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Herbert Von Karajan in Rehearsal and Performance

Herbert Von Karajan in Rehearsal and Performance

Recorded in Vienna, November 1965 and in Berlin, January 1966

Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67

Symphony No. 4 in D minor, Op. 120

Wiener Symphoniker & Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Subtitles: German, English, French

Verdi: Un ballo in maschera

Verdi: Un ballo in maschera

Directed for Stage by Ermanno Olmi & Stage Design & Costumes: Arnaldo Pomodoro

Massimiliano Pisapia, Franco Vassallo, Chiara Taigi, Annamaria Chiuri, Eun Yee You & Herman Wallén

Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Chorus of the Leipzig Opera & Leipzig Ballet, Riccardo Chailly

“Chailly's conducting left no wish unfulfilled, managing to conjure such a voluptuous sound from the orchestra that had not been heard from this pit in a while, sumptuous rumbling as well as transparency and lightness where necessary. A gripping iridescence between drama and grotesquerie was matched with great care for detailed phrasing, never losing sight of the whole. Orchestra as well as singers corresponded to their best.” The Opera Critic

Region: 0 - Format: NTSC

Bach, J S: Brandenburg Concertos Nos. 1-6 BWV1046-1051 (Complete)

Bach, J S: Brandenburg Concertos Nos. 1-6 BWV1046-1051 (Complete)

Freiburger Barockorchester

Recorded at the Spiegelsaal, Castle Coethen, 23–26 March 2000

“...what is probably the world's top Baroque orchestra ... It is conceivable, however, that no troupe could perform with the exuberant aplomb and skill of the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra. Their playing is buoyant, technically spot-on and alive with effortlessly controlled energy... we should be grateful for every second in the company of an orchestra like this.” Gramophone Magazine

Penguin Guide Rosette Winner

Region: 0 - Format: NTSC

Lully: Persée

Lully: Persée

Cyril Auvity, Marie Lenormand, Stephanie Novacek, Monica Whicher, Olivier Laquerre, Alain Coulombe

Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra & Chamber Choir, Hervé Niquet, directed for stage by Marshall Pynkoski

Subtitles: English, German, French

“While visually handsome, the amount of stage magic in this very commendable production of Lully's Persée (composed 1682) is fairly minimal: Mercure and Venus appear, appropriately enough, on elaborate flying clouds, but dramatic tension evaporates when Andromède is menaced by a sea monster that would not have been out of place in an episode of The Clangers. Musically there is much to admire: singing and playing are enjoyably idiomatic.” BBC Music Magazine, September 2005 ***

“A warm welcome to the first opera by Lully to appear on DVD. Staged performances of his tragédies lyriques being rare, at least in the UK, it's good to be able at last to assess one of them as a drama. Persée, to a libretto by Philippe Quinault, Lully's usual collaborator, was first performed in 1682, a year before Phaëton. As with all such works the purpose was to flatter, none too subtly, the person and the reign of Louis XIV; indeed, the subject was chosen by the Sun King himself, and the sycophantic composer made an explicit comparison between Louis and Perseus in the dedication.
The story, taken from Ovid's Metamorphoses, is a conflation of two legends: Perseus' slaying of Medusa and his rescue of Andromeda. Cassiopeia has incurred the wrath of Juno, who sends Medusa to terrorise the country. With Medusa dead, Juno causes Cassiopeia's daughter, the princess Andromeda, to be chained to a rock at the mercy of a monster. Perseus swoops from the sky to kill the monster, Venus descends as a dea ex machina to take the hero, his beloved and her parents up to heaven, and everybody lives happily ever after. Everybody, that is, except for Merope, fruitlessly in love with Perseus, who dies accidentally; and Phineus, Andromeda's betrothed, whom Perseus turns to stone with Medusa's head.
As a drama, then, there's not much going for Persée, especially as Perseus benefits from divine assistance: a sword from Vulcan, a shield from Athena, a helmet from Pluto, not to mention the presence of Mercury, who sends Medusa to sleep. But there's much pleasure to be had from the choral and balletic contributions to the divertissements and from individual scenes.
This production from Toronto is dressed and choreographed in traditional style and the direction is both lively and respectful, the characters encouraged to gesture expressively. Monica Whicher and Alain Coulombe are good as the disappointed lovers; Olivier Laquerre, stentorian as Andromeda's father, has a fine old time camping up the transvestite role of Medusa. Cyril Auvity's Perseus, rather pinched in tone, is outsung by Colin Ainsworth's Mercury, who is nonsensically given a solo belonging to one of the mortals.
Hervé Niquet is a sympathetic conductor, moving seamlessly through recitative, air and ensemble; the orchestra suffers from a recorded balance that favours the theorbo.
A short scene for Medusa's fellow Gorgons is pointlessly cut. The entire allegorical Prologue is omitted, too; no great loss, perhaps, but it should have been mentioned in the booklet. But let's not end on a carping note: this enterprising issue is cause for celebration.” Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

Region: 0- Format: NTSC

Abbado in Lucerne

Abbado in Lucerne

including the documentary 'From Toscanini to Abbado' - The History of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra

Debussy: La Mer
Le Martyre de Saint Sébastien - Fragments symphoniques

Lucerne Festival Orchestra, Claudio Abbado

“For some the main attraction of Abbado in Lucerne will be the great Italian maestro conducting Debussy at the 2003 Lucerne Festival. For others it's the documentary, with its footage of some of the last century's greatest conductors in action: every brief glimpse adds flesh and bones to the names that adorn the labels of treasured discs by Ansermet, Fricsay, Kempe, Furtwängler and de Sabata. The film is confusingly structured, however, and though it confronts admirably Karajan's ruthless use of Lucerne to reinvent himself after his denazification, the commentary sounds like something written by the Swiss Tourist Board.
Barbirolli is filmed in Vancouver rehearsing the Haydn-attributed Oboe Concerto with his wife as soloist, who, as in her 1957 recording with the Hallé, plays her own cadenzas. All eyes are on JB (indeed, it's some time before we're aware that the soloist is at the rehearsal at all) but there is one lovely exchange when Rothwell suggests that they start again from the repeat of the second subject. 'Well, I don't know what the second subject is,' retorts her husband. 'That's for programme annotators.' George Szell, who died in the same year as Barbirolli (1970), was, by contrast, unpopular and despotic. The colour film profiles – but does not explore or question – his extraordinary 24-year relationship with the Cleveland Orchestra. With his lupine smile and fearsome presence, he tries to play the role of regular guy: rehearsal and performance sequences are riveting, with fascinating footage of him instructing three young conductors (James Levine one of them) on how to kickstart Don Juan and Beethoven's Fifth.
With the hooded eyes of a falcon and his sour mien, Szell's fellow Hungarian, Fritz Reiner looks as unpleasant as his reputation conducting the Chicago Symphony in 1953-4 at the start of his celebrated nine-year association with the orchestra. These black-and-white transmissions (sometimes more black than white) of one of the truly great conductors are of immense importance, and include one work (the Bach-Weiner) that Reiner did not record commercially. The DVD preserves Francis Coughlin's hopelessly unprepared in-vision linking commentary: every faultering sentence makes you thank God for the invention of the autocue.
The Stravinsky documentary features the famous (and equally toe-curling) encounter between the young Julian Bream and the elderly composer. Just as Stravinsky is about to start recording his Symphony of Psalms, Bream is introduced, sits down and plays a pavane on the lute … all the way through. As a conductor, Stravinsky is an uninspiring, baton-less time-beater, but the exchanges filmed simultaneously in the control room make for an unusually vivid sequence. Most revealing, though, is Stravinsky's conversation with his friend Nicholas Nabokov, filmed in Hamburg over a glass of whisky. Here, one of music's geniuses appears touchingly vulnerable and human. VAI may be a no-frills merchant but such treasure needs no fancy packaging. Its priceless contents speak for themselves.” Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

Region: 0 - Format: NTSC

Europa-Konzert from Lisbon

Europa-Konzert from Lisbon

Concerto for Orchestra, BB 123, Sz.116

Trois Nocturnes: Fêtes

Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K466

Le Tombeau de Couperin

Maria João Pires (piano)

Berliner Philharmoniker, Pierre Boulez

“Maria João Pires was spellbinding. In Mozart's anguished Andantino, the tension was almost unbearable. Since Clara Haskil, I cannot remember playing of such intimacy, tenderness, and simplicity.” The Independent

Region: 0 - Format: NTSC



Bach, J S:
Goldberg Variations, BWV988

Live recording from the Reitstadel in Neumarkt, 1990

András Schiff (piano)

Diabelli Variations, Op. 120

Recorded at the Gasteig (Philharmonie, München). 1991

Daniel Barenboim (piano)

Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24

Recorded at the Max-Joseph-Saal of the Münchner Residenz, 1987

Yefim Bronfman (piano)

Three of the most important artists of our time here present three of the most important cycles of variation for piano ever composed.

