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When the revered writer Alessandro Manzoni died in 1873, Verdi was unable to bring himself to attend the funeral. Instead he composed his monumental Messa da Requiem in Manzoni's memory and conducted its first performance on the first anniversary of the writer's death. In addition to its profound spirituality, the work also brings together all the finest qualities familiar from Verdi's operas, qualities that include endless melodic lines and powerful musico-dramatic effects. The present performance was recorded in Los Angeles's legendary Hollywood Bowl in August 2013 and brought together three superstars from the world of music: the conductor Gustavo Dudamel, the tenor Vittorio Grigolo and the bass-baritone Ildebrando D'Arcangelo, all of them at the top of their form. 'It was an important and exceptional evening … That experience involved a radical and wondrous rethinking of the Requiem on Dudamel's part' (Los Angeles Times).

Bonus - Behind the scenes + Interviews and rehearsal with Gustavo Dudamel
Running Time - Total: 116 mins Concert: 98 mins / Bonus: 18 mins
Picture- 16:9, HD
Sound - DVD: PCM Stereo, DTS 5.1
NTSC: DVD
Booklet - English, German, French
Subtitles - Latin (original language), German, English, French, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Japanese
BONUS: English, German

Live at the Hollywood Bowl, LA, 2013
Julianna Di Giacomo (soprano), Michelle DeYoung (mezzo-soprano), Vittorio Grigolo (tenor), Ildebrando D'Arcangelo (bass)
Los Angeles Master Chorale & Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Gustavo Dudamel

Composers

Verdi, Giuseppe (1813-1901)

Works

Verdi: Requiem
Publication date: 2017-07-14
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Fairytales and myths have inspired composers from time immemorial, and audiences, too, have invariably been enthralled by the unending struggle between good and evil. Central to the Vienna Philharmonic's 2017 Summer Night Concert are German, French, Russian and Czech fairytales as well as a contemporary fantasy figure that is Anglo-Saxon in origin.

In 2017 the Summer Night Concert will again be conducted by one of the most distinguished musicians of our time. Christoph Eschenbach, who also conducted the 2014 Summer Night Concert, is in demand as a guest conductor for prominent orchestras and opera houses worldwide. Since 2010 he has been musical director of the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington D.C. Having begun his career as a pianist, he learned conducting under George Szell and Herbert von Karajan. Since making his debut as a conductor in 1972, he has led renowned orchestras, including the Tonhalle-Orchester in Zurich, the Houston Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre de Paris and the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Summer Night Concert 2017

Renée Fleming (soprano)
Wiener Philharmoniker, Christoph Eschenbach

Composers

Dvořák, Antonín (1841-1904)
Humperdinck, Engelbert (1854-1921)
Rachmaninov, Sergey Vassilievich (1873-1943)
Stravinsky, Igor Feodorovich (1882-1971)
Tchaikovsky, Piotr Ilyich (1840-93)
Williams, John Towner (b.1932)

Works

Dvořák: Carnival Overture, Op. 92
Dvořák: Mesícku na nebi hlubokém 'Song to the Moon' (from Rusalka)
Dvořák: Za tihlou Gazelou (from Armida)
Humperdinck: Hänsel & Gretel Overture
Rachmaninov: Ne poy, krasavitsa, pri mne, Op. 4 No. 4
Rachmaninov: Spring torrents, Op. 14 No.11
Rachmaninov: Twilight, Op.21 No. 3
Stravinsky: Berceuse from The Firebird
Stravinsky: Finale from The Firebird
Stravinsky: The Firebird: Danse infernale du roi Kastchei
Tchaikovsky: Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66 - Pas d'action
Tchaikovsky: Waltz from Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66
Publication date: 2017-07-07
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An operatic dream came true in May 2016, when two singers made their role debuts as Lohengrin and Elsa at the Dresden State Opera.

Previously at home in French and Italian lyric tenor roles, Piotr Beczala was expanding his repertory in a direction that many opera fans had long wanted him to explore, while Anna Netrebko - previously hailed as the “queen of bel canto” - was undertaking her first Wagnerian role. It was also her first foray into the lyric-dramatic repertory.

