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Michael Nyman - An opera in two acts (Libretto by Michael Hastings)

Michael Nyman - An opera in two acts (Libretto by Michael Hastings)
ID: MNRCD111_112
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Subcollection: Opera

The tenth release on MN Records, and the second opera recording for the label, Love Counts is a love story between the unlikeliest of couples: Avril, a lecturer in mathematics at a major college who has divorced a man who physically abused her, and Patsy, a middle-weight fighter at the end of his career who cannot read or recognise numbers.

Michael Nyman uses Riemenschneider's collection of 371 Bach chorale harmonisations to help Patsy find his voice - they are harmonically fragmented, sped up, slowed down, overlaid with themselves. Just as Dr P, the Alzheimer's suffering protagonist of Nyman's The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat, has 'his' Schumann, so, in Love Counts, Patsy, a parallel sufferer, has 'his' Bach.

Award-winning writer Michael Hastings had previously worked with Nyman on the libretto for the opera Man and Boy: Dada, also available on MN Records.

Love Counts was commissioned by the Badisches Staatstheater, Karlesruhe, Germany and first performed there on 12th March 2005, directed by Robert Tannenbaum. This is a recording of the Almeida Theatre (London) production of Love Counts where it was performed in July 2006 by the Michael Nyman Band, bass baritone Andrew Slater and soprano Helen Williams, designed by Peter McKintosh and directed by Lindsay Posner.
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Michael Nyman - Man and Boy: Dada

Michael Nyman - Man and Boy: Dada
ID: MNRCD101_102
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Subcollection: Opera

An Opera in two acts
Libretto: Michael Hastings
The generously packaged, slip cased 2-CD set contains a four-colour 44-page booklet with complete libretto.

Man and Boy: Dada is the first in a triptych of chamber operas written by Nyman with librettist Michael Hastings. It tells the story of the unlikely friendships between the ageing Dadaist artist Kurt Schwitters, who is exiled in war-torn London; a 12-year-old boy called Michael, who shares the artist's obsession with collecting London Transport bus tickets; and Michael's mother, widowed by the war. The recording reunites the cast from the UK premiere performance at the Almeida Theatre in July 2004 - tenor John Graham Hall as Schwitters, William Sheldon as the boy, and soprano Vivian Tierney as the boy's mother. Paul McGrath conducts the Michael Nyman Band.

Nyman's identification with the storyline runs deep, for as a child growing up in South Chingford in the 1950s, he hoarded bus tickets as part of a collecting mania that also included cigarette cards, matchbox labels, coins and train numbers. In 2001, Hastings approached Nyman to suggest collaborating on a radio play about a post-war London boy who collected bus tickets. Nyman naturally recognised himself in the main character. But he also had an extra element to contribute to the story line. He had recently returned from Dusseldorf where he saw a Schwitters exhibition and discovered the artist's recurring use of bus tickets in his collages. The fusion of the two characters' mutual fixation leads to a friendship which drives the opera's plot which also reveals the terrible loss suffered by Schwitters as he was forced by the Nazis to leave Germany.

The Almeida production of Man and Boy: Dada was greeted with critical acclaim. "Touching and witty, naïve and profound, Man and Boy: Dada is a journey, well worth taking," said Nick Kimberley in The Evening Standard. Writing in the Financial Times, David Murray called it a "genuine success," and Ivan Hewett in The Daily Telegraph found it a "a subtle and touching piece of music-theatre."

Music by Michael Nyman
Libretto by Michael Hastings

This is a recording of the Almeida Opera Production, designed by Jeremy Herbert and directed by Lindsay Posner at the Almeida Theatre, London, July 2004
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Humperdinck - Hänsel und Gretel

Humperdinck - Hänsel und Gretel
ID: GFO01510
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Subcollection: Opera

Recorded live at Glyndebourne Opera Hause, Lewes, England in 2010
Includes 2 discs in a 85 page hard-bound book.

First conducted in Weimar in 1893 by Richard Strauss, Hänsel und Gretel had immediate worldwide success, the Hamburg premiere in 1894 conducted by Gustav Mahler. In its first year, over 50 German theatres staged a production and it has been translated into over 20 languages. In the UK it was the first complete opera to ever be broadcast from Covent Garden back in 1923, and was a staple in the opera repertory until the 1950s where it fell into a black hole. Here Hänsel und Gretel remained until Glyndebourne’s new production in 2008. This recording comes from the re-staging in 2010.
This recording boasts a fine cast, with Alice Coote a seasoned Hänsel having also performed in the role at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, Lydia Teuscher making a notable UK debut as Gretel with Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke’s beautiful portrayal of the Witch stealing the show. Robin Ticciati, Glyndebourne’s new Artistic Director from 2013, clearly loves the piece: his conducting is nothing short of wonderful, with the performance from the London Philharmonic Orchestra a real highlight on this recording.

