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Luciano Pavarotti - Donizetti - L'Elisir D'Amore | DVD | (26/02/2008)
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Donizetti's L' Elisir D' Amore recorded live at the Metropolitan Opera, March 2nd, 1981.
Das Rheingold - Wagner | DVD | (21/01/2005)
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In the prologue to Wagner's giant masterpiece Der Ring des Nibelungen the beginnings of an epic journey unfold when Alberich seizes the ring of gold its awesome power unleashing an unstoppable story of deceit destruction death and transfiguring love. Filmed at Barcelona's Gran Teatre del Liceu in 2004 Harry Kupfer's stunning production first staged in Berlin numbers among the greatest productions of modern times.
The Ultimate Opera Collection | DVD | (14/05/2007)
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Titles Comprise: CARMEN by Bizet from the St. Margarethen Opera Festival 1998 AIDA by Verdi from the St. Margarethen Opera Festival 1997 DON GIOVANNI by Mozart from the Prague National Theatre 1991 TOSCA by Puccini from the O'Keefe Centre Toronto 1989 NABUCCO by Verdi from the St. Margarethen Opera Festival 2000.
Therion - Live Gothis | DVD | (28/07/2008)
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Therion are one of the few bands that have managed to create a unique and special sound. This extraordinary release documents how they created their own special sound an excellent combination of symphonic elements operatic vocals and medieval choirs mixed with classical metal and gothic elements. Tracklist: 1. Der Mitternachtslwe 2. Schwartzalbenheim 3. The Blood Of Kingu 4. The Falling Stone 5. An Arrow From The Sun 6. Deggial 7. Wine Of Aluqah 8. The Perennial Sophia 9. The Son Of The Sun 10. Son Of The Staves Of Time 11. Birth Of Venus Illegitima 12. Tuna 1613 13. Drum Solo 14. Muspelheim 15. Rise Of Sodom And Gomorrah 16. Ginnungagap 17. Grand Finale 18. Lemuria 19. The Wand Of Abaris 20. Nightside Of Eden 21. To Mega Therion 22. Thor (The Powerhead) Bonus Video: Drum Battle In Holland
Puccini: Tosca -- 2002 Film Version | DVD | (23/06/2003)
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Benoit Jacquot's filmed Tosca treads a fine line between operatic staginess and cinematic contrivance. As per the libretto, each act takes place in a single setting, but with the singers here miming to a pre-recorded soundtrack. Jacquot freely reminds us of the conceit with cutaways to the recording session itself--revealing conductor, orchestra and soloists at work--thus a bridge is made between the on-screen action and the music-making itself, and the inherent duality of any opera production is laid refreshingly bare. The same cannot be said for the director's decision to interpolate spoken dialogue over the music in key places--a distraction not an enhancement. Angela Gheorghiu and Roberto Alagna are glamorous and attractive enough to make the most of their Hollywood-style close-ups; their singing easily bears similar close scrutiny--as anyone who owns the CD soundtrack album will surely already know. If Alagna lacks a little power as Cavaradossi on record, his charismatic screen presence happily compensates; Gheorghiu is both vocally and physically almost ideal as Tosca. Ruggero Raimondi's Scarpia completes an outstanding trio, and in the pit (or, rather, in the studio) conductor Antonio Pappano handles the drama of Puccini's score without missing a single nuance. Both musically and visually, then, this is a Tosca to treasure. On the DVD: Tosca on disc looks vibrant in this warm, widescreen picture accompanied by a DTS 5.1 soundtrack. Three filmed interviews--with Gheorghiu, Pappano and Jacquot--provide some insight into the making of this production. --Mark Walker
Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier -- Vienna/Kleiber | DVD | (03/09/2004)
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The epic grandeur of Der Rosenkavalier stems not just from its immense length (over three hours) but from the all-too-human complexity of its characters--each of whom is smitten with someone else--and the endless stream of graceful melodies the composer conjures. After the tonality-stretching dissonance of Salome and especially Elektra, Strauss moved onto a different musical path here: the music's sheer gorgeousness has given this most heartbreaking of 20th-century operas its pride of place in the repertory. For this 1994 performance at the Vienna Opera House, conductor Carlos Kleiber leads a committed reading of the buoyant score that savours every note. The three leads are superb singer-actresses who get full marks for embodying Strauss's most richly romantic creations: Felicity Lott (the Marschallin), Anne Sophie von Otter (Octavian) and Barbara Bonney (Sophie) also offer a truly entrancing final trio, one of the great scenes in all opera. The stereo sound mix is solid, as is the video transfer. --Kevin Filipski, Amazon.com
Poulenc: Dialogues des Carmelites | DVD | (16/08/2000)
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Poulenc's late pious works for voice share the sprightliness of his early secular orchestral and chamber pieces; this is perhaps especially true of his 1952 work of devotion and martyrdom. Young aristocrat Blanche seeks refuge in the cloister from her fear of death only to find the Carmelites she joins the object of persecution by the Jacobin Revolution; she flees, but then comes back to share her sisters' death--a powerful scene in which a hymn is stripped down a voice at a time, and finally silenced when Blanche joins them on the guillotine. Anne Sophie Schmidt as Blanche is convincing both in her terror and her resignation; Patricia Petibon is delightful as her closest friend, the lively young nun Constance to whom fear is never especially an issue and who has sought death cheerfully from the start, praying that the dying Prioress might be saved and she taken in her place. The older women--the two Prioresses and Mere Marie who persuades the nuns to refuse compromise--are equally fine in their graver music. --Roz Kaveney
Coppelia | DVD | (03/04/2002)
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The Royal Ballet.Orchestra of The Royal Opera House.Conducted by Nicolae Moldoveanu.Coppelia, a mechanical doll made by the toy-maker Dr. Coppelius, is so lifelike that some believe she is his daughter. The mistake leads to intrigue and jealousy in love.This 19th century classic, in an enchanting production of Royal Ballet choreographer Dame Ninette de Valois, with original designs by Sir Osbert Lancaster, was broadcast live by BBC television in February 2000.
