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1789: Theatre Du Soleil

1789: Theatre Du Soleil


Theatre Du Soleil

Following the Champ de Mars massacre on July 17th 1791, some comedians decide to reenact the main events of the previous years : from the summoning of the Estates-General to the proclamation of the martial law, through the Storming of the Bastille, the Great Fear, and the abolition of feudalism. With intense zest and enthusiasm, they try to show the dashing of hopes, the bursting of joy quickly followed by the collapse of the dreams of equality. To this end, the comedians use all the theatrical forms they have at hand, pantomime, tragedy, puppetry, opera buffa, and they incarnate the people, the richer and the poorer, who made 1789 such a decisive year, all the while illustrating what Saint-Just once said : « The Revolution stops when perfect happiness is reached »

Exclusive bonus : « 1789 – 40 years later » by Stefano Missio (48 min.)

Original documentary retracing the show and the movie’s creation (interview with Ariane Mnouchkine and some of the actors, archive footage, etc)

36-page booklet : texts on the French Revolution and the Théâtre du Soleil Photos and illustrations by Martine Franck/Magnum, Massimo Vitali…

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Bel Air Classiques - BAC412

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Schubert: Winterreise D911

Schubert: Winterreise D911

Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, France, July 2015


Matthias Goerne (baritone) & Markus Hinterhäuser (piano)

Franz Schubert´s Winterreise engages with its audience in a new and unexpected form. Matthias Goerne, 'the voice of perfection' (Le Figaro), pianist Markus Hinterhäuser and South African director, set designer and theatrical artist William Kentridge joined forces on stage and traced newly imagined, deeply moving images. In short animated films, Kentridge visualises Goerne’s and Hinterhäuser’s sonic contribution. A memorable meeting 'of melancholy and magic' (La Marseillaise). 'Mr. Kentridge’s 24 stop-action films - made up of animated ink drawings and collages - offer a visually mesmerising and thought-provoking commentary on Schubert’s song cycle' (New York Times). 'There is an unusual robustness to his (Matthias Goerne´s) wanderer, infused by the virile beauty of his powerful baritone' (New York Times).

Documentary: A TRIO FOR SCHUBERT feat. Interviews with W. Kentridge, M. Goerne and M. Hinterhäuser

Running Time Total: 138 Minutes (Concert 85’ + Doc 53’)

Picture 16:9, HD

Sound BD: PCM Stereo

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

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C Major - 738104

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Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet, Op. 64

May 7, 2015, War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco


Maria Kochetkova & Davit Karapetyan

San Francisco Ballet Orchestra & San Francisco Ballet, Martin West

Choreography by Helgi Tomasson

With passionate choreography, spine-tingling swordsmanship, and a celebrated score by Sergei Prokofiev, San Francisco Ballet’s passionate retelling of the Bard’s greatest tragedy has packed houses around the world. Romeo & Juliet is one of the company’s most popular and widely toured ballets and has been seen by more than 200,000 people since it premiered in 1994. Choreographed by Helgi Tomasson, with sets and costumes by Jens-Jacob Worsaae, this visually stunning production and the brilliant dancers of SF Ballet bring this powerful and touching tragedy – and Renaissance-era Verona – vividly to life. ‘Tomasson lifts Shakespeare’s complex and familiar language off the gilded pages and translates it into lucid classical choreography that is visceral, fresh, and ultimately sublime’ (Huffington Post).

BONUS: Shakespeare Without Words, En Garde, Children of the San Francisco Ballet

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C Major - 739104

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Verdi: Un ballo in maschera

Verdi: Un ballo in maschera


Piotr Beczala (Riccardo), George Petean (Renato), Anja Harteros (Amelia), Okka von der Damerau, Sofia Fomina (Oscar)

