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  • Mozart - Die Zauberflote [Blu-ray] [2003] Mozart - Die Zauberflote | Blu Ray | (03/03/2008) from £22.59  |  Saving you £7.40 (24.70%)  |  RRP £29.99

    Recorded Live At Covent Garden In 2003 Bonus Material/Features: Illustrated Synopsis & Cast Gallery. BBC Feature Looks Behind The Scenes At This Production. Conductor Sir Colin Davis Talks About Die Zauberfl''te.

  • Bellini: Norma Bellini: Norma | DVD | (02/04/2001) from £20.05  |  Saving you £4.94 (19.80%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Bellini's Norma, first performed in 1831, is one of the most glittering jewels in the bel canto repertoire, placing huge vocal demands on the soprano in the title role. The druid priestess who falls prey to human frail ties before redeeming her grace in the flames of the sacrificial fire must also be played with a high degree of dramatic truth. In the 20th century, two singers scaled new heights in combining these requirements: Maria Callas and Joan Sutherland. Sutherland's great achievement, preserved in this 1978 recording of Opera Australia's production at Sidney Opera House, was to render Norma a very human being, unravelling her complex reactions to the events which bring her personal world tumbling down around her. Using Bellini's deceptively simple melodies to tender effect, she reveals the essential purity of many of his greatest arias, not least "Casta diva": an equally valid alternative to Callas' pyrotechnics. Ronald Stevens as Norma's errant Roman lover Pollione and Margreta Elkins as Adalgisa, the unwitting agent of the priestess's ultimate downfall, strike vocal sparks in their duets with Sutherland. But this is essentially a treasurable record of one of the all-time great divas in a role that brought her some of her finest notices, with her husband and long-time collaborator Richard Bonynge in the conductor's box. On the DVD: In all respects, this is a solid offering with few frills. The only extra is an Arthaus trailer. The 4:3 picture format and PCM stereo-sound quality are adequate media for a theatrical performance which is very much of its time: crudely-edited plot explanations separate the acts and there is the imposition of some rather naff stills of the ill-fated lovers on flickering flames to suggest the pyre. But Sutherland's performance triumphs over all. --Piers Ford

  • Pollini - Piano Concertos (Bohm, Wiener Po) Pollini - Piano Concertos (Bohm, Wiener Po) | DVD | (17/10/2005) from £21.99  |  Saving you £0.00 (0.00%)  |  RRP £21.99

    Here are Maurizio Pollini's compelling interpretations - paired with two now legendary conductors - of five piano masterworks performed with the Vienna Philharmonic at home the Musikverein's magnificent golden hall. In Mozart and Beethoven the camera captures the pianist's virtuosity as well as his empathy with Karl Bohm as they document the only two Mozart concertos that Pollini has ever released. For the Brahms concerto Pollini is joined by a young Claudio Abbado creating great music-making in which this essential repertoire is joyfully illuminated by two kindred spirits.

  • Gounod - Faust, Live 1973 (Kraus, Scotto, Nhk) Gounod - Faust, Live 1973 (Kraus, Scotto, Nhk) | DVD | (02/08/2007) from £20.80  |  Saving you £4.19 (16.80%)  |  RRP £24.99

  • Transatlantic Sessions - Series 6 (complete) PAL - Aly Bain and Jerry Douglas [DVD] Transatlantic Sessions - Series 6 (complete) PAL - Aly Bain and Jerry Douglas | DVD | (11/11/2013) from £18.35  |  Saving you £2.44 (10.60%)  |  RRP £22.99

    We chose a new location for this sixth series - the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond - taking the high road to what has become something of a biennial reunion of our Aly-and-Jerry 'house band' with director Mike Alexander's technical A-team. The trust and co-ordination between them makes for not just great music but a great viewing/listening experience.

  • Rameau - Les Indes galantes / Petibon · Agnew · Croft · Hartelius · Rivenq · de Niese · Panzarella · Le Roi · Les Arts Florissants · Christe - Serban (Opéra de Paris 2004) [2003] Rameau - Les Indes galantes / Petibon · Agnew · Croft · Hartelius · Rivenq · de Niese · Panzarella · Le Roi · Les Arts Florissants · Christe - Serban (Opéra de Paris 2004) | DVD | (27/06/2005) from £22.59  |  Saving you £7.40 (24.70%)  |  RRP £29.99

    William Christie and Les Arts Florissants propel this exuberant production of Jean-Phillipe Rameau's second opera to great heights. Andrei Serban's extravagant highly baroque staging presents the four exotic love stories vibrantly. In Le Turc Genereux Osman sets free his captive Emilie whom he loves so that she may be reunited with her former lover Valere; Les Incas De Perou is all about the rivalry of the Inca Huascar and the Spaniard Don Carlos both in pursuit of Princess Phani; Les Fleurs offers a Persian love intrigue as the Sultana Fatime tries to detect whether her husband Tacmas has his eye on the lovely Atalide; and Les Sauvages takes us to North America where a Spaniard and a Frenchman compete for the love of Zima daughter of a native chief who prefers one of her own people.

