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Peter King plays the Klais Organ of Bath Abbey

Peter King plays the Klais Organ of Bath Abbey


Bach, J S:

Chorale Prelude BWV599 'Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland'

Chorale Prelude BWV600 'Gott, durch deine Guete'

Chorale Prelude BWV601 'Herr Christ, der ein'ge Gottessohn'

Chorale Prelude BWV604 'Gelobet seist du, Jesu Christ'

Chorale Prelude BWV606 'Von Himmel hoch, da komm' ich her'

Chorale Prelude BWV608 'In dulci jubilo'

Chorale Prelude BWV615 'In dir ist Freude'

Boëly:

Fantasia and Fugue in B flat major, Op. 18

Eben:

Moto ostinato from 'Sunday Music'

Mendelssohn:

Prelude in E minor

Fugue in E minor

Messiaen:

Les Anges (from La Nativité)

Reubke:

Organ Sonata on the 94th Psalm

Saint-Saëns:

Fantaisie en mi bémol

Vierne, L:

Pièces de fantaisie, 4th suite, Op. 55: No. 4, Naiades


Peter King (organ)

Peter King, Organist Emeritus of Bath Abbey, having been the Abbey’s Director of Music for thirty years (1986–2016), performs a wide-ranging concert, demonstrating the virtuosity and versatility of both player and instrument in the beautiful acoustic of Bath Abbey. Extra features include a demonstration of the organ, a brief account of the Abbey’s history, and a talk about the music performed. A CD audio-only recording of the organ concert is also included.

Peter King, is President of the Incorporated Association of Organists (2015–17). He holds the honorary degree of Doctor of Music from the University of Bath. Together with Nicolas Kynaston, he was responsible for the design and installation of the Abbey’s Klais Organ. His twelve CDs on the new instrument have been highly acclaimed by the critics.

Extra features:

A brief history of Bath Abbey

The Klais Organ of Bath Abbey

The Music

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Regent - REGDVD003

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Scheduled for release on 23 September 2016. Order it now and we will deliver it as soon as it is available.

Blake, Dan: The Dust Moves

Blake, Dan: The Dust Moves


Dan Blake (saxophone)

Mivos Quartet

Dan Blake's concert-length work for string quartet and saxophone with projected animations, with the esteemed Mivos Quartet. The DVD presents both live footage and with the animations, and a download code for the audio only.

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Infrequent Seams Records - DVDIS1006

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Giordano, U: Andrea Chénier

Giordano, U: Andrea Chénier

Live at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden


Jonas Kaufmann (Andrea Chénier), Eva-Maria Westbroek (Maddalena de Coigny), Željko Lučić (Carlo Gérard), Denyce Graves (Bersi), Elena Zilio (Madelon), Rosalind Plowright (Contessa de Coigny), Roland Wood (Roucher), Peter Coleman-Wright (Pietro Fléville), Eddie Wade (Fouquier-Tinville), Adrian Clarke (Mathieu), Carlo Bosi (The Incredibile), Peter Hoare (Abbé), Jeremy White (Schmidt), John Cunningham (Major Domo), Yuriy Yurchuk (Dumas)

Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Antonio Pappano (conductor & David McVicar (director)

“Kaufmann is performing the title role for the first time, and it’s hard to imagine him bettered. His striking looks make him very much the Romantic and romanticised outsider of Giordano’s vision. His voice, with its dark, liquid tone, soars through the music with refined ease and intensity: all those grand declarations of passion, whether political or erotic, hit home with terrific immediacy.” – The Guardian

Presented in its Covent Garden premiere in January 2015, this staging – directed by David McVicar and conducted by the Royal Opera’s Music Director, Sir Antonio Pappano – shows a bloody tricolour daubed with the words “Even Plato banned poets from his Republic” – written by Robespierre on the death warrant of the historical Chénier, a poet and journalist sent to the guillotine in 1794 for criticising France’s post-revolutionary government. Andrea Chénier was a great success at its premiere at La Scala, Milan, on 28 March 1896. It established Giordano as a leading member of Italy’s giovane scuola, and has remained Giordano’s most popular opera, with occasional productions at leading opera houses. This production is the first by The Royal Opera since 1984. Of Giordano’s later operas, only Fedora (1898) has attracted some continued interest.

