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New Year’s Concert 2007

New Year’s Concert 2007

Live Recording from The Teatro La Fenice


Bellini:

Casta Diva (from Norma)

Mascagni:

Cavalleria Rusticana: Intermezzo

Paganini:

Violin Concerto No. 1 in D major, Op. 6 (Adagio espressivo)

Rossini:

La Cenerentola - Sinfonia

Tarentella Napoletana

Largo al factotum (from Il barbiere di Siviglia)

Tchaikovsky:

Swan Lake: Ballet Suite

Verdi:

Di Provenza il mar (from La Traviata)

Questa o quella (from Rigoletto)

Va, pensiero (from Nabucco)

Libiamo, ne' lieti calici (from La Traviata)


Dimitra Theodossiou, Giuseppe Filianoti, Roberto Frontali & Massimo Quarta

Teatro La Fenice, Kazushi Ono

Since 2004 Venice‘s rebuilt Teatro La Fenice has welcomed each New Year with a celebration of opera and symphonic music. Since that date, the Venetian concert has become a regular and increasingly popular fixture with television audiences, taking over the lead from the Viennese New Year’s Concert with its all-waltzes programme. Venice instead of Vienna that means opera instead of waltzes – a variety of highlights from Rossini, Verdi, Bellini, Paganini and Mascagni too. The choice of performers is made each year from the ranks of great conductors and acclaimed soloists, people who can rouse an audience and touch its emotions in the space of a few moments. As for the repertoire, the pieces chosen – arias, choruses and opera overtures – are almost always short, familiar and well-loved, all of them among the most-requested operatic gems, presented with the intention of keeping the memory of musical theatre, its stories and characters, alive.

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Tchaikovsky: Charodeika

Tchaikovsky: Charodeika

Live performance from 1984


Larissa Zyryanova (Nastasya - 'Kuma'), Vladimir Stepanov (Prince Nikita Kurlyatev), Lyudmila Korzhakova (Princess Yevpraksiya Romanovna), Vadim Valyuta (Prince Yuriy), Alexander Pravilov (Mamirov), A. Perfilova (Nenila), E. Sedov (Ivan Zhuran), Dimitri Sukhanov (Foka), L. Lebedovskaya (Polya), N. Bogutsky (Payisy), A. Burlatsky (Balakin), M. Sanotsky (Potap), Mikhail Larin (Lukash), A. Perfilov (Kichiga)

Nizhegorodsky State Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet, Pavel Reznikov

A rarity among Tchaikovsky’s operas, The Enchantress (also known as The Sorceress) is presented here in a live performance by the esteemed Nizhegorodsky State Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet; Pavel Reznikov, conductor (Moscow, 1984). Sung in Russian; subtitles in English, French, and Russian, Color, 4:3, 156 min., All regions.

Tchaikovsky’s The Enchantress was composed during a happily reclusive period in the composer’s life. Living in a country house in Maidanovo, he described himself as “contented, cheerful, and quiet.” In the spring of 1885, Tchaikovsky discovered Shpazhinsky’s play The Enchantress, which greatly attracted him as an operatic subject, affording him the chance to express dramatically a long-cherished phrase in Goethe’s Faust, “Das Ewig-Weibliche zieht uns hinan” [the eternal-feminine draws us upwards]. Indeed, his characterization of the good-hearted and passionate inn-keeper Nastasya (affectionately called “Kuma” – literally, “godmother” – by her admirers, and branded an “enchantress” by her enemies) is one of his most fascinating operatic portraits. This 1984 production, performed by an excellent cast fully committed to the work, makes a strong case for The Enchantress as an unjustly neglected masterpiece.

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Claudio Abbado conducts Prokofiev, Berg & Tchaikovsky

Claudio Abbado conducts Prokofiev, Berg & Tchaikovsky

Lucerne Festival at Easter 2010


Berg:

Lulu-Suite (Five Symphonic Pieces) for soprano and orchestra

Anna Prohaska (soprano)

Prokofiev:

Scythian Suite, Op. 20

Tchaikovsky:

Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 74 'Pathétique'


Five years after first conducting the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra in their Venezuelan home, Claudio Abbado continues his commitment to this stunning ensemble in this first joint audiovisual concert recording.

