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Arthaus Musik are a pioneering German DVD label offering a wide range of opera and ballet performances, live concertos and documentaries featuring some of the world’s leading opera houses and ballet companies, orchestras and artists. Founded in 2000, Arthaus Musik have now changed their company name to Monarda Music.

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Image Simon Rattle: Music of the 20th Century
Written and presented by Sir Simon Rattle, the foremost British conductor of our day, this series forms a fascinating introduction to, and overview of, the music of the twentieth century.

Filmed concert performance by the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra under Sir Simon Rattle.

Special Features: Biographies of the Composers, additional Audio Tracks, Picture Galleries and a filmed concert performance of Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Gruppen.

Sound Format: PCM Stereo, Picture Format: 4:3
Language Versions: German and English; Subtitles: FR, IT, ES, JP
Running Time: 361 mins (+ Special Features)
Resolution: 1080i High Definition (Upscale)

£21.17 (£70.58)
Image GREAT ARIAS: KUDA KUDA (DVD)
This collection of Famous Arias and Scenes, opera’s finest, most exciting moments, will dazzle opera lovers and newcomers alike. The Arias and Scenes are each presented and performed by the most renowned and acclaimed artists of the opera stage, such as Dame Joan Sutherland, Kiri Te Kanawa, Eva Marton, René Kollo, Philip Langridge, Yuri Marusin, Thomas Hampson and José Van Dam. Their performances are selected from live recordings of acclaimed productions of key works in the operatic repertoire, and each sequence is preceded by a short contextual introduction by the featured singer. Famous Arias and Scenes is both a visually exciting introduction for new viewers to opera and a unique opportunity to see great singers talking to camera and then performing roles for which they are famous. Collected here are Famous Russian Arias and Scenes. They feature works by Glinka, Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky and singers like Vladimir Gluschak, Galina Gorchakova, Michael König, Anna Netrebko and others.

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Image GREAT ARIAS: KUDA KUDA (BLURAY)
This collection of Famous Arias and Scenes, opera’s finest, most exciting moments, will dazzle opera lovers and newcomers alike. The Arias and Scenes are each presented and performed by the most renowned and acclaimed artists of the opera stage, such as Dame Joan Sutherland, Kiri Te Kanawa, Eva Marton, René Kollo, Philip Langridge, Yuri Marusin, Thomas Hampson and José Van Dam. Their performances are selected from live recordings of acclaimed productions of key works in the operatic repertoire, and each sequence is preceded by a short contextual introduction by the featured singer. Famous Arias and Scenes is both a visually exciting introduction for new viewers to opera and a unique opportunity to see great singers talking to camera and then performing roles for which they are famous. Collected here are Famous Russian Arias and Scenes. They feature works by Glinka, Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky and singers like Vladimir Gluschak, Galina Gorchakova, Michael König, Anna Netrebko and others.

£8.49 (£18.86)
Image BLOOD ON THE FIELDS: MARSALIS
Wynton Marsalis, “possibly the best trumpeter of all times” (Maurice André) is the most famous member of a musical family from New Orleans. He started his career as a Wunderkind and had his breakthrough with Art Blakey, however also pursuing a great career in the classical music fi eld. As jazz musician he uses his profound knowledge of his instrument’s tradition in all styles from Oldtime jazz to Postbop and combines it with his virtuosity and fl awless technique. His own compositions enrich the jazz genre greatly, and his work as Artistic Manager of the New York Lincoln Center’s Jazz Department give jazz music a greater public audience. In this beautifully filmed documentary by Susan Shaw from 1996 Marsalis takes the viewer on a journey to New York, to his home town of New Orleans and to his rehearsal studios, where he and his assembled band of musicians record the album Blood on the Fields.

£8.49 (£18.86)
Image WAGNER: SIEGFRIED (DVD)
Richard Wagner’s Ring of the Nibelung reflects the composer’s autobiography as much as the political turmoil of his times. As work progressed, another figure grew to be as important as the hero Siegfried, the god Wotan, the mouthpiece for Wagner’s ideas. “He’s exactly like us: he is the sum of today’s intellectual consciousness, whereas Siegfried is what we hope the human being of the future will be, but who cannot be fashioned by us, and who must make himself by means of our destruction!” Our own doom as the basis of a happier future? Second ‘day’ – and third part – of Richard Wagner’s ‘Ring’, the musical saga that its author spent more than a quarter of a century composing. It follows the rise of a young hero, Siegfried, the illegitimate son of the twins whose story we were told in Die Walküre. On the one hand, there is learning about life, glorying in nature and in the emotions, as opposed to those of calculation and greed on the other. This episode shows how Wagner was intent on changing society, on showing that a different kind of man can exist, that the mercenary petit bourgeois world can be replaced by greater humanity and freedom.