Both singers had been persuaded to take on their new roles by the Dresden Staatskapelle's principal conductor, Christian Thielemann, one of the leading Wagner conductors of our day.

Seldom has the world of opera been as excited as it was by these performances, public and press revealing a rare unanimity in hailing them as outstanding. Die Presse spoke of a “starry occasion”, while Die Welt described it as “musically one of the finest Lohengrins of all time - a Lohen-Dream”. This punning was evidently catching, for the Münchner Merkur attempted a conflation of the German terms for swan (Schwan) and madness (Wahnsinn) and produced the portmanteau word Schwahnsinn. A substantial part in the production's success was played by Georg Zeppenfeld as King Henry, Evelyn Herlitzius as Ortrud, Tomasz Konieczny as Telramund, Derek Welton as the Herald and the Dresden State Opera Chorus. Together they formed a Wagner ensemble so splendid that - in the words of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung - “none better could currently be wished for”.

Awards
International Opera Awards 2018 Nominated - Complete Opera Recording
Opera November 2017 Recording of the Month
Diapason d'Or March 2018 DVD

Catalogue No: 0735319
Label: DG
Discs: 2 DVDs

Picture Format: 16:9 | NTSC · Region Code: 0 | Sound Formats: PCM Stereo, DTS 5.0
Subtitles: German (Orig. Language) · English · French · Spanish · Chinese

Piotr Beczała (Lohengrin), Anna Netrebko (Elsa von Brabant), Tomasz Konieczny (Friedrich von Telramund), Evelyn Herlitzius (Ortrud), Georg Zeppenfeld (Heinrich der Vogler), Derek Welton (Der Heerrufer des Königs)
Staatskapelle Dresden, Sächsischer Staatsopernchor Dresden
Christian Thielemann

Composers

Wagner, Richard (1813-83)

Works

Wagner: Lohengrin
Publication date: 2017-07-07
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LA Opera's latest production of Verdi s Macbeth (2016) features Plácido Domingo in the title role and Russian mezzo-soprano Ekaterina Semenchuk as Lady Macbeth. The opera is staged by Darko Tresnjak, who won a Tony Award for his direction of the Broadway musical A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder.

''When I was a young tenor, I loved playing romantic or heroic leading roles. When I began to add baritone parts to my repertoire six years ago, I was particularly interested in playing fathers, as I could draw from my own experience as a family man. Macbeth is a completely different kind of role for me. He is a murderer, but I think that he is also something of a victim, drawn into his crimes by the witches and by Lady Macbeth.'' Plácido Domingo''

Artists

Plácido Domingo (Macbeth), Ekaterina Semenchuk (Lady Macbeth), Ildebrando D'Arcangelo (Banquo), Joshua Guerrero (Macduff), Josh Wheeker (Malcolm), Summer Hassan (Lady-in-Waiting), Theo Hoffmann (Doctor/ First Apparition), Liv Redpath (Second Apparition), Isaiah Morgan (Third Apparition), LA Opera Chorus (chorus), Darko Tresnjak (Director)

LA Opera Orchestra, James Conlon

Composers

Verdi, Giuseppe (1813-1901)

Works

Verdi: Macbeth
Publication date: 2017-06-23
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Described by librettist Charles Jennens with typical English understatement as “a fine entertainment”, Handelʼs Messiah was initially controversial as a biblical oratorio written for secular theatres. Within years it was however being “received with universal applause” and its composerʼs purpose in delighting and charming his listeners has made this masterpiece an international favourite ever since. This eye-catching, audiovisual recording of Handelʼs masterpiece with its cast of renowned soloists captures the 2016 Easter concert in the impressive baroque Basilica of Klosterneuburg, Austria.

Picture format: NTSC 16:9
Sound format: PCM Stereo, DTS 5.1
Subtitles: EN, DE
Region code: 0 (Worldwide)

Hanna Herfurtner (soprano), Gaia Petrone (alto), Michael Schade (tenor) & Christian Immler (bass)
Salzburger Bachchor & Bach Consort Wien, Rubén Dubrovsky

Composers

Handel, George Frideric (1685-1759)

Works

Handel: Messiah
Publication date: 2017-04-13
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Mahler's masterpiece is subtitled as - A Symphony for Tenor and Alto (or Baritone) - and therefore traditionally two voices have sung the six movements of the work. However Jonas Kaufmann feels differently about this and wanted to sing both parts himself. In June this year he joined the Wiener Philharmoniker and conductor Jonathan Nott in a special concert in the Goldener Saal at the Musikverein in Vienna whereby he sang the entire work himself.

