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Service of Prayer and Dedication

Service of Prayer and Dedication

Following the Marriage H.R.H.The Prince of Wales and H.R.H. The Duchess of Cornwall


Albinoni:

Concerto Op. 9 No. 2 for oboe & strings in D minor: Adagio

anon.:

God Save The Queen

Bach, J S:

Cantata BWV62 'Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland'

Davies, Peter Maxwell:

Farewell to Stromness

Goss, J:

Praise my soul, the King of Heaven

hymn

Grechaninov:

The Creed

Ekaterina Semenchuk (mezzo)

Grieg:

Våren, elegiac melody for strings, Op. 34 No. 2

Handel:

Water Music Suite No. 2 in D major, HWV 349: No. 2, Alla Hornpipe

Hoddinott:

Celebration Fanfare

Rowlands:

Love divine, all loves excelling (Blaenwern)

hymn

trad.:

Immortal, invisible, God only wise (St Denio)

hymn

Walton:

Henry V - Suite (excerpt)


Roger Judd (organ)

Philharmonia Orchestra & Choir of St George’s Chapel, Christopher Warren-Green

All proceeds received from this DVD, after the deduction of expenses, will be donated to The Princes Trust. The service is led by the Archbishop of Canterbury, The Most Reverend and Right Honourable Dr Rowan Williams, assisted by the Dean of Windsor, The Right Reverend David Conner

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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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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
SUBTITLES: N/A

“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

“…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

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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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Rossini: La scala di seta

Rossini: La scala di seta


Antonio Mosca (violoncello), Umberto Ferrari (double-bass), Tullio Pane, Carmen Lavani, Tiziana Tramonti, Ernesto Palacio, Mario Chiappi & Robert Coviello

Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, Marc Andreae

PICTURE FORMAT: 4:3
LENGTH: 103 Mins
SOUND: STEREO
SUBTITLES: EN

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Rossini: Il viaggio a Reims

Rossini: Il viaggio a Reims

Recorded live at Le Châtelet, Paris in December 2005


Anastasia Belyaeva (Madame Cortese), Vladislav Ouspenski (Baron von Trombonok), Larissa Youdina (Contessa di Folleville), Daniil Shtoda (Count Libenskof), Anna Kiknadze (Marchesa Melibea), Alexeï Safiouline (Don Alvaro), Irma Guigolachvili (Corinna), Dmitri Voropaev (Belfiore), Olga Kitchenko (Modestina), Edouard Tsanga (Lord Sidney), Nikolaï Kamenski (Don Profondo), Elena Sommer (Maddalena), Alexeï Tannovistski (Don Prudenzio), Andreï Iliouchnikov (Don Luigino), Pavel Chmoulevitch (Antonio)

The Academy of Young Singers of the St. Petersburg Mariinsky Theatre & The St. Petersburg Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, Valery Gergiev, stage direction by Alain Maratrat

PICTURE FORMAT: 16:9
LENGTH: 135 Mins
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“The director Alain Maratrat transforms the flimsy story - of upper-crust travellers stranded together on their way to the coronation of Charles X - into sparkling entertainment. Bertola's cream-coloured set suggests the inside of a marquee, and a runway extending into the stalls brings the fluid action close to the audience. ...there are especially dazzling contributions here from the sopranos Larissa Yudina, as Contessa di Folleville, and Anastasia Belyaeva, as Madame Cortese. Gergiev presides with style and good humour.” BBC Music Magazine, July 2007 ****

