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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
Nashville - Season 1-2 | DVD | (07/07/2014)
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Carlos Kleiber - the Legend | DVD | (29/11/2004)
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Carlos Kleiber's concert appearances were legendary for their rarity and for the sublime quality of his music-making. His death in 2004 robbed music of one of its most charismatic yet enigmatic figures. His excursions into the recording studio were frustratingly few thus it is fortunate that a handful of concerts were captured on film. This special DVD box set includes five of these occasions in which the hallmarks of Kleiber's conducting - his often minimal but always poetic ges
100 Greatest Moments | DVD | (01/03/2010)
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Disc 1 1. Carmen OvertÃ¯Â¿Â½re 2. Wiener Blut 3. Chianti-Lied 4. Hava Naguila 5. Cielito Lindo 6. Clavelitos 7. Sirtaki (Zorba's Dance) 8. Kalinka 9. Glenn Miller Melody Medley 10. The AndrÃ¯Â¿Â½ Sisters Medley 11. Das ist nur ein 'Auf Wiedersehen' 12. Aimer (Romeo & Juliet) 13. Air 14. Morning (Peer Gynt Suite) 15. Greensleeves 16. Adagio G-Moll 17. The Swan (Carnival Of The Animals) 18. Ballade, 19. Romance In F 20. Mozart: Piano Concerto No.21 in C, K.467 21. Send In The Clowns 22. Schwarze Au...
Live At Knebworth | Blu Ray | (29/07/2013)
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Robbie Williams - Live At Knebworth [10th Anniversary Edition] [Limited Edition]
La Scala Collection | DVD | (02/05/2006)
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Various Composers: La Scala Collection - 11 Operas
Quiet Winter Night - An Acoustic Jazz Project | DVD | (02/09/2013)
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Nominated for the 55th GRAMMY Awards as Best Surround Sound Album 2012 HOFF ENSEMBLE consists of some of Norway's finest jazz and session musicians, fronted by trumpeter Mathias Eick, of ECM renown, who plays a leading role in several of the compositions. The ensemble's basic quartet features legendary veteran bassist Arild Andersen and arranger Jan Gunnar Hoff on piano. Hoff has performed with his own group since 1993, collaborating with such artists as Mike Stern, Pat Metheny, Maria Joao and Alex Acuna. This time in this great Norwegian band he mixes flavours in a "cross-over" setting. Eick, with whom Hoff has worked on earlier projects, was the obvious first choice for QUIET WINTER NIGHT, along with Andersen and the rest of the band, complemented by Rune Arnesen (ex N.P.Molvær) on percussion and Børge Petersen-Øverleir, Norway's leading session guitarist. The music is created by film composers Geir Bøhren and Bent Åserud and among the vocalists are some of Norway's top names (and Universal artists) in popular music: Helene Bøksle, Åsne Valland Nordli, Sondre Bratland, Unni Wilhelmsen, Tomine Harket, Bjørn Johan Muri, Cecilia Vennersten and Bjørn Eidsvåg. 5.1 SURROUND + STEREO produced in DXD (Digital eXtreme Definition 352kHz/24bit) by Lindberg Lyd, Norway
Peter Gabriel New Blood Live In London Deluxe Edition | DVD | (24/10/2011)
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Filmed at Hammersmith Apollo in March of this year, New Blood - Live In London captures Peter Gabriel performing live with the 46 piece New Blood Orchestra. The repertoire mixes cover versions from his Scratch My Back album with classic tracks from across his solo career in brand new orchestral arrangements. Gabriel is a renowned live performer and his onstage charisma and instantly recognisable voice combine brilliantly with the orchestral sound palette to breathe a new sense of wonder into familiar songs. As you would expect the concert is also a visual feast, with graphics, animation and imagery blending to enhance and illustrate the music. This is truly a live experience not to be missed.
