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G. Verdi - Attila (DVD)

G. Verdi - Attila  (DVD)
CDs: 1
Type: DVD
Collection: Documentary
Subcollection: Opera

Samuel Ramey (Attila), Giorgio Zancanaro (Ezio), Cheryl Studer (Odabella), Kaludi Kaludov (Foresto), Ernesto Gavazzi (Uldiino), Mario Luperi (Leone)

Orchestra e Coro del Teatro alla Scala, Riccardo Muti
Regie: Jerome Savary
This lesser-known opera has a prologue and three acts and is based on the play Attila, King of the Huns by Werner
It was premiered in La Fenice in Venice in 1846
This DVD is a joint production with La Scala and RAI
Recorded live at La Scala in 1991

Region Code: 0, Plays in all territories
Color mode: Colour
Screen (Picture) Format: 4:3
Sound Format: Dolby Digaital
Time: 119 min.
24.00 eur Buy

Carlson: Anna Karenina - An Opera in two acts

Carlson: Anna Karenina - An Opera in two acts
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Collection: Opera Collection

An Opera in two acts by David Carlson. Libretto by Colin Graham
World Premiere Recording

Synopsis: Anna Karenina
Prolog, Moscow, December. Anna visits her brother Stiva and his wife Dolly, hoping to save their marriage. A man falls under the train. When Anna meets Vronsky, she is so disturbed by the accident that she hardly notices him. He's very taken with her. 1.1 Stiva's house. Anna persuades Dolly to forgive Stiva's infidelity. 1.2 The ball at Betsy's, St. Petersburg, New Year, 1875. Levin proposes to Kitty and is refused because she is infatuated with Vronsky. Anna is compromised by Vronsky's too-obvious attentions. She is affected by his declarations but resists him. Karenin notices others' reactions. 1.3 At Karenin's. Karenin insists that Anna make an effort to preserve appearances for the sake of society. Trying to persuade her to open her heart to him, he discovers that it is locked against him. 2.1 - 2 Stiva's home, next spring/Levin's house in the country. Dolly, comforting Kitty, tries to persuade her that Vronsky is not worthy of her. She also asks about Kitty's feelings for Levin. Even the feeling of life reborn in the spring is not enough to comfort Levin. Stiva visits and gives him news of Kitty and of Vronsky's dangerous infatuation with Anna. 2.3 Karenin's country house. Anna reveals to Vronsky that she is to bear his child. He tries to persuade her to leave her husband, but she refuses because the Russian divorce laws would cause her to lose her son Seriosha. 3.1 A box at the races that afternoon. Vronsky suffers a severe accident. Karenin insists that the distraught Anna comport herself properly. She informs him that she cannot bear the sight of him and that she loves Vronsky. 3.2 Karenin's study some days later, night. Karenin cannot decide what to do. While hoping to preserve his marriage to Anna, who, he tries to persuade himself, is evil and corrupt, he must at all costs preserve his reputation. He writes to her insisting that she return to him and continue as before: He will not consider a divorce. 3.3 Anna, incensed, realizes that she must choose between her lover and her son. She tells Vronsky of her recurring death-dream, connected with the accident at the station. He is unable to comfort her, and she suspects him of selfishness when he again urges her to go away with him. She goes to Karenin and tells him she cannot continue as before, but begs him to let her have her son. Consumed with rage and disgust, he refuses.
4.1 The Admiralty Gardens, St. Petersburg, early autumn. Levin cannot reconcile the problems and ironies of life and longs for death. Dolly insists that he come to meet Kitty at their house. Stiva learns with horror from Karenin of his impending divorce and begs him to talk to Dolly. Yashvin tries to persuade Vronsky to give up Anna for the sake of his career. He refuses. 4.2 A supper party at the Oblonskys'. Levin and Kitty meet for the first time since Betsy's ball and are both very moved. Karenin is angered by the general conversation concerning unfaithful wives and luckless husbands, and Dolly is unable to persuade him to forgive. Levin and Kitty declare their love for each other during a game of solitaire. "Not time to die yet!" exclaims a delighted Stiva. 4.3 Anna's bedroom that night. Karenin returns home to find Anna near death after a miscarriage. He is reconciled to Vronsky at her bedside and promises forgiveness. 5.1 Levin's house six months later. Although Levin is now happily married to Kitty, who is pregnant, he remains dissatisfied with what he regards as a useless and unproductive life, exemplified by news from Dolly that Anna, now recovered, has left Karenin for Vronsky and that Seriosha is being looked after by his aunt Lydia. 5.2 Letters. Anna writes to Karenin asking to be allowed to see Seriosha one last time, on his birthday. Lydia urges Karenin to forbid this. He does so, against his better judgment. 5.3 Seriosha's bedroom two days later. Anna forces her way into her son's bedroom. Since he had been told she was dead, he is overjoyed to see her. He does not realize that this is the last time he will see his mother, but he is distraught when Anna has to leave. 6.1 Anna's apartments at a hotel that evening. Anna, now addicted to opiates, is at the end of her tether: She doubts Vronsky's fidelity. Death is always on her mind: She is like a train hurtling to destruction. Dolly and Stiva are appalled at her condition when they bring Levin to meet her. Levin is much struck with this beautiful, sad woman and her situation. She asks him to tell Kitty not to forgive her, for to be able to do so, Kitty would have to suffer what Anna has herself suffered. When left alone with Vronsky, her jealousy leads to a schismatic quarrel. Vronsky leaves to visit his mother, and Anna is certain that he is in fact leaving her forever. She contemplates an overdose of morphia and then decides to follow Vronsky to the station to beg his forgiveness. 6.2 At the station. Everything passes like a dream. Anna has missed Vronsky and waits to follow him on the next train. She reviews her situation and the tortured life before her: She realizes, as if a light had suddenly illumined her soul, that death would release her from the pain and responsibility of life. When the train comes into the station, she throws herself beneath it. 6.3 Levin's country estate months later, in spring. In the aftermath of Anna's death, Levin cannot come to terms with the irony of life. Through the wisdom of his old nurse, he at last understands the reason for living: To live, love, and be loved; not to judge or envy others, nor to bewail their suffering; life is everything in itself. His blind eyes have been opened. -Colin Graham
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For You - Michael Berkeley / Ian McEwan - Music Theatre Wales - Michael Rafferty, conductor

