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Verdi: Don Carlo

Verdi: Don Carlo


Jonas Kaufmann (Don Carlo), Anja Harteros (Elisabetta di Valois), Matti Salminen (Filppo II), Thomas Hampson (Rodrigo, Marchese di Posa), Ekaterina Semenchuk (La Principessa Eboli), Eric Halfvarson (Il Grande Inquisitore), Robert Lloyd (Un frate), Maria Celeng (Tebaldo), Sen Guo (Una voce dal cielo), Benjamin Bernheim (Il Conte di Lerma/Un Araldo reale)

Wiener Philharmoniker, Sir Antonio Pappano (conductor), Peter Stein (director)

Giuseppe Verdi’s late opera Don Carlo delivers all the big topics while Ferdinand Wögerbauer’s ultra-simple décor provides a spartan counterpoint to the dramatic action.

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Strauss, R: Ariadne auf Naxos (original 1912 version)

Strauss, R: Ariadne auf Naxos (original 1912 version)


Emily Magee (Prima Donna/Ariadne), Elena Moșuc (Zerbinetta), Jonas Kaufmann (The Tenor/Bacchus), Eva Liebau (Naiad/A Shepherdess), Marie-Claude Chappuis (Dryad/A Shepherd), Eleonora Buratto (Echo/A Singer), Gabriel Bermúdez (Harlequin), Michael Laurenz (Scaramuccio), Tobias Kehrer (Truffaldino), Martin Mitterrutzner (Brighella), Peter Matić (The Major-Domo) Cornelius Obonya (M. Jourdain), Thomas Frank (The Composer)

Wiener Philharmoniker, Daniel Harding (conductor), Sven-Eric Bechtolf (director)

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Mozart: Die Zauberflöte, K620

Mozart: Die Zauberflöte, K620


Georg Zeppenfeld (Sarastro), Bernard Richter (Tamino), Mandy Fredrich (Queen of Night), Julia Kleiter (Pamina), Markus Werba (Papageno), Rudolf Schasching (Monostatos), Martin Gantner (Speaker), Elisabeth Schwarz (Papagena), Sandra Trattnigg (First Lady), Anja Schlosser (Second Lady), Wiebke Lehmkuhl (Third Lady), Members of the Tölzer Knaben (Three Boys), Lucian Krasznec (First Man in Armour/First Priest), Andreas Hörl (Second Man in Armour)

Concentus Musicus Wien, Nikolaus Harnoncourt (conductor), Jens-Daniel Herzog (director)

One of Mozart’s best-known opera, Die Zauberflöte, opened the series of new opera productions of the 2012 Salzburg Festival. Nikolaus Harnoncourt conducted his ensemble, the Concentus Musicus Wien, performing the Salzburg Festival’s first-ever performance of Die Zauberflöte on period instruments.

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Wagner: Parsifal

Wagner: Parsifal


Jonas Kaufmann (Parsifal), Katarina Dalayman (Kundry), Peter Mattei (Amfortas), René Pape (Gurnemanz), Evgeny Nikitin (Klingsor), Rúni Brattaberg (Titurel), Maria Zifchak (Stimme)

Orchestra, Chorus and Ballet of the Metropolitan Opera, Daniele Gatti, Francois Girard (dir.)

Metropolitan Opera Broadcast

François Girard's new production of Wagner's Parsifal, conducted by Daniele Gatti and starring Jonas Kaufmann, Katarina Dalayman, and René Pape in the leading roles, opened February 15 to popular and critical acclaim.

Wagner at first ordained that Parsifal be staged only in Bayreuth, at his own theater. The music drama was introduced there on July 26, 1882, six months before the composer's death. Against the wishes of Wagner's heirs, Heinrich Conried presented the U.S. stage premiere of the work during his first season as general manager of the Metropolitan Opera, in 1903. Protests from Wagner's widow, Cosima, brought the issue to court. Ultimately Conried won, and the Metropolitan's version was hailed by some critics as superior to Bayreuth's. The Met's next new Parsifal production, in 1920, was directed by Richard Ordynski and designed by Josef Urban, whose decors were not replaced until 1956, when the company presented a new staging by Herbert Graf. The Met subsequently offered new Parsifal productions in 1970 (Nathaniel Merrill) and 1991 (Otto Schenk). The company's new staging by François Girard, a coproduction with the Opéra National de Lyon and Canadian Opera Company, had its Met premiere on February 15, 2013, with Daniele Gatti conducting.