Daniel Barenboim, Yefim Bronfman and András Schiff recorded the monumental works in very personal performances.

Because of its outstanding importance for the history of classical music in Central Europe the German critic of the 19th century called often just these three composers » the three B «.

This is the first release of a series of Metropolitan Munich programs.

Picture format DVD: NTSC 16:9 - Sounds formats DVD: PCM Stereo - Region code: 0 - Running time: 170 mins

Booklet notes: English, German, French

Schumann: A Portrait

Schumann: A Portrait

Commemorating the 155th anniversary of Robert Schumann's death (8 June 1810 - 29 July 1856), this film by Ernst Burger reveals his human side through a chronicle of his life from 1828 to his death in 1856.

While the music features prominently, Burger's focus on his biography and personality truly brings him to life. Contemporary depictions are interspersed with excerpts from his music performed by Leonard Bernstein and the Vienna Philharmonic, Vladimir Ashkenazy, András Schiff, Zoltán Kocsis, Hermann Prey and Daniel Barenboim with Sergiu Celibidache and the Munich Philharmonic, among many others.

Though ending on a note of sadness, we are left with profound gratitude for the genius who left us so many musical masterworks.

With the voices of Michael Tregor (Robert Schumann), Sophie von Kessel (Clara Schumann) and Joachim Höppner.

Picture format DVD: NTSC 4:3 - Sounds formats DVD: PCM Stereo - Region code: 0 - Running time: 110 mins

Booklet notes: English, German, French

Original Languages: German - Subtitles: English, Français

Mahler: Autopsy of a Genius (Autopsie d’un Génie)

Mahler: Autopsy of a Genius (Autopsie d’un Génie)

A Film by Andy Sommer

written with Catherine Sauvat

Director Andy Sommer is known for his sensational musical documentaries on the immortals Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert and Berlioz. Today he tackles the mythical Gustav Mahler, proposing a cinematic autopsy of the many facets of this musical genius, who was at once composer, orchestra conductor and opera house director.

The film proposes to make the autopsy of this genius composer and takes us on a journey to the heart of Mahler’s world, going beyond the legends and clichés, and drawing on the latest research to create a portrait that brings us as close as possible to the man Mahler really was.

The film includes the participation of prominent Mahlerian personalities, as Henry-Louis de la Grange, paired with a visually spectacular, accessible dramatisation directly related to Mahler’s music and images inspired by 1900 Vienna’s enduring modernity and “Nature” which always plaid a special role in the Mahler’s inspiration.

The film continues its ‘autopsy’ of the man beyond his death, retracing interpretations of his music by different orchestra conductors up to the present day: from Bruno Walter, Willem Mengelberg to Leonard Bernstein… and from Claudio Abbado, Pierre Boulez to Daniele Gatti, Daniel Harding and Jonathan Nott.

Picture format DVD: NTSC 16:9 - Sounds formats DVD: PCM Stereo - Running time: 90 mins
Booklet notes: English, German, French

Original Language: French - Subtitled language versions: English, German, French

Berlin Opera Night

Berlin Opera Night

Recorded live at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, 2003

Angelika Kirchschlager, René Pape, Michele Crider, Grace Bumbry, Adrianne Pieczonka, Anne Schwanewilms, Vesselina Kasarova, Juliane Banse, Salvatore Licitra, Vladimir Galusin & Charles Castronovo

Chor und Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin, Kent Nagano

Major stars of the international opera stage come together with the Chor und Orchester of the Deutsche Oper Berlin, under the baton of the illustrious Kent Nagano, in this opera gala in aid of the German AIDS Foundation.

Highlights from operas by Mozart, Puccini, Leoncavallo, Saint-Saëns, Massenet, Dvorák, Wagner, Richard Strauss, Lehár and Johann Strauss II are performed by world-class musicians from around the globe.

Proceeds from the sales of this title go to support the work of the German AIDS Foundation.

Picture format DVD: NTSC 16:9

Sounds formats DVD: PCM Stereo, DD 5.1, DTS 5.1 - Region code: 0 -
Running time: 78 mins.

Subtitles: English, German, French, Spanish, Italian

Booklet notes: English, German, French

Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen

Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen

Recorded live at the Staatsoper Stuttgart

Das Rheingold

Wolfgang Probst (Wotan), Motti Kastón (Donner), Bernhard Schneider (Froh), Robert Künzli (Loge), Esa Ruuttunen (Alberich), Eberhard Francesco Lorenz (Mime), Roland Bracht (Fasolt), Phillip Ens (Fafner), Michaela Schuster (Fricka), Helga Rós Indridadóttir (Freia), Mette Ejsing (Erda), Catriona Smith (Woglinde), Maria Theresa Ullrich (Wellgunde), Margarete Joswig (Flosshilde)

Die Walküre

Robert Gambill (Siegmund), Attila Jun (Hunding), Jan-Hendrik Rootering (Wotan), Angela Denoke (Sieglinde), Renate Behle (Brünnhilde), Tichina Vaughn (Fricka), Eva-Maria Westbroek (Gerhilde), Wiebke Göetjes (Ortlinde), Stella Kleindienst (Waltraute), Helene Ranada (Schwertleite), Magdalena Schäfer (Helmwige), Nidia Palacios (Siegrune), Maria Theresa Ullrich (Grimgerde), Margit Diefenthal (Rossweisse)


Jon Fredric West (Siegfried), Heinz Göhrig (Mime), Wolfgang Schöne (Der Wanderer), Björn Waag (Alberich), Attila Jun (Fafner), Helene Ranada (Erda), Lisa Gasteen (Brünnhilde), Gabriela Herrera (Der Waldvogel)


Albert Bonnema (Siegfried), Luana DeVol (Brünnhilde), Roland Bracht (Hagen), Hernan Iturralde (Gunther), Franz-Josef Kapellmann (Alberich), Eva-Maria Westbroek (Gutrune), Tichina Vaugh (Waltraute), Janet Collins (First Norn, Flosshilde), Lani Poulson (Second Norn), Sue Patchell (Third Norn), Helga Rós Indridadóttir (Woglinde), Sarah Castle (Wellgunde)

Staatsorchester Stuttgart, Lothar Zagrosek

Legendary performances from the Staatoper Stuttgart with four different sets of directors (Joachim Schlömer, Christoph Nel, Jossi Wieler & Sergio Morabito and Peter Konwitschny) and singers.

Sanderling conducts Saint-Saëns & Tchaikovsky

Sanderling conducts Saint-Saëns & Tchaikovsky

Recorded live at Philharmonie Berlin, June 1992

Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 22

Yefim Bronfman (piano)

Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36

Berliner Philharmoniker, Kurt Sanderling

“[Bronfman] plays the first movement with the power and expressive elegance of early Beethoven. There is tremendous virtuosity too, which then extends to the delightful Scherzando, a complete and delicate contrast, where the DVD camera lets us watch his mercurial hands in astonishment as well as pleasure...This is among the most revealing accounts available” Gramophone Magazine, December 2010

An Evening with Renée Fleming

An Evening with Renée Fleming

Recorded live at Waldbühne, Berlin, 2010

Mesícku na nebi hlubokém 'Song to the Moon' (from Rusalka)

Salut d'amour, Op. 12


Spartacus: Adagio of Spartacus & Phrygia


Glück, das mir verbleib 'Marietta's Lied' (from Die Tote Stadt)


Mimi Pinson la biondinetta (from La Bohème)

Musette svaria sulla bocca viva (from La Bohème)

A Night on the Bare Mountain

Donde lieta usci (from La Bohème)

Tu che di gel sei cinta (from Turandot)

Dobrá! Já mu je dám!... Jak je mi? (Dalibor)

Strauss, R:
Morgen mittag um elf! (from Capriccio)
Zueignung, Op. 10 No. 1

Romeo & Juliet: Fantasy Overture

Rienzi Overture

Renée Fleming

Berliner Philharmoniker, Ion Marin

The Waldbühne in Berlin, one of the most appealing outdoor amphitheatres on the European continent, is the home of the Berliner Philharmoniker’s summer concerts. With over 20,000 attendances, these are some of the most popular classical music concerts in the world.

This year the Berliner Philharmoniker play under the baton of Ion Marin, one of the most exciting conductors on today’s musical scene. They welcome "America's Beautiful Voice", Grammy Award winning soprano Renée Fleming, who has a devoted international following wherever she appears. Her career has been built on success across a wide range of musical styles, but she is best-known for her excellence in opera worldwide.

The device of the evening was “Night of Love”- the most beautiful Opera Arias in combination with atmospheric instrumental pieces.

