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...
Depeche Mode: Rewind 30 Years At The Edge (2 DVD)
When four lads from London's home counties got together in 1980, sharing a love of David Bowie and all with a keen eye on the synthesiser sounds then just gaining ground in the UK via artists like Gary Numan and Ultravox, they could barely have envisaged the kind of impact they would have on the world music scene. But today Depeche Mode remain the most popular and successful electronic group ever, and have themselves influenced a huge array of groups and artists in so becoming - stand up Marilyn Manson, Nine Inch Nails, Ministry, Pet Shop Boys, Linkin Park and the creators of thousands of dance and techno records.
This 2DVD set celebrates the astonishing music and lengthy career of Depeche Mode by way of a stunning documentary film in which their extraordinary story is told in depth. Featuring an array of performance and studio footage of the band, numerous archive interviews with members past and present, contributions from those who know the group best - including Gary Numan, Thomas Dolby and OMD's Andy McCluskey - news reports, location shoots and seldom seen photographs, plus comment and review by th band's official biographer and the finest rock writers around. Throw into the mix some of the most outstanding music from the last three decades and the programme will prove a joy for the millions of Depeche Mode fans across the globe....
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...
Mozart, Nikolaus Harnoncourt: Die Entfuhrung Aus Dem Serail (2 DVD)
Critical acclaim for this superb co-production of Vienna's Staatsoper, the Wiener Fest-wochen and Brussels' Theatre de la Monnaie (Das Opernglas): "Directors Ursel and Karl-Ernst Herrmann, working with Nikolaus Harnoncourt, demonstrate that the Entfuhrung is fully on the level of Mozart's Da Ponte operas and Zauberfldte. In the harmony of staging and music, this is one of the most impressive Mozart performances Vienna has offered in a long time... Breaking with tradition, it seeks to fulfil his intentions as closely as possible."
Opera In Three Acts
- Selim - Hilmar Thate
- Belmonte - Kurt Streit
- Konstanze - Aga Winska
- Blonde - Elzbieta Szmytka
- Pedrillo - Wileried Gahmlich
- Osmin - Artur Korn...
Borodin, Valery Gergiev: Prince Igor (2 DVD)
Prince Igor - Nikolai Putilin
Yaroslavna - Calina Corchakova
Vladimir - Yevgeny Akimov
Galitsky - Sergei Aleksashkin
Konchak - Vladimir Vaneev
Konchakovna - Olga Borodina...
Fabio Luisi, Verdi: Macbeth (2 DVD)
«One of the greatest triumphs in recent Met history» (Wall Street Journal), Anna netrebko's Lady Macbeth «is causing a sensation» (New York Times), a performance «so exciting it propels both artist and audience figuratively to the brink of madness» (New York Observer). With Zeljko Lucic's «highly charged» Macbeth, Rene Pape's «gravely dignified» Banquo, Jo9seph Calleja's «ardent» Macduff and conductor Fabio Luisi «leading a distinguished and authoritative performance» of former Royal Shakespeare Company artistic director Adrian Noble's grimly powerful production» (New York Times)....
Iron Maiden: Triumvirate (3 DVD)
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...
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.
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...