£10.28 (£34.27)
Image WAGNER: SIEGFRIED (BLURAY)
Richard Wagner’s Ring of the Nibelung reflects the composer’s autobiography as much as the political turmoil of his times. As work progressed, another figure grew to be as important as the hero Siegfried, the god Wotan, the mouthpiece for Wagner’s ideas. “He’s exactly like us: he is the sum of today’s intellectual consciousness, whereas Siegfried is what we hope the human being of the future will be, but who cannot be fashioned by us, and who must make himself by means of our destruction!” Our own doom as the basis of a happier future? Second ‘day’ – and third part – of Richard Wagner’s ‘Ring’, the musical saga that its author spent more than a quarter of a century composing. It follows the rise of a young hero, Siegfried, the illegitimate son of the twins whose story we were told in Die Walküre. On the one hand, there is learning about life, glorying in nature and in the emotions, as opposed to those of calculation and greed on the other. This episode shows how Wagner was intent on changing society, on showing that a different kind of man can exist, that the mercenary petit bourgeois world can be replaced by greater humanity and freedom.

£10.28 (£34.27)
Image STRAUSS: SIMPLICIUS (DVD)
Operetta in three acts / Sung in German World premiere recordings of Johann Strauss's stage works are rare occurences. Arthaus is delighted ot present a lavishly presented version of Simplicius, never before heard or seen on DVD. The British director David Pountney lets the entertaining tale unfold accompanied by the many spectacular effects for which he has become internationally famous. Monumental props are embellished with skilled, clean-cut directing work, seasoned with a healthy portion of black humour. In the final scene the audience sees a dramatic gallows dangling from which numerous corpses, all turning in time to the music of a waltz. Strauss himself loved this work. It was the last of his stage works for which he conducted the premiere performance. He described it as ''generally speaking a much more cheerful work than Der Zigeunerbaron.'' Strauss's felicitous orchestration, langurous melodies, and endless inventiveness ensure over two hours of pleasure for all who invest in this unique piece of theatre.

£10.16 (£29.04)
Image STRAUSS: SIMPLICIUS (BLURAY)
Operetta in three acts / Sung in German World premiere recordings of Johann Strauss's stage works are rare occurences. Arthaus is delighted ot present a lavishly presented version of Simplicius, never before heard or seen on DVD. The British director David Pountney lets the entertaining tale unfold accompanied by the many spectacular effects for which he has become internationally famous. Monumental props are embellished with skilled, clean-cut directing work, seasoned with a healthy portion of black humour. In the final scene the audience sees a dramatic gallows dangling from which numerous corpses, all turning in time to the music of a waltz. Strauss himself loved this work. It was the last of his stage works for which he conducted the premiere performance. He described it as ''generally speaking a much more cheerful work than Der Zigeunerbaron.'' Strauss's felicitous orchestration, langurous melodies, and endless inventiveness ensure over two hours of pleasure for all who invest in this unique piece of theatre.

£10.28 (£34.27)
Image MAHLER: SYMPHONY 4 (DVD)
Bernard Haitink is one of the most sought-after Mahler conductors of our day. In this concert of Mahler’s „Fourth Symphony“, recorded live from the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, he conducts the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. The American Maria Ewing fascinates with her interpreation of the soprano solo featured in the work’s finale. Bernard Haitink first conducted the Concertgebouw Orchestra in 1956. Beginning in 1963, Haitink was chief conductor for 25 years, during which time the orchestra developed significantly. Particularly Haitink’s interpretations of Mahler and Bruckner made a worldwide impression. The Concertgebouw Orchestra was founded in 1888. On the occasion of its 100th anniversary in 1988, the orchestra officially received the appellation ‘Royal’.

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Image MAHLER: SYMPHONY 4 (BLURAY)
Bernard Haitink is one of the most sought-after Mahler conductors of our day. In this concert of Mahler’s „Fourth Symphony“, recorded live from the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, he conducts the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. The American Maria Ewing fascinates with her interpretation of the soprano solo featured in the work’s finale. Bernard Haitink first conducted the Concertgebouw Orchestra in 1956. Beginning in 1963, Haitink was chief conductor for 25 years, during which time the orchestra developed significantly. Particularly Haitink’s interpretations of Mahler and Bruckner made a worldwide impression. The Concertgebouw Orchestra was founded in 1888. On the occasion of its 100th anniversary in 1988, the orchestra officially received the appellation ‘Royal’.