Introducing Beethoven Symphony No. 5

Introducing Beethoven Symphony No. 5

Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67

Recorded at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Rome, February 2001

Berliner Philharmoniker, Claudio Abbado

Host: Wulf Kunold

A completely new way of experiencing and enjoying the great works of music from the Baroque to the Modern Period – thanks to a new series of audio-visual concert guides, Masterpieces of Classical Music. Each release includes extensive documentation and a complete performance of the work or works in question.

Famous masterpieces from the standard repertoire of the greatest international orchestras are brought closer to the viewer through first class concert broadcasts (Berliner Philharmoniker, Wiener Philharmoniker, Gewandhaus Orchester…) in a timely visual style.

Each part includes 27 mins introductory feature + full concert performance!

Ludwig van Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony has the character of an appeal. From the very start, the four-note “fate” motif casts a spell on listeners. The German Beethoven expert Wulf Konold illustrates the ingenious variations of this motif on piano. With great insight, he also explains the non-musical references of the work which inspired much speculation.

“the Berliners are in powerful, firm-toned Beethovenian form for Abbado.” BBC Music Magazine, December 2010 ***

Mozart: Don Giovanni, K527

Mozart: Don Giovanni, K527

Recorded at the Haus für Mozart during the 2008 Salzburg Festival

Christopher Maltman (Don Giovanni), Erwin Schrott (Leporello), Annette Dasch (Donna Anna), Matthew Polenzani (Don Ottavio), Dorothea Röschmann (Donna Elvira), Ekaterina Siurina (Zerlina), Anatoly Kocherga (Il Commendatore), Alex Esposito (Masetto)

Wiener Philharmoniker, Bertrand de Billy

Claus Guth - staging

Wild animals live in the woods. Robbers hide there. Mystery is at home there. And, when the woods are on the stage of Salzburg’s Haus für Mozart, a notorious ladies’ man and his unsavoury accomplice can also find shelter there. For here, in the dense forest planted by director Claus Guth, is the home of the rugged macho Don Giovanni, who, assisted by Leporello, lures the ladies with the heady scent of danger. In Guth’s almost cinematic Salzburg Festival production, every character in Mozart’s most realistic opera seems to carry a back-story of thwarted love and frustration. Everyone appears to be seeking either salvation or damnation in the woods – a compelling concept that removes the opera from its traditional pseudo-Seville squares and palaces.

And when Don Giovanni is played by Christopher Maltman, it’s no wonder that Donna Anna (Annette Dasch), Donna Elvira (Dorothea Röschmann) and even Zerlina (Ekaterina Siurina) are ready to throw themselves at his feet. With a physique as striking as his full-bodied baritone voice, Maltman embodies Don Giovanni as an almost reluctant seducer, a man fated to bring misery to women and, ultimately, to himself. Next to Maltman, it is Uruguayan bass-baritone Erwin Schrott who rivets the audience in this production: Schrott’s Leporello is an event in his own right, the event of the Salzburg Don Giovanni (Die Welt).

Under Bertrand de Billy, the Wiener Philharmoniker play with refreshing verve and spirit.

Mahler: Symphony No. 1

Mahler: Symphony No. 1

Recorded live at the Concert Hall of the Culture and Convention Centre Lucerne, 12 August 2009

Symphony No. 1 in D major 'Titan'

Piano Concerto No. 3 in C major, Op. 26

Yuja Wang (piano)

Lucerne Festival Orchestra, Claudio Abbado

“Like a cry of Nature”: thus the expression mark that opens Gustav Mahler’s First Symphony – and the programme of the Festival 2009 which takes up Nature as its guiding theme. Mahler, in the First Symphony, shaped the “cry of nature” into a musical vision of an entire human life in four stages – from a spring-like upsurge of feelings through desire and suffering, to the end of earthly existence and the entrance into Paradise.

The opening treats listeners to a spectacular début as the twenty-two-year-old Chinese pianist Yuja Wang plays Sergei Prokofiev's Third Piano Concerto. In her Lucerne appearances she displays the full range of her artistry as Prokofiev’s Third Piano Concerto demands not only lyricism and intimacy but brilliance and virtuosity.

Claudio Abbado has realised a dream with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra. The orchestra consists of an exclusive ensemble of handpicked musicians like Kolja Blacher and Sebastian Breuninger, Natalia Gutman, Clemens Hagen and Jens Peter Maintz.

Claudio Abbado is undeniably a supreme Mahler conductor and his best selling recordings with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra – symphonies No. 2, 3, 5, 6, 7 and 9 have already been released on EuroArts – have set new standards in interpretation of works by Gustav Mahler.

Booklet notes: English, German, French

Running time: 79 mins

“...if the composer had died after writing this, you'd imagine - from Claudio Abbado's performance with his good-looking once-a-year superband, at least - that his mission on earth was already perfected...Abbado's rubato reaps wonders in the songs and country dances, but it's in the finale that he dares most. No wonder the audience goes wild.” BBC Music Magazine, September 2010 *****

“Every visual detail caught by the eye becomes woven into the aural tapestry of Mahler’s First Symphony. The tension is high from the beginning as spring rustles into life. Abbado carefully paces each surge in energy, each mood transformation. Every climax rings out with exultation” The Times, 2nd July 2010 ****

Sir Simon Rattle conducts Brahms and Wagner

Sir Simon Rattle conducts Brahms and Wagner

Recorded live at Kabelwerk Oberspree, Berlin, 1 May 2007

Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98

Double Concerto for Violin & Cello in A minor, Op. 102

Lisa Batiashvili (violin) & Truls Mørk (cello)

Parsifal: Prelude

Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Simon Rattle

Sir Simon Rattle conducts the 2007 Europa-Konzert on the occasion of the 125th anniversary of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.

Lisa Batiashvili and Truls Mørk are the wonderful soloists for Brahms`s last orchestral work, the Double Concerto.

Sir Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker demonstrate their outstanding musicianship with a fresh and dynamic interpretation of Brahms`s 4th Symphony.

Wagner’s Prelude to Parsifal - was the orchestra’s first recording in September 1913 under Alfred Hertz.

The Kabelwerk Oberspree (power and cable factory) is one of the most impressive historical industrial buildings from late 19th-century Berlin and is an extraordinary venue for an extraordinary programme.

16:9, PCM Stereo, DD 5.1, DTS 5.1

Region code: 0

Booklet notes: English, German, French

Running time: 103 mins

Open Air - A Night with the Berliner Philharmoniker

Open Air - A Night with the Berliner Philharmoniker

Recorded live at the Waldbühne, Berlin, 2002

Por una cabeza
Bizet:L'Arlesienne Suite No. 2 - Farandole

Chapí: Overture from La revoltosa
Dvorak: Slavonic Dance No. 15 in C major, Op. 72 No. 7
Elgar: The Wild Bears (The Wand of Youth Suite No. 2 Op. 1b)
Kim: Elegy
Kreisler: Tambourin Chinois, Op. 3
Lincke: Berliner Luft March
Lumbye: Champagne Galop
Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana: Intermezzo
Massenet: Le Cid: Aragonaise
Navarraise from Le Cid
Moniuszko: Halka: Mazurka
Paganini: The Carnival of Venice
Sibelius:  Valse Triste, Op. 44 No. 1
Tchaikovsky: Souvenir d'un lieu cher, Op. 42: Mélodie in E flat major
Valse-scherzo in C major for violin & orchestra (or violin & piano), Op. 34
The Nutcracker: Pas de deux
Toyama: Dance of the Celestials
Wagner: Lohengrin: Prelude to Act 3
Wieniawski: Polonaise brilliante No. 1 in D major, Op. 4
Ziehrer: Wiener Bürger

Vadim Repin (violin)

Berliner Philharmoniker, Mariss Jansons

The extraordinary atmosphere of this Open Air venue is the imagination of this production. More than 20,000 people attended the yearly Open Air Concert of the Berliner Philharmoniker at the Waldbühne in Berlin. The atmosphere is as unique as the Night of the Proms Concert.

This is a full programme of musical showpieces and some of the most popular pieces of classical music like Tchaikovsky The Nutcracker, Mascagni Intermezzo, Paganini Il carnevale die Venezia and Sibelius Valse triste.

The famous violinist Vadim Repin is clearly happy to indulge, performing here with all the appropriate showmanship and artistry alongside the first-class Berliner Philharmoniker and Mariss Jansons. This isn´t only a production for core classical lovers – this is a night for a wide audience.

