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Honegger: Jeanne d'Arc au bucher

Honegger: Jeanne d'Arc au bucher


Marion Cotillard (Jeanne d’Arc), Xavier Gallais (Frère Dominique), Yann Beuron (Porcus, Héraut I, Le Clerc), Maria Hinojosa (La Vierge), Aude Extrémo (Catherine), Anna Moreno-Lasalle (La mère aux tonneaux), Eric Martin-Bonnet (Une Voix, Héraut II, Paysan), Carles Romero Vidal (Héraut, L’âne, Bedford, Jean de Luxembourg)

Barcelona Symphony & Catalonia National Orchestra, Marc Soustrot

Jeanne d’Arc au bûcher, written by the Swiss composer Arthur Honegger in 1938, is a fascinating oratorio. The text by Paul Claudel is constructed like a flashback, in which Joan looks back over her life just before she dies.

The actor Marion Cotillard (Inception, The Dark Knight Rises and La Vie en Rose) plays Joan with an overwhelming intensity and sincerity. The last moments of the martyr’s life, illustrated by the evocative and innovative music of Honegger, resound like a heartrending cry.

With an exceptional cast of performers, this live recording offers a gripping new version of one of the masterpieces of twentieth-century music.

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Legrand: Les Parapluies de Cherbourg (The Umbrellas of Cherbourg)

Legrand: Les Parapluies de Cherbourg (The Umbrellas of Cherbourg)

By Michel Legrand & Jacques Demy. Symphonic Version – World Premiere. Sung in French


Marie Oppert (Geneviève Emery), Natalie Dessay (Madame Emery), Vincent Niclo (Guy Foucher), Laurent Naouri (Roland Cassard), Louise Leterme (Madeleine)

Orchestre national d’Ile-de-France, Michel Legrand (conductor) & Vincent Vittoz (stage director)

Recorded live at Paris’ Châtelet Theatre in Autumn 2014, this is a magical stage adaptation of Jacques Demy’s iconic 1964 film Les Parapluies de Cherbourg (The Umbrellas of Cherbourg). Michel Legrand conducts a 75-piece symphony orchestra in his own hauntingly lyrical score, while the pivotal role of Madame Emery is taken by soprano Natalie Dessay, renewing the collaboration she established with Legrand on the 2013 Erato album Entre elle et lui.

The 1964 film Les Parapluies de Cherbourg (The Umbrellas of Cherbourg) – directed by Jacques Demy, with a score by Michel Legrand and starring a young and luminous Catherine Deneuve – is an international icon of French culture. For millions of people around the world, its haunting love theme – known in English as ‘I Will Wait For You’ – exemplifies Legrand’s musical style.

Before this production at the Châtelet Theatre in Paris in Autumn 2014, staged versions of Les Parapluies de Cherbourg had been mounted in New York and Paris (in 1979) and in London (2011), but this was the first to feature a full-size symphony orchestra – the 75 members of the Orchestre national d'Île-de-France, conducted by Legrand himself.

It was also the first production to feature two singers celebrated for their achievements on the operatic stage: Natalie Dessay, who plays Madame Emery, the proprietor of an umbrella shop in the Normandy port of Cherbourg and mother of 17-year-old Geneviève (the character originally played by Catherine Deneuve), and Laurent Naouri, Natalie Dessay’s real-life husband, as the wealthy Parisian jeweller Roland Cassard, who courts Geneviève, even though she is pregnant by another man – her true love, Guy, who, since the action takes place in 1957, has been drafted to fight in the war in Algeria.

Both Dessay and Naouri captured the spirit and style of Les Parapluies de Cherbourg perfectly. As Michel Legrand himself has said, it occupies a special place between the world of the musical and the world of opera, since all the dialogue is sung rather than spoken. Jacques Demy died in 1990, but the fluidity of his screenplay was captured at the Châtelet by director Vincent Vittoz in an imaginative and witty semi-staged production. Rather than evoking the intensely vivid visual language of the film, the show was unashamedly and brilliantly theatrical, placing the orchestra on stage with the singers and making use of simple, flexible decor of charming cut-outs based on drawings by Jean-Jacques Sempé, famous for his cartoons for magazines such as Paris Match and The New Yorker.

