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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
SOUND: DTS SURROUND / LPCM STEREO
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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
SUBTITLES: EN

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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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Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann

Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann


Aquiles Machado, Milagros Poblador, María Bayo, Valentina Kutzarova, Konstantin Gorny & Katharine Goeldner

Chorus of Ópera de Bilbao & Bilbao Orkestra Sinfonikoa, Alain Guingal (conductor) & Giancarlo Del Monaco (director)

PICTURE FORMAT: 16:9
LENGTH: 185 Mins
SOUND: DTS SURROUND / LPCM STEREO
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“The greatest success of the season… superb Aquiles Machado… Bravísima Milagros Poblador…” El Mundo

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Verdi: Otello

Verdi: Otello

an opera in four acts

Stage Director: Willy Decker


José Cura (Otello), Krassimira Stoyanova (Desdemona), Lado Ataneli (Iago), Vittorio Grigolo (Cassio), Ketevan Kemoklidze (Emilia), Vicenç Esteve Madrid (Rodrigo), Giorgio Giuseppini (Lodovico), Francisco Santiago (Montano), Roberto Accurso (Un Araldo)

Symphony Orchestra and Chorus of the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Antoni Ros-Marbà

Recorded live at the Gran teatre del Liceu, Barcelona in February 2006.

PICTURE FORMAT: 16:9
LENGTH: 151 Mins
SOUND: DTS SURROUND / LPCM STEREO
SUBTITLES: EN/FR/DE/ES/IT/CA

“…José Cura… sings and acts here with an inwardness and intensity which make a profound impression. So does Krassimira Stoyanova as Desdemona, not in the first flush of youth, but heartfelt and direct; while Lado Ataneli's Jago is a brilliantly understated study in jovial malevolence. With strong conducting from Antoni Ros-Marbà, the whole cast collaborate to give us the truth of this desperately upsetting work, as no other DVD and few live performances I've seen of it ever have.” BBC Music Magazine, April 2007 ****

“Verdi’s wise, passionate score was served with precision, gusto and a keen ear for drama by maestro Antoni Ros-Marbà and the solid, malleable Liceu orchestra” Opera News

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Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake, Op. 20

Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake, Op. 20

Choreographer: Rudolf Nureyev


Agnès Letestu, José Martinez, Karl Paquette & Muriel Hallé

Paris Opera Ballet & Paris Opera Orchestra, Vello Pähn

PICTURE FORMAT: 16:9
LENGTH: 146 Mins
SOUND: DTS SURROUND / LPCM STEREO
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“…Wolfgang, the Prince's tutor (danced by Karl Paquette)… a sinister manipulator who doubles as the evil sorcerer, von Rothbart, and finally carries off swan queen Odette in an unhappy end. So Paquette's evil genius regularly makes up a Pas de Trois with José Martinez's unhappy prince and Agnès Letesty - mesmerising as she eloquently mixes mime and dance on Odette's first appearance and, as black swan Odile, all brilliant mechanical smiles switched off when the prince isn't looking.” BBC Music Magazine, April 2007 *****

“‘…their [Agnès Letestu & José Martinez] dancing was sensational, and Letestu in particular was magnificent. She was soft, lyrical yet aristocratic as Odette, as befits her slender, long-limbed body and her mime scene was of intense beauty. … Letestu is outstanding as Odile, both in her technical prowess and artistic interpretation.’” Culturekiosque

BBC Music Magazine

DVD Choice - April 2007

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