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Charles Munch conducts Mozart & Handel

Charles Munch conducts Mozart & Handel


Harty:

Suite from Handel's Water Music

Sanders Theatre, Harvard University, 12 April 1960

Mozart:

Symphony No. 36 in C major, K425 'Linz'

Sanders Theatre, Harvard University, 8 April 1958

Symphony No. 38 in D major, K504 'Prague'

Sanders Theatre, Harvard University, 3 November 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 was particularly fond of the Sir Hamilton Harty arrangement of Handel’s Water Music Suite, having performed it 53 times with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and having recorded it with the BSO for RCA in 1950.

His interpretations of the two Mozart symphonies are characteristically lively and exhilarating with the usual committed performances from the BSO.

Never commercially recorded by Munch, both Mozart symphonies are completely new to his discography. The booklet note contains references to an interview the writer conducted with Doriot Anthony Dwyer, the BSO’s principal flautist, who was appointed by Munch and remained in the position for 38 years. It gives a fascinating insight into Munch as a conductor and his interaction and relationship with the orchestra.

Two of ICA’s BSO DVDs featuring Charles Munch as conductor have been awarded the Diapason d’Or in France’s Diapason magazine.

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“Exhilarating performances of Mozart's Linz and Prague Symphonies and a splendid Handel Water Music, all from 1959-60. Occasional picture fuzziness.” BBC Music Magazine, May 2012 ****

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Erich Leinsdorf conducts Beethoven, Tchaikovsky & Mozart

Erich Leinsdorf conducts Beethoven, Tchaikovsky & Mozart

Volume 3


Beethoven:

Egmont Overture, Op. 84

Mozart:

Serenade No. 9 in D major, K320 'Posthorn' - Menuetto

Bonus. Sanders Theatre, Harvard University, 15 January 1963

Tchaikovsky:

Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64

Symphony Hall, Boston, 15 April 1969


This series of DVDs will make the publicly broadcast BSO concerts from this era available for the first time since they were broadcast. This rare material represents some of the earliest televised concerts with the Boston Symphony and Erich Leinsdorf, and has been restored using the greatest care and state-of-the-art techniques. It is of exceptional musical interest and historic value.

The BSO’s Music Director for seven seasons, Leinsdorf had a long and distinguished career, having worked with Toscanini and Walter, conducting at the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, Cleveland Orchestra and Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra in addition to his tenure at the BSO.

This 1969 performance of Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony has been the object of some attention from internet bloggers, with one site featuring an almost complete audio recording of the performance. Readers were astonished at the intensity and drive behind Leinsdorf’s interpretation.

Because he didn’t perform the work regularly (on only 14 occasions with the BSO) the performance is fresh and insightful – the emotional commitment is great both from Leinsdorf and the Boston Symphony Orchestra, which Richard Dyer describes as ‘solid, flexible and brilliant’.

All three featured works are new to Leinsdorf’s discography.

Two of ICA’s BSO DVDs featuring Charles Munch as conductor have been awarded the Diapason d’Or in France’s Diapason magazine.

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“A hard-driven but very exciting Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5 and Beethoven's Egmont from 1969 is countered by a delightful, stylish Mozart's Posthorn Serenade.” BBC Music Magazine, May 2012 ****

“The standard of playing is little short of sensational and Leinsdorf's actual interpretation...possesses prodigious energy, drama and sweep. Granted, the maestro's disconcertingly exaggerated podium manner takes some getting used to, but his authority is never in doubt. The closing pages shoot off like a rocket, Leinsdorf's audible exhortations merely intensifying the giddy rush of adrenaline.” Gramophone Magazine, June 2012

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Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro, K492

Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro, K492

Recorded 2011 Teatro Real, Madrid


Ludovic Tézier (Count Almaviva), Barbara Frittoli (Countess Almaviva), Luca Pisaroni (Figaro), Isabel Rey (Susanna), Marina Comparato (Cherubino)

Orchestra of the Teatro Real Madrid, Jesús López Cobos (conductor) & Emilio Sagi (director)

From the opening notes of the overture to the final curtain, Emilio Sagi’s classic, triumphant production fully brings to life all the elegant wit and theatricality of Mozart’s comic masterpiece.

