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Image Birgit Nilsson - A league of her own (DVD)
Ett intimt porträtt av Birgit Nilsson (1918-2005) för att fira 100-årsdagen av hennes födelse, 17 maj: Den svenska sopranen med sin fantastiska teknik var världens ledande dramatiska sopran 1955-1975. Filmen innehåller sällan visade klipp från tv och olika fotoarkiv som skildrar Nilsson i arbete, på och bakom scenen. Arkivklippen kompletteras med nyinspelade intervjuer med Plácido Domingo, Otto Schenk, James Levine, Nina Stemme, Jonas Kaufmann, Marilyn Horne, Christa Ludwig och många andra.
Filmen lyckas fånga den känsliga kvinnan bakom den självsäkra och slagfärdiga artisten, som hade "en röst likt eld och is" (Antonio Pappano).
Dokumentären är även filmad på gården i Båstad där hon både växte upp och där hon tillbringade somrarna under hela sitt liv. Man har dessutom besökt och filmat på Kungliga Operan i Stockholm, där hon debuterade 1946, hon Festspelen i Bayreuth, på Wiener Staatsoper och the Metropolitan Opera i New York, där Nilsson var stor stjärna och publikfavorit.

An intimate portrait of Birgit Nilsson (1918–2005) on the occasion of her centennial on 17th May 2018: The Swedish soprano had an incredible technique and was the world’s leading dramatic soprano between 1955 and 1975. Rare TV and archive footage shows Nilsson at work, and is complemented by interviews with Plácido Domingo, Otto Schenk, James Levine, Nina Stemme, Jonas Kaufmann, Marilyn Horne, Christa Ludwig and many others. The film reveals a sensitive woman behind the honest, down to earth, quick-witted artist, who had “a voice like fire and ice” (Antonio Pappano). The documentary was shot at the farm in Bastad/Sweden, where Nilsson grew up and spent the summers until the end of her life, at the Royal Opera in Stockholm, where the legendary Wagnerian singer made her operatic debut in 1946, and in places like the Bayreuth Festival, the Wiener Staatsoper and the Metropolitan Opera in New York, where Nilsson was the star and box office draw.

239 kr
Image String Quartet No. 16
Wiener Philharmoniker
Sinfonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks
Leonard Bernstein, conductor

239 kr
Image Ingmar Bergman Through the Choreographer's Eye (DV
Four of Sweden’s most innovative choreographers travel to Ingmar Bergman’s home on Fårö to explore and get inspired. The result is a unique dance film, Ingmar Bergman through the Choreographer’s eye. As a film director, Ingmar Bergman was also a choreographer. Throughout his films, and his theatre works, one can sense his refined choreographed language – in the beautiful movement of a head, or an arm, in the blink of an eyelid - revealing painful shortcomings and chasms in close human relationships. His “invisible hand” is constantly directing the actor in a slow dance around the room. The unspoken word through each choreography is transformed into movements instead. The renowned and innovative Swedish choreographers Alexander Ekman, Pär Isberg, Pontus Lidberg and Joakim Stephenson, with principal dancers Jenny Nilson, Nathalie Nordquist, Oscar Salomonsson and Nadja Sellrup from the Royal Swedish Ballet, interpret Ingmar Bergman through four unique dance performances reflecting on human relations and intense feelings. The dances are linked together with images of the epic natural beauty of Fårö and Bergman’s poetic home Hammars, including the voice of the master himself - Ingmar Bergman - revealing his thoughts about movements and music. On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Bergman’s birth, this movie is not only a tribute to the Swedish cineast’s unique aesthetics, but also a way to deepen his search of the ineffable, his reflexion on the visual poetry of movement, and on the emotional powers of silent contemplation. The movie won the Special Mention award at Golden Prague International Film Festival 2017 for exceptional artistic achievement as it «excels in the exhilerating choreography, the vivid lighting, and the brilliant camerawork and editing.»

239 kr
Image Romeo & Juliet (DVD)
From grand spectacle to poignant close-ups, experience Helgi Tomasson’s bravura interpretation of Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet like you’ve never seen it before. With passionate choreography, spine-tingling swordsmanship, and a celebrated score by Sergei Prokofiev, San Francisco Ballet’s passionate retelling of the Bard’s greatest tragedy has packed houses around the world. Romeo & Juliet is one of the Company’s most popular and widely toured ballets and has been seen by more than 200,000 people since it premiered in 1994. Choreographed by Helgi Tomasson, with sets and costumes by Jens-Jacob Worsaae, this visually stunning production and the brilliant dancers of SF Ballet bring this powerful and touching tragedy – and Renaissance-era Verona – vividly to life. “Tomasson lifts Shakespeare’s complex and familiar language off the gilded pages and translates it into lucid classical choreography that is visceral, fresh, and ultimately sublime” (Huffington Post).

