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Güher & Süher Pekinel - Live in Concert

Güher & Süher Pekinel - Live in Concert

Live concerts from London, Lucerne & Zurich


Brahms:

Sonata for 2 pianos in F minor, Op. 34b

Lutoslawski:

Variations on a Theme by Paganini, for two pianos

Milhaud:

Scaramouche, suite for two pianos, Op. 165b

Mozart:

Concerto for 2 Pianos and Orchestra No. 10 in E flat, K365

Poulenc:

Concerto in D minor for Two Pianos & Orchestra


Güher and Süher Pekinel is the exceptional Turkish twin piano duo that has gained international success over the past 40 years. Starting as prodigies in their early childhood, they had their first public performance at the age of six. Their career brought them from Turkey over to France, Germany, Japan, the US, Great Britain and many more.

Güher and Süher Pekinel are known for playing the piano backto-back, only relying on sound. Their ability is often described as a telepathic gift which offers the listener a perfectly balanced sound. This internationally often adored style of piano playing gives each performance an engrossed tension and makes it a unique musical experience.

This DVD comprises the remarkable live concerts from London, Lucerne and Zurich which are conducted by the brilliant Sir Colin Davis and famous Chinese conductor Muhai Tang. Both belong to the greatest maestri of our time and bring these Pekinel concerts to a musical highlight. Together with the special bonus that shows an interview of the sisters in London, 2009 this DVD is a sublime document of amazing Güher & Süher Pekinel.

BONUS: Interview + Special Features with Jacques Loussier

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Running Time: 88 mins + 42 mins Bonus

Subtitle Languages: B, DE, FR, ES, TR, JP

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“Turkish identical twins who never glance at each other, yet play as though governed by a single brain. Their Mozart is serene, their Milhaud unfettered, their Brahms majestic.” BBC Music Magazine, January 2011 ****

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Ravenna, Venice & Faenza

Ravenna, Venice & Faenza


Mozart:

Flute Concerto No. 1 in G major, K313

Flute Concerto No. 2 in D major, K314

Andante in C major, K315 for flute and orchestra


Herbert Weissberg (flute)

Capella Istropolitana, Martin Sieghart

The Places

The tour starts in Northern Italy, in Ravenna, once the capital of the Roman Emperor Honorius. The tour also takes us to Faenza, famous for its majolica ware, known as faïence, and to the great Basilica of San Marco in Venice and its Carnival.

The Music

The music for this tour of Italy is by Mozart and includes his two Flute Concertos, written for a patron during a visit to Mannheim in 1777–78. The Andante, K.315, is thought to date from the same period.

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Southern Italy & Sicily

Southern Italy & Sicily


Mozart:

Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major, K467 'Elvira Madigan'

Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K491


The Places

From Caserta and Naples in Southern Italy we travel to Sicily, an island with a remarkably varied history.

The Music

The music is by Mozart, his Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major, K.467, written in Vienna in March 1785, and the second of his two piano concertos in a minor key, the Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K.491, composed in Vienna in the following year.

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Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro, K492

Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro, K492

Recorded (coloured), at the Komische Oper, 1976

Sung in German


József Dene (Figaro), Ursula Reinhardt-Kiss (Susanna), Uwe Kreyßig (Count), Magdelena Falewicz (Countess), Ute Trekel-Burgkhardt (Cherubino), Ruth Schob-Lipka (Marcellina), Rudolf Asmus (Bartolo), Frank Folker (Basilio), Werner Enders (Curzio), Helmut Völker (Antonio), Barbara Sternberger (Barbarina)

Orchestra and Chorus of The Komische Oper Berlin, Geza Oberfrank (conductor) & Alter Felsenstein (stage director)

TV Direction Georg Mielke, Set Design Reinhart Zimmermann & Costume Design Eleonore Kleiber.

Libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte, German adaptation by Walter Felsenstein

Walter Felsenstein (1901–1975), founder and general director of the Komische Oper in Berlin, was one of the twentieth century’s greatest creative theatre directors, who played a hugely important role in the revival of opera as a theatrical art form. A brilliant artist who directed over 190 productions during the course of his career, he was equally committed to the works, their creators, the ensemble and the audience.

