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  • The Three Tenors - In Concert 1994 The Three Tenors - In Concert 1994 | DVD | (29/06/1998) from £12.09  |  Saving you £5.90 (32.80%)  |  RRP £17.99

    Featuring Jose Carreras Placido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti in concert on July 16th 1994 at the Dodger Stadium Los Angeles California. Zubin Mehta conducts the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and the Los Angeles Music Center Opera Chorus. Tracklist includes: 'America' (West Side Story) 'O Sole Mio' (Di Capua) 'Brindisi' (La Traviata) and 'Tribute To Hollywood' (Medley).

  • England Cricket's Greatest Matches England Cricket's Greatest Matches | DVD | (17/03/2008) from £7.93  |  Saving you £7.06 (47.10%)  |  RRP £14.99

    The ultimate collection of England's most memorable test perfomances from over 35 years of cricket

  • Parsifal - The Search For The Grail Parsifal - The Search For The Grail | DVD | (11/01/2004) from £17.95  |  Saving you £2.04 (10.20%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Parsifal: The Search for the Grail is a documentary that sets Wagner's last opera in its cultural context, tracing the history of the Grail myth back to the Middle Ages, and arguing that any specifically Christian myth goes back no further than that. It acknowledges that Parsifal is Wagner's most problematic opera, as well as one of his greatest, and gives chapter and verse for its role in creating the culturally respectable anti-Semitism that led to the Holocaust, as well as discussing other issues like its profound, though eloquently expressed, misogyny. At the same time, it makes what case is possible for the non-aesthetic defence--all of the above is true, and yet it is also an opera about learning compassion, at once poisonous and healing. Placido Domingo is the narrator, taking us through chats with talking heads that range from theologian Karen Armstrong to members of the Wagner family and film clips that range from Monty Python and Indiana Jones to Ingmar Bergman's The Seventh Seal. He also performs the role in a variety of extracts conducted by Valery Gergiev at the Kirov Opera, reminding us of just how viscerally impressive and lyrically beautiful late Wagner can be. On the DVD: The Search for the Grail is presented in old TV standard 4:3 ration with only PCM stereo sound. It comes equipped with a useful set of chapter headings and with subtitles in English, French, German and Spanish. --Roz Kaveney

  • Luciano Pavarotti - A Rare And Intimate Evening With Pavarotti Luciano Pavarotti - A Rare And Intimate Evening With Pavarotti | DVD | (17/10/2005) from £10.06  |  Saving you £4.93 (32.90%)  |  RRP £14.99

    You are welcomed to a rare and wonderful performance that has never been previously available in the UK. Recorded in 1987 this is Pavarotti at his very finest. This concert is unique as Pavarotti performs classic songs with only his piano accompaniment giving an intimate feeling between the great legend and his audience. In this personal setting the viewer gets a rare insight into the great tenor's art form. Featuring his most popular classics such as.... Caro Mio Ben Angus Dei A

  • Boris Godunov - Bolshoi Opera [1987] Boris Godunov - Bolshoi Opera | DVD | (30/01/2006) from £12.09  |  Saving you £5.90 (32.80%)  |  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

  • Rigoletto - Verdi Rigoletto - Verdi | DVD | (09/08/2004) from £13.99  |  Saving you £3.00 (17.70%)  |  RRP £16.99

    Opera in three acts produced live at the Metropolitan Opera on 7 November 1977.

  • The Singing Kettle The Singing Kettle | DVD | (07/05/2007) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £11.99

  • Orpheus In The Underworld Orpheus In The Underworld | DVD | (21/02/2005) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Eurydice is married to Orpheus but has started an affair with a local shepherd called Aristaeus. However Aristaeus is really Pluto in disguise and he becomes so besotted with Eurydice that he lures her to a field where she is bitten by a snake. He then reveals his true identity and whisks her away to Hades so they can be together. Orpheus now a free man is happy about this new situation until his mother insists he rescues Eurydice from Hades. Meanwhile King Of The Gods Jupiter ha

  • Strauss: Die Fledermaus -- Bavarian State Opera [1985] Strauss: Die Fledermaus -- Bavarian State Opera | DVD | (19/03/2001) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £24.99

  • Berg: Lulu - Glyndebourne Festival Opera [1996] Berg: Lulu - Glyndebourne Festival Opera | DVD | (23/02/2004) from £12.09  |  Saving you £5.90 (32.80%)  |  RRP £17.99