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Image BEETHOVEN: SYMPHONIES 4-6
Following the excesses of the Eroica, Beethoven’s Fourth Symphony (1806) represents a return to the more modest dimensions of traditional symphonies. If one were to seek a common denominator for Symphonies 4 to 6, then it would perhaps be the fact that the symphonic “ego” is no longer portrayed in terms of the lonely hero but instead is confronted with a range of different realities and “environments” – the classical tradition in the Fourth, a malevolent force in the Fifth, and nature in the Sixth. The Fifth Symphony (1808) is a masterpiece not just of motivic construction and narrative psychology but also in terms of instrumentation. With his Pastoral Symphony (1808) Beethoven fully exploited the possibilities of musical narrative using sounds alone; the symphonies that followed were to take an entirely different route.

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Image GREAT ARIAS: AMOURS DIVINS (DVD)
This collection of Famous Arias and Scenes, opera’s finest, most exciting moments, will dazzle opera lovers and newcomers alike. The Arias and Scenes are each presented and performed by the most renowned and acclaimed artists of the opera stage, such as Dame Joan Sutherland, Kiri Te Kanawa, Eva Marton, Yuri Marusin, Thomas Hampson and José Van Dam. Their performances are selected from live recordings of acclaimed productions of key works in the operatic repertoire, and each sequence is preceded by a short contextual introduction by the featured singer. Famous Arias and Scenes is both a visually exciting introduction for new viewers to opera and a unique opportunity to see great singers talking to camera and then performing roles for which they are famous. Collected here are Famous French Arias and Scenes.

£8.49 (£18.86)
Image GREAT ARIAS: AMOURS DIVINS (BLURAY)
This collection of Famous Arias and Scenes, opera’s finest, most exciting moments, will dazzle opera lovers and newcomers alike. The Arias and Scenes are each presented and performed by the most renowned and acclaimed artists of the opera stage, such as Dame Joan Sutherland, Kiri Te Kanawa, Eva Marton, René Kollo, Philip Langridge, Yuri Marusin, Thomas Hampson and José Van Dam. Their performances are selected from live recordings of acclaimed productions of key works in the operatic repertoire, and each sequence is preceded by a short contextual introduction by the featured singer. Famous Arias and Scenes is both a visually exciting introduction for new viewers to opera and a unique opportunity to see great singers talking to camera and then performing roles for which they are famous. Collected here are Famous French Arias and Scenes.


£8.49 (£18.86)
Image VON WINTER: DAS LABYRINTH (DVD)
We are all familiar with Mozart’s “Die Zauberflöte” (“The Magic Flute”) to the libretto by Emanuel Schikaneder (1751–1812). It is not widely known however that Schikaneder wrote a sequel to “The Magic Flute”, which his friend Peter von Winter (1754–1825) set to music. 2012 the Salzburg Festival presented this operatic rarity in the form of a glittering fairy-tale opera full of magical events. The happy couple Pamina and Tamino have to master trials and tribulations, like the separation by Sarastro in order to wander through an underground labyrinth and the continuing machinations of the Queen of the Night. Well-loved Papageno – who reunites with his parents and finally marries his Papagena – helps Tamino and Pamina in their efforts to reach a happy ending. The Salzburg production by young director Alexandra Liedtke features a number of star soloists with Christof Fischesser as Sarastro and Malin Hartelius and Michael Schade as the lovers Pamina and Tamino. Newcomer Thomas Tatzl gives a charming Papageno, who leads us through the story and is always good for an adventure. Ivor Bolton conducts his Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra energetically, smoothly and elegantly, bringing out the best in Peter von Winter’s charming score with its cleverly interwoven allusions to Mozart. His compositions partly marked the transition between Mozart and Carl Maria von Weber in the development in German opera.

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Image VON WINTER: DAS LABYRINTH (BLURAY)
We are all familiar with Mozart’s “Die Zauberflöte” (“The Magic Flute”) to the libretto by Emanuel Schikaneder (1751–1812). It is not widely known however that Schikaneder wrote a sequel to “The Magic Flute”, which his friend Peter von Winter (1754–1825) set to music. 2012 the Salzburg Festival presented this operatic rarity in the form of a glittering fairy-tale opera full of magical events. The happy couple Pamina and Tamino have to master trials and tribulations, like the separation by Sarastro in order to wander through an underground labyrinth and the continuing machinations of the Queen of the Night. Well-loved Papageno – who reunites with his parents and finally marries his Papagena – helps Tamino and Pamina in their efforts to reach a happy ending. The Salzburg production by young director Alexandra Liedtke features a number of star soloists with Christof Fischesser as Sarastro and Malin Hartelius and Michael Schade as the lovers Pamina and Tamino. Newcomer Thomas Tatzl gives a charming Papageno, who leads us through the story and is always good for an adventure. Ivor Bolton conducts his Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra energetically, smoothly and elegantly, bringing out the best in Peter von Winter’s charming score with its cleverly interwoven allusions to Mozart. His compositions partly marked the transition between Mozart and Carl Maria von Weber in the development in German opera.