For You - Michael Berkeley / Ian McEwan - Music Theatre Wales - Michael Rafferty, conductor
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Collection: Opera Collection
Subcollection: Voices and Orchestra

For You is a new opera that brings together the music of composer and BBC Radio 3 presenter Michael Berkeley and Booker-prize winning author Ian McEwan. This gripping tale of love, lust and obsession centers on the composer and prodigious womanizer Charles Frieth (Alan Opie), and the tragic consequences that his selfish actions cause him and those around.

Although essentially dark, there are moments of irony, wit, and humour throughout the opera. Soaring vocal lines, intricate ensemble pieces, and imaginative instrumental writing make this an electrifying work. Masterly performed by Music Theatre Wales, directed by Michael Rafferty.

The Opera has had great success from its initial performances in Wales and the Royal Opera House provoking great reviews.

“For You is a dark opera worth waiting for.”The Evening Standard

“... a dazzling and taut chamber piece which gives passionate way to Bergian lyricism while referencing both Britten and Richard Strauss in its airy, word-driven vocal lines.”
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Robert Saxton - The Wandering Jew - BBC Symphony Orchestra - de Ridder

Robert Saxton - The Wandering Jew - BBC Symphony Orchestra - de Ridder
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Collection: Opera Collection
Subcollection: Voices and Orchestra

The Cast:
Roderick Williams, baritone · Tim Mirfin, baritone
Teresa Cahill, soprano · Hilary Summers, mezzo-soprano
Louise Winter, mezzo-soprano · Jeffrey Lloyd Roberts, tenor
Brindley Sherratt, bass · Graeme Danby, bass
Jeremy White, bass
Actors: Simon Paisley Day · Jennie Stoller
Lydia Kalian · Rudi Goodman
BBC Symphony Orchestra
BBC Singers
André de Ridder, conductor

Roderick Williams (Wandering Jew), Tim Mirfin (Jesus/Beggar), Teresa Cahill (Widowed Mother), Hilary Summers (Fortune Teller), Louise Winter (Kundry), Jeffrey Lloyd Roberts (Faust), Brindley Sherratt (Mephistopheles), Graeme Danby (Odin), Jeremy White (Old Man)

