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Karl Bohm, Wiener Symphoniker, Wiener Staatsopernchor - Mozart: Requiem [2005/1971]

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Karl Bohm, Wiener Symphoniker, Wiener Staatsopernchor - Mozart: Requiem [2005/1971]

Karl Bohm, Wiener Symphoniker, Wiener Staatsopernchor - Mozart: Requiem [2005/1971]
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | Latin (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 6.45 Gb (DVD9) | 64 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Latin, English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

Karl Böhm conducting the Requiem: one of the foremost Mozart conductors of the 20th century in one of Mozart’s most admired works. Singers Gundula Janowitz, Christa Ludwig, Peter Schreier and Walter Berry join forces to form a brilliant cast of soloists. Taped in 1971 at the Piaristenkirche in Vienna, this is a rare document of outstanding artistic quality.

Riccardo Chailly, Wiener Philharmoniker, Ann Murray, Francisco Araiza - Rossini: La Cenerentola (2001)

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Riccardo Chailly, Wiener Philharmoniker, Ann Murray, Francisco Araiza - Rossini: La Cenerentola (2001)

Riccardo Chailly, Wiener Philharmoniker, Ann Murray, Francisco Araiza - Rossini: La Cenerentola (2001)
PAL 4:3 (720x576) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | 162 min | 7,25 Gb (DVD9)
Classical | Label: Arthaus Musik | Sub: Italiano, English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol | Recorded: 1988

La Cenerentola is one of the few operas to have an important subtitle, "The Triumph of Virtue". This Salzburg production makes a point of its being a moral tale rather than a mere fairy tale like the version reflexively sung by Angelina in her "Cavatina": the defeat and forgiveness of the stepsisters and their greedy father is a settling of moral accounts. The production is also tremendous fun–partly because of gimmicks like the mechanical coach and horses that arrives on stage in the high wind of the Act Two storm–but mostly because of the endlessly energetic pulse of Riccardo Chailly's conducting of the Vienna Philharmonic.

Artur Rother, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Christa Ludwig, James King, Walter Berry - Beethovet: Fidelio (2012/1963)

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Artur Rother, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Christa Ludwig, James King, Walter Berry  - Beethovet: Fidelio (2012/1963)

Artur Rother, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Christa Ludwig, James King, Walter Berry - Beethovet: Fidelio (2012/1963)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | Deutsch (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | 6.87 Gb (DVD9) | 124 min
Classical | Arthaus Musik | Sub: Deutsch, English, Francais, Espanol, Italiano, Japanese, Korean

The Deutsche Oper in Berlin had hardly opened on 24th September 1961 before it started preparing to celebrate its 50th anniversary. How was that possible? Had it entered into some sort of time warp? That might indeed have been possible for a theatre that in the past had devoted itself to Richard Wagner’s works. But there was a simpler explanation: the Deutsche Oper Berlin had, in fact, originally opened on 7 November 1912 under the title of Deutsches Opernhaus. Thus it was Beethoven’s “Fidelio” that featured at the opening of the Deutsches Opernhaus in 1912 – and it was also chosen for the anniversary concert on 7th November 1962 that is documented in this DVD. The conductor of the Deutsche Oper orchestra was a man who had been personally involved in much of the former history of the opera house – Artur Rother. He had joined it in 1934 and in the 28 years leading up to the anniversary, Rother conducted no fewer than 66 premieres.

James Levine, Wiener Philharmoniker - Mozart: Die Zauberflote (2005)

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James Levine, Wiener Philharmoniker - Mozart: Die Zauberflote (2005)

James Levine, Wiener Philharmoniker - Mozart: Die Zauberflöte (2005)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Deutsch (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | 189 min | 4,24+7,00 Gb (DVD5+DVD9)
Classical | Label: TDK | Sub: English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Italiano | Recorded: 1982

This production of Mozart’s Zauberflöte received enormous and unanimous approval, when it was premiered in Salzburg. The Theatre wizard Jean-Pierre Ponnellecreated a staging which became part and parcel of the festival programme for over nine years and soon acquired the status of a legend. Of course, none of that would have had the same appeal if it had not been in accord with Mozart’s music, performed with perfect blend of lightness and pathos, humour and profundity, by James Levine and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra; nor would it all have worked without a truly Festival-worthy cast of singers: the Finnish bass Martti Talvela, who departed way too soon in 1989, in his famous role as Sarastro, the incomparable Edita Gruberová as “the best-ever Queen of the Night” (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung), the legendary Tamino Peter Schreier as well as the petite, lyrical soprano Ileana Cotrubas˛ as Pamina. Further, Christian Boesch, who sang the role of his life with Papageno, was credited most for his performance in this legendary Zauberflöte.

