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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-91)

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Mozart: Die Zauberflöte, K620

Mozart: Die Zauberflöte, K620

Sung in English and abridged


Matthew Polenzani (Tamino), Nathan Gunn (Papageno), Ying Huang (Pamina), Erika Miklósa (Queen of the Night), René Pape (Sarastro), Greg Fedderly (Monostatos), David Pittsinger (Speaker), Jennifer Aylmer (Papagena), Wendy Bryn Harmer, Kate Lindsey, Tamara Mumford (Drei Damen)

The Metropolitan Opera & Chorus, James Levine

Directed by Julie Taymor

“The best performance comes from Nathan Gunn as Papageno, with his irrepressible energy and sense of comic timing...Matthew Polenzani and Ying Huang make a believably young pair of lovers. The production is a visual delight, with its bright colours, puppets and masks. It is, predictably, entirely politically correct. James Levine's conducting is well-judged, save for a funereal 'Tamino mein!' Give this to your children, then take them to the opera house.” Gramophone Magazine, December 2011

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Berliner Philharmoniker from Krakow

Berliner Philharmoniker from Krakow

Live Recording from The St. Mary‘s Church Krakow, 1999


Chopin:

Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21

Emanuel Ax (piano)

Mozart:

Exsultate, jubilate, K165 - Alleluia

Christine Schafer (soprano)

Et incarnatus est (from Great Mass in C minor)

Christine Schafer (soprano)

Schumann:

Symphony No. 1 in B flat major, Op. 38 'Spring'


With Krakow‘s glorious St. Mary‘s Church as the setting, the world-acclaimed Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra performs a concert to both commemorate the orchestra‘s 1882 founding and reaffirm the cultural life of a reborn European community.

Featuring Bernard Haitink as guest conductor, the concert‘s repertoire features soprano Christine Schäfer performing two pieces by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, the brilliant „Allelujah“ from the motet Exsultate, jubilate followed by the richly introspective „Et incarnatus est“ from the C minor Mass.

Also featured is renowned pianist Emanuel Ax, who performs the Second Concerto by Poland‘s most beloved native composer, Frédéric Chopin. The concert concludes with the Berlin Philharmonic‘s performance of Robert Schumann‘s radiant Spring Symphony.

Sound Format: PCM STEREO, DD 5.1

Picture Format: 16:9

DVD Format: DVD 9, PAL

Running Time: 95 mins

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Arthaus Musik Berliner Philharmoniker - 107160

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Daniel Barenboim and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra – The Salzburg Concerts

Daniel Barenboim and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra – The Salzburg Concerts


Beethoven:

Leonore Overture No. 3, Op. 72b

Mozart:

Sinfonia concertante in E flat for Oboe, Clarinet, Horn, Bassoon & Orchestra, K297b

Schoenberg:

Variations for Orchestra, Op. 31

Tchaikovsky:

Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 74 'Pathétique'


The concerts on this DVD and Blu-ray had been recorded at the 2007 Salzburg Festival, during the orchestras Salzburg residency. The ensemble "proved its status as a first-class orchestra that has no need to shy from comparisons with the philharmonic 'top dogs' from Vienna or Berlin" (Munich's Abendzeitung).

The idea of uniting young musicians from Israel, Palestine and various Arab countries into a musical ensemble still seems incredible today. Yet such an orchestra has been flourishing since 1999, when Daniel Barenboim and Edward Said founded the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra.

DVD: DTS 5.0, PCM Stereo

Total: 122 minutes

“captures the sense of music-making on the wing...rarely has the final coda erupted with such overwhelming joy. The same electrifying concentration informs performances of Schoenberg's Variations and Tchaikovsky's Pathetique Symphony, which find Barenboim so emotionally involved that at times he gently coaxes the sounds from the orchestra rather than directing them imperiously.” International Record Review, January 2012

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C Major - 706608

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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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Opera Australia - OPOZ56001

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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

Sounds formats DVD: PCM Stereo, DD 5.1, DTS 5.1

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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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EuroArts - 2053589

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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.

Sound Format: PCM STEREO, DD 5.1, DTS 5.1

Picture Format: 16:9

DVD Format: DVD 9, NTSC

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

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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Arthaus Musik - 107109

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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

DVD Format: 1 x DVD 5, 1 x DVD 9 / NTSC

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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Arthaus Musik - 107181

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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.

Sound Format: PCM Stereo

Picture Format: 4:3

DVD Format: 2 DVD 9, NTSC

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

Running Time: 188 mins

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Arthaus Musik - 107219

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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)

Sound Format: PCM STEREO, DD 5.1

Picture Format: 16:9

DVD Format: DVD 9, NTSC

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

Running Time: 139 mins + 34 mins (bonus)

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Arthaus Musik - 101570

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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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Harmonia Mundi - Les Leçons Particulieres De Musique - HMD9909037

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