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Rameau: Maître à Danser

Rameau: Maître à Danser


Rameau:

Daphnis et Aegle

La Naissance d'Osiris


Les Arts Florissants, William Christie

Daphnis et Eglé and La Naissance d’Osiris - two unfamiliar titles - two works that have rarely seen the light of day. Setting them alongside Rameau’s immense Tragedies Lyriques one might be tempted to dismiss them as flimsy entertainments but on closer inspection they reveal a world full of charm, humanity, sensuality, and grace.

These are not pieces written for the opera houses of Paris but for the private, more intimate, court performances at Fontainebleau. Away from the glare of the Paris critics at a time when the musical world was in the throes of the tumultuous Querelle des Bouffons, Rameau was able to experiment with more European styles.

A great sense of freedom emanates from these scores - Rameau making his own journey through the culturally diverse world of the Age of Enlightenment.

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Hahn, R: Ciboulette

Hahn, R: Ciboulette


Julie Fuchs (Ciboulette), Jean-François Lapointe (Duparquet), Julien Behr (Antonin), Michel Fau, Agnès Terrier, Jérôme Deschamp

Orchestre Opéra de Toulon & Accentus, Laurence Equilbey

Filmed at the Opéra Comique, February 2013

Music direction and artistic collaboration: Laurence Equilbey

Stage direction: Michel Fau

Intended to set the spice of Parisian operetta against American musical comedy, 'Ciboulette' was Reynaldo Hahn’s first light score. It features the tribulations of the pretty market gardener Ciboulette, determined to earn herself a bright future without sacrificing her feelings. Her pursuit of happiness leads her to come across a whole collection of typical characters from the Paris of the Belle Epoque, from the humblest to the most distinguished.

2 discs DVD including a 32-page booklet.

Duration: 145 mins.

Extra features: 31 mins - interviews with Laurence Equilbey, Michel Fau, Agnès Terrier, Jérôme Deschamps and Julie Fuchs

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Entre Elle & Lui

Entre Elle & Lui

Live at the Château de Versailles


01. L’âme sœur à l’hameçon (Eddy Marnay – Michel Legrand)

02. La Valse des Lilas (Eddy Marnay – Michel Legrand)

03. Chanson de Delphine à Lancien (from Les Demoiselles de Rochefort) – (Jacques Demy – Michel Legrand)

04. Papa Can You Hear Me? (from Yentl) – (Alan et Marilyn Bergmann – Michel Legrand)

05. Recette pour un cake d’amour (from Peau d’Âne) – (Jacques Demy – Michel Legrand)

06. Le cinéma (Claude Nougaro – Michel Legrand)

07. You Must Believe in Spring (from Les Demoiselles de Rochefort) – (Michel Legrand –Jacques Demy – Alan et Marilyn Bergmann)

08. Dingo Rock (Miles Davis - Michel Legrand)

09. Imitation des pianistes de jazz

10. Le rouge et le noir (Claude Nougaro – Michel Legrand)

11. Conseils de la fée des Lilas (from Peau d’Âne) – (Jacques Demy – Michel Legrand)

12. Rêves secrets d’un prince et d’une princesse (from Peau d’Âne) – (Jacques Demy – Michel Legrand)

13. What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life? (from The Happy Ending) – (Alan et Marilyn Bergman – Michel Legrand)

14. La Chanson (Claude Nougaro – Michel Legrand)

15. Les moulins de mon cœur (from The Thomas Crown Affair) – (Eddy Marnay - Michel Legrand)

16. Un été 42 (from Summer of ‘42) – (Alan et Marilyn Bergman – Michel Legrand)

17. The Summer Knows (from Summer of ‘42) – (Alan et Marilyn Bergmann - Michel Legrand)

18. On My Way To You – (Alan et Marilyn Bergman – Michel Legrand)

19. Marins, amis, amants ou maris (from Les Demoiselles de Rochefort) – (Jacques Demy – Michel Legrand)

20. Serge et Nathalie (Claude Nougaro – Michel Legrand)

21. Duo de Guy et Geneviève (from Les Parapluies de Cherbourg) – (Jacques Demy – Michel Legrand)

22. Mon dernier concert (Claude Nougaro – Michel Legrand)

23. Chanson de Delphine (from Les Demoiselles de Rochefort) – (Jacques Demy – Michel Legrand)


Natalie Dessay (voice ), Michel Legrand (piano and voice ), Laurent Naouri (voice ), Pierre Boussaguet (double bass), François Laizeau (percussion) & Pierre Perchaud (guitar)