    Alban Berg's second and last opera Lulu is one of the monuments of modernism, constructed around serial technique and containing scenes conceived of as Sonata-form, Suite and so on. The bliss of Andrew Davis's conducting in this classic Glyndebourne production is that we forget all of this--Davis doesn't gloss over the music's intellectual content, but that's not what we think about as we watch and listen. Part of the production's strength is the prodigious performance by Christine Schafer as Lulu--for once we believe in the character's sexual energy and power; and Schafer makes her real enough as a person that we largely forget the work's intrinsic misogyny. The rest of the cast are admirable too: Norman Bailey brings something perversely sweet to the disreputable painter Schigolch; Kathryn Harries makes the dying words of Lulu's lesbian lover Geschwitz one of the work's lyric high points; David Kuebler is equally powerful as Alwa. The final duet between Lulu and her destroyer Jack the Ripper is one of Wolfgang Schone's great moments, but he is equally good as Dr Schon, the man Lulu marries and kills. This is a performance of energy and beauty, matched by a simple but effective production. On the DVD Lulu on disc is presented in disappointingly in NTSC format with a 4:3 picture ratio. Fortunately, the Dolby 2.0 digital sound is ideal for the fine detail of this complex score and these nuanced performances. There are subtitles in English, French, German, Spanish and Japanese. --Roz Kaveney

  • Cimarosa - Il Matrimonio Segreto (Travis, Fissore, Baiano) Cimarosa - Il Matrimonio Segreto (Travis, Fissore, Baiano) | DVD | (29/01/2007) from £8.51  |  Saving you £3.00 (20.00%)  |  RRP £14.99

    Partly based on the 1766 English comedy 'The Clandestine Marriage' by David Garrick and George Colman, Domenico Cimarosa's Il Matrimono Segreto was a widely popular example of opera buffa in its day. This sparkling comedy tells the story of Geronimo, a wealthy citizen of Bologna, who is trying to arrange aristocratic marriages for his two daughters, Carolina and Elisetta. However his plans seem destined to fail as his daughter Carolina is already secretly married to Paolino, his young secretary. Through a series of humorous situations the young couple confess their marriage and all ends well.

  • Luciano Pavarotti - The Italian Opera Collection - L'Ellsir D'Amore/La Boheme/Pagliacci Luciano Pavarotti - The Italian Opera Collection - L'Ellsir D'Amore/La Boheme/Pagliacci | DVD | (18/02/2008) from £24.50  |  Saving you £4.00 (12.90%)  |  RRP £30.99

    Giacomo Puccini's La Boheme and Il tabarro, Ruggiero Leoncavallo's Pagliacci and Gaetano Donizetti's L'elisir d'amore, performed by The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus, conducted by James Levine.

  • La Cambiale Di Matrimonio - Rossini [1989] La Cambiale Di Matrimonio - Rossini | DVD | (03/04/2006) from £21.05  |  Saving you £3.94 (15.80%)  |  RRP £24.99

    This sparkling production continues the Rossini one-act opera series emerging from the Schwetzingen Festival with excellent direction acting and stagecraft.This production of La cambiale di matrimonio represented yet another piece de resistance that sets a standard in musical buffoonery for the other all too rare productions in this genre.Recorded live at the Rococo Theatre Schwetzingen May 1989.

  • The Three Tenors Christmas [1999] The Three Tenors Christmas | DVD | (29/10/2007) from £8.99  |  Saving you £-1.00 (-12.50%)  |  RRP £7.99

