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Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen

Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen

Live Recording from the Deutsches Nationaltheater Weimar, 2008


Frieder Aurich, Kirsten Blanck, Erin Caves, Catherine Foster, Christine Hansmann, Mario Hoff, Renatus Mészár, Tomas Möwes, Norbert Schmittberg, Hidekazu Tsumaya, Johnny van Hal, Nadine Weissmann, Marietta Zumbült

Orchestra and Chorus of the Staatskapelle Weimar, Carl St.Clair

In 2008 the Nationaltheater Weimar started a new production of Richard Wagner’s unique tetralogy Der Ring des Nibelungen. The conductor is Carl St.Clair, a former student of Leonard Bernstein. With Michael Schulz’ fine and highly intelligent staging this new “Ring” production becomes an outstanding document of contemporary opera theatre.

Outside Germany, the name Weimar tends to evoke mixed feelings and pictures of German history of the last hundred years. Within Germany, Weimar means a town in the state of Thuringia arguably saturated with the “Deutsche Kultur” of the “Weimarer Klassik”, the legendary Bauhaus, and finally the life and work of Franz Liszt and his son in law Richard Wagner. In Weimar Richard Wagner began composing the first part of his RING-cycle, "Das Rheingold”.

Sound Formats: PCM Stereo, DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Picture Format: 16:9

Audio Language: DE

Subtitles: DE, EN, FR, IT, ES, JP

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Ballet Hispánico: Carmen

Ballet Hispánico: Carmen


CARMEN.maquia, Club Havana

Ballet Hispánico, a 'strong ambassador of not just Latino cultur e but of dance itself' (Broadway World), brings its bold and eclectic brand of contemporary dance to the screen with two audience favourites: CARMEN.maquia, an electrifying modern take on Bizet’s passionate opera choreographed by Spaniard Gustavo Ramírez Sansano, and Cuban-born Pedro Ruiz’s Club Havana, a virtuosic re-imagining of a sizzling nightclub filled with the exhilarating rhythms and colors of Havana’s golden era. Celebrating over 45 years of bringing individuals and communities together to celebrate and explore Latino cultures, Ballet Hispánico is the new expression of American contemporary dance.

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

BOOKLET: English, German, French, Spanish

TOTAL RUNNING TIME: Total: 104 mins (95’ ballet + 9’ bonus)

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C Major - 738904

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Rossini: Armida

Rossini: Armida

Sung in Italian


Carmen Romeu (Armida), Enea Scala (Rinaldo), Robert McPherson (Gernando / Ubaldo), Dario Schmunck (Goffredo / Carlo), Leonard Bernad (Idraote / Astarotte) & Adam Smith (Eustazio)

Symphony Orchestra and Chorus Opera Vlaanderen, Antwerpen/Ghent, Alberto Zedda (conductor) & Mariame Clément (director)

Set and Costume Designer Julia Hansen

Light Designer Bernd Purkrabek

Antwerp's Opera Vlaanderen continues its Rossini opera cycle with this production of his rarely performed Armida, conducted by Alberto Zedda. The work features no less than four tenors in the leading roles, taken here by the commanding voices of Enea Scala, Robert McPherson, Dario Schmunck and the young rising star, Adam Smith.

Stage director Mariame Clément teams up once more for Opera Vlaanderen with set designer Julia Hansen, building on their successful production of Cavalli's Il Giasone, which was also released on the Dynamic label (CDS663). Here they take a critical look at the world of the Crusades. Clément sees Armida as the incarnation of the magical concept of ‘love’, for which noble and heroic knightly ideals are cast aside, turning love into a destructive frenzy.

Filmed in H.D. Subtitles in Italian, English, German, French, Japanese and Korean.

Available also on DVD

Video Format / Aspect ratio: 1080i60 – 1 BD 50 NTSC – 16:9

Audio Format: PCM STEREO 2.0 / DTS 5.1 HD Master Audio

Region code: 0 – All regions

Recording date & place: November 2015 - Vlaamse Opera Gent, Belgium

Subtitles: Ita, Eng, Fre, Ger, Jap, Kor

Duration: 164 min.

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Dynamic - 57763

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Liebermann, L: Frankenstein

Liebermann, L: Frankenstein


Federico Bonelli (Victor), Laura Morera (Elizabeth), Steven McRae (The Creature)

Orchestra of The Royal Opera House, Koen Kessels, Liam Scarlett (chor.)

Royal Ballet Principals Federico Bonelli, Laura Morera and Steven McRae dance the lead roles in Liam Scarlett’s new ballet, based on the world’s most famous work of horror fiction, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. This ambitious theatrical collaboration brings the novel to life with spectacular period sets and costumes by John Macfarlane and a newly commissioned score by Lowell Liebermann. Scarlett’s choreography draws out the emotional power of this classic story. Passionate encounters between Victor, Elizabeth and the Creature express their torment, regret, anger, yearning and love.

