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IMM-960026                                         IMM-960025                                                 IMM-960024                                                 IMM-960022

Gioacchino Rossini                                 Francesco Cilea                                            Pietro Mascagni                                            Giuseppe Verdi
Il Barbiere Di Siviglia                            Adriana Lecouvreur                                         Cavalleria Rusticana                                       Aida


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     Il Conte d’Almaviva - Nicola Monti                Maurizio, Conte di Sassonia - Nicola                               Turiddu - Mario Ortica                             Aida: Renata Tebaldi - Sophia Loren
          Bartolo - Marcello Cortis                                    Filacuridi                                       Alfio - Giuseppe Valdengo                           Amneris: Ebe Stignani - Lois Maxwell
         Rosina - Antonietta Pastori                    Il Principe di Bouillon - Carlo Badioli                         Santuzza - Carla Gavazzi                                Amonasro: Gino Bechi - Afro Poli
          Figaro - Rolando Panerai                    L’Abate di Chazeuil - Gino del Signore                           Mamma Lucia - Maria Amadini                        Radamès: Giuseppe Campora - Luciano
         Basilio - Franco Calabrese                         Michonnet - Otello Borgonovo                                    Lola - Rosita Gilardi                                         Della Marra
            Fiorello - Eraldo Coda                              Quinault - Eraldo Coda                                                                                     Ramfis: Giulio Neri - Antonio Cassinelli
                                                                                                              Orchestro e Coro di Milano della RAI
          Berta - Fernanda Cadoni                              Posson - Mario Vincenzi                                                                                        Il Faraone: Enrico Formichi - Enrico
                                                                                                              Conductor: Arturo Basile
Orchestra Della radio Televisione Italiana             Adriana Lecouvreur - Marcella Pobbe                                                                                                 Formichi
                                                                                                              Milan, July 11, 1956
Chorus master: Roberto Benaglio                     La Principessa di Bouillon - Fedora Barbieri                                                                            Un’Ancella: Giovanna Russo - Marisa
Conductor: Carlo Maria Giullini                         Mad. lla Jouvenot - Sandra Ballinari                                                                                                Valenti-
                                                      Mad. lla Dangeville - Miti Truccato Pace                                                                             Il Messagero: Paolo Caroli - Domenico
Broadcast date: April 23, 1954                           Un Maggiordomo - Egidio Casolari                                                                                                    Balini
                                                   Orchestra & Chorus of Radiotelevisione                                                                                 Una Schiave: Marisa Ciampaglia - Marisa
                                                   taliana Milan                                                                                                                          Ciampaglia
                                                   Chorus Master: Roberto Benaglio                                                                                          Un Guerrero Etiope: George Petroff -
                                                   Conductor: Alfredo Simonetto                                                                                                         George Petroff
                                                                                                                                                                          Ballerini: Alba Amova, Victor Ferrari, Ciro
                                                   Choreography: Ugo Dall’Ara                                                                                                              di Pardo
                                                   Prima ballerinas & ballerino: Luciana
                                                   Novaro, Vera Colombo, Ugo Dall’Ara                                                                                    Orchestra e Coro di Roma della RAI
                                                                                                                                                                         Conductor: Giuseppe Morelli
                                                   Broadcast date: March 26, 1955                                                                                        Corpo di Ballo del Teatro dell’Opera di
                                                                                                                                                                         Roma, Rome, 1953
                                                                                                                                                                         Directed by Clemente Fracassi




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                                                                                                              Jules Massenet
                                                                                                              Werther


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                                                                                                                            Werther - Juan Oncina
                                                                                                                            Carlotta - Leyla Gencer
                                                                                                                            Alberto - Enzo Sordello
                                                                                                                         Il Podestà - Marcello Cortis
                                                                                                                            Schmidt - Mario Carlin
                                                                                                                          Johann - Nestore Catalani
                                                                                                                            Sofia - Sandra Ballinari
                                                                                                                             Katchen - Elsa Alberti
                                                                                                                          Bruhlmann - Walter Artioli
                                                                                                              Orchestra e Coro di Milano della RAI
                                                                                                              Conductor: Alfredo Simonetto
                                                                                                              Milan, April 23, 1955




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IMM-960021                                          IMM-960020                                                 IMM-960019                                                 IMM-960018

Luciano Pavarotti - Joan                            Magic Fairy Tales - The                                    A Crazy Day - Pages Of The                                 Asami Maki Ballet Group
Sutherland - Richard Bonynge                        Prince And Cinderella - Ninel                              Russian Ballet
Live From The Sydney Opera                          Kurgapkina Benefit Performance
House



