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Product no.: Alpha 705

Claudio Monteverdi: Vespro della beata vergine, SV 206 & SV 206a

Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Monteverdi Choir, The English Baroque Soloists
DVD direction: Stéphan Aubé
In 1610, Monteverdi gave his Vespers for the Virgin in Mantua before conquering the Basilica of Saint Mark in Venice. This was the first great sacred masterpiece of the Baroque. Following the brilliant Orfeo (1607), the Vespers borrow its opening fanfare and positioned Monteverdi as the leading composer of his time.
J. E. Gardiner founded the Monteverdi Choir, one of the world's finest choruses, specifically for this work, which he conducted for the first time in 1964 and subsequently recorded twice. With the present recording, where the image ideally accompanies the music, J. E. Gardiner wanted to make more perceptible the spatialisation that characterized Venetian music, by using the specific architecture and different levels of the Chapelle Royale at Versailles.


£22.50 *
Product no.: SEV189

Concerto - A Beethoven Journey

The film is much more than a portrait of a great pianist on tour – it is an in depth exploration into the much misunderstood life of Ludwig van Beethoven, as revealed by these five masterworks. The relationship between Beethoven and his world is mirrored by the relationship between the pianist and orchestra in these concertos. Grabsky’s acknowledged skill is biography and he believes that many people know too little about arguably the greatest composer of all time.

£19.95 *
Product no.: 207 3898
Yehudi Menuhin - The Violin of the Century
100th Anniversary 1916-2016 - A film by Bruno Monsaingeon
Re-released in 2016 on the occasion of Yehudi Menuhin’s centenary, this film is devoted to the artistic heritage of a personality who ranked among the most extraordinary musicians of his time, even as a child. Menuhin was not a mere musician: he was a cosmopolitan, a peacemaker and a true humanist. French filmmaker Bruno Monsaingeon, who filmed this great retrospective, describes his work with Menuhin as follows: “He threw himself into it whole-heartedly, with great sense of humour and overwhelming humanity. This film also shows my heartfelt gratitude for a man who gave such decisive sense to my own existence.”
£11.50 *
Product no.: 2061018

A film by Larry Weinstein

Netherlands Radio Philharmonic; Kirov Orchestra; Valery Gergiev

Discover Larry Weinstein's award-winning film "Shostakovich against Stalin - The War Symphonies". Described by Shostakivich as his "Tombstones for the victims of Stalin", Symphonies 4 to 9 represented the composer's weapons against tyranny amd remain a powerful testimony to his struggle against all political oppression. The documentary shot on location in Moscow and St. Petersburg, brings together great performances led by Valery Gergiev, rare archival film material, and personal recollectionsfrom family and colleagues.

£11.50 *
Product no.: ICAD5140

Edward Elgar (1857 – 1934) The Dream of Gerontius Op.38

Janet Baker, Peter Pears John Shirley-Quirk London Philharmonic Choir London Philharmonic Orchestra directed by Sir Adrian Boult

Filmed in colour from Canterbury Cathedral in 1968, this DVD represents the only existing film of Sir Adrian Boult conducting The Dream of Gerontius.

Sir Adrian Boult championed Elgar’s music throughout his life, following the composer’s prophetic words in a letter to the conductor: ‘I feel that my reputation in the future is safe in your hands’.

Featuring a stellar cast of soloists including Dame Janet Baker, this performance is redolent of Sir Adrian Boult’s ‘commendable energy and typical humanity’ (The Gramophone Guide review of Boult’s 1975 studio recording of The Dream of Gerontius).

This DVD also features a 60-minute documentary on Sir Adrian Boult produced by the BBC in 1989 to celebrate the centenary of his birth.

£25.95 *
Product no.: 2063798

7 DVDs in a deluxe digipack, offering over 13 hours of concert and documentary footage

Martha Argerich is widely regarded as one of the greatest pianists of the 20th century

The documentary “Bloody Daughter” shows Martha Argerich through her daughter’s eyes - an extraordinary family portrait, blending intimate conversations, harmony and disagreements, giving insight into the life of a passionate artist and mother

In “Evening Talks”, Martha Argerich shares her memories, her doubts, and talks about her incredible hunger for music-making

The concert performances in this DVD set not only illustrate the sheer range of Martha Argerich’s repertoire, they also represent an outline of the many various stages of her career

£39.50 *
Product no.: 2061488

Live DVD recording of concert given on 1st May 2016 by Vilde Frang violin with the Berliner Philharmoniker under Sir Simon Rattle 

Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy: Violin Concerto in E minor, Op.64

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major, Op. 55

Bjarne Brustad: Veslefrikk

Edvard Grieg: Evening in the mountains, Op. 68/4

The Berliner Philharmoniker celebrate their founding day (May 1st, 1892) in a European city of cultural significance every year. In 2016, they travelled to Røros in Norway, to play in the town’s beautiful baroque church. Norwegian violinist Vilde Frang made her debut with the Berliner Philharmonker at this year’s concert, joining them for Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E minor.

