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2017 New Year's Concert

2017 New Year's Concert


Lehár:

Wiener Frauen: Nechledil Marsch

Nicolai, C O:

Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor: Mondchor ('O süßer Mond')

Wiener Sängerknaben

Strauss, E:

Mit Vergnügen! (With Pleasure), Op. 228

encore

Strauss, J, I:

Indianer-Galopp (Indian Galop), Op. 111

Radetsky March, Op. 228

encore

Strauss, J, II:

Es gibt nur a Kaiserstadt, 's gibt nur a Wien, Polka, Op. 291

Mephisto's Hollenrufe, Waltz, Op. 101

So ängstlich sind wir nicht! - Polka, Op. 413

Pepita-Polka, Op. 138

Rotunde-Quadrille, Op. 360

Die Extravaganten, Op. 205

Auf zum Tanze! Polka schnell, Op. 436

Tausendundeine Nacht, Op. 346: Walzer nach Motiven der Operette

Tik-Tak Polka, Op. 365

An der schönen, blauen Donau, Op. 314

encore

Strauss, Josef:

Winterlust, Op. 121

Die Nasswalderin, polka Op. 267

Suppe:

Pique Dame Overture

Waldteufel:

Les Patineurs - Valse, Op. 183

Ziehrer:

Hereinspaziert


As a brand name, the Vienna New Year’s Concert can trace back its origins to 31 December 1939. In other words, 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.

The list of names of leading conductors who have led the Vienna Philharmonic’s New Year’s Concerts reads like a veritable Who’s Who of great maestros: including Herbert von Karajan, Lorin Maazel, Claudio Abbado, Carlos Kleiber, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Seiji Ozawa, Mariss Jansons, and Franz Welser-Möst.

It is not least thanks to this illustrious succession of great conductors that the Vienna New Year’s Concert remains unique, ushering in the New Year in a way that has often been imitated but never equaled. Its universal popularity is undoubtedly due to the direct – or deferred – live broadcast from the flower-filled Golden Hall of the Vienna Musikverein. The first broadcast went out on Eurovision in 1959, the first colour relay in 1967. Now the concert is shown in countries throughout almost the entire world.

It continues to be works by members of the Strauss family – Johann Strauss Father and Son as well as Eduard and Josef Strauss – that are central to this media event. Old favourites from their output are heard alongside others that have never been recorded or are only rarely heard; all of them programmed around two fixed points in the concert: the Blue Danube Waltz and the Radetzky March.

Gustavo Dudamel's skillful conducting and dedication to music drew international attention while he was just in his twenties and continues to attract diverse audiences throughout the world.

Dudamel began violin lessons at the age of 10 in Venezuela's El Sistema music programme and then began studying conducting in 1995 with Rodolfo Saglimbeni. In 1999 he was named music director of the programe's Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra, studying with El Sistema's founder, José Antonio Abreu. Just five years later, Dudamel won the inaugural Bamberger Symphoniker Gustav Mahler Competition, and became a highly sought-after orchestral and opera conductor, working with such ensembles as the Chicago Symphony, the New York Philharmonic, the City of Birmingham Symphony, the Israel Philharmonic, and the Dresden Staatskapelle. In 2007, he became music director of the Gothenburg Symphony, with which he remained until 2012. That same year, Dudamel was the first conductor under the age of 30 in many years to be appointed to a major orchestra when he was named music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic beginning with the 2009-2010 season. Dudamel's position with the LA Philharmonic was extended through its 100th anniversary season.

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Lehár: Paganini

Lehár: Paganini


Antonio Theba (Paganini), Teresa Stratas (Princess Anna Elisa), Peter Kraus (Pimpinelli), Dagmar Koller (Bella Giretti), Johannes Heesters (Prince Felice)

Symphony Orchestra Kurt Graunke, Munich, Wolfgang Ebert

Franz Lehár’s operetta “Paganini” (Vienna, 1925) marked the start of a new period in the composer’s work that was strongly influenced by the tenor Richard Tauber. Lehár now began to write works that were highly demanding in vocal terms and stylistically closely modelled on the opera repertoire. One of the most successful operettas from this period was undoubtedly “Paganini”, which includes the immortal melody “Gern hab’ ich die Frau’n geküsst”. Now, the legendary 1973 fi lm version of the operetta offers an opportunity to experience once again stars like Teresa Stratas, Peter Kraus, Dagmar Koller and, last but not least, Johannes Heesters.