239 kr
Image Turandot (DVD)
Giacomo Puccini wrote what was supposed to be his last opera at a time where, riddled with disease and old age as he was, he felt like his own turmoil was reflected in the outside world: itself staggering, unsteady, overwhelmed and smashed by the chaos of European diplomacy. In spite of these obstacles, he persevered and worked until the very end of his life on this opera that he left unfinished but that proved to be a “way out” for him in many ways. Drawn from an ancient Persian epic from the 13th century, Turandot was indeed an excuse to escape into a new dramatic universe, one made of unexpected sounds and symbols. Here, in a world removed both geographically and chronologically from his own reality, he gave into the seductive powers of exoticism and eroticism, just as his own heroin Princess Turandot abandons herself to the mysteries of love and forgiveness. After twenty years of absence, Puccini’s Turandot was revived on the stage of the Teatro Real in a new production by American stage director Robert Wilson. One of the most important theatre and visual artist of our times, the director who gave life to Philip Glass’s Einstein of the Beach and who reinvented Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande hadn’t worked on a Puccini opera in twenty-five years, since his ground-breaking Madama Butterfly commissioned by the Paris Opera in 1993. This new encounter between his powerful visual universe and Puccini’s evocative music was bound to be an outstanding event. Carried out by a brilliant cast of singers, dominated by Irene Theorin as Turandot, Gregory Kunde as Calaf and Yolanda Auyanet as Liù, this magnificent production is conducted by the Teatro Real’s associate musical director Nicola Luisotti - and has been met with universal acclaim.

259 kr
Image Lulu
299 kr
Image The Armed Man - A Mass for Peace (DVD)
The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace by Welsh composer Sir Karl Jenkins is the most performed work by any living composer. This performance is the largest ever staged and was uniquely performed in synchronisation with a specially commissioned war-archive film reinforcing the narrative of the work – the build up to war, war itself and the consequences of war. Projected on to five giant screens, the film delivers a poignant backdrop to the moving musical narration providing the audience with a powerful and emotional multimedia experience. In this truly unique historic occasion Sir Karl Jenkins conducts The World Orchestra for Peace and around 2,000 singers from nearly 30 countries who joined together to Sing for Peace in Berlin.

229 kr
Image Symphony No. 9
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major, K. 219
(Rehearsal and Performance)

Yehudi Menuhin, violin
Vienna Symphony Orchestra
Herbert von Karajan, conductor

Antonín Dvorák
Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95, "From the New World"
(Rehearsal and Performance)

Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Herbert von Karajan, conductor

Recorded in 1966.

Filmed by Henri-Georges Clouzot

- Herbert von Karajan in conversation with Yehudi Menuhin (on Mozart, in English) and Prof. Joachim Kaiser (on Dvorák, in German)

Picture format: NTSC 4:3 B/W (mastered from an HD source, original filmed in 35mm)
Sound format: PCM Stereo / PCM Mono (rehearsal)
Subtitles: English (Kaiser interview) / German (Menuhin interview)
Running time: 69 mins (performance) + 38 mins (rehearsal)

Also available on Blu-ray: 704104

239 kr
Image Uniko (DVD)
Kronos Quartet
Kimmo Pojohnen accordion,
Samuli Kosminen percussion and sampling

Video Director - Chris Weisz

Bonus - Making of (Interviews with Kronos Quartet, Kimmo Pojohnen, Samuli Kosminen)

UNIKO is the collaboration between the Grammy award winning Kronos Quartet and Finnish duo, accordion adventurer Kimmo Pohjonen and sampling guru Samuli Kosminen. It was commissioned by the Kronos Quartet in 2004 and the present DVD documents the first performance of the suite which was heard for the first time in Helsinki in September 2004. Together with live strings and electric accordion plus effects and manipulations they create a new, multi-dimensional sound world.

Accordionist Kimmo Pohjonen is one of Finland's most active and important musicians and was nominated for BBC Radio 3 World Music Awards and for the BBC Radio 3 Planet Award. UNIKO's CD release entered the World Music Charts at No. 6

Samuli Kosminen is one of Finland's top percussionists and sampling masters, working with Jónsi from Sigur Rós, Emiliana Torrini and many more.

