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Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro, K492

Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro, K492

Recorded 2010


Teddy Tahu-Rhodes (Figaro), Taryn Fiebig (Susanna), Peter Coleman-Wright (Count), Rachelle Durkin (Countess), Sian Pendry (Cherubino), Warwick Fyfe (Bartolo), Jacqueline Dark (Marcellina), Kanen Breen (Don Basilio)

Opera Australia Chorus & Opera and Ballet Orchestra, Patrick Summers

Recorded live at the Sydney opera House, this Blu-Ray, DVD and CD performance received the following review: “Stellar cast.....from the first bars of the overture you know you are in for a good time...a spectacular cast on every level....” The Daily Telegraph

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Berlin Opera Night

Berlin Opera Night

Recorded live at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, 2003


Dvorak:

Mesícku na nebi hlubokém 'Song to the Moon' (from Rusalka)

Adrianne Pieczonka (soprano)

Handel:

Music for the Royal Fireworks, HWV351: La Rejouissance

Lehár:

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

Charles Castronovo (tenor)

Leoncavallo:

Recitar!...Vesti la giubba (from I Pagliacci)

Vladimir Galouzine (tenor)

Massenet:

Werther! Werther!…Je vous écris de ma petite chambre (from Werther)

Vesselina Kasarova (mezzo)

Mozart:

Non so più cosa son, cosa faccio (from Le nozze di Figaro)

Angelika Kirchschlager (mezzo)

Voi che sapete (from Le nozze di Figaro)

Angelika Kirchschlager (mezzo)

Madamina, il catalogo è questo (from Don Giovanni)

René Pape ( bass)

Puccini:

Vissi d'arte (from Tosca)

Michele Crider (soprano)

Nessun dorma (from Turandot)

Salvatore Licitra (tenor)

Saint-Saëns:

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

Grace Bumbry (mezzo)

Strauss, J, II:

Die Fledermaus: Bruderlein und Schwesterlein

Soloists joined by Jochen Kowalski (counter-tenor), Markus Brüch (tenor)

Strauss, R:

Marie Theres'! ... Hab mir's gelobt (from Der Rosenkavalier)

Adrianne Pieczonka (soprano), Juliane Banse (soprano), Angelika Kirchschlager (mezzo)

Wagner:

Einsam in trüben Tagen (from Lohengrin)

Anne Schwanewilms (soprano)


Major stars of the international opera stage come together with the Chor und Orchester of the Deutsche Oper Berlin, under the baton of the illustrious Kent Nagano, in this opera gala in aid of the German AIDS Foundation.

Highlights from operas by Mozart, Puccini, Leoncavallo, Saint-Saëns, Massenet, Dvorák, Wagner, Richard Strauss, Lehár and Johann Strauss II are performed by world-class musicians from around the globe.

Proceeds from the sales of this title go to support the work of the German AIDS Foundation.

Picture format DVD: NTSC 16:9

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Subtitles: English, German, French, Spanish, Italian

Booklet notes: English, German, French

Running time: 78 mins

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“In a rather mixed bag, there are a number of class acts...the highlight performance of the night in respect of bringing a role alive...[is] Kasarova singing an expressive and beautifully realised Werther!...The audience might have been more thrilled by the tenors at full throttle, but this is the highlight for me - a gold nugget in this collection.” MusicWeb International, June 2011

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Mozart: Die Entführung aus dem Serail, K384

Mozart: Die Entführung aus dem Serail, K384

Live Recording From The Teatro Dell A Pergola, Florence, 2002


Eva Mei (Konstanze), Patrizia Ciofi (Blonde), Rainer Trost (Belmonte), Mehrzad Montazeri (Pedrillo) & Kurt Rydl (Osmin)

Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Zubin Mehta (conductor) & Eike Gramss (director)

Set Design by Christoph Wagenknecht

Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail (The Abduction from the Seraglio) is an opera „Singspiel“ in three acts with spoken rather than sung dialogue. This DVD shows the impeccable performance of the majestic Teatro della Pergola Florence.

The tenors Rainer Trost (Belmonte) and Mehrzad Montazeri (Pedrillo) sing with convincing excellence. The most demanding parts are sung with effortless passion by Eva Mei (Constanze). Her aria ‘Martern aller Arten’ is overwhelming, with the singer’s voice fusing beautifully with the solo instruments. This Italian production is admirable with all its colourful decorations and costumes in an oriental style. The music of Die Entführung aus dem Serail includes some of the composer’s most spectacular and difficult arias. In most of the scenes it reaches huge emotional depth and complexity. The world famous conductor Zubin Mehta who is known for his flamboyant and forceful performance gives this production its special flair. Together with this excellent conductor and the fabulous singers, this concert promises to be an outstanding listening pleasure for the audience.

