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Amar: Pixel

Amar: Pixel


Pixel is a stunning contemporary dance performance for 11 dancers in a virtual and living visual environment. A work on illusion combining energy and poetry, fiction and technical achievement, minimal music and hip-hop. It opens a dialogue between the synthetic world of digital projection and the real bodies of dancers.

Pixel is a contemporary cross-cultural dance extravaganza which will be popular among younger viewers, in particular.

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Naxos - 2110386

(DVD Video)

$25.50

Scheduled for release on 14 July 2017. Order it now and we will deliver it as soon as it is available.

Wagner: Parsifal

Wagner: Parsifal


Christopher Ventris (Parsifal), Petra Lang (Kundry), Falk Struckmann (Gurnemanz), Kurt Rydl (Titurel/Klingsor), Alejandro Marco Buhrmester (Amfortas), Chorus of the Dutch National Opera (chorus), Pierre Audi (director)

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Iván Fischer

Iván Fischer makes his DNO debut. He conducts the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Pierre Audi, artistic director of DNO and the Holland Festival, directs his first new DNO production since Saint François d'Assise (2008). For Parsifal Audi once again joins forces with the British sculptor Anish Kapoor (décor). Alejandro Marco-Buhrmester previously sang the role of Amfortas at the Opéra National de Paris and the Bayreuther Festspiele. Kurt Rydl (Titurel/Klingsor) made previous DNO appearances as Hagen/Hunding in Der Ring des Nibelungen and as Heinrich in Lohengrin. Kurt Rydl has been an honorary member of the Wiener Staatsoper since 1999. Falk Struckmann has frequently sung the role of Amfortas, but now makes his first DNO appearance in his role debut as Gurnemanz. The title role is sung by Christopher Ventris, who previously appeared at DNO as Steuermann in Der fliegende Holländer. Petra Lang (Kundry) previously sang Brangäne in Tristan und Isolde and Venus in Tannhäuser at DNO.

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Challenge Classics - CC72619

(DVD Video + Blu-ray)

Normally: $32.25

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Scheduled for release on 7 July 2017. Order it now and we will deliver it as soon as it is available.

Ravel, Dutilleux & Delage

Ravel, Dutilleux & Delage

Recorded live at the Barbican Hall, 13th January 2016


Delage:

Quatre Poèmes hindous

Julia Bullock (soprano)

Dutilleux:

L'Arbre des songes (Concerto for violin and orchestra)

Leonidas Kavakos (violin)

Metaboles

Ravel:

Daphnis et Chloé - Suite No. 2

Le Tombeau de Couperin


LSO Live has been filming concerts in the Orchestra’s Barbican home since 2012 and we’re proud to bring these acclaimed performances to DVD & Blu-ray for the first time. Recorded in January 2016, this beautiful programme of French music was chosen by Music Director Designate Sir Simon Rattle and features world class soloists Leonidas Kavakos and Julia Bullock.

Book-ending this concert are two works by the master of orchestral texture, Maurice Ravel. First, Le tombeau de Couperin; an expertly orchestrated version of a 1914-17 piano piece that brings sharpness to the original’s classical dance rhythms. The work calls for an oboe soloist of virtuosic skill, which is expertly handled here by LSO Principal Olivier Stankiewicz. At the other end, Rattle closed the concert with the popular second suite from Daphnis et Chloé.

Following Stankiewicz’s display of woodwind mastery, violinist Leonidas Kavakos presents his intepretation of a modern classic, Henri Dutilleux’s violin concerto L’arbre des songes. Composed between 1983 and 1985, the title translates as ‘The Tree of Dreams’ and the work is based on a process of continual growth and renewal, as the composer explained: ‘All in all the piece grows somewhat like a tree, for the constant multiplication and renewal of its branches is the lyrical essence of the tree.’ Rattle also presents a second work by Dutilleux, 1964’s Métaboles. Written for George Szell and the Cleveland Orchestra, it is a diverse sequence of orchestral études given symphonic coherence by stealthy motivic evolution.

Rounding out the programme, American soprano Julia Bullock shines in Maurice Delage’s Quatre poèmes hindous. Written in 1912 for a chamber ensemble of two flutes, oboe, two clarinets, harp, and string quartet, this hidden gem has been described as ‘one of the first attempts to introduce the melodic and rhythmic forms of Indian music to the language of Western music’.