“Repin’s playing of the Paganini has to be watched to be believed, and the audience, quite justifiably, go wild at the end, causing him to repeat the piece, this time modified for even greater effect, enchanting all present including orchestra and conductor. " John Phillips, MusicWeb International

Region code: 0

Booklet notes: English, German, French

Running time: 116 mins

Haydn: Orlando Paladino

Haydn: Orlando Paladino

Marlis Petersen (Angelica), Tom Randle (Orlando), Pietro Spagnoli (Rodomonte), Alexandrina Pendatchanska (Alcina), Sunhae Im (Eurilla), Victor Torres (Pasquale), Magnus Staveland (Medoro) & Arttu Kataja (Licone/Caronte)

Freiburger Barockorchester, René Jacobs

Stage: Nigel Lowery and Amir Hosseinpour

Recorded live at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Berlin, 8 May 2009

Directed for TV by Andreas Morell • Produced by Paul Smaczny

In the Summer of 2009, the British director Nigel Lowery and the Iranian choreographer Amir Hosseinpour brought to the stage the fantastic and imaginative adventures of ‘Racing Roland’. Haydn’s most renowned opera in his lifetime, Orlando Paladino, was performed on the 200th anniversary of his death under the musical direction of period-music specialist René Jacobs. Freiburg Baroque Orchestra completed this high-class production giving the music a classy sound and lively swing.

TV Format NTSC

16:9 anamorphic

Sound PCM Stereo

Dolby Digital 5.1 • DTS 5.1

Subtitles: It, Eng, Fr, Ger

Region Code 0 (worldwide)

Running Time 168 mins

“Anyone doubting Haydn's validity as an opera composer should try this...the vocal performances are consistently good. In the title role, Tom Randle's inventive vocalism and detailed physicality see him through a sequence of mad scenes...René Jacobs and the Freiburg players ensure light textures and liveliness throughout.” BBC Music Magazine, May 2010 ****

“...the staging's zany, over-the-top energy makes an entertaining case for an opera longer on purely musical delights than on subtlety of characterisation...this DVD could well convert those still unconvinced that Haydn's comic operas, for all their musical beauties, can be made to work in the theatre.” Gramophone Magazine, July 2010

Gioachino Rossini - Il Turco In Italia

Gioachino Rossini - Il Turco In Italia

Il Turco in Italia is een van Rossini's meest geestige, maar vaak genegeerde opera's. Het zit vol met frisse , ingenieuze composities. Het was Rossini's eerste samenwerking met Bellini's librettist Felice Romani. En Romani begreep volkomen Rossini's liefde voor pastiche en parodie. Hij leverde een a commedia dell' arte achtig scenario dat Rossini de gelegenheid gaf te spotten met tradities, die hij zelf had gecultiveerd.

The plot is verrukelijk wellustig en onder de vele prachtige duetten behoort zonder meer het duet tussen Geronio en Selim, waarbij de Selim, Geronio probeert te overtuigen om zijn vrouw aan hem te verkopen. Alom beschouwt als een van de meesterwerken van Rossini.

Onder de zangers o.a. de bas Simone Alaimo en de Griekse sopraan Myrtò Papatanasiu, die bij een groot publiek bekend werd door haar rol als Violetta in Zef¿ relli's Traviata in Rome in 2007 en de legendarische basso-buffo, leerling van Bruscantini, Bruno de Simone.

Henry Purcell - Dido And Aeneas

Henry Purcell - Dido And Aeneas

G. Rossini - La Cenerentola

G. Rossini - La Cenerentola

Julia Fischer - Violin & Piano

Julia Fischer - Violin & Piano

Beethoven's fifth

Beethoven's Fifth. A Rediscovery


Acclaimed keyboard virtuoso Jos van Immerseel and his period orchestra Anima Eterna rediscover Beethoven’s Fifth as it could have been played by the maestro himself. Recorded in High Definition (with Surround Sound) and with neck-flexing camerawerk, this performance at the historical Concert Noble makes for an electrifying live event. The concert is accompanied by a documentary (shot in Vienna, Antwerp and Brussels) which expands on the music, the maestro, and the trials and tribulations off and on stage.

Rossini - The Early Operas

Alessandro Corbelli · Amelia Felle · David Kuebler · Alberto Rinaldi; John Del Carlo · Janice Hall · David Kuebler · Alberto Rinaldi; Susan Patterson · Robert Gambill · Natale de Carolis · Monica Bacelli; Luciana Serra · David Kuebler · Alberto Rinaldi · Alessandro Corbelli
Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart
Gianluigi Gelmetti

As a very young man, Gioacchino Rossini (1792-1868) wrote several humorous one-act operas. These so-called “farse giocose“ are full of saucy elegance, sizzling wittiness, cheeky orchestration and touching lyricism. Four of these gems, filmed at the Schwetzingen Festival, have been released as a boxed set of four DVDs – making for a perfect Christmas present. The witty stagings of these musical comedies were performed in the jewel-like Rococo Theatre in Schwetzingen Palace, which was built in 1752. The small stage provided a perfect background for opera director Michael Hampe’s elegant mise-en-scène in which he maintained the light musical touch of these “joyous farces”. As for the recordings, the staging transfers perfectly to the screen and the cast of principals, led by Alessandro Corbelli, Alberto Rinaldi and David Kuebler and supported by the flexible Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra under Gianluigi Gelmetti ensures musical excellence. Rossini’s first operas already display all the elements that would take the music world by storm in Il barbiere di Siviglia, L’italiana in Algeri and La Cenerentola in the years to come: melodic inventiveness, ingenious connections between song lines and orchestral accompaniment, musical humour and breathtakingly fast parlando singing. The sparkling and quick-witted La cambiale di matrimonio was Rossini’s first staged opera and L’occasione fa il ladro, a farce about arranged marriages, role reversals and other amorous confusions is, in musical terms, by far the most riotous of these operatic jewels. Together with La scala di seta and Il signor Bruschin, this set of one-act operas is a milestone in the developing Rossini videography - now available in an attractive box.

Il signor Bruschino; La cambiale di matrimonio; L’occasione fa il ladro; La scala di seta

I, GB, D, F, E

GB, D, F

374 mins

Prijs: € 49,95 (voor 4 DVD's)

Romantic Masterpieces

Gil Shaham, Claudio Abbado; Frank-Michael Erben, Kurt Masur; Martha Argerich, Riccardo Chailly
Berliner Philharmoniker, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig

A four DVD Box combines some of the most famous and best loved romantic music, works which, with their lyrical emotion, their colourful sonority and their stunning virtuosity – were, are and always will be essential to our musical heritage. This selection, an attractive Christmas offer, brings famous masterpieces to the viewer in the form of first-class concert performances by all-star casts and a highly informative documentary in which musical examples are introduced by experts helping to understand the work’s structure. The bonus films also trace locations relevant to the composition, allowing the viewer to embark on a journey back to the time and place in which the work was written. The choice of works covers the whole range of Romantic masterpieces: Johannes Brahms’ (1833-1897) violin concerto is one of the most significant instrumental works in the repertoire. With unparalleled artistry the North German composer succeeded in infusing classical forms with new and stimulating romantic content. The American-Israeli virtuoso Gil Shaham and the Berlin Philharmonic under Claudio Abbado present one of the greatest masterpieces in the history of music. The world-renowned “Berliners” under Abbado also present Antonín Dvořák’s (1841-1904) Symphony No. 9 "From the New World." The symphony, composed and premiered during Dvořák’s visit to the USA in the mid 1890s is by far his most popular work in the genre. Mendelssohn’s Concerto for Violin and Orchestra makes up the third disc in the box. Frank Michael Erben, first violinist of the famous Gewandhaus Quartet, joins the Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig and Kurt Masur for this recording. Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (1809-1847) was the orchestra’s first conductor and his famous Violin Concerto in E minor forged a link between Classicism and Romanticism creating a musically rich and virtuoso piece that remains a popular favourite with audiences. The fourth DVD features one of the world’s most fascinating pianists excelling in a performance of music by her favourite composer, Robert Schumann (1810-1856). Martha Argerich plays his Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, accompanied by the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig under Riccardo Chailly. Her consummate musicality and distinguished artistry show how the solo instrument and the orchestra create a particularly intense relationship in this most romantic of all piano concertos.

Brahms: Violin Concerto; Dvorak: Symphony No.9 “From the New World”; Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in E minor; Schumann: Piano Concerto

GB, D, F, E

GB, D, F

157 mins (Concerts) + 108 mins (Documentaries)

Prijs: € 49,95 (voor 4 DVD's)

Box: Italian Operas

This box contains four splendid productions of masterpieces of Italian opera: Il barbiere di Siviglia, La Traviata, Tosca and Adriana Lecouvreur. A highly acclaimed staging of one of the most popular operas ever written is Rossini’s ‘Il barbiere di Siviglia’ presented with an all-star cast. An audiovisual feast that guarantees a wonderful night-out-at-the-opera experience for the home viewer. Another fascinating production is Verdi’s ‘La Traviata’ at one of Europe’s most important open-air festivals: the Opera Festival St. Margarethen. Also Puccini’s ‘Tosca’ can be enqueued to one of the best loved operas in the repertoire in a world-famous staging at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan. It is sung by an international cast of excellent singer-actors and directed by Riccardo Muti. The lead roles are filled by high-calibre stars, among them Maria Guleghina, one of the best dramatic sopranos of our time. Under the baton of Roberto Rizzi Brignoli, a new generation of singers gave fresh life to Cilea’s most polished work in January 2000. Daniela Dessì is admired for her ‘sensual tones’ in her singing. She is conducted by the two finest Russian singers of todays international stage: Sergei Larin and Olga Borodina. A wonderful and compelling Christmas present!

