William Shakespeare - the complete works on 100 CDs!
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William Shakespeare - the complete works on 100 CDs!
Be inspired by the works of William Shakespeare, and by the music the great playwright inspired! The year 2016 marks the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare, and Decca Classics honors the occasion with this magnificent set of Shakespeare's complete plays, sonnets and narrative poems, performed by some of the greatest Shakespeare actors in history.

William Shakespeare: The Complete Works - The 37 plays (unabridged), 154 sonnets and 4 narrative poems / The Marlowe Dramatic Society & Professional Players [100 CDs] William Shakespeare: The Complete Works [100 CDs]
Decca is pleased to offer this limited edition 100 CD box set of the complete Shakespeare. Re-mastered from the original Argo recordings and for the first time on CD, the original recordings were made by The Marlowe Dramatic Society and Professional Players featuring such acclaimed actors as Vanessa Redgrave, Dame Peggy Ashcroft, Sir John Gielgud, Christopher Plummer and many more.
Shakespeare in Music & Words
2016 marks 400 years since the death of Shakespeare and to commemorate, Decca is pleased to offer this compilation of music and spoken word. The first half includes musical works inspired by works of the bard. The second half is devoted to a selection of Shakespeare's most famous speeches from his plays and sonnets in recordings by such acclaimed actors as Vanessa Redgrave, Dame Peggy Ashcroft, Sir John Gielgud, Christopher Plummer and many more.
Shakespeare in Music & Words - Music inspired by Shakespeare & highlights from his greatest prose read by Christopher Plummer, John Gielgud & Vanessa Redgrave et al. / Sutherland, Fleming, Terfel, Rieu et al.

----- Music Inspired by Shakespeare -----
Tchaikovsky: Capriccio Italien; Francesca di Rimini / Anthony Collins, London SO
Recommended TitleTchaikovsky: Capriccio Italien; Francesca di Rimini
Anthony Collins/London SO; Eduard Van Beinum/London PO
"The LSO under Collins provides balletic grace and drama. Van Beinum conducts the smoother-sounding LPO and Concertgebouw in engaging accounts of Romeo and Nutcracker." -BBC Magazine
Tchaikovsky & Shakespeare
Recommended TitleTchaikovsky & Shakespeare
Gustavo Dudamel/Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra
"Dudamel harnesses this energy productively and to well-defined dramatic ends, tempering it with warm sensibility and commendable lack of indulgence in Tchaikovsky's more sentimental moments" -The Telegraph
Barber, Korngold: Violin Concertos / Shaham, Previn
Recommended TitleBarber, Korngold: Violin Concertos
Gil Shaham, violin; Andre Previn/London Symphony Orchestra
"The suite from Korngold's incidental music to Much ado about nothing, dating from his early precocious period in Vienna, provides a delightful and apt filler." -Gramophone

Tchaikovsky: Symphony no 6, etc / Gergiev, Kirov Orchestra
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6; Romeo & Juliet Fantasy Overture
Valery Gergiev/Kirov Orchestra
Valery Gergiev's recent recordings of the music of Tchaikovsky have been met with unanimous critical acclaim. Many listeners have awaited the release of the Sixth, arguably the greatest of Russian symphonies, by Gergiev.
Macbeth [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] / Music by Jed Kurzel
Macbeth [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]
Jed Kurzel, composer
From the Academy Award winning producers of The King's Speech and acclaimed director Justin Kurzel, comes Macbeth: a visceral and visually breath-taking retelling of the classic tale about an ambitious Scottish lord who seizes the throne with the help of his wife.
Al fresco - Purcell: The Fairy Queen / John Eliot Gardiner
Al fresco - Purcell: The Fairy Queen
Wynford Evans, Eiddwen Harrhy, Judith Nelson, Elisabeth Priday, Jennifer Smith, David Thomas, John Eliot Gardiner/Monteverdi Choir
Purcell's 'Fairy Queen' was his grandest achievement, his most colourful score, with an emotional range from wit to mystery and much in between.

Verdi: Macbeth / Anna Netrebko, Zeljko Lucic, René Pape, Joseph Calleja. MET, Fabio Luisi [DVD]
Recommended TitleVerdi: Macbeth
Anna Netrebko, Zeljko Lucic, René Pape, Joseph Calleja, Fabio Luisi/MET Opera Orchestra
"Anna Netrebko's ferociously exciting star turn as Lady Macbeth ... a demented performance, one so exciting it propels both artist and audience figuratively to the brink of madness." - New York Observer
2 DVDs | 1 BR
Thomas Ades: The Tempest, opera / Simon Keenlyside, Audrey Luna, Alan Oke, Isabel Leonard, Alek Shrader. MET Opera, Ades [DVD]
Recommended TitleThomas Ades: The Tempest
Simon Keenlyside, Audrey Luna, Alan Oke, Isabel Leonard, Ades/Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Chorus & Ballet
"One of the most inspired, audacious and personal operas to have come along in years." - The NY Times
"a magical score... filled with memorable passages of striking originality. -Associated Press
  1 DVD
Rossini: Otello / Cecilia Bartoli, John Osborn, Javier Camarena, Edgardo Rocha. Muhai Tang, Zurich Opera [DVD]
Recommended TitleRossini: Otello
Cecilia Bartoli, John Osborn, Javier Camarena, Edgardo Rocha Muhai Tang/Orchestra La Scintilla of the Zurich Opera
"Zurich Opera stared down the mighty challenge posed by Rossini's Otello ossia il moro di Venezia, and knocked it out of the ballpark." - Operatoday.com
1 DVD | 1 BR

