A performance of Mozart's 'The Magic Flute' by puppet theatre.
FantasiaGroundbreaking on several counts, not the least of which was an innovative use of animation and stereophonic sound, this ambitious Disney feature has lost nothing to time since its release in 1940. Classical music was interpreted by Disney animators, resulting in surreal fantasy and playful escapism. Leopold Stokowski and the Philadelphia Orchestra provided the music for eight segments by the composers Tchaikovsky, Moussorgsky, Stravinsky, Beethoven, Ponchielli, Bach, Dukas and Schubert. Not all the sequences were created equally, but a few are simply glorious, such as "Night on Bald Mountain", "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" and "The Nutcracker Suite". The animation ranges from subtly delicate to fiercely bold. The screen bursts with colour and action as creatures transmute and convention is thrust aside. The painstaking detail and saturated hues are unique to this film, unmatched even by more advanced technology. --Rochelle O'GormanFantasia 2000More ambitious in scope than any of its other animated films (before or to come), Disney's 1940 feature Fantasia was a dizzying, magical and highly enjoyable marriage of classical music and animated images. Fantasia 2000, originally made for the IMAX large-screen format, features some breathtaking animation and storytelling, and in a few spots soars to wonderful high points, but it still more often than not has the feel of walking in its predecessor's footsteps as opposed to creating its own path. A family of whales swimming and soaring to Respighi's The Pines of Rome is magical to watch, but ends all too soon; a forest sprite's dance of life, death and rebirth to Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring too clearly echoes the original Fantasia's Night on Bald Mountain/Ave Maria sequence. But when it's on target, Fantasia 2000 is glorious enough to make you giddy. Hans Christian Andersen's "The Steadfast Tin Soldier" is a perfect narrative set to Shostakovich's Piano Concerto No. 2, and Donald Duck's guest appearance as the assistant to Noah (of the Ark fame) set to Elgar's Pomp and Circumstance marches is a welcome companion piece (though not an equal) to The Sorcerer's Apprentice, the one original Fantasia piece included here. The high point of Fantasia 2000, though, is a fantastic day-in-the-life sequence of 1930s New York City set to Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue and animated in the style of cartoonist Al Hirschfeld; it's a perfect melding of music, story and animation style. --Mark Englehart
L'Elisir D'AmoreMelodramma In Two Acts.
Strauss's opera 'Ariadne Auf Naxos' performed by the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Artists include: Jessye Norman Kathleen Battle Tatania Troyanos and James King. Conducted by James Levine.
The Tracklist Features: Strauss - Spharenklange Op. 235 Waltz French Polka Die Fledermaus Overture Kaiser-walzer Op. 43 and An Der Schonen Blauen Donau Op. 314 Waltz
Leo Nucci / Battle: Rossini Barber of Seville
Here are the greatest moments from the 'ultimate in galas' (Opera), a 'roof-rattling vocal display and the kind of cheering and free-flowing, heartfelt emotion on both sides of the footlights that opera evinces more than any other art form' - New York TimesThe gala celebration immediately catches the attention with spectacular performances by stars such as Dame Joan Sutherland, Anna Tomowa-Sintow, Mirella Freni, Marilyn Horne, Birgit Nilsson, Luciano Pavarotti, Jos Carreras, PlcidoDomingo, Nicolai Gedda, Alfredo Kraus and many others 'The world's most famous opera singers [in] a dazzlingsequence of performances' - New York Times 'It's always a privilege to sing at the Met, but this is somethingvery special. I don't think there's ever been anything this grand in the history of opera' - Luciano PavarottiThis product features an awesome roster of international star conducters: from James Levine, Leonard Bernstein and Thomas Fulton to Jeffrey Tate, Richard BonyngeTracklistingDisc 11. Opening Credits / MET Centennial Gala2. Overture The Bartered Bride 3. In questa reggia 4. Dove sono i bei momenti 5. Dio! mi potevi scagliar 6. No.6 Aria: La calunnia (Var. di M. Pierre Rode) 7. Chi mi frena in tal momento 8. Bel raggio lusinghier 9. Son io! Son io la Vita! 10. Presentation of the Rose 11. Va! je t'ai pardonn 12. Una furtiva lagrima 13. Ernani! Ernani, involami 14. Hab mir's gelobt 15. Gi nella notte densa (Love Duet) Disc 21. Opening / MET Centennial Gala2. Ouvertre Leonore III op. 72a 3. La nostra morte il trionfo dell'amor 4. Air de Lia 5. Bacchanale 6. Donna, chi sei? 7. No.31 Alerte, alerte! 8. Viene la sera 9. Va sossopra il mio cervello 10. Mon coeur s'ouvre ta voix 11. Wie lachend sie mir Lieder singen 12. Fjorton ar tror jag (When I was seventeen) 13. Teco io sto - Grand Dio! (Gustavo, Amelia) 14. Happy Birthday To You
This DVD uniquely presents maestro Seiji Ozawa conducting two great choral masterpieces beloved by audiences and singers the world over. Carl Orff's 'Carmina Burana' by turns boisterous and lyrical sets ribald medieval songs in a celebration of life's pleasures. Also includes Ludwig van Beethoven's monumental Ninth Symphony the Choral which famously concludes with the uplifting 'Ode to Joy' a timeless plea for universal brotherhood. Performed in Latin singers include Kathleen Battle Frank Lopardo and Thomas Allen. Conducted by Seiji Ozawa and directed by Barrie Gavin.
Dramma giocoso in due atti K588 in two acts.Recorded live at The Kleines Festspielhaus Salzburg August 1983.
Recorded live June 29 1985 at St. Peter's Basilica Rome.
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