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Gala Mariinsky II

Gala Mariinsky II

Live recording from Mariinsky II in St. Petersburg, May 2, 2013


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Bizet:

Les tringles des sistres tintaient (from Carmen)

Gounod:

Le veau d'or est toujours debout (from Faust)

Mozart:

La ci darem la mano (from Don Giovanni)

Prokofiev:

Montagues And Capulets (from Romeo and Juliet)

Saint-Saëns:

Mon cœur s'ouvre à ta voix (from Samson et Dalila)

Verdi:

Nel dì della vittoria … Ambizioso spirto … Vieni t'affretta! … Or tutti sorgete (from Macbeth)

Wagner:

Winterstürme wichen dem Wonnemond (from Die Walküre)


With Ildar Abdrazakov, Olga Borodina, Plácido Domingo, Alexei Markov, Anna Netrebko, Yevgeny Nikitin, René Pape, Mikhail Petrenko, Ekaterina Semenchuk, Sergei Semishkur (Opera), Olga Esina, Kim Kimin, Anastasia Kolegova, Yekaterina Kondaurova, Ulyana Lopatkina, Alexander Sergeyev, Vladimir Shklyarov, Oxana Skorik, Diana Vishneva (Principal Dancers and Soloists of the Mariinsky Ballet), Yuri Bashmet (viola), Leonidas Kavakos (violin), Denis Matsuev (piano)

Ballet, Chorus and Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre, Valery Gergiev

The Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg is one of the most prestigious opera and ballet venues in the world. Built in 1860 and named in honour of Maria Alexandrovna of Hesse-Darmstadt, wife of Czar Alexander II, it is home to the famous Mariinsky Ballet as well as numerous international stars and ensembles. After the turn of the millennium it was painstakingly restored; and since 2013, St. Petersburg’s Theatre Square has been crowned with the “Mariinsky II” an imposing new arts and performance venue. At its inauguration on May 2, 2013, the highly gifted conductor Valery Gergiev led a veritable who’s who of the classical music world. Featuring gems from opera, orchestral music and ballet, and with modern dance interludes, the programme encompassed the history of the legendary venue from its beginnings to the present day. This broad historical span was symbolically represented by a bridge connecting the Mariinsky Theatre and the Mariinsky II. Arthaus Musik is now offering you a unique opportunity to own an enduring reminder of this unique performance, in which stars including Anna Netrebko, Plácido Domingo, Olga Borodina, Vladimir Shklyarov and René Pape supported by the Mariinsky Theatre chorus, orchestra and ballet celebrate the spirit of this illustrious establishment.

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Running Time: 120 mins

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Bizet: Les Pêcheurs de Perles

Bizet: Les Pêcheurs de Perles

Napoli 2014


Patrizia Ciofi (Leila), Dmitry Korchak (Nadir), Dario Solari (Zurga), Roberto Tagliavini (Nourabad)

Orchestra, Coro e Corpo di Ballo del Teatro di San Carlo, Gabriele Ferro

Staged by: Fabio Sparvoli

Bizet is more than Carmen. In his opera Les pêcheurs de perles (The Pearl Fishers) you find melodies to die for and not only the vocal music is beautiful, but also the orchestral and ballet pieces too. The opera includes “Warhorse” romance in every tenor’s repertoire: “Je crois entendre encore”, the tenor-baritone duet “Au fond du temple saint”. The tenor “has the most beautiful romances, some of which are nothing less than exceptional, and able to ensure Bizet’s eternal fame.” (Corriere della sera)

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PICTURE 16:9, HD

SUBTITLES: French (original language), English, German, Spanish, Chinese, Korean

BOOKLET: E, G, F

TOTAL RUNNING TIME. 118 MINS

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Bizet: Carmen

Bizet: Carmen


Vesselina Kasarova (Carmen), Jonas Kaufmann (Don José), Isabel Rey (Micaela), Michele Pertusi (Escamillo)

Chor der Oper Zürich & Philharmonia Zurich, Franz Welser-Möst

In 2008 the Opernhaus Zurich staged this magnificent production starring virtuoso tenor Jonas Kaufmann as Don José and the Bulgarian Vesselina Kasarova as the flirtatious prima-donna of the title role. Mezzo-soprano Kasarova is dazzling as the tough-as-nails, beautifully unsentimental heroine – think classic Sophia Loren meets West Side Story.

Kaufmann, in the guise of a Spanish police officer, brilliantly portrays the blustering but naive Don José as a modern contrast of hard-edged machismo and out-of-his-depths vulnerability.

Director Matthias Hartmann refreshed one of the greatest and most popular operas of all time with touches of a contemporary setting and costume designs that emphasize the timeless archetypes of the characters. This production of Carmen enthralled audiences with the visceral physical quality of the performances, enhanced by a single panoramic set for all four acts that is stripped of the traditional Spanish styling.

Kaufmann superbly presents Don José as awkward, socially inept and doomed for disillusionment. Kasarova’s Carmen commands attention with a soft and sensual exterior that hides her ruthless and sinister heart in plain view.

