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Schoenberg: Moses und Aron

Schoenberg: Moses und Aron


Thomas Johannes Mayer (Moses), John Graham-Hall (Aron), Nicky Spence (A Youth)

Orchestre et Chœurs de National de L'Opéra de Paris, Philippe Jordan (conductor) & Romeo Castellucci (director)

Moses und Aron, Arnold Schönberg’s masterpiece, at the Paris Opera in a glorious and poetic staging by Romeo Castellucci and conducted by Philippe Jordan, now available on DVD and Blu-ray! A profound, powerful and yet unfinished opera, Moses und Aron ends with an admission of defeat: « O Word, thou Word that I lack! », Moses’ last cry, is also the last phrase the composer has been able to set to music. Recounting the story of Moses, who has experienced the immensity of God, and of Aron, who tries to speak of it; casting doubt upon the adequacy of tonal and traditional musical language; Moses und Aron questions the possibility of a True Speech. Following in their wanderings the children of Israel, a stateless people lost in the desert and looking for signs and images, Moses und Aron symbolizes the challenges encountered by a community looking for her own identity, torn between spiritual ideal and material needs. The Paris Opera Chorus and Orchestra who, thanks to his musical director Philippe Jordan’s work, has pierced all the secrets of Schönberg’s audacious score, reveal with grace and accuracy all the emotion contained in this anxious, overwhelming and unforgettable masterpiece.

Castellucci, with his bull and his ink, has managed somehow to make indelible images out of an opera in which images are the greatest evil of all. THE GUARDIAN

The spectacle […] remains unforgettable. You could quibble with specific ideas in Mr. Castellucci’s work, but the sweep and scale of his vision in this “Moses” is a path to Schönberg’s unforgiving, glorious opera. THE NEW YORK TIMES

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Bel Air Classiques - BAC436

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New York City Ballet in Paris

New York City Ballet in Paris


Bizet:

Symphony in C

Gounod:

Walpurgisnacht from Faust

Ravel:

La Valse

Sonatine


New York City Ballet, Orchestre Prométhée, Daniel Capps

The New York City Ballet, with its collection of extraordinary dancers and its unique repertoire, is one of the most prestigious dance companies in the world. This exceptional production, performed in Paris after eight years of absence, revolves around three great French composers who inspired NYCB founder George Balanchine: Charles Gounod, Maurice Ravel and Georges Bizet. The four ballets performed, choreographed from 1925 to 1980, perfectly encapsulate Balanchine’s genius and his very own neoclassical style. They also provide a particular insight on the bonds that tied Balanchine to France. What is known today as Walpurgisnacht Ballet was a ballet choreographed for the opera Faust (Charles Gounod) at the Paris Opera in 1975. It premiered as an independant piece in New York in 1980. Sonatine, set to a music by Maurice Ravel, was created by two New York City Ballet French principals, the recently departed Violette Verdy and Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux. La Valse was originally composed by Ravel for the Ballets Russes and Serge Diaghilev, then exiled in France, shortly before Balanchine entered the company. Symphony in C (Georges Bizet), better known as Le Palais de Cristal, premiered at the Paris Opera. A spectacular tribute to Balanchine, beautifully served by the breath-taking technique of these American dancers, who rank today among the best in the world!

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Bel Air Classiques - BAC439

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Mozart: Die Zauberflöte, K620

Mozart: Die Zauberflöte, K620


Martin Summer, Yasmin Özkan, Martin Piskorski, Fatma Said, Theresa Zisser, Till von Orlowski

Orchestra e Coro dell’Accademia Teatro alla Scala, Ádám Fischer (conductor) & Peter Stein (director)

Accompanied by a luxurious team of professionals, consisting of the renowned stage director Peter Stein, stage designer Ferdinand Wöger and conductor Ádám Fischer, Teatro alla Scala presents Mozart’s Zauberflöte. In this production, orchestra, chorus, soloists as well as outfitters all consisted of students of the Academia Teatro alla Scala, the educational institution aimed to train the young talents, founded by the Teatro alla Scala in 2001. The result was stunning – an instant success – with all ten performances selling out at La Scala, which is famous for its extremely critical loggionisti. According to Die Presse, Fischer ‘gets the best out of the Academy Orchestra with delicate execution and humane phrasing’ while the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung praises Fatma Said as Pamina and Yasmin Özkan as the Queen of the Night.

