Verdi, James Levine: La Traviata
"Stratas not only sings magnificently but also looks the role... She is a screen presence as riveting to watch as to listen to... Having cast the film very close to perfection, Zeffirelli has staged it in a way that serves both the film and the grandeur...
U2: Achtung Baby. A Classic Album Under Review
Achtung Baby was the album that fired U2 into the 90s. Displaying a broader musical palette than before and with a newfound smattering of irony, the four-piece dramatically overhauled their traditional approach to songwriting. The so-called 'band of the 80s' were moving on. They now reflected their moods in their music, had loosened up and were taking sonic risks - and every single one paid off.
U2 Achtung Baby: A Classic Album Under Review offers a previously unobtainable level of insight into the band during the recording of their most dynamic and well respected album. Via the use of live footage, long forgotten videos and the review, criticism and insight of a panel of highly opinionated experts, this package delivers the finest documentary film yet to emerge on Dublin's favourite sons....
Wagner, James Levine: Gotterdammerung (2 DVD)
Opera In Three Acts Siegfried - Siegfried Jerusalem Gunther - Anthony Raffell Hagen - Matti Salminen Alberich - Ekkehard Wlaschiha Erste Norn - Gweneth Bean Zweite Norn - Joyce Castle Dritte Norn - Andrea Gruber Brunnhilde - Hildegard Behrens...
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)....
Iron Maiden: Triumvirate (3 DVD)
Giuseppe Verdi: Ernani
Luciano Pavarotti - Ernani
Leona Mitchell - Donna Elvira
Ruggero Raimondi - Don Ruy Gomez de Silva
Sherrill Milnes - Don Carlos
Charles Anthony - Don Riccardo
Richard Vernon - Jago
Jean Craft - Giovanna...
Wagner: The Copenhagen Ring (7 DVD)
Donizetti, Evelino Pido: Anna Bolena (2 DVD)
Opera In Two Acts Enrico VIII - Ildebrando D'arcangelo Anno Bolenci - Anna Netrebko Giovanna Seymour - Elina Garanca Lord Rochefort - Dan Paul Dumitrescu Lord Riccardo Percy - Francesco Meli Smeton - Elisabeth Kulman Sirhervey - Peter Jelosits...
Ian Dury: Rare And Unseen
The fifth title of this exclusive and all new DVD collection for fans, we take an inside look at the British rock-n-roll singer, lyricist, bandleader and actor Ian Dury the man who rose to fame during the late 1970s, during the punk and New Wave era of rock music. Best known as the founder and lead singer of his band Ian Dury and the Blockheads, he released a host of seminal songs most notably Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll, What A Waste and the UK chart-topping single Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick. He toured extensively with his band over the years with the likes of Elvis Costello, Nick Lowe and Larry Wallis and released a dozen albums, with New Boots and Panties going platinum in 1977. After his death from liver cancer in 2000, Suggs, the singer with Madness, described him as ''possibly the finest lyricist we've seen.'' This brand new DVD release to coincide with the 10th anniversary of Dury s death is a collection of rare footage, featuring original film and videos of the singer, newsreels and photographs from private collections. Other Events to support release: The biopic Sex, Drugs & Rock & Roll was released in cinemas in January 2010, chronicling Dury s rise to fame, his battle with polio and the legacy he left behind. Featuring: The earliest known TV performance from the London Programme 1976 // Three great interviews with much missed Mancunian Tony Wilson who died in 2007 // Final Richard and Judy interview and live performance restored for widescreen // Includes EIGHT live musical performances with the Kilburns and the Blockheads: Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll, Sweet Gene Vincent, Upminster Kid, Rough Kids, Billy Bentley, England's Glory, Blockheads and Geraldine....
Rossini: Guillaume Tell (Blu-ray)
Ребека Марина, Никола Алаймо («Michele Mariotti, Rossini: Matilde Di Shabran, Neapolitan Version, 1821»), Хуан Диего Флорес («Bellini: La Sonnambula Metropolitan Opera: Live in HD: Bellini's La sonnambula») в спектакле Грэма Викерса «Guillaume Tell»
For years the undisputed Rossini tenor par excellence, Juan Diego Florez at last makes his debut in the hugely demanding role of Arnold and "mast part with seemingly effortless perfection" (Die Presse). "Grand, cinematic opera in widescreen and surround sound" wrote Die Welt of Graham Vic production of Rossini's last opera, given uncut in its original French version .complete with the often-omitted ballet music. The William Tell legend of and political intrigue in 14th-century Switzerland is interpreted by Vick as a timeless class conflict with dramatic and unforgettabie images. A «perfect cast» is conducted with "verve and intensity" (Opera Today) by the brilliant young Italian Michele Mariotti....