World Wonders 1
The World Wonders 1 DVD contains Twelve Animated Episodes Of The Cortuga Mystery. Three National Geographic Videos That Will Provide Students With Real-Life Knowledge Of The World Around Them.
Richard Strauss - Elektra (Karl Bohm) (2 DVD)
For this 1981 film of Richard Strauss's expressionist masterpiece, director G?tz Friedrich collaborated with the composer's disciple Karl B?hm, who recorded the soundtrack with the Vienna Philharmonic only month before his death - "music making of grandeur, ecstasy and precision" wrote the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. In her performance of the punishing title role, Leonie Rysanek "surmounted the score's superhuman demands with an interpretive achievement that crowns her career" (Daily Telegraph). Astrid Varnay, once a great Electra herself, presents here a potent rendition of Clytemnestra. As The New York Times noted in describing this "powerful moving Elektra", Friedrich and set designer Josef Svoboda have conjured up "distinctive images as memorably vivid as they are harsh".
"Ob ich die Musik nicht hore? Sie kommt doch aus mir" - Documentary / Making of Elektra...
Wagner, Michael Schonwandt: Siegfried (2 DVD)
Kasper Bech Holten's spectacular Copenhagen production presents Wagner's epic Ring cycle as the drama of its heroine Brunnhilde. By setting each of the four operas in a pivotal decade of the twentieth century, her story becomes also a history of the modern age and of the ideologies and conflicts that tore it apart. In the third part of Wagner's Ring cycle, the fearless hero Siegfried breaks free of the restrictions of his youth, and sets off in search of freedom, adventure and, ultimately, love.
Siegfried: Act 1-3
Siegfried - Stig Andersen
Mime - Bengl-Ola Morgny
Der Wanderer - James Johnson
Alberich - Sten Byriel
Fafner - Christian Christiansen
Erda - Susanne Resmark
Brunnhilde - Irene Theorin
Waldvogel - Gisela Stille
Royal Danish Orchestra
Conducted by Michael Schonwandt ...
Michele Mariotti, Bellini: I Puritani (2 DVD)
Star tenor Juan Diego Florez and exciting young discovery Nino Machaidze lead an outstanding cast in this new production of Bellini's final opera, filmed live at the Teatro Comunale in Bologna. Set during the English Civil War between Puritans and Royalists, Bellini's glorious score (here in a new critical edition) is a ravishing combination of rousing ensembles and dazzling bel canto arias.
Act 3 Lord Arturo Talbo - Juan Diego Florez Elvira - Nino Machaidze Sir Giorgio Valton - Ildebrando D'arcangelo Lord Gualtiero Valton - Ugo Guagliardo Sir Riccardo Forth - Gabriele Viviani Sir Bruno Roberton - Gianluca Floris Enrichettta Di Francia - Nadia Pirazzini...
Rossini: Armida (2 DVD)
Renee Fleming stars in the title role of this rarely heard diva showcase, in a production by Tony Award winne Mary Zimmerman. Rossini's opera, set in the time of the Crusades, tells the story of a vengeful sorceress who enthralls men in her island...
Verdi, Daniel Oren: Nabucco
Instantly famous for the best-loved chorus in all opera — the "Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves" (Va, pensiero), Nabuccoms Verdi's first operatic triumph. In this massive and spectacular new production from the vast Roman arena in Verona, the story of love, betrayal and the lust for power in ancient Babylon is brought to life by a supreme cast of Verdians led by the great baritone Leo Nucci.
Opera In Four Acts
- Nabucco - Leo Nucci
- Ismaele - Fabio Sartori
- Zaccaria - Carlo Colombara
- Abigaille - Maria Guleghina
- Fenena - Nino Surguladze
- High Priest Of Baal - Carlo Striuli
- Abdallo - Carlo Bosi
- Anna - Patrizia Cigna...
Verdi - La Traviata (Blu-ray)
A lavish period production of Verdi's best-loved opera
featuring two of today's most celebrated stars -American soprano Renee Fleming and Mexican tenor Rolando Villazon. The tragic love-story of the courtesan Violetta and her young admirer...
Style Wars (2 DVD)
New York, 1982 - The Legend Continues
When director Tony Silver and partner-producer Henry Chalfant delivered the broadcast version of their prize-winning film to PBS in 1983, the world received its first full immersion in the phenomenon that had taken over New York City. The urban landscape was physically transformed by graffiti artists who invented a new visual language to express both their individuality, and the voice of their community. In Style Wars, New York's ramshackle subway system is their public playground, battleground, and spectacular artistic canvas Opposing them by every means possible are Mayor Ed Koch, the police, and the New York Transit Authorit Meanwhile, as MC's, DJ's and B-boys rock the city with new sounds and new moves, we see street corner breakdance battles turn into performance art.
Style Wars has become an emblem of the original, embracing spirit of hip hop as it exploded into the work from underground tunnels, uptown streets, clubs and playgrounds. New York's legendary kings of graffiti own a special place in the hip hop pantheon. This film is regarded by many as the definitive document of tr emerging hip hop culture, and the continuing struggle to keep its authentic spirit alive.
"If you want to know what hip hop is really all about, see a film called Style Wars." -
KRS-1 Style Wars 11983, 70 minutes, color/b&w, 16mm)
Over 23 minutes of original outtake footage Feature commentary by director-producer Tony Silver and producer Henry Chalfant Interview with Tony Silver and Henry Chalfant (2002) Interview with Style Wars editors Victor Kanefsky and Sam Pollard (2002) English subtitles for the hearing impaired Digitally remastered 5.1 Dolby soundtrack featuring classic tracks from Grandmaster Flash The Treacherous Three, Trouble Funk, The Fearless Four, Rammellzee vs. K-Rob and more...
Anna Netrebko & Rolando Villazon - Manon (2 DVD)
Massenet's Manon is all about sex appeal, glamour, beauty, and youth, and if there is a couple on the international opera scene able to embody all those elements, it is the "gifted singing actors" (Die Welt) "Anna Netrebko, in a part that seems to have been made for her, and Rolando Villazon, expressively deploying his flaming, flexible tenor as her tragic lover" (Suddeufsche Zeitung). Live from Berlin, conducted by Daniel Barenboim with "spontaneity and throbbing passion" (Der Tagesspiegel).
Anna Netrebko - Manon
Rolando Villazon - Chevalier des Grieux
Alfredo Daza - Lescaut
Christof Fischesser - Le Comte des Grieux
Remy Corazza - Guillot de Morfontaine
Arttu Kataja - De Bretigny
Hanan Alattar - Poussette
Gal James - Javotte
Silvia de La Muela - Rosette
Matthias Vieweg - Wirt...
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