Bayerisches Staatsorchester, Zubin Mehta

Staged by Johannes Erath

Munich’s new Ballo in maschera has received much critical acclaim: ‘This production shows what a utopia opera can be’ (Abendzeitung). Ten years after stepping down as music director of the Bavarian State Opera, Zubin Mehta returned to Munich in March 2016 to celebrate his 80th birthday conducting Verdi’s masterpiece for the first time in a staged production. His cast features some of today’s finest Verdi singers: soprano Anja Harteros, singing Amelia for the first time and ‘filling every note with Verdian intensity’, tenor Piotr Beczala as a ‘visually and vocally dashing Riccardo’ and George Petean as an ‘exemplary’ Renato (Neue Musikzeitung). In director Johannes Erath’s super-sensitive new production, this historically-based tale of illicit love, conspiracy and betrayal unfolds in a surrealistic, shadowy setting transformed by lighting and projections. Special praise was showered by the enthusiastic critics on Maestro Mehta, whom ‘creates concentrated musical connections, miraculously guiding his orchestra and unsurpassable voices the way a thermal lifts a paraglider... Musically the performance was a dream‘ (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung).

SOUND FORMAT: BluRay: PCM 2.0, 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: 149 mins

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C Major - 739504

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Tango Under the Stars

Tango Under the Stars

Live at Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, 2nd August 2016


Ginastera:

Estancia, Op. 8: four dances

Piazzólla:

Tangazo, for orchestra

La Muerte del Angel

Adiós Nonino

Oblivion

Libertango

Schifrin:

Concierto de la Amistad

world premiere


Ángel Romero (guitar)

Tango Buenos Aires & LA Philharmonic, Gustavo Dudamel

Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Philharmonic accent the colours, rhythms, and passion of music by leading composers from Argentina in this invigorating evening at the Hollywood Bowl. Master of the Tango Nuevo, Astor Piazzolla’s four tangos feature on stage the dance company Tango Buenos Aires, known worldwide as the most authentic and uncompromising representative of the tango. Alberto Ginastera, one of the most important twentieth century classical composers of the Americas and Piazzolla´s first teacher, is also represented on this brand new release from C Major Entertainment, along with Lalo Schifrin, whom, beside his concert music, is the composer of the famous scores of Mission Impossible and Dirty Harry. His Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra, a world-premiere recording, is composed for Ángel Romero, an iconic master of the classical guitar.

Bonus: Interviews with Gustavo Dudamel, Lalo Schifrin and Ángel Romero

SOUND FORMAT: Blu-ray: PCM 2.0, DTS-HD MA 5.1

PICTURE: 16:9, HD

SUBTITLES Bonus: English (original language), German, French, Spanish

BOOKLET: English, German, French, Spanish

TOTAL RUNNING TIME: Total: 102 mins (83’ concert + 19’ doc)

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Mercadante: Francesca da Rimini

Mercadante: Francesca da Rimini

42° Festival della Valle d’Itria, Martina Franca, Italy


Leonor Bonilla (Francesca), Aya Wakizono (Paolo), Merto Süngü (Lanciotto), Antonio Di Matteo (Guido), Larisa Martinez (Isaura) & Ivan Ayon Rivas (Guelfo)

Orchestra Internazionale d’Italia, Chorus of the Transylvania State & Philharmonic Orchestra of Cluj-Napoca, Fabio Luisi

First recording and world première performance.

Director, Sets and Costume Designer Pier Luigi Pizzi

Choreographer Gheorghe Iancu

Written almost two centuries ago by Saverio Mercadante, coveted by many theatres of the day, Francesca da Rimini was, in fact, never staged. Every time it was scheduled for performance, something happened and it got canceled. A long series of incidents prevented it from reaching the stage for as many as 185 years. Its forgotten manuscript, which was only known for its ill-starred fate, suddenly re-emerged five years ago in Madrid, teh city where it was to have been premiered in 1831. The soprano Leonor Bonilla is quite impressive in the part of the protagonist: she portrays the character's psychological frailty as well as her determination wtih a steely vocal technique, spinning out incredible modulations, displaying strong and dazzling vocalizations, easily soaring into the high register and flaunting such an attractive, casual and poignant stage presence that she even dares moving some dance steps with the corps de ballet. Aya Wakizono is an admirable Paolo: endowed with a superb mezzo voice, she seeks and achieves consistency throughout the range, is virtuosic in the coloratura, and fluent. No less demanding is the part of the tenor Lanciotto, with its fearful leaps and ornamentation worth of the Neapolitan Rossini: Mert Sungu might in time get rid of a touch of harshness here and there, but already now he can tackle all the difficulties of the part with a timbric quality and an expressively worth of note…

Sung in: Italian

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, Ing, Fre, Ger, Jap, Kor

Region code: 0 – All regions

Recording date & place: July 2016 –Palazzo Ducale, Martina Franca, Italy

Duration: 200 min.

