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Valery Gergiev, Kirov Orchestra, Nikolai Putilin, Galina Gorchakova, Olga Borodina - Borodin: Prince Igor (2003/1998)

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Valery Gergiev, Kirov Orchestra, Nikolai Putilin, Galina Gorchakova, Olga Borodina - Borodin: Prince Igor (2003/1998)

Valery Gergiev, Kirov Orchestra, Nikolai Putilin, Galina Gorchakova, Olga Borodina - Borodin: Prince Igor (2003/1998)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Русский (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 5 ch) | 6.75 Gb+7.01 Gb (2xDVD9) | 194 min
Classical | Philips | Sub: English, Francais, Deutsch, Italiano, Espanol, Chinese

Valery Gergiev directs the Kirov Opera and Ballet in this magnificent 1998 production of Borodin’s "Prince Igor", presented in a new Mariinsky Theatre performing edition and featuring Mikhail Fokine’s original choreography in the famous Polovtsian Dances. Its four acts tell of the struggle between the Russians and Polovtsian nomads, of Prince Igor’s capture and escape from his noble opponent, Khan Konchak, and of love between Igor’s son, Vladimir, and Konchak’s daughter, Konchakovna.

Valery Gergiev, Kirov Orchestra, Robert Lloyd, Olga Borodina - Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov (2002/1990)

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Valery Gergiev, Kirov Orchestra, Robert Lloyd, Olga Borodina - Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov (2002/1990)

Valery Gergiev, Kirov Orchestra, Robert Lloyd, Olga Borodina - Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov (2002/1990)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Русский (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 5 ch) | 7.22 Gb+6.67 Gb (2xDVD9) | 210 min
Classical | Philips | Sub: English, Francais, Deutsch, Italiano, Espanol, Chinese

Modest Mussorgsky's opera in prologue and four acts is performed by the Kirov Opera with performances from Olga Borodina, Alexei Steblianko and Sergei Leiferkust. Boris Godunov has obtained the throne of Russia by murdering the rightful heir Dmitry. An old monk, Pimen, witnessed this, and convinces his apprentice Grigory to avenge Dmitry's death. In the following years Grigory poses as Dmitry, raising an army against Boris, who is now convinced that he is being punished for the murder.

Valery Gergiev, Kirov Orchestra, Gegam Grigorian, Maria Gulegina - Tchaikovsky: Pique Dame (2006/1992)

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Valery Gergiev, Kirov Orchestra, Gegam Grigorian, Maria Gulegina - Tchaikovsky: Pique Dame (2006/1992)

Valery Gergiev, Kirov Orchestra, Gegam Grigorian, Maria Gulegina - Tchaikovsky: Pique Dame (2006/1992)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | Русский (Dolby AC3, 2 ch) | (DTS, 5 ch) | 7.64 Gb (DVD9) | 179 min
Classical | Philips | Sub: English, Francais, Deutsch, Italiano, Espanol, Chinese

In terms of vocal power, lyrical beauty and idiomatic authenticity, the casting for this 1992 live recording of the Kirov production of Pique Dame ("The Queen of Spades") could hardly be bettered. Gegam Grigorian (Herman) hits his fearsome, anguished high notes with the accuracy of a laser and Maria Gulegina (Liza) has a voice the size of the QEII but uses it with great subtlety–her opening duet with Pauline floats like gossamer, and her declarations of love for Herman at the end of Act 1 are spine-tingling. Kirov superstars Sergei Leiferkus (Tomsky) and rich-toned Olga Borodina (Pauline) also sound divine.

Mark Elder, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Angela Gheorghiu, Jonas Kaufmann - Cilea: Adriana Lecouvreur (2012) [Blu-Ray]

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Mark Elder, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Angela Gheorghiu, Jonas Kaufmann - Cilea: Adriana Lecouvreur (2012) [Blu-Ray]

Mark Elder, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Angela Gheorghiu, Jonas Kaufmann - Cilea: Adriana Lecouvreur (2012) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 151 min | 31,7 Gb
Audio1: Italiano / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 24-bit
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BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 151 min | 10,6 Gb
Audio: Italiano / PCM / 2ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits | DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | DECCA | Sub: English, French, German, Spanish

Starring Angela Gheorghiu as the celebrated French actress Adriana Lecouvreur and Jonas Kaufmann as her lover Maurizio, Count of Saxony, Cilea’s verismo drama explores celebrity, romance, jealousy, and death. The trio of sublime voices is completed by Russian mezzo-soprano Olga Borodina as Adriana’s jealous rival, the Princess de Bouillon. David McVicar’s hit production – the first performance of the opera at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden for more than a century – presents the life of the French actress as a blurring of the distinction between fantasy and reality.

