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G. Puccini - Tosca - directed by Enrico Castiglione

G. Puccini - Tosca - directed by Enrico Castiglione
ID: VLEA096
CDs: 1
Type: DVD
Collection: Documentary

Francesca Patane, Jose Cura and Renato Bruson
Orchester der Bari and the Chor des Teatro Petruzzelli, Pier Giorgio Morandi, conductor

Live performance

Region Code: 0, Plays in all territories
Color mode: Colour
Screen (Picture) Format: 5:1, Digital Betacam
Sound Format: Dolby Digaital Surround, Stereo
Time: 123 min.
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Tony Palmer's Masterpiece -H. Gorecki: Symphony of Sorrowful Songs

Tony Palmer's Masterpiece -H. Gorecki: Symphony of Sorrowful Songs
ID: TPDVD102
CDs: 1
Type: DVD
Collection: Documentary
Subcollection: Voices and Orchestra

Region Code: NTSC color broadcast system : Plays in all territories
Presentation: Wide Screen
Color mode: Colour
Screen (Picture) Format: 16:9, Aspect Ratio
Duration: 53 mins
Language Note: Performance and commentary in Polish with optional subtitles in English, French, Italian, German, and Spanish.
Sound Format: Dolby Digital Stereo
DVD Format: DVD VIDEO
Notes: Booklet with program notes and English translation of texts inserted in container.

The Symphony actually dates from 1976 when Górecki was (as he tells us in the film) a 'non-person' in the political sense, when his music was banned in his native Katowice in Poland. He told me that its inspiration had come from a book he had found about the Nazi occupation of Poland. In the footnotes there was an example of the different messages scratched on the walls of a Gestapo prison. One, written by a young girl, said only: "Mama, don't cry". Very simple. Nothing melodramatic or even tragic, but a heartfelt cry that scorched the soul. At an early performance in Paris, a music critic whispered in Górecki's ear "Merde!" At the first screening of the film in 1993, the then commissioning editor of music programmes on Channel FOUR said: "what rubbish is this?" Now, only a few years later, no-one can remember either of their names. Melvyn Bragg showed the film on The South Bank Show, and even managed to persuade the hierarchy of ITV that it would be an abomination to disrupt the film with any commercial breaks for, say, Durex. The 53 minute film was shown uninterrupted, an acceptance perhaps of the urgency of its content. "I wanted to express a great sorrow", Górecki says. "The war...the rotten times under Communism...our life today...the starving. What madness! This sorrow, it burns inside me. I cannot shake it off".
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Tony Palmer's Film About Callas - M. Callas: La Divina - A Portrait: 30th Anniversary:

Tony Palmer's Film About Callas - M. Callas: La Divina - A Portrait: 30th Anniversary:
ID: TPDVD103
CDs: 1
Type: DVD
Collection: Documentary

Region Code: NTSC Plays in all territories
Medium:DVD Video
Presentation: Wide Screen
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo
Language: English
Subtitles: French, Italian, German, Spanish
Color mode: Colour
Screen (Picture) Format: 16:9, Aspect Ratio
Duration: 92 mins



There are so many astonishing facts about Maria Callas...

First, she was born not in Greece but in Manhattan and went to school there. Second, considering her colossal influence and in contrast to the pumped-up, preposterous, overpaid pipsqueak divas of today, her actual international career was tiny - 18 years at most. Third, and in spite of her reputation, her cancellation record was the lowest of any great singer of her day. Fourth, she rarely looked at the conductor during an opera, simply because she could not see him - she was very short-sighted, and often appeared (partly as a result) to be in a trance while on stage. Fifth, she was betrayed by most of those intimate with her throughout her life, and eventually abandoned by many of those who should have known better and who claimed to have loved her. Sixth, she died almost penniless - even her grotesquely rich long-time lover, Onassis, whose marriage to Jackie Kennedy she only discovered by watching the 6 o'clock news, had invested her money in half a cargo boat, which sank. Paradoxically, although she died 30 years ago, her records today outsell every other recorded classical artist, and single handedly keep EMI Classics afloat. Last, hers was not the most beautiful voice of her time, as she frequently admitted. Some days it worked; other days it just didn't.

