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I Puritani - Bellini | DVD | (30/05/2005)
from £25.18 | Saving you £4.81 (16.00%) | RRP
The opera I Puritani recorded live at the Gran Teatre del Liceu Barcelona on 8th February 2001.
La Boheme | DVD | (17/04/2003)
from £17.83 | Saving you £7.16 (28.70%) | RRP
Recorded live at the Sydney Opera house this Australian Opera Production of Puccini's masterpiece was staged by the makers of the film 'Strictly Ballroom' with music under the direction of Julian Smith.
Mozart: Don Giovanni -- Vienna/Furtwangler | DVD | (08/10/2004)
from £13.29 | Saving you £0.70 (5.00%) | RRP
The incomparable Cesare Siepi stars in this legendary Salzburg production of Mozart's masterpiece. Wilhelm Furtwangler conducts the internationally renowned Vienna Philharmonic in what has become one of the definitive productions of a classic opera.
Kiri Te Kanawa - A Celebration - Live At The Royal Albert Hall | DVD | (11/06/2007)
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Join Kiri and friends for a very special musical celebration as she sings the greatest hits from her sensational international career: from favourite operatic arias by Mozart and Puccini to musical theatre classics by Rodgers and Hammerstein and Andrew Lloyd Webber. A traditional ensemble from New Zealand perform a Maori tribute, and special guests Andre Previn and his join trio Kiri for intimate performances of popular American songs.The evening culminates in spectacular style with the arrival of a huge birthday cake, celebrating the 50th birthday of a unique musical star.
Bizet - Carmen (Levine, Metropolitan Opera) | DVD | (20/11/2000)
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George Bizet's opera 'Carmen' performed by the Metropolitan Opera Chorus and Orchestra. Conducted by James Levine.
Le Comte Ory - Glyndebourne Festival Opera | DVD | (27/06/2005)
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Set in rural France at the time of the crusades Rossini's last comic opera is the saucy tale of Le Comte Ory and his pursuit of the crusaders' wives who chastely await the return of their menfolk. This acclaimed production was recorded at Glyndebourne during the 1997 season with the delectable French soprano Annick Masis as Adele the Belgian tenor Marc Laho as the lecherous Comte Ory and Diana Montague as the amorous page Isolier. Jerome Savary's sparkling production includes a sensuous bathing scene and a riotous banquet with the male singer disguised as nuns. Andrew Davis conducts the London Philharmonic.
Yes - the Gates of Q.P.R. Vol. 2 | DVD | (21/07/2008)
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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
Wagner: Siegfried -- Metropolitan/Levine | DVD | (14/10/2002)
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James Levine makes Siegfried, sometimes the problem child among the four operas of Wagner's Ring cycle, attractive and interesting. He is aware of the darker side of some of the comic scenes--the seemingly benevolent dwarf Mime carries the weight of Wagner's many prejudices--but manages to keep them uneasy rather than positively sinister thanks to the finally judged performance of Heinz Zednik. Siegfried Jerusalem is admirable as Siegfried, full of boyish enthusiasm during the reforging of the sword, and of authority in his confrontations with the dragon and with Wotan. (The dragon itself is, as so often, an unfortunate compromise between realism and stylisation.) James Morris is extraordinary in Wotan's scenes here, his combination of injured pride and relieved joy when Siegfried demonstrates, by shattering his spear, that Wotan has entirely lost control of events is exemplary. This is an opera whose many and various scenes are all preludes to its emotional core: the love duet which comes when Siegfried awakens Brunnhilde. Jerusalem and Hildegard Behrens convey both the innocence and the ardor of this duet; while Levine gets extraordinary playing from the Metropolitan Opera orchestra throughout, but especially here, where a chamber-like delicacy applies to much of the music. On the DVD Siegfried on this disc is a recording of the 1990 Metropolitan Opera production and comes with both menus and subtitles in German, French, English, Spanish and Chinese as well as a picture gallery. Awkwardly it is presented in (American) NTSC format not PAL, and the visual ratio is standard TV 4:3. Better is the choice of sound formats--PCM Stereo, Dolby Digital and DTS digital--which provide a spacious acoustic that gives proper weight to the climaxes, and an appropriate delicacy to Wagner's subtler passages. --Roz Kaveney
Puccini: La Boheme -- Royal Opera House/Gardelli | DVD | (21/08/2000)
from £10.28 | Saving you £7.71 (42.90%) | RRP
This full-blooded 1982 performance of Puccini's most-loved opera demonstrates just how much drive and powerful emotion can make up for a certain lack of subtlety. Cotrubas' Mimi is entirely moving in both joy and death, while never quite feeling as thoroughly frail as some of her quieter rivals; stronger tenor voices than Neil Shicoff's have recorded the role, and yet he has a Romantic passion and a dignity that many of his rivals fail to bring to the role. That under-rated singer Gwynne Howell is especially moving in Colline's farewell to his cloak--one of those perfect little showcase sections Puccini sometimes gives to minor parts. Marilyn Zschau's Musetta is broad and comic and yet somehow includes the audience in the glorious joke that her sexuality is for her; when Thomas Allen sings, to her waltz theme, of youth that is not yet dead, his ardour transcends realism. Gardelli knew this score in his bones--the production bounces along from comedy to tears to eroticism to tragedy and neither cast nor orchestra miss a single one of Puccini's wonderful touches of emotional exploitation. --Roz Kaveney
Le Corsaire | DVD | (21/06/2000)
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A story of love between a young girl sold by a slave trader and a pirate who is sentenced to death for stealing her away.
