Our two new audiovisual releases this month come in stark contrast to each other. While her video performance may be in black and white for ‘period’ effect, the singing of Camilla Nylund, one of the most in-demand dramatic sopranos around the world, colours an engaging selection of masterpieces from The Great American Songbook, specially arranged for the production by Christof Unterberger, Florian Sitzmann and Leonard Eröd. In contrast we have the acclaimed first modern performance of Bellini’s opera Bianca e Fernando, both in its world premiere audiovisual recording and in the very opera house that commissioned it in 1828 – Genoa's Carlo Felice Theatre.
Finnish opera star Camilla Nylund sings masterpieces from the Great American Songbook in this unique collaboration with the ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra under their music director Marin Alsop. The classic songs in this film were specially arranged to suit Nylund’s performance style, vocals and personality, as if they had been written for her. This special edition includes a DVD of the concert film-project by André Heller in black and white, plus an audio CD of the recordings.
Also available in Blu-ray Video (NBD0162V)
Bianca e Fernando, commissioned for the inauguration of the Carlo Felice Theatre in 1828, was composed at the start of Bellini’s career as one of the most important opera composers of the 19th century. The superb music for this dramatic story of filial love, wicked intrigues and triumph over tyranny was received with the ‘jubilation and admiration of the citizens of Genoa’ and greatly admired by the likes of Donizetti, earning Bellini recognition throughout Italy and beyond. This acclaimed first modern performance brings to light precious lost pages of music, reviving the original ‘splendid celebration’ of its premiere.