Puccini: La Boheme: Live from the Met
Manufacturer: Warner Classics Brand: GHEORGHIU/VARGAS/LUISOTTI Model: 35225109
The Metropolitan Opera's acclaimed Live in High-Definition series, which projects live performances into theaters across the globe, has met with unprecedented critical and commercial success and has made opera convenient and affordable to millions of viewers worldwide. Now, EMI Classics is proud to collaborate with The Met to release 6 new DVDs made from these broadcast performances.Puccini's immortal classic of love and loss, with Franco Zeffirelli's sumptuous, iconic production and Nicola Luisotti's expressive conducting. Angela Gheorghiu, the leading Puccini soprano of our time, reprises the role of MimÃ¬, while tenor RamÃ³n Vargas gives a sensitive reading of Rodolfo. All these forces combine for a truly definitive performance of this beloved opera! Franco Zeffirelliâ€™s production of La BohÃ¨me is a perennial favorite at New Yorkâ€™s Metropolitan Opera and it retains its power in this 2008 performance. Its large-scale settings and especially an Act II set that looks as if half the 1890â€™s Paris Latin Quarter has been beamed direct to the MET. Itâ€™s been criticized as an over-the-top spectacle, but as well as bringing breath-taking realism to the stage, itâ€™s bursting with energy and directorial flair. The individuals making up the large crowds milling in front of the CafÃ© Momus each have some little stage business to do, giving the audience the feeling of participating in the onstage street festival. Zeffirelliâ€™s detailed dire...
Stevie Wonder: Live at Last [Blu-ray]
Manufacturer: Motown Brand: Vivendi Entertainment Model: 5073094
Stevie Wonder performs live at London's O2 Arena in October 2008 as part of his 'Wonder Summer Nights' European tour. Songs include classics from all stages of his career including 'My Cherie Amour', 'Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I'm Yours)', 'Superstition', 'Higher Ground', 'Living for the City' and 'You Are the Sunshine of My Life'. Stevie's daughter, Aisha Morris, joins him on the stage as a backing singer.
Gustavo Dudamel: Live from Salzburg - Beethoven/Mussorgsky
Manufacturer: Deutsche Grammophon
This DVD portrays Gustavo Dudamel's thrilling debut at the Salzburg Festival in 2008 recorded live in the heat of the moment at the Grosses Festspielhaus. This compelling concert features Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition, orchestrated in psychedelic colors by Ravel, eliciting rousing playing from Dudamel's young instrumentalists. For the Beethoven's Triple Concerto, Dudamel assembles the classical dream team including pianist Martha Argerich, violinist Renaud CapuÃ§on and cellist Gautier CapuÃ§on who bring emotionality to one of Beethoven's most emotionally naked compositions. DVD EXTRAS: Die Schule des HÃ¶rens--master classes in listening led by Dudamel, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, and the SBYOV as given at the 2008 Salzburg Festival.
Vivaldi: The Four Seasons / Julia Fischer Violin / The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Manufacturer: KULTUR VIDEO Brand: Kulter
Two dazzling picture edits over one sumptuous soundtrack bring new life to Vivaldi's perennial work. Choose between the director's cut with stunning images of the changing seasons, filmed at the National Botanic Garden of Wales, or the performance edit with shots of Julia Fischer and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, in the garden's futuristic glass dome by Norman Foster.The sensational young violinist Julia Fischer brings a fresh and sparkling interpretation of this popular work.Extras: When you reach a goal . . . an interview with Julia Fischer Director's cut and performance edit options Favourite Seasons: views on the seasons' moods and Vivaldi's music
Janis Joplin with Big Brother: Ball and Chain
Manufacturer: Charly Brand: Big Brother & The Holding Company
The performances featured on this DVD were filmed at the studios of KQED TV in April 1967, just weeks before Big Brother & The Holding Company shot to international fame following their blinding set at the Monterey Pop Festival in June 1967 (which featured Joplin's show-stopping performance of 'Ball And Chain', a highlight also of D.A. Pennebaker's famous movie documenting the festival). For many fans this was the period when Janis Joplin was at her best, before the pressure of fame and the ravages of drugs took over. This is the first DVD to release these KQED TV tracks. The songs are interspersed with short interviews with Janis and other band members, all in excellent sound and picture quality for the era. In addition to 'Ball And Chain', which was to appear on the group's second album in the following year, the set features two of the group's hit singles, 'Down On Me' and 'Coo Coo'. This package also includes a bonus audio CD of the tracks.
