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Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin

Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin

Recorded live at De Nederlandse Opera, June & July, 2011


Olga Savova (Madame Larina), Krassimira Stoyanova (Tatjana), Elena Maximova (Olga), Nina Romanova (Filipjevna), Bo Skovhus (Jevgeni Onjegin), Andrej Dunaev (Vladimir Ljenski), Mikhail Petrenko (Vorst Gremin), Peter Arink (Petrovitsj), Roger Smeets (Zaretski), Guy de Mey (Monsieur Triquet) & Richard Prada (Zapevalo)

The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Mariss Jansons (conductor) & Stefan Herheim (stage director)

Described by Tchaikovsky as ‘lyric scenes’, Eugene Onegin receives a spectacular reinterpretation from the Norwegian director Stefan Herheim. His productions create controversy and excitement around Europe, and here he takes Pushkin’s story of illusion, disaffection and frustrated love, and places the protagonists – world-weary Onegin and naïve, passionate Tatyana – in a triple temporal perspective, referencing the theatrical present, the period of the work’s composition, and the pageant of Russia’s history. Mariss Jansons, renowned for his mastery of Tchaikovsky’s symphonies, conducts this performance from Amsterdam’s Muziektheater.

‘Put too much steam into Tchaikovsky’s score and it wilts. Be too shy and retiring, on the other hand, and the tragic momentum evaporates. Jansons sets us on a simmer and gradually turns the heat to boiling. It is magisterially paced, stunningly played and, seemingly effortlessly, Jansons captures every aching nuance. […] Herheim’s innovations are often throbbingly acute (and sometimes wickedly funny).’ The Times

Extra features:

Cast gallery

30-Minute Documentary Film

Running time 151mins

Region Code All regions

Picture format 16:9 Anamorphic

Sound format 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS

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Subtitles EN/FR/DE/IT/ES

“Forget any sense of intimacy in Tchaikovsky's lyrical scenes in this Eugene Onegin; director Stefan Herheim's approach is one of kaleidoscopic excess...No doubt about it, though, this is musically world-class. Mariss Janson's conducting, very imposing in the big moments...accords with the broad brushstrokes of Herheim's production. But the singers are vocally near ideal. Krassimira Stoyanova's Tatyana is thrillingly secure as well as vulnerable” BBC Music Magazine, May 2012 ***

“Characters not only invade each other's memories but appear in fantasy form...Still, this isn't a Regie-Theater free for all...Herheim directs so many keen moments of character interactions that there's no danger of the opera lapsing into simplistic cliches...what a treat to hear an appealing, soft-grained version of [Skovhus's] voice in the title-role...what linguistic authority and depth of soul [Stoyanova] brings to the character!” Gramophone Magazine, July 2012

“Herheim sees the opera as a representation of memories...I suspect that this would be impossible to follow if you didn't know the opera beforehand...it's hard not to get caught up in the sheer chutzpah of the production...[Stoyanova] sails through the Letter Scene with plenty of fire...Star of the evening is the conductor Mariss Jansons. It's clear from the documentary that he loves the work..and he plays it with a rhythmic vitality” International Record Review, May 2012

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Great Dancers of Our Time

Great Dancers of Our Time

Recorded at Theater am Halleschen Ufer, Berlin, Apollosaal, Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Berlin, September 2003


Music by Bach, Bruckner, Chopin, Massenet, Mozart, Tchaikovsky and Weber


Vladimir Malakhov, Lucia Lacarra, Kiyoko Kimura, Diana Vishneva, Nadja Saidakova, Cyril Pierre & Christoph Böhm

Renowned dancers from the world of international ballet introduce and perform choreographies that are especially close to their hearts.

The solo- or pas-de-deux-choreographies, the personal favorites of the great dancers, are recorded in a series of three productions (25', 26', 27'). The dancers introduce the choreographies to the audience in a few words.

The dancers are the internationally well known star dancer Vladimir Malakhov, the pricewinner of the Nijinsky Award 2002 Lucia Lacarra and the Japanese prima ballerina Kiyoko Kimura.

Choreographies by Michail Fokine, Renato Zanella, Marius Petipa, Uwe Scholz, Kenneth MacMillan and Val Caniparoli featuring music by Bach, Bruckner, Chopin, Massenet, Mozart, Tchaikovsky and Weber.

