Puccini: Tosca (Blu-ray)
Passion, Loyalty, Lust And Finally Tragedy Are Dramatically Highlighted In Robert Carsen's "Theatre-Within-Theatre" Staging Of Puccini's Great Opera. As The Beautiful Tosca, Emily Magee Plays Opposite The Charismatic Jonas Kaufmann (Cavaradossi) And Debonair Thomas Hampson (Scarpia); Together They Bring A Rare Intensity To This Famous Tale Of Love And Revenge From Beyond The Grave.
Tosca - Emily Magee
Cavaradossi - Jonas Kaufmann
Scarpia - Thomas Hampson
Angelotti - Valeriy Murga
Sacristan - Giuseppe Scorsin
Chorus, Children's Chorus And Orchestra Of The Opernhaus Zurich
Conducted By Paolo Carignani...
Jonas Kaufmann, Massenet: Werther (2 DVD)
Internationally acclaimed tenor Jonas Kaufmann triumphs as the lovelorn young poet in Massenet`s great Romantic opera. A superb French supporting cast, led by Sophie Koch as his beloved Charlotte, is conducted by the legendary French maestro Michel Plasson, bringing to life this dramatically truthful period production by celebrated film director, Benoit Jacquot, whose intention was to "make it impossible not to believe what the singers are expressing". Werther - Jonas Kaufmann Charlotte - Sophie Koch Albert - Ludovic Tezier Sophie - Anne-Catherine Gillet Le Bailli - Alain Vernhes Schmidt - Andreas Jaggi Johann - Christian Treguier Bruhlmann - Alexandre Duhamel Kathchen - Olivia Doray
Orchestre de ГОрerа national de Paris
Musical Director Philippe Jordan
Maitrise de Hauts-de-Seine —
Choeur d'enfants de ГОрёга national de Paris
Musical Direction Michel Plasson
Mozart, Wolfgang Sawallisch: Die Zauberflote
Opera In Two Acts Sarastro - Kurt Moll Konigin Der Nacht - Edita Gruberova Pamina - Lucia Popp Tamino - Francisco Araiza Papageno - Wolfgang Brendel Papagena - Gudrun Sieber Sprecher - Jan-Hendrik Rootering Monostatos - Norbert Orth...
Monteverdi - L`inconorazione Di Poppea (2 DVD)
The culmination of a three-year Monteverdi project led by conductor William Christie and direct Pier Luigi Pizzi at Madrid's Teatro Real, L'incoronazione di Poppea brings a potent blend of sex and politics, high drama and comedy. Leading the cast are Danielle de Niese, Philippe Jaroussky, Max Emanuel Cencic and Anna Bonitatibus.
William Christi, who most recently started 2012 at New York's Metropolitan Opera, conducting The Enchanted Island, is joined by the Les Arts Florissants as he evokes a veritable orgy of nuances, subtly creates atmosphere and shows a perfect sense for the accents of the piece. It took Christie and director Pier Luigi Pizzi three years to mount Monteverdi's three operas together. The result was a production full of elegance and beauty.
Performed in a new edition of the Venetian version of the opera by the musicologist Jonathan Cable, Poppea features a starry cast. Playing the upwardly mobile temptress of the opera's title is the glamorous American soprano Danielle de Niese, who, in the words of the New York Times, is "seductive enough to woo gods as well as mortals".
In an interpretation described as "overwhelming" by El Pais, the capricious Emperor Nero (Nerone) is embodied by French countertenor Philippe Jaroussky. The brilliant Croatian countertenor Max Emanuel Cencic plays Nerone's rival for Poppea's love, Ottone, while Nerone's discarded wife Ottavia, is sung by the Italian mezzo soprano Anna Bonitatibus, described by Forumopera as "an incandescent Ottavia who vouchsafed a superb example of singing and of theatre". ...
Inside Bob Dylan's Jesus Years: Busy Being Born… Again!
