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Rimsky Korsakov: Le Coq d'Or

Rimsky Korsakov: Le Coq d'Or

Recorded Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg, December 2014


Vladimir Feliauer (King Dodon), Andrei Popov (The Astrologer) & Aida Garifullina (Queen of Shemakha)

Mariinsky Orchestra & Chorus, Valery Gergiev

Stage & Film Director: Anna Matison

Lighting Designer: Alexander Sivayev

Audio Producer: Ilya Petrov

For much of the twentieth century, Rimsky-Korsakov's operatic work was largely ignored in the west, and he was better-known for his editing of major works by Mussorgsky. A thoroughly Russian composer, his music derived much from his country's rich legacy of folk tales, and his lush, exotic orchestration was a strong influence on his student Stravinsky. Completed in 1907, just after the Russo-Japanese war, the opera's depiction of a witless Tsar meant it was initially banned and Rimsky-Korsakov never saw it performed. Finally staged in 1909, it received its first performance at the Mariinsky in 1919.

Based on text by Alexander Pushkin, with libretto by Vladimir Belsky, the opera begins with The Astrologer (Andrei Popov), who introduces himself as the director of the story, a moral tale, through a fantastical kingdom. King Dodon (Vladimir Feliauer), once a great warrior, is now old and tired. However, his sons (Andrei Ilyushinkov & Vladimir Sulimsky) have not inherited his talent for warfare and his kingdom is now under threat. To aid the King, the Astrologer brings a cockerel, whose cries, he says, will warn of any attack. In gratitude, Dodon offers him one wish, which he decides to hold on to until later. Soon after the cockerel crows, and Dodon sends his sons to battle. Following on behind them, he finds them slain and his army defeated.

Dawn breaks and a despairing Dodon is greeted by a mysterious figure, the beautiful Queen of Shemakha (Aida Garifullina). She seduces Dodon and they return to his kingdom, with her as his consort. Seizing this moment, the Astrologer decides to now is the time to use his wish, demanding Dodon hand over the Queen for himself. Furious, the Kings slays the Astrologer, but is then pecked to death by the Cockerel. Finally, the Queen and Cockerel both disappear, leaving behind chaos. Returning in an epilogue, the Astrologer finally explains that all the characters were imaginary, save for himself and the Queen.

BLU-RAY + DVD (DOUBLE PLAY) | 2 DISC BLU-RAY CASE | DURATION 118M 54S BD50 (REGION 0), 16:9, HD 1080i (NTSC) | DVD9 (REGION 0), 16:9 (NTSC) | 2.0 PCM STEREO | 24Bit 48kHz PCM NOTES EN, FR, GE, RU - SUBTITLES RU, EN, FR, GE, ES, JP

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Floyd, C: Susannah

Floyd, C: Susannah


Susan Hellman Spatafora (Susannah), Todd Donovan (Olin Blitch), Scott Wichael (Little Bat), Anthony Wright Webb (Sam), Brian Wehrle (Elder McLean), Benjamin Bloomfield (Elder Ott)

St. Petersburg Opera Orchestra and Chorus, Mark Sforzini (conductor) & Miochael Unger (director)

Carlisle Floyd is one of America’s foremost composers. Though he has also written in other forms, he is renowned for his operas, for which he also writes the libretti. The most famous and popular is his third opera, Susannah, premiered in 1955 and the second most performed of all American operas. Updated and set in Tennessee, it is loosely based on the Apocryphal tale of Susannah and the Elders. The work is rooted in vernacular folk melodies and hymns and contains soaring melodic beauty.