In the end, those who met her in Paris in the seventies agree that she was one of the loneliest, most desperate of women they had ever encountered, slowly drugging herself to death. "Every day, thank God, is one day less", she told Di Stefano. A summons to tea (for half an hour at most) often lasted until the early hours, with the guest or guests pleaded with not to leave.

It was pathetic and horrible, but it was Callas. It was always Callas, and that was the secret and the magic. We witness on stage a broken woman who sings nakedly from her heart, about herself and her life, who acts with such incredible power and unashamed truth that we stagger back before what we know, in our hearts, is all of her. No artifice here; no vulgar posturings to which her absurd imitators - and there are many - aspire. Gheorghiu, Battle, Garrett - they cannot touch her hem.

Maria - just a woman, who often spoke of Callas in the third person, in trouble, asking, begging sometimes, for our understanding and our love. She deserves it, because there was no greater singing actress in our time. And she was only 53 when she died.Tony Palmer
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Tony Palmer's Film About Menuhin - A family Portrait

Tony Palmer's Film About Menuhin - A family Portrait
ID: TPDVD120
CDs: 1
Type: DVD
Collection: Documentary
Subcollection: Biography Movie

Directors: Tony Palmer
Region Code: NTSC. Plays in all territories
Color mode: Colour broadcast system
Screen (Picture) Format: 16:9
Language: English
Duration: 105 mins
Description: 1 videodisc (105 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.

Yehudi Menuhin made his debut in Paris at the age of eleven. At fifteen he recorded the definitive performance of the Elgar Violin Concerto, conducted by the composer. Menuhin is acclaimed as one of the great violinists of the century. He was the first artist to play with the Berlin Philharmonic after the overthrow of the Nazis, and the first major Western classical soloist to play jazz and Indian music. A dedicated teacher, the former child prodigy established his own school where he coached young musicians. In this profile of Menuhin, filmmaker Tony Palmer keeps pace with the busy violinist: conducting the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra; working with his own chamber orchestra in Greece; recording with his son Jeremy. Newsreel footage of nine-year old Menuhin and interviews with his family offer an intimate view of a virtuoso.

Menuhin, a name that was legendary for over 60 years, and remains so today. A good man and a great violinist, whose childhood was blessed with happiness and success unparalleled even among child prodigies. At least, that was the legend. The truth was painfully different. The violinist who inspired Einstein to remark; "Now I know there is a God in heaven", was also a man of whom his sister could say: "We have done more harm to people we love than we ever believed ourselves capable of doing to people we didn't love".

Filmed in Berlin, Dresden, Vienna, Moscow, New York, San Francisco and Switzerland, and using much material not seen previously from Menuhin's own archive, this heart-rending and multi-award winning film included all the members of Menuhin's family living at the time, who struggle to piece together what had really happened to the son of Russian/ Tartar parents who was defiantly named Yehudi - ‘the Jew'.
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Tony Palmer's Film About Benjamin Britten - A Time There Was...

Tony Palmer's Film About Benjamin Britten - A Time There Was...
ID: TPDVD125
CDs: 1
Type: DVD
Collection: Documentary
Subcollection: Biography Movie

Region Code: NTSC. Plays in all territories
Menu screens: English
DVD Format: DVD
Color mode: Colour broadcast system
Screen (Picture) Format: Stereo, 16:9 aspect ratio.
Presentation: Wide Screen
Duration: 103 mins