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Luciano Pavarotti and Joan Sutherland -             The dazzling music and grand choreography                  Two important and beautiful ballet                         The beauty, wit, and grand classical
two of the greatest singers that opera has          of the Kirov Ballet, Russia’s earliest and                 films, showcasing the work of the great                    technique of the world-renowned Asami
ever known - join forces in this astonishing        most enduring ballet company.                              choreographers and dancers of Russia.                      Maki Ballet Company are fully on display
concert, deftly filmed at the Sydney Opera          Choreographic riches preserved in                          ‘Pages of the Russian Ballet’ is a concert                 in this gorgeous selection of widely varying
House in 1983. The veteran Sutherland is in         these rare dance films include part of                     film in which the majesty of grand Russian                 performances, deftly captured on film at
fantastic coloratura voice. Pavarotti, already      Tchaikovsky’s ‘The Sleeping Beauty’ - with                 tradition is fully on view. We are treated to              the fabled St.Petersburg home of the Kirov
a world-renowned leading tenor, is still            the great Gabriella Komleva dancing                        dances from a Glinka opera and the great                   Ballet.
solely an opera star, a few years away from         Aurora, and with the traditional 19th-century              Borodin’s ‘Prince Igor’ and ‘Polovtsian                    Under the tireless creative leadership of
his household-word pop fame. The focus              choreography of Marius Petipa, who                         Dances’ - with classic choreography by                     Asami Maki, the veteran Japanese ballerina
is on great arias and duets from the grand          established the grandeur of the early Kirov                Michel Fokine, leading light of both the                   and choreographer - she made her debut
repertoire.                                         style when it was known as the Imperial                    avant garde of the early 1900’s and of                     in 1948 and has been breaking new ground
And the orchestra is led by the great               Russian Ballet.                                            modern ballet in the first half of the twentieth           in Japanese ballet for the 21st century - the
Australian conductor Richard Bonynge -              Also seen here is ‘The Prince and                          century. Just as exciting: the pieces are                  Asami Maki Ballet has become one of the
Sutherland’s husband, and her all-important         Cinderella,’ a fantasia on Prokofiev’s                     danced by the Kirov Ballet - and feature                   world’s best loved and most impressive
musical collaborator for many years.                ‘Cinderella,’ choreographed by the modern                  Gabriella Komleva, one of the modern                       companies. With deep roots in both
Gorgeous duets include ‘Brindisi’ and               master Constantine Sergeev, who helped                     world’s best-loved ballerinas.                             Japanese traditions and classical Russian
‘Parigi, o cara’ from ‘La Traviata’ and ‘Prendi     sustain Russian dominance in ballet in                     ‘A Crazy Day’ is the work of the idiosyncratic             technique, the company has fostered the
l’anel ti dono,’ from ‘La Sonnambula.’              the twentieth century. And as a climax                     Russian genius Boris Eifman, who has                       careers of hundreds of internationally
Sutherland brings down the house with,              we’re treated to a wealth of dancing from                  made his name as a choreographer by                        recognized dancers, choreographers, and
among other great arias, ‘Qui la voce sua           Ninel Kurgapkina, one of the most beloved                  bringing wit and insight to the grand                      designers.
soave,’ from ‘I Puritani.’ And Pavarotti brings     of modern Russian ballerinas. When                         traditions of Russian and international ballet.            Pieces excerpted here include four
his beautiful tone and sheer star power to          Kurgapkina dances the repertoire from                      Here he offers a gorgeous, complex, funny,                 choreographed by Asami Maki herself, as
‘Recondita armonia’ from ‘Tosca,’ ‘La mia           ‘Don Quixote’ to a Strauss waltz to Drigo’s                and sexy riff on ‘The Barber of Seville’ -                 well as two exciting entries from the late
letizia infondere’ from ‘I Lombardi,’ ‘Vesti        ‘Harlequinade,’ we are reminded yet again                  typical of Eifman’s work, which brings the                 American choreographer and pioneer of
la giubba’ from ‘Pagliacci,’ and more. A            of the greatness of Russian ballet, the Kirov,             great Russian ballet traditions into the                   modern ballet William Dollar. A thrilling
powerful and unforgettable evening.                 and the tradition of ballet itself.                        postmodernist world.                                       introduction to some of the best in classical
Track List:                                                                                                                                                               ballet and Japanese dance.
I Capuleti Ed I Montecchi (Vincenzo Bellini):                                                                                                                             The program includes fragments of:
Sinfonia - Orchestra / La Traviata (Giuseppe                                                                                                                              Love at Times of War - music by Taitiro
Verdi): Brindisi - Joan Sutherland, Luciano                                                                                                                               Kosugi, choreography by Asami Maki
Pavarotti / Tosca (Giacomo Puccini):
                                                                                                                                                                          Constantia - music by Frederic Chopin,
‘Recondita armonia’ - Luciano Pavarotti /
                                                                                                                                                                          choreography by William Dollar
La Traviata (Giuseppe Verdi): ‘Tenesta la
promessa… Addio, del passato’ - Joan                                                                                                                                      The Spider Web - music by Yasushi
Sutherland / I Lombardi (Giuseppe                                                                                                                                         Akutagawa, choreography by Asami Maki
Verdi): ‘La mia letizia infondere’ - Luciano                                                                                                                              Tryptyque - music by Yasushi Akutagawa,
Pavarotti / I Puritani (Vincenzo Bellini): Qui                                                                                                                            choreography by Asami Maki
la voce sua soave’ - Joan Sutherland / La
Sonnambula (Vincenzo Bellini): ‘Prendi                                                                                                                                    The Duel - music by Raffaelo de Banfield,
l’anel ti dono’ - Joan Sutherland, Luciano                                                                                                                                choreography by William Dollar
Pavarotti / Adriana Lecouvreur (Francesco                                                                                                                                 Mandala Symphony - music by Toshiro
Cilea): ‘Io son l’umile ancella…’ - Joan                                                                                                                                  Mayuzumi, choreography by Asami Maki
Sutherland / Werther (Jules Massenet):
‘Pourquoi me réveiller’ - Luciano Pavarotti /                                                                                                                             Directed by Eugenia Popova
Thaïs (Jules Massenet): Meditation -
Ladislav Jásek / Hamlet (Ambroise
Thomas): ‘A vos jeux, mes amis’ - Joan
Sutherland / Pagliacci (Ruggiero
Leoncavallo): ‘Vesti la giubba’ - Luciano
Pavarotti / Lucia di Lammermoor (Gaetano
Donizzetti): ‘Sulla tomba che rinserra’ - Joan
Sutherland, Luciano Pavarotti / L’Elisir
d’Amore (Gaetano Donizetti): ‘Una furtiva
lagrima’ - Luciano Pavarotti / Crispino e la
Comare (Luigi & Frederico Ricci): ‘Io non
sono più l’Annetta’ - Joan Sutherland / La
Traviata (Giuseppe Verdi): ‘Parigi, o cara’ -
Joan Sutherland, Luciano Pavarotti




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IMM-960017                                            IMM-960016                                                 IMM-960015                                                 IMM-960014

Ballet Miniatures                                     Everything Is Fine / Good                                  The Kirov Ballet                                           St. Petersburg Ballet
                                                      Mood                                                       Cinderella                                                 Everything Turns Into
                                                                                                                                                                            Dancing / Don Juan


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Three great Russian ballets, expertly filmed,          Faroukh Ruzimatov - star dancer of the                    A gorgeous production - gorgeously                         A dazzling collection of gorgeous
full of color, costume, and - of course - the          fabled Kirov ballet - in a rich program of                filmed - of the ballet Cinderella, with music              Russian ballet on film: Everything Turns
unparalleled dancing of Russian ballet stars.          fascinating dancing, music, and discussion.               by the great modern Russian composer                       into Dancing, with its series of brilliant
                                                       In two compelling films, this great Russian               Sergei Prokofiev. This production comes                    choreographic miniatures, created by the
‘Egyptian Night’ and ‘Carnival’ are works by
                                                       dancer delves into his love of both                       from the fabled Kirov Ballet, which originally             great Leonid Yakobson; and a bonus film of
the great Russian choreographer Mikhail
                                                       classical repertoire and classic swing and                commissioned Prokofiev’s great score                       Don Juan, with music by Richard Strauss.
Fokine, the former set to music by Anton
                                                       pop, bringing to full, balletic life music by             in the 1940’s. The beautiful colors and
Arensky, the latter to music by Robert                                                                                                                                      The main program, Everything Turns
                                                       Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald and                   astonishing dancing are fully captured in the
Schumann. These light, pretty, seductive                                                                                                                                    into Dancing is at once a thrilling dance
                                                       modern versions of a number of classical                  film, which adds some brilliant effects of its
ballets, though so different in theme                                                                                                                                       document and a daring experiment in
                                                       pieces. Ruzimatov is joined by his wife, the              own as well.
and setting, are alike in showcasing the                                                                                                                                    bringing Yakobson’s choreographic
amazing artistry of the fabled Kirov Ballet,           ballerina Olga Obukhovskaya, as well as by                The lead role is performed by the great                    miniatures to the screen. Pieces set to a
with its star dancers Faroukh Ruzimatov,               ensemble dancers of the Kirov.                            Gabriella Komleva, who before her                          wide variety of musical styles - Baroque
Altynai Asylmuratova, and Margarita Kullik,            The program contains two complete films:                  retirement in the late 1980’s was one of                   to classical to modernist, Bach to Rossini
who delve into the sheer pleasure and                  Everything Is Fine intersperses revealing                 Russia’s most exciting and best-loved                      to Honegger - become a stunning collage,
gorgeousness of movement, clothing, color,             interviews with Ruzimatov - discussing                    ballerinas. Bringing to life Konstantin                    interspersing footage of St. Petersburg’s
and sound.                                             the creative nourishment he takes in jazz                 Sergeev’s famous choreography - which                      streets and traffic as well as a grand
                                                       and in the choreography of his teacher                    premiered in Soviet Leningrad in 1946 -                    ensemble piece to music by Tchaikovsky.
By contrast, this fully packed program
                                                       Nikolai Tagunov - scenes of the dancer in                 Komleva shows why Cinderella was                           A fascinating achievement in both dance
concludes with ‘Romeo and Juliet,’ set to
                                                       a club listening to the highly accomplished               considered one of her great roles.                         and film.
famous music by Tchaikovsky and danced
by Choreoraphic Miniatures, the well-loved             Leningrad Jazz Ensemble, and some                         Komleva is especially ably supported by                    Both the story and the music of Don
company from St. Petersburg. This                      brilliant improvising to the music of the                 Lyudmila Galinskaya and Margarita Kullik                   Juan are classics. Kirov stalwart Sergey
brooding, tragic narrative, with its intense           ensemble’s leader David Goloshchekin.                     as the Ugly Sisters, Repulsa and Obnoxa,                   Berezhnoy brings enormous vigor and grace
color palette and athletic solos and duets,            And Ruzimatov and the others fly through                  whose dark comedy plays neatly off the                     to the old story of the great seducer whose
reminds us of the depth and passion that               songs by Ella and Louis.                                  moodiness of the romance. And young                        coming doom is foretold by the ghost of the
are also part and parcel Russian ballet. All           Good Mood is more of a full-scale concert                 students of the A.Y. Vaganova Institute                    man he kills. Together, these two beautiful
in all, a rich, varied, and thrilling program of       film, again showing the amazingly athletic                of Choreography do a beautiful job in the                  films, mixing the modern and the classic,
beautiful ballet.                                      and versatile Ruzimatov in jazz settings                  ensemble roles.                                            are a testament to the variety and power of
Track List:                                            and to the sounds of some adventurous                     A lovely and stirring production of a ballet               Russian ballet.
                                                       updates of classical music. Together, these               classic.
Egyptian Night: Music by Anton Arensky,                two beautifully shot films offer a complete
Choreography by Mikhail Fokine, The                    portrait of a daring, highly creative approach
Kirov Ballet, Students of the A.Y. Vaganova            to the art of ballet.
Leningrad Institute of Choreography, Kirov
Orchestra conducted by Victor Fedotov
Carnival: Music by Robert Schumann,
Choreography by Mikhail Fokine, The
Kirov Ballet, Students of the A.Y. Vaganova
Leningrad Institute of Choreography,
Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra
conducted by Victor Fedotov
Romeo and Juliet: Music by Peter
Tchaikovsky, Choreography by Sergey
Vikulov, Choreographic Miniatures ballet
group, Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra
conducted by Dmitry Kitaenko




