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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

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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

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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

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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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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

Sound Format: PCM 2.0, Picture Format: 16:9,

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DVD1: 125', DVD2: 64'

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

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Rameau: Maître à Danser

Rameau: Maître à Danser


Rameau:

Daphnis et Aegle

La Naissance d'Osiris


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.

DVD

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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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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Speak the Music: Robert Mann and the Mysteries of Chamber Music

Speak the Music: Robert Mann and the Mysteries of Chamber Music


Robert Mann (violin)

Juilliard String Quartet

In this compelling documentary, Oscar‐winning director Allan Miller gives us an intimate look at the musical life of violinist Robert Mann.

Founding member and first violinist of the Juilliard String Quartet, for 51 years Mann has been and continues to be one of the most important figures in chamber music. The documentary includes rare footage of Juilliard String Quartet performances, Mann’s renowned coaching sessions, and interviews with many of classical music’s greatest performers, all revealing Mann’s profound influence as a chamber musician, teacher and composer.

Featuring Seiji Ozawa, Itzhak Perlman, Joel Krosnick, Elliott Carter, Stephen Hough and others.

Bonus: Bowing Out ‐ Robert Mann’s last 3 Days with the Juilliard String Quartet

Picture Format Film: NTSC 16:9

Picture Format Bonus: 4:3 NTSC

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

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Running Time Film: 58:38 min

Running Time Bonus: 34:59 min

Language Film/Bonus: English

Subtitles Film/Bonus: German, Korean

Disc Format DVD: DVD‐9

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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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