Richard Strauss: Sinfonia Domestica; Macbeth / Lorin Maazel, Vienna PO
Recommended TitleRichard Strauss: Sinfonia Domestica; Macbeth
Lorin Maazel, Vienna Philarhmonic Orchestra
"Clearly the frisson of a live performance (which this is) has a lot to do with the sense of spontaneity and abandon that Maazel and the VPO engender..." -Hi-Fi News
  1 CD
Verdi: Macbeth / Abbado, Verrett, Cappuccilli, Domingo et al
Recommended TitleVerdi: Macbeth
Cappuccilli, Domingo, Abbado/Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra and Chorus
"Cappuccilli has never sung with a finer range of tone or more imagination on record than here, and Placido Domingo makes a real, sensitive character out of the small role of Macduff." -Penguin Guide
  2 CDs
Giuseppe Verdi: Falstaff / Giuseppe Taddei, Rolando Panerai, Francisco Araiza, Piero de Palma, Heinz Zednik - Karajan
Recommended TitleGiuseppe Verdi: Falstaff
Giuseppe Taddei, Heinz Zednik, Federico Davia, Herbert von Karajan/Vienna State Opera Orchestra and Chorus
"[This] performance should be an enriching experience for everyone who loves this miraculous opera from Verdi's old age." -The New York Times
  2 CD

Verdi: Macbeth / Chailly/Bologna Teatro Orch., Verrett, Nucci, Ramey, [2 DVD]
Verdi: Macbeth
Chirley Verrett, Leo Nucci, Samuel Ramey, Riccardo Chailly/Bologna Teatro Comunale Orchestra & Chorus
This story of a ruthlessly ambitious Scottish lord who seizes the throne with the help of his scheming wife and a trio of witches was filmed on location in Belgium by "Academie Francaise" laureate Claude dAnna.
  2 DVDs
Verdi: Falstaff / Ambrogio Maestri, Angela Meade, Stephanie Blythe, Lisette Oropesa, Franco Vassallo, Paolo Fanale, Jennifer Johnson Cano. MET, James Levine [DVD]]
Recommended TitleVerdi: Falstaff
Ambrogio Maestri, Angela Meade, Stephanie Blythe, Jisette Oropesa, Franco Vassallo, Paolo Fanale, James Levine/MET Opera Orchestra & Chorus
"...A splendid cast is led by the powerhouse Italian baritone Ambrogio Maestri, who simply owns the role of Falstaff." - New York Times
1 DVD | 1 BR
Verdi: Falstaff / Levine/Met, Freni, Bonney, Horne [DVD]
Verdi: Falstaff
Paul Plishka, Mirella Freni, Marily Horne, Barbara Bonney, Susan Graham, Bruno Pola, Frank Lopardo, James Levine/Metropolitan Opera Orchestra & Chorus
Conducted under the famous baton of Maestro James Levine, this release includes an all-star cast featuring Mirella Freni and Paul Plishka.
  1 DVD

Bernstein: West Side Story / Te Kanawa, Carreras, Troyanos, Ollmann, Horne; Israel PO; Bernstein
Recommended TitleBernstein: West Side Story
Te Kanawa, Carreras, Troyanos, Ollmann, Horne, Bernstein/Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
DG/Decca's '20C' series covers a wide range of key works by the century's era-defining composers. Commenting on this recording of Bernstein's 'West Side Story', The Washington Post wrote: "Bernstein handles the score with meticulous, loving care and the music reaches an unprecedented depth and richness..."
  1 CD
Te Kanawa, Carreras, Bernstein / The Making Of The West Side Story [DVD]
Making Of West Side Story
Te Kanawa, Ollmann, Carreras, Troyanos, Bernstein
This unique documentary about Bernstein's most beloved masterpiece 'West Side Story', is an exciting behind-the-scenes at the 1984 Deutsche Grammophon recording. It was the first time that Bernstein conducted his masterwork himself, 28 years after it was composed.
  1 DVD
Bernstein conducts 'West Side Story' / Te Kanawa, Carreras
Recommended TitleBernstein conducts "West Side Story"
Kiri Te Kanawa, Jose Carreras, Leonard Bernstein
"any listener...must recognize this historic set as superb entertainment and great music-making on every level, with an emotional impact closely akin to that of a Puccini opera and an intensity of excitement to match anything from disco to 'The Rite of Spring" -Gramophone
  1 CD

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