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Erato - 9029593796

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Prokofiev: Semyon Kotko, Op. 81

Prokofiev: Semyon Kotko, Op. 81


Viktor Lutsyuk (Semyon Kotko), Gennadi Bezzubenkov (Tkachenko), Tatiana Pavlovskaya (Sofya), Varvara Solovyova (Frosya) & Evgeny Nikitin (Remenyuk)

Mariinsky Orchestra and Chorus, Valery Gergiev (conductor) & Yuri Alexandrov (stage director)

Film Director: Anna Matison

"Valery Gergiev is a born Prokofiev interpreter" The Guardian

2016 marks the 125th anniversary of Sergei Prokofiev’s birth and Valery Gergiev is widely regarded as one of the composer’s greatest interpreters. Joined by a fine cast of soloists, Gergiev and the Mariinsky celebrate the great Russian’s genius with a world-first DVD & Blu-ray release of his raw, thrilling and utterly engrossing opera, 'Semyon Kotko'.

Based on the novel 'I, Son of Working People' by Valentin Katayev, who also wrote the libretto with Prokofiev, the perceived propagandist nature of the story meant its inherent musical quality was initially overlooked. Though not by all, as celebrated pianist Sviatoslav Richter remarked: "The premiere of the opera was a momentous event in my life [...] That evening, when I first heard Semyon Kotko, I understood that Prokofiev was a great composer." Directed by award-winnning stage director Yuri Alexandrov, and filmed by celebrated Mariinksy director Anna Matison, this staging of 'Semyon Kotko' originated in 1999 and has been awarded two key Russian prizes, both the Casta Diva and the Golden Mask awards. Semyon Kotko is now a key work performed regularly in Russia, as well as internationally, and is presented here as a stunning DVD & Blu-ray package, featuring HD audio (inc. surround sound) and with a wide range of subtitles including English, French, German, Spanish, Japanese and the original Russian.

Disc 1 BD50 16:9 HD1080

Disc 2 DVD9 REGION O 16:9 NTSC

filmed at Mariinsky II, St Petersburg 2013, duration 148m

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Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro, K492

Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro, K492


China National Centre for the Performing Arts Orchestra & Chorus, Lü Jia

Staged by José Luis Castro

NCPA’s production of Le Nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro) shines a new light on one of the most famous operas created by W. A. Mozart in 1786 during the summit of his composing life: It combines traditional Western elements with an outstanding Chinese cast. Stage director José Luis Castro from Seville – where the story happens – embeds the opera in the traditional setting of his hometown. The NCPA Orchestra and Chorus, under the baton of their music director Lü Jia, bring the music to life in a fresh contemporary interpretation that lays the ground for the excellent lead soloists. Le Nozze di Figaro once more shows that the NCPA is a venue of choice for opera lovers in the Chinese capital and well beyond.

Bonus film: The making of Le Nozze di Figaro

Picture Format DVD: NTSC 16:9

Sound Formats DVD: PCM Stereo

Dolby Digital 5.1 DTS 5.1

Region Code: 0 (worldwide)

Running Time: 176:32 min Running Time Bonus: 16:06 min

Disc Format: DVD-9 (double DVD)

Subtitles: English, French, German, Spanish, Chinese

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Bellini: I Capuleti e I Montecchi

Bellini: I Capuleti e I Montecchi


Joyce DiDonato (Romeo), Olga Kulchynska (Giulietta), Benjamin Bernheim (Tebaldo), Roberto Lorenzi (Lorenzo), Alexei Botnarciuc (Capellio), Gieorgij Puchalski (The companion)

