In the annuals of music history Joan Sutherland's name will always be inextricably linked with the tragic heroine of Donizetti's dark romantic opera. It was the role which catapulted her to international stardom in 1959 and remained the perfect showcase for her remarkable vocal agility and acting ability throughout her career.
JACQUELINE DU PRE's extraordinary career was cut cruelly short by illness in 1973 when she was only 28 years old. When she died 14 years later she remained as vibrant a figure in the public mind as she had been at the pinnacle of her career. Award winning film-maker Christopher Nupen succeeded in capturing the spirit of one of the greatest musicians of the 20th century in his classic documentary JACQUELINE DU PRE and the Elgar Cello Concerto (here restored and digitally re-mastered). This DVD portrait also offers Nupen's film The Ghost featuring a performance of Beethoven's Piano Trio No. 5.Full Performances:Elgar: Cello Concerto in E minor Op. 85 - with Daniel Barenboim conducting the New Philharmonia Orchestra.Beethoven: Piano Trio No. 5 in D major Op. 70 No. 1 (The Ghost) - with Daniel Barenboim (piano) and Pinchas Zukerman (violin).
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...
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
Recorded live at the Sydney Opera house this Australian Opera Production of Puccini's masterpiece was staged by the makers of the film 'Strictly Ballroom' with music under the direction of Julian Smith.
Carlo Rizzi conducts Verdi's Il Trovatore with the assistance of the Royal Opera House Orchestra.
ARTH 108064; ARTHAUS MUSIK - Germania; Classica Lirica
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 performance of Verdi's Simon Boccanegra which tells the story of the struggle for power in 14th Century Genoa. Claudio Abbado conducts.
Disc 1: Live At Wembley Stadium Saturday 12-07-19861. One Vision2. Tie Your Mother Down3. In The Lap Of The Gods ... Revisited4. Seven Seas Of Rhye5. Tear It Up6. A Kind Of Magic7. Under Pressure8. Another One Bites The Dust9. Who Wants To Live Forever10. I Want To Break Free11. Impromptu12. Brighton Rock Solo13. Now I'm Here14. Love Of My Life15. Is This The World We Created16. (You're So Square) Baby I Don't Care17. Hello Mary Lou (Goodbye Heart)18. Tutti Frutti19. Gimme Some Lovin' *20. Bohemian Rhapsody21. Hammer To Fall22. Crazy Little Thing Called Love23. Big Spender *24. Radio Ga Ga25. We Will Rock You26. Friends Will Be Friends27. We Are The Champions28. God Save The QueenDisc 2:Live At Wembley Stadium Friday 11-07-1986
La Boheme - Recorded live at the Teatro degli Arcimboldi Milan February 2003 - Staged by the Teatro all Scala.
The decline of Western Civilzation was originally released in 1981 causing outrage and controversy with its candid portrait of the burgeoning L.A. hardcore punk scene. This was followed by equally celebrated and revealing films: Part II: The Metal Years and Part III which explored the lives of L.A.'s 'gutter punks'. Featuring interviews and performances from some of the most influential musicians and bands of their time (Germs, Black Flag, Fear, Circle Jerks, Alice Cooper, Aerosmith, Kiss, Ozzy Osbourne and many more), these legendary films stand among the greatest in the history of the music documentary.
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.
Janacek's The Cunning Little Vixen is a real charmer of an opera, a tale that shows the natural world the composer had loved from childhood in its true colours: miraculous, beautiful, mysterious but also cruel. The inspiration came from a series of illustrated stories published in a Czech newspaper. The Vixen of the title is captured by a forester and taken home as a plaything for his children. She is soon thrown out of the house and has to make her own way in the world, encountering lust, stupidity, pride, love and ultimately death. This 1995 performance was taken from the Chatelet Theatre in Paris. Visually, Nicholas Hytner's production is a triumph, the animals wonderfully wittily wrought (the mosquito with its syringe for a nose, the mangey old dog, distasteful in baggy Y-fronts, the hideous, goggle-eyed frog). And it's also brilliantly cast: Eva Jenis's Vixen is funny, sexy, endearing and youthful enough in voice and figure to convince. Thomas Allen is a veteran of the role of the Forester, a huge presence and singing in impeccable Czech. In fact, there's not a weak performance here, and that goes for the dancers and instrumentalists as well as the singers. And at the helm, who better than Sir Charles Mackerras, arguably the greatest living interpreter of Janacek's music? This is in essence a grown-up fairy tale, ravishingly done and extremely highly recommended. On the DVD: The Cunning Little Vixen is presented on disc in vividly remastered PCM stereo, with 16:9 picture format that does full justice to the alluringly colourful designs. The disc is encoded for regions 2 and 5, and the menu and subtitle languages are English, German, French and Spanish. The useful booklet gives coherent background information and synopsis as well as full casting details. There's also a substantial (23-minute) trailer of other offerings from Arthaus Musik. --Harriet Smith
Tancredi was the work on which Rossini's reputation as a composer of tragic operas rested, just as L'Italiana in Algeri ("The Italian Girl in Algiers") had been his first comic masterpiece. Inevitably, given the opera seria conventions within which he was working, it can seem terribly static nowadays--this is a work whose stage action consists almost exclusively of entrances and exits, and of characters emoting in various combinations--but when the emotions are as powerful as those here it hardly matters. The breeches part of Tancredi is one of Rossini's most powerfully lyrical: Bernadette Manca de Nisa is especially moving in the famous aria "Di Tanti Palpiti". The heroine Amenaide, wrongfully accused of treason, has the most to do emotionally, and Maria Raul is suitably touching, collapsing decorously to the floor as a way of conveying extremes of shame or incredulous hurt. Ildebrando D'Arcangelo does what he can with the stiff villain, Orbazzano. In some ways, the star of the performance is Raul Giménez in the unpromising role of Amenaide's much-deceived father Argirio, combining authority with pain and making both highly musical. Throughout, Gianluigi Gelmetti's intelligent conducting of the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra makes the delicate sides of the scoring matter most:he has learned from original instrument performances how to bring out the plangency of Rossini's woodwind writing.On the DVD: The DVD has no additional features except for subitles in Italian, French, German, English and Spanish and menus in French, Spanish, German and English. The sound is presented perfectly adequately but unexcitingly in PCMstereo and the picture ratio is 4:3. --Roz Kaveney
Opera in three acts.Recorded live at the Semperoper Dresden 2-3 June 2000.
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