Alice Coote (Hänsel), Lydia Teuscher (Gretel), Irmgard Vilsmaier (Mother), William Dazeley (Father), Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke (Witch), Tara Erraught (Sandman) & Ida Falk Winland (Dew Fairy)

London Philharmonic Orchestra, Robin Ticciati
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G. Puccini: Tosca - Royal Opera House Chorus and Orchestra Covent Garden - Sir C. Davis, conductor

G. Puccini:  Tosca - Royal Opera House Chorus and Orchestra Covent Garden - Sir C. Davis, conductor
ID: PTC5186147
CDs: 2
Type: SACD
Subcollection: Opera

Multichannel Hybrid SACD - DSD
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Britten - A Midsummer Night's Dream

Britten - A Midsummer Night's Dream
ID: GFO01306
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Subcollection: Opera

Recorded live at Glyndebourne in July and August 2006.
Includes 2 discs in a 65 page hard-bound book.

Glyndebourne staged the premiere of The Rape of Lucretia with Kathleen Ferrier cast as Lucretia and the following year premiered Albert Herring. Thirty four years then elapsed before another of Britten’s operas was staged. In 1981, Glyndebourne presented A Midsummer Night’s Dream. An acclaimed staging by director Peter Hall which has enjoyed 4 revivals since, it has frequently been described by critics, and the press alike, as the ‘perfect realisation of a fairy tale’.
Britten employed disparate musical styles and devices to depict the interaction of the fairy kingdom; the quartet of lovers, the Mechanicals and town tradesmen determined to make it in showbiz. He juxtaposes a wide variety of styles to create the various worlds in the play. Brash trombones clash with Elizabethan flourishes, tormented string sounds and tuned percussion evoke the mood of the dark forests. With the challenging vocal writing a combination of singing, sprechstimme and spoken word cleverly intertwine.
This recording from Glyndebourne’s 2006 Festival, and the most recent revival, is a remarkable production cleverly capturing both the callousness of Oberon’s trickery on Tytania, as well as beautifully conveying the sense of sexual freedom that Bottom experiences when encountering Tytania. The stars in this recording are numerous but without doubt Bejun Mehta’s Oberon is one of the greatest on record. Iride Martinez makes a notable UK debut as Tytania. The lovers’ quartet sing almost all of their scenes as an ensemble, and beautifully at that, with Kate Royal (as Helena) and Jared Holt (as Demetrius) making the most harmonious of couples. Matthew Rose is both a wonderful and beguiling Bottom and is at the very heart of this recording whilst not forgetting the perfect performance from the well drilled Trinity Boys Choir, and show stealer, the 11 year-old Jack Morlen as Puck.

Bejun Mehta (Oberon), Íride Martínez (Tytania), Jack Morlen (Puck), Timothy Robinson (Lysander), Jared Holt (Demetrius), Tove Dahlberg (Hermia), Kate Royal (Helena) & Matthew Rose (Bottom)

London Philharmonic Orchestra & Trinity Boys Choir, Ilan Volkov
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Britten - The Turn of the Screw

Britten - The Turn of the Screw
ID: GFO01107
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Subcollection: Opera

Recorded live at Glyndebourne in August 2007.
Includes 2 discs in a 60 page hard-bound book.

Britten’s operas have an interesting history at Glyndebourne beginning with the premiere of The Rape of Lucretia at Glyndebourne (1946) with Kathleen Ferrier as Lucretia.
Glyndebourne also premiered Albert Herring (1947) then 34 years of the Glyndebourne Festival elapsed until another of Britten’s operas, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, was staged in 1981. It took over 50 years to stage The Turn of the Screw, which after a touring production in 2006 transferred to the Festival in 2007, from where this recording is captured.
Every role is beautifully cast through tenor William Burden, as both Prologue and Peter Quint, and Camilla Tilling as the convincing troubled Governess. Anne-Marie Owens is an extremely affable Mrs Grose, her voice endearing and warm.
Joanna Songi is a feisty and resentful Flora; Christopher Sladdin’s boy treble voice is hauntingly beautiful, and Emma Bell is a sure-footed Miss Jessel.
This recording is aided in no small part by conductor Edward Gardner whose intense understanding of the score is made all the more satisfying by the faultless playing of the ensemble from the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
This recording is certain to leave listeners troubled. It would not be the recording it is if it did not do so; the mood dark and chilling while maintaining an element of thrill.
Edward Gardner appears courtesy of Chandos Records Ltd.

