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Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky (1839-81)

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Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov

Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov

Opera in four parts and seven scenes, First version (1868/1869) Libretto: Modest Mussorgsky after Alexander Pushkin & Nikolai Karamsins


Alexander Tsymbalyuk (Boris Godunov), Yulia Sokolik (Fyodor), Eri Nakamura (Xenia), Heike Grötzinger (Xenia’s nurse), Gerhard Siegel (Schuisky), Markus Eiche (Andrey Chelkalov), Anatoli Kotscherga (Pimen), Sergey Skorokhodov (Grigory Otropyev), Vladimir Matorin (Varlaam), Ulrich Reß (Missail), Kevin Conners (Simpleton) & Goran Juric (Nikititch)

Chor der Bayerischen Staatsoper & Bayerisches Staatsorchester, Kent Nagano (conductor) & Calixto Bieito (stage director)

HD recording: Bavarian State Opera, Munich, February 2013

Set design: Rebecca Ringst

Costume design: Ingo Krügler

Lighting: Michael Bauer

Dramaturgy: Andrea Schönhofer

Child murder, scheming monks and a Tsar lapsing into madness – Modest Mussorgsky spread the thematic arc wide in his choral opera, which he began to work on from 1868, and with which he attempted to awaken an awareness of his own time through the indirect route of a historic story.

As an artist of the 19th century, he was driven by the psychology of the masses. Thus, in 'Boris Godunov', alongside the hero of the title, the main role is actually taken primarily by the Russian people, rejoicing, starving, demanding and questioning.

In conjuction with conductor Kent Nagano, Spanish stage director Calixto Bieito proposes an original reading of this brilliant work. The cast is led by Alexander Tsymbalyuk (Boris), with associates Gerhard Siegel (Schuisky), Markus Eiche (Chelkalov) and Anatoli Kotscherga (Pimen).

1 DVD, Running time: 139 min.

Booklet: FR / Eng / Ger; Subtitles: FR / Eng / Ger

Colour, 16/9, NTSC; Sound: PCM Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1

“the updating seems neither modish nor forced, and is carried out with economy and intelligence...There's no dip in commitment anywhere in the cast. Tsymbalyuk's Boris, sung in a pleasingly smooth, well-regulated bass, is excellent...Nagano achieves thrillingly focused results...Highly recommended.” Gramophone Magazine, May 2014

“Much to enjoy.” International Record Review, April 2014

“With thrilling stagecraft and theatrical clarity, Bieito unapologetically updates Pushkin’s tragedy to a brutal modern world of dictatorship, surveillance, resistance and riot police: the politics...are all too relevant to events and personalities in eastern Europe today...Nagano’s conducting homing in on the score’s nervous intensity, this is an electrifying performance of overwhelming power.” The Telegraph, 11th April 2014 *****

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Salzburg Festival 2012 Opening Concert

Salzburg Festival 2012 Opening Concert


Mussorgsky:

Songs and Dances of Death

Sergei Semishkur (tenor)

Prokofiev:

Symphony No. 5 in B flat major, Op. 100

Stravinsky:

Symphony of Psalms

Konzertvereinigung Wiender Staatsopernchor


This DVD presents a wonderful recording of the opening concert of the Salzburger Festspiele from 2012 – an annual highlight on the Classical Music calendar traditionally performed by the vibrant heart of the festival: the Wiener Philharmoniker.

The program from 2012 was Russian themed with a focus on the most profound questions of human life with excellent interpretations of Igor Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms, Modest Mussorgsky’s Songs and Dances of Death and Sergei Prokofiev’s Fifth Symphony.

The concert is conducted by Valery Gergiev, general and artistic director of the Mariinsky Theatre, winner of the Herbert-von-Karajan Award and the Polar Music Prize. Russian tenor Sergei Semishkur, soloist at the Mariinsky theatre, excels in his intense interpretation of Mussorgsky’s Songs and Dances of Death.

Picture format DVD: NTSC 16:9

Sound formats DVD: PCM Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.0, DTS 5.0

Region code: All (worldwide)

Booklet notes: English, German, French

Running time: 90 mins

“the Philharmonic - and particularly the Vienna State Opera Chorus - render Stravinsky's Psalms with biting urgency, with rhythm and transparency of sound effectively replacing their usual lushness.” Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2013

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Eugene Ormandy Conducts Tchaikovsky and Mussorgsky

Eugene Ormandy Conducts Tchaikovsky and Mussorgsky

Recorded live at the Academy of Music, Philadelphia, 1978 (Mussorgsky) / 1979 (Tchaikovsky)


Mussorgsky:

Pictures at an Exhibition

Tchaikovsky:

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35

Itzhak Perlman (violin)

Romeo & Juliet - Fantasy Overture


Kirk Browning, Director

Famous violinist Itzhak Perlman and Eugene Ormandy, long-standing conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra recorded this fantastic Russian program live at the Academy of Music, Philadelphia, in 1978 and 1979 in extraordinary sound quality.