Wagner-Der Ring Des Nibelunge | DVD | (02/07/2007)
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This legendary Bayreuth Festival production of Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen directed by Harry Kupfer with designs by Hans Schavernoch and conducted by Daniel Barenboim is considered perhaps the finest video recording of these four operas ever made. For their innovative modernist staging Kupfer and his team turned away from the work's time of origin and located The Ring at a road of history a meeting-place of past present and future which sets the scene for the story's struggles of power and love. Barenboim's authoritative yet highly responsive reading of the immense score and the extraordinary performances of the cast help to make this a truly memorable Ring.
Britten: The Turn of the Screw (Toby Spence, Miah Persson, Susan Bickley, Giselle Allen - Glyndebourne Production) | Blu Ray | (22/10/2012)
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FRAM 507; FRA MUSICA; Classica Lirica
Glyndebourne Diamonds | DVD | (30/04/2007)
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All enclosed operas are recorded live at the Glyndebourne Festival Opera.Contains the operas:- Macbeth (1972).- Il Ritorno D'Ulisee In Patria (1973).- The Rake's Progress (1975).- Falstaff (1976).- Fidelio (1979).
Mozart: The Mozart Glyndebourne Collection | DVD | (28/11/2005)
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Six Mozart features: 'Cosi Fan Tutte (1975)' 'Don Giovani (1977)' 'Die Entfuhrung Aus Dem Serail (1980)' 'Idomeneo (1974)' 'Le Nozze Di Figaro (1973)' and 'Die Zauberflote (1978)'.
Hercules - Handel | DVD | (06/02/2006)
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Musical drama in three acts.
Maria Callas - La Callas... Toujours - Paris, 1958 | DVD | (26/03/2001)
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La Callas... Toujours is a black-and-white televised recital (Callas' Paris debut) that took place at the Paris Opera on December 19, 1958 when television was still in its infancy. We might wish that it had happened earlier, when her voice was in better condition, or later, when video recording technology was more advanced--so that, for example, we would not have to take the narrator's word that Callas is wearing a red dress. After all, visual elements were as important as the vocal dimensions in her art but her fans will welcome this warmly. The material, carefully chosen to show Callas at her best and most versatile, includes "Casta Diva" from Bellini's Norma (a Callas speciality), the haunting "Miserere" scene from Verdi's Il trovatore, and the mischievous "Una voce poco fa" from Rossini's Barber of Seville, a fine series of stylistic contrasts in which the essential point is not pure tonal beauty but characterisation and subtle expressive nuances. Others have made this music sound prettier; nobody has presented it with more impact. But the climax of this programme is its second half, a staged performance of Act II of Puccini's Tosca. This is a study in police brutality, sexual harassment and sheer violence, psychological and physical, that has some of opera's most extreme moments--including the great aria "Vissi d'arte", the murder of the villain Scarpia and the contemptuous dismissal flung at his corpse--"and all Rome trembled before him". In this segment, Callas goes mano a mano with Tito Gobbi, her only equal as a singing actor during her career. They savour this material in a virtuoso performance. --Joe McLellan, Amazon.com
Tchaikovsky - the Ballets | DVD | (27/08/2007)
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The Ballets - Tchaikovsky:Features:Swan Lake.The Nutcracker.The Sleeping Beauty.
The Britten-Pears Collection | DVD | (24/05/2010)
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Recoil -A Strange Hour In Budapest (Red Edition) | Blu Ray | (03/09/2012)
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Recoil - A Strange Hour In Budapest
Elvis Costello: Spectacle: Season 2 | Blu Ray | (25/07/2011)
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Anne-Sophie Mutter - Mozart - Concertos/Sonatas/Trios | DVD | (10/09/2007)
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Anne-Sophie Mutter: Mozart Box (5 Discs)
The Australian Pink Floyd Show: Exposed in the Light | Blu Ray | (09/10/2012)
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The Australian Pink Floyds' 2012 'Exposed In The Light' tour was a resounding worldwide success - and the band's most ambitious tour to date. Filmed on location at many of the 76 European shows, this brand new DVD captures the essence of the tour as well as life on the road. With over 2 hours of concert material and documentary footage from the band's own personal collection, this is a real insight into life as part of the World's most successful (and hardest working) Pink Floyd tributes. <st...