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IMM 960013                                             IMM 960012                                                IMM 960011                                                 IMM 960010

Anna Karenina                                          The Kirov Ballet                                          Elena Obraztsova, Ileana                                   The Moscow Virtuosi
                                                       The Firebird & Petrushka                                  Cotrubas & Renata Scotto
                                                                                                                 Three Sopranos


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Tolstoy’s great novel of passion and                   Two gorgeous, classic ballets, with music                 ‘The Three Sopranos’ - the Romanian Ilena                  The Moscow Virtuosi - Russia’s
retribution is brought to new dramatic and             by the great twentieth-century composer                   Cotrubas, the Italian Renata Scotto, and                   internationally beloved chamber ensemble,
musical life in this operatic stage adaptation         Igor Stravinsky, danced by the Kirov Ballet,              the Russian Elena Obraztsova - sharing a                   drawn from the cream of the country’s
from the great Russian composer Vladislav              Russia’s fabled dance company.                            stage at the beautiful Roman Amphitheater                  greatest soloists - presents a beautiful
Uspensky and the brilliant Finnish director                                                                      at Siracuse, beautifully supported by the                  all-Bach-and-Mozart program for an
                                                       Both ‘Petrushka’ and ‘The Firebird’ draw
Jotaarkka Pennanen.                                                                                              Czech Symphony Orchestra.                                  enthusiastic audience at Torrejon de Ardoz,
                                                       on Russian folktales; each appears here in
                                                                                                                 Singing well-loved selections from such                    Spain.
Brilliantly sung, beautifully acted, colorfully        beautiful settings by master choreographers.
costumed, and stunningly staged, Anna’s                ‘Petrushka’ is one of Oleg Vinogradov’s                   operas as Pagliacci, La Boheme, Tales of                   Founded and led by the legendary violinist
tragic story is presented by the St.                   most charming works. Magical sets, raucous                Hoffman, Carmen, Aida, and more, each                      Vladimir Spivakov, the Moscow Virtuosi
Petersburg Conservatory Opera Theatre,                 costumes, and brilliant solo and ensemble                 of these three great artists brings to the                 have been delighting audiences around the
under the musical direction of Alexander               dancing add up to a thrillingly theatrical                proceedings her own distinctive style as                   world since 1979. Featured in this program
Sladkovsky - part of the glittering 2003               performance.                                              an actress, a star, and a vocalist. Among                  are two of the most exciting of the Virtuosi
celebration of the 300th anniversary of the                                                                      other standouts, Cotrubas sings Mimi from                  stalwarts: violinist Arkady Futer and oboist
                                                       ‘The Firebird’ - in Boris Eifman’s
great city of St. Petersburg, which plays                                                                        La Boheme — the role that made her an                      Alexey Utkin. Futer collaborates with
                                                       reconstruction of the classic choreography
such an important part in Tolstoy’s novel.                                                                       international sensation. Obraztsova, the                   Spivakov on the Bach double-violin concerto
                                                       by Mikhail Fokine - showcases highly
                                                                                                                 mezzo, sings Carmen; Scotto sings Amelia,                  in D Minor, and Utkin brings his gorgeous
One of the many artistic achievements of               accomplished dancing from Gabriella
                                                                                                                 from Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera. And                     tone and crowd-pleasing brilliance to the
this musical adaptation is the setting of              Komleva in the title role. Komleva is one of
                                                                                                                 two duets pair the singers off and bring out               Mozart C Major oboe concerto.
the novel’s double storylines - the doomed             Russia’s great ballerinas: a representative
                                                                                                                 fascinating nuances.                                       Also featured are the Bach single violin
romance of Anna and Count Vronksy, the                 of the generation that came into its own in
happy one of Kitty and Levin - against a               the 1960’s, she became one of the great                   A memorable, jam-packed musical evening                    concerto (with maestro Spivakov as soloist),
bustling ‘high society’ represented by a               preservers of classic Russian ballet.                     showcasing the gorgeous singing of three of                a complete Mozart symphony, and the
witty vocal chorus. Uspensky’s music mixes                                                                       the greatest sopranos of their generation.                 allegro movement of Mozart’s Divertimento
                                                       Deftly shot, brilliantly played (by the Kirov
modernism and romanticism with Russian                                                                           Track List:                                                in B Major. To all of these pieces, the
                                                       Orchestra), and perfectly realized in
folk elements, weaving the perfect sonic                                                                                                                                    Moscow Virtuosi bring their fabled precision,
                                                       movement, these ballets capture all the                   Ruggero Leoncavallo - Pagliacci: Qual
environment for this classic tale. The result                                                                                                                               polish, and sense of pure pleasure.
                                                       majesty of classical ballet - and all the                 fiamma avea nel guardo! (Nedda - Ileana
is a beautiful blend of great literature and           modernist brilliance of Stravinsky.                                                                                  Track List:
great music.                                                                                                     Cotrubas) / Giacomo Puccini - Le Villi:
                                                       The Firebird                                              Se io lo sapessi (Anna - Renata Scotto) /                  Johann Sebastian Bach - Concerto for
Music by Vladislav Uspensky                                                                                      Camille Saint-Saëns - Samson Et Dalila;                    two violins in D minor BWV 1043 (Arkady
                                                       Music by Igor Stravinsky
Libretto by Jotaarkka Pennanen                                                                                   Mon cœur s’ouvre a ta voix (Dalila - Elena                 Futer & Vladimir Spivakov - Violin) / Johann
                                                       Libretto by Mikhail Fokine,
                                                                                                                 Obraztsova) / Giacomo Puccini - La                         Sebastian Bach - Violin Concerto No. 1 in
Poetic text by Tatiana Kalinina                        Choreography by Boris Eifman
                                                                                                                 Bohème: Si, mi chiamo Mimi (Mimi -                         A minor BWV 1041 (Vladimir Spivakov -
St. Petersburg Conservatory Opera Theatre,             Directed by Victor Okountsov
                                                                                                                 Ileana Cotrubas) / Giuseppe Verdi - Un                     Violin) / Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart -
2003                                                   The Kirov Ballet
                                                                                                                 Ballo In Maschera: Morro, ma prima in                      Concert for Oboe and Orchestra in C major
                                                       Kirov Orchestra
Music director and conductor: Alexander                                                                          grazia (Amelia - Renata Scotto) / Jacques                  (Alexey Utkin - Oboe) / Wolfgang Amadeus
                                                       Conducted by Victor Fedotov
Sladkovsky                                                                                                       Offenbach - Les Contes d’Hoffmann: Oh,                     Mozart - Symphony No. 24 in B major KV
                                                       Kirov Opera and Ballet Theatre
                                                                                                                 belle nuit (Giulietta - Ileana Cotrubas /                  182 / Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Allegro di
Conductor: Ruben Agaronian                             Petrushka                                                 Nicklausse - Elena Obraztsova) / Giacomo                   molto from: Divertimento in B-major KV 137
Director and producer of Russian version:              Music by Igor Stravinsky                                  Puccini - Gianni Schicchi: Oh, mio babbino                 The Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra
Irina Taimanova                                        Libretto by Oleg Vinogradov                               caro (Lauretta - Renata Scotto) / Stanislaus               Conductor: Vladimir Spivakov
                                                       Choreography by Oleg Vinogradov                           Gastaldon - Musica prohibita (Ileana                       Recorded at: Municipal Theatre ‘Jose Maria
                                                       Directed by Yevgenia Popova                               Cotrubas) / Paolo Tosti - A vucchella                      Rodero’ of Torrejon de Ardoz
                                                       The Kirov Ballet                                          (Renata Scotto) / Georges Bizet - Carmen:
                                                       Kirov Orchestra                                           Habanera: L’amour est une (Carmen -
                                                       Conducted by Renat Salavatov                              Elena Obraztsova) / Johann Strauss Jr. - Il
                                                       Kirov Opera and Ballet Theatre                            Pipistrello: Czardas (Ileana Cotrubas) /
                                                                                                                 Giuseppe Verdi - Aida; Fu la sorte dell
                                                                                                                 armi... (Aida - Renata Scotto / Amneris -
                                                                                                                 Elena Obraztsova)
                                                                                                                 Czech Symphony Orchestra
                                                                                                                 Conductor: Armando Krieger
                                                                                                                 Recorded at: Roman Amphitheatre of
                                                                                                                 Siracuse