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Lehár: Der Graf von Luxemburg

Lehár: Der Graf von Luxemburg

Recorded 1972, sung in German


Eberhard Wächter (Graf von Luxemburg), Lilian Sukis (Angèle Didier), Erich Kunz (Fürst Basil), Jane Tilden (Stasa Kokozow), Peter Fröhlich (Armand Brissard) & Helga Papouschek (Juliette Vermont)

Graunke Symphony Orchestra, Kurt Graunke

“The Count of Luxembourg”, composed in 1909, is a worthy equal to Léhar’s other operettas in terms of imaginative content, visual ideas and instrumental colouring. After the sensational success of the “Merry Widow” (1905), the composer quickly wrote an operetta that displayed real Parisian flair. This film version offers a wealth of artistic entertainment, with a superb cast that includes Eberhard Wächter, Lilian Sukis, Erich Kunz, Jane Tilden, Peter Fröhlich and Helga Papouschek.

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Lehár: Zigeunerliebe (Gipsy Love)

Lehár: Zigeunerliebe (Gipsy Love)


Janet Perry (Zorika), Ion Buzea (Józsi), Adolf Dallapozza (Jonel Bolescu), Colette Lorand (Ilona), Heinz Friedrich (Peter Dragotin), Kurt Großkurth (Mihály/Moschu)

Bavarian Radio Chorus, Munich Radio Orchestra, Heinz Wallberg

With his operetta “Gypsy Love”, premiered in 1910, Franz Lehár succeeded in combining the dramatic genre of opera with rousing Viennese waltzes and Hungarian folksongs. Dragotin has promised the hand of his daughter Zorika to the rich Jonel. Shortly before the engagement is formalised, the nature-loving

Zorika comes across the gypsy Józsi on the Czerna, a mountain river in Romania inhabited by mermaids, and invites him to play music at her engagement party. But when it comes to the engagement kiss from Jonel, she takes fright and fl ees back to the Czerna, where she hopes a glass of water from the river will reveal the future to her …

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“This was composed in 1909 and is a worthy equal to the composer’s other operettas in terms of imaginative content, visual ideas and instrumental colouring. After the sensational success of the Merry Widow (1905), Lehár quickly wrote an operetta that displayed real Parisian flair.” New Classics, May 2017

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Opera Gala: Live from Baden-Baden

Opera Gala: Live from Baden-Baden


Bizet:

L'amour est un oiseau rebelle 'Habanera' (from Carmen)

Ekaterina Gubanova (mezzo)

Bock, J:

If I were a rich man (from Fiddler on the Roof)

Bryn Terfel (bass-baritone)

Boito:

Son lo Spirito che nega (from Mefistofele)

Bryn Terfel (bass-baritone)

Cilea:

Acerba volutta (from Adriana Lecouvreur)

Ekaterina Gubanova (mezzo)

L'anima ho stanca (from Adriana Lecouvreur)

Jonas Kaufmann (tenor)

Gounod:

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

Bryn Terfel (bass-baritone)

Lehár:

Dein ist mein ganzes Herz (from Das Land des Lächelns)

Jonas Kaufmann (tenor)

Mascagni:

Son pochi fiori (from L'Amico Fritz)

Anja Harteros (soprano)

Tu qui, Santuzza? (from Cavalleria Rusticana)

Ekaterina Gubanova (mezzo), Jonas Kaufmann (tenor)

Voi lo sapete o mamma (from Cavalleria rusticana)

Ekaterina Gubanova (mezzo)

Puccini:

Vissi d'arte (from Tosca)

Anja Harteros (soprano)

E lucevan le stelle (from Tosca)

Jonas Kaufmann (tenor)

Rota, N:

The Godfather theme

Jonas Kaufmann (tenor)

