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  • Classic British Jets-Victor Classic British Jets-Victor | DVD | (03/07/2006) from £6.25  |  Saving you £3.74 (37.40%)  |  RRP £9.99

    The story of the legendary V-Bomber from its days at the heart of Britains nuclear deterrent through its tanker conversion and disbandment.

  • Don Pasquale - Donizetti [2007] Don Pasquale - Donizetti | DVD | (10/09/2007) from £15.39  |  Saving you £1.60 (9.40%)  |  RRP £16.99

    Donizetti: Don Pasquale - Juan Diego Florez

  • Delius - A Village Romeo And Juliet [1992] Delius - A Village Romeo And Juliet | DVD | (08/09/2003) from £13.99  |  Saving you £0.00 (0.00%)  |  RRP £13.99

    Shot on location Peter Weigl's film is a spell binding version of Delius's operatic masterpiece. Based on the timeless tragedy of Romeo and Juliet the fate of the young lovers Vreli and Sali is mysteriously linked to the enigmatic Dark Fiddler. The drama is set in nineteenth century Switzerland and includes the celebrated 'Walk To Paradise Garden'.

  • Previn: A Streetcar Named Desire [1998] Previn: A Streetcar Named Desire | DVD | (28/02/2001) from £20.79  |  Saving you £3.74 (15.00%)  |  RRP £24.99

    André Previn's first opera, A Streetcar Named Desire, is an intelligent adaptation of Tennessee Williams' play, written to be performed by two very strong principals. Renée Fleming's performance as Blanche Dubois is one of the best things she has done, full of a dangerous bravado and a vulnerability that wins us despite our irritation. The role is one which gives her voice ample opportunity both for extended displays of controlled, passionate singing and for those moments when singing by itself is enough and the voice has to break off in sorrow or madness. Rodney Gilfrey as Stanley Kowalski is equally fine--his voice has the right dangerous energy. In the important subsidiary roles of Stella and Mitch, Elizabeth Futral and Anthony Dean Griffey are also remarkable. Futral in particular gives a total performance in which we forget to make a distinction between her acting and her singing. The opera itself is, as you would expect, one of the most accessible new scores to arrive on the opera stage for some years, drawing heavily on the legacy of jazz and with that nervous musical intensity we associate with the play. Previn conducts the San Francisco Opera Orchestra effectively. A complete CD recording with the same cast is also available.On the DVD: The DVD comes with menus in English, French, German and Spanish and sub-titles in French and German. It is presented in 4:3 ratio and with PCM stereo sound. The booklet gives a moderately interesting account of the opera's genesis. --Roz Kaveney

  • Yes - the Gates of Q.P.R. Vol. 2 Yes - the Gates of Q.P.R. Vol. 2 | DVD | (21/07/2008) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £10.99

    In the 1970s Yes were among the most recognized representatives of progressive rock joined by the likes of Genesis Emerson Lake & Palmer and King Crimson. Those bands often referred to as the Big Four of prog rock set the tone for the genre their influence remaining undiminished to date. During their Relayer Tour Yes played a total of 89 concerts between November 1974 and August 1975 including this one at London's Queen's Park football stadium before a crowd of 25 000. At that time immediately following the release of Relayer (arguably their best and most ambitious album ever) Yes were on the peak of their career. Tracklist: 1. And You & I 2. Cord Of Life 3. Eclipse 4. The Preacher/The Teacher 5. Apocalypse 6. Ritual 7. Round About 8. Sweet Dreams 9. Yours Is No Disgrace

  • Luciano Pavarotti - Dal Vivo - Gran Teatre Del Liceu Barcelona [1989] Luciano Pavarotti - Dal Vivo - Gran Teatre Del Liceu Barcelona | DVD | (04/02/2008) from £4.49  |  Saving you £39.75 (88.30%)  |  RRP £45

    The world's greatest tenor in concert. Luciano Pavarotti recorded this wonderful selection of 23 great songs at the legendary Gran Teatre del Liceu at Barcelona on 8 June 1989. Just hours after this performance was filmed this historic theatre burned to the ground. One of the great palaces of opera was reduced to rubble. This DVD offers a last chance to relive the splendour and passion of Barcelona opera.