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IMM 960009                                          IMM 960008                                                IMM 960007                                                  IMM 960006

Plácido Domingo & Mstislav                          Plácido Domingo                                           Virtuosos of St. Petersburg                                 Esmeralda
Rostropovich                                        Plácido Grandisimo
A Night To Remember


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Two of the greatest artists of our time join       An evening of opera, zarzuela, and a                       An evening of gorgeous classical string                    A beautiful production of the classic ballet
forces for a thrilling evening of gorgeous         wealth of other musical treats from the                    music, performed by the young, talented                    ‘Esmeralda,’ from a great Russian ballet
music. Mstislav Rostropovich - Russian             great Spanish tenor Plácido Domingo -                      Orchestra de Camara de Los Jovenes,                        company: the Mussorgsky State Academic
cellist, conductor, and musical icon - and         joined by a host of special guests. Filmed                 under the direction of the great Russian                   Opera and Ballet Theatre of St. Petersburg.
Plácido Domingo - perhaps the finest               in Seville before an excited audience,                     maestro Vladimir Altshuler.                                At once steeped in tradition and amazingly
lyric tenor of his generation, who began           this concert brings together selections                                                                               fresh, this 1994 production - vibrantly
conducting, with enormous success,                 from great composers like Bizet, Puccini,                  Two Mozart pieces, the ever-popular
                                                                                                              Serenata Notturna, a serenade in D, and a                  documented in a tasteful video presentation
relatively late in his career - bring their        and Gershwin; romantic zarzuelas like El                                                                              - presents the company’s lively, graceful
legendary talents to a packed house at the         Gato Montes and La Taberana del Puerta;                    fleet and lovely divertimento, set the mood,
                                                                                                              showcasing the cohesiveness and fluidity                   lead ballerina Elvira Khabibullina in the role
beautiful, outdoor Roman amphitheater in           classics of Spanish guitar like ‘Asturias’; and                                                                       of the doomed gypsy dancer Esmeralda,
Merida, Spain.                                     Latin pop hits like ‘El Grito de America.’                 of the young string players - and adding the
                                                                                                              charm of timpani in the first piece, the punch             first created by the nineteenth-century
The program is as varied as it is exciting.        Joining Plácido for this musically varied                  of brass in the second.                                    novelist Victor Hugo for his classic work ‘The
The two stars are well supported by                event are the sultry American singer Julia                                                                            Hunchback of Notre Dame.’
the great Kirov Theater Orchestra of               Migenes - with whom the tenor appeared                     The great American composer Samuel
                                                                                                              Barber’s powerful Adagio for Strings -                     The production benefits from colorful,
Leningrad, which opens the evening with            in the critically acclaimed film version of                                                                           storybook set-design and costume, as well
not one but two classic overtures - including      Carmen - as well as soprano Guadalupe                      played so memorably at state funerals for
                                                                                                              the slain U.S. president John F. Kennedy -                 as from the ballet’s romantic music of 1844,
Tchaikovsky’s rousing and popular “1812.”          Sanchez and the dazzling guitarist Ernesto                                                                            composed by Cesare Pugni and deftly
Rostropovich plays a Haydn adagio;                 Bitetti.                                                   closes the program, allowing the ensemble
                                                                                                              to display not only its smoothness and wit                 played by the Mussorgsky’s symphony
Domingo sings Tchaikovsky, and then,               Plácido performs big arias, charming                                                                                  orchestra. Under the direction of the
joined by the beautiful and powerful soprano                                                                  but also its capacity for profound emotion.
                                                   operetta numbers, and duets; he encores                                                                               company’s director Nikolai Boyarchikov,
Olga Borodina as Carmen, he sings Bizet.           with Manuel Alejandro’s ‘El Grito de                       Track List:                                                the great Russian ballerina Tatyana
The show closes with a haunting Massenet           America,’ a contemporary work for                          Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Serenade in                      Vecheslova - who danced Esmeralda to
duet between the cello and voice (with the         ensemble and voices. A fascinating and                     D, KV 239: ‘Serenata Notturna’ / Wolfgang                  great acclaim in the early- and mid-twentieth
versatile Plácido on piano!).                      satisfying concert from one of the great                   Amadeus Mozart - Divertimento in B Minor /                 century - provided her own memories of
Deftly shot on a warm summer evening, this         vocal artists of the age.                                  Samuel Barber - Adagio                                     nineteenth-century realizations of the ballet.
program brings to life a great meeting of          Track List:                                                Orchestra de Camara de Los Jovenese                        The program also includes an evocative
two modern powerhouses of the classical                                                                                                                                  documentary introduction, covering
repertoire.                                        Georges Bizet - Carmen: Overture                           Conductor: Vladimir Altshuler                              Esmeralda’s history, featuring an interview
                                                   (Carmen - Julia Migenes-Johnson / Don                                                                                 with the company’s artistic director and
Track List:                                        José - Plácido Domingo) / George Gerswin -                                                                            reminiscences from the great nineteenth-
Pjotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky - Overture Solemne       Porgy & Bess: Summertime (Julia Migenes-                                                                              century ballerina Matilda Kschesinkaya.
1812 / Giuseppe Verdi - La Forza Del               Johnson) / Giacomo Puccini - Tosca : E
Destino : Overture / Franz Joseph Haydn -          lucevan le stelle (Cavaradossi - Plácido
Concert for Cello and Orchestra in D major:        Domingo) / Giacomo Puccini - La Rondine :
Adagio (Mstislav Rostropovich - Cello) /           Ch’il bel sogno di doretta (Magda - Julia
Pjotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky - Eugen Onegin:          Migenes-Johnson) / Manuel Penella: El gato
Lensky’s aria (Lensky - Plácido Domingo) /         montes (Guadalupe Sanchez & Plácido
Georges Bizet - Carmen: Prelude and Final          Domingo) / Pablo Sorozábal - La Tabernera
Duet (Carmen - Olga Borodina / Don José -          Del Puerto: ¡No puede ser! (Leondro -
Plácido Domingo) / Jules Massenet - Elégie         Plácido Domingo) / Isaac Albeniz: Asturias
(Mstislav Rostropovich - Cello / Plácido           (Ernesto Bitetti - Guitar) / Marian Beigbeder
Domingo - Piano)                                   & Manuel Alejandro: Cancion para una reina
Kirov Theater Orchestra Leningrad                  (Ernesto Bitetti - Guitar / Plácido Domingo) /
Mstislav Rostropovich & Plácido Domingo            Marian Beigbeder & Manuel Alejandro: El
Recorded at: The Roman Theater of Merida           grito d’America (Plácido Domingo) / Marian
                                                   Beigbeder & Manuel Alejandro - El grito
                                                   d’America (encore) (Plácido Domingo)
                                                   National Symphonic Orchestra of Spain
                                                   Conductors: Eugene Kohn & Manuel
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Grand Pas in the White Night                        Modern XX Dance Company                                     Leos Janácek                                               Jacques Offenbach
                                                    Achterland                                                  Das Schláue Füchslein                                      The Tales of Hoffmann