DVD 1: Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia, Vesselina Kasarova, Chorus and Orchestra of the Opernhaus Zürich, Nello Santi; DVD 2: Verdi: La Traviata Kristiane Kaiser, Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, Ernst Märzendorfer; DVD 3: Puccini: Tosca, Maria Guleghina, Chorus and Orchestra of the Teatro alla Scala, Riccardo Muti; DVD 4: Cilea: Adriana Lecouvreur, Sergei Larin, Giorgio Giuseppini, Chorus and Orchestra of the Teatro alla Scala, Roberto Rizzi Brignoli

English, German, French, Spanish, Italian

English, German, French

554 mins

Prijs: € 49,95 (voor 5 DVD's)

Box: Abbado Portrait

Claudio Abbado is one of the greatest conductors of today, and undeniably the supreme Mahler conductor of our time. This box contains two of the best-known works of Mahler but also a wonderful performance of Bruckner’s Symphony No.7 and of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No.3, all conducted by maestro Abbado.

DVD 1: Mahler: Symphony No.2, Lucerne Festival Orchestra; DVD 2: Mahler: Symphony No.9, Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester; DVD 3: Bruckner: Symphony No.7/Beethoven Piano Concerto No.3, Alfred Brendel, Lucerne Festival Orchestra; DVD 4: Documentary Hearing the Silence

English, German, French

English, German, French, Spanish, Italian

343 mins

Prijs: € 49,95 (voor 4 DVD's)

Box: Sacred Music

This DVD box combines the most known and beloved works in sacred music of the three greatest composers of all time, such as Giuseppe Verdi, Ludwig van Beethoven, and Johann Sebastian Bach. Those works were, are and always will be essential for music history. Initiating with Lorin Maazel’s tour with the Symphonica Toscanini called ‘In the Footsteps of Toscanini’, proved to be an ideal venue for this eloquent and musically impressive confessional work. It is followed by a state-of-the-art recording of Beethoven’s overwhelming music blends with an excellent cast of soloists, such as Camilla Nylund and René Pape. One of the greatest musical treatments of the sufferings of Jesus Christ receives a performance that is musically precise and stylistically close to what we today know as Bach's ideal. For many years the Bach Collegium Japan has been regarded as a real discovery among baroque ensembles, specialising in the performance of sacred music. The artistry of the performers under the assured baton of conductor George Christoph Biller is exemplary and the state-of-the-art filming shows the serene gothic church in full splendour – a fitting backdrop for the work that is generally regarded as the crowning glory of Bach’s sacred choral music; a majestic work that showcases Bach’s supreme craftsmanship and skill as a choral composer.

DVD 1: Verdi: Messa di Requiem, Norma Fantini, Anna Smirnova, Lorin Maazel; DVD 2: Beethoven: Missa Solemnis, Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden Orchestra, Fabio Luisi; DVD 3: Bach: St John’s passion, Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki, DVD 4: Bach: Mass in B minor, Thomanerchor Leipzig; Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Georg Christoph Biller

Latin, English, German, French, Spanish

English, German, French

Prijs: € 49,95 (voor 4 DVD's)

Box: Baroque Operas

This box contains a collection of three masterpieces of Baroque Opera. Three geniuses of the kind, three dazzling productions with highly acclaimed artists. The production of Henry Purcell’s most famous opera ‘King Arthur’ revives in the Salzburg Festival 2004. Nikolaus Harnoncourt gathered a musical dream-team made up of his own orchestra and the best singers of the baroque scene, represented by Barbara Bonney, Isabel Rey, and Michael Schade. For Handel’s ‘Serse’, Christophe Rousset casted a female singer in the role of Xerxes, which was written for the soprano castrato Caffarelli. Paula Rasmussen is the star in this acclaimed production live from the Semperoper, Dresden, directed for stage by Michael Hampe. Lully’s ‘Persée’ was recorded live at the Elgin Theatre of Toronto in April 2004.The staging is a dazzling spectacle of gods and goddesses, dancing scenes, flying machines and monsters with fight scenes and special effects inspired by designs from the original 17th century performance.

DVD 1+2: Purcell: King Arthur, Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor, Concentus Musicus Wien, Nikolaus Harnoncourt; DVD 3: Handel: Serse, Les Talens Lyriques, Christophe Rousset, Live from the Semperoper, Dresden; DVD 4: Lully: Persée, Tafelmusik Chamber Choir, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, Hervé Niquet

English, German, French

English, German, French

456 mins

Prijs: € 49,95 (voor 4 DVD's)

Box: The Essential Beethoven

West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, Juilliard String Quartet, Daniel Barenboim

Discover four pieces of the best romantic composers ever, interpreted and conducted by the greatest artists of today: Lorin Maazel, Daniel Baremboim, René Pape, Waltraud Meier and many others. From the technical brilliant and incredibly enthusiastic West-Eastern Divan Orchestra over camber music featured by the Juilliard String Quartet to the live recorded and prestigious Klavier-Festival Ruhr 2007 – a manifold and special reading as a dedication to Beethoven’s masterworks.

DVD 1: Symphony No.9 + Leonore Ouverture; Daniel Barenboim, Angela Denoke, The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra; DVD 2: String Quartets Op.18 No.4, Op.59 No.1, Op.131; Juilliard String Quartet; DVD 3: Fidelio; Carsten Stabell, Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana, Lorin Maazel; DVD 4: Piano Concertos 4&5 Daniel Barenboim, Staatskapelle Berlin

English, German, French, Spanish

English, German, French

437 mins

Prijs: € 49,95 (voor 4 DVD's)

Alfred Brendel speelt en introduceert de late pianowerken van Franz Schubert- 5 DVD-Box

(Duits gesproken, ondertiteling in Engels – Frans – Spaans, PCM Stereo, beeldformaat 4:3, speelduur 9.24').

Pianosonates in a, D 784 – in C, D 840 (onvoltooid) – in a, D 845 – in D, D 850 – in G, D 894 – in c, D 958 – in A, D 959 – in Bes, D 960 – Fantasie in C, D 760 (Wanderer) - Drei Klavierstücke D 946 – Moments musicaux D 780 – Impromptu’s D 899 – Impromptu’s D 935.

Alfred Brendel (piano) - Peter Hamm (regie).

Brendel behoort zonder enige twijfel tot de grootste pianisten van de afgelopen bijna vijftig jaar, wat natuurlijk niet wil zeggen dat zijn vertolkingen zonder uitzondering ook tot de grootste behoren. Mogelijk klinkt het wat paradoxaal maar wie geen inzinkingen kent is volgens mij geen groot pianist.

De op deze 5 dvd’s samengebrachte toelichtingen (de eloquente Brendel weet zich ook in het Duits uitstekend te redden) op en de interpretatie van de zogenaamde late Schubert-werken dateren alle uit 1976-1977. Inhoudelijk lijken deze uitvoeringen sterk op die op het label Vox/Turnabout, daarna gevolgd door de eerste Philips-opnamen uit het begin van de jaren zeventig (op 8 lp’s, in die bekende zalmkleurige doos, nr. 6747 175, later ook op cd verschenen). Wat mij betreft is dit tegelijk het beste nieuws, want ik vind Brendels Schubert uit die periode eenvoudigweg de beste, met als kernbegrippen frisheid en spontaniteit, gepaard gaande met een toen al diep inzicht in de vaak grillige structuur van deze muziek (zowel wat de vorm als wat de melodische en harmonische textuur betreft). Geen maniertjes, geen gekunsteldheden, maar grootse vertolkingen 'aus einem Guss'.

Artur Schnabel en Eduard Erdmann durfden het zo’n tachtig jaar geleden aan om de pianomuziek van Franz Schubert althans nog in bescheiden mate op de kaart te zetten. Zij waren feitelijk de eersten die de muziekwereld, maar bovenal de muziekliefhebber de weg wezen naar deze grootse muziek. Een ware mijlpaal in een tijd dat nog vrijwel niemand ook maar iets wist van deze sonates en klavierstukken. Eind jaren twintig, toen Schubert al honderd jaar dood was, kenden de grootste pianisten (o.a. Rachmaninov) niet of nauwelijks Schubers pianomuziek. Zelfs tot in de jaren zeventig bleef deze zo wonderbaarlijk mooie muziek voor velen nog steeds verborgen.

