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Beethoven & Mozart - Quintets for Piano & Wind Instruments

Beethoven & Mozart - Quintets for Piano & Wind Instruments


Beethoven:

Quintet in E flat major for piano and winds, Op.16

Mozart:

Quintet for Piano and Winds in E flat, K452


Ensemble Wien-Berlin: Hansjörg Schellenberg (oboe), Günter Högner (horn), Karl Leistner (clarinet), Milan Turkovic (bassoon) & James Levine (piano)

Recorded at Schloss Hellbrunn, Salzburg, 1986

Directed by Jean-Pierre Ponnelle • Produced by Horant H. Hohlfeld

Made up of wind soloists from the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonics, the Ensemble Wien-Berlin performs two of the greatest of all chamber works in the aesthetically apt surroundings of Hellbrunn Palace, near Salzburg. The pianist is James Levine. The bonus material on this DVD features an entertaining and informative portrait of this altogether magnificent ensemble.

Bonus Film: ‘We have a lot of fun’

excerpts from LIGETI Six Bagatelles ; BERIO Opus Number Zoo; MOZART Adagio and Allegro K594 & FRANCAIX Wind Quintet No.1

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Sound PCM Stereo

Dolby Digital 5.1 • DTS 5.1

anguages: Eng, Ger,

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Running Time 56 mins (Performance)

47 mins (Bonus)

“Fine as the Mozart performance is, the Beethoven is even more memorable because of the unforgettably beautiful playing of James Levine, especially in the slow movement, which is presented with Elysian delicacy. In all other respects this is a treasurable performance, splendidly played and recorded, and most realistically videoed.” Penguin Guide, 2011 edition

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Mozart: Don Giovanni, K527

Mozart: Don Giovanni, K527


György Melis, Klara Barlow, John Moulson & Herbert Rössler

Orchestra and Chorus of The Komische Oper Berlin, Zdenek Košler

Libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte.

German Adaptation by Walter Felsenstein and Horst Seeger. Recorded (Black-And-White) at The Komische Oper, 1966.

Stage Direction Walter Felsenstein, TV Direction Georg Mielke & Set Design Reinhart Zimmermann.

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.

With his adaption of “Don Giovanni” (1966) Felsenstein paid homage to Mozart and his ingenious work which he always admired. He decided to celebrate the reopening of the Komische Oper (1966) with the premiere of this “opera of all operas”, which blends comedy, melodrama and supernatural elements. As Don Giovanni, Felsenstein assigned the Hungarian baritone György Melis. This outstanding singer, who had already interpreted the role of the amorous conquerer at the Festivals of Glyndebourne in 1961, appeared in Felsenstein’s adaption also as an outstanding actor. With impressive Klara Barlow as Donna Anna and a distinguished cast at his side this production is an extraordinary listening pleasure.

Besides that it sets benchmarks in filming operas. “Don Giovanni” by Felsenstein is a filmed opera, rather than a feature film based on the opera, and reflects a particular staging of this masterpiece in opera history. Through the lens, Felsenstein made this work come alive to reveal the various personal relationships at the core of the quintessential tragicomedy by Mozart. The founder of the Komische Oper Berlin brought his own genius to the result in a film that is as strong dramatically as it is musically. Through his efforts in filming this opera, Felsenstein does not minimize music in this film but rather intensifies it.

Special Features on DVD: Facsimile & Texts, Film: “Walter Felsenstein in rehearsal”, Television footage.

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DVD Format: 2 x DVD 9, NTSC

Picture Format: 4:3

Running Time: 165 mins Opera + Special Features

FSK: 0

Languages: GB, DE, FR, ES

“...everyone seems not so much to be performing their roles as living them. Interpretatively, it's still shocking...This is one of the great operatic experiences and essential viewing.” The Guardian, 11th December 2009 *****

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Northern Italy & Sicily

Northern Italy & Sicily

Mantua, Cremona & Etna


Mozart:

Symphony No. 41 in C major, K551 'Jupiter'

Symphony No. 25 in G minor, K183


The Places

The tour starts in Northern Italy, in the city of Mantua, once the domain of the Gonzaga family. We visit Cremona, the centre of violin-making, and Milan, where Mozart stayed on more than one occasion during his Italian journeys. Sicily has a remarkably varied history, held by Phoenicians and Carthaginians before becoming part of Roman territory, later to be occupied by Ostrogoths, recaptured by the Byzantines, ruled by Saracens, and held by Normans, Germans, French and Spanish. Only in the mid-nineteenth century was Sicily drawn into the unified country of Italy.

The Music

The music chosen for this tour is by Mozart and includes his final Symphony No. 41, known as the "Jupiter", written in Vienna in August 1788, and the earlier Symphony No. 25, completed in Mozart's native city of Salzburg in early October 1773. Mozart had made three extended Italian tours between 1771 and 1773, and his father Leopold had hoped that his family might be able to settle there, if a position could be found for his son. In this, however, they were unsuccessful, and the third Italian tour was Mozart's last.

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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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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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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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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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