“ Il viaggio a Reims was the Théâtre Italien's offering to the celebrations surrounding the coronation of Charles X in the summer of 1825, a showcase for Italian music-making in Paris.
Since the Russians later supplanted the Italians as purveyors of high-class art to the French, there is something apt about this Russian revival of Il viaggio in Paris's Théâtre du Châtelet.
A stylishly designed concert in costume, it is a latter-day showcase for the rising stars of the Mariinsky Theatre.The orchestral players are seated at the rear of the stage. Decked out in cream-coloured evening attire, they make an effective backdrop to the primary colours of Mireille Dessingy's haute couture costumes.
Events, such as they are, are mainly played out along the front of the stage and on a T-shaped catwalk that extends into the auditorium. Since this is not a full-blown theatre staging, there is no grand visual display in the closing scene.
The opening sequence is unpromising. The staging is aimless and the words of the hotel housekeeper, delivered from a stage box, are inaudible because the sound engineer has omitted to provide her with a microphone. Things improve as the cast warms to its task and individual singers begin to catch the eye and the ear. The staging, however, continues to be variable. Don Profondo's catalogue aria manages to be both messy and dull, yet the duet between Count Libenskof and Belfiore is a delight. Corinna and her harp are awkwardly separated but the idea of having the solo flautist playing alongside the diffident Lord Sidney dressed as a silver-clad Rosenkavalier is an inspired one. Gergiev conducts in a brown racing trilby. The reading is exquisitely paced, the ensemble work often stunningly good, remarkably so given the fact that conductor and orchestra are behind the singers.
There is no attempt here to adapt the tributes to Charles X to latter-day political concerns, let alone rewrite the end as Dario Fo did – cruelly, wittily, timelessly – in his famous Helsinki production.
The Russians play the score as written, a number of small cuts notwithstanding.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

“The orchestral players are seated at the rear of the stage. Decked out in cream-coloured evening attire, they make an effective backdrop to the primary colours of Mireille Dessingy's haute couture costumes. Don Profondo's catalogue aria manages to be both messy and dull, yet the duet between Count Libenskof and Belfiore is a delight. Corinna and her harp are awkwardly separated but the idea of having the solo flautist playing alongside the diffident Lord Sidney dressed as a silver-clad Rosenkavalier is an inspired one. Gergiev conducts in a brown racing trilby. The reading is exquisitely paced, the ensemble work often stunningly good...” Gramophone Magazine, August 2007

“The depth of talent that the Mariinsky Academy and Gergiev have formed is impressive. Many major opera houses would hesitate before programming a Rossini opera that demands so many expert Rossinians. The academy miraculously managed to double cast the work.” Opera News

“the singing team and orchestra from the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg offer a sparkling account of Rossini's festival opera under their director...With such a well co-ordinated team it is hard to pick out individual stars among the young singers” Penguin Guide, 2011 edition

BBC Music Magazine

DVD Choice - July 2007

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Mozart: Così fan tutte, K588

Mozart: Così fan tutte, K588

Stage Director: Nicholas Hytner


Miah Persson (Fiordiligi), Anke Vondung (Dorabella), Ainhoa Garmendia (Despina), Topi Lehtipuu (Ferrando), Luca Pisaroni (Guglielmo), Nicolas Rivenq (Don Alfonso)

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment & The Glyndebourne Chorus, Ivan Fischer

Recorded live at the Glyndebourne Festival Opera in June & July 2006.

PICTURE FORMAT: 16:9
LENGTH: 210 Mins
SOUND: DTS SURROUND / LPCM STEREO
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“At Glyndebourne, both Despina and Alfonso are played traditionally and with notable brio by Garmendia and Rivenq… the delightful Persson and Vondung make a wholly believable and vocally attractive Fiordiligi and Dorabella, and deliver their music in ideal Mozartian tone and style. ...Fischer conducts with an unassumingly correct sense of timing: brio nicely matched to loving attention to detail.” Gramophone Magazine, June 2007

“When I saw this production at Glyndebourne last May, I thought that it was one of the three perfect operatic performances that I have ever been to. That view is only strengthened by seeing this marvellous DVD, which does the fullest justice to the brilliance of Nicholas Hytner's production, and the glorious orchestral playing and the magnificent singing under Iván Fischer. ..the whole opera is both more funny and more painful, much more painful, than it usually is. We are left at the end bewildered by the treachery of the human heart and delighted by the beauty in the music with which Mozart brings this home to us.” BBC Music Magazine, May 2007 *****

“Dressed in shades of sand and stone by Vicki Mortimer, and bathed in summer light by Paule Constable, Hytner’s period production marries elegance, farce and psychological acuity.” The Independent