Made at the request of the Britten Estate, this film - thought to be the definitive portrait of the great composer - tells of one of the most profound love affairs of the 20th Century, between Britten and his lover and life-long companion and inspiration, PETER PEARS. At a time when it was illegal to be openly homosexual, Britten & Pears faced up to a hostile world with unflinching dignity, producing a string of masterpieces that, together with the works of Vaughan Williams, established English music as internationally pre-eminent in the middle years of the 20th century.Among the music featured is extracts from: ‘Peter Grimes’; ‘Billy Budd’; ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’; ‘ The War Requiem’; ‘Curlew River’; ‘Death in Venice’; ‘The Nocturne’ & ‘The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra’.with: BENJAMIN BRITTEN; PETER PEARS; LEONARD BERNSTEIN; SVIATOSLAV RICHTER; JANET BAKER; JULIAN BREAM; HEATHER HARPER; IMOGEN HOLST; JOHN SHIRLEY-QUIRK; RUDOLF BING & HENRY MOOREThe music conducted by STEUART BEDFORD and played by THE ENGLISH CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
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Tony Palmer's Film of Frank Zappa - 200 Motels

Tony Palmer's Film of  Frank Zappa - 200 Motels
ID: TPDVD127
CDs: 1
Type: DVD
Collection: Documentary
Subcollection: Rock, Pop

Region Code: NTSC. Code 0, Plays in all territories
Presentation: Wide Screen
Screen (Picture) Format: 16:9, Aspect ratio
Sound Format: Dolby Digital Stereo
Duration: 98 mins


DVD Release Date: 04/20/2010
Original Release: 1971


Director: Tony Palmer, Frank Zappa
Cast: The Mothers of Invention, Theodore Bikel, Ringo Starr, Janet Ferguson

Frank Zappa; Tony Palmer; Ringo Starr; Theodore Bikel; Jerry Good; Herb Cohn; Keith Moon; Jimmy Carl Black; Martin Lickert; Calvin Schenkel; Mara Kam; Richard Harrison; Barry Stephens; Murakami-Wolf Films.; Bizarre (Firm); Mothers of Invention.; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.; Tony Palmer Studio (Firm)

A psychedelic precursor to music videos, in which The Mothers of Invention, a touring musical group, wreak havoc in Centerville, a stereotypical American town. The first color movie made on videotape and then transferred to film, it includes many visual effects.
In attempting to summarize the infamous history of FRANK ZAPPA’S 200 MOTELS, three quotes mentioned in Amos Vogel’s book, Film as a Subversive Art, come to mind which also address early malignment of the film.
For the music’s ribald, bawdy lyrics, which caused a live performance of 200 MOTELS to be banned from the Royal Albert Hall in 1971, Goethe wrote to Johann Eckermann, “Only the perverse fantasy can still save us.”
For co-director, Tony Palmer, who publicly disowned the film in an article he submitted to the British Sunday Observer for what he wrote off as a shamble and misguided scrap heap, Nathanael West wrote, “Your order is meaningless, my chaos is significant.”
Of note, Palmer withdrew his repudiation of the film recently by placing his name above the film’s title on last April’s DVD release (We’re Only in It for the Money, Mr. Palmer?).
And lastly, for Zappa who had no formal filmmaking training and for his prescient useage of videotape (200 MOTELS was the first feature film shot on video; director Palmer threatened to erase the master videotapes, which producer, Jerry Goode, later did in order to “balance the film budget”), then transferred to 35mm film using 3-strip Technicolor process, filmmaker Jean Cocteau wrote, “What one should do with the young is to give them a portable camera and forbid them to observe any rules except those they invent for themselves as they go along.”
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Tony Palmer’s Film of Parsifal - The Search for the Grail

Tony Palmer’s Film of  Parsifal - The Search for the Grail
ID: TPDVD167
CDs: 1
Type: DVD
Subcollection: Opera

Region Code: NTSC. Plays in all territories
Classification: Exempt
Presentation: Wide Screen
Picture Format: 16:9
Sound Format: Dolby Digital Stereo
Language: English
Subtitles: None
Duration: 116 mins

Recorded: Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg, Ravello, Siena, Bayreuth

Placido Domingo (Parsifal)
Violeta Urmana (Kundry)
Matti Salminen (Gurnemanz)
Nikolai Putilin (Klingsor) & Anna Netrebko