Philharmonia Zürich & Chorus of the Opernhaus Zürich, Fabio Luisi (conductor) & Christof Loy (stage director)

The story of Romeo and Juliet, who pay for their passion with their lives, has been interpreted in the widest variety of literary and musical genres ever since the Renaissance. Vincenzo Bellini’s much too rarely staged Romeo and Juliet opera, I Capuleti e I Montecchi, is far removed from Shakespeare’s version: rather than telling the story of a tenderly burgeoning love, the piece is an account of the last 24 hours in the two young people’s lives. The underlying mood of the piece is thus one of melancholy – which then develops into a catastrophic maelstrom. The première of the thrilling Zurich production of this bel canto gem, directed by Christof Loy and conducted by Fabio Luisi, was enthusiastically received by critics and audiences alike. The two protagonists also met with acclaim: experience world star Joyce DiDonato in the trouser role of Romeo, with the young Ukrainian soprano Olga Kulchynska at her side as Giulietta.

Picture Format DVD: NTSC 16:9

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

Region Code: 0 (worldwide)

Running Time: 139:02 min

Disc Format: DVD‐9

Subtitles: German (Original), French, English, Japanese, Korean

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Lombardi, D: Divina.com - Lapidi dantesche a Firenze

Lombardi, D: Divina.com - Lapidi dantesche a Firenze


David Moss (speaker), Damiano Meacci (live electronics)

Ensemble Novecento E Oltre, Antonio Ballista

Lombardi is a composer, pianist and visual artist of international stature thanks to his extraordinary repertoire. For several years he has directed the festival Nuova Musica Italiana e Nuova Musica Internazionale in Rome. Daniele Lombardi has taught piano at the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory in Milan.

Thirty-four plaques containing fragments of Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy are dotted around the historical centre of Florence. They were placed there at the beginning of the 1900s and were intended as a reminder of those people and places that had left their mark on the city and its history: a few lines from the boundless ocean of the poem floating adrift.

Divina.com was written as a mixed media piece to be sung by David Moss and comprises ensemble, live electronics and video. It was premiered on 5 July 2004 in front of Michelangelo’s David at Florence’s Galleria dell’Accademia. The current audio edition is the live recording of that event.

Divina.com comprises thirty-six episodes, one for each epigraph and a further two, which refer to Michelangelo, who had written some of Dante’s verses next to the sketches in two of his drawings. The various excerpts are in syntactical order linked to the unfolding of the composition.

Sound format: PCM 2.0 Stereo

Picture format: 16:9

DVD 5 NTSC, region free

playing time: 85:34

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Olesen: The Picture of Dorian Gray

Olesen: The Picture of Dorian Gray


Danish National Opera & Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, Joachim Gustafsson

The staging of the Danish composer Thomas Agerfeldt Olesen’s opera The Picture of Dorian Gray (2013) is one of Den Jyske Opera’s (Danish National Opera) bravest ventures in recent years: a choreographed opera with no singers on stage – based on Oscar Wilde’s most controversial novel. Like Wilde’s novel, Agerfeldt Olesen’s opera balances between reality and dream or imagination. Consequently, both sounds from the world of yesterday and outbreaks of the musical genre are present in Agerfeldt Olesen’s score, though primarily expressing the composer’s own distinctive sound. The prizewinning Swedish choreographer Marie Brolin-Tani has conceived the choreography seen on the opera stage as a strong sensual interpretation of the actions and conflicts of the drama.

Thomas Agerfeldt Olesen trained as a cellist and composer at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Århus, studying composition with Poul Ruders, Karl Aage Rasmussen, Olav Anton Thommesen, Henryk Gorecki in Poland and Bent Sørensen.