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Wagner: Das Liebesverbot

Wagner: Das Liebesverbot


Manuela Uhl (Isabella), Christopher Maltman (Friedrich), Peter Lodahl (Lucio), Ilker Arcayürek (Claudio), Ante Jerkunica (Brighella)

Chorus and Orchestra of Teatro Real, Madrid, Ivor Bolton (conductor) & Kasper Holten (director)

Wagner’s rarely performed early comic opera, based on Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure, enjoys its Spanish debut in a new production by director Kasper Holten. The lively score boasts clear Italian, French and Weberian influences that pre-date the composer’s mature voice, yet the music continually delights with the unmistakable emergence of Wagner’s precocious genius. His adaptation of the Bard’s play reflects the rebellious mood of a Revolutionary Germany, vindicating sensual love and attacking the fanatical repression of sexuality by a puritanical and hypocritical authority. Ivor Bolton conducts a vibrant cast featuring English baritone and Cardiff Singer of the World Lieder Prize-winner Christopher Maltman, Turkish-Viennese tenor and BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist Ilker Arcayürek and Germany’s hottest Wagnerian leading lady, Manuela Uhl.

Subtitles: EN/FR/DE/JP/KO

Running time: 160 minutes

Sound format: LPCM 2.0 & DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio

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Puccini: Turandot

Puccini: Turandot


Nina Stemme (Turandot), Aleksandrs Antonenko (Calaf), Maria Agresta (Liù), Alexander Tsymbaluk (Timur), Angelo Veccia (Ping), Roberto Covatta (Pang), Blagoj Nacoski (Pong), Carlo Bosi (Altoum), Gianluca Breda (Mandarino), Azer Rza-Zada (Principe di Persia)

Coro di voci bianche dell’Accademia Teatro alla Scala, Coro del Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Riccardo Chailly, Riccardo Chailly

TURANDOT, the first BD/DVD of a cycle of the complete Puccini operas in partnership with La Scala and conducted by Chailly. Quality casts and sumptuous productions guarantee a new benchmark for these classic operas. This Turandot is unique in presenting for the first time on film the LUCIANO BERIO completion of the opera - premiered by Chailly in 2001. Nina Stemme assumes the title role with Maria Agresta as Liu with Aleksandrs Antonenko as the heroic Calaf.

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Decca - 0743938

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2017 New Year's Concert

2017 New Year's Concert


Lehár:

Wiener Frauen: Nechledil Marsch

Nicolai, C O:

Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor: Mondchor ('O süßer Mond')

Wiener Sängerknaben

Strauss, E:

Mit Vergnügen! (With Pleasure), Op. 228

encore

Strauss, J, I:

Indianer-Galopp (Indian Galop), Op. 111

Radetsky March, Op. 228

encore

Strauss, J, II:

Es gibt nur a Kaiserstadt, 's gibt nur a Wien, Polka, Op. 291

Mephisto's Hollenrufe, Waltz, Op. 101

So ängstlich sind wir nicht! - Polka, Op. 413

Pepita-Polka, Op. 138

Rotunde-Quadrille, Op. 360

Die Extravaganten, Op. 205

Auf zum Tanze! Polka schnell, Op. 436

Tausendundeine Nacht, Op. 346: Walzer nach Motiven der Operette

Tik-Tak Polka, Op. 365

An der schönen, blauen Donau, Op. 314

encore

Strauss, Josef:

Winterlust, Op. 121

Die Nasswalderin, polka Op. 267

Suppe:

Pique Dame Overture

Waldteufel:

Les Patineurs - Valse, Op. 183

Ziehrer:

Hereinspaziert


As a brand name, the Vienna New Year’s Concert can trace back its origins to 31 December 1939. In other words, the concert initially took place on the last day of the year. By 1941, however, it was being held on 1 January, when the Vienna Philharmonic established a tradition that continues to flourish to this day.

The list of names of leading conductors who have led the Vienna Philharmonic’s New Year’s Concerts reads like a veritable Who’s Who of great maestros: including Herbert von Karajan, Lorin Maazel, Claudio Abbado, Carlos Kleiber, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Seiji Ozawa, Mariss Jansons, and Franz Welser-Möst.

It is not least thanks to this illustrious succession of great conductors that the Vienna New Year’s Concert remains unique, ushering in the New Year in a way that has often been imitated but never equaled. Its universal popularity is undoubtedly due to the direct – or deferred – live broadcast from the flower-filled Golden Hall of the Vienna Musikverein. The first broadcast went out on Eurovision in 1959, the first colour relay in 1967. Now the concert is shown in countries throughout almost the entire world.

It continues to be works by members of the Strauss family – Johann Strauss Father and Son as well as Eduard and Josef Strauss – that are central to this media event. Old favourites from their output are heard alongside others that have never been recorded or are only rarely heard; all of them programmed around two fixed points in the concert: the Blue Danube Waltz and the Radetzky March.

Gustavo Dudamel's skillful conducting and dedication to music drew international attention while he was just in his twenties and continues to attract diverse audiences throughout the world.

Dudamel began violin lessons at the age of 10 in Venezuela's El Sistema music programme and then began studying conducting in 1995 with Rodolfo Saglimbeni. In 1999 he was named music director of the programe's Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra, studying with El Sistema's founder, José Antonio Abreu. Just five years later, Dudamel won the inaugural Bamberger Symphoniker Gustav Mahler Competition, and became a highly sought-after orchestral and opera conductor, working with such ensembles as the Chicago Symphony, the New York Philharmonic, the City of Birmingham Symphony, the Israel Philharmonic, and the Dresden Staatskapelle. In 2007, he became music director of the Gothenburg Symphony, with which he remained until 2012. That same year, Dudamel was the first conductor under the age of 30 in many years to be appointed to a major orchestra when he was named music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic beginning with the 2009-2010 season. Dudamel's position with the LA Philharmonic was extended through its 100th anniversary season.

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