Genre: Classical
Year of publication: 2013
Duration: 1:57:46

Quality: Blu-ray Disc
Container: BDMV
Video codec: MPEG-2
Audio Codec: DTS-HD Master Audio | LPCM

Rossini wrote some of music’s most masterful and lovable operas. His gift for comic and tragic forms was matched by a relish for characterisation, qualities that are always evident in his overtures. La gazza ladra (The Thieving Magpie) is perhaps the most famous, one of the world’s most popular concert openers. Guillaume Tell, with its overture in four movements, includes a scene for five solo cellos. La scala di seta (The Silken Ladder) opens with an overture of charm and élan, and Le siège de Corinthe is dramatic and colourful. All of Rossini’s overtures display sparkling themes, rich lyricism and theatrical excitement.
Playlist
01. La gazza ladra: Overture 00:09:47
02. Semiramide: Overture 00:12:25
03. Elisabetta, regina d’Inghilterra, Act I: Sinfonia 00:07:27
04. Otello, ossia Il moro di Venezia, Act I: Sinfonia 00:08:32
05. Le siege de Corinthe: Overture 00:09:32
06. Sinfonia, “al Conventello” 00:04:01
07. Ermione, Act I: Sinfonia – Troia! qual fosti un di! 00:08:04
08. Guillaume Tell: Overture 00:11:34
09. Eduardo e Cristina: Overture 00:09:14
10. L’inganno felice: Overture 00:06:01
11. La scala di seta: Overture 00:06:00
12. Demetrio e Polibio: Overture 00:06:31
13. Il Signor Bruschino: Sinfonia 00:04:48
14. Sinfonia in D Major, “Bologna” 00:05:22
15. Sigismondo: Overture 00:08:28

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Genre: Classical
Year of publication: 2012
Duration: 00:58:37

Quality: Blu-ray Disc
Container: BDMV
Video codec: MPEG-2
Audio Codec: DTS-HD Master Audio | LPCM

George Gershwin’s Concerto in F was a response to demands for a ‘proper concerto’ after the success of Rhapsody in Blue, avoiding programmatic content while providing a feast of tunes both uplifting and nostalgic. Originally intended as music for a film, his up-beat Rhapsody No 2 describes the bustling Manhattan cityscape while under construction. Sourced from his hit musical Girl Crazy, I Got Rhythm Variations was Gershwin’s last full score. Pianist Orion Weiss is one of the most sought-after soloists and collaborators of his generation of young American musicians.
Piano Concerto in F Major
1. I. Allegro moderato – Cantabile – Poco meno scherzando 00:13:47
2. II. Andante con moto 00:12:48
3. III. Allegro con brio 00:07:20
Second Rhapsody
4. Second Rhapsody 00:15:54
I Got Rhythm Variations
5. I Got Rhythm Variations 00:08:49 (more…)

Technical Specs
Blu-ray
BD-25 Single-Layer Disc
Video Resolution/Codec
1080i/AVC MPEG-4
Aspect Ratio(s)
1.78:1

Audio Formats
DTS-HD MA 5.1 (48 kHz / 2403 kbps / 24-bit)
LPCM 2.0 (48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit)

Subtitles/Captions
None

Supplements
Pre-concert talk with Dee Perry, Franz Welser-Möst and William Cosel

With its majestic themes soaring upwards like gothic pillars and its brilliant chorales and fanfares glowing like stained – glass windows, Anton Bruckner’s Symphony No. 8 is the most monumental of his orchestral works, a cathedral in sound that grows out of pianissimo murmurs. Coming after the triumphs celebrated by the composer’s Seventh Symphony and Te Deum, the Eight was considered by Bruckner as the artistic climax of his career. Cleveland‘s Severance Hall is the venue for this performance. This hall, an eclectic yet elegant mix of Art Deco, Art Nouveau, Classicism, Egyptian Revival and Modernism was inaugurated in 1931 and is still hailed today as one of the world‘s most beautiful concert halls. The Cleveland Orchestra, founded in 1918, began its ascent to the upper ranks of the world‘s ensembles after it moved to Severance Hall in 1931.

Recorded live at Severance Hall, Cleveland, August 2010.

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The Dresden Staatskapelle has a Bruckner tradition that stretches back more than a century and is now lovingly curated by its new music director, Christian Thielemann – himself a powerful advocate for the composer’s symphonies. The Seventh, whose Adagio was shaped by news of Wagner’s death in Venice, is paired with songs of Hugo Wolf, who was also deeply affected by that news. Wolf’s songs, can be seen as oblique reflections on the influence of Wagner, especially when sung, as they are here by Renee Fleming, with the utmost delicacy and intimacy.

Hugo Wolf:
Verbogenheit
Er ist’s
Elfenlied
Anakreons Grab
Mignon (2nd version)

Richard Strauss: Befreit, Op. 39, No. 4

Anton Bruckner: Symphony No. 7 in E major, WAB 107

Renée Fleming, soprano
Dresden Staatskapelle
Christian Thielemann, conductor

Recorded live at Semperoper Dresden, September 2012 (more…)