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Elisabeth Jacquet De La Guerre: Pieces de Clavecin

Elisabeth Jacquet De La Guerre: Pieces de Clavecin


Jacquet de la Guerre:

Premiere Livre de Pieces de Clavecin

Deuxième Livre de Pieces de Clavecin


Elisabetta Guglielmin (harpsichord)

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Aevea - OC17091

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Poulenc: Dialogues des Carmélites

Poulenc: Dialogues des Carmélites

Filmed in HD at the Bayerische Staatsoper (Munich), 03/2010


Alain Vernhes (Marquis de la Force), Susan Gritton (Blanche de la Force), Bernard Richter (Chevalier de la Force), Sylvie Brunet (Madame de Croissy), Soile Isokoski (Madame Lidoine), Susanne Resmark (Mère Marie), Hélène Guilmette (Soeur Constance), Heike Grötzinger (Mère Jeanne) & Anaïk Morel (Soeur Mathilde)

Bayerisches Staatsorchester & Chor der Bayerischen Staatsoper, Kent Nagano

Stage direction and set design: Dmitri Tcherniakov

Costumes Elena Zaytseva, Lighting Gleb Filshtinsky

A passionate lover of the human voice, Francis Poulenc composed the Dialogues des Carmélites in 1953, using a libretto he himself had written from a screenplay by Georges Bernanos. The first ever performances in Munich, this production was entrusted to Dmitri Tcherniakov, whose worldwide reputation is underpinned by productions like Eugene Onegin and Macbeth at the Paris Opera and Don Giovanni at Aixen-Provence.

The superb international cast includes a fine Blanche de la Force in Susan Gritton and an excellent Madame de Croissy by Sylvie Brunet, who was favourably compared to Rita Gorr in the press. They are superbly backed up by Soile Isokoski, Susanne Resmark, Hélène Guilmette, Alain Vernhes and the fabulous Bernard Richter.

Kent Nagano with the Dialogues literally at his fingertips – he recorded a landmark version some years ago – is at the helm of the Bavarian State Opera Orchestra and Chorus.

Duration : 146 minutes

Subtitles : Fr, Eng, Ger, Spa

Colour 16/9, NTSC

PCM Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1

“[the production is] set in a soulless authoritarian state but filmed in a way that underlines individual dilemmas and common humanity. It is worth watching for Sylvie Brunet’s doughty Madame de Croissy, Soile Isokoski’s gracious Madame Lidoine and Susan Gritton’s winning Blanche.” Financial Times, 4th June 2011 ***

“Tcherniakov's production is probably the most physically active Dialogues ever staged. Everyone is seemingly in constant motion...Sylvie Brunet is a memorably formidable and pitiable Croissy...Helen Guilmette's Constance, lively but never cloying or cute, is immeasurably enhanced by heavenly floated pianissimi...Isokoski, suitably dignified in her role, is in ravishing voice.” International Record Review, July/August 2011

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Bel Air Classiques - BAC061

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Berg: Lulu

Berg: Lulu


Marlis Petersen (Lulu), Daniela Sindram (Gräfin Geschwitz), Rachael Wilson (Eine Theater-Garderobiere/Ein Gymnasiast/Ein Groom), Rainer Trost (Der Maler/Ein Neger), Bo Skovhus (Dr. Schön/Jack the Ripper), Matthias Klink (Alwa), Martin Winkler (Ein Tierbändiger/Ein Athlet), Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke (Der Prinz/Der Kammerdiener/Der Marquis), Elsa Benoit (Eine Fünfzehnjährige), Christian Rieger (Der Medizinalrat/Der Bankier/Der Professor), Pavlo Hunka (Schigolch), Christoph Stephinger (Der Theaterdirektor)

Bayerisches Staatsorchester, Kirill Petrenko (conductor), Dmitri Tcherniakov (director)