  • Anna Russell - The [1984] Anna Russell - The | DVD | (14/12/2001) from £18.67  |  Saving you £0.00 (0.00%)  |  RRP £18.99

    Tracklisting:How To Become A SingerWind Instruments I Have KnownOn Pink Chiffon DragA Gilbert & Sullivan OperettaWagner's Ring CycleJolly Old Sigmund Freud & Other Folk TunesRecorded live at the Baltimore Museum of Art November 7 1984

  • Mozart - Le Nozze Di Figaro Mozart - Le Nozze Di Figaro | DVD | (14/03/2008) from £22.59  |  Saving you £7.40 (24.70%)  |  RRP £29.99

    Recorded live at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden London on 10th 13th and 17th February 2006.

  • Sibelius - a Musical Journey: Finland [2008] Sibelius - a Musical Journey: Finland | DVD | (30/06/2008) from £8.85  |  Saving you £0.14 (1.60%)  |  RRP £8.99

  • A Midsummer Night's Dream - Britten A Midsummer Night's Dream - Britten | DVD | (09/01/2006) from £11.05  |  Saving you £4.94 (30.90%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Britten's opera recorded live at the Teatro Del Liceu in April 2004.

  • The Flying Dutchman - Wagner The Flying Dutchman - Wagner | DVD | (09/05/2005) from £12.59  |  Saving you £4.40 (25.90%)  |  RRP £16.99

    One of the most acclaimed Wagner productions of the postwar period this electrifying revolutionary Bayreuth staging of The Flying Dutchman catapulted the German director Harry Kupfer to international fame. Kupfer's psychologically acute production presents the entire story as a hallucination in which Senta's yearning for the eternally wandering Dutchman sends her into a trance-like state. Senta is sung by Danish soprano Lisbeth Balslev the American bass-baritone Simon Estes portrays the Dutchman while the Finnish bass Matti Salminen is Daland.

  • Carmen - Bizet [1967] Carmen - Bizet | DVD | (09/05/2005) from £15.39  |  Saving you £1.60 (9.40%)  |  RRP £16.99

    This famous film of the world's best loved opera, directed by Herbert von Karajan, features the three greatest exponents of their respective roles at the time: Grace Bumbry's magnificently seductive-toned Carmen, Mirella Freni's ineffably lovely, touching Micaela, and Jon Vickers's thrillingly manic-depressive Don Jose.

  • Offenbach - Les Contes D'hoffmann (Guingal, Opera De Bilbao) Offenbach - Les Contes D'hoffmann (Guingal, Opera De Bilbao) | DVD | (29/01/2007) from £4.79  |  Saving you £25.20 (84.00%)  |  RRP £29.99

    Giancarlo Del Monaco's passionate and intelligent production of Jacques Offenbach's magnum opus creates a climactic kaleidoscope of deep and convincing emotions. A highly credible incarnation of the pitiable Kleinsach he sings about, Aquiles Machado is the poet who loses his romantic idealism, his reflection and finally his soul to a trio of charming enchantresses. Conductor Alain Guingal inspires the superbly dramatic cast, including Maria Bayo, Milagros Poblador, Valentina Kutzarova and Katharine Goeldner, in an outstanding recording in High Definition video and surround sound.

  • The Barber The Barber | DVD | (21/04/2008) from £2.49  |  Saving you £-3.01 (-60.30%)  |  RRP £4.99

  • Orfeo Ed Euridice - Gluck Orfeo Ed Euridice - Gluck | DVD | (29/03/2005) from £11.04  |  Saving you £13.95 (55.80%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Recorded Live At The Royal Opera House Covent Garden 1991.According to legend Orpheus' magical power as a musician enabled him to regain his wife from the dead on condition that he did not look at her on the journey back from Hades - a condition it proved impossible to fulfil. In Harry Kupfer's updated version Orfeo in leather jacket trainers and jeans sees his Euridice die in a street accident. Succumbing to depression he languishes in Hades - a psychiatric hospital - before taking his electric guitar to charm the bests in an inner-city concrete jungle. Hans Schavernoch has designed an ingenious set with projected imagery on revolving screens and mirrors.The German male alto Jochen Kowalski gives a virtuoso performance as the tormented Orfeo with the young British soprano Giliam Webster as Euridice.

