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Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 6 & 7

Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 6 & 7


Beethoven:

Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68 'Pastoral'

Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92


In his Sixth Symphony, the “Pastoral”, Ludwig van Beethoven conveys his musical message in such a way that lets the listener literally “see” images of beautiful nature, tempestuous storms, and shepherds singing in the fields, whereas in his Seventh Symphony, Beethoven lets the music speak for itself. The performances of these works by the Gewandhausorchester under its conductor laureate Herbert Blomstedt give the uplifting feeling that the intentions of both composer and performers are united in serving the musical message.

In the lively, subtly differentiated interpretation of the works, sincere happiness, deep respect, piety, joyful serenity and an affinity to nature as well as passion, vitality and spirit can all be felt. This is what the "authenticity" of making music is all about. The humanist and musician Herbert Blomstedt embodies this truth in a unique way, creating an atmosphere where the wonders of music all become true.

Picture Format Blu-ray: NTSC 16:9, Full HD

Sound Formats Blu-ray: DTS HD Master Audio

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Running Time: 93:21 min

Disc Format: BD 25

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Accentus Music - ACC10413

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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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C Major - 740104

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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 - 57758

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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

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Bach & Telemann: Sacred Cantatas

Bach & Telemann: Sacred Cantatas


Bach, J S:

Cantata BWV82 'Ich habe genug'

Cantata BWV21 'Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis': Sinfonia

Cantata BWV18 'Gleichwie der Regen und Schnee vom Himmel fällt': Sinfonia

Cantata BWV196 'Der Herr denket an uns' (Wedding Cantata): Sinfonia

St Matthew Passion, BWV244: Sinfonia

Telemann:

Der am Ölberg zagende Jesus TVWV 1:364

Jesus liegt in letzten Zuegen TVWV 1:983

Brockes Passion: Overture

Brockes Passion: Was Wunder, dass der Sonnen Pracht


Long-awaited DVD and Bluray release of the concert recorded live at Alte Oper Frankfurt on 10th November 2011.

Three of the concert pieces can also be found on Philippe Jaroussky’s Oct 2016 Bach & Telemann ‘Sacred Cantatas’ album with the same orchestra in their studio version.

Apart from the 2012 DVD/Bluray release “Greatest Moments in Concert”, this release is the only Philippe Jaroussky concert DVD and Bluray currently available.

When Philippe Jaroussky - whose angelic voice seems almost timeless - sings works by Telemann and Bach, it becomes abundantly clear that the sheer emotional force and the purifying power of their music have not diminished one bit over the centuries.

Including 3 bonus clips with Philippe Jaroussky talking about his work with the Freiburger Barockorchester and Bach & Telemann.

Philippe Jaroussky has established himself as the most admired countertenor of his generation, as confirmed by the French 'Victoires de la Musique' awards (‘Revelation Artiste Lyrique’ in 2004, ‘Artiste lyrique de l'année’ in 2007 and in 2010, CD of the Year 2009) and multiple Echo Klassik Awards in Germany (2005, 2008, 2011-2012, 2015 and 2016).

Performing sacred music gives me the feeling of encountering something that is bigger than myself. It is an unknown force that surpasses me. I think we can all have this feeling, even if we are not religious. The cantatas of Telemann and Bach lend themselves to that because they raise philosophical questions concerning the place of humans, death and the meaning of our lives on earth. Listening to this music inevitably compels the audience to think about these questions as well. (Philippe Jaroussky)

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Language/subtitles: English, German, French

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Running time: 82 mins +

10 mins bonus

Production year: 2016

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EuroArts - 8024261574

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Shakespeare: King Lear

Shakespeare: King Lear


Antony Sher (King Lear), Kelly Williams (Regan), Nia Gwynee (Goneril), Natalie Simpson (Cordelia), Paapa Essiedu (Edmund), Oliver Johnstone (Edgar), David Troughton (Gloucester), James Clyde (Cornwall), Antony Byrne (Kent), Byron Mondahl (Oswald), Clarence Smith (Albany), Graham Turner (Fool)

Royal Shakespeare Company

King Lear has ruled for many years. As age begins to overtake him, he decides to divide his kingdom amongst his children, living out his days without the burden of power.