Lulu, Alban Berg’s hauntingly mysterious opera in a new production by Dmitri Tcherniakov, has been one of the major events of the 2015 Bayerische Staatsoper season : an ideal setting for conductor Kirill Petrenko first-ever DVD recording ! A sensuous and impenetrable opera, Berg’s masterpiece depicts the burning and sometimes bestial intensity of human relationships through the figure of Lulu, the true femme fatale, bearer of an enigma that haunts us way beyond the end of the opera. Venenous, sibylline, deathly for who approaches her, the dangerous Lulu destroys the established and bourgeois order she evolves in, carrying away with her all certainty, just like the audacious and demanding musical language Berg invented to give form to this unreachable character. Frank Wedekind’s work proved indeed to be an extremely fertile ground for the dodecaphonic composer’s imagination, and gave birth to one of the most singular and ambitious work of art of the twentieth century. With the privilege of a dream cast, gathering Berg’s best interprets, this new production of Lulu is conducted by Kirill Petrenko, and staged by Dmitri Tcherniakov. A visionary genius considered as the contemporary stage ‘enfant terrible’, it is with a shattering realism that he directs those characters, hostages to their own passions and darkest fantasies, and reveals the complexity of this great human and social tragedy. Marlis Petersen is Lulu, a role she was then singing for the ninth time, and which awarded her, for this production, the title of ‘singer of the year’ by German magazine Opernwelt

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Bel Air Classiques - BAC129

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Poulenc: Dialogues des Carmélites

Poulenc: Dialogues des Carmélites

Filmed in HD at the Bayerische Staatsoper (Munich), 03/2010


Alain Vernhes (Marquis de la Force), Susan Gritton (Blanche de la Force), Bernard Richter (Chevalier de la Force), Sylvie Brunet (Madame de Croissy), Soile Isokoski (Madame Lidoine), Susanne Resmark (Mère Marie), Hélène Guilmette (Soeur Constance), Heike Grötzinger (Mère Jeanne) & Anaïk Morel (Soeur Mathilde)

Bayerisches Staatsorchester & Chor der Bayerischen Staatsoper, Kent Nagano

Stage direction and set design: Dmitri Tcherniakov

Costumes Elena Zaytseva, Lighting Gleb Filshtinsky

A passionate lover of the human voice, Francis Poulenc composed the Dialogues des Carmélites in 1953, using a libretto he himself had written from a screenplay by Georges Bernanos. The first ever performances in Munich, this production was entrusted to Dmitri Tcherniakov, whose worldwide reputation is underpinned by productions like Eugene Onegin and Macbeth at the Paris Opera and Don Giovanni at Aixen-Provence.

The superb international cast includes a fine Blanche de la Force in Susan Gritton and an excellent Madame de Croissy by Sylvie Brunet, who was favourably compared to Rita Gorr in the press. They are superbly backed up by Soile Isokoski, Susanne Resmark, Hélène Guilmette, Alain Vernhes and the fabulous Bernard Richter.

Kent Nagano with the Dialogues literally at his fingertips – he recorded a landmark version some years ago – is at the helm of the Bavarian State Opera Orchestra and Chorus.

Subtitles : Fr, Eng, Ger, Spa

Colour 1080i HD, 16/9

PCM Stereo, DTS HD Master Audio

“[the production is] set in a soulless authoritarian state but filmed in a way that underlines individual dilemmas and common humanity. It is worth watching for Sylvie Brunet’s doughty Madame de Croissy, Soile Isokoski’s gracious Madame Lidoine and Susan Gritton’s winning Blanche.” Financial Times, 4th June 2011 ***

“Tcherniakov's production is probably the most physically active Dialogues ever staged. Everyone is seemingly in constant motion...Sylvie Brunet is a memorably formidable and pitiable Croissy...Helen Guilmette's Constance, lively but never cloying or cute, is immeasurably enhanced by heavenly floated pianissimi...Isokoski, suitably dignified in her role, is in ravishing voice.” International Record Review, July/August 2011

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Bel Air Classiques - BAC461

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South Country: Music of Cuba

South Country: Music of Cuba


Cecilia Ruano Payrol (narrator), Juan Manuel Campos Martínez (violin), Leannee Veitía Mestres (violin), José Carlos (percussion), Yoandry Guerra Delgado (guitar), Alejandro Yera Tejeda (clarinet)

Maykel Elizarde Group

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Ansonica Records - AR0004

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Tchaikovsky: String Quartet & Souvenir de Florence

Tchaikovsky: String Quartet & Souvenir de Florence


Tchaikovsky:

String Quartet No. 1 in D major, Op. 11

Souvenir de Florence, Op. 70

with Ophélie Gaillard (cello) & Lise Berthaud (viola)


Novus Quartet

After an audacious label and album debut dedicated to Webern, Beethoven and Yun, the young musicians of the Novus Quartet interpret with passion two essential works from Tchaikovsky's chamber music: the First Quartet and the Sextet 'Souvenir de Florence' aided and abetted by two guests, cellist Ophélie Gaillard and viola player Lise Berthaud.

