Anna Netrebko. Live From The Salzburg Festival (3 Blu-Ray)
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...
Bizet, Yannick Nezet-Seguin: Carmen (2 DVD)
Acclaim for the Met's new Carmen: "The production provides an ideal context for Garanca's nuanced, sexy and cagey portrayal... an unerring feel for the nuance and subtext of a phrase, and alluring sensuality. Don Jose remains one of Alagna's strongest...
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...
Tony Palmer: All You Need Is Love. Vol. 10: Making Moonshine - Country Music (2 DVD)
"A mighty achievement. Thank you."
"...An astute, fine-tooth-combing through popular music in all its hues and ages."
Country music was, originally,...
Smokie: Gold. 1975-2015. 40th Anniversary Edition (3 DVD)
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...
Wagner: Tristan Und Isolde (Blu-ray)
The high-point of the 2015 Bayreuth Festival: Katharina Wagner's highly anticipated new production of the great-grandfather's immortal music-drama of love and longing. With Evelyn Herlitzius as the «perfect Isolde, singing with precision and ardour right up to the end, and Stephen Gould as Tristan, sovereign master of this murderously difficult role, as Tristan, sovereign master of this murderously difficult role, as impressive for refinement as for power in the strenuous last act… Wagner authority Christian Thielemann conducted with an elegance and precision that is probably unsurpassable today»....
Mozart. La Finta Giardiniera. Bolton (2 DVD)
Part of on epoch-making release of Mozart's complete operas on DVD, here is the 18-year-old composer's first mature opera buffo. Hilarity mingles with passionate emotions when Belfiore believes he has killed his lover in a fit of jealousy but then encounters her disguised as gardener Sandrina. Famed filmmakers Doris Dorrie directs a superb young cast in this tale of love, hate and intrigue across class harriers, all vividly depicted by Mozart's astonishingly rich and varied music.
DVD 1. La Finta Giardiniera: Act 1
DVD 2. La Finta Giardiniera: Act 2 & 3 ...
Daniel Barenboim: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Don Giovanni (2 DVD)