“Few better casts could be imagined than the one the Met has assembled here. Jonas Kaufmann is the rare Wagnerian hero you can believe in.” **** Bachtrack

“The conductor Daniele Gatti draws diaphanous playing from the great Met orchestra and captures the shifting currents of this richly chromatic and complex score.”NYTimes.com

“At 43 Mr. Kaufmann is in his glory, equally adept in German, Italian and French repertory. Handsome and limber, he is a natural onstage. The baritonal colorings of his sound, his clarion top notes, the blend of virility and tenderness in his singing, his refined musicianship — all these strengths come together in his distinctive Parsifal.” NYTimes.com

Subtitles: GB, FR, DE, SP, IT

“The cast is magnificent...The biggest revelation is Peter Mattei’s searing Amfortas...[Kaufmann's] transformation from the gauche, feral boy of the first act to the grizzled spiritual leader of the last is masterfully paced...Gatti lets everything unfold in its own time, to luminous, hypnotic effect.” Katherine Cooper, Presto Classical, 17th February 2014

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New Year's Concert 2014

New Year's Concert 2014


Delibes:

Sylvia - Pizzicato

Hellmesberger:

Vielliebchen, Polka française, op. 1

Lanner:

Die Romantiker, Op. 167

Strauss, E:

Helen Quadrille, Op. 14

Strauss, J, I:

Carolinen-Galopp, Op. 21a

Radetsky March, Op. 228

Strauss, J, II:

Egyptischer Marsch, Op. 335

Seid umschlungen, Millionen, Waltz, Op. 443

Stürmisch in Lieb' und Tanz, Op. 393

Waldmeister: overture

Klipp-Klapp, Galopp, Op. 466

Geschichten aus dem Wienerwald, Op. 325

An der schönen, blauen Donau, Op. 314

Strauss, Josef:

Friedenspalmen, Walzer, Op. 207

Bouquet-Polka (schnell), Op. 188

Neckerei, Polka Mazur, Op. 262

Dynamiden - Waltz Op. 173

Ohne Sorgen! - polka schnell, Op. 271

Schabernack-Polka (schnell), Op. 98

Carriere, Op. 200

Strauss, R:

Capriccio: Intermezzo (Moonlight Music)


The New Year’s Concert live from Vienna is one of the world’s most famous and spectacular classical music events & has been for over 70 years. Broadcasted on TV and radio in almost 80 countries around the world, attracting more than 40 million viewers. These recordings, with works from the Strauss dynasty and their contemporaries are among the classical market's most important releases. In 2014 The Vienna Philharmonic has invited Daniel Barenboim to conduct the New Year's Concert, revolving around waltzes and polkas by the Strauss family (Johann father and son, as well as Josef and Eduard Strauss), and includes works by other composers of that era. The Vienna New Year’s Concert can trace back its origins to 31 December 1939. The concert initially took place on the last day of the year. By 1941, however, it was being held on 1 January, when the Vienna Philharmonic established a tradition that continues to flourish to this day.

“Recent New Year’s Day concerts have been flat affairs, but the champagne spirit flows freely in Daniel Barenboim’s second stint on the podium...The plums (encores apart) are a seductive Tales from the Vienna Woods (Johann II) and a gorgeous Moonlight Interlude from Capriccio” Sunday Times, 16th February 2014

“The themes of reconciliation, empathy and peace are subtly in evidence throughout the first part of the programme...Despite his associations with more heavyweight Austrian composers, Barenboim never overplays his hand and has the idiom absolutely off-pat...he shapes and paces things quite beautifully, revealing all sorts of detail and preventing things from ever becoming too bombastic or four-square” Katherine Cooper, Presto Classical, 3rd February 2014

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The Highest Level: Prokofiev 3 and Bartok 2

The Highest Level: Prokofiev 3 and Bartok 2

The Making of an Extraordinary Recording


Prokofiev:

Piano Concerto No. 3 in C major, Op. 26

full performance, filmed at the recording sessions in the Berlin Philharmonie


Lang Lang's first concerto album on the Sony label unites the world’s greatest International music stars: Lang Lang, Sir Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. This highly awaited collaboration resulted in a recording which will mark one of this year's most important core classical releases in the music industry.