Prokofiev’s extrovert Scythian Suite is a gift for the boundless energy of these young players, while the intricacy and anguish of Berg’s Lulu-Suite are an Abbado speciality, with soprano Anna Prohaska, in her Lucerne Festival debut, singing the heroine’s dazzling statement of self-justification.

The concert ends with an impassioned account of Tchaikovsky’s Pathétique, his final symphony, one of the most moving works in music history.

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Booklet notes: Songtexts in German

Running Time: 111:45

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“It's amazing the way Abbado brings the melodic writing to the fore in the very different worlds of the Prokofiev and the Berg Lulu Suite, crowned by Anna Prohaska's meaningful characterisation...As for Tchaikovsky's Pathétique, I challenge you to sit unshaken through the way Abbado nurtures string tone, body and vibrato from his Latin players.” BBC Music Magazine, January 2011 *****

“Aided by superb camera work, we see him, gaunt but energised, bringing sophistication and élan to Prokofiev’s monster canvas, conjuring magic and fragrance from the Berg and driving the Pathétique to the edge of the abyss.” Financial Times, 14th January 2011 ****

“It's scintillatingly communicative. Some of the players are noticeably a touch nervous; it makes the Tchaikovsky grippingly heartfelt while the Berg...has an edgy quality that really brings it alive...Watching Abbado's response to these young Latinos, and vice-versa, reminds you of those transcendental human qualities music has...I can't imagine there being a more engaging audio-visual recording of [these works]” Classic FM Magazine, March 2011 ****

“the combination of [Abbado's] sophisticated ear for sonority with the band's raw energy and sheer strength in numbers make for some terrific music-making...his exquisite touch is evident throughout in what is obviously a meticulously prepared account as well as a suitably emotive one...[Prohaska] is marvellous.” International Record Review, April 2011

BBC Music Magazine

DVD Choice - January 2011

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Sanderling conducts Saint-Saëns & Tchaikovsky

Sanderling conducts Saint-Saëns & Tchaikovsky

Recorded live at Philharmonie Berlin, June 1992


Saint-Saëns:

Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 22

Yefim Bronfman (piano)

Tchaikovsky:

Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36


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Booklet notes: English, German, French

Running time: 90 mins

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“[Bronfman] plays the first movement with the power and expressive elegance of early Beethoven. There is tremendous virtuosity too, which then extends to the delightful Scherzando, a complete and delicate contrast, where the DVD camera lets us watch his mercurial hands in astonishment as well as pleasure...This is among the most revealing accounts available” Gramophone Magazine, December 2010

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An Evening with Renée Fleming

An Evening with Renée Fleming

Recorded live at Waldbühne, Berlin, 2010


Dvorak:

Mesícku na nebi hlubokém 'Song to the Moon' (from Rusalka)

Elgar:

Salut d'amour, Op. 12

Khachaturian:

Spartacus: Adagio of Spartacus & Phrygia

Korngold:

Glück, das mir verbleib 'Marietta's Lied' (from Die Tote Stadt)

Leoncavallo:

Mimi Pinson la biondinetta (from La Bohème)

Musette svaria sulla bocca viva (from La Bohème)

Mussorgsky:

A Night on the Bare Mountain

Puccini:

Donde lieta usci (from La Bohème)

Tu che di gel sei cinta (from Turandot)

Smetana:

Dobrá! Já mu je dám!... Jak je mi? (Dalibor)

Strauss, R:

Morgen mittag um elf! (from Capriccio)

Zueignung, Op. 10 No. 1

Tchaikovsky:

Romeo & Juliet - Fantasy Overture

Wagner:

Rienzi Overture


The Waldbühne in Berlin, one of the most appealing outdoor amphitheatres on the European continent, is the home of the Berliner Philharmoniker’s summer concerts. With over 20,000 attendances, these are some of the most popular classical music concerts in the world.

