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Verdi: Rigoletto

Verdi: Rigoletto

A stage performance of the Opernhaus Zürich, June 2014


Saimir Pirgu (Il Duca di Mantova), George Petean (Rigoletto), Aleksandra Kurzak (Gilda), Andrea Mastroni (Sparafucile), Judith Schmid (Maddalena) & Julia Riley (Giovanna)

Philharmonia Zürich & Chor der Oper Zürich, Fabio Luisi (conductor) & Tatjana Gürbaca (stage director)

Set and Lighting Designer: Klaus Grünberg

Costume Designer: Silke Willrett

Grand festivities are held at the court of the Duke of Mantua. But the community which enjoys itself no longer knows values and amuses itself out of deadly boredom. The most cynical of all is court jester Rigoletto. He only wants to protect his daughter Gilda against the depraved world. He prohibits her everything – the young woman, however, goes her own way. On the first DVD of the new label Philharmonia Records we present Giuseppe Verdi’s popular opera «Rigoletto» live from the Opernhaus Zürich. Therewith, Director Tatjana Gürbaca – chosen as the Director of the Year 2013 by the «Opernwelt» – succeeded in producing a scenically reduced as well as expressively poetic production, acclaimed by press and public alike. Fabio Luisi, general music director of the Opernhaus Zürich and one of the leading interpreters of Italy’s opera repertory, stands at the desk of the Philharmonia Zürich.

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

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Disc Format DVD-9

Running Time Opera 124:39 min

Running Time Bonus 15:07 min

Subtitles German, English, French

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Vivaldi & Bach: Magnificats and Concerti

Vivaldi & Bach: Magnificats and Concerti


Bach, J S:

Keyboard Concerto No. 1 in D minor, BWV1052

Pierre Hantaï (harpsichord)

Magnificat in D major, BWV243

Hanna Bayodi-Hirt, Johannette Zomer (sopranos), Damien Guillon (countertenor), David Munderloh (tenor) & Stephan MacLeod (baritone)

La Capella Reial de Catalunya

Magnificat in D major, BWV243

bonus DVD

Hanna Bayodi-Hirt, Johannette Zomer (sopranos), Damien Guillon (countertenor), David Munderloh (tenor) & Stephan MacLeod (baritone)

La Capella Reial de Catalunya

Keyboard Concerto No. 1 in D minor, BWV1052

bonus DVD

Pierre Hantaï (harpsichord)

Vivaldi:

Concerto, Op. 3 No. 2 'Con due Violini e Violoncello obligato', RV 578

Manfredo Kraemer, Pablo Valetti (violins)

Magnificat in G minor, RV610

Hanna Bayodi-Hirt, Johannette Zomer (sopranos), Damien Guillon (countertenor), David Munderloh (tenor) & Stephan MacLeod (baritone)

La Capella Reial de Catalunya

Magnificat in G minor, RV610

bonus DVD

Hanna Bayodi-Hirt, Johannette Zomer (sopranos), Damien Guillon (countertenor), David Munderloh (tenor) & Stephan MacLeod (baritone)

La Capella Reial de Catalunya


JS Bach and Vivaldi’s' Magnificat's: desert island repertoire to illustrate the splendour of the orchestra Le Concert des Nations and choir of La Capella Reial de Catalunya. Jordi Savall offers a vivid and striking performance of these two masterpieces, recorded live at the Royal Chapel in Versailles in 2013. Each of them is introduced by a concerto by the same composer in the same tonality.

The superlative performance of Pierre Hantaï in the Concerto BWV1052 is another jewel to the crown of this album.

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Alia Vox - AVSA9909

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Phill Niblock: Brazil 84

Phill Niblock: Brazil 84

16mm film with music soundtrack by Phill Niblock


Niblock:

Three Orchids for 3 orchestras

Orchestra of the SEM Ensemble, Petr Kotik

Two by Tom for 2 orchestras

Trio Scordatura (Amsterdam) and the Nelly Boyd Ensemble (Hamburg)

Three Orchids

Trio Scordatura


Phill Niblock (b.1933) is an intermedia artist using music, film, photography, video and computers. He makes thick, loud drones of music, filled with microtones of instrumental timbres which generate many other tones in the performance space. Simultaneously, he presents films / videos which look at the movement of people working, or computer driven abstract images. 'Brazil 84' is from Niblock’s series “The Movement of People Working.” 16mm, unedited long shots, carefully framed to compress single movements, shot in rural and urban settings, capturing people in their working environments: men and women using their hands and body to an eternal working choreography that seems tuned to the microtonal universe of Niblock’s music.

