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Faccio: Hamlet

Faccio: Hamlet

Bregenz Festival, July, 2016


Pavel Cernoch (Amleto), Claudio Sgura (Claudio), Iulia Maria Dan (Ofelia), Eduard Tsanga (Polonio), Dshamilja Kaiser (Gertrude), Sebastien Soules (Orazio), Paul Schweinester (Laerte), Bartosz Urbanowicz (Marcello), Gianluca Buratto (The ghost/A priest)

Prague Philharmonic Choir, Wiener Symphoniker, Paolo Carignani

Staged by Olivier Tambosi

This production ‘offers all an Italian-opera-lover could possibly desire’ wrote the FAZ after the revival of this ‘forgotten gem’ at the Bregenz Festival. The festival continued its rediscovery series with ‘Amleto/Hamlet’, an opera by Verdi contemporaries Franco Faccio and Arrigo Boito, based on Shakespeare’s tragedy Hamlet. Premiered in 1865 in Genoa and restaged in 1871 at Milano’s La Scala, ‘Hamlet’ was only revived in 2014 concertante in the US before its ‘triumphal rebirth’ (Deutschlandradio Kultur) at the Bregenz Festival, where the opera was also recorded for the first time ever. Faccio, who conducted the first performance of Verdi’s Aida in Italy and the world premiere of Otello, and Boito, Verdi’s librettist of Otello and Falstaff, skillfully and effectively challenge the conventions of Italian opera, which they wanted to revitalize by infusing it with the spirit of Shakespeare’s drama. Anticipating the musical language of later Italian verismo composers, the opera combines lovely musical interludes with superb vocal writing. Heading a supreme cast, Pavel Černoch as Amleto delivers superbly, ‘using his colorful tenor skillfully to develop the transformation of the insecure youngling to the ice-cold avenger’ (NZZ) and ‘granting the work large scale’ (Abendzeitung). Under the baton of Paolo Carignani with the Vienna Symphoniker and Prague Philharmonic Choir ‘it carried terrific punch’ (The Telegraph). Olivier Tambosi’s ‘excellent staging served it well, with a clear focus on the high points’ (The Telegraph). ‘There is a lot of exciting music to discover in this opera…What an amazing richness in ideas! This opera is worth to be rediscovered.’ (SZ) ‘Faccio’s opera is the one that should be performed, and if plans are not already afoot to bring it to the land of Shakespeare, they certainly should be.’ (The Telegraph)

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

BOOKLET: English, German, French

TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 145 mins

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Kit Armstrong performs Bach's Goldberg Variations and its predecessors

Kit Armstrong performs Bach's Goldberg Variations and its predecessors


includes

Bach, J S:

Goldberg Variations, BWV988

Bull, J:

Walsingham

Byrd:

Hughe Ashton's Ground

Sweelinck:

Mein junges Leben hat ein End - variations

Erbarm dich mein, o Herre Gott


When Kit Armstrong was only 14, he overcame his mentor Alfred Brendel’s reluctance to take on pupils. According to Brendel: 'He played so beautifully that I thought to myself, "I have to make time for him". It was a performance that really led you from the first to the last note'. Soon Armstrong was winning international prizes both as pianist and as composer and was appearing as soloist at some of the world’s foremost venues. At the Concertgebouw, Armstrong mesmerized his audience with Bach’s monumental Goldberg Variations – preceded by earlier polyphonic variation masterpieces by William Byrd, Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck and John Bull.

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Mozart: Requiem in D minor, K626

Mozart: Requiem in D minor, K626

Felsenreitschule, Salzburg, January 2017


Genia Kühmeier (soprano), Elisabeth Kulman (mezzo-soprano), Julien Behr (tenor), Charles Dekeyse (bass)

Salzburger Bachchor, Les Musiciens du Louvre, Académie Équestre de Versailles, Bartabas, Marc Minkowski

An absolute highlight of Salzburg’s Mozart Week with ‘highest art of sound and riding’ (Kronenzeitung): the French equine artist and theatrical genius Bartabas presents Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Requiem. Horses and riders from the formidable Académie Équestre de Versailles join forces with the Musiciens du Louvre, conducted by Marc Minkowski, the Salzburger Bachchor and ‘an excellent quartet of soloists’ (Kurier), namely Genia Kühmeier, Elisabeth Kulman, Julien Behr and Charles Dekeyser, to place the Requiem into a new theatrical context. Restoring the Felsenreitschule’s original purpose – a riding school – and at the same time including its impressive architecture of arcades into the musical dramaturgy, the production is a breath-taking synthesis of the arts. By meticulously refining the skillfully regulated interactions between humans, animals and music, Bartabas and his horsemen have created a production which is much more than a great show riding choreography: it’s a moving exploration of the interconnectedness of existence. A piece of art with an “exceptional power of attraction” (Schwäbische Zeitung), “a requiem for all senses“ (Kronenzeitung).

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

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Puccini: La Bohème

Puccini: La Bohème

Teatro Regio di Torino, October, 2016


Irina Lungu (Mimì), Giorgio Berrugi (Rodolfo), Kelebogile Besong (Musetta), Massimo Cavalletti (Marcello), Benjamin Cho (Schaunard), Gabriele Sagona (Colline), Matteo Peirone (Benoît/Alcindoro), Cullen Gandy (Parpignol)

Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Regio di Torino, Gianandrea Noseda (conductor) & Àlex Ollé (director)

120 years after its very first performance, which took place at Teatro Regio di Torino, La Bohème returns to the tradition-steeped Italian opera house. With director Àlex Ollé from La Fura dels Baus and music director Gianandrea Noseda the Teatro Regio presents a spectacular, up-to-date anniversary production. For Àlex Ollé, directing the opera for the first time, “La Bohème allows the young generation to get rid of everything that prevents them from flying, feeding only on their own vitality; the real hunger of the protagonists is the hunger for life. My production is set in a modern city outskirt. It is there where, in my opinion, the intellectual matrix of the future happens; in ugly, disreputable and poor places which are authentic. In this kind of environment, where life and art – as they did in Romanticism – belong to the survivors.” “A triumphant youthful Bohème”, in which the singers excel due to their naturalness. Giorgio Berrugi sings his Rodolfo “with a luminous timbre, in refined nuances” (La Stampa), perfectly matching “Irina Lungu’s full-bodied Mimì” (The London Times). All in all, “this is theatre, this is life, this is passion” (Corriere della sera).