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Booklet notes: English, French, German

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New Year's Concert 2012: Vienna Philharmonic - DVD

New Year's Concert 2012: Vienna Philharmonic - DVD


Hellmesberger:

Danse Diabolique

Lumbye:

Copenhagen Steam Railway Galop

Strauss, E:

Carmen-Quadrille, Op. 134

Strauss, J, I:

Sperl-Galopp, Op. 42

Radetsky March, Op. 228

Strauss, J, II:

Rathausball-Tänze (City Hall Ball Dances), Waltz, op. 438

Entweder – oder! (Either - Or!), Fast Polka, Op. 403

Tritsch-Tratsch Polka, Op. 214

Albion Polka, Op. 102

Freut euch des Lebens Waltz, Op. 340

Pizzicato Polka

Persischer Marsch, Op. 289

Unter Donner und Blitz, Op. 324

An der schönen, blauen Donau, Op. 314

Strauss, Josef:

Vaterländischer Marsch (Fatherland March)

Jockey Polka, Op. 278

Künstlergruß Polka-mazurka, Op. 274

Feuerfest (Fireproof), Op. 269

Brennende Liebe - Polka mazur, Op. 129

Delirien Waltz, Op. 212

Tchaikovsky:

Waltz from Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66

Ziehrer:

Walzer, Op. 419


DVD and Blu-Ray will include a live version of the New Year’s Concert as well as bonus footage: A special tour through Vienna, guided by members of the Vienna Philharmonic plus 3 ballet bonus tracks.

Sony Classical is pleased to announce the release of the recording of one of the world’s most famous classical music events: the 2012 New Year’s Concert with the Vienna Philharmonic. Latvian conductor Mariss Jansons returns to direct the 2012 celebrations after his acclaimed debut in 2006. The live recording encompasses releases on CD, DVD and Blu-ray.

The annual New Year's Day Concert in the stunning Vienna Musikverein has been an exalted tradition for more than seven decades, and the resulting recordings with works from the Strauss dynasty and their contemporaries are among the classical market's most important releases. The concert will be broadcast on TV and radio to over 70 countries around the world with an estimate of more than 40 million viewers.

The programme traditionally revolves around waltzes and polkas by the Strauss family (Johann father and son as well as Josef and Eduard Strauss) whose music has enjoyed a recent resurgence due to the success of André Rieu and his Johann Strauss Orchestra. In 2012 the programme is once again a skilful blend of well-known classics and six New Year’s Concert premieres. As always the concert is bound to end with two traditional encores – the famous waltz The Blue Danube and the Radetzky March.

“It is something quite special: a wonderful opportunity to listen to this music and get to know it. This atmosphere, the Vienna Philharmonic, the Golden Hall of the Musikverein – all that adds up to a long and wonderful tradition resulting in fantastic, very specific music.” Mariss Jansons

“There's nothing here that disappoints, and the stylishness of the performances can be taken for granted, if not by the musicians themselves...the recording is excellent in capturing a happy occasion.” International Record Review, May 2012

“Jansons brings his characteristic poise and elegance to bear on the ‘Strauss Family and Friends’ programme to scintillating effect...The programme is imaginatively planned, with fast-and-furious polkas acting as a palette-cleanser between the lush waltzes.” Katherine Cooper, Presto Classical, 16th January 2012

Presto Disc of the Week

16th January 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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Barenboim plays Schumann & Tchaikovsky

Barenboim plays Schumann & Tchaikovsky


Schumann:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54

Recorded live at Stadthalle Erlangen, 1991

Tchaikovsky:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23

Recorded live at the Gasteig, Munich, 1991


A new release of the series of Metropolitan Munich programs.

Today Daniel Barenboim is internationally recognized and revered as an orchestral and operatic conductor, pianist, and a musical ambassador and also as a humanitarian. Partnering him is the remarkable conductor Sergiu Celibidache. “He was one of the greatest musicians I ever encountered”, says Barenboim. Sergiu Celibidache has been called a musical giant, a magician, a brilliant lion-tamer and an enfant terrible of classical music. He was a legend in his own lifetime, mesmerizing orchestras audiences and critics with his intensity and brilliance.

Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No.1 is one of the most popular of his compositions and among the best known of all piano concerti. The Schumann concerto is no less influential with its influence heard in Grieg’s Piano Concerto. Both works show Barenboim at his consummate best.