Two icons of French song – Natalie Dessay and Michel Legrand – follow the huge worldwide success of their album Entre Elle et Lui with a DVD of the very special concert on the 11th June 2014 at the Orangerie of the Château de Versailles. This is a unique collaboration from two giants of French music. The CD release in 2013 was hotly anticipated and received great critical acclaim upon its release. Natalie Dessay brings her lyrical voice and fresh interpretations to a selection of some of Michel Legrand’s best-loved songs including La Valse des Lilas, Les moulins de mon cœur (Windmills of Your Mind), Duo de Guy et Geneviève, Papa Can You Hear Me and many more.

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Poulenc: Dialogues des Carmélites

Poulenc: Dialogues des Carmélites

Live at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, 2013


Sophie Koch (Mère Marie de l’Incarnation), Patricia Petibon (Blanche de La Force), Véronique Gens (Madame Lidoine), Sandrine Piau (Soeur Constance de Saint Denis), Rosalind Plowright (Madame de Croissy), Topi Lehtipuu (Le Chevalier de La Force), Philippe Rouillon (Le Marquis de La Force), Annie Vavrille (Mère Jeanne de l’Enfant Jésus), Sophie Pondjiclis (Soeur Mathilde), François Piolino (Le Père confesseur du couvent), Jérémy Duffau (Le premier commissaire), Yuri Kissin (Le second commissaire, un officier) & Matthieu Lécroart (Le geôlier)

Philharmonia Orchestra & Chœur du Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Jérémie Rhorer (conductor) & Olivier Py (director)

Pierre-André Weitz – design and costumes

Bertrand Killy – lighting

Hervé Gary – lighting

Natalie Van Parys – choreography

Olivier Simonnet – filming director

At the end of 2013, the year that marked the 50th anniversary of Francis Poulenc’s death, his gripping and moving operatic masterpiece, Dialogues des Carmélites was staged in Paris by director Olivier Py with a cast featuring some of France’s finest female singers – Patricia Petitbon, Véronique Gens, Sandrine Piau and Sophie Koch – under the baton of Jérémie Rohrer. Le Figaro described the production as “a thing of wonder,” while Le Monde called it: “A masterpiece ... the most exciting and consummately achieved show to have been seen on a Parisian stage in a long time … This was great work, magisterial and unforgettable.”

“The memorable Dialogues des Carmélites at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées marked the climax of commemorative activities for the 50th anniversary of Poulenc’s death,” wrote Opera magazine of the production of Poulenc’s gripping and moving opera that was staged by the French director Olivier Py in Paris in December 2013.

Among operas composed in the post-War era, Dialogues des Carmélites, first seen in 1957 at La Scala, is one of the most frequently performed and best loved. Set during the French Revolution, it tells the story of a highly-strung young aristocrat, Blanche de la Force, who seeks peace by joining a convent and finally goes to the guillotine with her fellow nuns. Faith, fear, and sacrifice are among the issues it addresses with music – sometimes austere, sometimes sensuous, sometimes both at once – that exemplifies Poulenc’s characteristic amalgam of simplicity and sophistication. Its final scene, as the nuns go one by one to their execution while singing a soaring ‘Salve regina’, is of spine-tingling pathos and power.

The stark, monochrome decor for Py’s production, designed by André Weitz, makes use of sliding panels that open and close to create the acting space or reveal expressionist vistas, while the costumes evoke the first half of the 20th century rather than the era of the Revolution itself. Especially striking is the death scene of Madame de Croissy, the old Prioress, searingly sung and acted by the British mezzo-soprano Rosalind Plowright: the audience views her agonies as if from above, since her bed is mounted vertically on the rear panel of the stage. Later in the opera, when it comes to the final night in their convent, before their expulsion by the revolutionaries, the nuns are assembled as if for the Last Supper, while the stunning, transcendent final scene is set against a starry sky.

Duration: 169 minutes

Languages: Sung in French, with subtitles available in English and German

Audio specs: Stereo Dolby 5.1

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Menahem Pressler & Quatuor Ebène 90th Anniversary Concert

Menahem Pressler & Quatuor Ebène 90th Anniversary Concert

Live in Paris


Chopin:

Nocturne No. 20 in C sharp minor, Op. post.