Robert Saxton’s long-awaited radio opera, commissioned by the BBC, is a modernist take on the tale of the Wandering Jew - the shoe-mender condemned by Jesus to wander the Earth until the Second Coming after he refused to help him on his way to his Crucifixion. The opera introduces many legendary characters, following medieval and other myths, including Faust, Mephistopheles, Kundry and Wotan. Underneath its surface lies a structure relating to the annual cycle of Jewish and Christian festivals in eight scenes of sweeping orchestral and choral music, enhanced by studio post-production from Antony Pitts.
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ID: STR57012
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Subcollection: Opera

A new chapter in the Ricordi Oggi series, the collection that enacts the strong partnership between Stradivarius and the prestigious Casa Ricordi publishing house.
This world première recording is dedicated to Luca Francesconi and his Ballata, a two-act opera whose libretto, by Umberto Fiori, is based upon S. T. Coleridge’s Rime of the Ancient Mariner. Francesconi confirms his particular confidence for large-scale musical thought, rather than merely show a flair for illustrative brilliance.
"Coleridge’s Mariner confronts a natural world that is implacably adverse, one that [...] remains magnificently indifferent to its needs. To respond to that requires a sense of pacing, of large-scale dynamic proportion, that must prevail over any proclivity to exuberant detail.[...] That sense of scale [...] is everywhere in Francesconi’s recent work. [...] Fiori’s fine libretto is so constructed as to allow for the enchained series of numbers that are integral to that form of dramaturgy, because they pace the opera’s progress through a sequence of images and actions whose synopsis could be presented in a few, trite sentences, but whose power and resonance can only be felt when worked through at the slow, remorseless pace common to Francesconi’s opera, and Coleridge’s poem” David Osmond-Smith, liner notes.

Thanos Adamopoulos, concertmaster
Renato Balsadonna, chorus- master
25.00 eur Temporarily out of stock

Facing Goya - an opera in four acts composed by Michael Nyman with libretto by Victoria Hardie

Facing Goya - an opera in four acts composed by Michael Nyman with libretto by Victoria Hardie
ID: MNRCD121_122
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Subcollection: Opera

Track Listing:
Act 1
Prelude/Dogs drowning in sand
How do I know you know?
Leonardo says
The size of the brain
Weigh the brain

Act 2
The theory of proportions
Stand up and be counted
Measure my body
Goya’s snub nose
And Goya cried

Act 3
Where is Goya?
The sequence of the gene
A man impaled
The risky gene
Brilliant body
Take its DNA
Give me Goya’s skull
Tortured prisoner

Act 4
That day decided
We’ve cracked the genome
I wanted rid of it
And cloning is here to stay
How can you be so stupid?
Forgive me

Box Set includes Full Libretto and extensive booklet notes.

This three cd digipack and booklet box set includes a free bonus cd containing selections from Michael’s two other operas available on MN Records, Man and Boy: Dada and Love Counts

Facing Goya puts science on the cultural stage through the music of Michael Nyman and the inspiration of one of the world’s greatest painters.

Facing Goya is a taut thriller that follows one woman’s passionate search for the 18th Century Spanish artist Goya’s missing skull. Her journey takes us into the dangerous world of racial stereotyping, gene therapy, cloning and humankind’s follies as seen through Goya’s paintings, etchings and captions. The idea for the opera arose from Michael Nyman’s fascination with the insidious study of craniometry that developed in the 1870s. Goya was regarded as one of the greatest painters of his time. Buried in Bordeaux, legend has it that he asked friends to ensure his head was removed prior to burial to prevent the early craniometrists and researchers of eugenics from getting hold of his brain.

