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Verdi: Nabucco

Verdi: Nabucco

A live-recording of Nabucco from the Royal Opera House in London in April 2013


Plácido Domingo (Nabucco), Liudmyla Monastyrska (Abigaille), Andrea Caré (Ismaele), Marianna Pizzolato (Fenena) & Vitalij Kowaljow (Zaccaria)

Orchestra and Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Nicola Luisotti (conductor) & Daniele Abbado (director)

Plácido Domingo's major role debut as Nabucco at the Royal Opera House

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2CELLOS: Celloverse

2CELLOS: Celloverse

Deluxe Edition, CD+DVD


The Trooper (Overture) - 1

I Will Wait - 2

Thunderstruck (Intro) - 3

Thunderstruck - 4

Hysteria - 5

Shape of My Heart - 6

Mombasa - 7

Time - 8

Wake Me Up - 9

They Don't Care About Us - 10

Live and Let Die (feat. Lang Lang) - 11

Street Spirit (Fade Out) - 12

Celloverse - 13


2CELLOS

2CELLOS, music’s most electric and dynamic instrumental duo, return with their new album Celloverse. Self-produced by Sulic and Hauser, Celloverse showcases 2CELLOS’ unique ability to reinvent classic rock and pop songs, starting with ‘The Trooper Overture’, a metal-meets-classical mash up of Iron Maiden’s hit and Rossini’s ‘William Tell Overture’. The album also includes their take on AC/DC’s ‘Thunderstruck’ (having garnered over 30 ‘million views on YouTube), ‘I Will Wait’ by Mumford & Sons and Michael Jackson’s ‘They Don’t Care About Us’. Rounding off Celloverse is the Paul McCartney classic ‘Live and Let Die’, with special guest Lang Lang alongside the title track which is an original song penned and arranged by 2CELLOS themselves.

Propelled into international fame in 2011 after their version of Michael Jackson’s ‘Smooth Criminal’ went viral following an appearance on Glee, Croatian cellists Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser return to their rock roots on their third al-bum, Celloverse. A visually dynamic act, 2CELLOS will create a music video for every song on the album. The deluxe edition of Celloverse features seven of their most popular videos including two live performances from sold-out arena shows in their native Croatia.

2CELLOS playing style has broken down the boundaries between different genres of music, from classical and film music to pop and rock. They have no limits when it comes to performing live and are equally as impressive when playing Bach and Vivaldi as they are when rocking out. They have sold out shows around the globe and frequently perform with Sir Elton John as part of his band, as well as opening his shows to rapturous acclaim.

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New Year's Concert 2015

New Year's Concert 2015


Lumbye:

Champagne Galop

Strauss, E:

Wo man lacht und lebt. Polka schnell, Op. 108

Mit Dampf! Polka Schnell, Op. 70

Mit Chic, Op. 221

Strauss, J, I:

Freiheits-Marsch, Op. 226

Radetsky March, Op. 228

Strauss, J, II:

Märchen aus dem Orient. Walzer, Op. 444

Vom Donaustrande, Op. 356

Perpetuum Mobile, Op. 257

Accelerationen, Op. 234

Elektro-magnetische polka, Op. 110

Studenten, Op. 56

Wein, Weib und Gesang, Op. 333

Annen-Polka, Op. 117

Explosions Polka, Op. 43

An der schönen, blauen Donau, Op. 314

Strauss, Josef:

Wiener Leben, Polka francaise, Op. 218

Dorfschwalben aus Österreich - waltz, Op. 164

Suppe:

Ein Morgen, ein Mittag, ein Abend in Wien Overture


Sony Classical release the much-anticipated annual 'New Years Concert' release - The New Year’s Concert live from Vienna is one of the world’s most famous and spectacular classical music events. It is broadcast from the flower-filled Golden Hall of the Vienna Musikverein on TV and radio in almost 80 countries around the world with over 40 million viewers. The annual New Year's Day Concert in Vienna has been a major event for more than seven decades. The resulting recordings with works from the Strauss dynasty and their contemporaries are among the most classical important releases available today. For the 2015 concert, the Vienna Philharmonic has invited Zubin Mehta to conduct. This will be the 5th time that Maestro Mehta has ascended the podium. He previously conducted in 1990, 1995, 1998 and 2007.