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Mozart: Mitridate, rè di Ponto, K87

Mozart: Mitridate, rè di Ponto, K87

Théâtre des Champs-Élysées


Michael Spyres (Mitridate), Patricia Petibon (Aspasia), Myrtò Papatanasiu (Sifare), Christophe Dumaux (Farnace), Sabine Devieilhe (Ismène), Cyrille Dubois (Marzio) & Jaël Azzaretti (Arbate)

Le Concert d’Astrée, Emmanuelle Haïm

Mozart was just 14 years old when he composed Mitridate, re di Ponto, a noble opera seria based on a play by Racine. A great success at its premiere, it is only rarely staged today, so this 2016 performance, led by Emmanuelle Haïm at Paris’s Théâtre des Champs Elysées, was by definition a special occasion. The dazzlingly virtuosic cast is led by tenor Michael Spyres and sopranos Patricia Petibon and Sabine Devieilhe, while the intense modern staging is by Clément Hervieu-Léger, a resident director at France’s most illustrious theatre company, the Comédie Française.

In an interview with the French magazine Télérama, Emmanuelle Haïm described Mitridate as “the work of a young man, but also a work of maturity… Mozart is so inventive: no two arias are in the same form [there are over 20 in the opera altogether] and they really portray the states of mind and development of the characters. He didn’t just want to present a succession of arias: running through the entire piece there is a clear sense of dramaturgy, of storytelling. He also creates incredibly vivid accompanied recitative, in which the orchestra behaves with great sensitivity – it does much more than simply punctuate the protagonists’ emotions … We come to understand Mitridate himself as more than some sort of dreadful tyrant. He wants to preserve the safety and unity of his kingdom at any cost. In his first aria, which Mozart had to rewrite several times for the tenor in question, there is something majestic and noble, but also bruised and wounded … The way the role is written is crazy, both very high and very deep … but we have Michael Spyres, who also has a very strong sense of theatre … And you do also wonder how Mozart, as a 14-year-old, could understand women so well. Just look at Aspasia’s arias, which describe her tormented character with such vividness, while Ismene is both strong and tender. Patricia Petibon’s way of singing is ideal for Aspasia, and she has such an intense presence as a tragic actress, while there is a deceptive fragility about Sabine Devieilhe, whose Mozart has such intelligence, finesse and charm.”

Running time: 180 min. approx.

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

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

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Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 6 & 7

Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 6 & 7


Beethoven:

Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68 'Pastoral'

Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92


In his Sixth Symphony, the “Pastoral”, Ludwig van Beethoven conveys his musical message in such a way that lets the listener literally “see” images of beautiful nature, tempestuous storms, and shepherds singing in the fields, whereas in his Seventh Symphony, Beethoven lets the music speak for itself. The performances of these works by the Gewandhausorchester under its conductor laureate Herbert Blomstedt give the uplifting feeling that the intentions of both composer and performers are united in serving the musical message.

In the lively, subtly differentiated interpretation of the works, sincere happiness, deep respect, piety, joyful serenity and an affinity to nature as well as passion, vitality and spirit can all be felt. This is what the "authenticity" of making music is all about. The humanist and musician Herbert Blomstedt embodies this truth in a unique way, creating an atmosphere where the wonders of music all become true.

Picture Format: NTSC 16:9

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

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Running Time: 93:21 min

Disc Format: DVD-9

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Handel: Messiah

Handel: Messiah


Hanna Herfurtner (soprano), Gaia Petrone (alto), Michael Schade (tenor) & Christian Immler (bass)

Salzburger Bachchor & Bach Consort Wien, Rubén Dubrovsky

Described by librettist Charles Jennens with typical English understatement as “a fine entertainment”, Handelʼs Messiah was initially controversial as a biblical oratorio written for secular theatres. Within years it was however being “received with universal applause” and its composerʼs purpose in delighting and charming his listeners has made this masterpiece an international favourite ever since. This eye-catching, audiovisual recording of Handelʼs masterpiece with its cast of renowned soloists captures the 2016 Easter concert in the impressive baroque Basilica of Klosterneuburg, Austria.

