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Braunfels: Ulenspiegel

Braunfels: Ulenspiegel


Marc Horus (Till Ulenspiegel), Christa Ratzenböck (Nele), Joachim Goltz (Profoss), Hans Peter Scheidegger (Klas), Andreas Jankowitsch (Jost/Schuster), Tomas Kovacic (Bürgermeister/Ablasspriester) & Martin Summer (Schreiner/Arkebusier)

EntArteOpera Chorus & Israel Chamber Orchestra, Martin Sieghart

Stage and costume design: Susanne Thomasberger

Lighting: Roman Hauser, Jan Derschmidt

Charles de Coster's novel Thyl Ulenspiegel provided the source for Braunfels’ opera of the same name. It narrates one of the darkest chapters in human history – the Spanish Inquisition in 16th-century Flanders – through the improbable voice of a world-famous buffoon. He depicts an apocalyptic panorama, in which the Seven Deadly Sins of the Bible, like the Riders of the Apocalypse, come to haunt the last remnants of mankind. Amid this doom and gloom, the composer Walter Braunfels sets his focus on the origins and general development of resistance. Ulenspiegel becomes an incisive case study of an apolitical daredevil who undergoes a radical personal transformation as a consequence of the terror which befalls his family. Promoted to become the political leader of the resistance, his mind knows only one thing: all-encompassing revenge.

PICTURE FORMAT: NTSC / Colour / 16:9

SOUND FORMATS: 2.0 Stereo · 5.1 Surround

SUBTITLES: Deutsch / English

DVD FORMAT: DVD 5

REGION CODE: 0 (Worldwide)

DURATION: 129 min

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Capriccio - C9006

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Salieri: L'europa Riconosciuta

Salieri: L'europa Riconosciuta


Diana Damrau (Europa), Desirée Rancatore (Semele), Genia Kühmeier (Asterio), Daniela Barcellona (Isseo), Giuseppe Sabatini (Egisto), Alessandra Ferri, Roberto Bolle (dancers)

Orchestra, Coro e Corpo di Ballo del Teatro alla Scala, Riccardo Muti (conductor) & Luca Ronconi (director)

Set and costume design: Pier Luigi Pizzi

Choreography : Heinz Spoerli

In 1778 Antonio Salieri’s Europa riconosciuta became the first work to be performed at the Milanese theatre later known as the Teatro alla Scala. Despite this honour, Europa riconosciuta (Europa recognised) remained unperformed for 226 years until 2004, when Riccardo Muti, then Music Director of La Scala, chose it to reopen the legendary theatre after three years of renovation work.

Running time: 133 min.

Sung in Italian, with subtitles in FR, GE, EN, IT

Stereo PCM 2.0 / Dolby Digital 5.1, NTSC – All regions – 16:9

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Erato - 9029588998

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Bach, J S: Mass in B minor, BWV232

Bach, J S: Mass in B minor, BWV232

Live recording, Munich, Herkulessaal, 22.04.2016


Christina Landshamer (soprano), Anke Vondung (mezzo-soprano), Maximilian Schmitt (tenor) & Andreas Wolf (bass-baritone)

Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks & Concerto Köln, Peter Dijkstra

For Bach, the Mass in B minor marked the culmination and also the end point of his life’s work as a composer. This "great Catholic Mass," the only mass he composed, and in which he set to music the complete Ordinary of the Latin Mass, was his last great vocal work. The Mass, completed in 1748/49, is a musical masterpiece in which the Baroque musical splendour is always to the fore, though reflective moments and intense, heartfelt chorales are also very important elements. The Latin Ordinarium constitutes the silk thread along which all these musical pearls are strung.

Even after almost three hundred years, the music of Bach's Mass in B minor is still animated, fresh, and a true Baroque delight – whether heard live in concert or recorded. What makes this concert version of June 2016 at the "ION - Nuremberg International Organ Week" in Nuremberg’s St. Lorenz Church so special that it should definitely be added to any DVD collection? The fresh voices of the young but excellent vocal soloists: the regularly praised "astonishing three-dimensionality" and "crystalline clarity" of the Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks under the direction of Peter Dijkstra and of course of the renowned period instrument ensemble Concerto Köln; and last but not least, the exciting live atmosphere of a concert event that delighted the audiences, and even managed to coax the word “magical” from music critics – rare praise, but in this case, richly deserved! The DVD recording of Bach's Mass in B Minor has now been reissued by BR-KLASSIK.