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Mozart: Don Giovanni, K527

Mozart: Don Giovanni, K527


Erwin Schrott (Don Giovanni), Anna Netrebko (Donna Anna), Luca Pisaroni (Leporello), Malena Ernman (Donna Elvira), Charles Castronovo (Don Ottavio), Katija Dragojevic (Zerlina), Jonathan Lemalu (Masetto), Mario Luperi (Commendatore)

Balthasar-Neumann-Orchestra, Balthasar-Neumann-Choir, Thomas Hengelbrock

A live recording of Don Giovanni from the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, recorded on May 23rd 2013, featuring the 'Balthasar-Neumann Choir & Ensdemble', conducted & directed by Thomas Hengelbrock. Erwin Schrott performing in his most celebrated role, Don Giovanni. Featuring a stellar cast of singers – Erwin Schrott, Anna Netrebko, Luca Pisaroni, Malena Ernman. “Schrott creates Don Giovanni in all his malevolent glory — virile, confident, arrogant. He is bursting with animal sexuality, yet manages to hint at the manic obsession that drives the character. Stunning.” Opera Today.

Subtitles: German, English, French, Italian

Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1

“This well-shot, telegenic production...underscores the opera's sexual brutality...[Schrott] oozes his trademark charisma. Luca Pisaroni shows why he's the Leporello of choice these days with a well-moulded baritone, Charles Castronovo sings Don Ottavio's difficult music with exceptional artistry and [Dragojevic] walks off with every scene she's in.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2015

“[Schrott] looks wonderful, is a natural and extraordinarily gifted actor, and has so much sinister charm that one understands why no woman can resist him. He has a rich voice, with many subtle shades. This is a definitive account [of the title-role].” BBC Music Magazine, January 2015 ****

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Lang Lang at the Royal Albert Hall

Lang Lang at the Royal Albert Hall


 

The Dance of Waterweeds

Zuqiang Wu (1927), Mingxin Du (1928). Encore

Chopin:

Ballades Nos. 1-4

Waltz No. 6 in D flat major, Op. 64 No. 1 'Minute Waltz'

encore

Nocturne No. 16 in E flat major, Op. 55 No. 2

encore

Lecuona:

....Y la negra bailaba!

encore

Mozart:

Piano Sonata No. 5 in G, K283

Piano Sonata No. 4 in E flat major K282

Piano Sonata No. 8 in A minor, K310

Rondo alla Turca from Piano Sonata No. 11, K331

encore

Ponce, M:

Intermezzo No. 1

encore

Schumann:

Davidsbündlertänze, Op. 6: No. 14: Zart und Singend

encore

Scriabin:

Étude Op. 8 No. 12 in D sharp minor

encore


Lang Lang (piano)

In November 2013 Lang Lang returned to London’s legendary Royal Albert Hall for two recitals that sold out within 48 hours of tickets being released.

This 120 minute film captures the complete recital and offers an opportunity to re-live an unforgettable concert experience.

He finished a celebrated two-part program consisting of Mozart and Chopin with no less than eight encores, breaking Evgeny Kissin's record of encores at the RAH.

The three early Mozart Piano Sonatas have been part of Lang Lang's latest recital which he presented live in more than 200 concerts worldwide - the recordings that were captured at his RAH concert are also part of the new Mozart album.

Besides the Mozart Sonatas, Chopin's Four Ballads were part of the regular program.

The encores included Mozart’s popular Rondo Alla Turca and a breathtaking performance of Scriabin's Etude in D-sharp minor.

The DVD/Blu-ray will be released at the same time as the Mozart album - October 20, 2014.