  • Christmas With Jose Carreras Christmas With Jose Carreras | DVD | (02/10/2006) from £8.29  |  Saving you £4.89 (32.60%)  |  RRP £14.99

    Jose Carreras: Christmas With Jose

  • Runrig - Beat the Drum Drumnadrochit Runrig - Beat the Drum Drumnadrochit | DVD | (20/03/2008) from £12.21  |  Saving you £10.78 (46.90%)  |  RRP £22.99

  • Boris Godunov - Bolshoi Opera [1987] Boris Godunov - Bolshoi Opera | DVD | (30/01/2006) from £8.77  |  Saving you £7.47 (41.50%)  |  RRP £17.99

    Boris Godunov is the quintessential Russian opera and stands as the greatest operatic product of the Russian school. This classic Bolshoi production recorded in 1987 live from the magnificent Bolshoi theatre in Moscow is a chance to see Mussorgsky's opera in a traditional Russian production.The original staging is by Leonid Baratov with designs by Fyodor Fedorovsky. After Mussorgsky's death the work was revised by Rimsky-Korsakov and this is the version sung in t

  • The Golden Ring - Wiener Philharmoniker/Sir Georg Solti The Golden Ring - Wiener Philharmoniker/Sir Georg Solti | DVD | (11/06/2007) from £13.99  |  Saving you £0.00 (0.00%)  |  RRP £13.99

    The legendary 1965 BBC film on the pioneering recording by Sir Georg Solti of Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen. Filmed during the recording of Gotterdammerung in the Sofiensale with the Vienna Philharmonic, it features performances by the great Wagner singers Birgit Nilsson, Wolfgang Windgassen, Gottlob Frick, and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau. The DVD also includes ORF's German-language version of the programme (Hinter den Kulissen der Gotterdammerung) featuring different interview footage with Sir Georg Solti.

  • A Gala Concert With Joan Sutherland And Marilyn Horne A Gala Concert With Joan Sutherland And Marilyn Horne | DVD | (06/08/2001) from £8.95  |  Saving you £9.48 (47.40%)  |  RRP £19.99

    In 1986 one of opera's legendary partnerships was celebrated in A Gala Concert with Joan Sutherland and Marilyn Horne at Sydney Opera House. Under the musical direction of Sutherland's husband and long term conductor Richard Bonynge, the great soprano and mezzo soprano treated their audience to an epic evening of solos and duets from works with which they had long since become indelibly linked. The concert was preserved and transmitted as an Esso-sponsored night at the opera by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Each diva is given ample room to shine individually. Here in all their glory are Sutherland's "Les Oiseaux dans la Charmille", the mechanical doll's aria from Offenbach's Tales of Hoffmann and Horne's "Iris, Hence Away" from Handel's Semele. Magical duets include "Serbami Ognor si Fido" (Rossini's Semiramide), "Viens Mallika, les Lianes en Fleurs" (Delibes' Lakme, much-used in their advertisements by British Airways) and of course the "Barcarolle" from Hoffmann. The overwhelming effect is of their passion for the music and the great professional respect and friendship which Sutherland and Horne clearly feel for each other as two of the greatest champions of the bel canto repertoire in living memory. Essential viewing for anyone remotely interested in operatic history. On the DVD: Digitally restored and remastered from the original tape, this disc at least offers the benefit of crystalline PCM stereo sound quality. In all other respects, it is a television production which inevitably shows its age. The curtain calls and long waits between every item, while Horne and Sutherland are fetched singly or together by Bonynge, are interminable and should have been cut. The 4:3 picture format is sharp enough and reveals the cumbersome dullness of the staging in all its glory. But none of this detracts from the wonder of two appealing prima donnas near their vocal peak. --Piers Ford

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