Verdi:

Giá nella notte densa (from Otello)

Anja Harteros (soprano), Jonas Kaufmann (tenor)

Ella giammai m'amò (from Don Carlo)

Bryn Terfel (bass-baritone)

O don fatale (from Don Carlo)

Ekaterina Gubanova (mezzo)

Tu che le vanità (from Don Carlo)

Anja Harteros (soprano)

Morrò, ma prima in grazia (from Un Ballo in Maschera)

Anja Harteros (soprano)

Wagner:

Dich, teure Halle (from Tannhauser)

Anja Harteros (soprano)


Badische Staatskapelle, Marco Armiliato

The Festspiel-Saison at the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden culminated with Jonas Kaufmann, Bryn Terfel, Anja Harteros and Ekaterina Gubanova all on stage in this magnificent Opera Gala. The gala presented a diverse range of solo-arias and duets. Among the highlights, included works from Puccini’s ‘Tosca’, Verdi’s ‘Otello’ and Mascagni’s ‘Cavalleria rusticana’. Sony Classical are pleased to see this final concert from the Opera Gala come to life on this DVD and Blu-ray release, a must-have for any opera fanatic.

“The playing of the Badische Staatskapelle is decent – with excellent contributions from a busy principal cellist – and Marco Armiliato keeps everything ticking along well…there’s enough quality here to make this well worth seeking out” Gramophone Magazine, February 2017

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Lehár: Die Lustige Witwe

Lehár: Die Lustige Witwe


Anne Jeffreys (Madame Sonia - The Widow), Brian Sutherland (Danilo), Edward Everett Horton (Baron Zetta), Helena Bliss (Valencienne), John Conte (Georges)

A lavish, romantic production of one of the world’s most beloved operettas this 1954 telecast of Franz Lehar’s The Merry Widow stars the beautiful actress and singer Anne Jeffreys, Metropolitan Opera tenor Brian Sullivan, and legendary character actor Edward Everett Horton. The role of Valencienne is played by the charming soprano Helena Bliss, star of Broadway’s Song of Norway, in a rare TV appearance. DVD Includes the original commercials, as a separate bonus feature.

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Grafenegg Sommernachtsgala 2016

Grafenegg Sommernachtsgala 2016

Live from the Grafenegg Festival, June 2016


Bizet:

Vasco da Gama: Ouvre ton coeur

Olga Peretyatko (soprano)

Donizetti:

Ah! tardai troppo...O luce di quest'anima (from Linda di Chamounix)

Olga Peretyatko (soprano)

Quanto amore (from L'elisir d'amore)

Olga Peretyatko (soprano), Bryn Terfel (bass-baritone)

Elgar:

Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1 in D major, Op. 39 No. 1

Gounod:

Mireille: Overture

Ö légère hirondelle (from Mireille)

Olga Peretyatko (soprano)

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

Bryn Terfel (bass-baritone)

Lehár:

Lippen schweigen (from Die Lustige Witwe)

Olga Peretyatko (soprano), Bryn Terfel (bass-baritone)

Leigh, M:

Man of La Mancha: The Impossible Dream

Bryn Terfel (bass-baritone)

Offenbach:

La Vie Parisienne: Overture

Verdi:

Vanne, la tua meta gia vedo…Credo in un Dio crudel (from Otello)

Bryn Terfel (bass-baritone)

Weber:

Invitation to the Dance, Op. 65

Konzertstück in F minor, Op. 79 for piano & orchestra

Rudolf Buchbinder (piano)


Tonkunstler-Orchester, Yutaka Sado

Grafenegg is celebrating its 10th birthday. Past, present and future come together in the Midsummer Night’s Gala jubilee. Having won over the audience at the very first Gala with his deeply resonant voice, Welsh bass-baritone Bryn Terfel is joined in 2016 by the young Russian coloratura soprano Olga Peretyatko. Pianist and Artistic Director of Grafenegg, Rudolf Buchbinder, joins the celebrations at the piano.

As is tradition, this atmospheric evening concludes with a fireworks display accompanied by Edward Elgar’s “Pomp and Circumstance”.

