Antonio Pappano, The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro (2009) [Blu-Ray]

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Antonio Pappano, The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro (2009) [Blu-Ray]

Antonio Pappano, The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro (2009) [Blu-Ray]
2xBlu-Ray | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 32521 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 188 min | 34,2+27.0 Gb
Audio1: Italiano / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: LPCM Audio / 5.0 / 48 kHz / 5760 kbps / 24-bit
Classical | OPUS ARTE | Sub: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian

David McVicar’s spellbinding production of Le nozze di Figaro is set in 1830s post-revolution France, where the inexorable unravelling of an old order has produced acute feelings of loss. In the relationship between Finley’s suave, dashingly self-absorbed Count and Röschmann’s passionately dignified Countess, which lies at the tragic heart of the opera, the sexy ease between a feisty Figaro (Erwin Schrott) and a sassy Susanna (Miah Persson) is starkly absent, the tenacious spark between Marcellina (Graciela Araya) and Bartolo (Jonathan Veira) suggesting what might be rekindled.

Artur Rother, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Christa Ludwig, James King, Walter Berry - Beethovet: Fidelio (2012/1963)

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Artur Rother, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Christa Ludwig, James King, Walter Berry - Beethovet: Fidelio (2012/1963)

Artur Rother, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Christa Ludwig, James King, Walter Berry - Beethovet: Fidelio (2012/1963)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Deutsch (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | 6.87 Gb (DVD9) | 124 min
Classical | Arthaus Musik | Sub: Deutsch, English, Francais, Espanol, Italiano, Japanese, Korean

The Deutsche Oper in Berlin had hardly opened on 24th September 1961 before it started preparing to celebrate its 50th anniversary. How was that possible? Had it entered into some sort of time warp? That might indeed have been possible for a theatre that in the past had devoted itself to Richard Wagner’s works. But there was a simpler explanation: the Deutsche Oper Berlin had, in fact, originally opened on 7 November 1912 under the title of Deutsches Opernhaus.

Colin Davis, The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Mozart: Die Zauberflöte (2008/2003) [Blu-Ray]

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Colin Davis, The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Mozart: Die Zauberflöte (2008/2003) [Blu-Ray]

Colin Davis, The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Mozart: Die Zauberflöte (2008/2003) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 26194 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 162 min | 44,3 Gb
Audio1: Deutsch / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 48 kHz / 24-bit | Audio2: LPCM Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 6912 kbps / 24-bit
Classical | OPUS ARTE | Sub: English, French, Spanish

Covent Garden’s 2003 production of The Magic Flute , designed by John F. Macfarlane, directed by David McVicar, and conducted by Sir Colin Davis, is magnificent from a strictly musical standpoint. More than that, it’s vastly entertaining. The comedic elements of the story integrate far more comfortably than is often the case with Schikaneder’s high-minded (if vague) theme of a quest for enlightenment, particularly in the second act. Visually, the production is a feast, yet it doesn’t distract from the music.

Ivan Fischer, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment - Mozart: Così fan tutte (2009) [Blu-Ray]

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Ivan Fischer, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment - Mozart: Così fan tutte (2009) [Blu-Ray]

Iván Fischer, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment - Mozart: Così fan tutte (2009) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 24128 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 181 min | 44,9 Gb
Audio1: Italiano / Dolby TrueHD Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: Dolby TrueHD Audio / 5.0 / 48 kHz / 3435 kbps / 24-bit
Classical | Opus Arte | Sub: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian

Mozart's genius in setting to music Da Ponte's comic play of love, infidelity and forgiveness marks Così fan tutte as one of the great works of art from the Age of Enlightenment. Nicholas Hytner's beautiful production for the Glyndebourne Festival in 2006, with its sure touch and theatrical know-how, lives up to its promise to be 'shockingly traditional', while Iván Fischer teases artful performances from an outstanding international cast of convincing young lovers.

Michael Boder, Orchestra of the Gran Teatre del Liceu - Tchaikovsky: Pique Dame (2011) [Blu-Ray]

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Michael Boder, Orchestra of the Gran Teatre del Liceu - Tchaikovsky: Pique Dame (2011) [Blu-Ray]

Michael Boder, Orchestra of the Gran Teatre del Liceu - Tchaikovsky: Pique Dame (2011) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 24993 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 174 min | 40,9 Gb
Audio1: Русский / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD MA / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 4115 kbps / 24-bit
Classical | OPUS ARTE | Sub: English, Francais, Deutsch, Espanol, Catalan

Obsessive in gambling and in love, the soldier Hermann is the protagonist of Tchaikovsky’s Pique Dame, based on a story by Pushkin. He is smitten with the aristocratic Lisa and fixated on learning the winning secret of ‘the three cards’ from her grandmother, the Countess, played by iconic contralto Ewa Podles. This opulent production from Barcelona’s Liceu captures St Petersburg in the era of Catherine the Great, while the house’s Music Director Michael Boden conducts a large and impressive cast.