Audio 2.0 stereo | 24 bit 48 kHz PCM

Notes in En, Fr, Ge

Total playing time: 95m 40s

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LSO Live - LSO3038

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Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 & Triple Concerto

Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 & Triple Concerto


Beethoven:

Triple Concerto for Piano, Violin, and Cello in C major, Op. 56

Isabelle Faust (violin), Jean-Guihen Queyras (violoncello) & Martin Helmchen (piano)

Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67


More than 200 years after its premiere at the Gewandhaus in Leipzig, Isabelle Faust, Jean-Guihen Queyras and Martin Helmchen have congenially mastered the artistic challenge of Beethoven’s gemstone. Under Herbert Blomstedt's sensitive direction, the soloists unite chamber musical intimacy together with virtuoso sophistication – and prove once again that the Triple Concerto is an unduly underestimated, much too rarely programmed masterpiece.

With the composer's 5th Symphony, Blomstedt succeeds in achieving an entirely new perspective of this work. In the culmination of his three-year, intensive reenactment of Beethoven’s cosmos, the impressive sound that characterizes the Swedish grand seigneur's conducting is heralded by transparency rather than showmanship, relevance instead of pathos, and tenderness in place of sentimentality.

Picture Format DVD: NTSC 16:9

Sound Formats DVD: PCM Stereo

Dolby Digital 5.1

DTS 5.1

Region Code: 0 (worldwide)

Running Time: 78:51 min

Disc Format: DVD-9

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Accentus Music - ACC20411

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The Artist's Garden: American Impressionism

The Artist's Garden: American Impressionism


Taking its lead from French artists like Renoir and Monet, the American impressionist movement followed its own path which over a forty-year period reveals as much about America as a nation as it does about its art as a creative power-house. It’s a story closely tied to a love of gardens and a desire to preserve nature in a rapidly urbanizing nation. Travelling to studios, gardens and iconic locations throughout the United States, UK and France, this mesmerizing film is a feast for the eyes. The Artist’s Garden: American Impressionism features the sell-out exhibition The Artist’s Garden: American Impressionism and the Garden Movement, 1887–1920 that began at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and ended at the Florence Griswold Museum, Old Lyme, Connecticut.

Duration: 87’

Format: Region All/ 0

Aspect Ratio: 16.9 Widescreen

Subtitles: English, French, German, Spanish, Dutch

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Seventh Art Exhibition On Screen - SEV198

(DVD Video)

$15.50

Scheduled for release on 30 June 2017. Order it now and we will deliver it as soon as it is available.

Moscow Art Trio In Concert

Moscow Art Trio In Concert


Introduction And Kalina

South Etude

By The Sea

Bulgarian Boogie On The 7/16

Russian In China

Ironical Evening

Singing Wood

Talk For Two

Wedding In The Wild Forest

P.S.


Moscow Art Trio

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Jaro Medien - JARO42778

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Puccini: La Bohème

Puccini: La Bohème


Olesya Golovneva (Mimi), Maria Fontosh (Musetta), Joachim Bäckstöm (Rodolfo), Miklós Sebestyén (Colline), Vladislav Sulimsky (Marcello), Daniel Hellström (Schaunard)

Malmö Children’s Chorus & Malmö Opera Orchestra & Chorus, Christian Badea (conductor) & Orpha Phelan (stage director)

Based on stories by Henri Merger but also infused with the composer’s own experiences as a penniless graduate, Puccini’s powerful opera La Boheme portrays its youthful characters’ romantic outlook on life and the brutally tragic end to their innocence. The story is set around 1930 but director Orpha Phelan sees Puccini’s characters as equally at home in our times: “their story is universal, all that is needed is to understand what it is like to be young and in love!” This Malmo production was acclaimed in the Svenska Dagbladet as “one of the most moving renditions of Puccini’s opera I have ever seen.” In this production, we are in Paris. The wonderfully romantic city, made for falling in love. “Anyone who has been in Paris in a slushy winter knows there is nothing especially romantic about it!” Orpha Phelan states. She does not want to idealize bohemian life. “Nor is there anything particularly romantic about choking to death… in a poor, ugly, cold neighborhood… In the opera this misery is enacted against such oh-so-beautiful music. It’s that contrast that makes the opera great.”