In recent years Thomas Agerfeldt Olesen has become a particularly sought-after composer, and he works with many prominent Danish and foreign ensembles including WDR Radiosinfonieorchester Stuttgart, the Århus Symphony Orchestra, the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic, Athelas Sinfonietta Copenhagen, the Danish National Opera, Quartetto di Cremona, Henschel Quartet, Pellegrini Quartet, the European Union Chamber Orchestra, Århus Sinfonietta, PLEX (formerly The Other Opera), Rolf Hind, Thomas Hell and the Danish String Quartet.

Sung in English

Subtitles: English, Danish

Menu language: English

Sound format: Stereo 2.0

Region code: 0

Running time: 107 min.

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Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse

Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse


For many great artists the garden has long been considered an desirable subject for the expression of colour, light and atmosphere.

Claude Monet is perhaps the most well-known painter of gardens but other greats such as Van Gogh, Pissarro, Matisse and Sargent all viewed the garden as a meaningful focus for their talents. The work of these great artists, along with many others, feature in a major exhibition, ‘Painting the Modern Garden’, from The Royal Academy, London.

This dazzling film takes a magical journey from the gallery to the gardens, to Giverny and Seebüll and other glorious grounds favoured by artists. Here we discover how early twentieth century artists designed and cultivated their own gardens to explore contemporary utopian ideas and motifs of colour and form.

Monet said, ‘Apart from painting and gardening, I’m no good at anything’. For lovers of art or lovers of gardens, this is an ideal film.

Duration: 90’

Format: Region All/ 0

Aspect Ratio: 16.9 Widescreen

Subtitles: English, Dutch, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Swedish

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Shchedrin: The Left-Hander

Shchedrin: The Left-Hander


Andrei Popov, Edward Tsanga, Vladimir Moroz, Kristina Alieva, Maria Maksakova

Mariinsky Orchestra and Chorus, Valery Gergiev (conductor) & Alexei Stepanyuk (stage director)

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ANNA MATISON: FILM DIRECTOR

ALEXANDER ORLOV: SET DESIGNER

IRINA CHEREDNIKOVA: COSTUME DESIGNER

ALEXANDER SIVAEV: LIGHTING DESIGNER

Specially written for Gergiev on the occasion of his 60th birthday, Rodion Shchedrin’s 'The Left-Hander' is a comedy of Russians and Englishmen, new technology, old traditions and strong drink. The premiere was given by the Mariinsky Opera in St Petersburg in July 2013.

Rodion Shchedrin is one of music’s greatest living humourists and his work is laced with pitch-black irony and deadpan wit. Based on Nikolai Leskov’s classical satirical novella of 1881, 'The Tale of Cross-Eyed Lefty From Tula and the Steel Flea', 'The Left-Hander' is a gloriously wry exploration of Russia’s relationship with the West in general and England in particular. The work recently received its UK premiere and was met with great acclaim.

FILMED AT MARIINSKY II, ST PETERSBURG, JULY 2013

BD50 NTSC 16:9 DVD9 NTSC 16:9 2.0 PCM STEREO 5.1 DTS SURROUND

“All in all, a useful addition to the catalogue, if maybe not a sure-fire hit.” The Telegraph, 21st March 2015 ***

“It fizzes with energy … I enjoyed this hugely.” CD Review, 11th April 2015

“Gergiev conducts a sharp performance, one fully alert to the satires that enmesh the work.” Gramophone Magazine, June 2015

“The SACD recording is very fine, the booklet impeccably presented. If you love opera and are attracted by the Russian traditions of surrealism and dark humour, then this is an extremely fertile place to plant your flag.” MusicWeb International, 24th June 2015

“Andrei Popov gives way to joy in the title role, passing by all states, excitement to dejection. The Flea is a small mechanical doll alla Offenbach, a light coloratura of course, much applauded after her numbers...the beautiful lyric soprano Maria Maksakova as Princess Charlotte deserved much applause.” Diapason

“Shchedrin parses and sets the text very cleverly, with lively and often humorous orchestration, folkish when needed… Levsha is definitely an ensemble piece best suited to a company like the Mariinsky, with its expert chorus and strongly enacted minor parts.” Opera News

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