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A remarkable meeting of two of the great            A brilliantly filmed version of Achterland, the                             The People:                                Prologue and Epilogue
choreographers and impresarios - and                stunning, adventurous dance work from the                           The Forester - Rudolf Asmus                         Hoffmann - Robert Rounseville (singer and
two of the great dance companies - of               avant-garde Belgian choreographer Anne                        The Forester’s Wife - Ruth Schob-Lipka                                        cast)
the modern age: Maurice Béjart’s                    Teresa De Keersmaeker. Unlike many                          The Schoolmaster - Werner Enders                            Niklaus - Monica Sinclair (singer) / Pamela
groundbreaking Ballet of the XXth Century;          filmed dance pieces, Achterland is directed                         The Priest - Josef Burgwinkel                                       Brown (cast)
and the magisterial Kirov Ballet, directed by       by De Keersmaeker herself, who brings                               A Poacher - Herbert Rössler                                Stella - Moira Shearer (cast)
Oleg Vinogradov.                                    a choreographer’s talent to the camera,                         The Innkeeper Pásek - Walter Staps                     Act One - Olympia
In a series of performances in the beautiful        reflecting the work ‘s structures and themes                   The Innkeeper’s Wife - Ida Hemmerling                    Hoffmann - Robert Rounseville (singer and
palaces, parks, and riverbank walkways              in highly developed cinematic form. The                               Seppl - Jörg Albishausen                                              cast)
of Leningrad, dancers rehearse and                  original cast was largely reassembled for                               Franzl - Edgar Pelz                             Niklaus - Monica Sinclair (singer) / Pamela
perform fifteen pieces, ranging from the            the film; the piece was adapted to the new                            Terynka - Helga Naujoks                                           Brown (cast)
grand, classical style of ‘The Shades,’ ‘Don        medium, with choreographic revisions                                        The Animals:                                 Olympia - Dorothy Bond (singer) / Moira
Quixote,’ and ‘The Nutcracker’ to stark and         appropriate to cinematic expression.                            The Cunning Vixen - Irmgard Arnold                                     Shearer (cast)
edgy modernism in Béjart’s ‘Romeo and                                                                                     The Fox - Manfred Hopp
                                                    First performed at La Monnaie in 1990,                                                                                 Act Two - Giulietta
Juliet’ and ‘Le Sacre du Printemps.’ The                                                                         The Young Cunning Vixen - Heidrun Nickel
                                                    Achterland has become a critical part of
pieces are performed during Leningrad’s                                                                              Fox Cubs - Heidrun Nickel, Reiner                      Hoffmann - Robert Rounseville (singer and
                                                    the repertoire of Rosas, De Keersmaeker’s
‘white nights’ - the long twilight that comes                                                                     Thurmann, Norbert Schmidt, Edgar Pelz,                                       cast)
                                                    acclaimed company. More than eighty
with summer solstice.                                                                                                           Walter Bäck                                 Niklaus - Monica Sinclair (singer) / Pamela
                                                    versions have been staged in cities
                                                                                                                         Badger - Joseg Burgwinkel                                          Brown (cast)
Along with moments of stunning dancing,             throughout the world. Set to music by the
                                                                                                                      Woodpecker - Adolf Savelkouls                            Giulietta - Margerita Grandi (singer) /
the program documents the amazing                   contemporary composers Eugène Ysaye
                                                                                                                        Mosquito - Jörg Albishausen                                   Ludmilla Tcherina (cast)
creative process achieved by the dancers,           and György Ligeti, the piece evinces an
                                                                                                                             Frog - Walter Bäck
their directors, and film crews during ten          exuberant mood—a departure for De                                                                                      Act Three - Antonia
                                                                                                                         Cricket - Else Nürrenbach
intense days of rehearsal, performance,             Keersmaeker’s at the time of the work’s
                                                                                                                        Grasshopper - Heinz Thomas                          Hoffmann - Robert Rounseville (singer and
and shooting. Discussions with both Béjart          premiere—as it explores tensions between
                                                                                                                          Owl - Ruth Schob-Lipka                                              cast)
and Vinogradov reveal the artists’ mutual           man and woman and movement and music
                                                                                                                        Blue Dragonfly - Karin Vetter                       Niklaus - Monica Sinclair (singer) / Pamela
respect - and Béjart actually works up an           with playful, athletic dancing and striking
                                                                                                                        Badger-Dog - Werner Enders                                         Brown (cast)
entirely new piece, with great spontaneity,         imagery and costumes.
                                                                                                                            Cock - Frank Folker                               Antonia - Ann Ayers (singer and cast)
just for the occasion. A fascinating and            “The (...) Belgian choreographer Anne                                 Hen - Christal Oehlmann
beautiful cultural and creative exchange.           Teresa De Keersmaeker is one of the few                                                                                The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra London
                                                                                                                Orchester und Chorsolisten der komischen                   The Sadler’s Wells Chorus
                                                    today who make audiences see dance in
                                                                                                                Oper, Berlin                                               Conductor: Sir Thomas Beecham
                                                    a new way. She opens doors, even batters
                                                                                                                Conductor: Vaclav Neumann                                  1947/1950
                                                    some down; in short, she is a major artist.
                                                                                                                Berlin
                                                    Her 1990 work Achterland (“Hinterland”) (...)                                                                          Includes 2 Bonus CDs with the
                                                    stretches the very definition of dance. The                                                                            soundtrack to the German version of the
                                                    viewer encounters something unfamiliar                                                                                 movie, starring: Rudolf Schock, Josef
                                                    in terms of movement and the context in                                                                                Metternich, Rita Streich, Anny Schlemm
                                                    which it is placed, especially in relation to                                                                          a.o.
                                                    music, and yet recognizes profoundly that
                                                    the whole has some relationship to life
                                                    as it is lived (...) This is not your ordinary                                                                         DVD-9
                                                    choreographer.” - Anna Kisselgoff, The New
                                                    York Times, November 2, 1992
                                                    Winner:
                                                    - Dance Screen Award (Lyon, 1994)
                                                    - Best Adaptation, Festival International du
                                                    Film sur l’Art (Montreal, 1995)




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Wolfgang Fortner                                Giuseppe Verdi                                             Modes Moussorgsky                                          José van Dam
Bluthochzeit                                    Othello                                                    Khovanshchina                                              Mozart Concert