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DVD Format: NTSC • Duration: 166 mins • Sound: 1 LPCM Stereo • 2 DTS Digital 5.1 Surround Subtitles: French (sung language), English, German

“Kaufmann is an immaculate Don José, living each turn of the drama vocally...However, it's [Kasarova's] Carmen who makes this production unforgettable. Not just her smoky mezzo dipping down into the chest register in the Habanera, but her gifts are an actress...All praise, too, for conductor Franz Welser-Möst and the Zurich Opera House Orchestra.” BBC Music Magazine, Christmas 2014 *****

“[Kaufmann] is his usual magnificent self. He looks great and the voice is on superb form, able to spin out long, legato lines softly and to release cascades of power when needed...Pertusi's Escamillo is bull-headed, but hs sings the role handsomely...Isabel Rey's Micaela is stereotypical but well sung.” International Record Review, December 2014

“The work is performed with the Guiraud recitative but several of Hartmann's touches seems to want to emphasise its opera comique heritage...[Kaufmann] sings magnificently...despite some moments of self-indulgence...Pertusi's Escamillo is physically imposing but the voice lacks swagger.” Gramophone Magazine, December 2014

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Gardens and Parks of Europe

Gardens and Parks of Europe


Music by Chopin, Bizet, Brahms, Beethoven, Handel & Tchaikovsky


The Places

Gardens, formal and informal, French, Italian, German and English, are an important element of European culture.

The Music

The music chosen for this tour of European gardens and parks is matched carefully with the places chosen.

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Bizet: Carmen

Bizet: Carmen

Recorded 2 & 4 April 2013, Sydney Harbour

Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour


Rinat Shaham (Carmen), Dmytro Popov (Don Jose), Andrew Jones (Escamillo), Nicole Car (Micaela), Ariya Sawadivong (Frasquita), Tania Ferris (Mercedes), Sam Roberts-Smith (Remendado), Luke Gabeddy (Dancairo), Adrian Tamburini (Zuniga)

Opera Australia, Brian Castles-Onion (conductor) & Gale Edwards (director)

“Nothing short of a visual spectacle, Gale Edwards' endeavour incorporates dance into almost every moment of the opera - a natural complement to Bizet's score that never has a dull note until the curtains close.” ABC Classic FM – review by Rohan Houghton

Subtitles: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian and Korean

16:9 with 2.0 Lpcm & 5.1 dts digital surround

Extra features: cast gallery

Duration: 141 mins

“Castles-Onion is creditably together with his performers, literally and atmospherically...Shaham and Car are both strong vocally...The Sydney Carmen was clearly a tightly run ship, quite a triumph in the physical circumstances. So this performance is essentially sui generis” Gramophone Magazine, March 2014

“[Shaham and Popov] are convincing in all that they do, vocally and histrionically. Popov has a powerful sound, but there is more to his singing than sheer volume...[Shaham] produces a rich, lush sound with a baritonal base which involves no forcing.” International Record Review, March 2014

“Shaham is a most voluptuous Carmen, raunchy and smoky-voiced...Andrew Jones’ Escamillo struts proudly and with self-assurance. It’s not surprising that this Carmen falls heavily for his manliness” MusicWeb International, 9th January 2014

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Bizet: Carmen

Bizet: Carmen

Recorded live at the Glyndebourne Opera House, Sussex, on 17th August 2002


Anne Sofie von Otter (Carmen), Marcus Haddock (Don José), Laurent Naouri (Escamillo), Lisa Milne (Micaëla), Mary Hegarty (Frasquita), Christine Rice (Mercédès), Colin Judson (Remendado), Quentin Hayes (Dancaïre), Hans Voschezang (Moralès), Jonathan Best (Zuniga)

The Glyndebourne Chorus & London Philharmonic Orchestra, Philippe Jordan (conductor) & David McVicar (stage director)

Running time: 230 minutes / Subtitles: EN/FR/DE/ES

“Under the shrewd direction of McVicar, Anne Sofie von Otter gave us a gypsy of mercurial temperament…” Daily Telegraph

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A Musical Journey: France

A Musical Journey: France

A Musical Visit to Provence and a Carnival of Animals


Music by Bizet and Saint-Saëns


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A Musical Journey: Night Music Vol. 2

A Musical Journey: Night Music Vol. 2

Italy, France, Spain, Germany, Czech Republic & Switzerland


The Places

The scenes shown all breathe an air of peace and tranquillity. Starting with an evening landscape in Bohemia, we move to a lake in the Tyrol, to the Museo Vela, with its gesso figures, Bavarian craftsmen fashioning glass and the Corniche near Cannes, in the South of France. Other scenes include the ancient Chapel of St Sixtus at Eygalières, the Church of St Jakob at Tramin, night in Madrid, and a nocturnal view of Seville, the whole culminating in the great Basilica of St Mark in Venice.

The Music

The music chosen, like the scenes it accompanies, suggest the calm of night. There are movements from Handel and Telemann, from concertos by Mozart for horn and for flute, and a Chopin Prelude. There is a Spanish element in the music of two French composers, Bizet and Massenet, and an air of nostalgia evoked in Fauré’s Pavane.