This is not the first time Dessay, Legrand and Naouri have collaborated on a project for Erato: Naouri was one of the guest artists on the best-selling 2013 album Entre elle et lui, on which Dessay and Legrand performed 18 of Legrand’s songs. On the stage at the Châtelet they were joined by Marie Oppert – like her character, Geneviève, a 17-year-old – and, in the role of Guy, the popular light tenor Vincent Niclo. The 82-year-old Legrand, meanwhile, made a surprise entrance at the opening of the show, wearing an elegant raincoat and wielding a yellow umbrella.

Welcoming a “a wonderful evening of nostalgia” Le Figaro had special praise for Natalie Dessay’s “astonishing musical and theatrical intelligence”, while Le Point, describing the production as “a magically refined interpretation” and the score as “marvellous – both sophisticated and heartbreaking”, lauded the entire cast, but singled out young Marie Oppert as “a real revelation”. The US magazine Opera News, meanwhile, wrote that: “The composer [Legrand] conducted his own enriched orchestration with age-defying energy and was rewarded with superb playing from the Orchestre National d’Île-de-France ... There was a standing ovation from the first-night audience; nobody would dare begrudge them this classy piece of nostalgia.”

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Barbara Hannigan: Concert & Documentary

Barbara Hannigan: Concert & Documentary


Fauré:

Pelléas et Mélisande, Op. 80

Ligeti:

Mysteries of the Macabre

Mozart:

Vado, ma dove? oh Dei!, K583

Un moto di gioia, K579

Misera, dove son? - Ah! non son' io che parlo! K369

Rossini:

La scala di seta Overture


She crosses boundaries and loves to explore new territory.

Barbara Hannigan is one of the most fascinating and multifacetted artistic personalities of our time. She sets new standards as a singer, conductor, and performance artist.

The intimate portrait “I’m a creative animal” takes the viewer into the world of an exceptional musician – a world of both passion and discipline. Her performances possess a breathtaking intensity because of her exquisite vocal technique and virtuosity, musical and theatrical expressivity, and uncompromising engagement. In this concert with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Hannigan both sings and conducts to effortlessly build bridges linking different musical epochs. With a phenomenal performance of Ligeti’s Mysteries of the Macabre, a work for which she is famous, she once again confirms her reputation as the performer of contemporary music – “The audience went wild.” (Neue Zürcher Zeitung)

DOCUMENTARY I’m a creative animal –Barbara Hannigan

A film by Barbara Seiler

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Sound Formats DVD: PCM Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1

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Running Time Concert: 71:38 min

Running Time Documentary: 51:17 min

Disc Format: DVD‐9

Subtitles Concert: Original (It./Eng.)

Languages Documentary: English, German, French

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Schoenberg: Pierrot lunaire, Op. 21

Schoenberg: Pierrot lunaire, Op. 21


+ Solar Plexus of Modernism – A Documentary by Matthias Leutzendorff


Mitsuko Uchida (piano), Barbara Sukowa (Sprechgesang), Marina Piccinini (flute), Anthony McGill (clarinet), Mark Steinberg (violin), Clemens Hagen (cello)

The 2011 Salzburg Festival hosted pianist Mitsuko Uchida, actress Barbara Sukowa, and a hand-picked international ensemble, who performed Schoenberg's 'Pierrot Lunaire' for its centennial with exemplary energy and finesse, acclaimed as a real occasion by audience and critics alike.

Along with the live concert recording, a documentary film was made during the rehearsals at Schloss Elmau in Salzburg on the work’s historical, contextual and musical exegesis. Mitsuko Uchida and the other musicians speak of the eclectic scoring for their instruments and the great emotions they constantly encountered during the performance, while Nuria Schoenberg Nono and Lawrence Schoenberg present a variety of original materials from the time when 'Pierrot' was written, retelling how Schönberg was commissioned to compose it in 1912 by elocutionist Albertine Zehme of Berlin. Schoenberg’s now-famous expressive device of Sprechgesang and specific instrumentation for each poem characterises the 21 poems in previously unimaginable splendour.