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Image ORPHEUS (DVD)
The myth surrounding the Thracian king's son Orpheus has provided artistic inspiration for numerous composers, painters and directors over the centuries. As a rule, the plots tend to focus on Orpheus' grief following the death of his wife Eurydice and his attempts to retrieve her from the underworld. The choreographers Dominique Hervieu and José Montalvo, generally known for their work in purely musical contexts, instead place Orpheus at the centre of the story as an artist who charms gods and mortals alike with wit and song – even moving rocks to tears. ''Orphée'' tells the story of Orpheus and Eurydice as a modern heroic epic: It's fast, exhilarating, and full of surprises. Nine dancers and seven singers and instrumentalists dance to the sound of bush drums in front of a lavishly-designed backdrop befitting a royal son. Classical singing merges with pop music. Hip-hop and break-dance meet orchestral music. Hervieu's and Montalvo's ''Orphée'' is a captivating work that fans of modern dance theatre will simply adore.

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Image ORPHEUS (BLURAY)
The myth surrounding the Thracian king's son Orpheus has provided artistic inspiration for numerous composers, painters and directors over the centuries. As a rule, the plots tend to focus on Orpheus' grief following the death of his wife Eurydice and his attempts to retrieve her from the underworld. The choreographers Dominique Hervieu and José Montalvo, generally known for their work in purely musical contexts, instead place Orpheus at the centre of the story as an artist who charms gods and mortals alike with wit and song – even moving rocks to tears. ''Orphée'' tells the story of Orpheus and Eurydice as a modern heroic epic: It's fast, exhilarating, and full of surprises. Nine dancers and seven singers and instrumentalists dance to the sound of bush drums in front of a lavishly-designed backdrop befitting a royal son. Classical singing merges with pop music. Hip-hop and break-dance meet orchestral music. Hervieu's and Montalvo's ''Orphée'' is a captivating work that fans of modern dance theatre will simply adore.

£10.28 (£34.27)
Image A BOLSHOI OPERA NIGHT
Famous arias from VERDI, DONIZETTI, ROSSINI, BELLINI, PUCCINI, WAGNER, FLOTOW, LEONCAVALLO, BORODIN, MUSSORGSKY This programme is not only a recording of an opera gala with an all-star cast. It is a historical document of a concert evening, which brings together eleven of the greatest opera-voices, with a superb programme of famous arias from Italian, Russian and German operas performed in one of the world’s oldest and most prestigious opera houses – Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre. The evening is hosted by no less than the Spanish star tenor José Carreras. It doesn’t make a difference if it’s Lucia Aliberti singing Vincenzo Bellini’s “Ah se una volta sola” from La Sonnambula, or Alan Titus as Leoncavallo’s Tonio from his masterpiece I pagliacci – the warm and velvet sound of the Bolshoi Theatre fascinates the audience from the first minute to the last moment of this impressive concert. One highlight of the evening is Hermann Preys “Lied an den Abendstern” from Richard Wagner’s “Tannhäuser”. For one moment, time stands still and the audience seems to be lost in the long and sensible legato. Exclusive and for the first time, the complete gala concert, including two rare and extraordinary interpretations of Russian arias from Mussorgsky and Borodin, will be released on DVD by Arthaus Musik.

£8.35 (£18.56)
Image NEW YEAR'S CONCERT 2013 (DVD)
In 2013 Sir John Eliot Gardiner made his second appearance as conductor of the traditional “New Year’s Concert” in the tradition-rich “Gran Teatro La Fenice di Venezia” – together with “La Scala” in Milan and “San Carlo” in Naples one of Italy’s most famous opera houses. Traditionally, the popular “Concerti di Capodanno” not only bring in the New Year musically, but also mark the opening of the new opera season which in Venice, contrary to general custom, begins with the calendar year. At the same time they give the opera house’s resident ensemble, the Orchestra e Coro del Teatro La Fenice, a perfect opportunity to show off their musical prowess. On the programme of the 2013 concert, in addition, of course, to brilliant gems from the work of this year’s bicentenarian Giuseppe Verdi, was Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s “Second Symphony in C minor”, Opus 17 – a relatively rarely performed piece that is undeservedly overshadowed by the Russian romantic’s last three works in that genre. The fiery “gallop” from Gioachino Rossini’s French opera “Le siège de Corinthe” rounded off the program, in which Italian soprano Desirée Rancatore and Albanian tenor Saimir Pirgu took over the Verdi arias – amongst them Violetta’s “Sempre libera” and of course the brindisi “Libiamo ne‘ lieti calici” from “La Traviata”.

