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Motorhead - the Birthday Party | DVD | (21/07/2008)
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We are Motorhead and we're gonna kick your ass! has become a legendary sentence that Lemmy bellows out as an opener for every Motorhead live show. It all started in 1975 when bassist/singer Lemmy formed his own group Motorhead with two of his buddies after he had been sacked from the psychedelic hard rock outfit Hawkwind. Named after the last song Lemmy had written for Hawkwind Motorhead set out to conquer the globe with their own version of high speed rock 'n' roll. In 1985 The World's Loudest and Hardest Band rocked the legendary Hammersmith Odeon in London. Even then their motto was: a guitar riff shouldn't be longer than it takes to open a bottle of beer. Tracklist: 1. Iron Fist 2. Stay Clean 3. The Hammer 4. Metropolis 5. Mean Machine 6. On The Road 7. Killed By Death 8. Ace Of Spades 9. Steal Your Face 10. Nothing Up My Sleeve 11. We Are The Road Crew 12. Bite The Bullett 13. The Chase Is Better Than The Catch 14. No Class 15. Overkill 16. Bomber 17. Motrhead
Rossini: Il Barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville) -- Glyndebourne | DVD | (26/04/2004)
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Funny fast and furious Rossini's masterpiece Il Barbiere di Siviglia is one of the most popular of comic operas with its sparkling and stylish score. John Cox's innovative production for Glyndebourne Festival Opera with good looking authentic designs by William Dudley put plenty of fizz into this old favourite and was a real hit with the critics. The usual Glyndebourne hallmarks of team work and extended rehersal paid handsome dividends in this production filmed in 1982.
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.
Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen -- Metropolitan/Levine | DVD | (14/10/2002)
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The James Levine cycle of Wagners Der Ring des Nibelungen is humane and emotionally powerful rather than monumental or spiritual; Levine is more interested in finding our sympathy for the characters than inspiring pity or terror. These are very traditional productions in which you see a rock where you need to see a rock, a dragon where the libretto says a dragon (the Metropolitan Opera has never been a place for experiment). What Levine and the Met can and do offer is excellent orchestral playing and some of the best singers in these roles in the world. Siegfried Jerusalem is boyish and naive and touching as Siegfried, and he is also surprisingly good as the detached mischievous Loge of Das Rheingold. James Morris is uniformly impressive as Wotan and makes the character evolve from the young ruthless god of the first opera to the tired old god of Siegfried, who seeks nothing more than his own necessary defeat and death. As Brunnhilde, Hildegard Behrens makes a convincing shift from goddess to woman, from callousness to tenderness and on to vindictiveness and self-sacrificing wisdom. Overall, this is an attractive Ring cycle, well-cast and beautifully played; others have greater strengths in some areas, but Levine is reliable across the board. On the DVD: Der Ring des Nibelungen has all four operas, which are also available individually, contained in a single box. All the DVDs come with a photo gallery of the Metropolitan Opera productions and with menus and subtitles in German, French, English, Spanish and Chinese. Its a little disappointing, though, that they are presented in American NTSC format, not European PAL, and the picture ratio is standard TV 4:3. On the plus side, they all have an excellent clear acoustic in the three audio options: PCM stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS 5.1. --Roz Kaveney
A Midsummer Night's Dream - Glyndebourne Festival Opera | DVD | (02/08/2004)
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Benjamin Britten's enchanting opera adapted from Shakespeare's most English play is just the thing for a summer evening at Glyndebourne. In Peter Hall's magical and highly-acclaimed production for Glyndebourne Festival Opera filmed in 1981 the wood literally comes alive a perfetc setting for the mystical world of lovers fairies and rustics. The gorgeous and imaginative sets costume and lighting designs are by John Bury. Ileana Cotrubas is a majestic Tytiana James Bowman is a
Puccini: Tosca -- 1976 film version | DVD | (15/10/2001)