  • Verdi - Gran Gala Di Verdi (Mehta, Orchestra Del Mmf, Cura) Verdi - Gran Gala Di Verdi (Mehta, Orchestra Del Mmf, Cura) | DVD | (05/03/2007) from £6.77  |  Saving you £1.80 (7.80%)  |  RRP £22.99

  • Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro -- 1966 Salzburg Festival/Bohm Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro -- 1966 Salzburg Festival/Bohm | DVD | (19/09/2003) from £29.99  |  Saving you £0.00 (0.00%)  |  RRP £29.99

    A performance of Mozart's Le Nozze Di Figaro featured at the Salzburg Festival in 1966. Karl Bohm conducts the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.

  • Carmen - Bizet Carmen - Bizet | DVD | (29/10/2004) from £6.95  |  Saving you £3.96 (15.80%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Bizet: Carmen (Zeffirelli)

  • Poulenc: Dialogues des Carmelites [1999] Poulenc: Dialogues des Carmelites | DVD | (16/08/2000) from £20.05  |  Saving you £4.94 (19.80%)  |  RRP £24.99

    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

  • Lohengrin - Richard Wagner [1990] Lohengrin - Richard Wagner | DVD | (28/03/2003) from £25.35  |  Saving you £4.64 (15.50%)  |  RRP £29.99

    Richard Wagner was a one-man artistic movement a figure so massive that his influence was felt by all of his contemporaries and all of his major successors.Wolfgang Weber's simple staging muted colours dark clouds barren landscapes and simple shapes succeeds in evoking clear middle ages symbolism. His staging does not impress by means of the spectacular but underlines the dramatic sense embodied in the music allowing the outstanding singers full scope to express themselves.This remarkable production under Claudio Abbado has a stellar cast. Cheryl Studer as Elsa and Placido Domingo as Lohengrin (a role which he first performed on debut at the Hamburg State Opera in 1968 at the age of 27) are the cornerstone of a dream cast.

  • The Art of Leontyne Price The Art of Leontyne Price | DVD | (31/05/2004) from £22.75  |  Saving you £0.24 (1.00%)  |  RRP £22.99

    The Art Of Leontyne PriceVerdi: AIDA Act IIIAida: Leontyne Price - Radames: William McGrath - Amonasro: Napoleon BissonOrchestre de Radio-Canada; Jacques Beaudry conductorStage Director: Irving GuttmanOriginally telecast October 23 1958Leontyne Price In ConcertArias from Cosi fan tutte Ernani Porgy and Bess Madama Butterfly La Forza del Destino Gianni Schicchi and ToscaOrchestre symphonique de Montreal; Charles Dutoit conductorOriginally telecast October 3 1982

  • International Magic Live At The O2 [Blu-ray] [2012] [Region Free] International Magic Live At The O2 | Blu Ray | (15/10/2012) from £20.09  |  Saving you £3.90 (16.30%)  |  RRP £23.99

    LIVE O2 ARENA LONDRA 26.02.2012

  • ELP - 40th Anniversary Reunion Concert [DVD] ELP - 40th Anniversary Reunion Concert | DVD | (26/09/2011) from £21.39  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    EMERSON LAKE & PALMER (ELP) reformed for the first time since 1998 to headline the HIGH VOLTAGE FESTIVAL on Sunday July 25th 2010. 2010/2011 marks the 40th anniversary of the creation of Emerson Lake and Palmer the band that was formed from King Crimson The Nice and Atomic Rooster. They became the first true prog-rock Super Group and defined an era. In four years in the early 70s they sold nearly 50 million albums and today still have a worldwide fan base which numbers in the hundreds of thousands. This is a show that brings back the same theatrics that the highly creative and unsurpassable combination of Keith Emerson's legendary keyboards Greg Lake's extraordinary voice and the dramatic drumming of Carl Palmer to their core fan base and to the new generation that hails the musical and technical virtuosity that ELP delivered at every performance and recorded in every album. Tracklist includes: Touch and Go] Farewell to Arms Lucky Man Pictures at an Exhibition Fanfare For The Common Man Many more