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         The mother - Martha Mödl                       Othello - Wolfgang Windgassen                      2-DVD                                                      An amazingly rich evening of the beautiful
         The bride - Anny Schlemm                         Desdemona - Sena Jurinac                            Prince Ivan Khovansky, Leader of the                    music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The
       The maid - Margarethe Bence                        Jago - Norman Mittelmann                                   Streltsy - Bulat Minjelkiev                      concert features the elegant singing of
      Leonardo - Hans-Günter Nöcker                        Emilia - Margarita Lilowa                       Prince Andrei Khovansky, his son - Vladimir                the great Belgian bass-baritone José Van
    Leonardo’s wife - Hetty Plümacher                    Cassio - William Blankenship                                          Galusin                                Dam in selections from Mozart’s timeless
Leonardo’s mother-in-law - Paula Brivkalne                Rodrigo - Adolf Dallapozza                         Prince Vasili Golitsyn - Alexei Steblianko               operas - plus the Ensemble Orchestra of
     The beggar (Death) - Res Fischer                     Lodovico - Walter Kreppel                        Dosifie, Leader of the Old Believers - Nikolai             Paris, conducted by Steuart Bedford, in two
      The moon - Hans-Ulrich Mielsch                        Montano - Willy Ferenz                                            Ohotnikov                               complete Mozart symphonies.
   The neighbour - Annemarie de Bruyn                         Herold - Leo Heppe                              Marfa, an Old Believer - Olga Borodina                  This extended concert, performed at the
 The bridegroom - Johannes Grossmann            Sinfonieorchester des Süddeutschen                             Shaklovity, a Boyar - Valery Alexeev                   Festival International d’Art Lyrique et de
  The father of the bride - Heinz Cramer        Rundfunks                                                     Emma, a girl from the German quarter                    Musique, in Aix-en-Provence, comes to
      A child - Jutta Blumenthal-Munz           Chor der Wiener Staatsoper                                                - Jelena Prokina                            vibrant life in a smooth video presentation.
          A boy - Achim Dünnwald                Wiener Sängerknaben                                               Scribe - Constantin pluzhnikov                      The variation and range of Mozart’s great
 Two boys - Hans Blessin, Stefan Schwer         Conductor: Argeo Quadri                                        Susanna, an Old Believer - Jevgenia                    music is fully exemplified by selections from
       A girl - Lieselotte Becker-Egne          Stuttgart                                                                    Tselovalnik                              the well-loved comic operas The Marriage
    Two girls - Liselotte Kiefer, Elfriede      Regie: Otto Schenk                                            Kuzka, a Strelyets musketeer - Nikolai                  of Figaro and Cosi fan tutte, as well as from
                   Dobbertin                                                                                                   Gassiev                                the dramatic masterpiece Don Giovanni. To
 Three girls - Hannelore Schukz-Pickard,                                                                         First Strelyets - Yevgeny Edotov                     all of these selections, José Van Dam brings
     Claudia Hellmann, Gustav Greve                                                                            Second Strelyets - Grigory Harasev                     the passion and polish that have long made
    Three guests - Gustav Grefe, Peter                                                                       A Confidant of Golitsyn - Nikolai Gassiev                him an international star.
     Schwender, Spelios Constantine                                                                         Streshnev, a young Herald - Vassili Gerelo
 Three woodcutters - Gustav Grefe, Alfred                                                                                                                             The two symphonies represent the
                                                                                                            Varsonofiev, Golitsyn’s confidant - Mikhail
          Pfeifle, Frithjof Sentpaul                                                                                                                                  beginnings of the exciting classical style to
                                                                                                                             Chernoukov
                                                                                                                                                                      which Mozart made such key contributions,
Orchestra and Chorus                                                                                                  Minister - Valery Lehed
                                                                                                                                                                      and they come from important points in
Conductor: Ferdinand Leitner                                                                               Kirov Orchestra and Opera Chorus and                       Mozart’s troubled yet always prolifically
Württembergischen Staatsoper Stuttgart,                                                                    Ballet, St. Petersburg                                     creative career. A thrilling evening.
1964                                                                                                       Conductor: Valery Gergiev
                                                                                                                                                                      Track listing: Cosí fan tutte: Overture /
                                                                                                           St. Petersburg, Mariinsky Theatre, 1991
                                                                                                                                                                      Concert aria: ‘Mentre ti lascio, o figlia’
DVD-9                                                                                                                                                                 K.513 / Don Giovanni: ‘Madomima,
                                                                                                                                                                      il catalogo è questo’ - ‘Deh vieni alla
                                                                                                                                                                      finestra’ (Philippe Bermond - mandolin) /
                                                                                                                                                                      Symphony No. 34 in C Major K.338: Allegro
                                                                                                                                                                      vivace - Andante di molto - Allegro vivace /
                                                                                                                                                                      Symphony No. 31 in D Major K. 297 ‘Paris’:
                                                                                                                                                                      Allegro assai - Andante - Allegro / La Nozze
                                                                                                                                                                      di Figaro: Overture - ‘Se vuol ballare’ - ‘Non
                                                                                                                                                                      piu andrai’ - Aprite un po’quegli occhi’ -
                                                                                                                                                                      ‘Vedrò mentrío sospiro’ - Don Giovanni: ‘Fin
                                                                                                                                                                      ch’han dal vino’




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Ballet National de Marseille                        Alfredo Kraus, Ruggero                                     Various Artists                                            Barbara Hendricks
The Four Seasons                                    Raimondi, Katia Ricciarelli                                Opera Stars Live In Barcelona                              A Portrait
                                                    In Concert