Notes: Italian / English

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Handel Box Set

Handel Box Set


Handel:

Giulio Cesare in Egitto

Recorded live at the Glyndebourne Opera House, East Sussex, on 14th & 17th August 2005

Sarah Connolly (Cesare), Danielle de Niese (Cleopatra), Angelika Kirchschlager (Sesto), Christophe Dumaux (Tolomeo), Patricia Bardon (Cornelia), Christopher Maltman (Achilla) & Rachid Ben Abdeslam (Nireno)

William Christie (conductor) & David McVicar (stage director)

Rinaldo

Recorded live at Glyndebourne Opera House, Lewes August 2011

Sonia Prina (Rinaldo), Varduhi Abrahamyan (Goffredo), Tim Mead (Eustazio), Anett Fritsch (Almirena), Brenda Rae (Armida), Luca Pisaroni (Argante) & William Towers (A Christian Magician)

Ottavio Dantone (conductor) & Robert Carsen (stage director)

Saul

Recorded live at Glyndebourne Opera House, Lewes, October 2015

Christopher Purves (Saul), Iestyn Davies (David), Lucy Crowe (Merab), Sophie Bevan (Michal), Paul Appleby (Jonathan), Benjamin Hulett (High Priest) & John Graham-Hall (Witch of Endor)

Ivor Bolton (conductor) & Barrie Kosky (director)


This set brings together three of Handel’s most compelling works for the stage in lavish Glyndebourne productions featuring period-instrument accompaniment from the renowned Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. David McVicar directs an all-star cast in Giulio Cesare, combining serious insight with entertainment to bring the masterpiece to life, aided by vivid playing from the OAE under William Christie. In Robert Carsen’s fun-filled transformation of Rinaldo, lacrosse sticks and flying bicycles lend the fantasy’s warriors and witches contemporary chic, with conductor Ottavio Dantone leading a youthful cast from the keyboard in Handelian fashion. Director Barrie Kosky’s Glyndebourne debut, Saul stole the 2015 Festival season and had critics raving. The Glyndebourne chorus plays an outstanding role, and the OAE sparkles under Ivor Bolton, as the Old Testament story is retold in Handel’s time with witty anachronisms from costume designer Katrin Lea Tag.

Running time: RUNNING TIME APPROX: 714 MINUTES

Subtitles: EN/FR/DE/ES/IT (Giulio Cesare); EN/FR/DE (Rinaldo); EN/FR/DE/KO (Saul)

Sound format: 2.0LPCM + 5.1 DTS

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Opus Arte Glyndebourne - OABD7211BD

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Adam: Giselle

Adam: Giselle


Marianela Nuñez (Giselle) & Vadim Muntagirov (Count Albrecht)

Orchestra of The Royal Opera House, Barry Wordsworth

Choreography Marius Petipa

Production Peter Wright

The quintessential Romantic ballet, Giselle has remained a cornerstone of the classical repertory since its premiere in 1841. Peter Wright’s landmark production for The Royal Ballet does full justice to the work’s emotional and atmospheric power, with John Macfarlane’s designs beautifully capturing the contrast between the human and supernatural worlds. Giselle is one of the most challenging and demanding roles in the repertory and has always been a showcase for exceptional ballerinas. With Marianela Nuñez’s ‘absolute mastery’ of the choreography, she and her Albrecht, Vadim Muntagirov, are ‘technically thrilling’ (Guardian).

Running time: 115 minutes

Sound format: LPCM 2.0, DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio, Dolby Atmos

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Opus Arte Royal Opera House Collection - OABD7216D

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