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Mozart: Mitridate, rè di Ponto, K87

Théâtre des Champs-Élysées


Michael Spyres (Mitridate), Patricia Petibon (Aspasia), Myrtò Papatanasiu (Sifare), Christophe Dumaux (Farnace), Sabine Devieilhe (Ismène), Cyrille Dubois (Marzio) & Jaël Azzaretti (Arbate)

Le Concert d’Astrée, Emmanuelle Haïm

Mozart was just 14 years old when he composed Mitridate, re di Ponto, a noble opera seria based on a play by Racine. A great success at its premiere, it is only rarely staged today, so this 2016 performance, led by Emmanuelle Haïm at Paris’s Théâtre des Champs Elysées, was by definition a special occasion. The dazzlingly virtuosic cast is led by tenor Michael Spyres and sopranos Patricia Petibon and Sabine Devieilhe, while the intense modern staging is by Clément Hervieu-Léger, a resident director at France’s most illustrious theatre company, the Comédie Française.

In an interview with the French magazine Télérama, Emmanuelle Haïm described Mitridate as “the work of a young man, but also a work of maturity… Mozart is so inventive: no two arias are in the same form [there are over 20 in the opera altogether] and they really portray the states of mind and development of the characters. He didn’t just want to present a succession of arias: running through the entire piece there is a clear sense of dramaturgy, of storytelling. He also creates incredibly vivid accompanied recitative, in which the orchestra behaves with great sensitivity – it does much more than simply punctuate the protagonists’ emotions … We come to understand Mitridate himself as more than some sort of dreadful tyrant. He wants to preserve the safety and unity of his kingdom at any cost. In his first aria, which Mozart had to rewrite several times for the tenor in question, there is something majestic and noble, but also bruised and wounded … The way the role is written is crazy, both very high and very deep … but we have Michael Spyres, who also has a very strong sense of theatre … And you do also wonder how Mozart, as a 14-year-old, could understand women so well. Just look at Aspasia’s arias, which describe her tormented character with such vividness, while Ismene is both strong and tender. Patricia Petibon’s way of singing is ideal for Aspasia, and she has such an intense presence as a tragic actress, while there is a deceptive fragility about Sabine Devieilhe, whose Mozart has such intelligence, finesse and charm.”

Running time: 180 min. approx.

Languages: Sung in Italian, with subtitles available in Italian, French, German, English

Stereo PCM 2.0 / Dolby Digital 5.1, NTSC – All regions – 16:9

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Bruckner: Symphonies

Bruckner: Symphonies


Bruckner:

Symphony No. 4 in Eb Major 'Romantic'

Arranged by Benjamin Korstvedt, Version 1888. Live from the Stiftsbasilika St. Florian, September 2012

Symphony No. 5 in B flat major

Live from the Stiftsbasilika St. Florian, September 2006. Bonus: Franz Welser-Möst in conversation

Symphony No. 7 in E Major

Live from Cleveland’s Severance Hall, September 2008. Bonus: Introduction by Franz Welser-Möst

Symphony No. 8 in C minor

1887 version, edited by Leopold Nowak. Live from Cleveland’s Severance Hall, August 2010. Bonus: Pre-concert talk with Dee Perry, Franz Welser-Möst and William Cosel

Symphony No. 9 in D Minor

Live from the Wiener Musikverein, October 2007


This concert edition contains 5 symphonies from Anton Bruckner featuring the acknowledged Bruckner specialist Franz Welser-Möst and his Cleveland Orchestra. The concerts took place at Cleveland’s Severance Hall, who is still hailed today as one of the world‘s most beautiful concert halls, at the magnifi cent Golden Hall at the Wiener Musikverein and at the Stiftsbasilika St. Florian, where the composer is buried. The intense and calm conducting of Franz Welser-Möst as well as the inimitable intonation of The Cleveland Orchestra have set new standards in Bruckner interpretation.