Recorded at Berlin's Philharmonie, the album presents two mile stones of the 20th century piano literature: Prokofiev’s explosive Piano Concerto No. 3, (one of the great show stoppers in the concert literature), and the Bartók Concerto Nr. 2, probably the most technically challenging piece ever written for piano and orchestra.

Comes in luxuriously designed photo-loaded deluxe packaging.

An up-close and highly personal TV documentary (Working Title: "At the Highest Level") will accompany the release. The film will give an exclusive insight into processes that are normally hidden: the preparations of the musicians, the recordings at the Philharmonie in Berlin and the struggle to get the best sound, as well as the post-production phase.

Produced by award winning company BFMI (Bernhard Fleischer Moving Images) and directed by Christian Berger the 60” TV documentary “The Highest Level” gives an exclusive insight into processes that are normally hidden: the preparations of the musicians, the recordings at the Philharmonie in Berlin and the struggle to get the best sound, as well as the post-production phase. The viewer gets unusually close to the stars of the film.

Bluray/DVD

60” TV documentary “The Highest Level”

Complete run-through of the Prokofiev Concerto 3

“How smart of Sony to have recorded [Lang Lang] in repertoire which plays to his strengths. This Prokofiev 3 is exceptionally good – thunderous when it needs to be, and always rhythmically alert. And Simon Rattle is a supremely effective partner.” The Arts Desk

“Superloud and racily paced...It all gives a whole new meaning to the words “Flash, bang, wallop”, but it’s difficult to resist the energy, brio and sheer unabashed showmanship of the whole package.” The Independent on Sunday, 20th October 2013 ****

“this is a performance [of the Prokofiev] that glides by, impeccably beautiful and fleet, yet a trifle short of character. Still, Lang Lang’s easy virtuosity is delicious; so is the absence of keyboard thumping...[the Bartok] offers genuine bite, whether from Lang Lang’s fingers or the bracing snarl of the Berlin brass.” The Times, 1st November 2013 ****

“Immediately [the Prokofiev] explodes into life with Lang Lang’s sparkling playing with seemingly boundless reserves of energy...Outstanding in the opening [of the Bartók] is Lang Lang’s rhythmic potency borders on the demonic...Under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle the Berliner Philharmoniker is highly persuasive and sympathetic. Not for the first time the woodwind excel - marvellous.” MusicWeb International, 8th November 2013

“Lang Lang has the necessary power and athleticism to bring tremendous energy and drive to [Prokofiev's] more motoric writing...[he] sails through the passagework [of the Bartok] with exemplary clarity...The problem in the outer movements rests with the pianist's tendency to make everything sound harsh and percussive” BBC Music Magazine, December 2013 ****

“Lang Lang gives a persuasive account of the Prokofiev. His finely observed detail..., the full use of the piano's sumptuous sonority and dynamic range and his effortless technical mastery would excite anyone's admiration...[in the Bartok] Lang Lang and Rattle are hugely impressive but, for my taste, a shade too polite.” Gramophone Magazine, November 2013

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Sommernachtskonzert 2013 / Summer Night Concert 2013

Sommernachtskonzert 2013 / Summer Night Concert 2013

Schönbrunn Palace


Strauss, J, II:

Wiener Blut Waltz, Op. 354

Eljen a Magyar Schnell-Polka, Op. 332

Verdi:

Gloria all'Egitto (from Aida)

La mia letizia infondere (from I Lombardi)

Michael Schade (tenor)

Otello: Ballet Music

Luisa Miller Overture

La forza del destino Overture

Wagner:

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Overture

Tristan und Isolde: Prelude & Liebestod

In fernem Land (from Lohengrin)

Michael Schade (tenor)

Die Walküre: Ride of the Valkyries


The Summer Night Concert of the Vienna Philharmonic is an annual open-air event that takes place in the park of Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna with the palace as a magnificent backdrop. Everyone is invited to come to this unique occasion – with free admission. Each year up to 100,000 people take up the invitation. The concert is also broadcast on TV and radio in more than 60 countries, and thus reaches an audience of millions.

In 2013 Lorin Maazel conducted the Summer Night Concert for the first time; Swiss tenor Michael Schade joins the orchestra as guest-soloist. With this year’s program the orchestra celebrates Wagner and Verdi in honor of their anniversaries.