Ferdinand Leitner, Münchener Philharmoniker - Handel: Giulio Cesare (1993)

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Ferdinand Leitner, Münchener Philharmoniker - Handel: Giulio Cesare (1993)

Ferdinand Leitner, Münchener Philharmoniker - Handel: Giulio Cesare / Julius Caersar (1993)
EAC | APE | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 950 Mb | Total time: 69:16+72:30+77:31 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Verona | # 27035/37 | Recorded: 1965

It is usually the big nineteenth-century opera sets that are bought for their singers; but with a line-up of principals such as we have here Handel too is swept into the golden net. Lucia Popp, two years into her career after her Vienna debut, Christa Ludwig, Fritz Wunderlich, Walter Berry: that is a quartet which in its time may have seemed no more than standard stuff, but at this date looks starry indeed. […] The Orfeo, for one thing, is sung in German instead of Italian; it has cuts, though many fewer than the Mackerras recording in English with Dame Janet Baker; it has the solo voices recorded very close indeed (those that are supposedly off-stage are just about where many modern recordings would have them except when off-stage); and the orchestra sounds, to our re-trained ears, big and thick, with the heavy bass-line that used to seem as proper to Handel as gravy from the roast was to Yorkshire pudding. The roles of Caesar and Sextus, moreover, are taken by men, and there is not a countertenor in sight.

Karl Bohm, Wiener Philharmoniker, Gundula Janowitz, Rene Kollo, Edita Gruberova - Strauss: Ariadne auf Naxos (2007/1978)

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Karl Bohm, Wiener Philharmoniker, Gundula Janowitz, Rene Kollo, Edita Gruberova - Strauss: Ariadne auf Naxos (2007/1978)

Karl Böhm, Wiener Philharmoniker, Gundula Janowitz, René Kollo, Edita Gruberova - Strauss: Ariadne auf Naxos (2007/1978)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | Deutsch (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 7.02 Gb (DVD9) | 127 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Deutsch, English, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

This DVD of Ariadne is a 1978 film based on Filippo Sanjust’s Vienna State Opera production. The bustling Prologue is set in the backstage area of the mogul’s palace and the 18th century costumes fit neatly. In the opera proper, the stage is transformed into a very stagey desert island with an improbable set of stairs leading to the heroine’s cave, the action spilling over into the theatre’s side boxes at times. While there’s nothing particularly imaginative about the production, it never distracts from the main event–the music. Strauss was profligate in his melodic gifts, his ability to make a reduced orchestra sound big, and his wonderful obsession with the female voice, which yields many glorious moments in the opera. Lavish casting helps.

Wilhelm Furtwangler, Wiener Philharmoniker, Cesare Siepi, Elisabeth Grummer, Lisa della Casa - Mozart: Don Giovanni (2001/1954)

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Wilhelm Furtwangler, Wiener Philharmoniker, Cesare Siepi, Elisabeth Grummer, Lisa della Casa - Mozart: Don Giovanni (2001/1954)

Wilhelm Furtwängler, Wiener Philharmoniker, Cesare Siepi, Elisabeth Grümmer, Lisa della Casa, Walter Berry - Mozart: Don Giovanni (2001/1954)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | 7.37 Gb (DVD9) | 177 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Italiano, English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

The tale of womaniser Don Giovanni and his servant Leporello. Giovanni's attempts to woo Donna Anna end in tragedy when he kills her father in a duel. Anna and her fiancé Don Ottavio swear vengeance. Giovanni then attempts to seduce Zerlina at her wedding reception, but is foiled when his former mistress Donna Elvira warns the bride of Giovanni's reputation. Giovanni now has everyone out for his blood, but tries to trick his pursuers by switching places with Leporello. Wilhelm Furtwängler conducts the Vienna State Opera Chorus and Philarmonic Orchestra performing Mozart's famous opera. The principle singers are Walter Berry, Erna Berger, Otto Edelmann, Anton Dermota, Elisabeth Grummer and Cesare Siepi as Don Giovanni.