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Running Time: 136 mins

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“Thanks to conductor Zubin Mehta's precision, the ensembles coalesce brilliantly...The true star is Mehta. The heat of his allegros, the languor of his rallentandos, the delicacy with which he brings out solo instrumental writing make Mozart's music at once profound and exotic. Soprano Eva Mei capitalises on Mehta's direction, her nobility of expression growing until the climactic finale.” BBC Music Magazine, August 2011 ****

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Mozart: La clemenza di Tito, K621

Mozart: La clemenza di Tito, K621

Live Recording from The Felsenreitschule, Salzburg Festival, 2003


Set Design by Jens Kilian

Arthaus presents a truly new way of looking at La clemenza di Tito with this famous and star-studded production from the Salzburg Festival 2003. Here Nikolaus Harnoncourt, renowned for his analytical approach to the search for the core of the music, interprets Mozart’s last opera. Martin Kušej, who is acclaimed for his theatre productions directs the production. Nikolaus Harnoncourt identifies with Mozart’s score as both an extremely knowledgeable musician and a conductor who invariably plays an active part in helping to shape the drama. Together with the Vienna Philharmonic, he savours the miracles of Mozart’s late work, bringing out its instrumental colours and effects and at the same time stimulating his singers while proving a solicitous accompanist.

Martin Kušej’s production emphasizes the darker sides of the piece, exploring the opera’s basic archetypal patterns while at the same time interpreting it as a highly topical and – in the truest sense of the term – timeless political and human power game. His ability to bring this concept across by focussing on every last detail of the characterization reflects the demand to provide new insights into Mozart’s works that, in Salzburg more than anywhere else, is incumbent upon interpreters. The suggestive power of this performance however, is also due to an ensemble that was truly worthy of a festival appearance. As one critic wrote, six handpicked artists “brought to their parts both plenty of character and a flawless technique”.

Sound Format: LPCM Stereo, DD 5.1, DTS 5.1

Picture Format: 16:9

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Subtitle Languages: DE, GB, FR, ES, IT

Running Time: 160 mins

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“The strongest point in its favour is its communication of the work's austere power: a music-drama that both sums up the past and looks far into the future...The characters, whether or not one accepts Kusej's view of them, are all delineated with extraordinary vividness; in purely vocal terms likewise this is a Tito cast of considerable all-round distinction.” BBC Music Magazine, July 2011 **

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Mozart: Così fan tutte, K588

Mozart: Così fan tutte, K588

Live Recording from From The Salzburg Festival, 1983


Margaret Marshall (Fiordiligi), Ann Murray (Dorabella), Francisco Araiza (Ferrando), James Morris (Guglielmo), Sesto Bruscantini (Don Alfonso) & Kathleen Battle (Despina)

Wiener Philharmoniker, Riccardo Muti (conductor) & Michael Hampe (stage director)

Set & Costume Design by MAURO PAGANO

Arthaus presents a true Salzburg success story on DVD. Così fan tutte is the third most-frequently performed work at the festival after Le nozze di Figaro and Die Zauberflöte. This DVD provides a closer look at a classical staging from the Salzburg Festival in the series of important opera productions seen at the festival in the last decades. Riccardo Muti had made a sensational Salzburg début in 1971 and this Così fan tutte was his first Mozart opera at the festival. It was acclaimed by both the general public and international critics, who were virtually unanimous in their praise of the aesthetic quality of the production. Muti was praised for his authoritative approach to Mozart’s music, while the remarkably homogeneous team of international soloists was equally applauded. The singers form an admirably cohesive ensemble and all of them are outstanding Mozart singers. The production became a staple at the Salzburg Festival and hugely popular with audiences. Muti gives both the musicians and the audience time to appreciate Mozart’s music in all its beauty, formal mastery and, above all, in the endless variety of its depiction of human foibles. The Vienna Philharmonic’s playing is well sprung and relaxed, but always imbued with great intensity.

