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Image Verdi: Operas Vol 2
From Tutto Verdi - The Complete Operas, three hardcover slipcase boxes, representing Verdi´s early, middle and late operas, are now available: Tutto Verdi - The Operas Vol. 2 includes the operas from 1847 - 1853: Macbeth, I masnadieri, Il corsaro, La Battaglia di Legnano, Luisa Miller, Stiffelio , Rigoletto, Il Trovatore, La Traviata.

"This is how Verdi should be played." FAZ
"This new splendid Parma DVD makes a strong case for I Lombardi, with state-of-the-art video and audio." Classical CD Review, USA

£51.29 (£174.99)
Image Sibelius: Youth Production for Solo Piano Vol. 2
Three Waltzes; Two Pieces; Allegro, Fragment in E major; Three Sonata Movements; Three Fugue Expositions in D minor; Polka in E flat major JS75; Florestan. Suite for Piano JS82; Allegretto in E major JS21; Valse. A Betsey Lerche in A flat major JS 1; Sonata Allegro Exposition and Devlopment Section in D minor; Sonata Fragments for Becker 1889; Polka, Fragment in E minor; Mazurka, Sketch in D minor; Scherzo in F sharp minor JS164

£5.85 (£13.99)
Image Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Vol.4
“Biret grasps the size of Beethoven’s style. The polyphony is laid out in a relaxed way with little indulgence in point making. She keeps the big line and yet is thankfully sparing in her use of fortissimos. The piano tone is sumptuous. Biret’s gentle and almost sensuous sonorities are really captivating. One is reminded that her mentor has been Wilhelm Kempff.” - GRAMOPHONE

£4.94 (£11.99)
Image Verdi: Operas Vol 3
From Tutto Verdi - The Complete Operas, three hardcover slipcase boxes, representing Verdi´s early, middle and late operas, are now available: Tutto Verdi - The Operas Vol. 3 includes the operas from 1855 - 1893: I vespri siciliani, Simon Boccanegra, Un ballo in maschera, La forza del destino, Don Carlo, Aida, Otello, Falstaff.

"The Tutto Verdi series of the Teatro Regio is ambitious and for sure one of the most important contribution to the Verdi year." Operapoint

"Beside the technical immaculacy of the Blu-ray version, the chorus and orchestra´s performance is perfect." Fono Forum

£51.29 (£174.99)
Image Verdi: Messa Da Requiem
Recorded live from the Hollywood Bowl, this performance of Verdi's Requiem includes an amazing ensemble featuring Ildebrando D'Arcangelo, Vittorio Grigolo, Michelle DeYoung, Julianna Di Giacomo, Gustavo Dudamel, and the LA Philahmonic Orchestra and Chorus. As a bonus, an interview with Dudamel on the Requiem and the Hollywood Bowl.

£8.79 (£28.99)
Image Schubert: Lied Edition 14 - European Poets, Vol. 2
The Deutsche Schubert-Lied-Edition follows the composer's original concept. All Schubert's Lieder, over 700 songs, will be grouped according to the poets who inspired him, or according to the circle of writers, contemporaries, and so on, whose works Schubert chose to set to music. Schubert set the poetry of over 115 writers to music. He selected poems from classical Greece, the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, from 18th-century German authors, early Romantics, his contemporaries.

£7.30 (£18.99)
Image Beethoven/Liszt: Symphonies Vol.4
“Listening to Beethoven through Liszt’s keyboard transcriptions put a fresh perspective on these familiar symphonies. Idil Biret has taken up the complete cycle and I admire her taste, technique and sound musical decisions.” - NEW YORK MAGAZINE
“Idil Biret gives an impressive performance. A supreme mastery of tempi, sonorities, polyphony and technique permits Biret – a disciple of Alfred Cortot – to embrace all the moods of Beethoven and gives her playing a symphonic depth rarely heard until now.” - LE NOUVEL OBSERVATEUR

£4.94 (£11.99)
Image Schubert: Easy Listening Piano
While taking as his starting point the Classical style of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791), Schubert preferred spinning long-breathed Romantic melody rather than following the tightly argued harmonic drama of Classical sonata form; it's no coincidence that some of his best loved works are variations. He also explored other harmonic relationships than the tonic-dominant pivot typical of the Classical style, giving his music a subtlety and power that would prove important for the Romantic composers who followed him.

