Tony Palmer: All You Need Is Love. Vol. 3: Jungle Music - Jazz (2 DVD)
"A mighty achievement. Thank you."
"There's no shortage of ambition in this 17-episode series directed in 1977 for British TV by music journalist and filmmaker Tony Palmer. Subtitled "The Story of Popular...
Luciano Pavarotti: The Italian Opera Collection (3 DVD)
James Levine - Conductor
Luciano Pavarotti - Rodolfo
Paul Plishka - Colline
Renata Scotto - Mimi
Italo Tajo - Benoit
Ingvar Wixell - Marcello
; Michele - Juan Pons
Giorgetta - Teresa Stratas
Luigi - Plаcido Domingo
Il Tinca - Charles Anthony
Il Talpa - Federico Daviа
La Frugola - Florence Quivar
Un Venditore Di Canzonette - Philip Creech
Du Amanti - Yvonne Gonzales / Tony Stevenson
;Luciano Pavarotti - Nemorino
Enzo Dara - Dulcamara
Kathleen Battle - Adina
Juan Pons - Belcore
Korliss Uecker - Giannetta
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...
Glinka, Valery Gergiev: Ruslan And Lyudmila (2 DVD)
Lyudmila - Anna Netrebko
Ruslan - Vladimir Ognovenko
Ratmir - Larissa Diadkova
Farlaf - Gennady Bezzubenkov
Gorislava - Galina Gorchakova
Kirov Orchestra, Opera Chorus and Ballet, St Petersburg
In association with San Francisco Opera
Valery Gergiev directs the Kirov Opera in this spectacular 1995 production of Russia's first operatic masterpiece. Described by Tchaikovsky as "the Tsar of operas", Glinka's Ruslan and Lyudmila adapts Pushkin's comic epic drama, a magical mix of sorcery, knight errantry and romance.
Mozart, Nicolaus Harnoncourt: Le Nozze Di Figaro (2 DVD)
This new, excitingly original production of Mozart's most popular opera was the sensation of the 2006 Salzburg Festival. "What young director Claus Guth has made of Figaro - with Harnoncourt's active collaboration - is genius ... The stellar cast performed with power and precision ... This Figaro is as dangerous as the midday sun in one's eyes" (Le Monde). "A triumph for Mozart ... Netrebko's golden radiance ond dark velvet are ideal" (Salzburger Hachrichlen). "Shattering, unforgettable" (The Guardian).
Nikolaus Harnoncourt - Conductor
Bo Skovhus - Graf Almaviva
Dorothea Roschmann - Grafin Almaviva
Anna Netrebko - Susanna
Ildebrando d'Arcangelo - Figaro
Christine Schafer - Cherubino
Marie McLaughlin - Marcellina
Franz-Josef Selig - Bartolo
Patrick Henckens - Basilio
Oliver Ringelhahn - Don Curzio
Florian Boesch - Antonio
Eva Liebau - Barbarina
Uli Kirsch - Cherubim...
Rossini: La Cenerentola (Blu-ray)
Fizzing with operatic brio, Rossini's ever-popular setting of Cinderella tells the much-loved tale through spectacular arias and irresistible ensembles. Superstar tenor Juan Diego Florez in his signature role as the Prince, and American star Joyce DiDonato in the title role, lead an outstanding international cast in Joan Font's witty and dazzlingly colourful production — filmed "live" at Barcelona's Gran Teatre del Liceu....
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....
Juan Diego Florez: Donizetti - La Fille Du Regiment / Don Pasquale (3 DVD)
Tenorr star Juan Diego Florez sings the role of the young lover Ernesto in Donizetti's sparkling operatic comedy. Filmed live at the Zurich Opera House, this witty and colourful production also stars the great bass-baritone Ruggero Raimondi in the title-role of the irascible Don. The story of young love triumphant inspired many of the composer's most infectiously toe-tapping ensembles and most tender arias, establishing Don Pasquale as one of Italian opera's most irresistible evenings.
Ruggero Raimondi - Don Pasquale
Juan Diego Florez - Ernesto
Isabel Rey - Norina
Oliver Widmer - Dottor Malatesta
Valeriy Murga - Un Notaro ...
Delius, Sir Charles Mackerras: A Village Romeo And Juliet
- Manz - Barry Mora Played By Leopold Hauerl
- Marti - Stafford Dean Played By Pavel Mikulik
- Vreli (Vrenchen) - Helen Field Played By Dana Moravkova
- Sali - Arthur Davies
- The Dark Fiddler - Thomas Hampson
- Vreli As A Child - Pamela Mildenhall Played By Katerina Svobodova...
Rossini, Maurizio Benini: La Cenerentola (Blu-ray)
When the opera begins, the impoverished Don Magnifico, Baron of Mountflagon, is on the verge of social and financial ruin. The only solution is for his daughters to find rich husbands. Years ago, when he still had some money, he married a widow who already had a little girl: Angelina. The baroness bore her new husband two more daughters, Clorinda and Tisbe. Since their mother's death the kindhearted Angelina has had a hard time at the hands of her vain and haughty half-sisters and her stepfather, who joins his own daughters in all the petty humiliations they deal out to Angelina. Nicknamed Cenerentola (Cinderella), and forced to do the most menial housework, Angelina bears it all with patience.
Not far from Don Magnifico's house is the castle of the young and wealthy prince Ramirо. The prince wants a bride, and has chosen an odd way to find one, sending out his tutor, the philosopher Alidoro, all over his domains to look for a suitable girl. He and his valet Dandini follow up Alidoro's leads but, in order to test the qualities of the bridal candidates more conclusively, they pretend that the prince is the servant and the servant the prince.
Libretto By Jacopo Ferretti, After Charles Perrault's Cendrillon / And Librettos By Charles Guillaume Etienne And Francesco Fiorini
Don Ramiro - Lawrence Brownlee
Dandini - Simone Alberghini
Don Magnifico - Alessandro Corbelli
Clorinda - Rachelle Durkin
Tube - Patricia Risley
Angelina, Known As Cenerentola - Elina Garanca
Alidoro - John Relyea
Conductor - Maurizio Benini
The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra And Chorus...