SOUND FORMAT: Blu-ray: PCM Stereo, DTS-HD MA 5.1

PICTURE: 16:9, HD

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

BOOKLET: English, German, French

TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 173 mins

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C Major - 740504

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Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 1-4 (Complete)

Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 1-4 (Complete)


NDR Elbphilharmonie Orcheste, Thomas Hengelbrock

Before moving into the Elbphilharmonie, chief conductor Thomas Hengelbrock and his NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester performed a ‘Brahms Marathon’ with all four symphonies of the Hamburg-born composer in the historic Laeiszhalle. Brahms’ music has always played an important role in the history of the orchestra, whose defining interpretations of the symphonies by Brahms and Bruckner have become the ensemble’s artistic hallmark. The orchestra, founded in 1945, was led by outstanding conductors such as Günter Wand, Christoph Eschenbach and Christoph von Dohnányi. Since 2011, chief conductor Thomas Hengelbrock is in charge of continuing the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester’s history. In the bonus program Discovering Brahms, Thomas Hengelbrock offers interesting background information on all four symphonies. ‘The evening was more than worth it’ (Hamburger Abendblatt).

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Verdi: Otello

Verdi: Otello


Stuart Neill (Otello), Jessica Nuccio (Desdemona), Roberto Frontali (Jago), Tamta Tarieli (Emilia), Manuel Pierattelli (Roderigo), Seung Pil Choi (Lodovico), Giacomo Medici (Montano), Franco Di Girolamo (A Herald)

Fondazione Orchestra Regionale delle Marche, Coro Lirico Marchigiano Vincenzo Bellini, Pueri Cantores D. Zamberletti, Complesso di palcoscenico Banda Salvadei, Riccardo Frizza

A co-production between the Macerata Opera Festival and the Festival Castell de Peralada, this Otello was the winner of the Campoamor Prize for the best production of 2015. Direction and set design are in the hands of the incomparable Paco Azorin, who ingeniously utilises the entire stage area of the Arena Sferisterio with his inspiring use of lighting and projections. Conductor Riccardo Frizza, acknowledged as one of today's finest interpreters of Italian opera, gets the best from both Verdi's rich score and the lead singers: in the title role, Stuart Neill combines an imposing stage presence with his richly nuanced voice; Jessica Nuccio is a wonderfully lyrical Desdemona; while Roberto Frontali brings both fine singing and charismatic acting to the role of Jago.

Video Format/ Aspect ratio: 1080i60 – 1 BD 50 NTSC – 16:9 Audio Format: PCM STEREO 2.0 / DTS 5.1 HD Master Audio Subtitles: Ita, Eng, Fre, Ger, Kor, Jap, Spa Region code: 0 – All regions Recording date & place: July/August 2016 – Arena Sferisterio - Macerata, Italy Duration: 146 min. Notes: Italian / English

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Dynamic - 57767

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Gloria in excelsis Deo

Gloria in excelsis Deo


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Bach, J S:

Cantata BWV69 'Lobe den Herrn, meine Seele'

Cantata BWV30 'Freue dich, erlöste Schar'

Cantata BWV191 'Gloria in excelsis Deo'

Mass in B minor, BWV232: Dona Nobis Pacem


In June 1995, a virtually unknown group of Japanese musicians embarked on the monumental task of recording the complete sacred cantatas by Johann Sebastian Bach.

Almost eighteen years later, on 23rd February 2013, the Bach Collegium Japan and Masaaki Suzuki – by then household names in the international music world – reached their goal, as they finished recording the 55th disc in a series which in the meantime had met with overwhelming acclaim worldwide.

Made in conjunction with the final cantata recording, this film commemorates the occasion. Besides filmed performances of the three last cantatas – Gloria in excelsis Deo, BWV191, Lobe den Herrn, meine Seele, BWV69 and Freue dich, erlöste Schar, BWV30 – the film includes interviews with Masaaki Suzuki and key members of Bach Collegium Japan as well as behind-the-scenes footage.

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BIS - BIS2201

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