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Image Schumann/David: Violin Sonata
Apparently Ferdinand David was one of the most important motivators for Schumann's late interest in works for the violin, and got accordingly involved in organizing premieres of the Sonatas Op. 105 and Op. 121. Schumann, on the other hand, wasn't pleased with his first Sonata in A minor for Piano and Violin, Op. 105, which he composed in September 1851 in just five days. In contrast, only six weeks later, he finished his substantial four-movement second large Sonata in D minor, Op. 121, and wrote "…so now I've written a second one, which hopefully has turned out better…" This is the first piece which he describes, in the dedication to Ferdinand David, as being 'for violin and piano.'

£8.38 (£25.99)
Image Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Vol. 7
“Idil Biret gives an impressive performance. A supreme mastery of tempi, sonorities, polyphony and technique permits Biret – a disciple of Alfred Cortot – to embrace all the moods of Beethoven and gives her playing a symphonic depth rarely heard until now.” - LE NOUVEL OBSERVATEUR

£4.94 (£11.99)
Image Berlioz: Les Troyens
After the very successful Ring from Valencia, here is another spectacular staging by La Fura dels Baus, this time conducted by Valery Gergiev. This monumental opera complete with ballets, large choruses and orchestral set pieces was recorded at Valencia’s Palau de les Arts in 2009.
Great singers: Daniela Barcellona as “breathtaking Dido” (Opernglas), Lance Ryan, Elisabete Matos.

"Ancient myth meets Star Wars, and the eye is constantly engaged with images ranging from space-age technology to details of soccer uniforms." -The New York Times
"This is a worthy and compelling, glittering version of a sublime work." - International Herald Tribune

£13.32 (£42.99)
Image Wagner: Ring Des Nibelungen
Is it possible to stage Wagner’s Ring on a single day? After a difficult production process, the Teatro Colón has triumphantly succeeded in bringing to life and to the stage the abridged version by pianist and conductor Cord Garben – clocking in at just under seven hours. With the help of a superlative cast of Wagner singers, director Valentina Carrasco, famous for her work with La Fura dels Baus, has transposed the plot into the 1970s – the period of Argentina’s military dictatorship. However, the music remains pure and majestic Wagner, skilfully and faithfully condensed into a revolutionary format. The documentary included provides a thrilling account of the epic creative journey that took the Colón Ring from its inception to the opening night. “Linda Watson‘s Brünnhilde outshines everything.” FAZ “In the end the Wagner venture in Buenos Aires succeeded after all.” Die Welt

£43.64 (£89.99)
Image Puccini: La Bohème
This Blu-ray release captures the 2014 Malmö Opera
production of La Bohème, acclaimed Irish director Orpha
Phelan’s third with this company. The production brings Puccini’s
famous bohemians into the present day, emphasizing the
universal nature of young lives and tragedies while also picking
up on today’s issues of urban poverty and gentrification.
• Colorful and attractively dynamic in its use of distinctive Parisian
carousels as stage sets, this production was received to
great acclaim. Skanska Dagbladet remarked on “outstanding
performances in both singing and acting. The audience
responded with ovations to tear down the theatre. Malmö Opera’s
La Bohème is a hit!”

£9.24 (£24.99)
Image Dai Asai Plays Chopin
The Japanese concert pianist Dai Asai expresses his love to Chopin in this recording of his most beloved and legendary Nocturnes, the Barcarolle, Ballade and Fantasie Impromptu - this is performend on a Steinway Concert Grand D Hamburg and recorded with the most state of the art digital microphone technology without any loss in the signal chain - directly from the microphone membrane to the Harddisc Recorder, mastered in True Peak EBU R128 standard for most natural dynamic and most excellent sound quality. Running Time 74:40 - PCM Stereo.