Awards
Presto Recording of the Week 7th April 2017
Presto Recordings of the Year Finalist 2017

Jonas Kaufmann (tenor)
Wiener Philharmoniker, Jonathan Nott

Composers

Mahler, Gustav (1860-1911)

Works

Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde
Publication date: 2017-04-07
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Yevgeny Sudbin (piano)
Tapiola Sinfonietta, Osmo Vänskä

On two previous discs, Yevgeny Sudbin and Osmo Vänskä have released Beethoven's three last piano concertos to critical acclaim. Distinctions include Editor's Choice in Gramophone and the performances have been described as 'electrifying' (classicfm.com), 'absolutely stunning' (Fanfare) and 'a Beethoven experience you will not want to miss' (ClassicsToday.com).

For the final disc in their cycle, Sudbin and Vänskä have travelled to Helsinki to team up with Tapiola Sinfonietta, one of the top Nordic ensembles, and well suited for these earlier and more classical of Beethoven's concertos. Of the two, the one we now know as the Second was actually begun several years before Concerto No. 1, and indeed even before Beethoven left Bonn for Vienna. During the following decade, Beethoven returned to the score repeatedly and made substantial revisions - including composing a new final movement - and ultimately the C major concerto reached publication first. Both concertos were conceived long before Beethoven's involvement with the symphonic genre, and the influence of Mozart and Haydn is evident in the interaction between the orchestra and the soloist - but Beethoven's individual spirit is nevertheless unmistakeable.

Composers

Beethoven, Ludwig van (1770-1827)

Works

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major, Op. 15
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 19
Publication date: 2017-03-31
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Includes Live concert from Torino and charming TV documentary film 'My Italy' presented by Jonas himself. A 'must-have' for fans!

Jonas Kaufmann (tenor)
Orchestra Sinfonica di Torino della RAI
Jochen Rieder

Composers

Anzi, Giovanni d' (1906-74)
Cardillo, Salvatore (1874-1947)
Cottrau, Teodoro (1827-79)
Crescenzo, Vincenzo (1875-1964)
Curtis, Ernesto de (1875-1937)
Dalla, Lucio (1943-2012)
Gastaldon, Stanislaus (1861-1939)
Leoncavallo, Ruggiero (1857-1919)
Musumarra, Romano (b.1956)
Rota, Nino (1911-79)
Tagliaferri, Ernesto (1888-1937)

Works

Anzi: Voglio vivere così
Cardillo: Core 'ngrato
Cottrau: Fenesta che lucive
Crescenzo, V: Rondine al nido
Curtis, E: Ti voglio tanto bene
Curtis, E: Torna a Surriento
Dalla: Caruso
Gastaldon: Musica proibita
Leoncavallo: Mattinata - 'L'aurora di bianco vestita'
Musumarra: Il canto
Rota, N: The Godfather theme
Tagliaferri: Passione
Publication date: 2016-12-02
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Pianist Khatia Buniatishvili and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (conducted by Zubin Mehta) combine in this recording of Franz Liszt's second Piano Concerto and Beethoven's First Piano Concerto. Taken from Buniatishvili's concerts in Tel Aviv on 4th and 6th July 2015, this DVD has outstanding technical features such as its availability in 4K ultra HD blu-ray - a premiere in the world of classical music.

