conductor.” BBC Music Magazine, September 2007 ***

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Paquito D'Rivera & Chano Dominguez - Quartier Latin

Paquito D'Rivera & Chano Dominguez - Quartier Latin


Paquito D'Rivera (saxophones and clarinet), Chano Domínguez (piano), Angá Díaz (percussion), Marc Miralta (drums), Mario Rossy (double bass) & Israel Suárez "Piraña" (flamenco percussion)

Recorded live at the Teatro Real, Madrid in April 2006.

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PICTURE FORMAT: 16:9
LENGTH: 95 Mins
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“‘Mr. D’Rivera, a gifted saxophonist and clarinettist has become the man to call if you want a concert-hall presentation of Pan-Latin music” New York Times

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Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14

Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14


1969 Turin recording.

Includes 32-page booklet in three languages, with a newly-commissioned essay from Misha Donat on the genius of Celibidache.

PICTURE FORMAT: 4:3
LENGTH: 58 Mins
SOUND: LPCM MONO
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“…Opus Arte has buffed up this black-and-white Italian TV original to some purpose. As has Maestro Celibidache Turin's RAI orchestra, whose very section shows off the care of his characteristically detailed rehearsal. It translates into a reading whose tempi and dynamics have been tailored with the care of a wonderful listener to the band and the hall at hand.” Gramophone Magazine, September 2007

“March to the Scaffold' may be slow, but this live performance, unfussily filmed, shows Celibidache moulding detail of balance and rubato to great effect. The sound is dry, and there are no extras.” BBC Music Magazine, September 2007 ****

“1969 is long enough ago in the history of sound and vision to feel primitive compared to today's technology, but Opus Arte has buffed up this black-and-white Italian TV original to some purpose. As has Maestro Celibidache Turin's RAI orchestra, whose every section shows off the care of his characteristically detailed rehearsal. It translates into a reading whose tempi and dynamics have been tailored with the care of a wonderful listener to the band and the hall at hand.
This Fantastique is not an especially dramatic or grandstanding performance – only the final pages of the 'Witches' Round' put the players under stress. But it is one where everyone has time and space to play with comfort and expression, to live fully in the rits of Celibidache's graceful, rather miniaturist waltz, to enjoy the pulsing, guitar-like accompaniments as the idéefixe gets under way for the first time in 'Passions', or to dig in with force (but never crudity) to a serious, steady 'March to the Scaffold'.
As an interpretation though per se this performance remains, intentionally perhaps, on the page, with the notes and the music viewed through an essentially 20th-century brain, as played smoothly by a 'modern' orchestra. Celibidache is totally uninterested in the dirtiness of some of Berlioz's bass and brass writing, or the Weber-like shrieks of the high wind, or the orchestral opera going on within the symphony.
A stylish, detailed note by Misha Donat and sensitive work by RAI's camera director – following the score's high-points without indulging in visual ping-pong – add to the value of a release that promises to be the first of a series.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

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Rameau: Zoroastre

Rameau: Zoroastre

Stage Director: Pierre Audi


Anders J Dahlin (Zoroastre), Evgueniy Alexiev (Abramane), Sine Bundgaard (Amélite), Anna Maria Panzarella (Erinice), Lars Arvidson (Zopire/La Vengeance), Marcus Schwartz (Narbanor), Gerard Théruel (Oromasès/Ariman), Ditte Andersen (Céphie)

The Drottningholm Theatre Orchestra and Chorus & Les Talens Lyriques, Christophe Rousset

'The music is spectacular. It will be very surprising for an audience of today. I think they expect something more static, and it's never static. It's always in change, and it surprises you.’ Christophe Rousset (Musical Director)

Recorded live at Drottningholms Slottsteater on the Drottningholm Island, Stockholm in July 2006.

Bonus Feature: Documentary "Zoroastre: Discovering an opera" by Olivier Simonnet.

PICTURE FORMAT: 16:9
LENGTH: 227 Mins
SOUND: DTS SURROUND / LPCM STEREO
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“Christophe Rousset and his forces deliver an excellently paced reading and much of the singing is perfectly judged. Pierre Audi's production, while it moves the cast around efficiently enough, is at times obscure in its use of gesture…” BBC Music Magazine, July 2007 ****

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Bruckner: Symphony No. 9 in D Minor

Bruckner: Symphony No. 9 in D Minor

1969 Turin recording


Includes 32-page booklet in three languages, with a newly-commissioned essay from Misha Donat on the genius of Celibidache.

PICTURE FORMAT: 4:3
LENGTH: 62 Mins
SOUND: LPCM MONO
SUBTITLES: N/A

“Sergiu Celibidache's Bruckner is often monumental. It is also revelatory in a way no other Bruckner conductor equals. Celibidache conducts these great symphonies as if he were King Lear himself, for in every bar of Bruckner's scores he scales heights of pathos and emotion most other conductors simply do not see in Bruckner's writing.” MusicWeb International

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