Gloria in excelsis Deo: Bach’s sacred cantatas – Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki (2017) Blu-ray 1080i AVC LPCM 5.0

Сomposer: Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Artist: Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki
Title: Gloria in excelsis Deo: Bach’s sacred cantatas
Genre: Classical, Choral, Baroque
Label: © BIS Records AB, Sweden
Release Date: 2017
Recorded: February 2013 at the Kobe Shoin Women’s University Chapel, Japan
Quality: Blu-ray
Duration: 02:04:55
Video: MPEG-4 AVC 21264 kbps / 1920*1080i / 29,970 fps / 16:9 / High Profile 4.1
Audio: English LPCM 5.0 / 96 kHz / 11520 kbps / 24-bit
Audio: English LPCM 2.0 / 96 kHz / 4608 kbps / 24-bit
Subtitle: English, Japanese
Size: 36 GB

In June 1995, a virtually unknown group of Japanese musicians embarked on the monumental task of recording the complete sacred cantatas by Johann Sebastian Bach.
Almost eighteen years later, on 23rd February 2013, the Bach Collegium Japan and Masaaki Suzuki – by then household names in the international music world – reached their goal, as they finished recording the 55th disc in a series which in the meantime had met with overwhelming acclaim worldwide.
Made in conjunction with the final cantata recording, this film commemorates the occasion. Besides filmed performances of the three last cantatas – Gloria in excelsis Deo, BWV191, Lobe den Herrn, meine Seele, BWV69 and Freue dich, erlöste Schar, BWV30 – the film includes interviews with Masaaki Suzuki and key members of Bach Collegium Japan as well as behind-the-scenes footage. (more…)

Lowell Liebermann – Frankenstein – Federico Bonelli, Laura Morera, Steven McRae, Orchestra of The Royal Opera House, Koen Kessels, Liam Scarlett (2017) Blu-ray 1080i AVC Dolby Atmos 7.1

Сomposer: Lowell Liebermann
Title: Frankenstein
Release Date: 2017
Genre: Classical, Ballet
Choreography: Liam Scarlett
Conductor: Koen Kessels
Designer: John Macfarlane
Lighting designer: David Finn
Artist: Victor Frankenstein: Federico Bonelli; Elizabeth Lavenza: Laura Morera; The Creature: Steven McRae; Henry Clerval: Alexander Campbell; Madame Moritz: Elizabeth McGorian; Justine Moritz: Meaghan Grace Hinkis; Victor’s father: Bennet Gartside; Victor’s mother: Christina Arestis; The Professor: Thomas Whitehead; William Frankenstein: Guillem Cabrera Espinach; Young Victor: Sacha Barber; Young Elizabeth: Skya Powney; Young Justine: Lauren Molyneux; Orchestra of The Royal Opera House

Production/Label: Opus Arte
Duration: 02:10:20
Quality: Blu-ray
Container: BDMV
Video codec: AVC
Audio codec: AC-3, PCM
Video: MPEG-4 AVC 25000 kbps / 1920*1080i / 29,970 fps / 16:9 / High Profile 4.1
Audio#1: English Dolby Atmos (TrueHD) 7.1 / 48 kHz / 5267 kbps / 24-bit (AC3 Embedded: 5.1-EX / 48 kHz / 640 kbps)
Audio#2: English Dolby TrueHD 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3500 kbps / 24-bit (AC3 Embedded: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps)
Audio#3: English LPCM 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
Size: 41.22 GB

Royal Ballet Principals Federico Bonelli, Laura Morera and Steven McRae dance the lead roles in Liam Scarlett’s new ballet, based on the world’s most famous work of horror fiction, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. This ambitious theatrical collaboration brings the novel to life with spectacular period sets and costumes by John Macfarlane and a newly commissioned score by Lowell Liebermann. Scarlett’s choreography draws out the emotional power of this classic story. Passionate encounters between Victor, Elizabeth and the Creature express their torment, regret, anger, yearning and love.


Recorded from the Royal Opera House, May 2016

– Introduction to Frankenstein
– Casting the ballet
– Lowell Liebermann and Liam Scarlett on the music
– John Macfarlane on designing Frankenstein
– Darcey Bussell in the studio with Liam Scarlett and Laura Morera


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Le nozze di Figaro – Wiener Philharmoniker, Dan Ettinger, Sven-Eric Bechtolf (2016) Blu-ray 1080i AVC DTS-HD MA 5.0

Сomposer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
Title: Le nozze di Figaro, K492 (The Marriage of Figaro)
Release Date: 2016
Genre: Classical, Opera Buffa
Conductor: Dan Ettinger
Stag Director: Sven-Eric Bechtolf
Video Director: Tiziano Mancini
Artist: Luca Pisaroni (Conte Almaviva), Anett Fritsch (Contessa Almaviva), Martina Janková (Susanna), Adam Plachetka (Figaro), Margarita Gritskova (Cherubino), Ann Murray (Marcellina), Carlos Chausson (Don Bartolo), Paul Schweinester (Don Basilio), Franz Supper (Don Curzio), Christina Gansch (Barbarina), Erik Anstine (Antonio), Wiener Philharmoniker & Konzertvereinigung Wiener

