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Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro, K492

Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro, K492

Live Recording from The Salzburg Festival 1966


Ingvar Wixell (Il Conte di Almaviva), Claire Watson (La Contessa di Almaviva), Reri Grist (Susanna), Edith Mathis (Cherubino), Walter Berry (Figaro), David Thaw (Basilio), Zoltan Kelemen (Bartolo) & Margarethe Bence (Marcellina)

Chor Der Wiener Staatsoper & Die Wiener Philharmoniker, Karl Böhm (conductor) & Günther Rennert (director)

Set and Costume Design by LUDWIG HEINRICH

No other work written for the music theatre has been performed at the Salzburg Festival as often as Le Nozze di Figaro. Mozart’s opera buffa, this work of genius, was included in the programme of forty-six out of more than eighty festival summers; the more than 200 performances included at least twelve different Figaro productions, and on every occasion only the best Mozart singers of the time were engaged for Salzburg. Mozart’s Figaro performances in Salzburg were above all a task for great conductors, from Franz Schalk and Bruno Walter, Josef Krigs, Herbert von Karajan and Wilhelm Furtwängler to Lorin Maazel, Riccardo Muti and Nikolaus Harnoncourt. It is, however, Karl Böhm above all others who deserves to be singled out, who over many years has had a formative influence on the musical image of this opera from Vienna and Salzburg to Munich and New York. To this day Karl Böhm’s performances of Figaro and Cosi fan tutte remain a vivid memory, and his recordings have set a standard.

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

Running Time: 180 mins

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“Mathis acts well and phrases Voi che sapete to perfection” Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2011

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Arthaus Musik - 107057

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Teresa Berganza Masterclasses

Teresa Berganza Masterclasses

The Marriage of Figaro, Don Giovanni - films by Dominique Lucie Brard


Teresa Berganza (mezzo-soprano) & Aline Bartisol (piano)

Jorge Chaminé (musical director)

At the Villa Viardot, in France, Teresa Berganza, herself an unforgettable Cherubino, gave 2 masterclasses based on the 'Marriage of Figaro' (2009) and 'Don Giovanni' (2010).

Young singers from all over the world reveal their talent in two exceptional singing lessons, now open to all musicians.

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Melisande Films - MEL001

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Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro, K492

Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro, K492

Live Recording from The Teatro Alla Scala, 2006


Diana Damrau (Susanna), Ildebrando D'Arcangelo (Figaro), Pietro Spagnoli (Il Conte di Almaviva), Marcella Orsatti Talamanca (La Contessa di Almaviva) & Monica Bacelli (Cherubino)

Teatro Alla Scala, Gérard Korsten (conductor) & Giorgio Strehler (stage director)

Set Design by EZIO FRIGERIO

Giorgio Strehler was one of Europe’s most celebrated theatre directors. In his Piccolo Teatro in Milan he created outstanding interpretations of Bertolt Brecht and William Shakespeare. As an opera director he worked at all the major international opera houses, most notably the Teatro alla Scala, Milan, where he was responsible for productions of Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra (1971), Macbeth (1975) and in 1980 for Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro.

This legendary production of Mozart’s masterpiece is now available as a 2006 recording, featuring the wonderful Diana Damrau as Susanna and Ildebrando D’Arcangelo as Figaro.

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Running Time: 187 mins

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Arthaus Musik - 101589

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Mozart: Don Giovanni, K527

Mozart: Don Giovanni, K527

Opening Performance of The Deutsche Oper Berlin, 1961

Sung in German


Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Don Giovanni), Elisabeth Grümmer (Donna Anna), Pilar Lorengar (Donna Elvira), Donald Grobe (Don Ottavio), Josef Greindl (Il Commendatore), Walter Berry (Leporello), Erika Köth (Zerlina), Ivan Sardi (Masetto)

Deutsche Oper Berlin, Ferenc Fricsay (conductor) & Carl Ebert (stage director)