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Ballet by Roland Petit                              Great opera stars Alfredo Kraus, Katia                     From Barcelona’s magnificent Palau Sant                    A warm, revealing, and beautiful portrait
Music by Antonio Vivaldi                            Ricciarelli, and Ruggero Raimondi are                      Jordi comes this thrilling video concert: six              of the great American soprano Barbara
                                                    joined by baritone Paolo Coni and mezzo-                   international opera stars sing well-loved                  Hendricks. Rare backstage footage - as
Featuring a.o.: Dominique Khalfouni, Denys          soprano Lucia Valentini-Terrani in this                    arias of great composers from Verdi to                     well as revealing glimpses of Hendricks’s
Ganio, Luigi Bonino - Jean-Pierre Aviotte,          exciting concert from Madrid’s Plaza de                    Rossini to Donizetti.                                      small-town Arkansas childhood and home
and Jean-Charles Gil                                Toros Monumental. Gian Paolo Sanzogno,                                                                                life today - are combined with excerpts
                                                                                                               Alfredo Kraus, Renata Scotto, Gail Gilmore,
Her Is Antonio Vivaldi’s beautiful, well-loved      leading the Symphonic Orchestra of Madrid,                 Melanie Holliday, Paolo Coni, and Ramón                    of stunning performances and rehearsal
“Four Seasons”- brought to a new kind of            provides these great singers with beautiful                Vargas - some of the greatest opera singers                footage from Der Rosenklavier, The
life by the National Ballet of Marseilles, in       settings for displays of their unique vocal                of our time - get beautiful support from the               Marriage of Figaro, Rigoletto, La Boheme,
an exciting performance presented at the            artistry.                                                  Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, with Konrad                 and more.
famous Saint Mark’s Square in Venice.               Well-loved and compelling works by Puccini,                Leitner conducting. Each singer is featured                Hendricks’s artistic journey has taken her
                                                    Verdi, Bizet, Donizetti, and others come                   as a soloist, performing music appropriate to              from remote Nebraska to New York City,
The ballet, choreographed by Roland                 together on a single stage in solo and duet
Petit, features a stellar ensemble of                                                                          his or her own gifts and skills. And the finale            San Francisco, Milan, Berlin, Paris, and
                                                    renditions - plus one gorgeous quartet from                features all six in a charming ensemble from               elsewhere. The documentary, too, is rich
dancers. Offering gorgeous physical and             Rigoletto. Katia Ricciarelli’s interpretation of
visual counterparts to Vivaldi’s famously                                                                      La Traviata.                                               with a sense of place: settings range from
                                                    the famous ‘O mio babbino caro’is a gem in                                                                            La Scala, where Hendricks takes a lesson
evocative musical journey through the year,         itself, and the always magical Alfredo Kraus               Giuseppe Verdi is the featured composer -
the dancers work in pairs, trios, and large                                                                    and while some of Verdi’s best-known                       with her old teacher, to Brooklyn, New York,
                                                    is featured in two powerfully passionate                                                                              where we see the singer spending time with
ensembles to interpret each of Vivaldi’s            solos.                                                     works are heard (“La donna è mobile”
movements. While all of the ‘seasons’ take                                                                     from Rigoiletto, “Libiamo ne’lieti calici”                 her family.
on powerful, choreographed lives of their           This visually striking, high-quality video                 from Traviata), less well-known but no less                A wealth of beautiful singing, thoughtful and
own, Vivaldi is never relegated to mere             production captures all the drama, comedy,                 moving arias get unusual attention from                    revealing interviews with Hendricks herself,
accompaniment. This is a true partnership           elegance, and sheer musical beauty of a                    the powerful singers. High-quality video                   sophisticated visual and musical editing,
between music and dance.                            thrilling operatic evening in Madrid.                      production, meanwhile, brings singers,                     great locations, a compelling story - these
The fabled setting outside Saint Mark’s             Track listing: Georges Bizet: Carmen: Suite                conductors, orchestra, and appreciative                    and other ingredients offer viewers an
only adds to the pleasure of the ballet -           No. 1 - Symphonic Orchestra of Madrid /                    audience to brilliant life.                                unusually fascinating and realistic look at a
appropriately, too, as Venice was Vivaldi’s         Gaetano Donizetti: Lucrezia Borgia: ‘Soli                  Music selections: Giuseppe Verdi: Linda                    major operatic talent.
home town, the scene of his success as              noi siamo’ - Katia Ricciarelli & Ruggero                   di Chamounix: “O luce di quart’anima” -
a great Baroque composer. A beautiful               Raimondi / Gaetano Donizetti: L’Elisir                     Melanie Holliday / Ruggiero Leoncavallo:
evening of thrilling music and ballet.              d’Amore: ‘Una furtive lacrima’ - Alfredo                   “Mattinata” - Alfredo Kraus / Giuseppe Verdi:
                                                    Kraus / Giuseppe Verdi: Rigoletto: ‘Un di, se              Macbeth: “Pietà, rispetto, amore” - Paolo
                                                    ben rammentomi’ - Katia Ricciarelli, Alfredo               Coni / Francesco Paolo Tosti: ‘L’alba
                                                    Kraus, Paolo Coni & Lucia Valentini-Terrani /              separa dalla luce l’ombra” - Alfredo Kraus /
                                                    Giuseppe Verdi: Un Ballo In Maschera:                      Giuseppe Verdi: Don Carlo: “O don fatale” -
                                                    ‘Alzati! Là tuo figlio, Eri tu’ - Paolo Coni /             Gail Gilmore / Salvatore Cardillo: “Core
                                                    Giacomo Puccini: Gianni Schicchi: ‘O mio                   Ingrato” - Alfredo Kraus / Gaetano Donizetti:
                                                    babbino caro’ - Katia Ricciarelli / Gioachino              L’eloisir d’Amore: “Una furtive lacrima” -
                                                    Rossini: Il Barbiere Di Siviglia: ‘La calunnia             Ramón Vargas / Rodolfo Falvo: “Dicitencello
                                                    è un venticello’ - Ruggero Raimondi /                      vuie” - Alfredo Kraus / Franz Lehár: The
                                                    Francesco Cilia: L’Arlesiana: ‘Lamento                     Merry Widow: “Vilja-Lied” - Renata Scotto /
                                                    di Frederico’ - Alfredo Kraus / Geirges                    Gioacchino Rossini: “La Danza” (tarantella
                                                    Bizet: Carmen: ‘Chanson Boheme’ - Lucia                    napoletana) - Ramón Vargas / Giuseppe
                                                    Valentini-Terrani                                          Verdi: Rigoletto: “La donna è mobile” -
                                                                                                               Alfredo Kraus / Giuseppe Verdi: La Traviata:
                                                                                                               “Libiamo ne’lieti calici” (Brindisi) - Alfredo
                                                                                                               Kraus, Renata Scotto, Melanie Holliday, Gail
                                                                                                               Gilmore, Paolo Coni, Ramón Vargas




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Alfredo Kraus                                        Ruggero Raimondi, Katia                                    Various Artists                                           Alfredo Kraus & Renata Scotto
In Concert                                           Ricciarelli, Alfredo Kraus                                 Opera Stars Sing Broadway                                 Our Favourite Christmas
                                                     Opera Stars in Concert                                                                                               Songs


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Alfredo Kraus in concert in the Fernán               Concert operatic performances from some                    Opera stars sing favorite Broadway                        Christmas songs with a difference - sung
Nuñez Palace, Madrid, accompanied by                 of the greatest singers of our time - including            numbers in this concert from the Palau Sant               in a beautiful cathedral setting by the great
Edelmiro Arnaltes on the piano.                      Alfredo Kraus, Katia Ricciarelli, and                      Jordi in Barcelona.                                       opera stars Alfredo Kraus and Renata
The late tenor Alfredo Kraus performs in an          Ruggero Raimondi - on one stage, in one                    Supported by the Slovak Philharmonic                      Scotto.
unusually spare concert setting. A wealth            superb evening, superbly shot on video.                    Orchestra, the singers Renata Scotto,                     This full-length concert mixes popular yet
of beautiful art songs and arias are given           With the Symphonic Orchestra of Madrid                     Melanie Holliday, Paolo Coni, Gail Gilmore,               reverent Christmas music - “Cantique de
Kraus’s stylish and passionate treatment,            (Gian Paolo Sanzogno, conductor) providing                 and Ramon Vargas bring their talents                      Noël” (“O Holy Night”), “Adeste Fideles” (“O
accompanied only by piano, in a series of            nuanced support, the stars appear in solo,                 to songs by George Gershwin, Leonard                      Come, All Ye Faithful”), “Silent Night,” and
palatial 19th century rooms with superb              duet, and trio settings, taking on well-loved              Bernstein, Andrew Lloyd Weber, and other                  more - with elegant seasonal pieces from
acoustics. Kraus - who performed to                  works bij great and varied masters of the                  great composers for the Broadway stage.                   the classical repertoire: the “Ave Marias” of
enormous acclaim in the great opera houses           grand operatic tradition: Puccini, Gounod,                 Moods shift from the lighthearted to the                  both Bach/Gounod and Schubert, Capocci’s
of the world for more than forty years - here        Offenbach, Bellini, Domnizetti among them.                 highly dramatic in a repertoire ranging from              “Pastoral,” and a selection from Handel’s
interprets dramatic and highly emotional             Three pieces by Giuseppe Verdi - including                 the street savvy and musical modernity of                 “Messiah,” for example. The two singers are
works by such composers as Duparc,                   an orchestral overture - give the concert an               “West Side Story” to the classic operetta                 supported by a superb chamber orchestra -
Massenet, and Turina. As he sings without            unusual degree of unity.                                   “The Merry Widow,” from “Porgy and Bess”                  and a large vocal chorus, featured on three
the trappings of costume, orchestra, and             Strong visual production values and deft,                  to “Cats,” from some deft Gershwin pop                    pieces, adds nuance and variety.
sets, the depth of the singer’s warm, rich           thoughtful editing give an immediate sense                 tunes to “My Fair Lady.” Scotto, Gilmore,                 Renata Scotto and Alfredo Kraus bring to
tenor can be appreciated with unparalleled           of the evening’s richness and scope. Joining               Vargas, and the other stars of grand opera                these great Christmas classics the sincerity,
intimacy. While Kraus sang many of the               Kraus, Picciarelli, and Raimondi are baritone              bring new beauty and meaning to these                     artistry, and passion that have made them
major roles of the operatic repertoire, his          Paolo Coni and mezzo-soprano Lucia                         well-loved songs of the Broadway stage.                   two of the greatest singers in opera. The
Spanish heritage also gave him a love of             Valentini-Terrani - and the concert concludes                                                                        setting, too, adds much to the mood:
Spanish operetta, or zarzuela, with its roots                                                                   Tracks Listing: From West Side Story:
                                                     with a rousing trio from the biggest stars of              America - Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra /                 stained glass, ornate carvings, paintings,
in Spanish and Andalucian folksong. The              the evening.                                                                                                         chandeliers, and organ pipes combine with
works of Turina featured in this program                                                                        Maria - Ramon Vargas / Tonight - Gail
                                                     Track listing: Giuseppe Verdi: I Vespri                    Gilmore & Ramon Vargas / Somewhere -                      the beauty and clarity of the music to evoke
bear out that lifelong commitment - yet the                                                                                                                               all the warmth, celebration, and devotion
singer invests works by other composers,             Siciliani: Overture - Symphonic Orchestra of               Renata Scotto; from My Fair Lady: On The
                                                     Madrid / Vincenzo Bellini: I Puritani: ‘Il rival           Street Where You Live - Paolo Coni / I Could              of the Christmas season. The concert
too, with his trademark blend of debonair                                                                                                                                 climaxes with an unforgettably stirring
control and expressive passion.Opera lost a          salvar ti dei’ - Ruggero Raimondi & Paolo                  Have Danced All Night - Melanie Holliday;
                                                     Coni / Giuseppe Verdi: La Traviata: ‘Lunga                 from Progy and Bess: My Man’s Gobe Now -                  Alberto Kraus - Renata Scotto duet.
great artist when Alfredo Kraus died in 1999.
Fortunately, this beautiful and very personal        da lei’ - Alfredo Kraus / Jacques Offenbach:               Gail Gilmore / Granada - Ramon Vargas /
performance captures the singer’s taste,             Les Contes d’Hoffmann: Barcarole & Duet -                  Summertime - Gail Gilmore; from Cats:
warmth, and style for all time.                      Katia Ricciarelli & Licia Valentini-Terrani /              Memory - Renata Scotto / Embraceable
                                                     Giacomo Puccini: Tosca: ‘Vissi d’arte’ -                   You - Gail Gilmore; from Girl Crazy: I Got
Tracklisting: Liebeshymnus - Zueignung -             Katia Ricciarelli / Gioacchino Rossini:                    Rhythm - Gail Gilmore; from The Merry
Extase - L’invitation au voyage - Ouvre tes          Semiramide: ‘Eccomi alfine in Babilonia’ -                 Widow: Can Can - Melanie Holiday
yeux bleus - Elegie - Dedicatoria (piano solo) -     Lucia Valentino-Terrani / Gaetano Donizetti:
Nunca Olvida - Cantares - Los dos miedos -           ‘Lucrezia Borgia: ‘Vieni la mia vendetta’ -
Las locas por amor - En el fondo de la               Ruggero Raimondi / Giuseppe Verdi: Don
mina - En toda la Quintana - Los caminos             Carlos: ‘Per me giunto è il di supremo’ -
de la tarde (Pastoral) - Vorrei morire - L’alba      Paolo Coni / Charles Gounod: Faust: ‘Alerte,
separa dalla luce l’ombra - Aprile                   alerte’ - Alfredo Kraus, Katia Ricciarelli &
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Plácido Domingo                                      Plácido Domingo                                            Herbert Von Karajan
Live from Miami                                      Gala de Reyes                                              A Portrait