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Du bist die Welt für mich (You mean the world to me)

Du bist die Welt für mich (You mean the world to me)

A live performance from Berlin and the 'Berlin 1930' TV Documentary


The world’s greatest tenor presents an evening of melodies from a golden era + an engrossing documentary. NB German-language documentary

Accompanying the new album, the DVD & Blu-ray “Du bist die Welt für mich - Live Performance from Berlin”. Jonas dedicates an evening to the glorious tunes made famous by the tenor stars of Berlin’s legendary heyday.

Filmed live at Berlin’s majestic Funkhaus Nalepastraße.

The DVD & Blu-ray also include the “Berlin 1930” TV Documentary. Jonas Kaufmann traces the paths of the great singers and composers who defined this celebrated era. Through his personal exploration of old Berlin, interwoven with archival film footage and private interviews, he presents a fascinating look at the social and political currents that influenced this music and ultimately the musicians' lives.

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Cameron Carpenter: The Sound of my Life

Cameron Carpenter: The Sound of my Life


This documentary covers Cameron’s life, his personal and professional career, and the development of the International Touring Organ.

Cameron Carpenter tells his story and describes the long journey to making his ambitious dream a reality.

It was a dream ten years in the making, but now American organ virtuoso CAMERON CARPENTER has finally presented his new musical instrument to the world. This brand new documentary directed by Thomas Grube (e.g. Rhythm Is It, Trip To Asia, Lang Lang Liszt Now) follows Carpenter on the road leading up to this momentous event.

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Sommernachtskonzert 2014

Sommernachtskonzert 2014

(Summer Night Concert 2014)


Berlioz:

Le carnaval romain Overture, Op. 9

Liszt:

Mazeppa, symphonic poem No. 6, S100

Strauss, J, II:

Furioso-Polka quasi Galopp, Op. 260

Strauss, R:

Burleske for Piano and orchestra in D minor, AV85

Lang Lang (piano)

Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, Op. 28


The renowned orchestra presents the world's biggest annual classical open air concert live from their hometown Vienna, Austria on Thursday, May 29th, 2014.

The Summer Night Concert with the Vienna Philharmonic is an annual open-air event that takes place in the magical setting of the Schönbrunn Palace Park 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 can take up the invitation, or enjoy on radio and TV in over 60 countries.

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Rubinstein Remembered

Rubinstein Remembered

A Film by Peter Rosen


This astonishing documentary about the great pianist’s life features interviews, vintage stills, newsreels, home movies, TV interviews & performance footage, narrated by his son John Rubinstein.

Produced, directed and edited by Peter Rosen

Originally broadcast as part of Public Television’s award-winning “American Masters” series, this 100th anniversary tribute traces the great pianist’s life from his origins in Łódz´, Poland, through his final concert there in 1975, with interviews from family and friends, vintage stills, newsreels, home movies, TV interviews and performance footage.

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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

Read Presto's complete review of this disc here.

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

“Kaufmann is the Parsifal we've all been waiting for...Matching his agonies are those of Peter Mattei's Amfortas and Katarina Dalayman's lustrous, secure Kundry, while the relaxed, minimal gestures of Rene Pape's Gurnemanz bely the vocal armoury he unleashes in the last Act. Gatti's pacing isn't my ideal...but on its own terms it's remarkable.” BBC Music Magazine, June 2014 *****

“The orchestra sound is consistently rich and resonant...The impassioned intensity Jonas Kaufmann brings to Parsifal's music is matched by the rhetorical conviction of Peter Mattei's Amfortas and Evgeny Nikitin's Klingsor...This is very much Wagner for the 21st century.” Gramophone Magazine, June 2014

“a fine-looking production...Kaufmann’s Parsifal looks and sounds the part and is well-paced. Evgeny Nikitin’s Klingsor seems to enjoy raising the rafters...Peter Mattei’s Amfortas steals the show with his gleaming baritone and anguished acting – a superb assumption.” Opera Now ****

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