Ivor Bolton, Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro Real - Janáček: Jenůfa (2011) [Blu-Ray]

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Ivor Bolton, Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro Real - Janáček: Jenůfa (2011) [Blu-Ray]

Ivor Bolton, Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro Real - Janáček: Jenůfa (2011) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 32940 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 136 min | 40,6 Gb
Audio1: Čeština / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 4143 kbps / 24-bit
Classical | Opus Arte | Sub: English, French, German, Spanish

The vulnerable young woman at the heart of Janacek's breakthrough opera is a signature role for the English soprano Amanda Roocroft. Here, in Stéphane Braunschweig's clear but deeply affecting production, she is partnered by the Slovak tenor Miroslav Dvorsky, as the man through whom she finds redemption, love and hope. The complex figure of the Kostelnicka becomes both tormentor and tormented in this fearless interpretation by the great dramatic soprano Deborah Polaski.

Wolfgang Sawallisch, Das Bayerisches Staatsorchester, Edita Gruberova, Kurt Moll - Mozart: Die Zauberflöte (2005/1983)

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Wolfgang Sawallisch, Das Bayerisches Staatsorchester, Edita Gruberova, Kurt Moll - Mozart: Die Zauberflöte (2005/1983)

Wolfgang Sawallisch, Das Bayerisches Staatsorchester, Edita Gruberova, Kurt Moll - Mozart: Die Zauberflöte (2005/1983)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Deutsch | LinearPCM, 2 ch | DTS, 6 ch | 7.89 Gb (DVD9) | 160 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub.: Deutsch, English, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

Mozarts beliebte Oper "Die Zauberflöte" unter der Leitung von Wolfgang Sawallisch - jetzt erstmals auf DVD erhältlich! 1983 live aufgenommen, zeigt diese Produktion aus der Bayerischen Staatsoper eine der bekanntesten Opern überhaupt - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozarts "Die Zauberflöte" in der Inszenierung von August Everding. Edita Gruberova als begehrteste Königin der Nacht der Welt, Francisco Ariza als einer der berühmtesten Taminos unserer Zeit, machen neben anderen Weltstars der Oper (Kurt Moll, Lucia Popp, Wolfgang Brendel, u.a.) diese Produktion zu einem Fest für Augen und Ohren. Eingerahmt und kongenial geleitet wird dieses Ensemble von Wolfgang Sawallisch. "Zeigt das Ernsthafte - vergesst aber den Humor nicht" - mit dieser Einstellung beweist Everding in dieser einzigartigen Inszenierung sein Genie auf dem Gebiet der Opernregie. Diese Zauberflöte ist ein absolutes Muss für alle Opernfans.

Leonard Bernstein, Orchester der Wiener Staatsoper, Gundula Janowitz, Rene Kollo - Beethoven: Fidelio [2006/1978]

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Leonard Bernstein, Orchester der Wiener Staatsoper, Gundula Janowitz, Rene Kollo - Beethoven: Fidelio [2006/1978]

Leonard Bernstein, Orchester der Wiener Staatsoper, Gundula Janowitz, René Kollo - Beethoven: Fidelio [2006/1978]
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Deutsch (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 5 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 5 ch) | 7.57 Gb (DVD9) | 147 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Deutsch, English, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

“A performance simply crackling with excitement from the Wiener Staatsoper in 1978, conducted by Leonard Bernstein and featuring sublime performances from Gundula Janowitz as Leonore, René Kollo as Florestan, and Lucia Popp as Marzelline. The celebrated quartet, Mir ist so wunderbar, is nothing short of exquisite.” (James Longstaffe, Presto Classical)

Leonard Bernstein, Wiener Philharmoniker - Mahler: Symphonies Nos. 7 & 8 (2005/1975)

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Leonard Bernstein, Wiener Philharmoniker - Mahler: Symphonies Nos. 7 & 8 (2005/1975)

Leonard Bernstein, Wiener Philharmoniker - Mahler: Symphonies Nos. 7 & 8 (2005/1975)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Deutsch (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 7.15 Gb+6.87 Gb (2xDVD9) | 168 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Latin, Deutsch, English, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

"Bernstein stamps his outsize personality on every bar and regularly has you convinced it is Mahler's own" (Gramophone). Leonard Bernstein, whose performances of the Seventh were instrumental in pushing the woek towards mainstream status, conducts it here with white-hot communicative power. When he prepared the huge "Symphony of a Thousand" with the Vienna Philharmonic for the 1975 Salzburg Festival there had been only one previous Austrian performance. The DVD encompasses the exultancy of the opening movement, Mahler's setting of the final scene from Goethe's Faust, Bernstein drives the music to the final redemptive blaze of glory.

Leonard Bernstein, Wiener Philarmoniker - Mahler: Symphonies Nos.4, 5, 6 (2005/1972)

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Leonard Bernstein, Wiener Philarmoniker - Mahler: Symphonies Nos.4, 5, 6 (2005/1972)

Leonard Bernstein, Wiener Philarmoniker - Mahler: Symphonies Nos.4, 5, 6 (2005/1972)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Deutsch (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 7.42 Gb+6.43 Gb (2xDVD9) | 214 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Deutsch, English, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

"Bernstein stamps his outsize personality on every bar and regularly has you convinced it is Mahler's own" (Gramophone). Bernstein's youthful, urgent conducting of the Fourth takes a refreshing slant on the symphony's classical temper, while in the Fifth he coaxes from the Vienna Philharmonic a detailed response to the work's tragic beginning and triumphant conclusion. The reverie of the Adagietto is uniquely intense in this performance. Bernstein's thrilling traversal of the epic Sixth Symphony comes from the end of his Mahler cycle in Vienna, during which the conductor and his orchestra forged an unbreakable bond.