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Sounds formats DVD: PCM Stereo

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Booklet notes: English, German, French

Runnning time: 81 mins

“These 1991 performances exchange surface excitement for a poetic probing of the music's deeper undercurrents, with spellbinding results. A triumph.” BBC Music Magazine, April 2012 *****

“every bit as compelling as these starry names might suggest. Speeds are generally on the stately side, but the adrenalin count and musical intensity is on such a high setting that I can't imagine anyone even noticing.” International Record Review, June 2012

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Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker, Op. 71

Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker, Op. 71

Libretto by Yuri Grigorovich based on the story by E.T.A Hoffmann with Marius Petipa


Nina Kaptsova (Marie), Artem Ovcharenko (Prince), Denis Savin (Drosselmeyer), Alexey Loparevich (Stahlbaum), Olga Suvorova (Mrs. Stahlbaum), Pavel Dmitrichenko (Mouse King), Victoria Litvinova (She-Devil) & Morikhiro Ivata (He-Devil)

The Bolshoi Ballet, Pavel Klinichev

Choreography by Yuri Grigorovich

Set and costume designs Simon Virsaladze

Lighting design Mikhail Sokolov

A masterpiece of classical dance, and a Christmas favourite with audiences everywhere, this Nutcracker is a magical version of the score by Tchaikovsky filmed at the Bolshoi Theatre. Since its première in Saint-Petersburg in 1892, The Nutcracker has been one of the most successful classical ballets and Tchaikovsky's score has become one of his most famous compositions. Yuri Grigorovich deals with Hoffmann’s fantastic imagery and takes ideas from Marius Petipa’s scenario: battle of the mice, snowflakes flurry, character dances executed by the dolls that came to life…

The most talented soloists of the Bolshoi Ballet appear in this production including Nina Kaptsova (Marie) and Artem Ovcharenko (the Nutcracker Prince) and Denis Savin (Drosselmeyer).

“Integrity in dancing, and fine playing from the Bolshoi’s orchestra under Pavel Klinichev.” Financial Times, 17th December 2011

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Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker, Op. 71

Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker, Op. 71

Live Recording from The Royal Swedish Opera, 1999


Marie Lindqvist & Anders Nordström

The Royal Swedish Ballet & The Royal Swedish Opera Orchestra, Renat Salavatov

Choreography by PÄR ISBERG

Set Design by BO-RUBEN HEDWALL

Costume Design by ANN-MARI ANTTILA

Arthaus presents on DVD a production from the Royal Opera House in Stockholm: A Swedish “Nutcracker” – a version that interweaves the classical ballet wonderfully with Swedish traditions. The version seen here was the fifth production of the work in the history of the Royal Swedish Ballet, whose origins go back to the 18th century. It opened in December 1995 and is the work of the then forty-year-old Pär Isberg, who danced for the company as a soloist and is now in international demand as a choreographer. Isberg replaced Hoffmann’s characters with others from Swedish folklore drawn from Peter and Lotta’s Christmas, the immensely popular children’s book by Elsa Beskow (1874–1953). Not only does the choreography appear clearly inspired by Swedish folklore, but the designs by Bo-Ruben Hewall and Ann-Mari Anttila include motifs from Värmland.

But no matter which interpretation, there is always the music of Tchaikovsky – from the first success in a concert performance of the score in July 1892 to today it has remained one of the most popular and well known pieces of ballet music. The light and at the same time dramatic music can rightly claim to have added immensely to the ongoing success of this ballet.

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Magifique: Tchaikovsky Suites

Magifique: Tchaikovsky Suites

Recorded at the Gare du Midi in Biarritz, 2010


Tchaikovsky:

Magifique (based on Orchestral Suites Nos. 1-4)