Since 2008 the Vienna Philharmonic has provided an outstanding experience for the people of Vienna and guests to their city with this free concert in the park of Schönbrunn Palace. The palace and its Baroque park, which have UNESCO World Heritage status, are an extraordinary setting for this musical gift.

In the recent years the orchestra has been conducted by Gustavo Dudamel, Valery Gergiev, Franz Welser-Möst, Daniel Barenboim and Georges Prêtre. For over five decades, Lorin Maazel has been one of the world’s most esteemed and sought-after conductors.

This year the concert took place on May 30th.

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Catán: Il Postino

Catán: Il Postino


Amanda Squitieri (Beatrice Russo), Placido Domingo (Pablo Neruda), Charles Castronovo (Mario Ruoppolo), Cristina Gallardo-Domâs (Matilde Neruda), Nancy Fabiola Herrera (Donna Rosa), Vladimir Chernov (Giorgio), José Adán Pérez (Mario's Father), Jose Adan Perez (Di Cosimo)

Los Angeles Opera Orchestra & Chorus, Grant Gershon

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New Year's Concert 2013

New Year's Concert 2013


Hellmesberger:

In Confidence - Polka-mazur, Op. 15

Lanner:

Steyrische Tänze, Op. 165

Strauss, J, I:

Erinnerung an Ernst oder Der Carneval in Venedig, Op. 126

Strauss, J, II:

Kuss-Walzer, Op. 400

Aus den Bergen Walzer (From the Mountains), Op. 292

Melodien-Quadrille nach Verdi, Op. 112

Wo die Zitronen blühen, Op. 364

Strauss, Josef:

Die Souberette, Polka schnell, Op. 109

Theater Quadrille, Op. 213

Sphärenklänge, Op. 235

Die Spinnerin, Polka francaise, Op. 192

Hesperus’ Path, Waltz, Op. 279

Suppe:

Leichte Kavallerie Overture

Verdi:

Don Carlos: Ballet Music, Act III: Prestissimo

Wagner:

Lohengrin: Prelude to Act 3


"This was one of the most beautiful New Year's Concerts since Karajan and Kleiber. Franz Welser-Möst knows how the music of the Strauss-dynasty, the music of Lanner and Hellmesberger has to sound" Österreich on the 2011 NY Concert

Sony Classical is pleased to announce the release of the recording of one of the world’s most famous classical music events: the New Year’s Concert 2013 with the Vienna Philharmonic under the baton of celebrated conductor, Franz Welser-Möst. He returns to direct the 2013 celebrations after his acclaimed debut in 2011. Maestro Welser-Mőst is the former Music Director of the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

The annual New Year's Day Concert in the stunning Vienna Musikverein has been an exalted tradition for more than seven decades and the resulting recordings with works from the Strauss dynasty and their contemporaries are among the classical market's most important releases.

The concert will be broadcast on TV and radio to over 70 countries around the world with an estimate of more than 40 million viewers.

The programme traditionally revolves around waltzes and polkas by the Strauss family (Johann father and son as well as Josef and Eduard Strauss) whose music has enjoyed recent chart resurgence. The proven formula blends well-known classics with premieres of works that have never been performed before at the New Year´s Concert and the result is invariably both joyful and moving. The programme will remain a closely guarded secret until a few days before the event, but it can already be revealed that in 2013 the concert will include more premieres than ever before and probably some unexpected surprises. As is tradition, the concert will include the famous waltz The Blue Danube and the Radetzky March.

“Welser-Möst can cut a curiously professorial figure, but the playing he gets from the orchestra really sparkles in an offbeat programme that includes 11 New Year’s Day premieres” Sunday Times, 27th January 2013

“This New Year's Concert adds Verdi and Wagner, in their anniversary year, to a quite unusual selection of Straussian pieces, with Welser-Möst a fine, serious conductor.” BBC Music Magazine, May 2013 *****

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Blake, H: The Snowman

Blake, H: The Snowman

Live Stage Show


starring Kasper Cornish, Drew McOnie, Monica Zamora

Thomas Grimm (director)

Raymond Briggs' children's story is adapted for the stage, with music composed and conducted by Howard Blake. After building a snowman in his garden, a young boy is taken on a series of magical adventures.

The HD film of the most popular Christmas show of all time, newly narrated by Joanna Lumley. 10th anniversary edition.

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