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BEETHOVEN, L. van: Edition (Complete) (90-CD Box Set)
8.500250
[90 DISCS]



Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770–1827)
Complete Edition

Various Artists

Beethoven’s monumental contribution to Western classical music is celebrated here in this definitive collection marking the 250th anniversary of the composer’s birth. Surveying the totality of his career and achievement, the Complete Edition spans orchestral, concerto, keyboard, chamber, music for the stage, choral and vocal works, encompassing his most familiar and iconic masterpieces, alongside rarities and recently reconstructed fragments and sketches in world premiere recordings. The roster of artists and ensembles includes some of Beethoven’s greatest contemporary exponents, in performances that have won critical acclaim worldwide.



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Orchestral Music - SAINT-SAËNS, C. / RAVEL, M. / PROKOFIEV, S. / BRITTEN, B. (Britten-Pears Orchestra, Alsop) (NTSC)
2.110399



Camille SAINT-SAËNS (1835–1921)
The Carnival of the Animals

Maurice RAVEL (1875–1937)
Mother Goose

Sergey PROKOFIEV (1891–1953)
Peter and the Wolf

Benjamin BRITTEN (1913–1976)
The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra

Live from Snape Maltings Concert Hall

Britten-Pears Orchestra
Marin Alsop, Conductor and Narrator

These live performances from Snape Maltings Concert Hall present some of the most popular classical works for younger audiences. Their perennial appeal is a result of vivid melodies, witty instrumental characterisation, and, in three works, the use of spoken texts to illuminate the narrative. Whether composed to amuse, entertain or educate, each possesses marvellous vitality, lyricism and bravura. The performances are conducted and narrated by Marin Alsop, one of the world’s most inspirational musical communicators.

Also available on Blu-ray Video (NBD0102V)


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THOMAS, A.: Hamlet [Opera] (Opéra Comique, 2018) (NTSC)
2.110640



Ambroise THOMAS (1811–1896)
Hamlet
Libretto by Michel Carré and Jules Barbier
after William Shakespeare

Sabine Devieilhe, Soprano • Sylvie Brunet-Grupposo, Mezzo-soprano
Stéphane Degout, Baritone • Laurent Alvaro, Bass-baritone
Les éléments • Orchestre des Champs-Élysées
Louis Langrée, Conductor • Cyril Teste, Stage Director

With Shakespearian operas all the rage in Paris during the 19th century, Ambroise Thomas and his librettists Michel Carré and Jules Barbier adapted Hamlet to create a romantic spectacle in which the character of Ophélie shines with a haunting radiance. With its virtuosic arias, stunning ensembles and vivid orchestration – with the colourful addition of the newly invented saxophone – Thomas composed one of the most successful operas in the French repertoire. This is further enhanced by director Cyril Teste’s multi-layered production, reinstating its powerful original ending, and including cinematic techniques to create ‘a very palpable hit’ (bachtrack.com).

Also available on Blu-ray Video (NBD0103V)


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TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I.: Nutcracker (The) (arr. M. Knight and S. Cox for brass septet and percussion) (version with narration)
8.574157



Pyotr Il’yich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840–1893)
The Nutcracker
arranged for Brass Septet

Derek Jacobi, Narrator • Septura

Brass instruments are a vital part of the festive fabric of Christmas, and Tchaikovsky’s iconic ballet The Nutcracker is made even more joyful with the brassy brilliance of Septura. Narrated by pre-eminent actor Derek Jacobi, The Nutcracker is set on Christmas Eve, with music both rapturous and fantastical. It tells the story of how young Clara’s favourite present, a nutcracker shaped like a little man, turns into a handsome prince at midnight. Septura has been acclaimed by Brass Band World for its ‘stylistic perfection’ and ‘beautifully portrayed artistry’ (Music for Brass Septet • 2, Naxos 8.573386).


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