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Menahem Pressler (piano)

Debussy:

String Quartet in G minor, Op. 10 - Andantino doucement expressif

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Quatuor Ebène

String Quartet in G minor, Op. 10 - Andantino doucement expressif

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Quatuor Ebène

Dvorak:

Piano Quintet in A major, Op. 81

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Menahem Pressler (piano)

Quatuor Ebène

Piano Quintet in A major, Op. 81

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Menahem Pressler (piano)

Quatuor Ebène

Schubert:

Piano Quintet in A major, D667 'The Trout'

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Menahem Pressler (piano)

Quatuor Ebène

Piano Quintet in A major, D667 'The Trout'

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Menahem Pressler (piano)

Quatuor Ebène

Der Lindenbaum (No. 5 from Winterreise, D911)

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Menahem Pressler (piano) & Christoph Prégardien (tenor)

Frühlingstraum (No. 11 from Winterreise, D911)

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Menahem Pressler (piano) & Christoph Prégardien (tenor)

Die Krähe (No. 15 from Winterreise, D911)

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Menahem Pressler (piano) & Christoph Prégardien (tenor)

Der Leiermann (No. 24 from Winterreise, D911)

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Menahem Pressler (piano) & Christoph Prégardien (tenor)

Die Forelle, D550

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Menahem Pressler (piano) & Christoph Prégardien (tenor)


The Quatuor Ebène was invited by legendary pianist Menahem Pressler to join him in celebrating his 90th birthday at a concert at the Salle Pleyel in Paris in November 2013. Their programme included two of the most life-affirming works in the chamber repertoire, Dvořák’s Piano Quintet in A major and Schubert’s ‘Trout’ Quintet, which form the CD version of this release. Additional items on the DVD version include the mesmerising encore – the Quatuor Ebène in the slow movement of Debussy’s quartet, with Pressler joining them on stage as a silent, but physically responsive partner. No wonder the 1800-strong audience burst into a rendition of ‘Happy Birthday’.

90 years old, and still performing superbly as a soloist and chamber musician, pianist Menahem Pressler is a phenomenon – as the members of the Quatuor Ebène delightedly acknowledged at a celebratory concert at Paris’s Salle Pleyel on November 7th 2013. Recordings made at the concert, which also brought contributions from the double-bassist Benjamin Berlioz and the tenor Christoph Prégardien, have now been released on both CD and DVD.

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Bruckner: The Mature Symphonies (Symphony No. 8)

Bruckner: The Mature Symphonies (Symphony No. 8)


Bruckner:

Symphony No. 8 in C minor


“Clarity was one thing that made this performance a marvel. Another was the flexibility of Barenboim’s speeds.... The flexibility of Barenboim’s tempi meant that Bruckner’s charm – an often overlooked aspect of his genius – shone through, especially in the genial Trio.” (The Telegraph) Bruckner’s 8th is the last symphony completed by the Austrian composer. Many of his contemporaries regarded the symphony as “the pinnacle of 19th century music”. Even today, this monumental work fascinates listeners with its virtuoso orchestral technique, its immensity of sound, and its inexhaustible richness of detail.

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Wagner: Götterdämmerung

Wagner: Götterdämmerung


Susan Bullock (Brunnhilde), Lance Ryan (Siegfried), Gregory Frank (Hagen), Claudia Mahnke (Waltraute/Zweite Norn), Johannes Martin Kranzle (Gunther), Anja Fidelia Ulrich (Gutrune), Jochen Schmeckenbecher (Alberich), Britta Stallmeister (Woglinde), Jenny Carlstedt (Wellgunde), Katharina Magiera (Flosshilde), Meredith Arwady (Erste Norn), Angel Blue (Dritte Norn)

Frankfurt Opera and Museum Orchestra, Frankfurt Opera Chorus, Sebastian Weigle

Production Vera Nemirova

Stage design Jens Kilian

Costumes Ingeborg Bernerth

Lighting Olaf Winter

Live Recording June/July, 2012, Oper Frankfurt

Picture Format (NTSC |Colour|16:9)

Region Code 0 (Worldwide)

Soundformat PCM Stereo | DolbyDigital 5.1 Surround

Menu Language German

Total Time 280 mins

Subtitles German | English

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Tony Palmer: The Adventures of Benjamin Schmid

Tony Palmer: The Adventures of Benjamin Schmid


Benjamin Schmid (violin)

This 90-minute DVD follows the acclaimed violinist Benjamin Schmid for a year as he travels the world. It features him performing the Korngold Violin Concerto with Seiji Ozawa and the Vienna Philharmonic at the opening of the Salzburg Festival. Contributors include Hans Werner Henze, André Previn, Yehudi Menuhin, Hans Graf and Stephane Grappelli.