The Marriage of Figaro that received its premiere on 26 February 1975 in the Komische Oper Berlin was Walter Felsenstein’s last production and in many respects can be regarded as representing his legacy. Having just returned from directing a guest production at Vienna’s Burgtheater, Felsenstein had been working on Figaro since early February 1974. He had already directed three productions of the work – in 1934 in Cologne, in 1942 at the Salzburg Festival and in 1950 at the Komische Oper. For the latter production, he had used earlier translations as the basis for producing a new text version, but he now decided that this was inadequate, as he had reached the conclusion that from the point of view of both form and expression, rhyme was crucial at many points in the musical numbers. He also wanted to further fi ne-tune the formulation of the text – putting the emphasis on the sense rather than word-for-word equivalence (which was, in any case, impossible). For a 74-year-old, Felsenstein had a punishing work schedule. In addition to working on Figaro (translating the libretto, analysing the pieces with the conductor, working on the overall concept, holding discussions with the set and costume designers), he also had to fi nd time for his work as General Director, for congresses, for a guest production of Bluebeard and for many other duties. His principle was, “always to start from the beginning again, to try to reach an understanding of the text and the music as though they had never before been interpreted or ‘understood’. I call it ‘taking the work literally’. And it is above all the music that has to be taken literally.” Thus he tried to approach even his fourth production of the work in a spirit of ‘naivety’, while, at the same time, benefi ting from the experience gained with his previous productions. With inexorable meticulousness, Felsenstein pored over the opera, consulting its roots in the works of Beaumarchais and Paisiello (The Barber of Seville) in order to be able to understand the relationship between the characters in Mozart’s work.

Special Features on DVD: Facsimile & Texts, Interview with Walter Felsenstein on the topic of “Realistic music theatre”, Segments of other Walter Felsenstein’s productions.

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Running Time: 166 mins Opera + Special Features

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Martha Argerich - Verbier 2007-2008

Martha Argerich - Verbier 2007-2008


Bach, J S:

Partita No. 2 in C minor, BWV826

Martha Argerich (piano)

Bartók:

Violin Sonata in E minor, BB28

Martha Argerich (piano) & Renaud Capuçon (violin)

Grieg:

Cello Sonata in A minor, Op. 36

Martha Argerich (piano) & Mischa Maisky (cello)

Lutoslawski:

Variations on a Theme by Paganini, for two pianos

Martha Argerich & Gabriela Montero (pianos)

Mozart:

Andante and Variations in G for Piano Duet, K501

Martha Argerich & Stephen Kovacevich (piano)

Shostakovich:

Piano Quintet in G minor, Op. 57

Martha Argerich (piano), Joshua Bell (violin), Henning Kraggerud (violin), Yuri Bashmet (viola) & Mischa Maisky (cello)


A collection of the most wonderful performances given at the Verbier Festival (2007 and 2008) by the legendary pianist Martha Argerich, featuring some of the most talented musicians of today.

Martha Argerich proves once again her great pianistic technique in a wave of virtuosity, performing emblematic works of the greatest composers ever. Moreover, she is accompanied by the best and most renowned cellists, pianists and violinists one can imagine: Stephen Kovacevich, Mischa Maisky, Renaud Capuçon…

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“…Argerich's matriarchal presence casts a benign glow over the proceedings, and her keyboard wizardry remains as abundant and remarkable as ever.” BBC Music Magazine, Christmas 2009 ****

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Mozart: Die Entführung aus dem Serail, K384

Mozart: Die Entführung aus dem Serail, K384


Aga Winska, Elzbieta Szmytka, Kurt Streit, Hilmar Thate & Artur Korn

Choir and Orchestra of Wiener Staatsoper, Nikolaus Harnoncourt

Staged by Ursel and Karl–Ernst Herrmann and Directed by Brian Large.