Set & Costumes by GEORG WAKHEVITCH

The opening of the Deutsche Oper Berlin on 24 September 1961 is always seen in the context of partition of Germany, cemented six weeks earlier, and the construction of the Berlin Wall. The coincidence of the two events did not go unnoticed in the many press reports at the time, with most citing remarks about the city’s circumstances by the then Governing Mayor of Berlin, Willy Brandt: “Having experienced more in the last few weeks than in an entire generation, a city divided by a wall of coercion and shame is once again making music, producing theatre, staging fine international exhibitions and can at last open the doors of its long-awaited new opera house.” For almost twenty years – since the destruction of the former “Deutsches Opernhaus” in November 1943 – Berlin had had to make do with a makeshift stage. Although already in the early stages of a terminal illness, Ferenc Fricsay conducted the inaugural performance. Fricsay died in 1963. Staged by Carl Ebert, the performance featured a cast of singers unparalleled to this day, including Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau in the title role, Elisabeth Grümmer and Pilar Lorengar as Donna Anna and Donna Elvira, Donald Grobe, who stepped in at short notice and built an international career on his performance, Walter Berry as Leporello and Erika Köth as Zerlina.

The inaugural performance of Don Giovanni at the Deutsche Oper Berlin is available here for the first time on DVD. The recording of the dress rehearsal on 23 September 1961 was broadcast on German national television simultaneously with the premiere on 24 September.

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Running Time: 176 mins

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“The Berlin Wall had been constructed only weeks before, and you can sense a jitteriness in the air...The production shows its age, owing in part to Georges Wakhévitch's frilly period designs, though Ebert's direction is wonderfully unfussy and psychologically astute. Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau is the charming Don...The great performances, though, come from Donald Grobe's strikingly tough Ottavio and Walter Berry's bitterly funny Leporello.” The Guardian, 8th December 2011 ****

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Arthaus Musik Deutsche Oper Berlin - 101574

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Boston Symphony Orchestra & Charles Munch play Mendelssohn

Boston Symphony Orchestra & Charles Munch play Mendelssohn


Mendelssohn:

Symphony No. 3 in A minor, Op. 56 'Scottish'

Sanders Theatre, Harvard University, 1 December 1959

Symphony No. 4 in A major, Op. 90 'Italian'

Sanders Theatre, Harvard University, 30 May 1958

Mozart:

Masonic Funeral Music in C minor, K477

Sanders Theatre, Harvard University, 7 April 1959


Access to the publicly broadcast BSO concerts from this era has been extremely difficult even for researchers. This series of DVDs will make these performances available for the first time since they were broadcast.

Munch launched the BSO into television in 1955. He was an immensely popular conductor and well suited to being filmed.

This material represents some of the earliest televised concerts with the Boston Symphony and Charles Munch, and has been restored using the greatest care and state-of-the-art techniques. It is of exceptional musical interest and rare historic value.

Munch recorded Mendelssohn’s Symphonies Nos 3, 4 and 5 with the BSO on RCA.

Characteristically lively renditions, Munch’s interpretations of both symphonies are energetic and precise with excellent articulation from the BSO.

With Mozart’s Masonic Funeral Music as a bonus track – a new addition to his discography – this DVD is another fine example of a first class orchestra under one of its most charismatic Music Directors.

Two Munch/BSO DVDs from ICA Classics’ first set of releases have been awarded the Diapason d’Or in France’s Diapason magazine.

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Sound format: Ambient Mastering

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Running time: 70’

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Booklet languages: E/F/G

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ica classics Legacy - ICAD5039

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A Musical Journey – Italy

A Musical Journey – Italy

A Musical Tour of the Southern Tyrol


Music by Mozart


The Places • The Southern Tyrol was in earlier times part of the Habsburg Empire, governed from Vienna, and ceded to Italy in 1919. The region remains largely German-speaking and enjoys a considerable degree of autonomy. Of particular interest are the rock-formations of the Dolomites and the many castles and fortified houses of the province. The tour shows two historic buildings, Schloss Velthurns and Schloss Runkelstein.

The Music • Music for the tour is by Mozart, born in Salzburg in 1756. With his father, Leopold Mozart, Vice-Kapellmeister in Salzburg, he made three notable visits to Italy, and on various occasions broke his journey at Bozen (Bolzano) and visited Brixen (Bressanone). The music heard here is the Posthorn Serenade, written in Salzburg in 1779, and the Notturno, another serenade, written there in the winter of 1776-77.

Video Format • NTSC / Colour / 4:3

Audio Format • DTS 5.1 / Dolby Digital 5.1 / PCM Stereo 2.0

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Naxos Musical Journeys - 2110539

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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.

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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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