All these images are timeless, they could have been shot today, in the ‘60s or even earlier in the century. All these images have a perfect timing, a perfect framing, captured not as a document but more as a choreographic gesture, as visual music. The images are raw, colours are saturated and the sound seems to happen in your head. Phill Niblock says: “In 1984, I returned to Brazil, deciding to travel the coast, closest to the ocean, from Salvador, Bahia, to as far north as I could get in the time I had. I was the sole film crew, carrying the camera bag and tripod, loading the film, reading the light... The film from that trip is the material on this DVD. And it was beautiful to see that country and those people.”

Originally silent, Niblock chose to add his music as the soundtrack, as he often does during screenings of his films. These works, specially compiled for this release, are presented in both stereo and surround mixes. For this DVD, a new transfer was made of the original 16mm film, which was then restored under Niblock’s supervision. The Digipak package contains a booklet of essays by Niblock, Bob Gilmore (music), Carlos Casas (film) and Johan Vandermaelen (the recordings).

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Duration: 77 minutes

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From today on your name is Sara

From today on your name is Sara

By Volker Ludwig and Detlef Michel


Grips Theatre Berlin

Lyrics: Volker Ludwig

Music: Hansgeorg Koch

Based on the autobiography 'Ich trug den gelben Stern', published in English as 'Outcast: A Jewish Girl in Wartime Berlin' by Inge Deutschkron

1933. Inge is eleven years old, a bright Berlin kid, who refuses to understand why all of a sudden she is not allowed to play on the street. In the years after that for Inge, being a Jew means not only humiliation, attacks and restrictions, but also never going dancing or to the cinema. It means growing up without having been young. “Starting today your name is Sara,” a police officer tells 16-year-old Inge in 1938 and stamps a “J” on her ID card. “J” as in Jew. From that point on everything changed in the life of the self-confident, young Berliner. Constantly on the run from the Nazis, she and her mother wander through Berlin from one hiding place to the other….

The play, based on Inge Deutschkron’s book 'Ich trug den gelben Stern', tells a story in 33 scenes. Of the fear of the hunted. Of numerous individuals who helped Inge and her mother and who became, for Inge Deutschkron, the “quiet heroes.” And last but not least, of the fierce courage of a young girl who refused to give up. It has had 350 sold-out performances in the GRIPS Theater and is still part of its repertoire. In Berlin alone more than 120,000 theatergoers have seen the play since its premiere in 1989. In the meantime it has been staged by 42 theatres. Berlin’s GRIPS Theater, founded in 1969 under the influence of the student movement, is today the world’s most famous theatre for children and young people. As a comedic, musical “hang-in-there” Theater, it deals with the real problems of its audiences.

After many years working as a journalist in Tel Aviv, Inge Deutschkron lives once again in Berlin, significantly encouraged by her experiences with the play 'From today, your name is Sara'.

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Ravel: Concert for a Deaf Soul

Ravel: Concert for a Deaf Soul

A Play for Ragna Schirmer and Puppets about Maurice Ravel


Ravel:

Miroirs, 5 pieces for piano

Gaspard de la Nuit

Pavane pour une infante défunte


Katharina Kummer, Nils Dreschke, Sebastian Fortak, Lars Frank (puppeteers & actors) & Ragna Schirmer (piano)

Stage Director: Christoph Werner

Film Director: Axel Fuhrmann

'Concert for a Deaf Soul' is a theatrical take on the secretive life of French composer Maurice Ravel. A harmonious collaboration between Halle Puppet Theatre and pianist Ragna Schirmer has produced an "evening of empathy, filled with love for Ravel and his music." Scenes from the life of Ravel alternate and merge with some of his most impressive pieces for piano. Music, imagination, puppets and actors conflate into a touching and poetic experience.

Pianist Ragna Schirmer is one of the most distinguished artists of the younger generation. She has been awarded a total of 15 first prizes, becoming the only person to win the International Johann Sebastian Bach Competition in Leipzig twice. Ragna Schirmer has performed with the Münchner Philharmoniker under Zubin Mehta, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig under Herbert Blomstedt, Orchestre National de France under Kurt Masur and other orchestras. Her CD's have received numerous awards and excellent reviews throughout Europe (Diapason, Le Monde de la Musique, Gramophone, FonoForum, Crescendo).

