Notes & Reviews:
Milan's La Scala theatre as told by the protagonists of its golden years. Enzo Biagi was one of Italy's most famous and beloved journalists. His fondness for the prestigious Milanese venue led to the programs Dynamic are now presenting on DVD, made in 1981/82. Documenting the La Scala productions of those years, Biagi entered the theatre during the rehearsals and interviewed the protagonists (conductors, singers and directors), not only the figures of those days but also the great stars of the past. A series originally produced on 16 mm film, now restored and offered to the public at large. Among the interesting and exciting content on offer on Vol. 2 are interviews with Riccardo Muti and Giorgio Strehler; a talk full of reminiscences with Giulietta Simionato; footage of Renata Tebaldi; and Mr. Biagi meets one of the great stars of La Scala's ballet dancers, Luciana Savignano.
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Liaisons: Re-Imagining Sondheim from the Piano - Sondheim songs arrangements by Reich, Marsalis, Turnage, Hersch, Bolcom, Muhly, Heggie et al. / Anthony de Mare, piano
Dame Joan Sutherland's Farewell Gala & Performance, live 1990 - Johann Strauss: Die Fledermaus, complete plus arias & scenes / Marilyn Horne & Luciano Pavarotti [DVD]
Hérold, Ferdinand & Frederick Ashton: La Fille mal Gardée, ballet / Natalia Osipova, Steven McRae, Philip Mosley, Christopher Saunders, Paul Kay. ROH, Wordsworth [DVD]
Weber: Der Freischutz / Adrain Erod, Albert Dohmen, Sara Jakubiak, Christina Landshamer, Georg Zeppenfeld. Staatskapelle Dresden, Thielemann [DVD]
Henry Purcell: The Indian Queen, a new version by Peter Sellars / Brutscher, Bullock, Carrero, Dumaux, Koutcher. Musicaeterna, Currentizis [DVD]
Wagner: Tannhauser / Peter Seiffert, Ann Petersen, Peter Mattei, René Pape, Marina Prudenskaya, Peter Sonn. Berlin Staatskapelle, Barenboim [2 DVD]
Luigi (1805-1859) & Federico Ricci (1809-1877): Crispino e la Comare, opera / Domenico Colaianni, Stefania Bonfadelli, Romina Boscolo, Fabrizio Paesano [DVD]
Joseph Bodin de Boismortier (1689-1755): Don Quichotte, chez la Duchesse / Chantal Santon Jeffery, Francois-Nicolas Geslot, Marc Labonnette, Corinne Benizio, Gilles Benizio [DVD]
Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757): La Dirindina, comic opera / Elena De Simone, Filippo Pina-Castiglioni, Carlo Torriani, Agata Calvagno, Andrea Dellai. Diego Bortolato [DVD]