This year the Berliner Philharmoniker play under the baton of Ion Marin, one of the most exciting conductors on today’s musical scene. They welcome "America's Beautiful Voice", Grammy Award winning soprano Renée Fleming, who has a devoted international following wherever she appears. Her career has been built on success across a wide range of musical styles, but she is best-known for her excellence in opera worldwide.

The device of the evening was “Night of Love”- the most beautiful Opera Arias in combination with atmospheric instrumental pieces.

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Running time: 130 mins

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Tchaikovsky: Cherevichki (The Slippers)

Tchaikovsky: Cherevichki (The Slippers)

Recorded live at the Royal Opera House, Nov 2009


Larissa Diadkova (Solokha), Maxim Mikhailov (The Devil), Vladimir Matorin (Chub), John Upperton (Panas), Olga Guryakova (Oxana), Vsevolod Grivnov (Vakula), Alexander Vassiliev (Pan Golova),Viacheslav Voynarovskiy (The Schoolmaster), Olga Sabadoch (Odark), Changhan Lim (Wood Goblin), Andrew Macnair (Echo), Sergei Leiferkus (His Highness), Jeremy White (Master of Ceremonies) & Mara Galeazzi & Gary Avis (Principal Dancers)

Dancers of The Royal Ballet & Orchestra of The Royal Opera House, Alexander Polianichko (conductor) & Francesca Zambello (stage director)

Choreography: Alastair Marriott.

Based on Gogol’s fantastical and comic story of the Devil’s antics on Christmas Eve, this magical blend of opera and ballet is brought to vivid life in Francesca Zambello’s colourful production. Magnificent set designs (Mikhail Mokrov) and costumes (Tatiana Noginova), and an excellent, largely Russian cast provide authenticity. Splendid dancing by The Royal Ballet and Cossack dancers completes the spectacle. Filmed in High Definition and recorded in true surround sound.

“It’s pretty as a picture, no question – an animated pop-up book of naïve and colourful charm.” Independent

“…this expensive-looking production that combines the forces of the Royal Opera and the Royal Ballet…” The Guardian

Extra features:

Introducing Cherevichki by Francesca Zambello

Cast & Characters

Staging Gogol's world

Running time 154mins

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“[Mokrov's designs] positively glow with snowy Russian colour and charm...Polianichko makes an affectionate case for the score” BBC Music Magazine, Christmas 2010 ****

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Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker, Op. 71

Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker, Op. 71

Recorded live at the Royal Opera House, Nov & Dec, 2009


Miyako Yoshida (The Sugar Plum Fairy), Ricardo Cervera/Steven McRae (Nephew/Nutcracker), Steven McRae (The Prince), Gary Avis (Drosselmeyer) & Iohna Loots (Clara)

The Royal Ballet & The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Koen Kessels (conductor) & Peter Wright (director)

Choreography: Peter Wright after Lev Ivanov

This all-time ballet favourite, in which young Clara is swept into a fantasy adventure when one of her Christmas presents comes to life, is at its most enchanting in Peter Wright’s glorious production – as fresh as ever in its 25th year. Tchaikovsky’s ravishing score, period designs by Julia Trevelyan Oman (including an ingenious magical Christmas tree), an exquisite Sugar Plum Fairy (Miyako Yoshida) and chivalrous Prince (Steven McRae), the mysterious Drosselmeyer (Gary Avis) and vibrant dancing by The Royal Ballet make for a captivating performance. Filmed in High Definition and recorded in true surround sound.