£4.42 (£9.99)
Image Chopin: Cpmplete Ballades
Fryderyk Chopin was in several respects an odd composer. If one were to select some special feature in his musical style, on might settle on the strange combination of extremely daring harmony with a predilection for forms anchored in tradition. The probable explanation for this is that when Chopin composed, he was not merely content to be guided by his technical skill as a composer but also followed his pianist's instinct. This sometimes resulted in passages that are ideal for the instrument and that sound magnificent even though they defy all scholarly convention, thus representing a sort of spiritual victory over musical matter. One has the impression he was trying to force his own incurably romantic imagination into a strictly traditional model.

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Image Beethoven/Liszt: Symphonies Vol. 2
"Idil Biret's performance of the 5th Symphony was excellent. She dealt with it brilliantly which made for a beautiful climax to her recital in Tokyo. Liszt's arrangement has preserved the symphony's original image and Beethoven was always there thanks to Biret." - HOKKAIDO NEWSPAPER

£4.94 (£11.99)
Image Verdi: Operas Vol 1
From Tutto Verdi - The Complete Operas, three hardcover slipcase boxes, representing Verdi´s early, middle and late operas, are now available: Tutto Verdi - The Operas Vol. 1 includes the operas from 1839 - 1846: Oberto, Un giorno di regno, Nabucco, I Lombardi, Ernani, I due Foscari, Giovanni d´Arco, Alzira, Attila. Most operas are rarely recorded and are only available on Blu-ray from C Major.

Oberto and Un giorno di regno: 4 stars in Diapason, France
"Susanna Brachini has an incredibly exciting voice. ... the virtuosity and vibrancy can be thrilling." International Record Review, UK about Attila

£51.29 (£174.99)
Image Robin McCabe plays Liszt
Franz Liszt epitomized the nineteenth-century 'pianist-composer' figure, as a virtuoso whose absolute mastery of the keyboard was paralleled by a prodigious and life-long commitment to composition. His devotion to composition during his life was monumental: over 1300 works in virtually every genre. But the piano remained Liszt's favourite compositional medium, and he revelled in the instrument's technical and expressive possibilities.

£5.85 (£13.99)
Image Grief: Complete Piano Music - Vol. 4
Grieg, who was himself a fine pianist and often performed his own compositions both in Norway and abroad, started composing piano piece in the German romantic style while studying at the Leipzig Conservatory. His talent for melody developed more slowly than that for harmony. His real breakthrough as a pregnant melodist and harmonist came then years later with Humoresker Op. 5. Under the influence of his friend Rikard Nordraak's fascinating ideas about an independent Norwegian music, Grieg created a new style built on the integration of elements of folk music. This line he continued in a more relaxed vein and with stronger links with the romantic tradition in the Piano Concerto in A minor (1868).

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Image Brahms: String Quartets Op. 51, Nos. 1 and 2
The String Quartet No. 1 in C minor, Opus 51, No. 1, opens with an Allegro in which the first violin presents the first theme over repeated notes in accompaniment from the viola and cello, imparting an immediate element of tension. The first subject continues in a remoter key, before the return of the theme played in octaves by the viola and cello, now accompanied by the violins; and leading eventually to the lyrical second subject. The exposition ends with a cello version of the opening figure and it is the first subject that finds an important place in the central development section, with its modulation to C sharp minor, before the original key and first subject return in recapitulation. The cello again offers its version of the opening figure, before the coda. The A flat major second movement, with the title Romanze, offers an opening first violin theme over a figure suggesting a horn-call, followed by a section of secondary material. The process is repeated, with the first theme now varied, followed by a version of the secondary material, now in the home key. The F minor third movement is a very Brahmsian form of scherzo, characterized by the descending contours of its melodic line and contrasted with a trio section in F major, where the principal first violin theme is accompanied by bariolage, the alternation of fingered and open A, from the second violin. Both middle movements had included thematic reference to the principal theme of the first movement. The same is true of the final Allegro, broadly in tripartite sonata-form, although it lacks the clearer sectional division of the first movement, seeming to absorb the expected central development into the recapitulation. Like the rest of the quartet it is symphonic and orchestral in conception and characteristically dense in its textures.