Khatia Buniatishvili (piano)
Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Zubin Mehta

Composers

Beethoven, Ludwig van (1770-1827)
Liszt, Ferencz (1811-86)

Works

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major, Op. 15
Liszt: Piano Concerto No. 2 in A major, S125
Publication date: 2016-11-18
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Night, dreams, and farewells with an outstanding choir. Although different in many respects - compositional approach, geographical origin, language - the works that make up this adventurous programme from the Norwegian Soloists' Choir and its artistic director Grete Pedersen are all, to quote Shakespeare, 'such stuff as dreams are made on'. In various ways they refer to night and dreams, to the distant past or to an uncertain future. With composers from Denmark, Norway, Finland, Germany and Greece, and texts ranging from fragments of ancient Assyrian and Sumerian (in Xenakis's Nuits) and the 8th-century Wessobrunner Prayer (Lachenmann) to poems by Balzac (Saariaho), Nietzsche (Janson) and Rilke (Nørgård), the concept of 'here and now' becomes blurred and, indeed, dreamlike. The choir and Grete Pedersen released their first disc for BIS in 2007 - an all-Grieg programme awarded a Diapason d'or and with interpretations described in Le Monde de la Musique as 'so beautiful as to make you lose your breath'. The five titles that have followed since then range from the folk-inspired 'White Night' ('some of the most striking and moving singing put down on disc for years', Gramophone) and most recently a programme combining works by the Norwegian composer Knut Nystedt (1915 - 2014) with motets by Bach (BIS2184). Meeting the different challenges posed by such varied repertoire with flawless and always idiomatic performances, the Norwegian Soloists' Choir is a wonderful instrument in the hands of Grete Pedersen. On the present disc musicians from Oslo Sinfonietta join the team in the accompanied works, which include Nørgård's Singe die Gärten for eight-part choir and 8 instruments and Janson's Nocturne for double choir, 2 cellos, harp and 2 percussionists.

Awards
Gramophone Magazine December 2016 Editor's Choice

Works

Janson, A: Nocturne
Lachenmann: Consolation II (Wessobrunner Gebet)
Nørgård: Drommesang
Nørgård: Singe die Gärten
Saariaho: Nuits, adieux
Saariaho: Überzeugung
Xenakis: Nuits
Publication date: 2016-10-28
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The long-awaited final disc in the Sibelius cycle from Minnesota Orchestra and Osmo Vänskä

The first disc in the Sibelius cycle from Osmo Vänskä and Minnesota Orchestra made the reviewer in Gramophone speculate about a 'benchmark cycle for the 21st century' whilst the second instalment received a Grammy for 'Best Orchestral Performance'. The long-awaited final disc in the cycle, with a playing time of 82 minutes, combines the Finnish master's third symphony, completed in 1907, with his two final works in the genre, composed more or less in tandem between 1922 and 1924. Symphony No. 3 in C major is Sibelius's most classical symphony, a radical change in direction after the opulence of its predecessor. It has been claimed that the mastery of form in its first movement is comparable only to the greatest Viennese masters - and at the same time the conductor Koussevitzky, one of the composer's strongest champions, spoke of it as 'music far in advance of its time'. Fifteen years later, and after the heroic Fifth Symphony, Sibelius again presented a symphony which surprised those admirers who expected more of the same. Sibelius gave Symphony No. 6 a refined modal flavouring, avoiding both virtuoso orchestral writing and massive climaxes, and likened it to an offering of 'pure spring water'. This he followed up immediately with what would become his symphonic swan song - the stern and majestic Seventh Symphony. A one-movement work, it was at first billed as 'Fantasia sinfonica' but it is indeed a true symphony, its single movement portraying elements of all four movements of symphonic practice.

Awards
Presto Recording of the Week 29th July 2016
Presto Recordings of the Year Winner 2016
BBC Music Magazine August 2016 Orchestral Choice
Gramophone Magazine September 2016 Editor's Choice
Gramophone Awards 2017 Finalist - Orchestral

Minnesota Orchestra, Osmo Vänskä

Composers

Sibelius, Jean (1865-1957)

Works

Sibelius: Symphony No. 3 in C major, Op. 52
Sibelius: Symphony No. 6 in D minor, Op. 104
Sibelius: Symphony No. 7 in C major, Op. 105
Publication date: 2016-07-29
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Beethoven: Fidelio, Op. 72
Jonas Kaufmann (Florestan), Adrianne Pieczonka (Leonore), Tomasz Konieczny (Pizarro), Hans-Peter König (Rocco), Olga Bezsmertna (Marzelline), Norbert Ernst (Jaquino), Paul Lorenger (Shadow Pizarro), Nadia Kichler (Shadow Leonore)
Wiener Philharmoniker & Konztertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor Franz Welser-Möst