Language: G | GB | F

Subtitles: GB | F

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Sound: Stereo

Picture Format: 16:9

Bonus: 4 Interviews + Cartoon Movie

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Schiller: Symphonia

Schiller: Symphonia


1. Tune In

2. Ein Schöner Tag mit Eva Mali

3. Hochland

4. Lichtermeer

5. Desert Empire

6. Schiller

7. Ruhe

8. Sehnsucht (Instrumental)

9. Sehnsucht: Reprise

10. Sommernacht

11. Berlin Moskau

12. Tired mit Jaël

13. Let It Ruse mit Midge Ure

14. Leben… I Feel You (Instrumental)

15. Das Glockenspiel

16. Solveig’s Song mit Eva Mali

17. Sonne mit Unheilig

18. Berlin Berlin


Schiller (Christopher von Deylen) performs his most popular hits from across his 15-year career including “Das Glockenspiel” live at the historic Gendarmenmarkt in Berlin, accompanied by a spectacular full symphony orchestra. The extraordinary performance features tracks from his Gold-status “Opus”. The multi-award winning artist is one of the most successful German electronic acts of all time.

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Harriet Krijgh: Elegy

Harriet Krijgh: Elegy


Bloch, E:

From Jewish Life: No. 1, Prayer

Bruch:

Kol Nidrei, Op. 47

Casals:

El Cant dels Ocells (Song of the birds)

Dvorak:

Waldesruhe (Silent woods) for cello and orchestra, Op. 68 No. 5

Fauré:

Élégie in C minor, Op. 24

Massenet:

Elégie

Offenbach:

Les Larmes de Jacqueline - Elégie

Saint-Saëns:

Le carnaval des animaux: Le Cygne

Tchaikovsky:

Nocturne for cello & small orchestra (or cello & piano), Op. 19 No. 4


Harriet Krijgh (cello)

Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz, Gustavo Gimeno

Euripides interprets 'Elegy', the grand ancient song of lament, as a “barbaric, Asian cry of sorrow”. To some extent an exotic sound coloration also infuses the elegiac compositions of the European masters of romantic and early modern music that have been assembled for this CD.

Twenty-three year old Dutch cellist Harriet Krijgh is one of today’s most exciting and promising young cellists. Harriet has been invited on to the 'Rising Star' series of the European Concert Hall Organisation (ECHO) for the 2015/16 season - she was nominated by Musikverein and Konzerthaus Vienna.

Bonus – DVD

Harriet Krijgh

The Cello and the Rainbow | Das Cello und der Regenbogen

The Portrait – Das Portrait

Subtitles: English · Picture Format: NTSC / Colour / 16:9 · DVD Format: DVD 5

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Handel: Rodelinda

Handel: Rodelinda

Live recording of the premiere at the Theater an der Wien, March 20, 2011


Danielle de Niese (Rodelinda), Bejun Mehta (Bertarido), Kurt Streit (Grimoaldo), Konstantin Wolff (Garibaldo), Malena Ernman (Eduige) & Matthias Rexroth (Unulfo)

Concentus Musicus Wien, Nikolaus Harnoncourt

Set Design: Herbert Murauer

Lighting Design: Bernd Pukrabek

Choreography: Thom Stuart

"The plot concerns politics in early-Medieval Italy, but director Philipp Harnoncourt (Nikolaus’s son) has updated it to a present-day cityscape...The kings and dukes of the libretto map neatly onto the production’s sleazy modern underworld of gangsters and drug dealers. Rodelinda is a trophy mob wife, and her outcast husband hides among a group of homeless people.

Philipp Harnoncourt eschews the jokey post-modern antics of many Handel productions in favor of a realistic, deadly serious approach. The entire production takes place around a grim cement apartment block whose exact geographic location is never clear...Soprano and Baroque opera glamor queen Danielle De Niese was an appropriately beautiful and steadfast Rodelinda, helpless at the start and becoming braver as she learned to play the men’s game... The star of the show was countertenor Bejun Mehta as Bertarido, who gave a thrilling performance. Endowed with a rich sound and a considerable variety of vocal colors, he sang his character’s mournful music with plangent phrasing, excellent dramatic timing, and, when required, stunning virtuosity. While not as accomplished an actor as De Niese, he had presence and intensity onstage.