“Facing Goya asks the question ‘if Goya’s skull was found, and if indeed, Goya was cloned, what would happen?’”
25.00 eur Buy

Olga Neuwirth: Lost Highway

Olga Neuwirth: Lost Highway
ID: KAI0012542
CDs: 2
Type: SACD
Collection: Opera Collection
Subcollection: Opera

Lost Highway is a composition that decidedly lives from the transformation of physical spaces, diverse inner and outer spaces, into sound spaces. In performance, this is achieved through various, three-dimensional sound projections, which surround the audience with playing, live-electronics, and virtual acoustics, resulting in different experiential relationships from within and without, close by, and from a distance. The illustrations of these sound spaces and notes naturally are only an attempt to approach the experience in the theater. Fortunately, the possibilities of surround-techniques have come to our aid, which envelop the listener with alternating, overlaying sound-strata. Thus, the present production was intended to be mixed for 5.1 surround. (Olga Neuwirth)

Includes booklet with texts by Stefan Drees, Robert Höldrich, David Lynch, Olga Neuwirth and Slavoj Zizek
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Olga Neuwirth - Bählamms Fest - musical drama

Olga Neuwirth - Bählamms Fest - musical drama
ID: KAI0012342
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Collection: Opera Collection
Subcollection: Voices and Orchestra

Musiktheater in 13 Bildern nach Leonora Carrington
Librettofassung von Elfriede Jelinek in der Übersetzung
von Heribert Becker (1997-99)

It is a sadistic family story in scurrile-surreal snap shots. The home of an odd family stands in a completely remote, heathlike landscape. This somewhat dilapidated bourgeois house in its seclusion is refuge and madhouse at the same time; here, in the bizarre impressions of family life, the focus turns on people and nature: an outer world, drowning in violence, coldness and terror, and the small, inner world of a bourgeois family, regulated right to the last corner, but abruptly toppled into chaos, when couples and generations come to be at logger-heads about their unappeased longings and desires.

Includes booklet with text by Olga Neuwirth and Thomas Jonigk
26.00 eur Buy

N. Rimsky-Korsakov - Sadko, Opera-Bylina in 7 Scenes

N. Rimsky-Korsakov - Sadko, Opera-Bylina in 7 Scenes
ID: MELCD1001979
CDs: 3
Type: CD
Collection: Opera Collection
Subcollection: Voices and Orchestra

This historic recording was made in 1952 and was one of the best recordings put on tape by the outstanding music director Boris Pokrovsky. The artists were awarded the Stalin Prize of the First Degree, one of the most honourable decorations which was later given the same status as the USSR State Prize.

Georgy Nelepp (Sadko), Vera Davydova (Lyubava), Elizaveta Shumskaya (Volkhova), Elizaveta Antonova (Nezhata), Pavel Lisitsian (The Venetian Guest), Ivan Kozlovsky (The Indian Guest), Mark Reizen (The Varangian Guest), Alexander Peregudov (Sopel), Sergei Koltypin (Duda), Tikhon Chernyakov (First Father Superior), Stephan Nikolau (Second Father Superior)

Orchestra and chorus of the Bolshoi Theatre, Nikolai Golovanov
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D. Shostakovich - Katerina Ismailova - An Opera in 4 acts and 9 scenes Op. 29/114

D. Shostakovich - Katerina Ismailova - An Opera in 4 acts and 9 scenes Op. 29/114
ID: MELCD1002050
CDs: 3
Type: CD
Collection: Opera Collection
Subcollection: Choir and Orchestra

E. Andreyeva, E. Bulavin & V. Radziyevsky
Choir & Orchestra of the Moscow State, Gennady Provatorov

It is hard to name another opera with a fate as complicated and dramatic as that of its heroine. Shostakovich came up with the idea of composing an opera based on Nikolai Leskov’s novel Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk District, perhaps the most outright and cruel work of the Russian classical literature, in the early 1930s. Finished in 1932, Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk District (as the opera was originally titled) was staged two years later in Leningrad and then in Moscow caused a heated controversy.

However, the opera was condemned after Stalin saw it. “A mess instead of music” - that was a title of a scathing article in the Pravda in January 1936. It marked the beginning of unfounded criticism at Shostakovich for “formalism”, while Lady Macbeth was banned from the stage. The ban was lifted as late as in the early 1960s when Shostakovich had realized the second edition of the opera under the name of Katerina Izmailova. The opera was staged in Moscow and later it took the place it deserved in Russian and foreign theatres. Melodiya presents a historically first recording of Shostakovich’s opera made at the Moscow Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Music Theatre in 1964 soon after the premiere of the second edition. The premiere was conducted by a young maestro Gennady Provatorov.

In 1966, the recording was given a Grand Prix du Disquein France.
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