‘One of the very best seasonal treats for children and adults alike, the Royal Ballet’s Nutcracker is a handsome, magical, thoroughly traditional rendering of ETA Hoffmann’s immortal if deeply strange story.’ Sunday Express

Extra Features

Cast gallery

Rehearsing at White Lodge

Peter Wright tells the story of The Nutcracker

Running time TBC127mins

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Waldbühne: St. Petersburg Night

Waldbühne: St. Petersburg Night

Live Recording from The Waldbühne Berlin, 1997


Chopin:

Waltz No. 6 in D flat major, Op. 64 No. 1 'Minute Waltz'

Daniel Barenboim (piano)

Glinka:

Ruslan & Lyudmila Overture

Mussorgsky:

Khovanshchina: Prelude

Sorochintsy Fair: Gopak

Prokofiev:

Romeo and Juliet - Suite No. 1, Op. 64a: Death of Tybalt

Rimsky Korsakov:

Flight of the Bumble Bee

Capriccio espagnol, Op. 34

Tchaikovsky:

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

Daniel Barenboim (piano)

Waltz from Swan Lake


Zubin Mehta, born in Bombay in 1936, is one of the greatest conductors on the rostrum. ‚I have been conducting the Berliner Philharmoniker longer than many of its musicians have been members. I began in 1961 and since then have not missed a single season. During all those years I have been able to observe continually that the Berliner Philharmoniker sets standards for outstanding orchestral achievements.‘

The theme of his ‚St. Petersburg Night‘ at the Berlin Waldbühne is, of course, Russian music. The centrepiece is one of Tchaikovsky‘s most frequently played and effective compositions: his Piano Concerto No. 1 in B fl at minor. This work has spread the fame of Russian music all over the world. Its memorable melodies and original rhythms never fail to captivate audiences.

Daniel Barenboim, was the soloist for the Tchaikovsky concerto in Zubin Mehta‘s music night. With this combination of master conductor, master pianist and leading orchestra, success was, of course, assured. The twenty thousand people in the audience at the Berlin Waldbühne, sold out weeks beforehand, expressed their thanks with tumultuous applause.

The other works in the programme were also enthusiastically received, in particular the familiar sounds of Tchaikovsky‘s ‚Swan Lake‘ and Rimsky-Korsakov‘s orchestral scherzo ‚The Flight of the Bumblebee‘ from his opera ‚The Legend of Tsar Saltan‘, which was played with astounding virtuosity.

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Berliner Philharmoniker: European Concert 1993

Berliner Philharmoniker: European Concert 1993


Mozart:

Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major, K216

Frank Peter Zimmermann (violin)

Stravinsky:

The Rite of Spring

Tchaikovsky:

Romeo & Juliet - Fantasy Overture


The Berlin Philharmonic opened its Europe Concert 1993 in the impressive setting of the Royal Albert Hall with Pyotr Tchaikovsky‘s fantasy overture to Romeo and Juliet.

Playing and interpreting Mozart is an incomparable challenge for every musician, but the present recording demonstrates masterful interpretation and playing by the world-renowned violinist Frank Peter Zimmermann. The Violin Concerto No. 3, K.216, with its fully balanced dialogue between solo instrument and orchestra, represents - compared to its two predecessors - a quantum leap. Alfred Einstein called this violin concerto „a miracle“. Only a musician who has total sway over his instrument and is able to interpret the freshness of the invention and the elegance of the melody can achieve a finished performance.

Under Bernard Haitink‘s baton, the Berlin Philharmonic have demonstrated here their possibilities in the reduced classical instrumentation, before the full orchestra put on a show after the interval with Stravinsky‘s „Rite“.

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Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake, Op. 20

Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake, Op. 20


Choreography by Heinz Spoerli.

In 2005 it was over 30 years since the Zurich Opera House had seen a performance of probably the world’s best-loved ballet, Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake. The Zurich Ballet, which has become one of the world’s leading dance ensembles under Heinz Spoerli’s direction, raised this famed work from its slumber with a dream team to tackle this classic anew. Zurich Ballet Director and choreographer Spoerli has long been confirmed as a master storyteller and an imaginative renewer of the genre: with the support of set designer Erich Wonder and costumier Florence von Gerkan he has devised a new and contemporary version of this classic dance tale that has been eagerly awaited by ballet enthusiasts all over the world, in this his third production of Swan Lake. Top Russian conductor Vladimir Fedoseyev ensures an evening of musical excellence, too.

It has just been announced that at the end of the 2011/12 season, Heinz Spoerli is to stand down as Ballet Director and Principal Choreographer at the Opera House in Zurich.

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