UNIKO has been performed at New York's Carnegie Hall and Brooklyn Academy of Music, at Royal Albert Hall London for the BBC proms, David Bowie's Meltdown Festival, Patti Smith's Meltdown at Royal Festival Hall and in various other countries.

"The music is sheer physicality ... Uniko is like an ocean tide coming in." New York Times

"Kimmo Pohjonen is a performer whose blend of virtuosity and resolute experimentation is routinely likened to that of Jimi Hendrix and Laurie Anderson." Wire

"Kimmo Pohjonen extends the range of the accordion beyond anything I've previously heard" "We've known all this for a long time but with UNIKO his importance in the contemporary music world is now unquestionable." Songlines

"Kimmo Pohjonen a boundlessly ambitious improviser." The Guardian

Format NTSC
Running Time Total: 82 minutes
Concert: 66 minutes
Bonus: 16 minutes
Picture 16:9, color
Sound PCM Stereo, dts 5.1
Subtitles Bonus: original language English (no subtitles)
Booklet English, German, French

239 kr
Image A Tribute To Frederick The Great
Emmanuel Pahud (flute)
Trevor Pinnock (harpsichord)

Kammerakademie Potsdam

Emmanuel Pahud, principal flutist of the Berliner Philharmoniker, celebrates the 300th birthday of Frederick the Great with a concert recorded in the historic Royal Theater of the Neues Palais Potsdam, one of the architectural gems within the world-heritage palace ensemble of Sanssouci built by the Prussian king.

Trevor Pinnock is one of the pioneers of the modern revival of early music performance and he appears as a guest conductor with many of the world's leading symphony orchestras. Emmanuel Pahud is one of today's most exciting and adventurous musicians. Accompanied by the Kammerakademie Potsdam, Phaud and Pinnock perform works by C.P.E Bach, Franz Benda, Johann Joachim Quantz and a composition written by Frederick the Great himself.

"A fascinating snap-shot of the mid-18th century Berlin court." BBC Music Magazine

"One doesn't know what to admire most about this flutist: the musical intelligence, the finesse, the sumptuous sound or the multitude of colours" Diapason on Emmanuel Pahud

Region Code 0
Picture Format: 16:9, HD
Sound Format: DVD: DTS 5.0, PCM Stereo
Running Time: 78 minutes
Booklet: English, German, French

239 kr
Image Journey of a lifetime
Sir Georg Solti was one of the greatest recording artists who ever lived - not only his still unequalled record of 31 Grammys® attests to that: the present documentary illluminates the life and work of Sir Georg Solti on the 100th anniversary of his birth. We follow the Hungarian-Jewish conductor's career: as Toscanini's assistant at the Salzburg Festival, as music director in Munich and Frankfurt after the war, achieving worldwide fame with his legendary Vienna Philharmonic recording of Wagner's Ring cycle. It was as the long-serving music director of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra that Solti became an international star of classical music, one whose musical ardour and perfectionism remain unsurpassed to this day.

Booklet: E, G, F
Run time: 107 minutes
Picture: NTSC, 4:3, 16:9
Audio: PCM Stereo
Bonus Material:
Shostakovich Symphony No. 1 Prokofiev Symphony in D major, OP.25 Mussorgski Prelude to "Chowanstschina"
Region Code: 0 (worldwide)

239 kr
Image Colón Ring (The): Wagner in Buenos Aires
Conductor: Roberto Paternostro
Orchestra: Teatro Colón Orchestra
Artists: Linda Watson, Jukka Rasilainen, Leonid Zakhozhaev, Adrew Shore, Stig Andersen, Marion Ammann

Is it really possible to stage Wagner's Ring on a single day? The composer's great-granddaughter, Katharina Wagner, who now runs the Bayreuth Festival, was keen to stage Cord Garben's abridged version of the cycle at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, but in the event things turned out rather differently. When she and her team arrived at the Colón, they found that the rehearsal conditions were not what they were expecting, and so she decided that the task should be entrusted to a different director. Valentina Carrasco took over at short notice and together with the singers and the set and costume designers she staged the Ring in a seven-hour version never previously seen - and all on a single day! The present documentary provides a thrilling and visually memorable account of the long journey taken by this version from its inception to the first night.

