Riccardo Muti conducts the Orchestra and Chorus of Teatro alla Scala.
Daniela Dessi and Delores Ziegler lead the cast in Mozart's brilliant and witty opera as the two women whose faithfulness in the face of romantic love is ruthlessly tested in Da Ponte's comic tale. Mozart lavishes some of the finest music ever written on the unfolding story of the two sisters' chaotic and fickle love affairs with their two Italian army officers. Unlocked from the archives of RAI television this 1989 recording is a classic from one of the world's great opera houses.
A performance of the Mozart opera Don Giovanni.
A rare 1989 recording of Pergolesi's second opera a comic and colourful tale of tangled love in which three girls resist their arranged marriages in pursuit of the same young man.
A performance of Rossini's 'Guglielmo Tell'. Sung in Italian with subtitles.
Attila Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)Ricardo Muti conducts a fine cast in the powerful and atmospheric 1991 production of Verdi's ninth opera whose story of the heroic tussle between Ezio a Roman general and Attila the Nordic invader was written for the 1846 Teatro la Fenice season and premiered there to huge acclaim. Unlocked from the archives of RAI televvision this is a classic recording from one of the world's great opera houses.Sung In Italian
La donna del lagoGiachino Rossini (1792-1868)Director Werner Herzog and conductor Riccardo Muti combine with the finest of casts to lavish Rossini's rarely performed Neapolitan masterpiece set in feudal sixteenth-century Scotland with the genius it deserves. June Anderson is an outstanding Elena (the Lady of the Lake) in the 1992 production of the melodrama based on Sir Walter Scott's poem. Unlocked from the archives of RAI television this is a classic recording from one of the world's great opera houses.
The New Year's Concert recorded in Vienna featuring the Vienna Philharmonic conducted by Riccardo Muti. The theme of this concert is Johann Strauss Father and Sons and celebrates the two hundredth anniversary of the elder Johann Strauss' birth.
Riccardi Muti conducts a performance of Otello at the La Scala Theatre before the start of a three year renovation project.
Since 1941 the first great event in the classical calendar has been the New Year's Strauss concert by the Vienna Philharmonic. The first of January, 2000 marked the end of "Strauss year", 1999 being the centenary of the death of "Waltz King" Johann Strauss and the 150th anniversary of the passing of his father, Johann Strauss. The previous May the Vienna Philharmonic gave an outdoor Johann Strauss Gala, though only The Blue Danube waltz and Radetzky March overlap with this New Year's Concert. Here the orchestra give an infectiously warm and confident performance, from the opening Lagunen waltz to the utterly exuberant Eljen a Magjar! polka. Mixing well-loved gems with such rarities as the Albion and Hellenen polkas, this music-making is a real delight, the lavishly garlanded hall as ravishing to the eye as the music to the ear. In homage to 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Blue Danube is wittily shot as a series of graceful aerial pans across the outside of the Musikverein concert hall and over Vienna itself. Riccardo Muti, conducting his third Vienna New Year's concert thoroughly enjoys himself, and it is clear everyone else does too. On the DVD: Presented at approximately 1.7-1, the non-anamorphic picture is very good in the close-ups, but looses far too much detail in long shots. In compensation, the Dolby Digital 5.1 live sound is excellent, creating a convincing sound-stage and capturing the excitement of the performance. There are five sets of brief notes, but more impressively, two pieces, Johann Strauss' Csardas aus "Ritter Pasman" and Josef Strauss' Marien-Klange waltz can be viewed with individual ballets specially filmed in the salons of the Musikverein, performed by the Ballett der Wiener Staatsoper. The disc is not region-encoded, and will work on any PAL compatible DVD player. --Gary S. Dalkin
Riccardo Muti and an outstanding cast of singers were joined by the Vienna State Opera ensemble in a spirited and time-travelling interpretation of the eternal myth of Don Giovanni.
1. Beatrice di Tenda: Ah! Se un'urna e a me concessa (Vincenzo Bellini)2. Kiss Me Kate: So in love with you (Cole Porter)3. Manon: En fermant les yeux (Jules Massenet)4. Rusalka: Mesicku na nebi hlubokem (Song to the Moon) (Antonin Dvorak)5. Excelsior: Obscurantism (Romualdo Marenco)6. Cosi fan tutte: Non siate ritrosi...E voi ridete? (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)7. War and Peace: Kakoye pravo oni imyeyet (Sergei Prokofiev)8. Don Pasquale: Tornami a di che m'ami (Gaetano Donzetti)9. Lulu: Wenn sich die Menschen (Lulu's Song) (Alban Berg)10. Coppelia; Mazurka (Leo Delibes)11. Platee: Formons les plus brillants concerts (Jean-Philippe Rameau)12. Carmen: Les voice! Voici la quadrille! (Georges Bizet)13. Otello: Oh! Mostruosa colpa! (Giuseppe Verdi)14. Siegfried: Was strahlt mir dort entgegen? (Richard Wagner)15. Lucie de Lammermoor: Qu'une letter en ma misere (Gaetano Donizetti)16. Giselle: Pas de deux - Scene (Adolphe Adam)17. Turandot: Non piangere Liu (Giacomo Puccini)18. Paquita: Pas de deux (E. Deldevez and L. Minkus)19. Adriana Lecouvreur: Io son l'umile ancella (Francesco Cilea)20. Don Quichotte: Duel Don Quichottte & Gamache (Ludwig Minkus)21. Gotterdammerung: Ungeheure Macht wird dir (Richard Wagner)22. Le Coq d'Or: Otwets mne sorko swetilo (Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov)23. Le nozze di Figaro: Gente gente all'armi all'armi! (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)
Dramma giocoso in due atti K588 in two acts.Recorded live at The Kleines Festspielhaus Salzburg August 1983.
Don Pasquale:Recorded live at the Teatro alla Scala, Milan, 1994.
Live performance filmed in the church of San Fransisco in Arezzo...
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