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, Herbert von Karajan: Das Rheingold
This film is the one existing record of Karajan's Salzburg Ring on video. Made in 1978, with imaginative extra film sequences to complement the original stage production for the Easter Festival, it brings to life the epic grandeur ofKarajan's concept,...
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". ...
Семинар "Имболк в Колесе Года"
2 февраля ведьмы празднуют Имболк - день, когда зима слабеет и возвращается весна. Это время огня и время домашнего очага, время меняющихся потоков силы... На семинаре рассказывается о том, как настроиться на магию, созвучную Миру именно в этот период....
Coldplay: DVD Collector's Box (2 DVD)
Since the release of their debut album Parachutes in the summer of 1999, Coldplay have gone from being the bright young hopes of the indie playground to their current status as universally acclaimed superstars with record sales in the millions.
This film goes behind the scenes to reveal a side of Coldplay not previously seen by fans, using interviews with the band and those close to them and rare footage of the boys at work and at play.
Telling the Coldplay story from day one and coming right up to the present time, this is an ideal opportunity to get the low-down the best band to emerge in years. Includes over 40 minutes of exclusive interviews Rare footage of the band throughout 'Insider' revelations about band members DVD Special features include extensive Coldplay discography and fan quiz;In the music world there appears to be an elite number of artists with a rare talent that emerges once a decade at best. The 1960s had the Beatles, in the 70s there was David Bowie, the 1980s witnessed the Smiths and U2 with the 90s offering the rise of Radiohead. The only band so far in the third millennium to boast a similar level of greatness is Coldplay.
This DVD uses exclusive interviews with the band members themselves to tell the Coldplay story, and in so doing offers a totally honest, accurate and heartfelt version of events that no second hand 'cut and paste' retelling could hope to achieve.
The film also features archive footage, contributions from many who know the band best and a host of other features, to achieve one of the finest music documentaries in existence.
Tchaikovsky, Daniel Barenboim: Eugene Onegin (2 DVD)
Salzburg's new production of Tchaikovsky's romantic tragedy is "masterly down to the smallest detail" (Salzburger Nach-richten). "Three hours of passion, tenderness and yearning... Great voices combined with wonderful acting" (Associated Press). Supported by the "romantic sweep" (Opera) of Daniel Barenboim's conducting, "dazzling Russian soprano Anna Samuil's Tatyana is ready to start a revolution" (Frankfurter All-gemeine Zeitung) while Peter Mattei "takes your'breath away... (with his) gorgeously sung Onegin" (Opera).
Opera In Three Acts
- Larina - Renee Morloc
- Tatyana - Anna Samuil
- Olga - Ekaterina Gubanova
- Filipyevna - Emma Sarkissian
- Eugene Onegin - Peter Mattei
- Lensky - Gerhard Frickhoffer
- Prince Gremin - Ferruccio Furlanetto
- A Captain - Sergej Kownir...
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 ...
Verdi, James Levine: Don Carlo
Libretto / Livret: Joseph Mery & Camille Du Lode
Based On The Play By Friedrich Schiller
Versione Italiana: Achille De Lauzieres & Angelo Zanardini
Unabridged Version, Incl. Fontainebleau Act
- Filippo II, Re Di Spagna - Nicolai Ghiaurov
- Don Carlo, Infante Di Spagna - Placido Domingo
- Rodrigo, Marchese Di Posa - Louis Quilico
- II Grande Inguisitore - Ferruccio Furlanetto
- Un Frate - Julien Robbins
- Elisabetta Di Valois - Mirella Freni
- La Principessa Eboli - Grace Bumbry
- Tebaldo - Betsy Norden
- Una Voce Dal Cielo - Marvis Martin
- La Contessa d'Aremberq - Barbara Greene
- II Conte Di Lerma - John Gilmore
- Un Araldo Reale - Charles Anthony
- Un Boscaiolo - Peter Sliker...
Michele Mariotti, Rossini: Matilde Di Shabran, Neapolitan Version, 1821 (2 DVD)
For sheer musical greatness, it is hard to beat "Matilde di Shabran," ... Juan Diego Florez brilliantly reprises the role of his first great success - New York Times
Following internationally acclaimed performances and an award-winning CD recording for Decca, Juan Diego Florez returns to the opera that few tenors dare sing in Mario Martone's production for the 2012 Rossini Opera Festival at Pesaro. Underpinned by a plot of "almost Shakespearean depth" (The Guardian), Rossini's melodramma giocoso features some of his most outrageously virtuosic vocal music, delivered here by Florez, Olga Peretyatko and Anna Goryachova under the baton of the Italian maestro Michele Mariotti.
Olga Peretyatko - Matilde
Juan Diego Florez - Corradino
Paolo Bordogna - Isidoro
Anna Goryachova - Edoardo
Nicola Alaimo - Aliprando
Chiara Chialli - Contessa D'Arco
Simon Orfila - Ginardo
Giorgio Misseri - Egoldo
Marco Filippo Romano - Raimondo
Ugo Rosati - Rodrigo ...
Donizetti, Juan Diego Florez, Patrizia Ciofi: La Fille Du Regiment (2 DVD)
Today's top bel canto tenor, Juan Diego Florez, and acclaimed Italian soprano Patrizia Ciofi lead о superb ensemble cast in Donizetti's sparkling opera-comique from the Teatro Carlo Felice, Genoa. This acclaimed production sets the action in the...