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Opera is an inherently theatrical medium that does not lend itself readily to the realism of film treatment. The shining exception is Puccini's Tosca, an action-packed melodrama that unfolds in three taut and gripping acts, like the meatiest of Hollywood films noir. And unlike most operas, these three acts are set in three very specific Roman locales. Thus this 1976 film takes place in the church of Sant'Andrea della Valle (Act 1), the Palazzo Farnese (Act 2) and the Castel Sant'Angelo (Act 3). The evocative settings, however, would be mere window-dressing if the cast wasn't just right; fortunately here Placido Domingo is at his virile peak in the heroic tenor role of Cavaradossi; Raina Kabaivanska is a sultry, vocally beautiful Tosca; while a more infamous and domineering Scarpia than that of Sherrill Milnes can hardly be imagined. Bruno Bartoletti and the New Philharmonia Orchestra give lustily dramatic support. Here the music and vocals are pre-recorded and the singers mime to the playback. Occasionally the result is a little unnatural, but overall the cast are good enough actors to bring off the conceit even in the close-ups. It all pays off triumphantly with the gripping realism of the rooftop finale, the one place where film can improve on stage. With the authenticity of the settings assured and such distinguished leads singing so well, this is an almost ideal filmed Tosca. On the DVD: Tosca on disc is presented in 4:3 ratio with a choice of Dolby 5.1 or LPCM Stereo. The picture is adequate but a little flat (possibly because the format is NTSC not PAL) and the same can be said for the sound, which does what it should but is never revelatory. Subtitles are provided in the main European languages and Chinese. --Mark Walker
The Three Tenors Christmas | DVD | (08/12/2011)
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1. Medley: White Christmas - Let It Snow - Oh Tannenbaum - Ay! Para - Navidad2. Tu Scendi Dalle Stelle3. Carol Of The Drum4. Medley: Ave Maria, Dolce Maria- Brahms' Wiegenlied5. Jingle Bells6. Medley: Children of Christmas - La Virgen Lava Panales - I'll Be Home for Christmas7. Adeste Fideles8. Cantique de Noel (O Holy Night)9. Amazing Grace10. Feliz Navidad11. Silent Night12. Pregaria (El Cant de L'Anima a la Verge)13. Medley: Winter Wonderland - Strauss's Wiegenlied - Sleigh Ride - Susani14. Un Nuevo Siglo15. Medley: Dormi, O Bambino - Happy Christmas/ War Is Over
Verdi: Un Ballo in Maschera -- Metropolitan Opera/Levine | DVD | (09/09/2002)
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A performance of Verdi's opera 'Un Ballo In Maschera' by the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra And Chorus; conducted by James Levine. Singers include: Luciano Pavarotti and Aprile Millo. Directed by Brian Large.
The Opera Gala - Live From Baden-Baden | DVD | (22/10/2007)
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The new faces of opera present opera favourites in a glamorous live concert recording: Anna Netrebko El'na Garan''a Ram''n Vargas and the highly acclaimed young French baritone Ludovic T''zier sing a wide range of Italian and French opera arias. This recording features highlights from three gala concerts (28 & 31 July 3 August 2007) at Baden-Baden's Festspielhaus - surely the hottest event of the summer!
I Vespri Sicilani | DVD | (30/05/2005)
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Luca Ronconi's highly acclaimed production of Verdi's rarely performed opera I Vespri Siciliani was recorded at the Teatro Comunale di Bologna in 1986. American soprano Susan Dunn sings the demanding role of Elena. Equally powerful are the performances of Leo Nucci as Guido di Monforte the great romantic tenor Veriano Luchetti as Arrigo and Bonaldo Giaiotti in the challenging role of Procida. The cast also includes a young Anna Caterina Antonacci as Ninetta. This good looking production is conducted incisively by Riccardo Chailly.
Rossini: Il Barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville) -- Stuttgart | DVD | (06/03/2001)
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The point of a good production of Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia is to have a Rosina and a Figaro who will knock your socks off in their respective arias, while holding back enough in all those crescendo ensembles in which the farce plot reaches its several culminations that the other stars get a chance to shine too. Cecilia Bartoli and Gino Quilico give full-blooded enough performances when on stage by themselves that self-effacement seems far from imminent, yet both are capable of less, and give it when it is needed. Of the others, David Kuebler is an attractively raffish Almaviva, while Robert Lloyd turns Basilio into a memorable cameo. Gabriele Ferro is one of the most intelligent of Rossini conductors--he understands the relationship between the pulse of the music and its dramatic function, and he is also outstanding in the delicacy of phrasing, even in climaxes, that ensures that every voice, every instrument, gets the moment of glory Rossini intended. Michael Hampe's solid reliable unfussy production keeps everything moving without drawing attention to itself. The DVD has subtitles in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish, as well as trailers for other Arthaus Musik discs. --Roz Kaveney
Wagner: Gotterdammerung -- Metropolitan/Levine | DVD | (14/10/2002)