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Lehár: The Merry Widow

Lehár: The Merry Widow

sung in English


Lehár:

Die Lustige Witwe


Renée Fleming (Hanna Glawari), Nathan Gunn (Danilo), Kelli O’Hara (Valencienne), Alek Shrader (Camille)

The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Chorus & Ballet, Sir Andrew Davis

Director and choreographer Susan Stroman

The great Renée Fleming stars as the beguiling femme fatale who captivates all Paris in Lehár’s enchanting operetta, seen in a new staging by Broadway virtuoso director and choreographer Susan Stroman (The Producers, Oklahoma!, Contact).

Stroman and her design team of Julian Crouch (Satyagraha, The Enchanted Island) and costume designer William Ivey Long (Cinderella, Grey Gardens, Hairspray) have created an art-nouveau setting that climaxes with singing and dancing grisettes at the legendary Maxim’s. Nathan Gunn co-stars as Danilo and Kelli O’Hara is Valencienne. Sir Andrew Davis conducts.

Bonus Feature: Backstage at the MET with members of the Cast

English, French and German subtitles

“Davis keeps Lehar's effervescent score bubbling along and this would be the perfect, light-hearted operatic fare to see in the New Year...There's a great sense of fun running through the entire cast. Fleming's Hanna Glawari is glamorously over the top, as is Nathan Gunn's Danilo, revelling in his wild life of drinking, gambling and grisettes at Chez Maxim's.” Gramophone Magazine

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Lehár: Die Lustige Witwe

Lehár: Die Lustige Witwe

Ballet adapted by John Lanchbery


John Meehan (Count Danilo), Karen Kain (Widow Hanna Glawari), Raymond Smith (Camille), Yoko Ichino (Valencienne)

The National Ballet of Canada, The National Ballet of Canada Orchestra, Ermanno Florio

Choreography: Ronald Hynd

Ronald Hynd’s three act ballet 'The Merry Widow' to the music of Franz Lehár is an exciting studio production, performed by the superb National Ballet of Canada.

The Australian dancer John Meehan gives an outstanding performance in the role of Count Danilo, who is ordered by the Pontevedrian Embassy to avert their impending bankruptcy by marrying into the fortunes of the recently widowed Hanna Glawari – beautifully portrayed by the Canadian prima ballerina Karen Kain.

Raymond Smith dances the part of the French attaché, Camille, who falls madly in love with the Ambassador’s wife, Valencienne (Yoko Ichino).

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Midsummer Night’s Gala 2015

Midsummer Night’s Gala 2015


Bizet:

Carmen: Prelude to Act I

Falla:

Ritual Fire Dance (from El amor brujo)

Kalman:

Tanzen Möcht' ich (from Die Csárdásfürstin)

Grüß mir mein Wien (from Gräfin Mariza)

Lehár:

Dein ist mein ganzes Herz (from Das Land des Lächelns)

Massenet:

Pourquoi me reveiller (from Werther)

Porter, C:

Kiss Me Kate Overture

I hate men

Saint-Saëns:

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

Sarasate:

Carmen Fantasy, Op. 25

Introduction and Tarantella, Op. 43

Verdi:

Stride la vampa (from Il Trovatore)


Elisabeth Kulman (mezzo), Piotr Beczala (tenor) & Julia Fischer (violin)

Tonkünstler Orchester, Yutaka Sado

Grafenegg, home to the world’s best orchestras, singers and musicians, is set in the gorgeous wine-country landscape of Lower Austria - the historic castle and its beautiful gardens invite the audience to a spectacle of classical music inspired by nature.

The Midsummer Nigh’s Gala takes a musical stroll through the romantic landscape of Wachau, while lending the German top soprano Elisabeth Kulman, the tenor Piotr Beczala and renowned violinist Julia Fischer your ear.

The Tonkünstler Orchester is conducted by Yutaka Sado, one of Japan’s most distinguished conductors.

Enjoy a musical world tour with popular classics from Opera, Musical, Operetta and Film Music. For the finale be prepared for a wonderful surprise!

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