Filmed live in Baden-Baden by the veteran director Brian Large, Renée Fleming makes her debut in the role of Ariadne together with fellow key Strauss interpreters Sophie Koch and Christian Thielemann, following on from their Rosenkavalier triumph. Thielemann conducts the Staatskapelle Dresden, the orchestra to whom Strauss dedicated his Alpine Symphony and which premiered Feuersnot, Salome, Elektra, Der Rosenkavalier and Daphne. Fleming's voice might have been made for Ariadne and she achieved a great personal triumph in this production: “The chief glory of the evening was hearing Renée Fleming, the Straussian soprano par excellence, making her role debut as Ariadne… As the possessor of what is, possibly, the most beautiful soprano voice in the world, she put her vocal treasures in the service of an empathic, nuanced interpretation of the role. From the creamy top, through a rich, warm middle, to the bewitching, darker colours of her lower register, Fleming poured her magnificent sound into Strauss’s enchanting melodic arcs, animating the sadness, vulnerability, and desire of the bereft princess…” Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
3RDegree's performance at the ProgDay festival in 2009. 3RDegree is a little band from New Jersey. A band that resurface from the prog scene after 12 years when they did their Reunion Concert in 2008. The band is centered around the vocalist-keyboardist George Dobbs. The band offer a good variety in their set list here, with some ballads songs, other much heavier songs, and a little jazz influence. Some vocals performance shows a Gentle Giant's influence; the song "Dancing Over Scarlet Mist". It's impressive to see that this independent band has present this show on a Blu-Ray with a nice picture quality and a good stereo sound. They played a 90 minutes concert covering their 3 CD'S and a nice cover of "Me and Sarah Jane" from Genesis…
A deeply personal memoir of the private Ray Charles - the man behind the legend - by his eldest son.
Lakmé, Delibes greatest opera, is performed by Opera Australia in all its oriental glory. Starring the exquisite coloratura soprano Emma Matthews as the innocent girl priestess Lakmé, and superb tenor Aldo Di Toro as the love-struck Gerald, the story tackles religion and cross-cultural love against a backdrop of British rule in India in the mid-19th century.
After two studio albums, Black Country Communion (a rock group featuring ex-Deep Purple singer/bassist Glenn Hughes, Jason Bonham, Joe Bonamassa, and ex-Dream Theater keyboardist Derek Sherinian) release a live DVD/BluRay: Live Over Europe gathers material from four concerts played in Germany (in Munich, Berlin, and Hamburg) in the summer of 2011. The set list mostly consists of songs from the two studio albums (almost all songs from the sophomore album 2 are included here) and adds Bonamassa's "The Ballad of John Henry" and the Deep Purple classic "Burn." Apart from the live show, which was recorded with 14 HD cameras, the disc includes a 20-minute documentary and a photo gallery.