239 kr
Image Paths Through the Labyrinth
A film by Anna Schmidt

Even at over 80 Krzysztof Penderecki is still an unflinching and active composer and conductor. Director Anna Schmidt followed Penderecki's paths for a year-in the process interviewing such world-famous artists as Anne-Sophie Mutter, Julian Rachlin and Janine Jansen as well as Jonny Greenwood ("Radiohead") and legendary film director Andrzej Wajda.

As a result, Paths Through the Labyrinth has become a comprehensive "work in progress" documentary, accompanying Penderecki from Kraków to Munich, from Vienna to Leipzig, and to his country estate in Luslawice. Throughout, the composer reflects on his beginnings, the turning points in his life and the world of his ideas.

Thoughts, dialogues, encounters and extracts from several famous Penderecki compositions coalesce into a fascinating, multi-layered portrayal of one of today's most influential musicians.

Bonus: Interviews with Lorin Maazel and Jonny Greenwood

Picture format: NTSC 16:9
Sound format: PCM Stereo
Region code: 0 (worldwide)
Subtitles: English, German, French, Korean
Booklet notes: English, German, French
Running time: 86 mins (documentary) + 18 mins (bonus)
No. of DVDs: 1 (DVD 9)

239 kr
Image Nutcracker
This production from the Vienna State Opera presents The Nutcracker ballet in Nureyev's final choreography, the 1985 Paris version. The critic Clive Barnes set the tone by remarking: 'No version of The Nutcracker that we have ever seen has been more potently dramatic few have displayed so sharp an imprint of personal style.' It is staged by Nureyev's pupil and protege Manuel Legris of the Wiener Staatsballett.

239 kr
Image Messa da Requiem
Dimitra Theodossiou (soprano), Sonia Ganassi (mezzo), Francesco Meli (tenor), Riccardo Zanellato (bass)

Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Regio di Parma
Yuri Temirkanov

Conductor Yuri Termirkanov has appeared with leading orchestras including the Berlin Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, London Philharmonic and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.

This Requiem fields an outstanding cast of singers, all with glittering international careers.

52 minutes Bonus: Verdi´s Backyard

239 kr
Image From War to Peace
In 2014 the World Orchestra for Peace returned with its conductor Valery Gergiev for its fourth appearance to the BBC Proms to play a special concert, marking the centennial of the outbreak of World War 1. The concert included Roxanna Panufnik's Three Paths to Peace, commissioned by the orchestra, Mahler's Sixth Symphony, and it celebrated the 150th anniversary of Richard Strauss with the colourful, fairy-tale soundscapes of his operatic masterpiece Die Frau ohne Schatten. The World Orchestra for Peace, founded in 1995 by Sir Georg Solti to reaffirm, in his words, "the unique strength of music as an ambassador for peace" is a classical super-group consisting of leading players from the world's finest orchestras. Beside the concert, a fascinating documentary with Sir Georg Solti and Valery Gergiev is marking the orchestra's 20th anniversary.

239 kr
Image The Fiddle and The Drum

239 kr
Image Winterreise (DVD)
Franz Schubert´s “Winterreise” engages with its audience in a new and unexpected form: in a creative encounter with Schubert’s masterpiece. Matthias Goerne, ”the voice of perfection” (Le Figaro), pianist Markus Hinterhäuser and South African director, set designer and theatre artist William Kentridge joined forces on stage and traced newly imagined, deeply moving images. In short animated films, Kentridge visualises Goerne’s and Hinterhäuser’s sonic contribution. A memorable meeting “of melancholy and magic.” (La Marseillaise). “Mr. Kentridge’s 24 stop-action films - made up of animated ink drawings and collages - offer a visually mesmerizing and thought-provoking commentary on Schubert’s song cycle.” (New York Times). “There is an unusual robustness to his (Matthias Goerne´s) wanderer, infused by the virile beauty of his powerful baritone.” (New York Times)

239 kr
Image CARMEN.maquia & Club Havana (DVD)
Ballet Hispánico, a 'strong ambassador of not just Latino cultur e but of dance itself' (Broadway World), brings its bold and eclectic brand of contemporary dance to the screen with two audience favourites: CARMEN.maquia, an electrifying modern take on Bizet’s passionate opera choreographed by Spaniard Gustavo Ramírez Sansano, and Cuban-born Pedro Ruiz’s Club Havana, a virtuosic re-imagining of a sizzling nightclub filled with the exhilarating rhythms and colors of Havana’s golden era. Celebrating over 45 years of bringing individuals and communities together to celebrate and explore Latino cultures, Ballet Hispánico is the new expression of American contemporary dance.