Above and Beyond
Manufacturer: MGM Brand: Warner Manufacturing
Robert Taylor ("Ivanhoe") delivers a powerful performance as the pilot of the Enola Gay who dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima. Troubled by his actions, he struggles to cope with his guilt and his marriage. Based on the true story of Col. Paul Tibbets. Co-starring Oscar-nominees James Whitmore ("Battleground") and Eleanor Parker ("Interrupted Melody").When sold by Amazon.com, this product will be manufactured on demand using DVD-R recordable media. Amazon.com's standard return policy will apply.
Giacomo Puccini: La Boheme
Manufacturer: Deutsche Grammophon
Deutsche Grammophon is proud to present Franco Zeffirelli's iconic staging of La BohÃ¨me as recorded liveat the Metropolitan Opera on January 16, 1982, available once again on DVD. This timeless production continues to thrill audiences almost every season since it was first introduced in 1981, and this performance captures the production at the very beginning with the original cast. Teresa Stratas, renowned for her acting abilities, captures the essence of MimÃ¬--her fragility, her resolve, her passion. Stratas is partnered by JosÃ© Carreras as Rodolfo, the poet and love of her dreams. The cast is rounded out with a lively Renata Scotto (who was filmed as MimÃ¬ in an earlier MET production, also available on DVD from Deutsche Grammophon) and sonorous Richard Stilwell. James Levine conducts the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus, culminating with over 200 people on stage for the conclusion of Act 2. This performance, well-known for its musical and visual qualities, is now available again.
Live In Dresden: The Wedding at the Opera
Manufacturer: Denon Records Brand: Umgd/Savoy Jazz
You are most cordially invited to a wedding celebration concert with AndrÃ© Rieu in one of the most beautiful opera houses in the world, the famous Semper Opera in Dresden.As well as the charming bride and bridegroom of this joyous occasion, there are 40 more fabulous pairs of dancers from the famous Vienna Debutantes of the Elmayer Dance School in Vienna. Together with the beautiful sopranos Mirusia Louwerse and Carmen Monarcha, the bombastic Platinum Tenors, the Johann Strauss Orchestra and the inspirational direction of AndrÃ© Rieu, this is sure to be one of his most festive concert performances ever! This DVD includes tracks not shown on the television special.AndrÃ© Rieu and his Johann Strauss Orchestra have performed throughout Europe, in North America, and Japan. They have won a number of awards including two World Music Awards and have recordings that have gone Gold and Platinum in many countries around the world. AndrÃ© Rieu plays a 1667 Stradivarius. His repertoire includes a wide range of classical music as well as popular and folk music plus music from famous motion picture sound tracks and theatre musicals. His lively and colorful orchestral presentations have attracted worldwide audiences to classical music.1. Wiener Melange2. The Wedding March3. Hoch Sollen Sie Leben4. Vienna Blood5. Plaisir d'Amour6. Figaro Cavatina7. Dancing Through The Skies8. E Lucevan Le Stelle9. I'm Off To Chez Maxim10. Espana Cani11. I Hear The Sound of Cymbals12. Wer Uns Getraut...
The Who: The Kids Are Alright [Blu-ray]
Manufacturer: SANCTUARY RECORDS
A visual exploration of the great performances and maniacal events that constitute the legend that is The Who. Includes interviews with band members Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey, Keith Moon and John Entwhistle, plus cameo appearances by Ringo Starr, Keith Richards and comedian Steve Martin.
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