"A good performance needs to have heart and spirit, and that is what we try to achieve. The piano should sing and the voice should speak. I should also play the piano in a way that doesn’t sound like piano. I have to sound like the flute, the violin and so on. Everybody melts into one". Mitsuko Uchida

Special Interview Partners: Nuria Schoenberg Nono, Lawrence Schoenberg

1 DVD: Concert 39’32’’, Documentary 52’

Sound: 5.1 Dolby Digital Language: English and German

Picture Format: 16:9 Subtitles: English and German

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Les Grandes Répétitions: Stockhausen & Varèse

Les Grandes Répétitions: Stockhausen & Varèse

Films by Luc Ferrari & Gérard Patris


Karlheinz Stockhausen: Momente (1965, 45 minutes)

Martina Arroyo [soprano] Alfons & Aloys Kontarsky [electric organs]

Choir & Orchestra of the Westdeutsche Rundfunk, Karlheinz Stockhausen [conducted]

Hommage à Edgard Varèse (1965, 66 minutes)

Domaine Musicale Orchestra, Bruno Maderna [conductor]

Ensemble Instrumentale de Musique Contemporaine de Paris, Konstantin Simonovic [conductor]


Between 1965-68, the composer Luc Ferrari collaborated with director Gérard Patris on a series of filmed intimate portraits of great musicians, 'Les Grandes Répétitions' (The Great Rehearsals). Created for the ORTF, and encouraged by its director Pierre Schaeffer, these remarkable films were shown on French TV. They are remarkable not only for their exceptional content, but also for the creative camera work, including dynamic hand-held shots and croppings, and the juxtaposition of music and talk.

Mode has selected two of these films, on Karlheinz Stockhausen and Edgard Varèse, for this DVD. It is the first time these films have been released outside of France, and the first time they have been issued with English subtitles — prepared especially for this Mode release.

Karlheinz Stockhausen: 'Momente' is an extraordinary document. Recorded during rehearsals for the premiere of his monumental work 'Momente' (scored for soprano solo, 2 choirs, orchestra and 2 electric organs) in Cologne, Stockhausen discusses the genesis and meaning of this work dedicated to his wife. The film’s rehearsal sequences, with Stockhausen as conductor, are a revelation as he works out details with the soprano Martina Arroyo, the choir and orchestra. The musical sections are intercut with footage of Stockhausen speaking — often as the camera follows him around the studio — capturing his youthful energy and charisma.

'Hommage à Edgard Varèse' (1965, nb, 66 ') is a tribute to Varèse, who unfortunately died a few days before filming began. Iannis Xenakis, Olivier Messiaen, Herman Scherchen, André Jolivet, Pierre Schaeffer, Pierre Boulez, Konstantin Simonovic, Ferdnand Ouellette and Marcel Duchamp speak of the personality and work of this 'musical architect'. Varèse’s voice is also heard. A complete performance of Varèse’s percussion ensemble classic 'Ionisation' is shown (Simonovic conducting), and Bruno Maderna directs a rehearsal of 'Deserts'.

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Mozart: La finta giardiniera, K196

Mozart: La finta giardiniera, K196

Opéra de Lille, 2014. Sung in Italian


Carlo Allemano (Don Anchise, Podestà), Erin Morley (Sandrina/Violante), Enea Scala (Comte Belfiore), Marie-Adeline Henry (Arminda), Marie-Claude Chappuis (Ramiro), Maria V. Savastano (Serpetta) & Nikolay Borchev (Roberto (Nardo))

Le Concert d'Astrée, Emmanuelle Haïm (conductor) & David Lescot (stage director)

Alwyne de Dardel Set designs

Sylvette Dequest Costume designs

Paul Beaureilles Lighting design

Atsushi Sakaï Assistant to the music director

Philippe Grisvard Chorus master

Jean-Pierre Loisil Movie director

The French conductor Emmanuelle Haïm conducts here her music ensemble Le Concert d'Astrée during this performance of Mozart's La Finta Giardiniera at the Opéra de Lille (France) on March 22nd and 25th 2014. This production, directed by David Lescot, stars a remarkable cast, with Erin Morley and Enea Scala in the roles of the Contino Belfiore and the Marchioness Violante Onesti.

Mozart was just 18 when La finta giardiniera (The pretend gardener-girl) was first seen in early 1775, though he already had a number of operas to his name. It was another six years before the first opera of the composer’s mature canon, Idomeneo, received its premiere.