    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

  • Mozart: La Clemenza di Tito -- Glyndebourne Mozart: La Clemenza di Tito -- Glyndebourne | DVD | (29/04/2002) from £18.39  |  Saving you £1.50 (6.00%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Mozart's Clemenza di Tito ("The Clemency of Titus") makes for riveting viewing in this Glyndebourne performance directed by Nicholas Hytner and conducted by Andrew Davis staged in the composer's bicentenary in 1991. Mozart's last opera, Clemenza was for some time considered below par by his own exalted standards. He composed it in a rush, the recitatives are by a pupil and it had to be on an appropriate theme to please the new Hapsburg monarch, for whose enthronement it was designed. There's little character development and the musical style harks back to operatic conventions Mozart had done so much to overthrow. Watching this production one would scarcely credit that such reservations once held sway. Hytner and his team have put a contemporary angle on a story set in Rome AD 78 in which sets, props and the stage itself are constructed to different dimensions offering alternate perspectives on a static tale. A slanting pillar and a sloping corridor allude to the unhinged mind of the scheming Vitellia, the central character, who puts her confidant Sesto on an emotional roller coaster ride as she ensnares him to plot the downfall of Titus. The principals use their eyes to communicate to one another as well as the audience and in the imaginatively staged entrances and exits of the ensembles one senses Hytner's choreographic instincts coming to the fore. The superb cast sing magnificently and look stunning. Philip Langridge is an eloquent Titus, Diana Monatgue a sincere Sesto and Ashley Putnam brings a touch of Alexis Colby to her portrayal of Vitellia. The London Philharmonic are all fired up under conductor Andrew Davis' fervent direction. The performance (the "Overture" accompanied by a visual montage of artefacts of Ancient Rome) is played on modern instruments yet articulated and reproduced with the clarity and definition associated with period ones. On the DVD: La Clemenza di Tito has no special features save for the obligatory subtitles. The picture quality is outstanding with the imaginative and colourful production design caught, like the music, with exceptional fidelity. The high drama at the conclusion of Act 1 justifies running on without a break into Act 2. This is a must for all lovers of opera. --Adrian Edwards

  • Verdi: Aida -- La Scala [1986] Verdi: Aida -- La Scala | DVD | (28/08/2000) from £18.99  |  Saving you £1.00 (5.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    La Scala went all-out for its 1986 production of this grandest of grand operas, with a strong cast and--most important for a video recording--a larger-than-life staging. The Triumph Scene in Act II is by no means Aida's only attraction, but it is the part that makes the strongest and most lasting impression and it is the visual and musical climax of this production. Stage director Ronconi brings on a procession to dwarf all processions: looted treasures, heroic statuary, miserable captives struggling under the lash of whip-bearing slave-drivers. On par with these visuals is Lorin Maazel's first-class performance of the popular "Grand March" with the outstanding La Scala chorus and orchestra. In Act III, the contrasting tranquillity of the Nile Scene also gets a visual treatment to match the music's qualities.When it is not an epic spectacle, Aida is a tragic story of love, jealousy and horrible revenge. The shifting focus between vast spectacle and intimate moments-sometimes awkward in a live performance onstage--presents special opportunities and challenges for a video recording. In this Aida, the camera work shows an acute awareness of those opportunities and challenges. The soloists have a variety of strengths that outweigh a few small weaknesses. Luciano Pavarotti sings one of his signature roles in superb voice, but his weight problems are visually evident and detract from his impact as the dashing hero Radames. Maria Chiara has moments of vocal imperfection but gives a dramatically compelling performance. Ghena Dimitrova sings powerfully and the supporting cast is excellent throughout. --Joe McLellan, Amazon.com

  • 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

  • Manon Lescaut - Glyndebourne Festival Opera - Puccini [1997] Manon Lescaut - Glyndebourne Festival Opera - Puccini | DVD | (07/05/2007) from £10.01  |  Saving you £7.98 (44.40%)  |  RRP £17.99

    Manon Lescaut Puccini's first major success is a work of impassioned emotions based on the 18th-century novel by Abb Prvost depicting the doomed infatuation of Chevalier des Grieux for beautiful fun-loving Manon. Puccini clothes the story in warmly passionate music that makes a direct appeal to the listener's emotions. This production by Graham Vick for Glyndebourne Festival Opera which was filmed in 1997 stars Romanian soprano Adina Nitescu as the ill-fated Manon American tenor Patrick Denniston as Des Grieux and Italian baritone Roberto de Candia as Lescaut. The conductor is John Eliot Gardiner.

  • Gianni Schicchi - Puccini Gianni Schicchi - Puccini | DVD | (30/05/2005) from £15.49  |  Saving you £4.50 (22.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Alessandro Corbelli takes the title role in Annabel Arden's whirlwind production of Puccini's compact opera in which the scheming Gianni Schicchi retrieves for himself the spoils of a disinherited family to pave the way for his daughter to marry her love.

  • Herbert von Karajan: Beethoven - Symphony No. 9 [1977] Herbert von Karajan: Beethoven - Symphony No. 9 | DVD | (31/03/2008) from £12.49  |  Saving you £12.50 (50.00%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Beethoven:Symphony No.9

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