239 kr
Image Bach’s Goldberg Variations and its predecessors (D
When Kit Armstrong was only 14, he overcame his mentor Alfred Brendel’s reluctance to take on pupils. Said Brendel: “He played so beautifully that I thought to myself, ‘I have to make time for him.’ It was a performance that really led you from the first to the last note.” Soon Armstrong was winning international prizes both as pianist and as composer and was appearing as soloist at some of the world’s foremost venues. At the Concertgebouw, Armstrong mesmerized his audience with Bach’s monumental Goldberg Variations – preceded by earlier polyphonic variation masterpieces by William Byrd, Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck and John Bull. “Enlightening and exhilarating” (Revierpassagen). “Armstrong’s phenomenal recital was so exceptional that every attempt to describe it falls short” (NRC)

239 kr
Image Requiem (DVD)
An absolute highlight of Salzburg’s Mozart Week with “highest art of sound and riding“ (Kronenzeitung): the French equine artist and theatrical genius Bartabas presents Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Requiem. Horses and riders from the formidable Academie equestre de Versailles join forces with the Musiciens du Louvre, conducted by Marc Minkowski, the Salzburger Bachchor and “an excellent quartet of soloists“ (Kurier), namely Genia Kuhmeier, Elisabeth Kulman, Julien Behr and Charles Dekeyser, to place the Requiem into a new theatrical context. Restoring the Felsenreitschule’s original purpose – a riding school – and at the same time including its impressive architecture of arcades into the musical dramaturgy, the production is a breath-taking synthesis of the arts. By meticulously refining the skillfully regulated interactions between humans, animals and music, Bartabas and his horsemen have created a production which is much more than a great show riding choreography: it’s a moving exploration of the interconnectedness of existence. A piece of art with an “exceptional power of attraction” (Schwabische Zeitung), “a requiem for all senses“ (Kronenzeitung).

239 kr
Image Rudolf Nureyev's Don Quixote (DVD)
Don Quixote was created by the master choreographer Marius Petipa, together with the composer Ludwig Minkus, for the Imperial Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow in 1869. Marking the 400th anniversary of Cervantes’s death, Don Quixote is here seen in the revised version by Nureyev which the French choreographer Manuel Legris – once a noted Basil himself in his days as an “étoile” in Nureyev’s Paris troupe – devised for the Wiener Staatsballett. “A Don Quixote to love … Legris and company can count the evening a total success” (Die Presse). As for the two principals, Maria Yakovleva and Denys Cherevychko as Kitri and Basil, no praise was high enough: “both are technically brilliant” (Wiener Zeitung).

239 kr
Image The Lover’s Garden (DVD)
In the garden of a Baroque villa, a chamber orchestra is playing Mozart’s wonderful quartets and quintets, and everywhere is pervaded with echoes and references to the composer’s world. As if by magic or conjured by the imagination, figures emerge from the shadows of the labyrinthine garden: they are Mozart’s characters, and they play with – or perhaps make fun of – the guests at the party, embroiling them in their well-known amorous dalliances. With lightness and irony, this journey into the universe of Mozart tips its hat to the 1700s also with the scenery and costumes, and fills the garden with fun and passionate virtuoso dances, which follow each other dynamically and quickly with constant changes in the mood. Like in a dream where everything is jumbled together, where reality and illusion merge.

239 kr
Image Through The Eyes Of Yuja (DVD)
This film is a journey with the famous pianist Yuja Wang. With more than 120 performances a year, she lives a nomadic lifestyle. The exploration of Yuja’s wanderings is a travelogue of exciting venues, glitzy cities and encounters with extraordinary artists, such as Gustavo Dudamel, Gauthier Capucon and Leonidas Kavakos and personalities of other professional horizons but there is also a downside: fatigue, jet lag, pressure, doubts, hostilities, disorientation, and loneliness. With a bittersweet reference to the transience of life, the film reveals the invisible that complements the visible and shows us this artist in a very personal way. “Pianists have to be alone all the time, and it’s hard, it’s lonely. Being a musician is almost like a very isolated life, and the only time you actually get to communicate is on stage with music. It’s not a bad thing. I think being solitary, it really allows us to think about life and to think about why people write this music. [...] It makes you start to wonder about things that are beneath the surface.” Yuja Wang BONUS: Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue & Ravel: Piano Concerto in G Major

239 kr
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