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A lively and satisfying video concert from the       A glittering, star-studded celebration of                  Perhaps nobody in the second half of
great Plácido Domingo, “Plácido Domingo              zarzuela composition, singing, and ballet:                 the twentieth century more completely
Live in Miami” was recorded before an                this Gala de Reyes (Royal Gala) concert                    dominated European orchestral music
enthusiastic audience at the Miami Arena -           features the great tenor Plácido Domingo.                  than the great conductor, director, and
and the concert also features the beautiful          In addition to Plácido’s brilliant solo                    teacher Herbert von Karajan. This DVD
singing of soprano Ana Panagulias.                   singing, the viewer is treated to solos and                package, focusing on an artistically
Though known for his ability to move easily          duets from Spain’s top zarzuela singers                    sensitive biographical film, offers
from the high style to interpreting world folk       Guadalupe Sanchez, Teresa Verdera, and                     unusually thoughtful and compelling views
and pop, here Plácido gives full attention           Paloma Perez Inigo; ballet performances,                   of a man who embodied the grandest of
to the operatic repertoire. Fans of Donizetti        an orchestral piece, and beautiful choral                  the classical traditions.
and Puccini are in for a special treat: the          singing round out the concert.                             Herbert von Karajan: A Portrait departs
program focuses on works of these two                The program is rich in varied moods and                    from clichéd images of this imposing and
well-loved composers, offering arias and             styles: Plácido’s enormous charisma and                    charismatic artist, looking behind the
duets from such towering achievements of             fine interpretive abilities are applied to                 drama of his style and the superstardom
the operatic literature as Donizetti’s Lucia di      poignant emotion, sexy comedy, stirring                    of his career to rehabilitate his reputation
Lammermoor and Don Pasquale, Puccini’s               severity. Duets, solos, and dancing keep the               as technically and aesthetically one of
Manon Lescaut and Tosca.                             evening moving along.                                      the most proficient conductors of his time.
Tracklisting: “O paradis!” from l’Africaine -        Tracklisting: Symphonic Orchestra of                       Archival footage of Karajan leading a
Plácido Domingo / “Fra poco a me ricovero”           Madrid - El Bateo: Prelude / Plácido                       variety of orchestras - from his renowned
from Lucia di Lammermoor - Plácido                   Domingo & Chorus - Luisa Fernanda: Coro                    Berlin Philharmonic to the European
Domingo / “Quel guardo il cavaliere” from            de Vareadores / Teresa Verdera - Lan                       Community Youth Orchestra - show him
Don Pasquale - Ana Panagulias / “Esulti pur          Gran Via: Chotis / Paloma Perez Iñigo - El                 as not only extraordinarily intense and
la Barbara” from L’elisir d’Amore - Plácido          Barberillo de Lavapiés: Canción de Paloma /                powerful but also warm and engaging.
Domingo & Ana Panagulias / Intermezzo                Plácido Domingo & Guadalupe Sánchez -                      Seiji Ozawa and Anne-Sophie Mutter,
from Manon Lescaut - Orchestra / “E                  La Del Manojo de Rosas: Dúo / Paloma                       among other star musicians and former
lucevan le stele” from Tosca - Plácido               Pérez Iñigo - La Tempranica / Plácido                      students, evoke the seminal influence
Domingo / “O mio babbino caro” from Gianni           Domingo - El Último Romántico: Bella                       of Karajan in their lives with anecdotes
Schicchi - Ana Panagulias / “Madrileña               Enamorada / Orchestra & Chorus - Doña                      and reminiscences both humorous and
bonita” from La del Manojo de Rosas -                Francisquita: Coro de Románticos / Plácido                 moving, and Karajan himself describes his
Plácido Domingo / “Los vareadores” form              Domingo - El Huésped del Sevillano: La                     youth and early struggles. (We also see
Luisa Fernanda - Plácido Domingo /                   Espada / Ballet Español - La Leyendo del                   him teaching master classes and directing
Intermezzo from Las Bodas de Luis Alonso -           Beso / Guadalupe Sánchez - Los Calveles /                  opera.)
Orchestra / El Gato Montés (M. Penella) -            Plácido Domingo - La Tabernera del Puerto:                 Including Bonus CD:
Plácido Domingo & Ana Panagulias                     No Puede Ser / Plácido Domingo, Ballet                     Johannes Brahms - Symphony No. 1
                                                     & Chorus - La Dolores: Jota / Plácido                      in C Minor, Op. 68 / Richard Strauss -
                                                     Domingo, Paloma Pérez Iñigo, Teresa                        Don Juan, Op. 20; Salome: Dance of
                                                     Verdera, Guadalupe Sánchez & Horus - Los                   the Seven Veils / Concertgebouworkest
                                                     Gavilanes: Marcha de la Amistad                            Amsterdam, Sept. 1943, Conducted by
                                                                                                                Herbert von Karajan




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