Fabio Luisi, Verdi: Macbeth (2 DVD)
«One of the greatest triumphs in recent Met history» (Wall Street Journal), Anna netrebko's Lady Macbeth «is causing a sensation» (New York Times), a performance «so exciting it propels both artist and audience figuratively to the brink of madness» (New York Observer). With Zeljko Lucic's «highly charged» Macbeth, Rene Pape's «gravely dignified» Banquo, Jo9seph Calleja's «ardent» Macduff and conductor Fabio Luisi «leading a distinguished and authoritative performance» of former Royal Shakespeare Company artistic director Adrian Noble's grimly powerful production» (New York Times)....
Wagner, James Levine: Siegfried (2 DVD)
Wotan, the chief of the gods, and Alberich, the lord of the Nibelungs, contended for dominion over the world. Wotan had the fortress Valhalla built for the gods' protection. The dwarf chose a different course, and acquired measureless might and wealth by a step the god would not have taken, for he gained the power to steal the gold guarded by the Rhine's daughters only by renouncing love. Now master of the "magic spell" inherent in the gold, he forged a "magic ring" for himself, while his brother Mime, the cunning smith, made him a cap of invisibility, the Tarnhelm. Having enslaved his fellow Nibelungs, he drove them to toil in the depths of the earth, mining its treasures which they piled up to enrich the lord of the underworld.
Siegfried - Siegfried Jerusalem
Mime - Heinz Zednik
Der Wanderer - James Morris
Alberich - Ekkehard Wlaschiha
Fafner - Matti Salminen
Erda - Birgitta Svenden
Brunnhilde - Hildegard Behrens
Stimme des Waldvogels - Dawn Upshaw
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Conductor: James Levine...
Gounod, Erich Binder: Faust (2 DVD)
Opera In Three Acts / Libretto / Livret: Jules Barbier, Michel Carre
From The Vienna State Opera, With A Superb Cast Revelling In Gounod's Beloved Melodies, Here Is The Provocative, Visually Sumptuous 1985 Production By Famed Film-Director Ken Russell, Also Renowned For His Flamboyant Biopics Of Liszt, Mahler, And Tchaikovsky.
Le Docteur Faust - Francisco Araiza
Mephistopheles - Ruggero Raimondi
Marguerite - Gabriela Benackova
Valentin - Walton Gronroos
Wagner - Alfred Sramek
Siebel - Gabriele Sima
Marthe - Gertrude Jahn
Orchester Der Wiener Staatsoper
Chor Der Wiener Staatsoper
Chorus Master: Walter Hagen-Groll
Buhnenorchester Der Wiener Staatsoper Ballett Der Wiener Staatsoper
Elevinnen Und Eleven Der Ballettschule Der Wiener Staatsoper
Conductor: Erich Binder
Video Direction: Ken Russell
Set And Costume Design: Carl Toms
Lighting Design: Robert Bryan
Choreography: Alphonse Poulin ...
AC/DC: Highway To Hell
Although it wasn't until after the release of the Back In Black album that AC/DC became global superstars, the era most fondly remembered by fans of this extraordinary band is when Bon Scott was at the helm - between 1974 and 1980. And if there's one...
Coldplay: DVD Collector's Box (2 DVD)
Since the release of their debut album Parachutes in the summer of 1999, Coldplay have gone from being the bright young hopes of the indie playground to their current status as universally acclaimed superstars with record sales in the millions.
This film goes behind the scenes to reveal a side of Coldplay not previously seen by fans, using interviews with the band and those close to them and rare footage of the boys at work and at play.
Telling the Coldplay story from day one and coming right up to the present time, this is an ideal opportunity to get the low-down the best band to emerge in years. Includes over 40 minutes of exclusive interviews Rare footage of the band throughout 'Insider' revelations about band members DVD Special features include extensive Coldplay discography and fan quiz;In the music world there appears to be an elite number of artists with a rare talent that emerges once a decade at best. The 1960s had the Beatles, in the 70s there was David Bowie, the 1980s witnessed the Smiths and U2 with the 90s offering the rise of Radiohead. The only band so far in the third millennium to boast a similar level of greatness is Coldplay.
This DVD uses exclusive interviews with the band members themselves to tell the Coldplay story, and in so doing offers a totally honest, accurate and heartfelt version of events that no second hand 'cut and paste' retelling could hope to achieve.
The film also features archive footage, contributions from many who know the band best and a host of other features, to achieve one of the finest music documentaries in existence.
Wagner, Peter Schneider: Lohengrin (2 DVD)
Edgar Allan Рое meets the Brothers Grimm in film-director Werner Herzog's probing vision of Wagner's romantic opera. Under the sensitive baton of Peter Schneider, Canadian tenor Paul Frey sings a lyrical Lohengrin, matched by Cheryl Studers luminous,...
Tchaikovsky, Valery Gergiev: Eugene Onegin (2 DVD)
Renee Fleming and Dmitri Hvorostovsky triumph in Tchaikovsky's operatic masterpiece, filmed live at the Metropolitan Opera, New York. Robert Carsen's beautifully evocative staging highlights the personal drama at the heart of Pushkin's tragedy of unrequited love, and Valery Gergiev conducts a thrilling account of Tchaikovsky's most intensely passionate score.
Tatiana - Renee Fleming
Olga - Elena Zaremba
Madame Larina - Svetlana Volkova
Filippyevna - Larisa Shevchenko
Lenski - Ramon Vargas
Eugene Onegin - Dmitri Hvorostovsky
A Captain - Keith Miller
Triquet - Jean-Paul Fouchecourt
Zaretski - Richard Bernstein
Prince Gremin - Sergei Aleksashkin ...
Verdi, Michele Mariotti: Rigoletto
Acclaim for the MET's new Rigoletto, set in 1960 Las Vegas: "Wildly entertaining, inventive, strangely funny and yet also deeply sad... Captures both the emotional depth and surface glitter in an audacious staging" (Bloomberg News). "Beczala, looking...
Dvorak: Rusalka (Blu-ray)
Dvorak's enchanting fairy tale of the water nymph Rusalka has been a signature role for Renee Fleming for the past 25 years. The Gramophone Classical Music Guide writes: "Renee Fleming's tender and heartwarming account of Rusalka's Song to the Moon reflects the fact that the role of the lovelorn water nymph, taken by her in a highly successful production at the MET in New York, has become one of her favourites". Here at last - in sumptuous HD - is that MET production by the late Gunther Schneider-Siemssen and directed by Otto Schenk. Yannick Nezet-Seguin conducts with "sensitivity and urgency" (.Financial Times) and the strong supporting cast includes Piotr Beczala "wonderful as the Prince, his tenor elegant and impassioned" [New York Times)....
Massenet: Manon (2 DVD)
Scene 1 - The Courtyard of an Inn near Paris
03. Solo - Lescaut
04. Beggars' Dance
05. Pas de Sept
06. Arrival of the Coach - Entrance of Manon...