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Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14

Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14

Live Concert Film


bonus:

THE CONCERT COMMENTED BY EMMANUEL KRIVINE

THE BASSOON PRESENTED BY ANTOINE PECQUEUR

THE TIMPANI PRESENTED BY ALINE POTIN

THE VIOLIN PRESENTED BY CHRISTOPHE ROBERT

ROUND TABLE WITH EMMANUEL KRIVINE, ANTOINE PECQUEUR, ALINE POTIN AND CHRISTOPHE ROBERT


La Chambre Philharmonique, Emmanuel Krivine

Created on the initiative of Emmanuel Krivine, La Chambre Philharmonique likes to see itself as the achievement of a utopia. An orchestra of a new kind, comprising members of the finest European ensembles motivated by the same musical urgency, La Chambre Philharmonique places pleasure at the heart of a new adventure in music.

It is also a space for research and exchange, identifying the instruments and period techniques appropriate to each repertory.

In May 2014, La Chambre Philharmonique performed the Symphonie Fantastique of Berlioz in a memorable concert at the Cité de la Musique in Paris. It is this occasion that is now presented on DVD. The symphony is complemented by four fascinating bonus features: Emmanuel Krivine discusses with some of the musicians their work in common and the practice of period-instrument performance, three of the orchestra’s principals (violinist, bassoonist and timpanist) demonstrate the specific characteristics of their instruments, and the DVD offers the option of watching the entire symphony with commentary by Krivine.

At the moment when he is about to become Music Director of the Orchestre National de France, here is the rewarding testimony of an illustrious musician, highly respected by all those who work with him, who talks about music with simplicity, humour and sincerity.

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Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem, Op. 45

Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem, Op. 45

Recorded live at the Stiftsbasilika St. Florian, Austria 23/08/2016


Hanna-Elisabeth Müller (soprano), Simon Keenlyside (baritone)

Wiener Singverein & The Cleveland Orchestra, Franz Welser-Möst

Brahms’ German Requiem is a work of great intensity that speaks to people of all faiths and to believers and non-believers alike. In this concert recorded at the magnificent Baroque basilica of Saint Florian in Austria, The Cleveland Orchestra and its Music Director Franz Welser-Möst pare down all traces of bombast and, together with the Wiener Singverein, soloists Hanna-Elisabeth Müller and Simon Keenlyside, they create a meditation on life and death, hailed by the press as "an event of the first order".

Language: German, Subtitles: German, English, French, Korean

Region code: 0

Running time 72 mins.

Sound Formats: DTS 5.1 / DD 5.1/ PCM Stereo

Picture Format 16:9 DVD 9 / NTSC

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Bizet: Les Pêcheurs de Perles

Bizet: Les Pêcheurs de Perles


Diana Damrau (Leïla), Matthew Polenzani (Nadir), Mariusz Kwiecien (Zurga), Nicolas Teste (Nourabad)

The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus, Gianandrea Noseda, Penny Woolcock (dir.)

Read Presto's complete review of this disc here

Bizet’s Les Pêcheurs de perles, set in Sri Lanka, is known above all for its unforgettable duet for tenor and baritone, but it its score is full of delightful and dramatic music. When recently staged at the Metropolitan Opera in New York it proved a major success, both for the production by Penny Woolcock and the musical performance, conducted by Paolo Noseda, with (once again) Diana Damrau as the priestess Leïla and, as the two men competing for love, the tenor Matthew Polenzani (Nadir) and the baritone Mariusz Kwiecien (Zurga). Woolcock’s concept brought the production up to date, with photographic and video references to the 2004 tsunami, and offered a superb ‘aquatic’ spectacle during the overture: the whole stage appeared to be beneath the Indian Ocean and acrobatic divers ‘swam’ down from the surface (located in the flies of the theatre).

“It could hardly have been granted a better comeback, with a trio of superb singers...Damrau's Leila is manifestly a real woman with real desires and demons…Polenzani surely has one of the most beautiful lyric voices around...But it’s Mariusz Kwiecien’s Zurga who gives the production its real dramatic impetus.” Presto Classical, 13th January 2017

Presto Disc of the Week

13th January 2017

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Handel: Theodora, HWV 68

Handel: Theodora, HWV 68


Katherine Watson (Theodora), Philippe Jaroussky (Didymus), Stéphanie d’Oustrac (Irene), Callum Thorpe (Valens), Kresimir Spicer (Septimius)

Les Arts Florissants, William Christie

Handel’s Theodora, a tale of Christian martyrdom in 4th century Antioch, is a dramatic oratorio rather than an opera, but it achieved a new currency in 1996, when William Christie conducted a staging at Glyndebourne Festival Opera. Christie, who lives in France, was the natural choice to conduct Theodora’s first Parisian staging – at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Autumn 2015.