Tony Palmer’s documentary about Richard Wagner’s opera ‘Parsifal’, with extracts from Tony Palmer’s stage production of Parsifal starring Placido Domingo, Violeta Urmana, Matti Salminen and Anna Netrebko.
The Grail - the cup which Jesus Christ is said to have used at The Last Supper - is one of the most powerful symbols in Western culture. Wagner’s three-act opera, Parsifal, is the most famous work which celebrates the search for the Grail. Parsifal is an opera about ideas, about philosophical questions rather than answers, where the questions themselves are what is important, and the power and eloquence with which they are expressed. With the help of a rare interview with Wolfgang Wagner, Richard Wagner’s grandson, who explains what his grandfather intended and why, plus an all-star cast including the first performance on film of Anna Netrebko, this documentary explores the explosive nature of Wagner’s dangerous ideas. Wagner was virulently anti-Semitic - to this day, it is not possible to perform Parsifal in Israel - and thus provided the Nazis with some powerful cultural propaganda, because for Hitler, Parsifal, the hero of the opera, was pure Aryan blood. When the film was originally released on DVD, the Germans censored 30 minutes of the film which they considered ‘political’, ‘uncomfortable’ and ‘irrelevant’. This is the original version, uncensored, as approved by Domingo.
“It succeeds in exploring the legend of Parsifal quite brilliantly, while making it brutally relevant to us today.” John Ardoin, Great Performances (PBS)
Interviews: With Placido Domingo, Wolfgang Wagner, Robery Gutman & Karen Armstrong
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Opera Box 2: Bizet-Carmen, Puccini - Turandot, Verdi - Il Trovatore

Opera Box 2: Bizet-Carmen, Puccini - Turandot, Verdi - Il Trovatore
ID: DVD501016
CDs: 3
Type: DVD
Collection: Opera Collection
Subcollection: Opera

Opera Box 2: Carmen, Turandot, Il Trovatore (3 DVD)
Georges Bizet, Giacomo Puccini, Giuseppe Verdi, Hermine May, Bojidar Nikolov, Johannes Von Duisburg, Francesca Patané, Wolfgang Schmidt, Fiamma Izzo D'Amico, Ignacio Encinas, Elisabetta Fiorillo, Olga Romanko, Opera In Ahoy' Choir, Netherlands Ballet Orchestra, Neue Philharmonie Westfalen, Württembergische Philharmonie, Johannes Wildner, Louis Buskens, Roberto Paternostro, Ed Spanjaard ▪


DVD1:
Georges Bizet: Carmen
Live opname 4 en 6 september 2003 Arena AufSchalke, Gelsenkirchen

DVD2:
Giacomo Puccini: Turandot
Live opname januari 1996 Ahoy Rotterdam

DVD3:
Giuseppe Verdi: Il Trovatore
Live opname 20 januari 2002 Ahoy Rotterdam
A(z) Opera Box 2: Carmen, Turandot, Il Trovatore (3 DVD) (DVD Film) szerzője Georges Bizet, Giacomo Puccini, Giuseppe Verdi, Hermine May, Bojidar Nikolov, Johannes Von Duisburg, Francesca Patané, Wolfgang Schmidt, Fiamma Izzo D'Amico, Ignacio Encinas, Elisabetta Fiorillo, Olga Romanko, Opera In Ahoy' Choir, Netherlands Ballet Orchestra, Neue Philharmonie Westfalen, Württembergische Philharmonie, Johannes Wildner, Louis Buskens, Roberto Paternostro, Ed Spanjaard.