Picture format: NTSC 16:9

Sound format: PCM Stereo, DTS 5.1

Subtitles: EN, DE

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Haydn: The Creation

Haydn: The Creation


Ida Falk Winland (Gabriel, Eve), Andrew Staples (Uriel), David Stout (Raphael), Robert Davies (Adam)

Musica Saeculorum, Philipp von Steinaecker

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Giorgio Netti: Ciclo Del Ritorno For Viola Solo

Giorgio Netti: Ciclo Del Ritorno For Viola Solo


Netti:

Lassù For Prepared And Amplified Viola Solo

Un Nastro For Distorted And Spread-out Applause

E Poi For Viola


Anna Spina (viola)

Benoît Piccand (sound director)

World Premiere Recordings with a bonus interview between Marcus Weiss and Giorgio Netti.

One could designate this cycle as a small odyssey of breathing, becoming acoustically transformed from the body / space into the body / material and body / instrument of tradition. It narrates a journey and return; the piece carries on the tradition of the νόστοι (the poems of the Iliad, describing the return of the Greeks to their homeland after the conquest of Troy), whereby the viola assumes the role of the narrator, simultaneously serving as a narrating voice and the location of the journey: of the expanded acoustical space as a slow return to the instrument, as separation and rebirth.

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Bach, J S: St John Passion, BWV245

Bach, J S: St John Passion, BWV245

Live recording, Nuremberg, St. Lorenz Church, “ION – Nuremberg International Organ Week” in March 2015


Maximilian Schmitt (Evangelist), Tareq Nazmi (Christ), Christina Landshamer (soprano), Anke Vondung (mezzo-soprano), Tilman Lichdi (tenor), Krešimir Stražanac (bass-baritone / Pilate), Simona Brüninghaus (Maid), Andreas Burkhart (Petrus) & Moon Yung Oh / Andreas Hirtreiter (Servant)

Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks & Concerto Köln, Peter Dijkstra

The music of Bach's 'St. John Passion', which the composer wrote for Holy Week in 1724 immediately after his appointment as cantor of St Thomas's Church in Leipzig, still retains all its freshness and vitality nearly 300 years later, and is a true Baroque delight. The two main choruses Herr, unser Herrscher and Ruht wohl, ihr heiligen Gebeine form the beginning and culmination of a large-scale orchestral and vocal structure in which Bach reveals his absolute mastery of polyphony. Inwardly reflective chorales are as much interwoven into the events of the Passion as the haunting arias which comment on the biblical texts of the Gospel of St John. Throughout this solemn Passion oratorio, there is a constant emphasis on Baroque musical magnificence.

What makes this live recording of the concert version of March 2015 so special? The fresh voices of the young and 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, the renowned period instrument ensemble Concerto Köln.

This recording of Bach's 'St John Passion' has now been released on DVD, at a concert during the “ION – Nuremberg International Organ Week” in Nuremberg’s St. Lorenz Church, and enhanced by the film “Stories of Hope – Music that Touches the Soul” by Melitta Müller-Hansen.

Booklet: in German / in English

Libretto: in German

Total time: 144 min

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The Curious World Of Hieronymus Bosch

The Curious World Of Hieronymus Bosch


EXHIBITION ON SCREEN’s latest DVD celebrates the life and masterpieces of Hieronymus Bosch brought together from around the world to his hometown in the Netherlands as a one-off exhibition.

With exclusive access to the gallery and the show, this stunning film explores this mysterious, curious, medieval painter who continues to inspire today’s creative geniuses.

Over 420,000 people flocked to the exhibition to marvel at Bosch’s bizarre creations but now, DVD audiences can enjoy a front row seat at Bosch’s extraordinary homecoming from the comfort of their own home, anywhere in the world.

Expert insights from curators and leading cultural critics explore the inspiration behind Bosch’s strange and unsettling works. Close-up views of the curiosities allow viewers to appreciate the detail of his paintings like never before. Bosch’s legendary altarpieces, which have long been divided among museums, were brought back together for the exhibition and feature in the film.

The city of Den Bosch marked the 500th anniversary of the artist’s death with a year of celebrations and this film provides a fitting finale.

Duration: 90’

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Aspect Ratio: 16.9 Widescreen

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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 (conductor) & Roland Schwab (stage director)

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

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DURATION: 129 min

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