Brendel schreef het zelf terecht in zijn alleraardigste boekje Nachdenken über Musik (Piper Verlag, 1977): de vele vooroordelen over Schuberts pianomuziek stonden haar bekendheid in de weg.

Ik zou daaraan toe willen voegen: onbekend maakt onbemind. Gold dat dan ook voor Schuberts tijdgenoten? Aan de hand van hetgeen tijdens Schuberts leven in druk verscheen moet het antwoord helaas bevestigend luiden. Met uitzondering van de stukken voor piano vierhandig (daar was blijkens de vele uitgaven veel vraag naar) verschenen slechts drie pianosonates in druk: in a, D 845 (1825) , in D, D 850 (1825) en in G, D 894 (1826). Daarnaast verschenen nog de Wanderer-fantasie D 760 (1822) , de Moments musicaux D 780 D 780 (1828) en de eerste twee Impromptus (in c en in Es) uit D 899 (1827). Voorwaar geen rijke oogst. Wat er enige decennia na Schuberts dood wel werd gepubliceerd viel vaak ten prooi aan de luimen des uitgevers, om het beter verkoopbaar te maken. Maar ook nog tot diep in de vorige eeuw was het met de kwaliteit van vele gepubliceerde uitgaven van Schuberts werken droevig gesteld. Zelfs op de ‘Urtext’ uitgaven kon niet blindelings worden vertrouwd.

Schuberts pianomuziek wordt meestal in twee perioden ingedeeld: tot 1819 en van 1822-1828. Daartussen bevinden zich dan de drie jaren waarin de componist weliswaar veel liederen componeerde, maar zich toch vooral bezighield met het Singspiel, dat hem geen enkel succes bracht. Schuberts ‘rijpe’ periode (een op zich nogal wazig begrip) valt tussen de herfst van 1822 en zijn dood in 1828.

Wat vanaf de conceptie van de Wanderer-fantasie in hoge mate opvalt is de koortsachtige scheppingsdrang die zich van Schubert lijkt te hebben meester gemaakt. Het is speculatief, maar toch moet er serieus rekening mee worden gehouden dat Schubert in 1822 de gevolgen van de opgelopen syfilis letterlijk aan den lijve ondervond en zich daardoor met de begrensde tijd geconfronteerd zag. Het draait ook in de komende jaren om de intensiteit van de expressie, om geconcentreerde muzikale gedachten, nieuwe harmonische wendingen en een grotere afstand tot gemoedelijkheid. Schubert is in zijn laatste levensjaren veel minder de schepper van wonderschone melodieën en veel meer de dramaturg die niet alleen in zijn liederen (Der Doppelganger en Am Meer) maar ook in het instrumentale vlak naar nieuwe horizonten reikt.

Het drama dat zich ontvouwt heeft een hechte structuur niet als kern, maar meer de improvisatorische vrijheid. Alsof de gedachterijkdom, de gevoelsstromen niet meer in de sonatevorm passen (zoals in de voorlaatste Pianosonate D 959). De veel gehoorde opmerking dat Schuberts muziek zozeer in het Oostenrijkse landschap is geworteld wordt in deze uitvoeringen volstrekt overtuigend naar het rijk der fabelen verwezen.

Al die late pianowerken behoren zonder enige twijfel tot de instrumentale glansstukken waarmee de pianist zijn virtuositeit kan demonstreren, maar zij is nooit doel op zichzelf. Het bijna donderende geweld dat in de Wanderer-fantasie op de toehoorder wordt afgevuurd is niet meer dan een – zij het zeer wezenlijk – onderdeel van een gepassioneerd discours van orkestrale dimensies dat alle wezenselementen van het menselijke gevoel omvat. Daarom ook kan ik mij zelden aan de indruk onttrekken dat nog jonge pianisten dit werk alleen vanuit de virtuoze invalshoek benaderen (waarbij ze wat dit betreft in het goede gezelschap van Franz Liszt verkeren, die er een minipianoconcert van brouwde). Het ‘leven’ heeft hen nog niet de empirische kennis aangeleverd om het grootse werk ánders te benaderen.

Wie zich in de concertzaal of de opnamestudio aan deze sonates waagt moet zich allereerst goed realiseren dat Schuberts pianomuziek voor gebruik binnenshuis was bedoeld. Het kwam slechts sporadisch voor dat een pianowerk in die tijd tot in de concertzaal reikte. Wat trouwens voor de meeste negentiende-eeuwse componisten gold: ook Beethovens sonates waren zelden of nooit in de concertzaal te horen. Een tweede belangrijk punt is Schuberts vocale achtergrond, niet alleen als zanger maar ook als liederencomponist. Al is het puur melodieuze aspect in zijn late werken niet meer prominent, de thematiek heeft wel degelijk vocale raakvlakken, en in het bijzonder die van de liedkunst. Wie Mozarts opera’s niet goed kent zal ook zijn instrumentale muziek onvoldoende reliëf kunnen geven; met Schubert is het niet anders.

Hindernissen genoeg op de weg naar de overgave aan Schuberts pianomuziek. Wat mogelijk ook vandaag de dag deze muziek nog parten speelt is de relatieve onberekenbaarheid ervan. De heldere klassieke vormgeving werd door Schubert naar de achtergrond geschoven, motieven dienen niet als bouwstenen voor een overweldigende architectuur (Beethoven), melodische frasen werden verder opgerekt, terwijl alleen onderdelen daarvan werden doorontwikkeld. Vaak lijkt het op de strijd tussen expansie en structuur.

In Schuberts late periode overheerst de orkestrale pianostijl. Dat kunnen we ook aflezen aan de vele tremoli, de vele dubbeloctaven en de uitvoerige toonherhalingen. Dikwijls ontstaat de indruk van een piano-uittreksel van een orkestwerk, alsof de componist oorspronkelijk eigenlijk iets geheel anders in de zin had dan een sonate. Een uitgekiend pedaalgebruik versterkt die indruk nog eens. Het is immers het pedaalgebruik dat zoveel bijdraagt aan de kleurenrijkdom en de harmonische dieptewerking. Menige pianist maakt de voor de hand liggende fout om kort genoteerde basnoten niet dóór te laten klinken, wat onherroepelijk tot een storend waarneembare verarming van het muzikale betoog leidt. Er is – zoals Brendel het eens uitdrukte – een essentieel verschil tussen de technische en de muzikale notatie. Er zijn interpretaties die de toehoorder tot ademloos luisteren dwingen, juist doordat erin wordt geádemd. Dat is iets anders dan wat langer bij een prachtig beeld stilstaan.

Brendel geeft een uitvoerige, maar heldere toelichting bij de te spelen werken. Hij behandelt niet alleen de specifieke eigenschappen van de afzonderlijke sonates en klavierstukken, maar plaatst ze ook in de bredere context van Schuberts tijd, wat zeker fascinerende gezichtspunten oplevert. Zijn betoog zou in een conservatoriumomgeving niet misstaan, alhoewel het ook de leek zal aanspreken die meer over Schuberts instrumentale muziek en de achtergronden daarvan te weten wil komen. De door Radio Bremen in de periode 1976-77 gemaakte opnamen doen uiterlijk wat gedateerd aan (we zien een nog tamelijke jeugdige Brendel in de typische kledij van de jaren zeventig, toen ook al met pleisters rond de vingers…), maar zijn uiteenzettingen – gelardeerd met prachtige anekdotes, niet zonder humor - hebben nog niets van hun actualiteit verloren. Dat wil niet zeggen dat u zijn opvattingen van a tot z hoeft te delen, maar dat ze tot nadenken stemmen staat buiten kijf.

De uitvoeringen zelf munten uit door – ik schreef het al – frisheid en spontaniteit. Naar mijn smaak is dit Schuberts pianomuziek op zijn best, onopgesmukt, Latijns helder en vervuld van een weemoed die zonder enige gekunsteldheid uit deze klanken opwelt. Maar er is meer, variërende van zangerige expressiviteit tot in kolossale erupties uitmondende Lebensstürme. Ook voor Brendel geldt dat het pedaalgebruik een buitengewoon belangrijk hulpmiddel bij de articulatie is. We worden verrast met een uitgelezen kleurenpalet dat niet op zichzelf staat maar de frasen met elkander verbindt en harmoniewisselingen een indrukwekkend reliëf geeft. Hier niet, zoals bij zovele andere pianisten, allerlei losse episodes maar een coherent parcours dat op zich een uiterst krachtig pleidooi inhoudt voor Schuberts weidse panorama’s.