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Erato - 9029588990

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Llibre Vermell de Montserrat

Llibre Vermell de Montserrat

Red Book of Montserrat


Jordi Savall (rabec, rebab, viella & direcció)

Hespèrion XXI & La Capella Reial de Catalunya

Recorded live in Barcelona (Church Santa Maria del Pi) November 25th, 2013

Jordi Savall had every historical, geographical and emotional reason to pay a well deserved tribute to one of the most famous manuscripts of ancient music. The 'Llibre Vermell de Montserrat' is a collection of devotional texts containing late medieval songs and dances. The 14th-century manuscript was compiled in and is still located at the monastery of Montserrat outside Barcelona in Catalonia (Spain). The title describes the red binding in which the collection was placed in the 19th century. The songs were written in Catalan, in Occitan and in Latin for the pilgrims to have something appropriately «chaste and pious» to sing and dance. In this beautiful live recording made at the Santa Maria del Pi church in Barcelona, the colorful succession of songs and dances offers us a pleasant trip to the heart of the medieval music.

“The 10 numbers are punctuated by bells and interspersed with instrumental improvisations, so that as so often with Savall, it’s all undeniably atmospheric, but hard to separate what might be authentic from what is purely speculative.” The Guardian, 15th December 2016 ***

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Alia Vox - AVSA9919

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Schubert: String Quartets # 2

Schubert: String Quartets # 2

Live in Barcelona


Schubert:

String Quartet No. 4 in C major, D46

String Quartet No. 1 in C minor, D18

String Quartet No. 9 in G minor, D173


This concert by Cuarteto Casals includes the string quartets no. 4 in C major D46, no. 1 in G minor / B flat major D18, and no. 9 in G minor D173, and it’s the second release of the Cuarteto Casals’ five disc set of live performances of the complete quartets of Franz Schubert.

The physical edition includes a DVD plus a voucher code to download the digital booklet and the HD Digital Video.

Recorded with ten camera angles in HD plus surround sound at 24bit 96 kHz, the live video was produced in five extraordinary concerts in L’Auditori de Barcelona.

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Richard Strauss: Don Quixote & Dvorak: Symphony No. 8

Richard Strauss: Don Quixote & Dvorak: Symphony No. 8


Dvorak:

Carnival Overture, Op. 92

Symphony No. 8 in G major, Op. 88

Elizondo:

Danza Latinamericanas

Massenet:

Don Quichotte: Interlude No. 2

Strauss, R:

Don Quixote, Op. 35


Yo-Yo Ma (cello), Wen Xiao Zheng (viola) & Anton Barakhovsky (violin)

Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Mariss Jansons

Recorded at the Philharmonie am Gasteig, Munich, 2016

As an artist in residence with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the American cellist Yo-Yo Ma had the opportunity to do what is perhaps the second thing he loves the most after playing: sharing his love of music with others.

During his residency, he transformed himself from sensitive teacher to inimitable Bach interpreter to first cello of a major symphony orchestra.

Yo-Yo Ma doesn’t fade away into the music, nor does he take a worshipful attitude towards the pieces he performs. From the moment he walks onto the stage, he exudes charisma that immediately confirms his exceptional status as the 'best cellist in the world'.

With its ten variations on a theme of knightly character for full orchestra, Richard Strauss’ tone poem 'Don Quixote' not only depicts the colorful adventures of Cervantes' chivalrous hero, but also functions as a virtuoso display of glorious solo melodies embedded in stunning orchestral passages. It is, in a way, a second Strauss cello concerto. Joining 'the Don' later is a viola solo that personifies the faithful Sancho Panza and is played by Wen Xiao Zheng.

To those in the know, Jansons’ partnership with the great Munich-based BRSO is one of the most transcendent conductor-orchestra pairings.

Approx. 111 minutes

HD, 5.1 surround sound

DVD Amaray, NTSC Picture format 16 :9

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