A comedy (opera buffa) with a plot of extravagant complexity, La finta giardiniera provides early evidence of Mozart’s ability to capture the more serious truths that lurk beneath a farcical surface. It has been rising in popularity in recent years, with productions in such operatic centres as Berlin and Moscow and the Glyndebourne Festival, and it will be staged at the Santa Fe Opera in New Mexico in Summer 2015. Its central character is a young noblewoman, Violante Onesti, who is disguised as a gardener and going under the name of Sandrina. She is recovering from the emotional and physical wounds inflicted on her by her former lover, Count Belfiore, who is now betrothed to the tempestuous Arminda.

In Spring 2014 Emanuelle Haïm conducted her orchestra Le Concert d'Astrée and a carefully-chosen cast in La finta giardiniera, staged by the French director David Lescot, in the cities of Lille and Dijon; the production was described by the French newspaper La Croix as “three hours of pure happiness”. This video recording from Lille joins Haïm’s Erato DVDs of operas by Monteverdi (L’incoronazione di Poppea) Rameau (Hippolyte et Aricie) and Handel (Giulio Cesare). Lescot’s striking staging provides a contemporary take on the 18th century and the designs (by Alwyne de Dardel) evoke a garden by means of plants and shrubs in large pots – notably, Arminda is symbolised by a ferociously oversized Venus Flytrap. Later, as the plot thickens, the stage is spectacularly transformed into a forest. As the French music magazine Diapason wrote: “A director who is skilled at marrying word and music, David Lescot took ownership of the score, sensing its pulse, its respiration, its nuances and its schisms.”

The UK’s Opera magazine praised the production for its “clarity and simplicity”, judging that: “David Lescot’s direction ... demonstrated how these archetypes from opera buffa could be transformed through Mozart’s music into mature characters who had developed self-knowledge ... Emanuelle Haïm’s conducting ... captured the sense of dramatic progression in the extended finales of the first two acts, while also allowing the final act a sense of pace and dignity ... Enea Scala brilliantly conveyed Belfiore’s journey from a foppish, vainglorious figure of fun to a lover genuinely remorseful for his past mistakes, and displayed a secure, focused line in his singing. Erin Morley was an equally appealing Sandrina, with a voice of limpid clarity allied to a fine dramatic sense of her ability to transform Belfiore after their mutual moments of madness. Marie-Adeline Henry was a gloriously fiery Arminda.”

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Dinara Alieva in Moscow

Dinara Alieva in Moscow


 

Potpourri of Russian Songs - Homage to Deanna Durbin from the film His Butler's Sister

Arlen:

Over the Rainbow

Bernstein:

West Side Story: Mambo

Charpentier, G:

Depuis le jour (from Louise)

Cilea:

Io son l'umile ancella (from Adriana Lecouvreur)

Falla:

La vida breve: First Spanish Dance

Gershwin:

Summertime (from Porgy and Bess)

Giordano, U:

Fedora: Intermezzo, Act 2

Kalman:

Tanzen Möcht' ich (from Die Csárdásfürstin)

Lehár:

Meine Lippen sie Kussen so heiss (from Giuditta)

Loewe, F:

I Could Have Danced All Night (My Fair Lady)

Luna, P:

El niño judio: Zarzuela

El Niño Judío: De España vengo

Massenet:

Obéissons quand leur voix appelle (from Manon)

Adieu, notre petite table (from Manon)

Offenbach:

Orphée aux Enfers Overture

Puccini:

Manon Lescaut - Intermezzo

Strauss, J, II:

Frühlingsstimmen Walzer Op. 410

Torroba:

La Marchenera: La Petenera


Dinara Alieva (soprano)

Masters of Choral Singing & Russian National Orchestra, Constantine Orbelian

Rising superstar soprano Dinara Alieva – a mainstay at the Bolshoi Opera since 2010 – has been entrancing opera and concert audiences throughout Europe and elsewhere ever since, appearing to consistent acclaim in major roles at many of the world’s top houses.

This exciting and consistently delightful live concert video – following her highly successful prior CD release on Delos, 'Pace mio Dio' (DE3462) – showcases not only her voluptuous voice, interpretive power and stylistic versatility, but also (thanks to the visual element) her stunning glamour and charismatic stage presence.