A film by SONIA PARAMO


Malandain Ballet Biarritz

Choreography by THIERRY MALANDAIN

Sets and costumes by JORGE GALLARDO

Lighting design by JEAN-CLAUDE ASQUIÉ

Additional music by NICOLAS DUPÉROIR

“A few ballets, The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, and Swan Lake, which at the end of the 19th Century brought together to the stage the composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and two ballet masters of the imperial theatre, Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov, were conceived from three orchestral suites, which had become musical standards. Among these symphonic suites, The Nutcracker alone was written by the composer and performed under his direction before the creation of the completed ballet. It was on the occasion of a gala evening, so Tchaikovsky chose the „featured dances“, namely dances reserved for „entertainments“. Yet, even if he had considered using them, the orchestral suites of The Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake were included without his approval after his death. Destined to be performed in concerts, they were considered a sort of best off of each of the ballets; bringing together without an event-driven chronology, the „featured dances“ and a few numbers centred on the characters and the action. In looking for a title, I remembered that as a child I defined my wonderments as „Magifique“. Magnifique without a „n“ because hatred divides (the word for hatred in French sounds like the letter „n“), and that this invented word, a sort of short-circuited language, fits well with the intentions of this creation: to create magic or else recycle life’s raw material through expressive and poetic forms. However, the title is also „Tchaikovsky‘s Suites“, in order to be consistent i.e. “avoir de la suite dans ses idées”. Thierry Malandain

BONUS: Making of Magifique. Including interviews with Thierry Malandain and the dancers as well as rehearsal footage.

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Margot Fonteyn & Michael Somes

Margot Fonteyn & Michael Somes


Tchaikovsky:

Sleeping Beauty (highlights)

Studio Recording, transmitted 20 December 1959

Royal Opera House Orchestra, John Lanchbery

Swan Lake, Op. 20 (excerpts)

Studio Recording, transmitted 9 June 1954

London Philharmonic Orchestra, Robert Irving

The Nutcracker, Op. 71 (Act II)

Studio Recording, transmitted 21 December 1958

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Hugo Rignold


Tchaikovsky’s three ballet masterpieces are all rare studio performances from the 1950s, featuring the legendary Margot Fonteyn.

Innately musical and technically perfect, Fonteyn was also a brilliant actress and is seen here at the height of her career with the celebrated Michael Somes, her dynamic partner during this creative period.

Fonteyn and Somes were the perfect match in terms of physique, presence, style and technique. The selections from these three classic ballets demonstrate just how successful their partnership was. Fonteyn made her mark dancing Aurora from Sleeping Beauty, a role in which she and the Sadler’s Wells Ballet made their American debut in 1949, ten years before this BBC studio production.

All three performances are released here for the first time on DVD with the extracts from Swan Lake representing one of the earliest appearances of Fonteyn on film.

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Thomas Trotter: The Town Hall Tradition

Thomas Trotter: The Town Hall Tradition

Virtuoso Organ Showpieces from Town Hall, Birmingham


Anderson, Leroy:

The Typewriter

trans Trotter

Coates, E:

The Three Elizabeths: Youth of Britain (Princess Elizabeth)

trans Thomas Trotter

Festing:

Andante, Allegro, Air and 2 variations

arr George Thalben-Ball

Hollins:

Concert Overture in C minor

Ketèlbey:

Bells across the Meadows

trans Gatty Sellars

Tchaikovsky:

1812 Overture, Op. 49

trans Edwin Evans and Thomas Trotter

Thalben-Ball:

Variations on a theme of Paganini for pedals

Wagner:

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Overture

trans Edwin H Lemare

O du, mein holder Abendstern (from Tannhäuser)

trans Lemare

Die Walküre: Ride of the Valkyries

trans Lemare


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The debut DVD from Thomas Trotter – one of the world’s greatest organists – and the first DVD release from Regent Records. An opportunity to enjoy, both visually and aurally, Thomas Trotter’s artistry and staggering technique in a celebration of town hall virtuosity, on the great concert hall organ with which he is intimately acquainted.

Features a highly entertaining and varied programme of organ pieces from the heart of the town hall tradition, including Thalben-Ball’s Variations on a theme of Paganini played almost entirely on the pedals.

Extra features include a biographical interview with Thomas Trotter and a guide to the Town Hall organ.

Box contains both a DVD Video (performance in 5.1 surround sound), audio CD, and a 16 page booklet with notes on the music, the Town Hall, and a newly-written article on the history of the organ by Nicholas Thistlethwaite.

“Filming an organist playing a recital is a notoriously difficult assignment...[It is] difficult to get all the elements right. This film comes as close as any...Trotter operates with a sleight of hand that's as slick as any conjurer's. The performances are everything on has come to expect from one of the world's greatest organists, notable for their clarity, rhythmic buoyancy, stylistic taste, imaginative colouring - and the ability to amaze.” Gramophone Magazine, February 2012

“should you want Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture on the organ, this is a recording to turn to. Trotter plays everything from memory, unusually among organists and even more remarkable given the complex registrations involved here.” BBC Music Magazine, April 2012 ****

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