William Burden (Prologue/Peter Quint), Camilla Tilling (Governess), Joanna Songi (Flora), Christopher Sladdin (Miles), Anne-Marie Owens (Mrs Grose) & Emma Bell (Miss Jessel)

London Philharmonic Orchestra, Edward Gardner
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R. Wagner: Der fliegende Hollander (The Flying Dutchman): Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin - iM. Janowski

R. Wagner: Der fliegende Hollander (The Flying Dutchman): Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin - iM. Janowski
ID: PTC5186400
CDs: 2
Type: SACD
Subcollection: Voices and Orchestra

Multichannel Hybrid SACD - DSD
With complete libretto in German and English

Live recording of the concert performance in the Berlin Philharmonie on 13 November, 2010

Launching a new complete Wagner cycle comprising all Wagner’s 10 major operas, these were all recorded over a period of 4 years in the Philharmonie in Berlin and all use the same forces of the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester and Chor. Conducted by Marek Janowski and performed by a top line up of soloists, this is unique recording feat in a complete Wagner series.

Albert Dohmen (Der Holländer)
Ricarda Merbeth (Senta)
Matti Salminen (Daland)
Robert Dean Smith (Erik)
Silvia Hablowetz (Mary)
Steve Davislim (Steuermann)
Rundfunkchor Berlin - Chorus Master: Eberhard Friedrich
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T. Cunningham - The Okavango Macbeth - A Chamber Opera

T. Cunningham - The Okavango Macbeth - A Chamber Opera
ID: DCD34096
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Collection: Opera Collection
Subcollection: Opera

The Macbeth story as played out in a troupe of baboons in Botswana? This fanciful idea inspired the writer Alexander McCall Smith and the composer Tom Cunningham to come up with their chamber opera, The Okavango Macbeth. Set in the Okavango Delta in northern Botswana, the opera deals with the efforts of an ambitious female baboon, Lady Macbeth, to encourage her husband, Macbeth, to murder the dominant baboon, Duncan. The response to the opera’s premiere in the No 1 Ladies’ Opera House, led many to conclude that in this extraordinary and unusual tale a new operatic gem has emerged.

Lady Macbeth: Beth Mackay
Macbeth: Rónan Busfield
Duncan: Andrew McTaggart
Primatologists: Nicholas Morris, Jamie Rock & Jessica Leary
Lady Macbeth’s Friend: Lucinda Stuart-Grant
Chorus: Edinburgh Studio Opera
Orchestra: Mr McFall’s Chamber
Conductor: Michael Bawtree

Track listing


Act One
1 At that time
2 This is the history of the baboons

Act Two
3 On whitened sand
4 Over there
5 Now listen: watching is waiting
6 The sky is our god
7 It is so good to have a friend
8 My lord Macbeth is come

Act Three
9 Evening, and now we take stock
10 But we are scientists
11 The task of government falls on my shoulders
12 I am tired ...
13 In Africa
14 Now he sleeps
15 It will not be easy
16 The order of our world is changed
17 How naturally lies this body

Total playing time [49:25]


Act Four
1 Duncan is dead!
2 The order has changed
3 We cannot doubt
4 Affairs of state
5 See, he is nothing now
6 On whitened sand the river flows
7 It would be a simple act
8 Our time to each of us will come
9 No one could be happy to see
10 I am alone
11 Is there no comfort?
12 What might seem a harsh end

Total playing time [33:38]
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Beethoven - Fidelio, Opera, Op. 72

Beethoven - Fidelio, Opera, Op. 72
ID: GFO00406
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Subcollection: Opera

Recorded live at Glyndebourne, August 2006
Includes 2 discs in a 150 page hard-bound book

Anja Kampe (Leonore), Torsten Kerl (Florestan) Andrew Kennedy (Jaquino), Lisa Milne (Marzelline), Brindley Sherratt (Rocco), Peter Coleman-Wright (Don Pizarro), Nathan Vale (First Prisoner), Anthony Cleverton (Second Prisoner), Henry Waddington (Don Fernando)