Sound Formats: PCM Stereo / + DD 5.0 (Symphony No. 4) / + DD 5.1, DTS 5.1 (Symphonies Nos. 5, 7, 8 & 9)

Picture Format: 16:9

Language Bonus: EN (Symphony No. 8), + DE (Symphony No. 7), + FR, ES (Symphony No. 5)

5 x DVD 9 / NTSC

Running Time: 374 mins + 44 mins (Bonus)

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Arthaus Musik - 109313

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Verdi: Otello

Verdi: Otello

Osterfestspiele Salzburg, Großes Festspielhaus, March 2016


José Cura (Otello), Dorothea Röschmann (Desdemona), Carlos Álvarez (Iago), Benjamin Bernheim (Cassio), Christa Mayer (Emilia), Georg Zeppenfeld (Lodovico), Csaba Szegedi (Montano), Gordon Bintner (Herald)

Staatskapelle Dresden, Christian Thielemann

Staged by Vincent Boussard

A superb new Otello from the Salzburg Easter Festival: ‘Cura is a commanding Otello with his richly coloured tenor and both fragile delicacy and fiery ardour’ (Südwestpresse). ‘Röschmann as Desdemona guarantees effortless perfection’ (Neue Musikzeitung). ‘Álvarez as Iago would be hard to surpass’ (Abendzeitung). This Salzburg production – featuring ‘a cast worthy of any festival’ (Südwestpresse) – is conducted by Christian Thielemann, who displays a command of Verdian tragedy to match his celebrated sovereignty in Wagner. He and his great Dresden Staatskapelle, a consummate opera ensemble, ‘achieve wonders’ (Die Presse), ‘generating Italian ‘Musikdrama’ with their incandescence and precise nuances’ (Abendzeitung). In his fascinating staging, director Vincent Broussard integrates video with set and lighting design to create an idealised visual context for what he calls Otello’s ‘conflict of ancient and modern, of 2D and 3D’.

SOUND FORMAT: DVD: PCM 2.0, DTS 5.1

PICTURE: 16:9, HD

SUBTITLES: Italian (original language), German, English, French, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Japanese

BOOKLET: English, German, French

TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 147 mins

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C Major - 740008

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Verdi: Otello

Verdi: Otello

Osterfestspiele Salzburg, Großes Festspielhaus, March 2016


José Cura (Otello), Dorothea Röschmann (Desdemona), Carlos Álvarez (Iago), Benjamin Bernheim (Cassio), Christa Mayer (Emilia), Georg Zeppenfeld (Lodovico), Csaba Szegedi (Montano), Gordon Bintner (Herald)

Staatskapelle Dresden, Christian Thielemann

Staged by Vincent Boussard

A superb new Otello from the Salzburg Easter Festival: ‘Cura is a commanding Otello with his richly coloured tenor and both fragile delicacy and fiery ardour’ (Südwestpresse). ‘Röschmann as Desdemona guarantees effortless perfection’ (Neue Musikzeitung). ‘Álvarez as Iago would be hard to surpass’ (Abendzeitung). This Salzburg production – featuring ‘a cast worthy of any festival’ (Südwestpresse) – is conducted by Christian Thielemann, who displays a command of Verdian tragedy to match his celebrated sovereignty in Wagner. He and his great Dresden Staatskapelle, a consummate opera ensemble, ‘achieve wonders’ (Die Presse), ‘generating Italian ‘Musikdrama’ with their incandescence and precise nuances’ (Abendzeitung). In his fascinating staging, director Vincent Broussard integrates video with set and lighting design to create an idealised visual context for what he calls Otello’s ‘conflict of ancient and modern, of 2D and 3D’.

SOUND FORMAT: PCM Stereo, DTS-HD MA 5.1

PICTURE: 16:9, HD

SUBTITLES: Italian (original language), German, English, French, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Japanese

BOOKLET: English, German, French

TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 147 mins

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Beethoven: Symphony No. 9, Coriolan Overture & Jost: Fanfare & An die Hoffnung

Beethoven: Symphony No. 9, Coriolan Overture & Jost: Fanfare & An die Hoffnung

Festive Concert on the Occasion of the 10th Anniversary of the Grafenegg Festival 2016


Beethoven:

Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 'Choral'

Camilla Nylund (soprano), Elena Zhidkova (mezzo-soprano), Klaus Florian Vogt (tenor), René Pape (bass)

Wiener Singverein

Coriolan Overture, Op. 62

Jost:

