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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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Booklet notes: English

Running time: 125 mins

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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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Running Time: 173 mins

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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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Mozart: Zaïde, K344

Mozart: Zaïde, K344

A Film by Peter Sellars


Ekaterina Lekhina (Zaide), Sean Panikkar (Gomatz), Alfred Walker (Allazim), Russell Thomas (Sultan Soliman) & Morris Robinson (Osmin)

Choir Ibn Zaïdoun & Camerata Salzburg, Louis Langrée

Filmed during the 60th Festival d'Aix-en-Provence 2008 Mozart left his Singspiel Zaide unfinished, but its wonderful music is most definitely still worth performing. No director is better suited to staging this tale of slavery and love than Peter Sellars, who is famous for the tremendous passion with which he confronts political and intercultural questions in his productions and interprets classical operas in altogether convincing ways? "In Zaide", Sellars insists, "Mozart was attempting to construct a musical and dramatic bridge between Europe and the Muslim world, replacing the 'menace' perceived on both sides with mercy and compassion."

"Along with the music come Sellars' thoughts,brilliant and extremely sensitive" Le Monde

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Nobel Prize Concert

Nobel Prize Concert

Live recording from the Stockholm Concert Hall


Dvorak:

Symphony No. 7 in D minor, Op. 70

Mozart:

Mass in C minor, K427 'Great'

Miah Persson (soprano), Ann Hallenberg (alto), Helge Rönning (tenor) & Peter Mattei (bass)

Monteverdi Choir & Eric Ericson Chamber Choir


Swedish Royal Philharmonic, Sir John Eliot Gardiner

The Nobel Prize Concert 2008 was a world-class event featuring a marvellous array of performers: Sir John Eliot Gardiner, one of today's most respected conductors, his legendary Monteverdi Choir with the Eric Ericson Chamber Choir and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as an ensemble of dazzling and renowned soloists.

Bonus: Interview with Sir John Eliot Gardiner about the concert and repertoire and Nobel Prize Laureates talking about their relationship with music.

"This version seems to me superior in almost every respect to the others cited above. Karajan's smooth surface irons out much of the diversity of feeling in the music (DG), and Harnoncourt's reading (Teldec), though it has strong and thoughtful things in it, often seems unnaturally striving for effect. The new record seems to me one of the best that Gardiner has made for a long time and may be confidently recommended."Gramophone [Mozart Mass in C minor, Philips, 1988]

“Choosing repertoire to celebrate the 2008 Nobel laureates must be a daunting task. The excitability of Eliot Gardiner's approach to the Dvorák is evident in a marvellously gripping opening to the Symphony and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic respond with verve. Mozart's great Mass brings together the Monteverdi Choir and the Eric Ericson Chamber Choir. ...the two choirs are well matched and produce a thrillingly hard-edged sound in the contrapuntal set pieces. With excellent soloists this performance resonates with the inspiration appropriate to this most special of occasions.” BBC Music Magazine, August 2009 ****

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Martha Argerich – Live at Tokyo

Martha Argerich – Live at Tokyo

Recorded live Sumida Triphony Hall, Tokyo on 27th January 2005


Mozart:

Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K466

Concerto for Three Pianos & Orchestra, K242

Rondo for Violin and Orchestra in C, K373

Adagio for Violin and Orchestra in E, K261

Bonus performance

Symphony No. 32 in G major, K318

Bonus performance


Martha Argerich (piano), Renaud Capuçon (violin), Gautier Capuçon (cello), Paul Gulda (piano) & Rico Gulda (piano)

New Japan Philharmonic, Christian Arming

Legendary pianist Martha Argerich stars in radiant performances of works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, recorded live in Tokyo at one of three 5th anniversary memorial concerts she gave ’In Joyful Remembrance of Friedrich Gulda’, her teacher. Christian Arming conducts the New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra with great vitality, and Martha Argerich is joined on stage by the renowned Renaud and Gautier Capuçon, as well as Gulda’s sons Paul and Rico, who accompany her in a jubilant performance of Mozart’s Concerto for three pianos in F major, K.242.

‘…the visceral thrill of the playing of Martha Argerich, the elusive pianist and cult favourite, certainly merited the eager anticipation that her appearances always generate.’ New York Times

PICTURE FORMAT: 16:9
LENGTH: 106 Mins
SOUND: 5.1 DTS SURROUND & PCM STEREO
SUBTITLES: FR/DE/ES/IT

“Argerich admirers will nevertheless want this DVD for her fiery account of the great D minor Concerto K466, in which every phrase in imbued with her personality.” BBC Music Magazine, May 2009 *****

“Argerich and her musical companions radiate a delight in music-making that makes this concert, recorded in Tokyo, a highly enjoyable and satisfying musical experience...What a fine and expressive player Renaud Capucon is!” Penguin Guide, 2011 edition

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