Brendel, de muzikale denker, die de frisheid en spontaniteit daarvoor niet heeft opgegeven. Hij ontloopt het gevaar dat in een te filosofische benadering besloten ligt, maar biedt ons de meesterlijke uitwerking van complexe patronen.

De beeldregie is spaarzaam, met een beperkte cameraopstelling. Het geluid is doorgaans uitstekend, al hoorde ik in sommige passages – waarin Brendel de muziek aan de hand van voorbeelden toelicht – soms een spoortje vervorming. Storend vond ik dit evenwel niet. Zeker, de latere Philips-opnamen (vanaf eind jaren tachtig) klinken beter, warmer en meer contrastrijk, maar Brendel is daarin ook meer bestudeerd, minder spontaan. Dat alles tezamen genomen maakt deze dvd-uitgave op EuroArts bepaald niet minder.

Het belang van deze dvd-productie kan niet voldoende worden benadrukt. We zien en horen Brendel vanuit het perspectief van zowel de muziekstudent als de muziekliefhebber. Het gemak en de intensiteit waarmee hij Schubert ‘verdedigt’ sluit naadloos aan bij de eruditie die hij daarbij tentoonspreidt. Dit is ‘muziekonderwijs’ op het hoogste niveau, met deze fascinerende docent bovendien als de meeslepende uitvoerder van deze onvergankelijke muziek. Om eindeloos van te genieten en heel wat boeiender dan de vele 'masterclasses' waarmee we worden overspoeld.

Overigens merkwaardig dat op het doosje en aan de buitenkant van de cassette Brendel anno nu staat afgebeeld, in tegenstelling tot de nog maar nauwelijks 45-jarige Brendel ten tijde van de opnamen. Kopers kunnen - als ze althans de achterzijde van de doos niet eerst aandachtig lezen - daardoor op het verkeerde been worden gezet.

Leonard Bernstein Anniversary Box - 5DVD-Box

June Anderson, soprano; Sarah Walker, mezzo-soprano; Klaus König, tenor; Jan-Hendrik Rootering, bass
Israel Philharmonic Orchestra; Orchestre National de France; Wiener Philharmoniker; Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks
Leonard Bernstein

The Anniversary DVD Edition (5 Discs). Endorsed by the Leonard Bernstein Estate. There has probably never been a conductor able to combine the highest musical standards with personal warmth in the way that Leonard Bernstein did. Bernstein not only had at his command a rare musicality that melded emotion with analysis, he was also uniquely able to convey that musicality both as a musician and as a teacher. The present boxed set brings together outstanding video recordings that allow us to see and hear the intensity and the thrilling, emotional way in which Bernstein communicated his interpretations to his musicians and to his public. The result is a magnificent tribute to this brilliant conductor on what would have been his 90th birthday.

Brahms: Symphonies Nos.1&3; Franck: Symphony in D minor; Milhaud : La Création du monde - Le Boeuf sur le toit; Mozart: Piano Concerto No.17, K.453, Symphony No.39; Beethoven: Symphony No.9 - Ode to Freedom; Bruckner: Symphony No.9


“…the ultimate Bernstein stocking-filler” 5 stars Classic FM Magazine

German, English, French, Spanish

English, German, French

419 mins

Prijs: € 75,95 (voor 5 DVD's)

The Essential Bach

Freiburger Barockorcheste; Thomanerchor Leipzig, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Georg Christoph Biller; Andrei Gavrilov & Joanna McGregor, piano; Ton Koopman, organ & harpsichord; Klaus Mertens, baritone; German Brass

Looking for a Christmas present that can’t go wrong? EuroArts offers a 5-DVD Budget Box of music by one of the greatest composers of all time. A representative selection of Bach’s most important works is performed by artists who are among the most eminent interpreters of his music. Exclusively devoted to the works of Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), these DVDs offer a unique survey of outstanding examples of Baroque music at its best. THE ESSENTIAL BACH contains all 6 Brandenburg Concertos, the touching Mass in B minor, the famous Well-Tempered Clavier I, a selection of great organ works and as a special: Bach for Brass, arrangements of popular works by J.S. Bach played by the high-profile ensemble German Brass. Amongst the artists are eminent Baroque singers Ruth Holton and Klaus Mertens, renowned harpsichordists and organists like Ton Koopman, and excellent ensembles such as Freiburger Barockorchester, Thomanerchor Leipzig and the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig. With an overall running time of more than 8 hours, this DVD provides informative, relaxing and entertaining viewing all year round, not just at Christmastime!

Brandenburg Concertos Nos. 1-6; Mass in B minor; The Well-Tempered Clavier - Book I: Preludes and Fugues 1-24; Great Organ Works + Arias & Keyboard Pieces; Bach for Brass

GB, D, F

483 mins

Prijs: € 59,95 (5 DVD-Box)

125 Years Berliner Philharmoniker - A Jubilee Celebration - 5 DVD-Box

Daniel Barenboim, piano; Gil Shaham, violin; Emanuel Pahud, flute; Marcus Roberts Trio
Berliner Philharmoniker
Claudio Abbado, Daniel Barenboim, Mariss Jansons, Seiji Ozawa, Simon Rattle

This authoritative DVD collection, which chronicles the musical history of the Berlin Philharmonic in anticipation of their 125th anniversary in 2007, is now available on EuroArts. It features outstanding live recordings of recent performances and presents the conductors of the greatest significance for the orchestra today: Claudio Abbado, Simon Rattle, Seiji Ozawa, Daniel Barenboim and Mariss Jansons. The five discs in an exclusive digipack with slipcase show highlights of the world’s most famous orchestra - recorded live between 2001 and 2004. They come in a luxurious presentation and at an attractive price. The extensive booklet provides insightful essays, an overview of the ensemble’s history and photographic material from the orchestra’s archive. Since the early nineties EuroArts has invariably joined forces with the Berlin Philharmonic whenever the orchestra’s concerts were to be recorded for television and, more recently, for DVD. Central to their work together are three annual events in the orchestra’s calendar: the New Year’s Eve galas, the famous open-air concerts at the Waldbühne and the European Concerts, which are performed in a different European city each year. Five of these form part of this DVD Anniversary Box: the European Concerts from Istanbul, Palermo and Athens as well as a New Year's Eve Concert and one of the famous Waldbühne concerts – EuroArts congratulates the Berlin Philharmonic, an orchestra with a great past and an exciting future!

Ludwig van Beethoven: Overture to "Egmont"; Hector Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique; Johannes Brahms: Piano Concerto No.1, Piano Quartet No.1 (arr. A. Schoenberg), Violin Concerto; Antonín Dvořák: Symphony No.9 "From the New World"; George Gershwin: An American in Paris, Rhapsody in Blue, Concerto in F; Joseph Haydn: Symphony No.94 "Surprise"; Giuseppe Verdi: Overture to "I vespri siciliani"; W.A. Mozart: Flute Concerto No.2, K.314 and many more

Behind the Scenes Documentaries

GB, D, F

521 mins + 83 mins (Bonus)

Prijs: € 85,95 (voor 5 DVD's)

Lucerne Festival Orchestra - Jubilee Box

Alfred Brendel, Maurizio Pollini, piano; Rachel Harnisch, Eteri Gvazava, soprano
Lucerne Festival Orchestra
Claudio Abbado

From its debut in 2003, the Lucerne Festival Orchestra has been enthusiastically received by public and press alike. The orchestra is a dream come true for Claudio Abbado who handpicked famous soloists, chamber recitalists and orchestral musicians to form this orchestra. Time and again it has been praised for its extraordinary sound and refined playing in the finest spirit of chamber music under the direction of the exceptional Italian conductor. The present DVD provides a comprehensive overview of the work of this already legendary orchestra featuring a selection of outstanding recordings from the 2003 to 2006 festivals. For prominent works by Beethoven, Bruckner, Debussy and Mahler, the orchestra is joined by reputed soloists. In addition to a masterly filmed musical experience, the box set also comprises the documentary “The History of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra” including rarely seen rehearsal, concert and archival footage featuring Wilhelm Furtwängler, Ferenc Fricsay, Herbert von Karajan, Yehudi Menuhin and Arturo Toscanini. Also included is a bonus DVD of Maurizio Pollini playing Beethoven in a first ever audiovisual release. The box set comes, at a very attractive price, in a luxurious presentation with an extended booklet with insightful essays and interesting photographic material – a suitable homage to a very special orchestra and its great conductor.