Fanfare

An die Hoffnung


Tonkunstler Orchestra & European Union Youth Orchestra, Yutaka Sado

Freedom, fraternity and humanity – this is what Beethoven’s 9th Symphony stands for. It opens the 10th Grafenegg Festival, performed by the Tonkunstler Orchestra, joined by 24 alumni of the European Union Youth Orchestra (EUYO) and ‘a soloist quartet which no one could possibly imagine to be more prestigious’ (Die Presse). ‘Vogt’s tenor and the Wiener Singverein were especially moving’ (Wiener Zeitung) and ‘the vocal performance by excellent bass René Pape, the fabulous soprano Camilla Nylund and the brilliant mezzosoprano Elena Zhidkova… in Beethoven’s Ninth was just sensational. Bravo!’ (Kurier) Composer in Residence Christian Jost’s new work also centres around Beethoven, featuring the song An die Hoffnung (‘To Hope’), and ‘convincingly used an impressive orchestra’ (Der Standard), with ‘tenor Klaus Florian Vogt as a well-cast soloist’ (Salzburger Nachrichten).

SOUND FORMAT: DVD: PCM 2.0, DTS 5.0

PICTURE: 16:9, HD

SUBTITLES: German (original language), English, French, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Japanese

BOOKLET: English, German, French

TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 106 mins

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C Major - 740208

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Beethoven: Symphony No. 9, Coriolan Overture & Jost: Fanfare & An die Hoffnung

Beethoven: Symphony No. 9, Coriolan Overture & Jost: Fanfare & An die Hoffnung

Festive Concert on the Occasion of the 10th Anniversary of the Grafenegg Festival 2016


Beethoven:

Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 'Choral'

Camilla Nylund (soprano), Elena Zhidkova (mezzo-soprano), Klaus Florian Vogt (tenor), René Pape (bass)

Wiener Singverein

Coriolan Overture, Op. 62

Jost:

Fanfare

An die Hoffnung


Tonkunstler Orchestra & European Union Youth Orchestra, Yutaka Sado

Freedom, fraternity and humanity – this is what Beethoven’s 9th Symphony stands for. It opens the 10th Grafenegg Festival, performed by the Tonkunstler Orchestra, joined by 24 alumni of the European Union Youth Orchestra (EUYO) and ‘a soloist quartet which no one could possibly imagine to be more prestigious’ (Die Presse). ‘Vogt’s tenor and the Wiener Singverein were especially moving’ (Wiener Zeitung) and ‘the vocal performance by excellent bass René Pape, the fabulous soprano Camilla Nylund and the brilliant mezzosoprano Elena Zhidkova… in Beethoven’s Ninth was just sensational. Bravo!’ (Kurier) Composer in Residence Christian Jost’s new work also centres around Beethoven, featuring the song An die Hoffnung (‘To Hope’), and ‘convincingly used an impressive orchestra’ (Der Standard), with ‘tenor Klaus Florian Vogt as a well-cast soloist’ (Salzburger Nachrichten).

SOUND FORMAT: Blu-ray: PCM Stereo, DTS-HD MA 5.0

PICTURE: 16:9, HD

SUBTITLES: German (original language), English, French, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Japanese

BOOKLET: English, German, French

TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 106 mins

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Donizetti: Olivo e Pasquale

Donizetti: Olivo e Pasquale


Bruno Taddia (Olivo), Filippo Morace (Pasquale), Laura Giordano (Isabella), Pietro Adaini (Camillo), Matteo Macchioni (Le Bross), Edoardo Milletti (Columella), Silvia Beltrami (Matilde), Giovanni Romeo (Diego)

Orchestra dell’Accademia Teatro alla Scala Coro Donizetti Opera, Federico Maria Sardelli

