Concert

Sideshow

Steven Kazuo Takasugi Sideshow concert. Directed 2018 by Steven Kazuo Takasugi and performed by the Talea Ensemble in New York. The Talea Ensemble features Barry J. Crawford (flute/piccolo), Rane Moore (clarinet), Ryan Muncy (alto saxophone), Alex Lipowski (percussion/vocals), Stephen Gosling (piano), Yuki Numata Resnick (violin), Elizabeth Helgeson (viola), Chris Gross (cello), and David Adamcyk (electronics). Production supervisor was Brent Ness; audio production assistant was Sam Torres; audio production by David Adamcyk; video production by Four/Ten Media; cinematography by Evan Chapman and Kevin Eikenberg. Also features 46 minutes of interviews with the composer and the players. Released 2018, disc has stereo sound only. Grade: NA

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DiDonato - In War and Peace

Joyce DiDonato - In War and Peace - Harmony through Music concert. Directed 2017 by Ralf Pleger at the Liceu Theatre in Barcelona. Maxim Emelyanychev conducts Il Pomo d'Oro and plays harpsichord. Features dancer Manuel Palazzo and flautist Anna Fusek. The concert is split into two sections, War and Peace. Choreography by Manuel Palazzo; lighting design by Henning Blum; video design by Yousef Iskandar; dresses by Vivienne Westwood; costume for Manuel Palazzo by Lasha Rostobaia; directed for television by Olivier Simonnet; design by Lenny's Studio. Released 2018, disc has 5.1 Dolby Digital sound. Grade: NA

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From the New World

Dvořák From the New World symphony concert. Andris Nelsons conducts the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig at the Gewandhaus zu Leipzig in 2017. Features soprano Kristine Opolais. Here's the program :

  1. Dvořák Othello Overture
  2. Dvořák "Mesícku na nebi hlubokém" ("Song to the Moon") from Rusalka
  3. Dvořák Songs My Mother Taught Me, Op. 55 No. 4 from Gypsy Songs
  4. Dvořák "Polonaise" from Rusalka
  5. Bedřich Smetana How confused I feel? from Dalibor
  6. Oh! it's useless from Rusalka
  7. Dvořák Symphony No. 9 "From the New World"

Directed for TV by Michael Beyer; produced by Paul Smaczny. Released 2018, disc has 5.1 dts-HD Master Audio sound. Grade: NA

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Les Funérailles Royales de Louis XIV

Les Funérailles Royales de Louis XIVconcert (The Royal Funerals of Louis XIV). Performed November, 2015 at the Palace of Versailles. Raphaël Pichon conducts the Ensemble Pygmalion. Features singers Céline Scheen (Soprano), Lucile Richardot (Mezzo-soprano), Samuel Boden (Tenor), Marc Mauillon (Baritone), and Christian Immler (Baritone). Released 2018. Grade: NA

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Brahms Cycle

Brahms Cycle Box Set with most of Brahms' famous symphonic works performed in three recording venues. Franz Welser-Möst conducts the Cleveland Orchestra. Yefim Bronfman plays the piano and Julia Fischer is the violin soloist. All the music was recorded in 2014 and 2015. There is a bonus with Franz Welser-Möst and Julia Fischer discussing the Violin Concerto.  Released 2015, disc has 5.1 dts-HD Master Audio sound.

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Brahms Violin Concerto

Brahms Violin Concertoand Symphony No. 4 concert. Franz Welser-Möst conducts the Cleveland Orchestra in 2014 at Severance Hall, Cleveland. The disc also includes Brahms Academic Festival Overture. Julia Fischer is the violin soloist. This disc also is available as part of a box set with Brahms' most famous symphonic works. Audio Producer Elaine Mortone; TV Director William Cosel; Producer Herbert G. Kloiber. Released 2017, disc has 5.1 dts-HD Master Audio sound. Grade: For the Violin Concerto: A For Symphony No. 4: D-

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Brahms Symphonies 1-3

Brahms Symphonies 1-3. Franz Welser-Möst conducts the Cleveland Orchestra in 2014 at the Royal Albert Hall, London (Symphony No. 1) and at the Musikverein Golden Hall, Vienna (Symphonies 2 and 3). This disc is also available as part of a box set with Brahms' most famous symphonic works. TV Director was Jonathan Haswell (Symphony 1) and Brian Large (Symphonies 2 and 3); Producer was Herbert G. Kloiber. Released 2018, disc has 5.1 dts-HD Master Audio sound. Grade: For Symphony No. 1 B- For Symphonies 2 and 3: B

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Brahms Piano Concertos Nos. 1 - 2

Brahms Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 2. Franz Welser-Möst conducts the Cleveland Orchestra in 2015 at Severance Hall, Cleveland. Yefim Bronfman is the Piano soloist. The disc also includes Brahms Variations on a Theme by Haydn and Tragic Overture. This disc is available as part of a box set with Brahms' most famous symphonic works. Audio Producer was Christoph Claßen; TV Director was William Cosel; Producer was Herbert G. Kloiber. Released 2017, disc has 5.1 dts-HD Master Audio sound. Grade for both piano concertos: B+ (The Variations and Tragic Overture are not graded.)

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Mahler Symphony No. 3

Mahler Symphony No. 3. Claudio Abbado conducts the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, the female voices of the Arnold Schoenberg Choir Vienna, and the Tölzer Knabenchor in 2007. Mezzo-soprano Anna Larson is the soloist contralto. Directed for TV by Michael Beyer. Released in 2009, this disc has 5.1 PCM sound. Grade: C+

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Mahler Symphony No. 5

Mahler Symphony No. 5. Riccardo Chailly conducts the Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig. Directed for TV by Henning Kasten; sound production by Sebastian Braun; produced by Günter Atteln and Paul Smaczny. Released 2014, disc has 5.1 dts-HD Master Audio sound. Grade: C

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Mahler Symphony No. 6

Mahler Symphony No. 6 ("Tragic"). Riccardo Chailly conducts the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig in 2012. Audio production by Sebastian Braun; directed for TV by Ute Feudel; produced by Günter Atteln and Paul Smaczny. Released 2013, disc has 5.1 dts-HD Master Audio sound. Grade: C+

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