Rossini: La Donna del Lago (Blu-Ray)
Manufacturer: Warner Classics/Parlophone Brand: DIDONATO,JOYCE/FLOREZ,JUAN DIEGO Model: 35224591
Joyce DiDonato can do almost anything. She can sing high and low, loud and soft, and somehow make it all seem natural. She can manage florid runs and agitated climaxes as if they were expressive devices, not just vocal pyrotechnics. She can look sweetly demure, fondling flowers, or awesomely heroic, confronting royalty. She can make a simple gown look elegant, and a small gesture look big. Most important, she can reinforce such achievements with a mezzo-soprano â€” maybe a soprano sfogato â€” equally notable for richness and purity. - Martin Bernheimer, Wall Street Journal Joyce DiDonato is the worldâ€™s greatest living mezzo-soprano, thrilling audiences with, and garnering universal critical acclaim for, her expression, stagecraft, and flawless technique. The reception of her performances in the Paul Curran production of Rossiniâ€™s La Donna del Lago for the Metropolitan Opera were no exception, and this DVD and Bluray release, whose stellar cast includes Juan Diego Florez, John Osborn and Daniela Barcellona, cements this as a signature role for DiDonato.
Art 21: Art in the Twenty-First Century - Season 7
Manufacturer: PBS Model: 29562609
Season 7 features locations as diverse as a New York City public housing development, a Nevada military testing facility, a Swedish jazz festival, a German ceramics factory, and an activist neighborhood in Mexico. Featured artists: Thomas Hirschhorn, Graciela Iturbide, Leonardo Drew, Elliott Hundley, Arlene Shechet, Trevor Paglen, Wolfgang Laib, Tania Bruguera, Abraham Cruzvillegas, Katharina Grosse, Joan Jonas, and Omer Fast.
Morricone conducts Morricone : The Sicilian Clan, Once Upon a Time in the West... (No dialog)
The Taming of the Shrew - Shakespeare's Globe Theatre On-Screen (2 DVD set)
Manufacturer: Bayview Entertainment
This ''intelligent and energetic production'' (Daily Telegraph) of Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew was captured in High Definition and surround sound at the faithful reconstruction of the original Globe Theatre on the banks of the Thames (which has been called ''a theatrical heaven'' by the Sunday Express). It stars Simon Paisley Day and Samantha Spiro as the calm and complex Petruchio and the tempestuous Katherina. ''Although it's broad and bawdy, there are a few essential touches of poignancy, and the laughs come thick and fast.'' (Evening Standard) ''Bravely and wisely, director Toby Frow balances the play's startling cruelty with exuberant comic energy, rather than knowing irony'' (The Telegraph).
Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana - Leoncavallo: Pagliacci
Manufacturer: Sony Classical Brand: KAUFMANN,JONAS/THIELEMANN,CHRISTIAN/STAATSKAPELLE Model: 35396670
As comparably short operas, Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci are often billed together, but seldom is the lead tenor making his double role debut as Turiddu and Canio on the same evening. At the 2015 Salzburg Easter Festival, Jonas Kaufmann did just that to rapturous praise. Universally hailed as a coup for Kaufmann, the plaudits were also showered on Philipp StÃ¶lzl for his innovative staging which includes live video projections while referencing the era of black-and-white movies.Disc 11. Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana; Opening2. Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana; Preludio3. Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana; O Lola ch'ai di latti la cammisa4. Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana; Introduzione5. Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana; Gli aranci olezzano sui verdi margini6. Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana; Dite, mamma Lucia7. Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana; Il cavallo scalpita8. Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana; Beato voi, compar Alfio - Regina coeli, laetare9. Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana; PerchÃ© m'hai fatto segno di tacere? - Voi lo sapete, o mamma10. Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana; Tu qui, Santuzza?11. Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana; Ah! Lo vedi, che hai tu detto? - No, no, Turiddu12. Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana; Oh! Il Signore vi manda13. Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana; Intermezzo sinfonico14. Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana; A casa, a casa, amici15. Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana; Viva il vino spumeggiante16. Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana; A voi tutti salute17. Mascagni: Cavaller...
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