This sparkling opera buffa, recorded for the first time at the 2016 Donizetti Festival of Bergamo, has the part of Pasquale performed in the Neapolitan dialect. It is the story of two rich merchant brothers from Lisbon, Olivo and Pasquale, who habitually weigh everything against its bargaining power. The marriage of Olivo’s daughter and Pasquale’s niece Isabella is also a “bargain” to them: she must marry another merchant, so as not to break with family tradition. The gags between the various characters are hilarious – especially those between the two brothers, who have completely different characters – creating an almost surreal atmosphere. The show is very colourful, thanks to the rich sets and costumes. Olivo, performed by Bruno Taddia, is the real protagonist: as Isabella’s father, he portrays a gruff, inflexible man, and does so with self-assurance and ease, without going over the top. No less convincing is Filipppo Morace as his brother Pasquale, histrionic and exhilarating as an actor, musically precise and excellent in his Neapolitan dialect performance. Laura Giordano, thanks to her physique du rôle, is perfect as Isabella, the heartbroken girl torn between love for the young Camillo and obedience towards her grumpy father. This release is available in CD, DVD and Blu-ray video formats.

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Dynamic - 37758

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Donizetti: Olivo e Pasquale

Donizetti: Olivo e Pasquale


Bruno Taddia (Olivo), Filippo Morace (Pasquale), Laura Giordano (Isabella), Pietro Adaini (Camillo), Matteo Macchioni (Le Bross), Edoardo Milletti (Columella), Silvia Beltrami (Matilde), Giovanni Romeo (Diego)

Orchestra dell’Accademia Teatro alla Scala Coro Donizetti Opera, Federico Maria Sardelli

This sparkling opera buffa, recorded for the first time at the 2016 Donizetti Festival of Bergamo, has the part of Pasquale performed in the Neapolitan dialect. It is the story of two rich merchant brothers from Lisbon, Olivo and Pasquale, who habitually weigh everything against its bargaining power. The marriage of Olivo’s daughter and Pasquale’s niece Isabella is also a “bargain” to them: she must marry another merchant, so as not to break with family tradition. The gags between the various characters are hilarious – especially those between the two brothers, who have completely different characters – creating an almost surreal atmosphere. The show is very colourful, thanks to the rich sets and costumes. Olivo, performed by Bruno Taddia, is the real protagonist: as Isabella’s father, he portrays a gruff, inflexible man, and does so with self-assurance and ease, without going over the top. No less convincing is Filipppo Morace as his brother Pasquale, histrionic and exhilarating as an actor, musically precise and excellent in his Neapolitan dialect performance. Laura Giordano, thanks to her physique du rôle, is perfect as Isabella, the heartbroken girl torn between love for the young Camillo and obedience towards her grumpy father. This release is available in CD, DVD and Blu-ray video formats.

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Handel: Messiah

Handel: Messiah


Hanna Herfurtner (soprano), Gaia Petrone (alto), Michael Schade (tenor) & Christian Immler (bass)

Salzburger Bachchor & Bach Consort Wien, Rubén Dubrovsky

Described by librettist Charles Jennens with typical English understatement as “a fine entertainment”, Handelʼs Messiah was initially controversial as a biblical oratorio written for secular theatres. Within years it was however being “received with universal applause” and its composerʼs purpose in delighting and charming his listeners has made this masterpiece an international favourite ever since. This eye-catching, audiovisual recording of Handelʼs masterpiece with its cast of renowned soloists captures the 2016 Easter concert in the impressive baroque Basilica of Klosterneuburg, Austria.

Picture format: High Definition

1080i 60

Sound format: PCM Stereo, DTS-HD 5.1

Subtitles: EN, DE

Region code: 0 (Worldwide)

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Handel: Messiah

Handel: Messiah


Hanna Herfurtner (soprano), Gaia Petrone (alto), Michael Schade (tenor) & Christian Immler (bass)

Salzburger Bachchor & Bach Consort Wien, Rubén Dubrovsky

Described by librettist Charles Jennens with typical English understatement as “a fine entertainment”, Handelʼs Messiah was initially controversial as a biblical oratorio written for secular theatres. Within years it was however being “received with universal applause” and its composerʼs purpose in delighting and charming his listeners has made this masterpiece an international favourite ever since. This eye-catching, audiovisual recording of Handelʼs masterpiece with its cast of renowned soloists captures the 2016 Easter concert in the impressive baroque Basilica of Klosterneuburg, Austria.

Picture format: NTSC 16:9

Sound format: PCM Stereo, DTS 5.1

Subtitles: EN, DE

Region code: 0 (Worldwide)

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Naxos - 2110387

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