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Opera Collection

   Found CDs: 180
 

Michael Jarrell - Cassandre - a spoken opera for ensemble and actress

Michael Jarrell - Cassandre - a spoken opera for ensemble and actress
ID: KAI0012912
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Opera Collection

It's stretching the conventional, technical definition of the term to call Swiss composer Michael Jarrell's spoken monodrama "Cassandre" an opera, but that's the composer's description of it, and as such, it ought to be respected. It does consist of a musical narrative accompanying a verbal narrative, so even though it doesn't involve singing, it comes closer to standard opera than some pieces that are so designated. Also, the fact that it is so compelling as a unified musical and dramatic entity makes its definition seem less consequential; it's fully successful in using music and story to draw the listener into the protagonist's world. "Cassandre" has received numerous international performances since its 1994 premiere and has been translated into a variety of languages. In its form, popularity, subject matter (the protagonist's reflection on the trauma of war), emotional impact, and to some extent its musical style, it strongly resembles Marc Neikrug's haunting 1980 "music-drama" "Through Roses."

"Cassandre" is based on a text by Christa Wolf that actress Astrid Bas delivers with urgency and poignant dramatic restraint. Jarrell's score for chamber ensemble is notable for the evocative subtlety of its depiction of the Trojan prophet's state of mind as she recounts the horrors of the war. Jarrell avoids the obvious -- the big rhetorical gestures -- that would seem to be appropriate for such a dramatic and grim story, and instead creates a soundworld of gossamer, dream-like ethereality to underscore "Cassandre"'s intimate musings. His orchestration is incandescent, and the music is simply beautiful in its prismatically evolving textures. For a piece that rarely rises above a whisper, it makes a surprisingly visceral impact. IRCAM's Ensemble InterContemporain, led by Susanna Mälkki, plays the challenging score with exceptional grace and delicacy. Kairos' sound is immaculate, as is typical for its releases. Highly recommended for fans of new music.
Stephen Eddins, All Music Guide
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W. A. Mozart - Don Giovanni (Highlights)

W. A. Mozart -  Don Giovanni (Highlights)
ID: TUXCD1018
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Opera Collection
Subcollection: Opera

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Beethoven, Donizetti, Verdi, Wagner, Nicolai - Famous Opera Choruses

Beethoven, Donizetti, Verdi, Wagner, Nicolai  - Famous Opera Choruses
ID: TUXCD1077
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Opera Collection
Subcollection: Choir

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Salvatore Sciarrino - Luci mie traditrici

Salvatore Sciarrino - Luci mie traditrici
ID: KAI0012222
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Opera Collection
Subcollection: Opera

Both peculiar archaism and highest sensitivity characterize this quiet while extremely tense sound landscapes of the Sicilian composer Salvatore Sciarrino.
(Hans-Peter Jahn)

Includes booklet with text by Hans-Peter Jahn
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Early Russian Operas

Early Russian Operas
ID: CDMAN179
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Opera Collection
Subcollection: Opera

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JOSÉ M. SÁNCHEZ-VERDÚ - AURA

JOSÉ M. SÁNCHEZ-VERDÚ - AURA
ID: KAI0013052
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Opera Collection
Subcollection: Voices and Chamber Ensemble

This is a piece about reality and fiction, about the strength of the imagination and the power of the past, and about love...
Mexican author Carlos Fuentes wrote his short story Aura in Paris in 1961. It belongs to the traditions of magic realism and Latin American ghost stories, even if it actually goes far beyond these. In an essay which is almost as long as the actual story, Fuentes not only explained the autobiographical impetus for the tale, but also described the culture-historical and motivic framework within which this story lives. It ranges from ancient Chinese literature to a Japanese story from the 17th century and on to Luis Buñuel’s Exterminating Angel, Alexandre Dumas’ Lady of the Camellias and Verdi’s La Traviata. For Fuentes, Aura is above all a story of eroticism and necrophilia, taking up the time-honoured tradition of stories about eternal fidelity and couples who are reunited in death. (Rainer Pöllmann)

Includes booklet with text by Rainer Pöllmann, libretto by José M. Sánchez-Verdú
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Purcell - Dido and Aeneas - Alexander Demurjan, Valentin Nesterov

Purcell - Dido and Aeneas - Alexander Demurjan, Valentin Nesterov
ID: CDMAN138
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Baroque
Subcollection: Cello

Recorded by Petersburg Recording Studio, 1977

Dido, Queen of Cathage - Eugenia Gorokhovskaya
Aeneas, a Trojan prince - Nikolay Kaloshin
Belinda - Valentina Kozyreva
Sorceress - Nadezhda Vainer
1st witch - Valentina Gagen
2nd witch - Galina Pavlova

Alexander Demurjan, cello
Chamber choir, Leningrad Chamber Orchestra, conductor Valentin Nesterov
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Italian Opera Arias - Performed by Mariinsky Theatre Soloists

Italian Opera Arias - Performed by Mariinsky Theatre Soloists
ID: CDMAN119
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Subcollection: Voices and Orchestra

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Rimsky-Korsakov - Sheherazade. Opera Highlights - S. Gorkovenko, conductor

Rimsky-Korsakov - Sheherazade. Opera Highlights - S. Gorkovenko, conductor
ID: CDMAN170
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Subcollection: Opera

Konstatin Pluzhnikov, tenor (7)
Gennady Bezzubenkov, bass (8)
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Bezumiye po zakazu ili Palata No.7 - Opera Donizetti v spektakle YU. Aleksandrova - MA.GR.IG.AL.

Bezumiye po zakazu ili Palata No.7 - Opera  Donizetti v spektakle YU. Aleksandrova - MA.GR.IG.AL.
ID: CDMAN294-06
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Opera Collection
Subcollection: Voices and Orchestra

9.00 eur Buy

 
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