“Since 1934 when Glyndebourne revived this then-neglected work and began its run of success it has presented a succession of exemplary stagings all within the parameters of da Ponte's libretto. When this, the latest, was produced it was universally hailed: as faithful a representation of the equivocal comedy as one could wish. That's confirmed by this DVD.
Both Despina and Alfonso are played traditionally and with notable brio by Garmendia and Rivenq. The delightful Persson and Vondung make a wholly believable and vocally attractive Fiordiligi and Dorabella, and deliver their music in ideal Mozartian tone and style. Similarly Lehtipuu is a charming and wide-eyed Ferrando and Pisaroni a warm-voiced and personal Guglielmo.
They both woo with seductive charm.
As reviews at the time reported, Fischer conducts with an unassumingly correct sense of timing and has the inestimable advantage of the OAE's period instruments.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

“Hytner on Opus Arte succeeded on every front, bringing out the fine qualities of the whole cast, both vocally and dramatically, brilliantly supported by Ivan Fischer...Starriest of all is Miah Persson as Fiordiligi, singing gloriously with pure, even tone...The teamwork as ever at Glyndebourne is superb” Penguin Guide, 2010 ****

“For me, Nicholas Hytner's sun-drenched, ideally bitter-sweet Glyndebourne Così from 2006 is sheer perfection: the quartet of lovers, particularly Miah Persson's radiant Fiordiligi and Luca Pisaroni's charismatic, conflicted Guglielmo, are superb, and Ivan Fischer presides over the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment with warmth and keen dramatic sensibility. Surely one of the finest opera DVDs of all time.” Katherine Cooper, Presto Classical, December 2014

GGramophone Awards 2007

Finalist - DVD

BBC Music Magazine

DVD Choice - May 2007

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Stravinsky: Il segreto di Pulcinella

Stravinsky: Il segreto di Pulcinella

Choreography: Bruno Steiner


Adriana Mortelliti, Sabrina Camera, Julia Wirth, Davide Cauli, Jochen Heckmann, Nunzio Verdenero, Antonella Calducci, Ruben Amoretti & Furio Zanasi

Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana & Movers Ballet, Muhai Tang

PICTURE FORMAT: 4:3
LENGTH: 43 Mins
SOUND: STEREO
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Torroba: Luisa Fernanda

Torroba: Luisa Fernanda

Recorded live at the Teatro Real, Madrid in July 2006


Plácido Domingo (Vidal Hernando), Nancy Herrera (Luisa Fernanda), José Bros (Javier Moreno), Mariola Cantarero (Duchess Carolina), Raquel Pierotti (Mariana)

Chorus & Orchestra of the Teatro Real (Madrid Symphony Orchestra & Chorus), Jesús López Cobos (conductor) & Emilio Sagi (stage director

‘The production at the Teatro Real in Madrid was a top-of the-range version… Vidal is a peach of a role for Domingo: his voice easily commands its baritone range and he dominates the action, convincingly heroic in voice and figure and still able to project a greying virility in the style of Sean Connery. Nancy Herrara as Luisa and Jose Bros as Javier gave fine support.’ The Independent

PICTURE FORMAT: 16:9
LENGTH: 105 Mins
SOUND: DTS SURROUND / LPCM STEREO
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“…Emilio Sagi's elegant, minimal and warm-hearted staging gives it a full-scale operatic stylishness that is captured vividly for disc… Torroba's score pours enticing melody over traditional dance rhythms… Under Jesús López Cobos it sparkles with woodwind and percussion colour. Nancy Herrera's eloquent mezzo shines in heartfelt duets with both José Bros - a fluent, suave tenor... and... Domingo, who typically paces himself to intensify along with the drama.” BBC Music Magazine, May 2007 ****

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Cimarosa: Il matrimonio segreto

Cimarosa: Il matrimonio segreto

Stage Director: Filippo Crivelli


Enrico Fissore, Valeria Baiano, Antonella Bandelli, Carmen Gonzalez, Roberto Coviello & Paolo Barbacini

Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, Francis Travis

‘The greatest compliment for this production, both musically and visually, is that three hours was too short…’ Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Switzerland

PICTURE FORMAT: 4:3
LENGTH: 164 Mins
SOUND: STEREO
SUBTITLES: EN

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