Composers

Beethoven, Ludwig van (1770-1827)

Works

Beethoven: Fidelio, Op. 72

Conductors

Welser-Möst, Franz
Publication date: 2016-07-01
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Martin Kušej's thrilling contemporary interpretation of Verdi's late opera proved the perfect vehicle for the Bavarian State Opera's dream-team of Jonas Kaufmann and Anja Harteros. The imposing sets' references to terrorism and the implosion of modern civilisation bring the opera's inherent drama to a breathtaking pinnacle.

Awards
Gramophone Magazine June 2016 DVD of the Month
Gramophone Awards 2017 Shortlisted - Opera
Presto Recordings of the Year Finalist 2016
Building A Library February 2019 Also Recommended

Anja Harteros (Leonora), Jonas Kaufmann (Alvaro), Ludovic Tézier (Carlo), Nadia Krasteva (Preziosilla), Vitalij Kowaljow (Padre Guardiano), Renato Girolami (Fra Melitone)
Bayerisches Staatsorchester & Chor der Bayerischen Staatsoper, Asher Fisch (conductor) & Martin Kušej (director)

Composers

Verdi, Giuseppe (1813-1901)

Works

Verdi: La forza del destino
Publication date: 2016-04-15
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On the 14th June 2015, German tenor Jonas Kaufmann walked onto the stage of La Scala Milan, the home of Italian opera, for one of the most highly anticipated performances of last year. The concert of Puccini arias made national news in Italy, and following five encores and 40 mins of applause audiences were still left wanting more. This legendary performance is now the focus of a new concert film “Jonas Kaufmann - An Evening of Puccini”, directed by Brian Large and produced by Arts Alliance. Cinema audiences worldwide experienced this unforgettable event, and now viewers at home will be treated to a revealing introduction to Puccini - the man, the musician, the superstar - narrated by Jonas and featuring rare archive footage. Jonas Kaufmann's La Scala concert programme contains a selection of Puccini's hit tenor arias of which all appear on on the Classical No. 1 album - “Nessun dorma - The Puccini Album”.

Live From Teatro Alla Scala

Jonas Kaufmann (tenor)
Filarmonica della Scala, Jochen Rieder

Composers

Curtis, Ernesto de (1875-1937)
Puccini, Giacomo Antonio Domenico Michele Secondo Maria (1858-1924)
Refice, Licinio (1883-1954)
Works

Curtis, E: Non ti scordar di me
Puccini: Ah! Non v'avvicinate! No, pazzo son (from Manon Lescaut)
Puccini: Ch'ella mi creda libero e lontano (from La Fanciulla del West)
Puccini: Donna non vidi mai (from Manon Lescaut)
Puccini: E lucevan le stelle (from Tosca)
Puccini: Ecco la Casa...Torna ai felici di (from Le Villi)
Puccini: Edgar: Prelude to Act III
Puccini: Le Villi - Preludio, La tregenda
Puccini: Madama Butterfly: Intermezzo Act II, part 2
Puccini: Manon Lescaut: Intermezzo Act III
Puccini: Nessun dorma (from Turandot)
Puccini: Orgia, Chimera Dall'occhio Vitreo (from Edgar)
Puccini: Recondita armonia (from Tosca)
Puccini: Suor Angelica - Intermezzo
Puccini: Una parola sola! … Or son sei mesi (from La Fanciulla del West)
Refice: Ombra di Nube
Publication date: 2016-04-01
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Discs: 2 CDs

Composers

Chopin, Frédéric François (1810-49)
Tchaikovsky, Piotr Ilyich (1840-93)

Works

Chopin: Scherzi Nos. 1-4
Chopin: Scherzo No. 1 in B minor, Op. 20
Chopin: Scherzo No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 31
Chopin: Scherzo No. 3 in C sharp minor, Op. 39
Chopin: Scherzo No. 4 in E major, Op. 54
Tchaikovsky: The Seasons, Op. 37b
Publication date: 2015-10-09

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