Benjamin Schmid was a pupil of Stéphane Grappelli and Yehudi Menuhin, with whom he made his professional debut in Salzburg; major prize-winner at the Carl Flesch International and frequently the ‘Editor’s Choice’ of the ‘Gramophone’ magazine for his recordings of Bach and Ysaÿe. The ‘adventures’ follow Schmid to St Petersburg in the Shostakovich Hall, Tokyo with the New Japan Philharmonic, China with the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Rome with Hans Werner Henze, the USA with the Houston Symphony, London and with the philharmonia playing Britten, Pärt, Paganini, Mozart, jazz and the now famous Korngold Concerto in Salzburg.

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Tony Palmer: Great English Composers Volume 1

Tony Palmer: Great English Composers Volume 1

Vaughan Williams & Malcolm Arnold


Volume One of the ‘Great English Composers’ series is a two DVD set containing two of Tony Palmer’s acclaimed films: Ralph Vaughan Williams - O Thou Transcendental and Malcolm Arnold - Toward The Unknown Country.

The Ralph Vaughan Williams DVD features archive performances by Boult and Barbirolli, newly discovered interviews with Vaughan Williams himself, specially recorded extracts from the Symphonies, Job, The Lark Ascending and the Tallis Fantasia. There are unexpected contributions from Harrison Birtwistle, John Adams, Richard Thompson, Mark Anthony Turnage, Barbara Dickson, Michael Tippett and Neil Tennant of The Pet Shop Boys. The documentary on Malcolm Arnold celebrates one of Britain's most underestimated and yet most popular composers, who wrote scores to altogether 132 films including Whistle Down the Wind, Hobson's Choice and the Oscar-winning Bridge Over the River Kwai. Sir Malcolm also composed ballets, symphonies and operas.

The DVD features friends and family and includes extracts from his works. However, it does not shirk the darker side of Arnold's life, full of complications caused by a mental illness he suffered from.

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Carols from King's

Carols from King's


'Carols from King’s' is a cornerstone of the BBC’s Christmas programming output, traditionally shown on both Christmas Eve and Christmas day. Along with the live radio broadcast of the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, this pre-recorded special service features favourite carols and lessons from one of the world’s top choral groups in the spectacular setting of King’s College Chapel. Available on DVD for the first time, this recording features the full service recorded shortly before its broadcast in December 2013.

2014 marks the 60th anniversary of Carols from King’s - an occasion marked by the broadcast on Christmas eve of a 60-minute documentary on the history of the service, immediately preceding the 2014 service, as well as the broadcast of a restored version of the first 'Carols from King’s', recorded in 1954 with Boris Ord conducting.

The DVD’s release will be accompanied by an extensive international press and marketing campaign. The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge will perform alongisde the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment Bach’s Magnificat at The Chapel, Cambridge, on the 12th November 2014, and again at the Barbican, London, on the 6th December 2014, conducted by Stephen Cleobury. On the 16th and 17th December the Choir and Stephen Cleobury will appear in Edinburgh, Usher Hall, performing Christmas music including Poulenc’s 'Quatre Motets pour le temps de Noël'.

The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge is one of the world’s foremost choirs and unquestionably among the most widely heard. It owes its existence to King Henry VI, who envisaged the daily singing of services in his magnificent chapel. This remains the Choir’s raison d’être, and is an important part of the lives of its 16 choristers, who are educated at King’s College School, and the 14 choral scholars and two organ scholars, who study a variety of subjects in the College. The Choir has produced numerous professional singers including James Gilchrist, Christopher Purves and Gerald Finley.

Booklet with notes in English, French and German, and a reproduction of the original service booklet with carol texts.

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