Production/Label: EuroArts Music International GmbH
Duration: 03:12:22
Quality: Blu-ray
Container: BDMV
Video codec: AVC
Audio codec: DTS, AC-3, PCM
Video: MPEG-4 AVC 20915 kbps / 1920*1080i / 29.970 fps / 16:9 / High Profile 4.1
Audio#1: Italian DTS-HD MA 5.0 / 48 kHz / 3619 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Audio#2: Italian LPCM 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
Subtitles: English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Korean
Size: 39.23 GB

Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro is an unforgettable opera about love, desire and the primal force of uncontrollable passion. Concluding the Salzburg Festival’s highly successful Mozart / Da Ponte cycle, director Sven-Eric Bechtolf sets this emotional tour de force in a stately English country house during the 1920s. The renowned Vienna Philharmonic ensures an exceptional evening of music from Mozart’s birthplace. “Everything about the show exuded immediacy and naturalness: the intriguingly updated production by the director Sven-Eric Bechtolf; the winning performances of a compelling cast; and the supple, glowing playing that the conductor Dan Ettinger drew from the Vienna Philharmonic…”. –The New York Times (more…)

Hector Berlioz – Symphonie fantastique – Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Daniele Gatti (2016) Blu-ray 1080i AVC DTS-HD MA 5.0

Сomposer: Hector Berlioz (1803-1869)
Artist: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Daniele Gatti
Title: Berlioz – Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14 (1830)
Genre: Classical
Label: © RCO Live
Release Date: 2016
Recorded Live at Concertgebouw Amsterdam on 31 March, 1 and 3 April 2016.
Quality: Blu-ray
Duration: 01:35:06
Video: MPEG-4 AVC 21695 kbps / 1920*1080i / 29,970 fps / 16:9 / High Profile 4.1
Audio#1: English LPCM 2.0 / 96 kHz / 4608 kbps / 24-bit
Audio#2: English DTS-HD MA 5.0 / 96 kHz / 6715 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)

With the release of this live recording of Hector Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique, RCO Live celebrates the start of its collaboration with Daniele Gatti as the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra’s seventh chief conductor on 9 September 2016. His unconventional take on this spectacular score evokes the astonishment audiences must have experienced at the time of the 1830 premiere. It is exactly this sense of surprise and freshness – founded on a thorough knowledge of the score – and the sheer joy of making music together that prompted the members of the RCO to choose Daniele Gatti as their new chief conductor. (more…)

Alban Berg – Wozzeck – Christian Gerhaher, Gun-Brit Barkmin, Philharmonia Zurich, Fabio Luisi (2016) Blu-ray 1080i AVC DTS-HD MA 5.1

Сomposer: Alban Berg (1885—1935)
Title: Wozzeck, Op. 7 — Opera in three acts (15 scenes) after Georg Büchner’s “Woyzeck”
Release Date: 2016
Recording Date: 22, 25 September, 6 October 2015
Genre: Classical, Opera
Stage Director: Andreas Homoki
Conductor: Fabio Luisi
Artist: Christian Gerhaher (Wozzeck), Gun-Brit Barkmin (Marie), Philharmonia Zürich, Chor der Oper Zürich

Production/Label: Accentus Music | Philharmonia Records
Duration: 01:40:57
Quality: Blu-ray
Container: BDMV
Video codec: AVC
Audio codec: DTS, PCM
Video: MPEG-4 AVC 19942 kbps / 1920*1080i / 29,970 fps / 16:9 / High Profile 4.1
Audio#1: German DTS-HD MA 5.1 / 48 kHz / 4185 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Audio#2: German LPCM 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
Subtitles: German, French, English, Korean, Japanese
Size: 20.8 GB

The soldier Wozzeck (Christian Gerhaher) flits through a world that he is unable to decipher. The doctor torments him with absurd medical experiments; the captain humiliates and ridicules him. And Wozzeck’s lover, Marie (Gun-Brit Barkmin), with whom he has a child, cuckolds him with the drum major. Wozzeck becomes a murderer, stabbing Marie to death. Georg Büchner’s drama fragment, on which Alban Berg based his first opera, is an unflinching case study of social injustice and human suffering. But it is also a grotesque piece that thrives on exaggeration – and in which only a fine line separates the unfathomable from the ridiculous. Accordingly, director Andreas Homoki forgoes all realism.

His nightmarishly radical production is inspired by puppet theatre. Christian Gerhaher’s role début as Wozzeck can only be described as sensational: his capacity for vocal and dramatic subtlety is simply breath-taking. At the rostrum of the Philharmonia Zurich, Fabio Luisi explores both the expressionistic and the more intimate aspects, reminiscent of chamber music, in Berg’s seminal (more…)