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Picture Format: 4:3

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Subtitle Languages: DE, GB, FR, IT, ES

Running Time: 188 mins

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The Giacomo Variations

The Giacomo Variations

Live Recording From The Ronacher Theater, Vienna, 2011


John Malkovich, Ingeborga Dapkunaite, Florian Boesch & Sophie Klussmann

Orchestra Wiener Akademie, Martin Haselböck

A chamber opera play based on works of GIACOMO CASANOVA, LORENZO DA PONTE and WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART

Written and directed by MICHAEL STURMINGER

Giacomo Casanova received a doctorate as jurist, scratched along as violinist in a theatre, dabbled in the role of a lieutenant and was cofounder of France’s lottery. As an adventurer and due to his reputation as lover of innumerable women and globetrotter, he became world famous. His memoirs from 1790, „Histoire de ma vie“, fascinate to date, and declare Casanova as symbol for the art of seduction! Michael Sturminger and Martin Haselböck adapt Casanova’s themes and create with their new chamber-opera play “The Giacomo-Variations” a dramatic and humorous rapprochement to a phenomenon. We meet Casanova – alternately played by Hollywood star John Malkovich and baritone Florian Boesch – in various exciting encounters, and are witness to his very personal retrospection on his life in the face of his approaching death. Somewhere in the midst of these encounters, bursting with desire and passion for numerous women, Casanova has to confront his biggest fear: to die, before discovering what he has lived for. The „Soundtrack“ for this exceptional play of human feelings is provided by Casanova’s contemporaries W.A. Mozart und Lorenzo Da Ponte, drawing on some of the most beautiful arias from their operatic collaborations.

BONUS: Inside THE GIACOMO VARIATIONS (documentary and interviews)

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Running Time: 139 mins + 34 mins (bonus)

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Conductor and Teacher: Marek Janowski

Conductor and Teacher: Marek Janowski

a film by Michel Follin


Beethoven:

Egmont Overture, Op. 84

Berlioz:

Grande Messe des Morts, Op. 5 (Requiem)

Mozart:

Symphony No. 41 in C major, K551 'Jupiter'


Experience is all, but, Janowski advises Olivier Dejours, firstly be a good musician, be an excellent player, good coach and reach out to others.

“Janowski works thoughtfully with Dejours on translating musical ideas into sound through unselfconscious gestures.” BBC Music Magazine, August 2011 ****

“Follin's documentary...neither fuels nor fells the famous "maestro mystique" of the conductor's podium. Although much time is devoted to interpretative matters...much of their discussion turns to nuts-and-bolts matter like technique and personnel management” Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2011

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Violinist and Teacher: Gérard Poulet

Violinist and Teacher: Gérard Poulet

a film by Catherine Zins


Bach, J S:

Partita for solo violin No. 2 in D minor, BWV1004: Chaconne

Brahms:

Piano Trio No. 2 in C major, Op. 87

Debussy:

Violin Sonata

Mozart:

Violin Concerto No. 2 in D major, K211

Sibelius:

Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47

Ysaÿe:

Sonata for solo violin in A minor, Op. 27 No. 2


Gérard Poulet (violin)

Teaching is a practice essential to his condition as a soloist. students Renaud Capuçon, Thierry Huchin, Mary Scheuble

“Poulet, whose father's advice Debussy sought in writing his Violin Sonata, is a passionate, excitable presence” BBC Music Magazine, August 2011 ****

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Mozart: Don Giovanni, K527

Mozart: Don Giovanni, K527


Gerald Finley (Don Giovanni), Luca Pisaroni (Leporello), Kate Royal (Donna Elvira), Anna Samuil (Donna Anna), William Burden (Ottavio), Anna Virovlansky (Zerlina), Guido Loconsolo (Masetto), Alastair Miles (Commendatore)

The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment & Glyndebourne Chorus, Vladimir Jurowski (conductor) & Jonathan Kent (director)

Read Presto's complete review of this recording here.

“Amazing production of Don Giovanni at Glyndebourne, a work of art in itself… Magnificent as the set is, this will also be a Don Giovanni to listen to for the orchestra. The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment are so good that they can generate almost demonic energy from the lighter timbres of period instruments. Vladimir Jurowski has rarely sounded more inspired”. Opera Today

“The graceful purity of Kate Royal as Elvira ... gave lustre to Mozart's kaleidoscopic masterpiece”. The Scotsman

“Suavely ruthless, Finley was both steely monster and molten charmer, singing with a firmness, clarity and stylistic elegance that I can’t easily imagine surpassed”. The Telegraph

For this 2010 production, the first new staging of the opera in 10 years, Glyndebourne welcome back the winning team of director Jonathan Kent and designer Paul Brown with Festival Music Director, Vladimir Jurowski conducting the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.