At first called "Dylan's God-Awful Gospel" by his most loyal fans. Bob Dylan's Jesus Years are today regarded as among the best of his career. How did a Jewish folk singer from the Midwest come to Jesus? Finally, here is an insider's view of Bob Dylan's...
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 ...
Cecilia Bartoli, Javier Camarena. Rossini: Le Comte Ory (Blu-ray)
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)....
Pink Floyd: Meddle - A Classic Album Under Review
Following the departure of their founding father, Syd Barrett, in 1968, Pink Floyd were forced to reassess their position on the musical map. By the time Meddle was released in 1971 - the album Dave Gilmour considers "the start of the path forward' - the band were demonstrating an expert grasp of the new sonic territories they had been exploring. The mega-selling Dark Side Of The Moon, which followed Meddle, would arguably have sounded a whole lot different had it not been for its groundbreaking predecessor.
Pink Floyd - Meddle: A Classic Album Under Review offers a hitherto undocumented level of insight into the band during the build up, recording and aftermath of their most significant musical turning point. Via the use of performance footage, long forgotten photographs, contributions from friends and colleagues, review, criticism and insight from a panel of esteemed experts - and lots, lots more - this film delivers the long awaited critical review of a world class band at their creative peak.
Features Include: Live and studio performances from the Meddle era, reassessed by a panel of revered experts Obscure footage and unseen photographs Review, comment and criticism from; Pink Floyd producer and Beatles engineer, Norman Smith; Floyd's 1960s touring partner and Soft Machine bass player, Hugh Hopper; founding member of Yes, Pete Banks; Floyd author and rock writer, Mark Blake; Classic Rock magazine's Malcolm Dome; author and Mojo journalist, Mark Sturdy; ambient music expert, Mark Prendergast; Wire magazine's David Stubbs and many others Footage of and comment on Pink Floyd's musical influences at this pivotal point in their career...
Verdi, Daniele Gatti: Aida (Blu-ray)
01. Introduction By Renee Fleming
02. Prelude And Opening Credits
Act 1 / Scena 1
03. Si, Cone Voce Che l'Etiope Ardisca
04. Se Quel Guerrier Io Rassi!
05. Quale Insolita Gioia Nel Tuo Sguardo!
06. Vieni, О Diletta, Appressati
07. Alta Cagion V'aduna
08. Su! Del Nilo Al Sacra Lido
09. Ritoma Vincitor!
10. Posscnte, Possente Ftha
11. Danza Sacra Delle Sacerdotesse (Sacred Dance Of The Priestesses)
12. Immenso Ftha... Nume, Custode E Vindice
Act 2 / Scena 1
13. Chi Niai Fra Gl'inni E I Plausi Erge Alia Gloria Il Vol 2
14. Datiza Di Piccoli Schiavi Mori (Dance Of The Young Moorish Slaves)
15. Fu La Sorte Dell'armi A' Tuoi Tuncsta, Povera Aida!
16. Su! Del Nilo Al Sacro Lido
17. Gloria All'egitto, Ad Hide
18. Marcia Triontale (Triumphal March)
19. Ballabile (Ballet)
20. Vieni, О Guerriero Vindice
21. Salvator Della Patria, Io Ti Sahito
22. Che Veggo!.. Egli?.. Mio Padre!
23. О Re: Pei Sacri Numi... Gloria All'Egitto
24. O Tu Che Sei d'Osiride Madre Immortale E Sposa
25. Qui Radames Verra!.. О Patria Mia
26. Ciel! Mio Padre!.. Rivedrai Le Foreste Imbalsamate
27. Put Ti Riveggo, Mia Dolce Aida
28. Fuggiam Gli Ardori Inospiti
29. Aida! - Tu Non M' Ami
Act 4 / Scena 1
30. L'aborrita Rivale A Me Sfuggia
31. Gia I Sacerdotj Adunami
32. Ohime!.. Morir Mi Sento!
33. Radames! Radames! Radames!
34. La Fatal Pietra Sovra Me Si Chiuse
35. Immenso Ftha... О Terra, Addio
36. Curtain Calls And Closing Credits ...