Format: Colour, PAL
Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Audio: dd 2.0, DD 5.1 en DTS
Run Time: 432 min.
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Becolympia (Spectacles Rouge & Bleu) - Gilbert Bécaud DVD-Video Album

Becolympia (Spectacles Rouge & Bleu) - Gilbert Bécaud
DVD-Video Album
ID: DVD911595
CDs: 2
Type: DVD
Collection: Documentary

DVD-Video Album 1
1. Mr. Winter Go Home
2. Le jour ou la pluie viendra
3. C’est en septembre
4. Age tendre et tête de bois
5. C’était moi
6. Le petit oiseau de toutes les couleurs
7. Desperado
8. Les cerisiers sont blancs
9. L’absent
10. Dimanche à Orly
11. Rosy et John
12. Mon père à moi
13. L’indifference
14. L’indien
15. La solitude ca n’existe pas
16. Je reviens te chercher
17. L’orange
18. Et maintenant
19. L’important c’est la rose
20. C’était mon copain
21. Quand le spectacle est terminé
DVD-Video Album 2
1. Mes mains
2. La vente aux enchères
3. Seul sur son étoile
4. Les marchés de Provence
5. Le mur
6. Les tantes Jeanne
7. Marie Marie
8. Le bateau blanc
9. Je t’appartiens
10. Quand tu danses
11. Un peu d’amour et d’amitié
12. Désirée
13. Le pianiste de Varsovie
14. Charlie t’iras pas au paradis
15. Quand il est mort le poète
16. Nathalie
17. La ballade des baladins
18. La corrida
19. Quand le spectacle est terminé

DVD Box:
volume 1: spectacle rouge
volume 2: spectacle bleu
volume 3:

Octobre 1963 - La grosse noce
Octobre 1963 - Pilou pilou hé
Octobre 1963 - Et maintenant
Octobre 1963 - La ballade des baladins
Février 1969 - Je t'attends
Février 1969 - Il s'en va mon garcon
Février 1969 - Badaging beng bong
Février 1969 - Les cerisiers sont blancs
Février 1969 - L'un d'entre eux inventa la mort
Février 1969 - Je reviens te chercher
Février 1969 - Quand il est mort le poète
Février 1969 - Nathalie
Octobre 1970 - La solitude ca n'existe pas
Octobre 1970 - L'homme et la musique
Octobre 1970 - Je t'appartiens
Octobre 1970 - L'aventure
Octobre 1970 - Je t'attends
Octobre 1970 - Rosy et John
Octobre 1970 - La vente aux enchères
Octobre 1970 - Le bain de minuit
Octobre 1970 - Un petit miracle
Octobre 1970 - Charly t'iras pas au paradis
Octobre 1970 - Le petit oiseau de
toutes les couleurs
Octobre 1970 - Quand il est mort le poète

Format: PAL Zone 2
Language: Francais
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Audio Format: 5.1 Dolby Digital
Run Time: 174 min.
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Les Choristes - In Concert

Les Choristes - In Concert
ID: DVD756120
CDs: 1
Type: DVD
Collection: Documentary
Subcollection: Choir

1. La Fin Du Rêve (Live)
2. Vois sur ton chemin (Live)
3. Maria Mater Gratiae (Live)
4. Open Thou Mine Eyes (Live)
5. The Lord Bless You And Keep You (Live)
6. Vies Monotones (Live)
7. Pie Jesu (Live)
8. Pueri Concinite (Live)
9. La Complainte Du Vent (Live)
10. Le Trou Dans La Neige (Live)
11. Karma (Live)
12. L'Enfant Qui Voulait Etre Un Ours (Live)
13. Le Choix (Live)
14. Ave Maria (Live)
15. Cerf-Volant (Live)
16. L'Evocation (Live)
17. La Nuit (Live)
18. Compère Guilleri (Live)
19. Lueur d'été (Live)
20. Vois sur ton chemin Instrumental (Live)
21. Caresse sur l'Océan (Live)
22. In Memoriam (Live)
23. Vois sur ton chemin Rappel (Live)
24. Cerf-Volant Rappel (Live)

Format: Colour, DVD-Video, Import, PAL
Language: French
Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
Number of discs: 1
Classification: Exempt
Studio: Warner Music Entertainment
DVD Release Date: 6 Jun 2005
Run Time: 64 minutes
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