Picture format:NTSC 16:9

Sound format: PCM Stereo, DTS 5.1

Subtitles: Italian, English

German, French

Region code: 0 (Worldwide)

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Summer Opera Sale

Naxos - 2110385

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Mahler: Symphony No. 8 in E flat major 'Symphony of a Thousand'

Mahler: Symphony No. 8 in E flat major 'Symphony of a Thousand'


Gustav Mahler’s 8th Symphony breaks the boundaries of the symphonic form in a world-embracing gesture. Riccardo Chailly is one of the staunchest performers of this work, and therefore it seemed appropriate in many ways that he chose this work for his inaugural concert as Claudio Abbado’s successor and new music director of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra. The artistic statement was combined with a deeply personal conviction: it should be a “tribute to Claudio,” the highly esteemed friend and colleague to whom Chailly, as he emphasizes, owes very much. On 12 August 2016, Claudio Abbado’s unfinished Mahler cycle with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra was completed in a breathtaking performance of the Mahler 8th, simultaneously heralding in a new era in Lucerne.

Picture Format DVD: NTSC 16:9

Sound Formats DVD: PCM Stereo

Dolby Digital 5.1

DTS 5.1

0 (worldwide)

92:56 min

DVD-9

DE, EN, FR, JAP, KOR, CHIN

“His approach is characteristically thoughtful...As you would expect from a handpicked band, the orchestral playing is consistently glorious. The contribution of the combined choirs is authoritative and there is a fine team of soloists…Released on DVD without frills, it is an impressive document.” The Guardian, 22nd June 2017

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Accentus Music - Riccardo Chailly Mahler Symphony cycle - ACC20390

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2016 - Lutosławski Quartet

2016 - Lutosławski Quartet


Lutosławski Quartet

CD & Bonus DVD

The idea of an album featuring works written specially to the Lutoslawski Quartet is strictly connected with the celebrations of the European Capital of Culture Wroclaw 2016. The release includes a CD album and a DVD.

All the featured works were commissioned, composed and had their premieres in 2016, hence the name of the album: 2016.

2017 sees the 10th anniversary of the Lutoslawski Quartet. This release is a kind of summary of the decade of the Wroclaw-based quartet’s activities. Over the 10 year, the quartet has presented mainly Polish chamber music on almost every continent.

The Lutoslawski Quartet musicians collaborate with young Polish composers – this has led naturally to new works being commissioned dedicated to this ensemble. Each composer featured on the disc is closely connected to LQ: Andrzej Kwiecinski (his works were played by LQ musicians even before LQ was founded), Pawel Mykietyn (his String Quartet No. 2 has been included in LQ’s concert programmes in Poland, Asia and North and South Americas), Marcin Markowicz (founder and 2nd violinist of LQ, whose previous String Quartet No. 3 was one of the most frequently played pieces in LQ programmes).

The DVD introduces the idea and offers us a glimpse of the CD production process, including interviews with the musicians and fragments of recordings.

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CD Accord - ACD233

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Handel: Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno, HWV46a

Handel: Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno, HWV46a

Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, 2016


Sabine Devieilhe (Bellezza), Franco Fagioli (Piacere), Sara Mingardo (Disinganno), Michael Spyres (Tempo) with the participation of Christine Angot

Le Concert d’Astrée, Emmanuelle Haïm (conductor) & Krzysztof Warlikowski (stage director)

Stage designer – Malgorzata Szczesniak

Dramaturge – Christian Longchamp

Lighting designer – Felice Ross

Choreography – Claude Bardouil

Video designer – Denis Guéguin

Musical Assistant – David Bates

Language Coach – Rita de Letteriis

Stage Director Assistant – Marielle Kahn

Stage & Costumes Designer Assistant – Barbara Creutz

Video Assistant – Fabien Laubry

Festival d'Aix-en-Provence has firmly established itself as France’s preeminent summer festival and is a key fixture on the international festival calendar. It is particularly in the field of opera that the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence continues to break new ground and this release from the 2016 festival demonstrates that. In this new staging – a coproduction with the Opéra de Lille, Théâtre de Caen – Emmanuelle Haïm directs Le Concert d’Astrée with a star-studded cast including Franco Fagioli, Sara Mingardo, Michael Spyres, and exclusive Erato artist Sabine Devieilhe.

Translated as “The Triumph of Time and Disillusionment” Handel’s first oratorio was one he would continue to revise throughout his life. The first version, heard here, was written and premiered in Rome in 1707 to a libretto by Cardinal Benedetto Pamphili. It tells the story of the narcissistic Bellezza, her relationship with the deceitful Piacere, and her journey towards goodness, truth and inner beauty. It famously includes “Lascia la spina”, the first version of an aria he recycled for his opera Rinaldo – “Lascia ch'io pianga” – arguably his most famous aria.

Running time: 138 min. approx.

Languages: Sung in Italian

Subtitles: Italian, French, German, English

Audio specs: Stereo PCM 2.0

Dolby Digital 5.1

NTSC – All regions – 16:9

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Summer Opera Sale

Erato - 9029581936

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