These two works, milestones in the career of the composer (the first written in 1871; the second in 1887), show Tchaikovsky's inclination for popular melodies. Clarity and technique serving musical expression, the fiery strings of the Novus Quartet spread a warm, homogenous sound that invites melancholy, in the slow movements, and paints the exultation of Tchaikovsky's poetic universe.

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Aparté - AP154

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Castelnuovo-Tedesco: Piano Works

Castelnuovo-Tedesco: Piano Works


Castelnuovo-Tedesco:

Notturno in Hollywood

Alt Wien

Vitalba e Biancospino

Cantico

Sonatina Zoologica, Op. 187

Piedigrotta

Film Studies (2) ' Charlie' & 'Mickey Mouse'

Cielo di settembre, Op. 1


Alfonso Soldano (piano)

Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco is best known for two things – his evocative guitar music, and his work during his long association with the movie industry in Hollywood. His extensive body of piano music has been largely neglected despite the fact that it is exceptional, impressionistic, and in the best post-Romantic tradition of ‘lighter’ music – though only relatively ‘light’ in that it is written in traditional harmony. Many of the works in this album are receiving their first recording. Alfonso Soldano, the last pupil of Aldo Ciccolini, is a brilliant Italian pianist whose debut recording of the piano music of Sergei Bortkiewicz attracted worldwide acclaim. He has just been appointed Artistic Director of the Aldo Ciccolini Academy in Trani, Italy.

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Divine Art - DDA25152

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The Operatic Pianist II

The Operatic Pianist II


Jaëll, A:

Reminiscences of Norma (after Bellini)

Kullak:

Cavatine de Robert le Diable (after Meyerbeer)

Leschetitzky:

Andante Finale for the left hand (paraphrase of the sextet "Chi me frena in tal momento" from Lucia di Lammermoor by G. Donizetti), op. 13

Liszt:

Aus Richard Wagners Lohengrin, S446: No. 3. Lohengrin's Rebuke

Phantasiestück über Motive aus Rienzi (Wagner), S. 439

Saint-Saëns:

Concert Paraphrase on la Mort de Thaïs (after Massenet)

Thalberg:

Fantasia on Moise, Op. 33

Wright, Andrew:

Colsorriso d'innocenza (after Bellini)

Paraphrase on Verdi's Miserere (from Il Trovatore)


In the mid to late 19th century, piano transcriptions allowed access to the classics for the majority of people who could not attend opera or orchestral performances. Franz Liszt was of course one such 'grand opera’ specialist, alongside composers such as Sigismund Thalberg. Andrew Wright is a rarity, in that he is both an expert interpreter and also arranger of operatic themes, and as well as an astonishing virtuoso, enabling the drama of the scene to be preserved.

Following the critical praise given to the original ‘Operatic Pianist’ album (DDA 25113), this set includes transcriptions and fantasies by Wright, Thalberg, Liszt, Kullak, Leschetizky and Jaëll and amazingly a fine work by Saint-Saëns receiving its world premiere recording.

Intense, dramatic and full of action this will appeal to both opera lovers and piano afficionados.

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Divine Art - DDA25153

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Mozart: Così fan tutte, K588

Mozart: Così fan tutte, K588

Live from the Opéra national de Paris, Palais Garnier, 2017


Jacquelyn Wagner (Fiordiligi), Michèle Losier (Dorabella), Frédéric Antoun (Ferrando), Philippe Sly (Guglielmo), Paulo Szot (Don Alfonso), Ginger Costa-Jackson (Despina)

Paris Opera Orchestra and Chorus, Philippe Jordan, Anne Teresa De Keersmaker (director and choreographer)

Set & Lighting Design: Jan Versweyveld

Costumes: An D’Huys

Dramaturgy: Jan Vandenhouwe

The direction of Così fan tutte has been entrusted to the choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker who has chosen to embody each of the characters through both a singer and a dancer. From the preconceived notion of constant and eternal love, the lovers shift progressively towards the more complex realisation that feelings of love are more akin to perpetual motion.

Sound Format: PCM Stereo, DD 5.1

Picture Format: 16:9

2 x DVD 9 / NTSC

Running Time: 188 mins

Language: IT

Subtitles: DE, EN, FR, KOR

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Arthaus Musik - 109338

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Clara

Clara


Ragna Schirmer (piano)

Staatskapelle Halle, Ariane Matiakh

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Berlin Classics - 885470010021

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