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

PICTURE: 16:9, HD

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

BOOKLET: English, German, French

TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 112 mins

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Verdi: Il Trovatore

Verdi: Il Trovatore


Anna Pirozzi (Leonora), Enkelejda Shkosa (Azucena), Piero Pretti (Manrico), Marco Caria (Il Conte di Luna), Alessandro Spina (Ferrando)

Fondazione Orchestra Regionale delle Marche, Coro Lirico Marchigiano Vincenzo Bellin, Daniel Oren (conductor) & Francisco Negrin (director)

Written for exceptional singers, Il Trovatore has remained popular ever since its first performance at the Teatro Apollo in Rome on 19 January 1853, when even the toughest critics were convinced of its place in the repertoire. People are attracted to Il Trovatore because of its rousing melodies, its brutal, powerful plot, and its simple structure: elements that make it one of the best examples of Verdi’s theatre pieces. Recorded live at the Sferisterio theatre of Macerata in the summer of 2016, under conductor Daniel Oren's vibrant and incisive direction, this production boasts a first-rate cast and elegant direction from Francisco Negrin. The sets and costumes by Louis Désiré and lighting by Bruno Poet were well received by the Sferisterio audience.

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Dvorak: Requiem, Op. 89

Dvorak: Requiem, Op. 89

Recorded live at deSingel, Antwerp, 2014, directed by Leonid Adamopoulos


Ilse Eerens (soprano), Bernarda Fink (alto), Maximilian Schmitt (tenor) & Nathan Berg (bass)

Antwerp Symphony Orchestra & Collegium Vocale Gent, Philippe Herreweghe

Philippe Herreweghe, principal conductor of the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra, has devoted himself for over ten years to fresh and invigorating readings of the (pre-) Romantic repertoire.

Together with the Collegium Vocale, founded in 1970 by Philippe Herreweghe himself, and superb soloists they perform Dvořák’s Requiem.

A modern and stylistically flexible symphony orchestra, the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra demonstrates an artistic flair which allows for a variety of styles and occupies a unique position in Flanders.

Collegium Vocale Gent were one of the first ensembles to use new ideas about baroque performance practice in vocal music. Their authentic, text-oriented and rhetorical approach gave the ensemble the transparent sound with which it would acquire world fame and perform at the major concert venues and music festivals all over the world.

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BD Sound: PCM Stereo, DTSH-HD Master Audio 5.1

Language/subtitles: English, German, French, Spanish, Latin

Region code: All (worldwide)

Running time: 97 mins

Production year: 2014

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Rossini: Guillaume Tell

Rossini: Guillaume Tell


Gerald Finley (Guillaume Tell), Malin Byström (Mathilde), John Osborn (Arnold Melchtal), Sofia Fomina (Jemmy), Nicolas Courjal (Gesler), Alexander Vinogradov (Walter Furst), Enkelejda Shkosa (Hedwige), Eric Halfvarson (Melcthal), Michael Colvin (Rodolphe), Samuel Dale Johnson (Leuthold), Enea Scala (Ruodi)

Royal Opera Chorus & Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Antonio Pappano (conductor) & Damiano Michieletto (director)

Rossini’s final opera helped to lay the foundations of the genre of French grand opéra that dominated European stages throughout the mid-19th century. The opera’s theme is liberty, as exemplified in the struggle against Austrian occupation led by the Swiss archer and patriot Guillaume Tell: in the opera’s most famous scene, Tell shoots an apple from his son’s head, a feat that inspires his countrymen to revolt.

Rossini’s score, here performed in its original French, is one of his most outstanding and packed with glorious arias, choruses and ensembles. The exciting young Italian director Damiano Michieletto makes his Royal Opera House debut with a spectacular and thought-provoking production.

Subtitles: EN/FR/DE/JP/KO

Running time: 216 minutes

Sound format: LPCM & DTS Master Audio 5

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Shakespeare: The Tempest

Shakespeare: The Tempest


Simon Russell Beale (Prospero), Joe Dixon (Caliban), Mark Quartley (Ariel), Jenny Rainsford (Miranda), Simon Trinder (Trinculo), Tony Jayawardena (Stephano) & Oscar Pearce (Antonio)

Gregory Doran (director)

In a unique partnership with Intel, the Royal Shakespeare Company's production uses today’s most advanced technology in a bold reimagining of Shakespeare’s magical play, creating an unforgettable theatrical experience. Simon Russell Beale returns to the RSC after 20 years to play Prospero in a production directed by Artistic Director Gregory Doran.

On a distant island a man waits.

Robbed of his position, power and wealth, his enemies have left him in isolation. But this is no ordinary man, and this no ordinary island. Prospero is a magician, able to control the very elements and bend nature to his will. When a sail appears on the horizon, he reaches out across the ocean to the ship that carries the men who wronged him.

Creating a vast magical storm he wrecks the ship and washes his enemies up on the shore. When they wake they find themselves lost on a fantastical island where nothing is as it seems.

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