Modest Mussogorsky’s most famous piano composition Pictures at an Exhibition which is deemed to be one of Ormandy’s specialties is orchestrated in the acclaimed Ravel version.

Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto, which is considered as one of the best known and technically most challenging works for violin, is performed by Itzhak Perlman - undeniably the reigning virtuoso of the violin – who has also been called “one of the greatest musical talents to emerge since World War II” according to violin expert Tully Potter, New Grove.

The concert is directed by the Peabody Award winner Kirk Browning, who is highly acclaimed for staging classical concerts due to his long-time experience as television director and producer.

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Booklet Notes: German, English, French

Running Time: 89 mins

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A Musical Journey: Russia, Ukraine & Uzbekistan

A Musical Journey: Russia, Ukraine & Uzbekistan


Music by Lyadov, Ippolitov-Ivanov, Kabalevsky, Mussorgsky & A. Rubinstein


The Places

The tour starts in Uzbekistan, of which there are later glimpses. There is a visit to the historic Russian town of Suzdal and scenes from St Petersburg as well as from Ukraine. It would be impossible to avoid the Russian winter, which appears in various guises, providing entertainment for some and for others a seemingly enchanted snow-bound landscape.

The Music

The music for the tour is taken from Russian composers who were, by and large, thoroughly imbued with the spirit of their country. This is reflected in Lyadov’s arrangement of a series folk-songs and his translation of Russian legend into music. Other composers represented are Ippolitov-Ivanov, Kabalevsky and Anton Rubinstein, with two well known excerpts from unfinished operas by Mussorgsky.

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Solti: Journey of a lifetime

Solti: Journey of a lifetime

Celebrating the 100th birthday of Sir Georg Solti


Mussorgsky:

Khovanshchina: Prelude

Prokofiev:

Symphony No. 1 in D major, Op. 25 'Classical'

Shostakovich:

Symphony No. 1 in F minor, Op. 10


This fantastic documentary, from the director of the very successful DVD Carlos Kleiber - I am lost to the world, celebrates the 100th birthday of Sir Georg Solti. He was one of the 20th Century’s most brilliant conductors and a leading figure of musical culture world-wide.

The documentary follows the Hungarian-Jewish conductor’s career: As Toscanini’s assistant at the Salzburg Festival, as Music Director in Munich and Frankfurt after the war, achieving world-wide fame with his legendary recording of Wagner’s Ring cycle. It was as the long-serving Music Director at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra that Solti became an international start of classical music.

These stops form the central points of the film. Many great musicians like Valery Gergiev and Dohnànyi have great memories to share.

Picture Format: 16:9, HD

Sound Format: PCM Stereo

Running Time: 107 minutes (documentary 52 minutes, bonus 55 minutes)

Booklet: English, German, French

Subtitles: English spoken version, German spoken version, Subtitles: French, Spanish, Korean

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“Talking heads opine that Solti's career only soared after Bohm retired and Karajan died...it does provide some remarkable anecdotes...such as Solti becoming great cronies with Theodor Adorno...Most significantly, though, this also includes a solid sample of everyday Solti.” BBC Music Magazine, May 2013 ****

“Solti is a documentary director's dream...there is always so much to look at even when he's sitting still..There is much skilfully sequenced archive footage...even if the director finds it hard to linger on his subject doing what he did best.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2013

“Contributions are intelligent and interesting and there is thankfully little by way of padding. There is some linking narration and the occasional musical extract...I found the 52 minutes of this film compulsive viewing and was only sorry there wasn't more of it.” MusicWeb International, 21st May 2013

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A Musical Journey: Russia, Ukraine & Uzbekistan

A Musical Journey: Russia, Ukraine & Uzbekistan


Music by Mussorgsky and Borodin


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Nobuyuki Tsujii Live at Carnegie Hall

Nobuyuki Tsujii Live at Carnegie Hall

Recorded at Carnegie Hall, November 10, 2011


Beethoven:

Piano Sonata No. 17 in D minor, Op. 31 No. 2 'Tempest'

Chopin:

Prelude Op. 28 No. 15 in D flat major ‘Raindrop'

Foster, S:

I Dream of Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair

arr. Tsujii

Liszt:

Un Sospiro from 3 Concert Studies, S144 No. 3

Concert Paraphrase on Rigoletto, S.434 after Verdi's opera

Mussorgsky:

Pictures at an Exhibition (piano version)

Musto:

Improvisation and Fugue

Tsujii:

Elegy for the Victims of the Earthquake and the Tsunami of March 11, 2011


Nobuyuki Tsujii (piano)

On November 10, 2011, Nobuyuki Tsujii, the blind pianist from Japan who was the winner of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition Gold Medal in 2009 appeared on the stage of Carnegie Hall.

His dream had come true. Arguably the most important event in the career of any performer, for “Nobu” it was a miracle. With his brilliant technique and beautiful tone, he contrasts familiar warhorses with newer pieces, including one of his own compositions, written in memory of the victims of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami in March 2011. Nobu brought the usually reserved Carnegie Hall audience to its feet.