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Image NEW YEAR'S CONCERT 2013 (BLURAY)
In 2013 Sir John Eliot Gardiner made his second appearance as conductor of the traditional “New Year’s Concert” in the tradition-rich “Gran Teatro La Fenice di Venezia” – together with “La Scala” in Milan and “San Carlo” in Naples one of Italy’s most famous opera houses. Traditionally, the popular “Concerti di Capodanno” not only bring in the New Year musically, but also mark the opening of the new opera season which in Venice, contrary to general custom, begins with the calendar year. At the same time they give the opera house’s resident ensemble, the Orchestra e Coro del Teatro La Fenice, a perfect opportunity to show off their musical prowess. On the programme of the 2013 concert, in addition, of course, to brilliant gems from the work of this year’s bicentenarian Giuseppe Verdi, was Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s “Second Symphony in C minor”, Opus 17 – a relatively rarely performed piece that is undeservedly overshadowed by the Russian romantic’s last three works in that genre. The fiery “gallop” from Gioachino Rossini’s French opera “Le siège de Corinthe” rounded off the program, in which Italian soprano Desirée Rancatore and Albanian tenor Saimir Pirgu took over the Verdi arias – amongst them Violetta’s “Sempre libera” and of course the brindisi “Libiamo ne‘ lieti calici” from “La Traviata”.

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Image MOZART FOR THE PEOPLE (DVD)
“Friedrich Gulda belongs to the irrational sort, whose threatening extinction is a great loss to the world” (Manfred Gräter, WDR). After years of virtual abstinence from the classical music business – Gulda cursed at its protagonists being “scheißreaktionäre Künstlerlemuren“ (reactionary monkeys) – the lateral thinker returned to the concert stage in 1981. This recital from the Amerikahaus in Munich, which he combined with concerts in Milan and Paris, features Friedrich Gulda in a black sweatshirt, playing works by his personal favourite Mozart – in a version specially for purists. Gulda presents his crystal-clear interpretations of the sonatas with his personally unique spirit and his indisputable virtuosity and musical tactfulness. His live-presence is, as always, a guarantor for a marvellous piano experience: a successful return of an “irrational” musical genius to his roots.

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Image MOZART FOR THE PEOPLE (BLURAY)
“Friedrich Gulda belongs to the irrational sort, whose threatening extinction is a great loss to the world” (Manfred Gräter, WDR). After years of virtual abstinence from the classical music business – Gulda cursed at its protagonists being “scheißreaktionäre Künstlerlemuren“ (reactionary monkeys) – the lateral thinker returned to the concert stage in 1981. This recital from the Amerikahaus in Munich, which he combined with concerts in Milan and Paris, features Friedrich Gulda in a black sweatshirt, playing works by his personal favourite Mozart – in a version specially for purists. Gulda presents his crystal-clear interpretations of the sonatas with his personally unique spirit and his indisputable virtuosity and musical tactfulness. His live-presence is, as always, a guarantor for a marvellous piano experience: a successful return of an “irrational” musical genius to his roots.

£9.52 (£23.81)
Image SCHROEDER: COUNTRY ROADS (DVD)
In her documentary “Country Roads” Marieke Schroeder embarks on a search for the authentic America – a country at a turning-point. It is a search for the substantial: the morale, the pioneering spirit that holds the nation and its population together in crisis. We meet the young generation of American singer-songwriters who consider themselves as successors of Country-rebels such as Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson and Steve Earle. They despair of themselves and their homeland and at the same time are full of hope, full of faith. Country Music opens up our view of the soul of the American nation and lets us rediscover the land and the music.

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Image SCHROEDER: COUNTRY ROADS (BLURAY)
In her documentary “Country Roads” Marieke Schroeder embarks on a search for the authentic America – a country at a turning-point. It is a search for the substantial: the morale, the pioneering spirit that holds the nation and its population together in crisis. We meet the young generation of American singer-songwriters who consider themselves as successors of Country-rebels such as Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson and Steve Earle. They despair of themselves and their homeland and at the same time are full of hope, full of faith. Country Music opens up our view of the soul of the American nation and lets us rediscover the land and the music.

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