Bernard Haitink, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Vladimir Ashkenazy - Beethoven: The Piano Concertos (2005/1974)

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Bernard Haitink, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Vladimir Ashkenazy - Beethoven: The Piano Concertos (2005/1974)

Bernard Haitink, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Vladimir Ashkenazy - Beethoven: The Piano Concertos, Symphony No.8, Overtures (2007/1974)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | English (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 2 ch) | 7.63+7.74 Gb (2xDVD9) | 277 min
Classical | DECCA

Collection of all five Beethoven piano concertos, played by a young Vladimir Ashkenazy at the height of his piano-playing career. Accompanied by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by the great conductor Bernard Haitink, this was a first for television.

Leonard Bernstein, Wiener Philharmoniker, London Symphony Orchestra - Mahler: Symphonies Nos. 1, 2 & 3 (2005/1973)

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Leonard Bernstein, Wiener Philharmoniker, London Symphony Orchestra - Mahler: Symphonies Nos. 1, 2 & 3 (2005/1973)

Leonard Bernstein, Wiener Philharmoniker, London Symphony Orchestra, Sheila Armstrong, Janet Baker, Christa Ludwig - Mahler: Symphonies Nos. 1, 2 & 3 (2005/1973)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Deutsch (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 7.34 Gb+7.03 Gb (2xDVD9) | 246 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Deutsch, English, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

"Bernstein stamps his outsize personality on every bar and regularly has you convinced it is Mahler's own" (Gramophone). Beginning with the First Symphony, Bernstein reveals Mahler's position at the hinge of modernism, while emphasizing his emotional extremism. The uplifting Second "Resurrection" Symphony, with which Bernstein had an especially long and close association, is recorded here in a historic performance from 1973, set in the Romanesque splendour of Ely Cathedral. In the Third, Bernstein encompasses the symphony's spiritual panorama like no other conductor - with the Vienna Philharmonic players alive to every nuance.

Daniel Barenboim, Andris Nelsons, Staatskapelle Berlin - Chopin: Piano Concertos (2010)

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Daniel Barenboim, Andris Nelsons, Staatskapelle Berlin - Chopin: Piano Concertos (2010)

Daniel Barenboim, Andris Nelsons, Staatskapelle Berlin - Chopin: Piano Concertos (2010)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | 7.75 Gb (DVD9) | 110 min
Classical | Arthaus Musik

For the 200th anniversary of the birth of Frédéric Chopin, the renowned Ruhr Piano Festival in Essen invited the Staatskapelle Berlin to give a truly special program: the rare combination of Chopin‘s two piano concertos in one concert. For this purpose Daniel Barenboim, the orchestra‘s principal conductor, handed over the reins of „his“ ensemble to up-and-coming young conductor Andris Nelsons, assuming the role of piano soloist instead. The press raved: „Storms of applause for a dream couple: Daniel Barenboim and Andris Nelsons won over the audience […] with their rousing Chopin interpretations“.

Renato Palumbo, Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia - Rossini: Bianca e Falliero (2006)

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Renato Palumbo, Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia - Rossini: Bianca e Falliero (2006)

Renato Palumbo, Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia - Rossini: Bianca e Falliero (2006)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 7.20+5.28 Gb (2xDVD9) | 183 min
Classical | Dynamic | Sub: Italiano, English, Francais, Deutsch, Espanol

Composed for La Scala in Milan in 1819, Bianca e Falliero is an opera of extraordinary dramatic originality, rich in highly spectacular stage solutions, and a fundamental work for our understanding of the full significance of the authentic revolution that the composer from Pesaro brought about in opera; a revolution that was destined to have a decisive influence on the development of Italian opera in the nineteenth century. The singing cast features Maria Bayo, Daniela Barcellona, Francesco Meli and Carlo Lepore, conducted by Renato Palumbo and directed by Jean-Louis Martinoty.

Jordi Savall, Le Concert des Nations - Haydn: Septem Verba Christi in Cruce (2009)

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Jordi Savall, Le Concert des Nations - Haydn: Septem Verba Christi in Cruce (2009)

Jordi Savall, Le Concert des Nations - Haydn: Septem Verba Christi in Cruce (2009)
PAL 16:9 (720x576) | Latin (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | 7.34 Gb (DVD9) | 68 min
Classical | AliaVox | Sub: Francais, Deutsch, English, Espanol, Catalan, Italiano, Portugues

“…this live 2006 performance… is given in its original orchestral form in the location for which it was intended - the chapel of Santa Cueva in Cádiz… Played on period instruments the performance… expertly motivated by Jordi Savall, achieving a fine blend of solemnity and austerity with intimacy of feeling. …this is the ultimate in authentic performance.” (BBC Music Magazine)