Set at a time of seismic social and cultural change - in a Fellini-esque vision of post-war life - Jonathan Kent's urgently propulsive production offers a 'white-knuckle rollercoaster ride' through the events of the Don's last day as they unfold in and around Paul Brown's magical 'box of tricks' set.

In the title role we also welcome back the great bass-baritone Gerald Finley. He has sung Don Giovanni to worldwide acclaim in New York, London, Paris, Vienna, Rome, Budapest and Prague. Finley is joined by Luca Pisaroni (Guglielmo in the 2006 Festival’s Così fan tutte) as Leporello, Kate Royal (the Governess in Jonathan Kent’s 2006 staging of The Turn of the Screw) as Donna Elvira, and the young Russian soprano Anna Samuil making her UK opera debut as Donna Anna.

Bonus features include rehearsal and backstage footage, interviews with the production staff and cast as well as a glimpse into the costume, design and technical departments at Glyndebourne.

The DVD will feature English, French and German subtitles.

The production will be revived next summer at the 2011 Glyndebourne Festival.

Kate Royal is an exclusive EMI Classics artist since 2006. She has made two solo recordings: Kate Royal with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields/Edward Gardner and Midsummer Night with the Orchestra of English National Opera/Edward Gardner. As a guest artist, she has recorded discs for the label with the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, Le Concert d’Astrée/Emmanuelle Haïm and Paul McCartney. Kate Royal's new album ‘A Lesson in Love’ (released in 2011), is an intimate recital with pianist Malcolm Martineau charting a young girl’s journey of love and loss through a combination of German lieder, English and American songs and French melodies. Kate Royal returns to Glyndebourne in Summer 2011.

Designer Paul Brown

“Finley is a Don of remarkable self-assurance and narcissism, his impeccable diction and technically flawless singing an extension of this monstrous character...Pisaroni's great acting occasionally makes his singing imperfect, but the voice is grand and there will be few complaints...[Samuil's] singing is big-boned, fearless and has a nice unpredictability to it...The [OAE] plays with fire and passion...[Jurowski's] reading keeps the listeners on the edge of their seats.” International Record Review, July 2011

“this Don, played by Gerald Finley, is a master of self-control: hands in tailored pockets and operating with a steely indifference to all...And Finley give this vision vocal assurance matching the clarity of Jurowski's conducting and the momentum generated by Kent within the ever-shifting Pandora's box of a design...Kate Royal is a deeply serious, thrillingly sung Donna Elvira, Anna Samuil an equally classy, flaring soprano of a Donna Anna.” BBC Music Magazine, July 2011 ****

“[Finley's] assumption is completely convincing...his fear before the confrontation with the Commendatore in the supper scene is palpable. Finley sings as well as he acts, apart from an oddly unhoneyed serenade...The singing is fine and the OAE play like angels.” Gramophone Magazine, August 2011

“Gerald Finley is vocally and theatrically mesmerising as a dashing Giovanni, and he's matched by Kate Royal on splendid form as the abandoned Elvira and Anna Virovlansky a charming and fresh-voiced Zerlina. Vladimir Jurowski takes the orchestra at quite a lick, adding energy and fizz to proceedings.” Classic FM Magazine, August 2011 ***

Presto Disc of the Week

23rd May 2011

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New Year`s Concert 2011 from the Teatro La Fenice

New Year`s Concert 2011 from the Teatro La Fenice


Bellini:

Norma Overture

Donizetti:

Io son ricco, e tu sei bella (from L'Elisir d'amore)

Dvorak:

Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95 'From the New World'

Mozart:

Aprite un po'quegli occhi (from Le Nozze di Figaro)

Puccini:

O mio babbino caro (from Gianni Schicchi)

Rossini:

La calunnia è un venticello (from Il barbiere di Siviglia)

Soirées musicales: La Danza

Verdi:

Va, pensiero (from Nabucco)

Follie! Follie! Delirio vano è questo…Sempre libera (from La traviata)

Libiamo, ne' lieti calici (from La Traviata)

Fuoco di gioia (from Otello)

O signore, dal tetto natio (from I Lombardi)

Parmi veder le lagrime (from Rigoletto)


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