The varied and highly appealing program encompasses operatic favourites from such composers as Charpentier, Massenet and Cilea – as well as lighter fare from the Spanish Zarzuela and the Viennese operetta traditions, plus several beloved popular standards.

Woven through the vocal program is a series of scintillating orchestral bonbons courtesy of conductor Constantine Orbelian (per Opera News, “…the singer’s dream collaborator) leading the superb Russian National Orchestra and the vaunted Grand Choir, Masters of Choral Singing.

Also includes a Potpourri of Russian songs: 'Homage to Deanna Durbin', from the film 'The Butler’s Sister'.

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Sallinen: King Lear, Op. 76

Sallinen: King Lear, Op. 76


Matti Salminen (King Lear), Lilli Paasikivi (Cordelia), Taina Piira (Goneril), Satu Vihavainen (Regan), Petri Lindroos (Albany), Jorma Hynninen (Gloucester), Kai Pitkanen (Cornwall), Aki Alamikkotervo (The Fool), Sauli Tiilikainen (Edgar), Jorma Silvasti (Edmund) & Hannu Forsberg (France)

Finnish National Opera Chorus and Orchestra, Okko Kamu (conductor) & Kari Heiskanen (stage director)

One of the best known Finnish composers internationally, Aulis Sallinen (b.1935) celebrates his 80th birthday in 2015. As a tribute, Ondine is releasing the 2002 production of his latest opera, King Lear with the same cast that premiered the work at the Finnish National Opera in 2000.

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Biagio Marini & Antonio Vivaldi a Vicenza: Chamber Sonatas and Cantatas

Biagio Marini & Antonio Vivaldi a Vicenza: Chamber Sonatas and Cantatas


Marini, B:

Affetti musicali, Op. 1: Il Zontino

Passacaglio a quattro e a tre

Sonata sopra “La Monica”

Sonata terza 'Variata'

Vivaldi:

Cantata RV683 'Amor, hai vinto' for alto & strings

Cantata RV684 'Cessate, omai cessate' for alto & strings


Giuseppina Bridelli (soprano)

I Musicali Affetti, Fabio Missaggia

This interesting DVD shows the history of two great Italian musicians in the period of their lives in which their activities took them to Vicenza, worldwide known as the 'city of Palladio'.

Biagio Marini - whose works constitute a cornerstone in the history of violin technique - was choirmaster of the Vicenza Cathedral from 1655, while Antonio Vivaldi directed (and played the part of the principal violin in) his play Ottone in Villa and his oratorio La vittoria navale in Vicenza in 1713.

The performance on period instruments takes us back to the atmosphere of the time in the splendid setting of Palazzo Leoni Montanari, a masterpiece of Venetian late seventeenth century.

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Daniil Trifonov: The Magics Of Music

Daniil Trifonov: The Magics Of Music

plus The Castelfranco Veneto Recital


The films offer an intimate view of the artist and his hardly-believable gifts which are currently astonishing the world. Daniil Trifonov started to play the piano at the age of five, not because he wanted to play the piano but because he wanted to compose.

That was unusual enough but it was only the beginning of a musical quest which led to his winning both the Tchaikovsky and Rubinstein competitions at the age of 20 — an astonishing feat.

In these two films Trifonov talks revealingly about his musical concerns but his modesty prevents him from saying anything at all about his extraordinary technique, “I am just playing the piano” he says. “There are people doing even more crazy things”.

The films contain a number of performances shot live on stage with cameras unusually close to the artist which adds consideraby to the power of the images. They also present him in conversations which demonstrate his earnestness, his exceptional modesty and his gloriously high intelligence.

In the portrait film Trifonov plays music by Chopin, Ravel and Trifonov himself: part of his first piano Concerto, filmed at the world premiere performance which took place at the Cleveland Institute, in the United States, in April 2014.

In the performance film he plays music by Chopin, Scriabin, Johann Strauss (arranged Trifonov) and Rachmaninov — a performance of the rarely heard Variations on a Theme of Chopin, in the elegant Teatro Accademico in Castelfranco Veneto, near Venice in Italy.

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