A proud man, he allows vanity to cloud his judgment, believing that he can relinquish the crown, but enjoy the same authority and respect he has always known. Misjudging his children’s loyalty, he soon finds himself stripped of all the trappings of state, wealth and power he had taken for granted.

Alone in the wilderness he is left to confront the mistakes of a life that has brought him to this point. Following his performance as Willy Loman in Arthur Miller’s great 20th century American tragedy Death of a Salesman, Antony Sher returns to play King Lear, one of the greatest parts written by Shakespeare. The production is directed by the RSC’s Artistic Director Gregory Doran.

"Antony Sher is unbearably moving as the volatile king, in Gregory Doran’s stellar production full of standout performances" (The Guardian ****)

"‘A production that is bolted together with clarity, insight and a relish for the monumental" (The Telegraph ****)

Running time: 181 minutes

Sound format: LPCM 2.0 & LPCM 2.0, DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio (Blu-ray)

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Opus Arte Royal Shakespeare Company - OABD7203D

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Ballet For Children

Ballet For Children


Lanchbery:

Tales of Beatrix Potter

Victoria Hewitt (Mrs Tittlemouse), Ricardo Cervera (Johnny Town-Mouse), Jonathan Howells (Mrs Tiggy-Winkle), Gemma Sykes (Jemima Puddle-Duck), Gary Avis (The Fox), Bennet Gartside (Pigling Bland), Laura Morera (Pig-Wig), David Pickering (Aunt Pettitoes), Zachary Faruque (Mr Jeremy Fisher), Giacomo Ciriaci (Tom Thumb), Iohna Loots (Hunca Munca), Joshua Tuifua (Peter Rabbit) & Steven McRae (Squirrel Nutkin)

Royal Ballet Sinfonia, Paul Murphy

Prokofiev:

Peter and the Wolf, Op. 67

Sergei Polunin (The Wolf), Will Kemp (Grandfather), Kilian Smith (Peter), Charlotte Edmonds (Duck), Laurine Muccioli (Bird) & Chisato Katsura (Cat)

Royal Ballet Sinfonia, Paul Murphy

Talbot, J:

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

auren Cuthbertson (Alice), Sergei Polunin (Jack/ The Knave of Hearts), Edward Watson (Lewis Carroll/ The White Rabbit), Zenaida Yanowsky (Mother/ The Queen of Hearts), Steven Macrae (Mad Hatter)

Orchestra of The Royal Opera House, Barry Wordsworth

Tchaikovsky:

The Nutcracker, Op. 71

Miyako Yoshida (The Sugar Plum Fairy), Ricardo Cervera/Steven McRae (Nephew/Nutcracker), Steven McRae (The Prince), Gary Avis (Drosselmeyer) & Iohna Loots (Clara)

Orchestra of the Royal Opera House,, Koen Kessels (conductor) & Peter Wright (director)


This is the long awaited Blu-ray release of the best-selling DVD version OA1096BD. This unique collection brings together four jewels of the Royal Ballet repertoire that will delight and captivate young viewers the world over. Prepare to be enchanted by the timelessly colourful characters of Beatrix Potter including Peter Rabbit and friends; swept up in the magical world of Clara and her beloved Nutcracker; dazzled by Alice's weird and wonderful adventures in Wonderland; and spellbound by the action in Prokofiev's classic Peter and the Wolf.

What the press said: ‘‘What a treat this is - such an imaginative treatment of a favourite story.’’ Music Web International (Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland)

‘‘One of the very best seasonal treats for children and adults alike...’’ Sunday Express (The Nutcracker)

‘‘...Matthew Hart's Peter and the Wolf is one of the most beguiling children's ballets around.’’ The Daily Telegraph (Peter and The Wolf)

‘‘…Peter Rabbit’s beautiful and magical garden of dreams will transport every adult straight back to their childhood.’’ The Stage (The Tales of Beatrix Potter)

Running time: 6 hours 14 minutes Subtitles: ENGLISH, FRANÇAIS, DEUTSCH, ESPAÑOL (PETER AND THE WOLF MAIN FEATURE); FRANÇAIS, DEUTSCH, ESPAÑOL, ITALIANO (TALES OF BEATRIX POTTER); FRANÇAIS, DEUTSCH, ESPAÑOL (NUTCRACKER DOCUMENTARY). Picture format: 16:9 ANAMORPHIC Sound format: 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DT

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