Interviewed after Nobuyuki Tsujii’s recital, Van Cliburn observed: ‘What a thrill to hear this brilliant, very gifted, fabulous pianist. You feel God’s presence in the room when he plays. His soul is so pure, his music is so wonderful and it goes to infinity, to the highest heaven.’

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Booklet notes: English, German, French

Running time: 97 mins

“An extraordinary gift and phenomenal effort have taken Tsuji's skills a long way, but there are higher levels of interpretation to reach.” BBC Music Magazine, November 2012 ***

“he is simply a stunningly gifted pianist. Still, one cannot withhold a sense of wonder while watching him play. How on earth, you ask, does he do it?...don't stop watching after the final [encore]. Something happens that will have you reaching for the tissues. I won't spoil it. You'll have to experience this extraordinary recital for yourself.” Gramophone Magazine, November 2012

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Dances and Waves: Sommernachtskonzert Schonbrunn 2012

Dances and Waves: Sommernachtskonzert Schonbrunn 2012


Borodin:

Prince Igor: Polovtsian Dances

Debussy:

La Mer

Giménez:

La boda de Luis Alonso: Intermedio

Mussorgsky:

Khovanshchina: Dance of the Persian Slaves

Ponchielli:

Dance of the Hours (from La Gioconda)

Strauss, R:

Salome: Dance of the Seven Veils

Tchaikovsky:

Polonaise (from Eugene Onegin, Op. 24)


Gustavo Dudamel, Gramophone magazine’s "Artist of the Year" 2011 and Grammy award winner 2012, leads the classical summer live and TV event of 2012: The Summer Night Concert with the Vienna Philharmonic.

The concert takes place on June 7th in the gardens of Schönbrunn Palace. Last year’s Summer Night Concert was a huge success.

In 2012 a total of 62 countries on five continents will share in the spectacle, including a BBC4 broadcast in the UK.

This year the main theme is Dances and Waves, a programme showcasing symphonic and operatic highlights.

“Dudamel conducts a popular but substantial programme, evoking the VPO's vividness and warmth.” BBC Music Magazine, Christmas 2012 *****

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Carlo Colombara: The Art of the Bass

Carlo Colombara: The Art of the Bass


Bizet:

Votre toast je peux vous le rendre 'Toreador Song' (from Carmen)

Boito:

Ecco il mondo, vuoto e tondo (from Mefistofele)

Gounod:

Vous qui faîtes l'endormie (from Faust)

Mussorgsky:

Proshchay, moy syn (from Boris Godunov)

Rachmaninov:

Ves tabor spit (from Aleko)

Rossini:

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

Verdi:

Ella giammai m'amò (from Don Carlo)

A te l'estremo addio ... Il lacerato spirito (from Simon Boccanegra)

Vieni, o Levita! … Tu sul labbro dei veggenti (from Nabucco)

Mentre gonfiarsi l’anima parea (from Attila)


Carlo Colombara (bass)

Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, Bulgarian National Symphony Orchestra & Prague Tchaikovsky Orchestra, György G. Ráth, Vladimir Ghiaurov & Fabrizio Milani

Described as “the great Verdian bass” (Le Figaro) and a “Mefistofele who stood out over all the others” (Der Neue Merker), Carlo Colombara brings some of the most famous bass rôles to life in this wide-ranging programme. Emotions range from the pride of Escamillo in Bizet’s Carmen, through the terrors of Verdi’s Attila, to the tender recollections of Rachmaninov’s Aleko. Mephistopheles strides powerfully through both Gounod and Boito’s operas, and Rossini’s comic wit contrasts with the darkness of Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov.

In 1986 he won the prize for the best Italian singer in the G. B. Viotti Competition and the following year he won the As.Li.Co competition before making his début at the Teatro dell’Opera in Rome in Ernani. His subsequent career has brought appearances in the most important theatres of the world, in Tokyo, London, Berlin, Vienna, Milan, New York, Zurich, Barcelona, where he now lives, Verona and elsewhere.

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Summer Night's Concert at Schönbrunn

Summer Night's Concert at Schönbrunn


Kreisler:

Concerto in One Movement, after Paganini Op. 6

Benjamin Schmid (violin)

Liszt:

Les Préludes, symphonic poem No. 3, S97

Mussorgsky:

Pictures at an Exhibition

Sibelius:

Kuoleme: Scene with cranes

Strauss, J, II:

Vom Donaustrande, Op. 356

Wiener Blut Waltz, Op. 354


Vienna’s musical year shines with two dates that always dazzle: The New Year’s Day concert with the Vienna Philharmonic, and the Vienna Philharmonic’s open-air June concert in the gardens of the palace of Schönbrunn, the Summer Night Concert.

As Oonachrichten last year summed up: for the more than 100,000 people attending the concert, it was “a heavenly summer night with the Vienna Philharmonic”.

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