Boris Godunov - Bolshoi Opera | DVD | (30/01/2006)
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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
Bizet - Les Pecheurs De Perles | DVD | (04/04/2005)
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Widely remembered as the composer of one of the most popular operas of all time CARMEN Georges Bizet was also responsible for this lesser-known gem. Written when he was only 25 the work was not well-recieved upon its initial performance in 1863 but has since come to be appreciated for its beauty and orchestral subtlety. The libretto deals with two men King Zurga of Ceylon and his friend Nadir who are both in love with a high priestess Lla. Though each claim to be over Leila when Nadir recognizes her in the temple he cannot deny his feelings which are returned; though she has vowed celibacy they meet in secret and are discovered. The jealous Zurga condemns Lla to death but when he realizes she intervened on his behalf years ago he changes his mind with catastophic results. This production of the only Bizet opera to remain in the repertoire was performed in Venice with an extraordinary Annick Massis as Lla while the staging was executed by Pier Luigi Pizzi. Highlights of the show include Leila's aria ""Comme autrefois dans la nuit sombre "" and the stunning duet between Lla and Nadir ""Ton coeur n'a pas compris le mien.""
Andrea Chenier - La Scala Milan | DVD | (27/03/2006)
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Set in Paris at the time of the French Revolution Andrea Chenier is an opera of great passion and real drama and is Umberto Giordano's most popular work. This 1985 production from La Scala Milan conducted by Riccardo Chailly was a great success and features Jose Carreras as the poet Andrea Chenier. His sensitive passionate performance his elegant artistry together with his good looks make him ideal for this part and demonstrate why this became one of his signature roles. There
Cardillac - Hindemith | DVD | (09/07/2007)
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Mozart: Die Zauberflote (The Magic Flute) | DVD | (05/11/2007)
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Monumental production on the biggest open air stage in Europe July 1999. Stars MAxim Mihailove the Junge Bundeslander Philharmonic and Stagione d'Opera Italiana.
Arthaus Musik DVD Sampler | DVD | (03/07/2000)
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If you own a DVD player and have even the slightest interest in classical music (including its modern end), opera or ballet, then you'll want the Arthaus Musik DVD Sampler. For the price of a super-budget audio CD you get over an hour of the most convincing reasons why DVD has to be the best thing to happen to the canned versions of these art forms since the invention of stereo. The chunks you get are fairly small, but there's something for everyone, including opera from Callas to Ewing, Blomstedt's Beethoven Five, the Kronos Quartet, Ek's remarkable Sleeping Beauty, Abbado conducting Mozart, Barenboim conducting Mozart, and a great deal more. The format allows you to scrutinise both the musical and visual elements of the performances in the minutest detail (allowing for the occasionally capricious camerawork), and of course the clarity of both is superb, if occasionally sonically unflattering when digital glare becomes intrusive. All in all, this is an excellent trailer for the Arthaus catalogue and a very good advertisement for the musical potential of the DVD format in general. --Roger Thomas
Puccini: Manon Lescaut -- Royal Opera House | DVD | (22/09/2003)
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This famous production of Manon Lescaut from The Royal Opera recorded in 1983 features two of the biggest stars in opera Placido Domingo and Kiri Te Kanawa in their vocal prime. Placido Domingo's performance of Des Grieux is considered to be unsurpassed. Conductor Giuseppe Sinopoli made his British operatic debut with this production which has not been available on video for 10 years. Puccini's first masterpiece was rapturously received on its first night. It has his hallmark se
Rodelinda - Glyndebourne Festival Opera | DVD | (05/09/2005)
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Handel wrote his Italian opera Rodelinda at the height of his musical powers and it is considered to be one of his greatest with music of astonishing power and beauty. This highly praised production filmed in 1998 was the first ever staging of a Handel opera by the Glyndebourne Festival Opera. Jean-Marie Villegier's stylish production sets Handel's tale of royal exile and fidelity in the silent movie era. Starring Anna Caterina Antonacci in a glamorous portrayal of Rodelinda an
Carmen - Bizet | DVD | (09/05/2005)
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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.
Verdi: Il Trovatore | DVD | (20/11/2000)
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A performance of Verdi's opera 'Il Trovatore' by the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus; conducted by James Levine. Singers include: Eva Marton Luciano Pavarotti Sherril Milnes and Dolora Zajick; directed by Brian Large.