Leading baritone Ludovic Tézier shines as the lustful Count Almaviva who attempts to obtain the favours of Figaro’s bride-to-be, Susanna (Isabel Rey), while Luca Pisaroni gives a feisty performance as Figaro. Conductor Jesús López Cobos masterfully captures the enchanting score. A witty yet profound tale of love, betrayal, and forgiveness.

Audio DVD/2.0 LPCM/5.1 DTS

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Audio BD LPCM stereo and 5.0 DTS-HD Master Audio

“This is an attractive 'period' production, staged with bright, warm colours (all the more vivid in Blu-ray). The cast is good with some very fine singing...Barbara Frittoli as the Countess makes a beautiful sound, though her consonants are often underplayed...Emilio Sagi's direction clarifies the action...Jesus Cobos rarely misses a trick” BBC Music Magazine, July 2012 ****

“this performance doesn't play by the same rules as its elegant Glyndebourne counterparts or its stylish Salzburg cousins. This is Mediterranean Mozart, bigger in sound, more emotionally extravagant in manner and somewhat less refined on nearly every level...[Pisaroni] performance here shows why his Figaro is getting around: he vividly projects the character's inner life, both vocally and theatrically, without any musical distortion” Gramophone Magazine, July 2012

“'Bravo' to Luca Pisaroni, whose Figaro has everything...Unfailingly sympathetic, Pisaroni has an utterly natural physicality - singer and role seemingly indivisible...Handsome, imposing and velvet-voiced, Ludovic Tezier acts with becoming dignity but insufficient authority...Jesus Lopez Cobos brings refreshing elegance to the performance...there's a good deal to enjoy here and Pisaroni's portrayal is essential viewing.” International Record Review, May 2012

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Armonie dello Spirito

Armonie dello Spirito

Recorded in the Basilica della Santa Casa, Loreto, April 7, 2011 and in the Basilica di San Lorenzo, Florence, April 9, 2011


Boccherini:

Stabat Mater (1st version, 1781, for soprano & string orchestra), G.532

Gemma Bertagnolli (soprano)

Mozart:

Adagio & Fugue in C minor for Strings, K546


Enrico Gatti (violin), Rossella Croce (violin), Sebastiano Airoldi (viola), Gaetano Nasillo (violoncello) & Luca Peverini (violoncello)

Ensemble Aurora (playing on period instruments)

The moving text of the “Stabat Mater” has been an inspiration to many composers from the Renaissance onwards. Luigi Boccherini, a virtuoso cellist and master of chamber music, composed this religious work with profound respect for the text and it’s identity.

The quintet Ensemble Aurora that accompanies the solo soprano possesses all the qualities of balance and homogeneity common to the best chamber music works at the end of the Classical period – with an astonishing blend between voice and instruments.

Featuring internationally renowned soprano and baroque music specialist Gemma Bertagnolli.

This DVD is the first part of a series of sacred music from Italian Basilicas – with attractive pricing.

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Mozart: Die Zauberflöte, K620

Mozart: Die Zauberflöte, K620

Recorded live at La Teatro alla Scala, 20 March, 2011


Günther Groissböck (Sarastro), Saimir Pirgu (Tamino), Albina Shagimuratova (Queen of the Night), Genia Kühmeier (Pamina), Ailish Tynan (Papagena), Alex Esposito (Papageno) & Peter Bronder (Monostatos)

Orchestra of Teatro alla Scala & Choir of the Accademia del Teatro alla Scala, Roland Böer (conductor) & William Kentridge (stage director)

From the Queen of the Night's vocal pyrotechnics to Papageno's chirpy birdsongs, The Magic Flute is one of Mozart's most charming and engaging operas. However, its fairytale surface conceals the mysteries of an initiation ritual and a multi-layered plot, packed with allegories to fire up the imagination.

This celebrated production by artist William Kentridge joyfully bursts onto the stage of Teatro alla Scala in Milan, featuring the dazzling Russian coloratura Albina Shagimuratova as the Queen of the Night, and Italian bass Alex Esposito as Papageno, one of the most sought-after artists of his generation.