L.v. Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.3 (Brendel) & No.4 (Pollini); Anton Bruckner: Symphony No.7; Claude Debussy: La Mer & Suite Le Martyre de Saint Sébastien; Gustav Mahler: Symphonies Nos.5 & 6

Documentary: “The History of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra"

GB, D, F

425 mins

Prijs: 85,95 (voor 5 DVD's)

The Essential Mozart DVD Box

Just in time for Christmas, MediciArts offers a DVD box with a collection of Mozart’s compositions. Performed by the very best instrumentalists, orchestras, conductors and singers, this representative selection comes at an attractive price. The recordings bear witness to one of the most extensive musical projects in recent years, when, in honour of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s 250th birthday on 27 January 2006, EuroArts had arranged for high profile live transmissions from famous concert venues in Europe and Asia in the mammoth TV event 24hours Mozart. The Czech Philharmonic Orchestra under Manfred Honeck performed compositions by Mozart in the beautiful historical Estates Theatre in Prague. Each of the works on the disc is in some way related to the city: the Overture to Don Giovanni, which was famously premiered by the composer in the Estates Theatre, the “Prague” Symphony, which Mozart intended as a greeting to the city that he cherished and the marvellously melodic Clarinet Concerto - premiered in Prague just a few weeks before the composer’s death - played on the basset clarinet by the remarkable Sharon Kam. The second DVD captures an all Mozart concert by the Kammerorchester Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach with its musical director Hartmut Haenchen in the Konzerthaus Berlin. The chamber orchestra, often praised for its transparent renderings and technical precision, brought the music’s light-heartedness, songlike lyricism, drama and inspired polyphony to life. Before their interpretation of the “Jupiter” Symphony, the epitome of a classical symphony, they are joined by pianist Stefan Vladar for the piano concerto no.20. Vladar, with his sensitive touch and stylistic assurance, proved to be the ideal partner for the ensemble’s Mozart playing. The brother and sister duo Gil and Orli Shaham pay homage to Mozart with a selection of the composer’s finest violin sonatas. Recorded in the Palais Daun-Kinsky in Vienna, the third DVD in this box is brimming with energy and fearlessness tempered by a deep understanding of - and respect for - the music. Violinist Gil Shaham is internationally recognized by audiences and critics alike as one of today's most virtuosic and engaging classical artists and pianist Orli Shaham has established an impressive international reputation as a highly gifted accompanist. The Mozart Celebration at the Stephansdom was broadcast simultaneously in ten countries on the occasion of Mozart’s anniversary and now constitutes part four of this DVD box. Mozart was married in this impressive Viennese cathedral and the programme was chosen accordingly. The famous Vienna Boys' Choir joined the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra under Bertrand de Billy for a performance of festive sacred works, among them the Coronation Mass, the Ave Verum and the Vesperae solennes de Confessore. The exquisite French singer Sandrine Piau lends her wonderful soprano voice to several of the arias. The last DVD brings the opera Così fan tutte to life. The well-known film director Doris Dörrie, long established on the German cinema scene as a master of comic genius and famed for her bitter-sweet love stories, passed her first test in opera direction with flying colours. She staged Così fan tutte as a hippie musical that takes place some time in the 1970s, when the Flower Power generation was in full swing. Christian Sedelmayer created the set for this production and also designed the award-winning costumes. Dörries’ reading of the convoluted story of betrayal and reconciliation between lovers is one of the great successes at the Berlin State Opera and transfers beautifully to screen.

309 mins

Prijs: € 49,95 (voor 5 DVD's)

Beethoven Symphonies

Berliner Philharmoniker
Claudio Abbado

Claudio Abbado once remarked that, “With Beethoven, you never stop learning“ and indeed: the 75-year-old Milanese maestro has constantly reworked the symphonies of the master from Bonn (1770-1827). With this box containing all nine Beethoven Symphonies, MediciArts pays tribute to a consummate conductor and to his very special relationship, not only to the symphonic genius Beethoven but also to the world-class Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. When they performed and recorded all nine Beethoven Symphonies at the Academia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome, the nationwide Italian newspaper La Repubblica simply called it: “The most wonderful symphonic cycle of the past decade.” The recordings of the turn of the millennium mark a high point in Abbado's relationship with the Berlin Philharmonic and his 12 years as their chief conductor, whilst constituting a major triumph for the international star in his Italian homeland. Each of the symphonies is of course a masterpiece in itself – each represents the composer’s musical idiom at a particular stage in his development. Be it the famous Pastorale, his 6th symphony, the popular 9th, with its characteristic motifs, the less commonly performed 4th or the 7th, which marked his leaning toward romantic undertones – Abbado’s interpretations are the fruit of decades of involvement with Beethoven. The Berlin Philharmonic transforms Abbado’s musical intentions meticulously, creating a unity of sound that can only be achieved through many years of shared artistic experience: Claudio Abbado was the orchestra’s fifth Artistic Director from 1989 to 2002 and has remained close to the orchestra ever since. Abbado's Beethoven cycle will certainly become a milestone for contemporary interpretation and this four DVD box pays tribute to his achievement.

D, GB, F, I, E

D, GB, F

413 mins

prijs: € 49,95 (voor 4 DVD's)

Ballad for Edvard Grieg

Leif Ove Andsnes

Great Recordings of the Century - The DVD

Various Artists

The Eternal Maria Callas

Giuseppe Verdi, Georges Bizet, Vincenzo Bellini, Giacomo Puccini, Jules Massenet, Gioachino Rossini

The Golden Age of the Piano

Les jeux d’eau à la Villa d’Este (Liszt)
Ballade No.2 (Liszt)
Rondo capriccioso (Mendelssohn)
Sonata in E flat major “Les Adieux” (Beethoven)
Sonata in B flat major, D960 (Schubert)
Étude in D sharp minor (Scriabin)
Partita in E minor, BWV 830 (Bach)
Folk Dance
Sonata in F minor “Appassionata” (Beethoven)
“Spinning Song” (Mendelssohn)
Valse brillante (Chopin)
Gnomenreigen (Liszt)
Minuet in G major (Paderewski)
Polonaise in A flat major (Chopin)
Prelude in C sharp minor (Rachmaninoff)
Maguire’s Kick (Irish folk song)
Children’s Corner (Debussy)
Piano Concerto No.1 (Tchaikovsky)
Sonata in F minor “Appassionata” (Beethoven)
Widmung (Schumann/Liszt)

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Jacqueline du Pré in portrait

Jacqueline du Pré in portrait  

Een uitzonderlijke carrière van deze te vroeg gestorven celliste met integraal opnames van het celloconcerto van Elgar en pianotrio (ghost) van Beethoven


G.F. Handel

G.F. Handel

Giulio Cesare

Een 3 DVD-set van Haendel’s prachtig oratorium uitgevoerd door de Orchestra of the Age of Enlightment olv William Christie in een productie van David McVicar.


Prix d’Italia winning film


Over Beethoven met opname van de integrale 3° symfonie o.l.v. Sir John Elliot Gardiner

Prix d’Italia winning film  


Ivan the Terrible

Prokofiev - Ivan the Terrible  

Ballet van Sergei Prokofiev in een choreografie van Yuri Grigorovich.


Das Land des Lächelns

Léhar - Das Land des Lächelns  

Operette van Lehar uit de operette reeks van Seefestspiele Mörbisch.


Sacred songs

Renée Fleming - Sacred songs  

opname in de kathedraal van Mainz 2005 met het Mainzer Domchor en Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen olv Trevor Pinnock



Maria Callas - Passion  

Fascinerende film over het leven en de carrière van Maria Callas.


Le nozze di Figaro

Mozart - Le nozze di Figaro  

mooie bezetting voor deze prachtige opera met de Wiener Symphoniker in een modern regie van Peter Sellars

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Le nozze di Figaro
Don Giovanni
Così fan tutte

Danielle de Niese
Pietro Spagnoli
Marcel Reijans
Charlotte Margiono
Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest
Ingo Metzmacher

Nederlandse operaliefhebbers kunnen zich de uitvoeringen van Mozarts Da Ponte-opera´s in het vorige seizoen van De Nederlandse Opera waarschijnlijk nog wel voor de geest halen. Het multimedia-spektakel dat aan de uitvoeringen verbonden was, zorgde voor veel publiciteit, maar ook de uitvoeringen zelf zorgden voor veel gespreksstof; het regisseursduo Jossi Wieler en Sergio Morabito had gekozen voor een uitgesproken visie op deze populaire opera´s die niet door iedereen gedeeld werd. Deze spraakmakende ´trilogie´ is thans door Opus Arte in een 4DVD set uitgebracht. Nu het stof weer is opgetrokken is het tijd om nog eens goed naar deze bijzondere producties te gaan kijken en luisteren. Wordt dit het begin van een nieuwe controverse? Of moeten we concluderen dat het zo gek nog niet was?


Helene Grimaud: Living with Wolves
Various Artists, Conductors & Orchestras


Prijs: € 29,95

Benjamin Britten: The Hidden Heart
Various Artists, Conductors & Orchestras



Prijs: € 29,95

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