2 DVD set of Mozart’s Entfuhrung aus dem Serail, conducted by Nikolaus Harnoncourt with the Choir and Orchestra of Wiener Staatsoper. Cast includes Aga Winska, Elzbieta Szmytka, Kurt Streit, Hilmar Thate and Artur Korn. Staged by Ursel and Karl–Ernst Herrmann and Directed by Brian Large.

“Harnoncourt's crisp conducting and Korn's Osmin are outstanding in this 1989 production. A generally decent cast, despite a shrill Blonde, slogs through a straightforward but stodgy staging.” BBC Music Magazine, February 2010 ***

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Mozart: Don Giovanni, K527

Mozart: Don Giovanni, K527

Live Recording from The Theater An Der Wien, 1999


Carlos Álvarez (Don Giovanni), Adrianne Pieczonka (Donna Anna), Anna Caterina Antonacci (Donna Elvira), Angelika Kirchschlager (Zerlina), Michael Schade (Don Ottavio), Ildebrando d'Arcangelo (Leporello), Franz-Josef Selig (Il Commendatore), Lorenzo Regazzo (Masetto)

Chorus and Orchestra of The Vienna State Opera, Riccardo Muti (conductor) & Roberto De Simone (director)

Set Design by Nicola Rubertelli & Costume Design by Zaira De Vicentiis.

For his production of “ Don Giovanni“ at the Vienna International Festival (Wiener Festwochen), Roberto de Simone does not want to follow in the footsteps of other directors who modernise the design and add something that did not exist in Mozart’s original. He sends Don Giovanni on a journey through time to revisit the centuries that the character lived through starting with the original costume of the 16th century and ending in the 19th century. Don Giovanni changes garments but is still the same legend and archetype. Something similar can be said for his accompanying antagonist, Donna Elvira. De Simone succeeds in sticking to the fl ow of the plot and to the music, in which the soloists and Riccardo Muti’s state opera orchestra have a crucial part. Muti spiritedly conducts with a sense for style and gives the singers room to shine. In the baroque ambiance of the theatre on the river Wien, we experience a “Don Giovanni“ in a unique unity of theatrical pretence and top-rate musical performance.

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The Metropolitan Opera Centennial Gala

The Metropolitan Opera Centennial Gala


Beethoven:

Leonore Overture No. 3, Op. 72b

Debussy:

L'annee en vain...Cependent les soirs (from L'enfant Prodigue)

Ileana Cotrubas

Donizetti:

Chi mi frena in tal momento? (from Lucia di Lammermoor)

Una furtiva lagrima (from L'elisir d'amore)

Nicolai Gedda

Giordano, U:

Vicino a te (from Andrea Chénier)

Jose Carreras, Montserrat Caballé

Gounod:

Va! je t'ai pardonné (from Roméo et Juliette)

Catherine Malfitano, Alfredo Kraus

Alerte, alerte! (from Faust)

Katia Ricciarelli, William Lewis, Nicolai Ghiaurov

Mascagni:

Son io! Son io la Vita! (from Iris)

Mozart:

E Susanna non vien! … Dove sono i bei momenti (from Le nozze di Figaro)

Kiri Te Kanawa

Puccini:

In questa reggia (from Turandot)

Eva Marton

Viene la sera (from Madama Butterfly)

Giuliano Ciannella, Leona Mitchell

Rossini:

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

Ruggero Raimondi

Bel raggio lusinghier (from Semiramide)

Joan Sutherland

Pria di dividerci da voi, signore (from L'italiana in Algeri)

Saint-Saëns:

Bacchanale from Samson et Dalila

Linda Gelinas, Ricardo Costa

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

Marilyn Horne

Smetana:

The Bartered Bride Overture

Strauss, R:

Mir ist die Ehre widerfahren (from Der Rosenkavalier)

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

trad.:

Fjorton år tror jag visst att jag var

Birgit Nilsson

Verdi:

Dio, mi potevi scagliar tutti i mali (from Otello)

James McCracken

Surta è la notte...Ernani! Ernani, involami (from Ernani)