As usurper Grimoaldo, Kurt Streit created a a dim-witted yet somehow savvy heavy, finally afflicted with a crisis of conscience in his Act 3 “Fatto inferno,” a surprisingly powerful scene...Swedish mezzo Malena Ernman boomed with authority in the low-lying role of Eduige, singing spotless coloratura even through some exceptionally complicated stage business of taking off clothes, dealing with a cleaning woman, and, at one point, scorching Rodelinda’s wedding dress with a hot iron. Countertenor Matthias Rexroth has a paler tone than Mehta, but nonetheless was excellent as the double agent Unulfo, here one of the most respectable figures in the community. From the buzzy strings to throaty oboes, the sound has a rough vividness that a modern orchestra can’t match, and their technical polish is unimpeachable. In the Theater an der Wien’s small space, the 30-member orchestra sounded Wagnerian in volume, but never overpowered the singers. Vocal ornamentation in the da capo sections was tasteful and relatively restrained.

Despite some weaknesses in the staging, Baroque opera fans should not miss this production, and it should win a few new ones as well." Zerbinetta, Bachtrack, 23/3/2011

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DVD1: 125', DVD2: 64'

Language: Italian, Subtitles: F, G, GB,

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Stockhausen: Complete Early Percussion Works

Stockhausen: Complete Early Percussion Works


Stockhausen:

Kontakte

for pianist, percussionist & 4-channel electronic tape

Mikrophonie for 6 percussionists playing a single tam-tam, with electronics

Zyklus

for solo percussionist

Refrain

for piano, celesta & vibraphone

Schlagtrio

for piano & 2 timpanists


James Avery (piano), Katalin Lukács (piano), Pavlos Antoniadis (celesta) & Steven Schick

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Stockhausen’s early percussion music is among the most visionary of the percussion repertoire. This unique collection features some works which are almost impossible to find elsewhere.

'Zyklus' was not only a novel composition in terms of its treatment of time and structure, it was also the first percussion solo ever performed.

'Kontakte', a masterpiece for piano and percussion with 4-channel tape, challenges performers to play together and to make the maximum number of “contacts” with the tape. Schick and Avery have performed this work together for decades, and this recording shows that experience to full effect. Mode’s new transfers from the analogue tapes for this recording reveal greater detail and low end frequency response.

FIRST RELEASE IN SURROUND!

'Mikrophonie' calls for 6 percussionists playing a single instrument – a giant 60” tam-tam. Three musicians activate the instrument from either side. One player performs on the tam-tam using a large array of mallets and small objects, a second holds a highly directional microphone and also plays the tam-tam, and the third is a sound designer who sits in the hall and regulates settings for volume, filtration and spatial diffusion of the sounds. The result is an extraordinary and theatrical sound world.

In 'Refrain', the three performers produce an array of pure tones from their primary instruments to noisy shouted syllables and tongue clicks. In the most complex passages, the sounds merge nearly completely. 'Schlagtrio' is one of Stockhausen’s earliest published pieces. Rather than articulating the differences between piano and percussion, he is interested in creating a continuum between the two.

The DVD edition features full video with stereo, and Dolby Digital or DTS 5.1 surround options.

BONUS: 3 interviews with Schick on the music.

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Great English Composers Vol. 4 - Walton & Holst

Great English Composers Vol. 4 - Walton & Holst


This 2 DVD set includes two classic films by the acclaimed film director Tony Palmer: ‘William Walton - At the Haunted End of the Day’ and ‘Holst - In the Bleak Midwinter’.

The award-winning 1981 film ‘At the Haunted End of the Day’ is a revealing and moving portrait of the great composer, William Walton. Supported by archive material, extracts from many of his works, and interviews with Lady Susana Walton, Laurence Olivier and Sacheverell Sitwell, Walton reflects on his own journey from Oldham in Lancashire to his island home on Ischia in Italy, where he died in 1983.

In the Bleak Midwinter tells the extraordinary story of the life of Gustav Holst whose music, especially The Planets, owed little or nothing to anyone, least of all the 'English folk song tradition', but who was a very great composer who died of cancer, broken and disillusioned, before he was 60. It includes previously unseen material with his daughter Imogen, his pupils Michael Tippett, Herbert Howells, Edmund Rubbra and the 102 year-old Elliott Carter, as well as a pupils from St Paul's Girls School in Hammersmith who remember him from the time he was the school’s Director of Music.

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