Extra features:

Overview of the Magic Flute

Running time 150 mins

Region Code All regions

Picture format 16:9 Anamorphic

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“This is a wonderful performance...I was more moved and enchanted by this than by any other Magic Flute I have seen on DVD...[Esposito's Papageno] sung with glorious abandon, while his acting strikes notes of pathos...Kuhmeier is as expressive as it's possible to be, without transgressing Mozart's idiom...The most sensational performance is by [Shagimuratova], the finest Queen of the Night I have ever heard...This is a noble, ennobling achievement.” BBC Music Magazine, April 2012 *****

“It is world-worthy; the conception, by South African artist William Kentridge, emphasizes the concepts of light and dark, exploration and love...It's endlessly good to look at...Musically, there is also much to admire...Esposito's Papageno is a well-sung charmer - more serious than many, deeply sincere...this is a fascinating take on the work that Flute aficionados will appreciate for plenty of reasons.” International Record Review, March 2012

“It is very much 'producer's opera' and it will annoy some people. I found it fascinating...Lively musical direction, incorporating Rene Jacobs's superfluous keyboard interjections. Don't miss this visually enchanting and thought-provoking treat.” Gramophone Magazine, May 2012

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Czech Republic: Castles and Towns in Bohemia and Moravia

Czech Republic: Castles and Towns in Bohemia and Moravia


The Places • The visit to the Czech Republic starts with Hluboká Castle, a massive building that for over three hundred years belonged to the Schwarzenberg family. The present building is modelled in part on England’s Windsor Castle. Other sites visited include Konopiště Castle, the picturesque town of Telč, and Vranov Castle.

The Music • Music for the visit is by Mozart and consists of his four Horn Concertos, written during the last decade of his life, when he was in Vienna. They were intended for his old Salzburg friend Ignaz Leutgeb, who had also settled in Vienna, prudently married there, and, in tandem with his musical activities, had become the owner of a small cheese-shop. The concertos, one of them unfinished at the time of Mozart’s death, represent his work at its height.

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New Year’s Concert 2006

New Year’s Concert 2006

Live Recording from The Teatro La Fenice


Donizetti:

Don Pasquale: Sinfonia

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

Mozart:

Le nozze di Figaro, K492: Overture

La ci darem la mano (from Don Giovanni)

Puccini:

Vissi d'arte (from Tosca)

Verdi:

La forza del destino Overture

Va, pensiero (from Nabucco)

Libiamo, ne' lieti calici (from La Traviata)

La mia letizia infondere (from I Lombardi)

O signore, dal tetto natio (from I Lombardi)


Fiorenza Cedolins (soprano), Joseph Calleja (tenor), Roberto Scandiuzzi (baritone), Eleonora Abbagnato & Roberto Bolle (Dancers)

Teatro La Fenice, Kurt Masur

Venice‘s Teatro La Fenice welcomed 2006 with a celebration of dance and music. After the first full season at the restored Fenice there was ample reason to celebrate the three pillars of the house: symphonic music, opera and dance.

Kurt Masur chose works by three of Italy‘s leading 19th century operatic composers, Verdi, Donizetti and Puccini and - in the year that sees the 250th anniversary of Mozart‘s birth - excerpts from two of his operas with libretti by the Venetian poet Lorenzo Da Ponte. So the live recording of the gala concert features highlights from the world’s most beloved operas, among them an extract from Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro and the duet, „Là ci darem la mano“, from his Don Giovanni, the sinfonia from Verdi‘s La forza del destino and the famous „Libiamo ne‘ lieti calici“ from La Traviata and two of his most popular choruses: „O signore, dal tetto natio“ from I lombardi alla prima crociata and „Va, pensiero“ from Nabucco. Donizetti‘s sinfonia from Don Pasquale and the tenor aria „Una furtiva lacrima“ from his L‘elisir d‘amore are featured along with the legendary “Vissi d’arte” from Puccini’s Tosca.

The outstandingly well-prepared choir of the Fenice opera house perform alongside three international opera stars: Italian dramatic soprano Fiorenza Cedolins, young tenor Joseph Calleja and longstanding Italian bass Roberto Scandiuzzi.

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Running Time: 55 mins

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“Masur and the young Calleja are the finest performers” BBC Music Magazine, Christmas 2012 ***

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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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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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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.

Sound Format: PCM Stereo, DD 5.1

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Subtitle Languages: IT (Original Language), GB, DE, FR, ES, Korean, JP

Running Time: 187 mins

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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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