Anna Tomowa-Sintow

Giá nella notte densa (from Otello)

Plácido Domingo, Mirella Freni

Donna chi sei? (from Nabucco)

Renato Bruson, Grace Bumbry

Teco io sto (from Un ballo in maschera)

Luciano Pavarotti, Leontyne Price

Wagner:

Wie lachend sie mir Lieder singen (from Tristan und Isolde)

Birgit Nilsson


Here are the greatest moments from the “ultimate in galas” (Opera), a “roof-rattling vocal display and the kind of cheering and free-flowing, heartfelt emotion on both sides of the footlights that opera evinces more than any other art form” - New York Times

The gala celebration immediately catches the attention with spectacular performances by stars such as Dame Joan Sutherland, Anna Tomowa-Sintow, Mirella Freni, Marilyn Horne, Birgit Nilsson, Luciano Pavarotti, José Carreras, Plácido Domingo, Nicolai Gedda, Alfredo Kraus and many others

“The world's most famous opera singers [in] a dazzling sequence of performances” - New York Times

“It's always a privilege to sing at the Met, but this is something very special. I don't think there's ever been anything this grand in the history of opera” - Luciano Pavarotti

This product features an awesome roster of international star conducters: from James Levine, Leonard Bernstein and Thomas Fulton to Jeffrey Tate, Richard Bonynge

2 DVDs LIVE from the Met from October 22, 1983

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Schoenbrunn 2009 - Summer Night Concert

Schoenbrunn 2009 - Summer Night Concert


Falla:

Noches en los jardines de Espana

Mores:

El firulete - Tango

Encore

The Arabesque

Encore

Mozart:

Serenade No. 13 in G major, K525 'Eine kleine Nachtmusik'

Mussorgsky:

A Night on the Bare Mountain

Orchestral arrangement by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

Sibelius:

Valse Triste, Op. 44 No. 1

Encore

Strauss, J, II:

Tausendundeine Nacht, Op. 346

Wiener Blut Waltz, Op. 354

Encore

Strauss, Josef:

Im Fluge Op. 230 Polka schnell

Encore


On the 4th of June 2009 the Wiener Philharmoniker treat the Viennese public with a free open-air concert on the grounds of Schönbrunn Palace

The impressive historical setting of Schönbrunn Palace and its beautiful baroque gardens, a UNESCO world cultural heritage site, form a unique backdrop for this Summer Night concert

150,000 visitors were present in the audience, and the concert was broadcast world-wide in more than 50 countries.

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Jerusalem International Chamber Music Festival

Jerusalem International Chamber Music Festival


Brahms:

String Sextet No. 1 in B flat major, Op. 18

Carter, E:

Esprit rude, Esprit doux

Statement - Remembering Aaron

Rhapsodic Musings

Hindemith:

Quartet for Clarinet, Violin, Violoncello and Piano

Mozart:

Piano Trio No. 6 in G major K564

Andante and Variations in G for Piano Duet, K501

Schumann:

Piano Quintet in E flat major, Op. 44


Elena Bashkirova and friends (Kirill Gerstein, Guy Braunstein, Michael Barenboim, Frans Helmerson,Alex Klein, Karl-Heinz Steffens and many more)

The Jerusalem International Chamber Music Festival, held every year for two weeks in September, is renowned for an exceptional repertoire as well as unique meetings with first ranking soloists who do not usually meet each other on one stage in other frameworks.The Festival has achieved incredible success among Israeli audiences with concerts performed to packed halls. Medici Arts presents the highlights of the Jerusalem International Chamber Music Festival 2008. Elena Bashkirova, the artistic director, says: "Our festival has grown into an internationally acclaimed event".

Bonus: Documentary about the Festival behind the scenes

“Andy Sommer's cameras show us plenty of the ornate hall of the Jerusalem YMCA and allow us to sense and remotely join the relationship between performers and audience deepening during the course of a work - especially in slow movements - with a directness that the formal visual obstacles presented by orchestral music often obscure.” Gramophone Magazine, November 2009

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