London Philharmonic Orchestra & The Glyndebourne Chorus, Mark Elder

Product Description
With Fidelio, Beethoven found the perfect vehicle to express his lifelong commitment to liberty. The work exposes the reality that at any moment in the world, at any point in history, unjust atrocities are being committed, which can only be prevented by an individual belief in the sanctity of human life and the all-conquering power of universal love. This timeless theme is as relevant today as it was when Beethoven started to write his opera in 1804. Anja Kampe and Torsten Kerl made their Glyndebourne debuts in the roles of Leonore and Florestan in 2006 to rapturous critical praise and this production won the Royal Philharmonic Society Opera Award in 2001.Libretto translated from the original French into English, Italian and German.

Extensive accompanying booklet including a commissioned article about the opera.
Feature and review publicity in national newspapers, radio and specialist music magazines
Features two exciting Glyndebourne debuts from Anja Kampe and Torsten Kerl.

Track list:
Fidelio, opera, Op. 72
1. Act 1. No. 1. Dialog. Jaquino, jaquino!
2. Act 1. No. 3. Quartett. Mir ist so wunderbar
3. Act 1. No. 3. Dialog. Höre, Fidelio...
4. Act 1. No. 4. Arie. Hat man nicht auch Gold beineben
5. Act 1. No. 4. Dialog. Ihr habt schon recht, Meister Rocco
6. Act 1. No. 5. Terzett. Der Gouverneur... der Gouverneur soll heut' erlauben
7. Act 1. No. 5. Terzett. Nur auf der Hut, dann geht es gut
8. Act 1. No. 6. Marsch
9. Act 1. No. 6. Dialog. Die Depeschen?
10. Act 1. No. 7. Arie mit Chor. Ha! Welch ein Augenblick!
11. Act 1. No. 8. Duett. Jetzt, Alter, jetzt hat es Eile!
12. Act 1. No. 9. Rezitativ und Arie. Abscheulicher! Wo eilst du hin?
13. Act 1. No. 9. Rezitativ und Arie. Komm, Hoffnung, lass den letzten Stern
14. Act 1. No. 9. Dialog. Aber Marzelline
15. Act 1. No. 10. Finale. O welche Lust!
16. Act 1. No. 10. Finale. Nun sprecht, wie ging's?
17. Act 1. No. 10. Finale. Ach! Vater, eilt!
18. Act 1. No. 10. Finale. Verweg'ner Alter, welche Rechte legst du dir frevelnd selber bei?
19. Act 1. No. 10. Finale. Leb' wohl, du warmes Sonnenlicht
CD 2
1. Act 2. No. 11. Introduktion
2. Act 2. No. 11. Arie. Gott! Welch' Dundel her!
3. Act 2. No. 12. Melodram und Duett. Nur hurtig fort, nur frisch gegraben
4. Act 2. No. 12. Dialog. Er erwacht!
5. Act 2. No. 13. Terzett. Euch werde Lohn in besser'n Welten
6. Act 2. No. 13. Dialog. Alles ist bereit, ich gehe, das Signal zu geben
7. Act 2. No. 14. Quartett. Er sterbe!
8. Act 2. No. 14. Dialog. Vater Rocco!
9. Act 2. No. 15. Duett. O namenlose Freude!
10. Act 2. No. 15. Dialog. Gute Botschaft
11. Act 2. No. 16. Finale. Heil sei dem Tag, Heil sei der Stunde
12. Act 2. No. 16. Finale. Gott! Welch ein Augenblick!
13. Act 2. No. 16. Finale. Wer ein holdes Weib errungen, stimm' in unsern Jubel ein!
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Wagner - Die Walkure (1963) - Wiener Philarmoniker Knappertsbusch - Knappertsbusch

Wagner - Die Walkure (1963) - Wiener Philarmoniker Knappertsbusch - Knappertsbusch
CDs: 1
Type: DVD
Collection: Documentary
Subcollection: Opera

Claire Watson, Fritz Uhl, Josef Greindl (Actor)

Format: PAL
Language: Italian (Dolby Digital 5.1)
Subtitles: German, English, French, Italian, Spanish
Region: All Regions
Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
Number of discs: 1
Rated: G (General Audience)
Studio: TDK
DVD Release Date: 3 July 2006
Run Time: 72 minutes
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