A Berlin-set drama centered on a 40-something couple who, separately, fall in love with the same man. They say good things come in threes. Director-writer Tom Tykwer explores this adage in his aptly titled 3, a fresh take on that plot staple of ’30s romps, the love triangle. Narratively and stylistically, Tykwer turns this familiar romantic configuration on its head, crafting an emotionally mature and complex film that’s dense with the stuff of life.
Although Kairos’s rate of production has decreased in the past few years, the Viennese label still regularly releases discs of music by contemporary Austrian composers. This CD of two recent orchestral works by Friedrich Cerha, celebrating the composer’s 90th birthday, is a welcome addition to Kairos’s four previous albums of his music. While Cerha’s recent chamber music adheres to classical forms, his orchestral music from the same period eschews them, revisiting instead the principles laid out in his sound-mass works from the late 1950s such as Spiegel.
Mozart 250th Anniversary Edition: Operas III by Nikolaus Harnoncourt was released 2010 on the Warner Classics label. Mozart 250th Anniversary Edition: Operas III is a 9-disc set.
The Grosses Festpielhaus in Salzburg has been the scene of countless memorable musical events - operas, concerts and recitals - for 50 years. Here is a unique chance to celebrate the glories of this distinguished era. In an exceptional collaboration with the Salzburg Festival, we have prepared a 25-CD box set - 5 complete operas, 10 concerts and 2 recitals - featuring many of the world's greatest artists, in recordings with classical status and others that are appearing on CD for the first time. Concerts (five out of ten are first-time releases): with Abbado, Bernstein, B hm, Boulez, Karajan, Levine, Mehta, Muti, Solti.
These two disks present a 1982 performance of the Metropolitan Opera's beloved production of Der Rosenkavalier. The staging, directed by Nathaniel Merrill and designed by Robert O'Hearn, is lavishly elegant. James Levine leads a cast that could hardly be bettered. As fanfare's reviewer has written, "No one has ever looked and acted more the Marschallin than Kiri Te Kanawa." Other stars include Tatiana Troyanos as Octavian, Judith Blegen as Sophie, Kurt Moll as Baron Ochs, and Luciano Pavarotti as the Italian tenor.
…The opera is very much worth hearing—and owning (though I wish MD&G had supplied an English translation of the libretto). The performances are for the most part on target. (…) So I guess this must be a qualified recommendation, but a recommendation nonetheless, given the quality of D’Albert’s music.
…Der Sinfonie voran geht eine ausführliche, traditionelle Instrumentenvorstellung. Das Booklet beinhaltet Biografien, Informationen zu Orchester und „Bobbys Klassik“ sowie die Erzähltexte. Ein „Begleitheft zur CD“ zeigt Partiturauschnitte und Bilder der Orchesterinstrumente. Ein Rätsel, quasi als „Lernkontrolle“, verlangt den routinierten Rätselkenner. Bleibt nachzutragen, dass das Beethoven Orchester Bonn unter Thomas Honickel die „unterbrochene“ Sinfonie selbstverständlich hochkompetent musiziert.