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Under the baton of James Levine, Gotterdammerung ("The Twilight of the Gods") has a narrative drive that reminds us that, of all the individual operas in Wagner's Ring cycle, this is the one most about human emotions and the one in which its heroes are pulled into a world where they are most vulnerable to them. Siegfried Jerusalem as Siegfried and Hildegard Behrens as Brunnhilde never, in a sense, stand a chance: they are innocents who allow themselves to be manipulated not merely by the villainous Hagen, but by the ordinary venality of Gunther and his sister Gutrune, who goes along with a dirty little scheme to get what she wants, and is destroyed by it. As the tempter figure Hagen, Matti Salminen dominates the stage whenever he is on it; he is one of those basses whose voice and scowl seem to come from somewhere deeper than his large boots: rarely have the summoning of the vassals, or the oath of vengeance he, Gunther and Brunnhilde swear against Siegfried seemed so utterly his triumph. Jerusalem is almost perfect as Siegfried in spite of the gravelly quality of his heroic tenor: he has a glorious innocence even when the character is tricked into desecrating his true love; Hildegard Behrens is magnificent as Brunnhilde, both in her anger at Siegfried's apparent betrayal of her and in her redemptive understanding of how she has to atone for his death. Other Gotterdammerungs may be more monumental, but few make you care so passionately. On the DVD: Gotterdammerung comes with menus and subtitles in German, French, English, Spanish and Chinese and with a picture gallery of the production. Awkwardly it is presented in (American) NTSC format, not PAL, and with a visual aspect of standard TV 4:3. More impressive is the choice of PCM stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 or DTS 5.1; the sound is admirably clear and well-balanced. --Roz Kaveney
20 Pack: British Heritage Collection (including A Festival Of Transport Fred Dinbah, Continental Organs Vol 1, Continental Organs 2, Appleby Fair 2000, Beautiful World Of Mechanical Music & 15 More) | DVD | (01/01/2008)
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1. It's Fred Dibnah 2. Fred Dibnah Getting Steamed Up 3. 30th Anniversary of the Dorset Steam Fair 4. A Festival of Tractors 5. Appleby 2000 6. Beautiful World of Mechanical Music 7. Continental Organs Volume 1 8. Dorset 95 (Steam Fair) 9. Dutch Steam Fair 10. Great Yorkshire Show 11. Steam in the Midlands 12. Modern Farming 13. Musical Boxes Aroma & Interesting Things 14. National Museum of Organs 15. Steam Heavy Haulage 16. Steam in the North 17. Tractors Down Under 18. Vintage Cars Bikes Commercial Rollers 19. Working with Tractors 20. World of Mechanical Music & Organs
Patience - Gilbert And Sullivan | DVD | (29/05/2006)
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Gilvert And Sullivan: Patience (Stanhope Elizabethan Philharmonic Orchestra)
Verdi: Otello -- Royal Opera House/Solti | DVD | (29/10/2001)
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A coproduction by BBC Covent Garden Pioneer and the Royal Opera House of Verdi's classic opera about the Moor who loved not wisely but too well. Conducted by George Solti.
Tony Joe White-Live at the Basement | DVD | (01/12/2008)
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Tony Joe White Live at the Basement:-Undercover Agent For The Blues-High Sheriff Of Calhoun-The Organic Shuffle-Crack The Window-Steamy Windows-Rainy Night In Georgia-Polk Salad Annie-Even Trolls Love Rock 'N' Roll-Feeling Snakey- Credits-Interview
The Last of the Belles | DVD | (05/06/2008)
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The amazing Richard Chamberlain as F. Scott Fitzgerald gives an outstanding performance, with the wonderful Blythe Danner as his zany wife Zelda. The couple have just returned from Europe, deeply in debt from a very high style of living. Their marriage is showing visible signs of stress, and Zelda has become quiet and moody, distancing herself from her pompous husband. This is a story within a story, depicting the courtship of the writer, while stationed in the army during WWI. The fabulous Susan Sarandon plays Ailie Calhoun and David Hoffman is Andy McKenna. This charming love story, was Fitzgerald's attempt to correct the flaws in his own marriage, by causing a fictional story to unfold, as he wished his own would in real life. Brilliant actors bring romance, young passion, and the realities of life in the Deep South during WW1, to this wonderful drama.
Verdi - La Traviata | DVD | (12/11/2007)
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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 Violetts and her young admirer Alfredo Germont is set to some of the most popular in all opera, including the irresistible Brindisi (Drinking Song) and Violetta's thrilling Act One finale Sempre Libera. For this performance, filmed live in Los Angeles, the role of Alfredo's father is sung by the great Verdi baritone Renato Bruson.
Tosca - Puccini | DVD | (18/06/2004)
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The story of betrayal and lust performed by the Teatro Real Chorus and Orchestra; conducted by Maurizio Benini. Recorded during the 2003-2004 season at Teatro Real.
Don Giovanni - Mozart | DVD | (14/03/2005)
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The Opera Don Giovanni drama in two acts.