£14.95 *
Product no.: 2059968

GYÖRGY LIGETI: Atmosphères

RICHARD WAGNER: Prelude to Act 1 of the opera "Lohengrin"

EDWARD ELGAR: Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85

IGOR STRAVINSKY: Le Sacre du Printemps

The Argentinian cellist Sol Gabetta made her Philharmoniker debut at the 2014 Easter Festival in Baden-Baden with Edward Elgar’s "Cello Concerto", the final great work of the composer. The conductor and orchestra also performed the prelude to Wagner’s "Lohengrin", György Ligeti’s orchestral piece "Atmosphères" and Igor Stravinsky’s "Le Sacre du Printemps", a work which is entirely focused on the future and pushes the boundaries of classical music in terms of sound, rhythm and energy. “Sol Gabetta’s Elgar Concerto is one of the best around, a heartfelt, tonally rounded performance.” (Gramophone magazine)

£14.95 *
Product no.: FSFDV006

Nottingham boasts a fine collection of organs of richly diverse character. The title 'modernist' reflects the understanding that each instrument, in its time, was the last word in modernism. This DVD and CD showcase five of the city's best instruments. David Butterworth performs a compelling programme of fine music expertly chosen to demonstrate the individual character of each. A documentary presenting the history of the instruments is also included.

Great Hall at Wollaton Hall (Gerard Smith ?, c1690)

The Albert Hall, Nottingham (J. J. Binns, 1909)

German Lutheran Church (von Beckerath, 1950)

St. Mary's, Nottingham (Marcussen, 1973)

House Organ (Grant, Degens & Bradbeer, 1975)

£23.95 *
Product no.: 462 1920
Entre Elle et Lui - Natalie Dessay sings Michel Legrand Live at Versailles
Two icons of French song – Natalie Dessay and Michel Legrand – follow the huge worldwide success of their album Entre Elle et Lui with a DVD of the very
special concert on the 11th June 2014 at the Orangerie of the Château de Versailles.
£13.95 *
Product no.: 2064038

2 DVD celebration, recorded at the Cistercian Monastery, Nuremburg 2002, and Freiburg Cathedral 1999.

This extraordinary Christmas Edition of the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra presents well-known classical Christmas compostions conbined with popular caarols and jazzy improvisaions.


£15.95 *
Product no.: 073 4192

Works by J.S. Bach · Korngold · Mozart · Paganini · Vaughan Williams

Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin / London Symphony Orchestra with Natalie Zhu, Kent Nagano, Sir Colin Davis and others

Documentary filmed in 2003~4 as the acclaimed violinist plays her way around the world.


£10.00 *
Product no.: COR16094

The BBCs groundbreaking Sacred Music programme

Harry Christophers and The Sixteen join Simon Russell Beale for two special Christmas programmes that look beyond the familiar carols and festive songs to reveal two millennia of music and texts from across Europe.


Simon Russell Beale takes a journey through Italy, Britain, Germany and Austria as he explores how the sound of Christmas has evolved in response to changing ideas about the Nativity. His story takes us through two millennia of music, from a fragment of papyrus preserving the earliest known piece of Christian music to the stories behind Hark! the herald angels sing, Silent Night and In the bleak midwinter, and the work of popular Christmas composer, John Rutter all performed by Harry Christophers and The Sixteen.


Simon Russell Beale introduces a programme of choral music for Christmas from across the centuries, featuring performances of some of the works featured in the accompanying documentary. Harry Christophers and The Sixteen, perform music including J.S. Bach's harmonisation of the medieval carol In dulci jubilo, A spotless rose by Herbert Howells and the Christmas text O magnum mysterium, set as a motet by Tomás Luis de Victoria.

£15.95 *
Product no.: 8 25646 028443

Live from tbe BBC Proms - The John Wilson Orchestra, conducted by John Wilson, with vocals by Seth Macfarlane, Claire Martin and Jamie Parker

The Voice’ … ‘Ol’ Blue Eyes’ … ‘The Sultan of Swoon’: the mythology surrounding Frank Sinatra is overwhelming. A gifted entertainer, screen actor and ubiquitous personality, his real legacy as a pioneer of popular song can sometimes get lost in the clamour. In 2015 the John Wilson Orchestra returned to the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall with a special Late Night Prom celebrating the centenary of this musical icon born 100 years ago in a concert that brings together some of the great voices of our own time. Led by the multitalented Seth MacFarlane (of ‘Family Guy’ fame). “It’s always an utter joy to perform with the incomparable John Wilson Orchestra” says Hollywood film and television star Seth MacFarlane, “Their interpretations of these classic charts are unmatched in the modern era. Don’t walk, run to hear them play anytime you can!!”

£13.50 *
Product no.: 2061578

Philippe Jaroussky countertenor, Petra Müllejans violin with the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra directed by Petra Müllejans

Georg Philipp Telemann: Overture to St Matthew Passion; Cantata "Der am Ölberg zagende Jesus"; Brockes Passion: Overture, "Was Wunder dass der Sonnen pracht"; Cantata "Jesus liegt in den letzten Zügen"

Johann Sebastian Bach: Cantata "Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis"; Cantata "Der Herr denket an uns"; Cantata "Ich habe genug"

When Philippe Jaroussky - whose angelic voice seems almost timeless - sings works by Telemann and Bach, it becomes abundantly clear that the sheer emotional force and the purifying power of their music have not diminished one bit over the centuries.


£19.95 *
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