  • Offenbach: Des Contes D'Hoffmann [1993] Offenbach: Des Contes D'Hoffmann | DVD | (25/04/2001) from £9.99  |  Saving you £4.94 (19.80%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Unfortunately the qualities that make Jacques Offenbach's operetta The Tales of Hoffmann an irresistible melodic profusion of wit, dash and unfailing high spirits are only in evidence in the playing of the Lyon Opera Orchestra under Kent Nagano: operetta, more than its serious cousin, continues to be fair game for the whims of producers and designers. In this case an excellent cast including Daniel Galvez-Vallejo as Hoffmann, Natalie Dessay as Olympia, Brigitte Balley as Nicklausse and Isabelle Vernet as Giulietta, as well as Gabriel Bacquier who sings three roles, are obliged to perform Offenbach's operetta in a lunatic asylum designed by Philippe Starck as a three-dimensional grey set, topped with barbed wire. The production by Louis Erlo adapts and cuts scenes to fit this concept, so the tavern scene where Hoffmann sings his celebrated number "The Legend of Kleinzack" disappears, as do the chorus who are banished to the wings. In this environment there's no room for charm or even a kind of mad-hatter behaviour. The cast are reduced to stereotypes and of necessity singularly unlovable ones. What a wasted opportunity. The sound is excellent as it is on two fillers: a short film of Penderecki conducting his choral work, The Seven Gates to Jerusalem from the Midem festival at Cannes and a trailer for a Lyon Opera House production of Berlioz's Damnation of Faust. --Adrian Edwards

  • Janacek: Jenufa -- Glyndebourne [1989] Janacek: Jenufa -- Glyndebourne | DVD | (22/06/2001) from £20.05  |  Saving you £4.94 (19.80%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Janacek's masterpiece Jenufa, captured in this 1989 Glyndebourne Festival Opera production, is among the most revived modernist works. Compared with much grand opera, the story of one woman's struggle to rise free from social constraints at a terrible cost is remarkably poignant, credible and accessible. Scenes are short and intense. The music shimmers with Janacek's characteristic blend of sweetness and sharp dissonance. His men are damaged and angry; his women kick against the expectations of convention. Tragedy is inevitable, but here, unusually, hope triumphs. In the title role, Roberta Alexander is utterly convincing as the stepdaughter of the Kostelnicka Buryja, placing her love and trust in the wrong man with dire consequences. As the Kostelnicka, Anja Silja turns in an equally towering performance, unravelling with the awful consequences of her pragmatism. Alexander's fluid soprano reveals the extraordinary beauty of some of Janacek's finest arias: the moment when she becomes supernaturally aware of her baby's fate--it's "as if death was peering into the house!"--and is actually singing prayers for its soul is quite overwhelming. This Jenufa is sung splendidly; a revelation of the essential humanity which lurks at the heart of the greatest operas. On the DVD: This production was filmed for Channel 4 and has all the hallmarks of a 1980s television broadcast: standard 4:3 picture format which limits the impact of Tobias Hoheisel's magnificent expressionistic set; PCM stereo which somewhat dulls Andrew Davis' sterling, powerful work at the helm of the London Philharmonic Orchestra (although the principal singers shine through); poor subtitles; and static freeze-frame links between scenes. As a record of an important production, though, it suffices. --Piers Ford

  • The Art of Henryk Szeryng (Bouillon, Pca) [With Bonus CD] The Art of Henryk Szeryng (Bouillon, Pca) | DVD | (03/11/2003) from £20.35  |  Saving you £2.64 (11.50%)  |  RRP £22.99

    Telecast of December 25 1988 (colour)-Beethoven: Violin Concerto in D Major-J.S. Bach: Fugue from Sonata No. 1-Marroquin: De mi PatriaTelecast of February 1 1960 (black & white)-Pugnani: Largo Espressivo-J.S. Bach: Fugue from Sonata No. 1-Brahms: Hungarian Dance No. 17-Marroquin: Mexican Lullaby-Sarasate: Zapateado-Suk: Chanson d'amourHenry Szeryng violin - l'Orchestre Symphonique de Radio-Canada Jorge Mester conductor Charles Reiner piano

  • Rammstein: Videos 1995-2012 [Blu-ray] Rammstein: Videos 1995-2012 | Blu Ray | (12/03/2013) from £21.99  |  Saving you £5.00 (18.50%)  |  RRP £26.99

    Rammstein - Videos 1995-2012 (2 Blu-Ray)

  • Joan Sutherland - The Complete Bell Telephone Hour Performances 1961-1968 Joan Sutherland - The Complete Bell Telephone Hour Performances 1961-1968 | DVD | (30/11/2001) from £21.25  |  Saving you £3.74 (15.00%)  |  RRP £24.99

  • Live At The Royal Albert Hall [incl. CD] [Blu-ray] [2011][Region Free] Live At The Royal Albert Hall | Blu Ray | (28/11/2011) from £20.55  |  Saving you £1.44 (6.50%)  |  RRP £21.99

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