Agrippina - Handel | DVD | (03/10/2005)
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Giulio Cesare - Handel | DVD | (07/02/2005)
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A performance of Handel's Guilio Cesare. Richard Hickox conducts the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra. Recorded live at the Sydney Opera House in June 1994.
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.
Verdi - Oberto Conte Di San Bonifacio (Abel) | DVD | (27/08/2007)
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Oberto Conte Di San Bonifacio - Giuseppe Verdi (1813 - 1901):Verdi's first published opera, written in his 20's, already shows the instinctive melodic gift and heightened sense of drama which was to make him a giant among composers of grand opera. Set in 13th century Italy, Oberto was first performed at La Scala, Milan in 1839- more than 50 years before his last opera was premiered there - and prepared the way for a lifetime's work which would culminate in some of the finest music ever written. Recorded with High Definition cameras and with full multi-track surround sound.
Puccini: La Boheme -- San Francisco/Severini | DVD | (28/08/2000)
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One way to use the DVD format for opera is to provide a video format with a clear picture and sumptuous sound and let a good performance speak more or less for itself. Severini's La Boheme comes with a minimum of trimmings--subtitles in English, French and German; even a short account of the performance history is relegated to text in a booklet. The live performance has real theatrical presence, even to the extent that, at times, the vocal and orchestral subtleties get lost in wild applause. Pavarotti's Rodolfo was, in 1988, as plangently lyrical as ever and Freni's care-worn Mimi is a deeply touching and musical performance; Pacetti is a beefy full-blooded no-nonsense Musetta--the waltz song and ensuing duet with Marcello is for once the Broadway show-stopper it ought to be. Of the supporting roles, though, perhaps the most moving is Ghiaurov's Colline--his farewell to his old coat is a short passage of deep pathos which he has rarely sung as well as he does here. --Roz Kaveney
Cage Rage 26 | DVD | (21/07/2008)
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Cage Rage is the UK's premier Mixed Martial Arts event and attracts 6 000+ spectators to Wembley Arena for every event! This DVD features the biggest-name fighters in the World and the return from retirement of legendary UK veteran fighter Ian The Machine Freeman!
I Now Pronounce You Vince and Ralph | DVD | (31/12/2007)
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I Now Pronounce You Ralph And Vince
Puccini: Madama Butterfly -- La Scala/Maazel | DVD | (31/10/2000)
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This 1986 production of Madama Butterfly strives, with its Japanese director and designer, for authenticity in the Japanese setting, yet is somehow entirely Italian at the same time. Yasuko Hayashi's Cio-Cio-San is surprisingly tough, rejecting the arguments of her uncle and the marriage broker with more anger than usual, and her suicide is as much a moral statement of integrity as a sentimental gesture. Accordingly, Dvorsky's sexually magnetic Pinkerton is even less sympathetic--you can see what she sees in him, but he is arrogant and a user, except when he is being lyrical--and Zancanaro's Sharpless, the consul who expedites Pinkerton's betrayal of his wife but develops his own compassion for her, is all the more complex and interesting. The production has real charm as well as authenticity on its side; the staging of the love duet is impressive in its use of shadow and delicate light. Maazel's interpretation has a forceful energy that the recording impressively conveys. --Roz KaveneyOn the DVD: The DVD has scene selection, and subtitles in German, French and English; the menu adds Spanish.
Leonard Cohen-Under Review 1978-2006 | DVD | (02/06/2008)
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By 1978 Leonard Cohen had already produced a staggering body of work that had firmly set the standard for the singer-songwriter genre and contained numerous classic songs within its cannon. If like many of his contemporaries his muse had abandoned him around this time he would still today be regarded as a genius. But the 6 studio albums released between then and 2006 contained some of the finest work of Cohens entire career and on tracks such as First We Take Manhattan Dance Me To The End Of Love The Future I'm Your Man Ain't No Cure For Love Tower Of Song and so many others he augmented his music with a philosophy wisdom and enlightenment that both delighted his existing fanbase and endeared him to new generations in a manner that few others could hope to achieve. This film mixes rare performance footage studio recordings interviews rarely seen photographs location shoots and many other features with contributions from some of Cohens closest colleagues and from experts on his life and music. Featuring his official biographer Ira Nadel; Cohen producers John Lissauer David Gold and John Simon journalists Robert Christgau [Village Voice] Anthony De Curtis [Rolling Stone] and Nigel Williamson [Uncut] authors Johnny Rogan and Jim Devlin and many others.
Leoncavallo - Paglicci - Roberto Alagna | DVD | (19/03/2007)
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Carmen | DVD | (06/11/2006)
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Love jealousy and death - George Bizet's most popular work 'Carmen' includes all accessories for a successful opera.This DVD presents an open-air staging of the Opera Festival St. Margarethen recorded in 1998 in the colourful stage set of the Roman quarry which on this occasion was turned into a Spanish arena.
Salome | DVD | (03/03/2003)
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A performance of Strauss's biblical 'Salome' at the Royal Opera House.