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Image Schumann: Dichterliebe, Liederkreis
It is remarkable that the early months of 1840 saw any music at all from Schumann's hand. The latter half of 1839 had been a time of deep distress, musically quite unproductive. The barren despair of 1839 gave way to the intense activity of 1840. It was 12 years since Robert Schumann had last tried his hand at songwriting and there was nothing in his youthful attempts to suggest the mastery he was to bring to the genre. He created in his piano-accompanied Lieder 'a different sort of music' and in weaving into the songs the full intensity of his own experience he produced what are probably the most moving love-songs in existence.

£5.85 (£13.99)
Image Giacomo Puccini: La Bohème
120 years after its very first performance, which took place at Teatro Regio di Torino, La Boheme returns to the tradition-steeped Italian opera house. With director Alex Olle from La Fura dels Baus and music director Gianandrea Noseda the Teatro Regio presents a spectacular, up-to-date anniversary production. For Alex Olle, directing the opera for the first time, 'La Boheme allows the young generation to get rid of everything that prevents them from flying, feeding only on their own vitality; the real hunger of the protagonists is the hunger for life. My production is set in a modern city outskirt. It is there where, in my opinion, the intellectual matrix of the future happens; in ugly, disreputable and poor places which are authentic. In this kind of environment, where life and art – as they did in Romanticism – belong to the survivors.' 'A triumphant youthful Boheme', in which the singers excel due to their naturalness. Giorgio Berrugi sings his Rodolfo 'with a luminous timbre, in refined nuances' (La Stampa), perfectly matching 'Irina Lungu’s full-bodied Mimi' (The London Times). All in all, 'this is theatre, this is life, this is passion' (Corriere della sera).

£9.66 (£24.99)
Image Schumann: Piano Quintet/Symphonic Etudes
Idil Biret's recordings of Schumann's Kreisleriana, Blumenstuck and Carnaval de Vienne show the pianist in her best form: majestic, accurate, clear and always poetic. The lyrical sections of the Kreisleriana are of dreamlike beauty while the fast movements are at times performed with extraordinary humour and at others with glowing passion. Truly Schumannesque.' PIANO NEWS - Germany 2013.

'The most exciting young pianist to come to Montreal in years. She has a personal magnetism that belongs only to a certain type of virtuoso performer, one who succeeds in hypnotizing you no matter how or what he or she is playing... Miss Biret is one of the finest natural Schumann players I have ever come across. In fact I cannot recall ever hearing a better all round performance of Schumann's Fantasiestucke in any concert hall in this city.' THE MONTREAL STAR - Canada 1960.

'At her recital in the Opera House Concert Hall last Thursday... the storm and stress of Schumann's Symphonic Studies, op.13 forged ahead with a fine romantic impulse... Idil Biret can be counted among the leading performers of piano keyboards.' THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD - Australia 1980.

£4.94 (£11.99)
Image Schubert: Piano Sonatas No. 4 and13
Acclaimed for his Naxos recordings of music by Chopin, Liszt, Dohnanyi and Rachmaninov, Eldar Nebolsin here fulfils a heartfelt ambition to record important piano works by another great Romantic composer, Franz Schubert, for the label. The passion and pathos of the two sonatas, with their song-like melodies and adventurous harmonies, set the scene for one of Schubert's most powerful solo piano pieces, the Wanderer Fantasy, a work so technically demanding that Schubert himself is reported to have exclaimed 'the devil may play it!'. Based on his popular song Der Wanderer, the Fantasy is virtually a four movement sonata in its own right and a path-breaking masterpiece of the piano literature.

£5.94 (£12.99)
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