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An Evening With The Royal Opera

An Evening With The Royal Opera


Bizet:

La fleur que tu m'avais jetée (from Carmen)

Jonas Kaufmann (tenor)

Humperdinck:

Abendsegen 'Abends will ich schlafen gehn' (Hänsel und Gretel)

Diana Damrau (soprano), Angelika Kirschlager (mezzo)

Mozart:

La ci darem la mano (from Don Giovanni)

Miah Persson (soprano), Simon Keenlyside (baritone)

Non piu andrai, farfallone amoroso (from Le Nozze di Figaro)

Erwin Schrott (bass-baritone)

Der Hölle Rache kocht in meinem Herzen (from Die Zauberflöte)

Diana Damrau (soprano)

Pa-pa-pa-pa-Papagena (from Die Zauberflöte)

Ailish Tynan (soprano), Simon Keenlyside (baritone)

Puccini:

O soave fanciulla (from La Bohème)

Hibla Gerzmava (soprano), Teodor Illincai (Rodolfo)

Quando me'n vo (from La Bohème)

Inna Duka (soprano)

O mio babbino caro (from Gianni Schicchi)

Ekaterina Siurina (soprano)

Purcell:

When I am laid in earth (from Dido and Aeneas)

Sarah Connolly (mezzo)

Rossini:

Il barbiere di Siviglia Overture

Verdi:

Libiamo, ne' lieti calici (from La Traviata)

Renee Fleming (soprano), Joseph Calleja (tenor)

Di quella pira (from Il trovatore)

Jose Cura (tenor)

Patria oppressa (from Macbeth)

Chorus of the Royal Opera House

Parigi, o cara (from La Traviata)

Renee Fleming (soprano), Joseph Calleja (tenor)

Tutto nel mondo è burla (from Falstaff)

Bryn Terfel (bass-baritone)


Bringing together a collection of arias and choruses from some of the world’s favourite operas, this disc showcases the outstanding artists and productions from the stage of the Royal Opera House.

The perfect gift for anyone who loves opera.

A unique collection from one of the world’s finest opera houses, showcasing the international opera stars and famous Royal Opera House productions.

The comprehensive packaging will include a synopsis of each opera, suggestions for further exploration of the catalogue and full subtitles.

International stars featured in the collection include: Jonas Kaufmann, Renee Fleming, Simon Keenlyside, Gerald Finley and Miah Persson.

Running time: 80 minutes

Subtitles: EN/FR/DE/JP/ES

Sound format: 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS

“all musically exceptional” BBC Music Magazine, May 2013 ****

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Bizet: Carmen

Bizet: Carmen

Live Recording from The Wiener Staatsoper, 1978


Elena Obraztsova (Carmen), Plácido Domingo (Don José), Yuri Mazurok (Escamillo), Isobel Buchanan (Micaëla), Cheryl Kanfoush (Frasquita), Axelle Gall (Mercedes), Paul Wolfrum (Le Dancaïre), Heinz Zednik (Le Remendado), Hans Helm (Moralès), Kurt Rydl (Zuniga)

Wiener Staatsoper, Carlos Kleiber (conductor) & Franco Zeffirelli (stage director)

Set Design by FRANCO ZEFFIRELLI

Arthaus presents a sensational filmed document from the musical legacy of Carlos Kleiber: The wonderful staging of Carmen by director Franco Zeffirelli in a live recording from the Vienna State Opera in 1978. The meticulous conductor only ever conducted a highly selected repertoire and among his very few audio and video recordings are only seven complete operas.

The Zeffirelli staging is the only premiere that Kleiber ever conducted. In December 1978, the masterly Franco Zeffirelli created a colourful and atmospheric imagery while the musical genius of Kleiber drew from the music a rhythmic vitality and subtle passion that never lost its transparency and lightness.

Carlos Kleiber conducted an extraordinary cast. Plácido Domingo, still the young lyrical tenor, starred as Don Jose, and Elena Obraztsova gave a wonderful natural Carmen, a far cry from the usual she-devil erotic cliché. The cast was completed by the young Isobel Buchanan who stood in at this production at short notice and included Yuri Mazurok who was later to become a high ranking Verdi baritone. The Viennese audience in the opera house hailed the performance as a triumph. “The applause”, according to the Süddeutsche Zeitung, “threatened to last as long as a full-length opera”, and the legend of Carlos Kleiber’s Vienna Carmen was born.

Nearly 35 years has passed since then, and the Vienna State Opera has seen many a performance of the Zeffirelli production of Carmen, with singers who were certainly no less eminent than the first cast – but none of them have achieved the cult status the first night enjoys in the memories of opera- lovers. The reason for it surely lies in the conductor Carlos Kleiber, who directed that première and stamped it with his own personality.

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“Star turns from Obraztsova's grand-scale gypsy, Domingo's corporal, Mazurok's bullfighter and Buchanan's fresh-faced village-girl. Kleiber's conducting is outstanding.” BBC Music Magazine, June 2012 ****

“Apart from its authentic Spanish settings and star performances this production owes much to the exacting standards set by Carlos Kleiber... Zeffirelli’s staging is complex and a joy to behold.” MusicWeb International, July 2012

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