Valery Gergiev, Orchestra and Chorus of the Mariinsky Theatre - Prokofiev: War and Peace (2015/1991) [BDRip]

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Valery Gergiev, Orchestra and Chorus of the Mariinsky Theatre - Prokofiev: War and Peace (2015/1991) [BDRip]

Valery Gergiev, Orchestra and Chorus of the Mariinsky Theatre - Prokofiev: War and Peace (2015/1991) [BDRip]
BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,970 fps | 248 min | 13,4 Gb
Audio: Русский / PCM / 2ch / 48.0 KHz / 16 bits
Classical | Arthaus Musik | Sub: English, German, French, Spanish

Sergei Prokofiev devoted the last twelve years of his life to War and Peace. He completed the orchestration by April 1942 and the entire score was ready in March 1943. Having completed the first version (containing eleven scenes) unusually quickly, the composer continued working on the opera over the next ten years. The greatest landmark in the stage history of the opera came with the 1991 production at the Mariinsky Theatre, when Prokofiev's complete score was performed for the first time with no cuts.

Roberto Rizzi Brignoli, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro alla Scala - Cilea: Adriana Lecouvreur (2008/2000)

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Roberto Rizzi Brignoli, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro alla Scala - Cilea: Adriana Lecouvreur (2008/2000)

Roberto Rizzi Brignoli, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro alla Scala - Cilea: Adriana Lecouvreur (2008/2000)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | (DTS, 5 ch) | 7.51 Gb (DVD9) | 138 min
Classical | Medici Arts | Sub.: Italiano, English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol

Unter der Leitung von Roberto Rizzi Brignoli verlieh eine neue Sängergeneration Cileas berühmtester Oper im Januar 2000 frischen Glanz. Für ihr Scala-Debüt als Adriana wurde Daniela Dessi von der italienischen Presse einhellig bejubelt. Die Oper von Francesco Cilea bezieht sich auf die authentische Figur Adrienne Couvreur, die Anfang des 18. Jahrhunderts als erfolgreichste französische Schauspielerin galt und durch eine Liebschaft mit dem Grafen Moritz von Sachsen zur Rivalin der Herzogin von Boullion wurde. Dieser Umstand wird auch mit ihrem plötzlichen Tod im Alter von nur 38 Jahren in Verbindung gebracht, der die Folge einer Vergiftung gewesen sein soll. Die Oper feierte ihre Uraufführung im Jahre 1902 mit Enrico Caruso.

James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Olga Borodina, Placido Domingo - Saint-Saens: Samson et Dalila (2004/1998)

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James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Olga Borodina, Placido Domingo - Saint-Saens: Samson et Dalila (2004/1998)

James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Olga Borodina, Placido Domingo - Saint-Saëns: Samson et Dalila (2004/1998)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | Français (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 5 ch) | 7.43 Gb (DVD9) | 148 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Francais, English, Deutsch, Espanol, Chinese

Olga Borodina sings the role of Dalila here too; her tone in the famous aria Mon cœur s'ouvre à ta voix is quite ravishing, and she is matched by an heroic performance from Plácido Domingo as Samson. James Levine has an expert grasp of the drama in this 1998 Elijah Moshinsky production from the Metropolitan Opera. There's also some luxury casting in the form of Sergei Leiferkus as Le Grand Prêtre de Dagon and René Pape as Le Vieillard Hébreu. (James Longstaffe)

Valery Gergiev, Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre - The Mariinsky II Opening Gala 2013 [Blu-ray]

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Valery Gergiev, Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre -  The Mariinsky II Opening Gala 2013 [Blu-ray]

Valery Gergiev, Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre - The Mariinsky II Opening Gala 2013 [Blu-ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 18066 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 121 min | 19,2 Gb
Audio: LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
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BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 121 min | 7,22 Gb
Audio: PCM / 2ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | Arthaus Musik | Sub: English

The Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg is one of the most prestigious opera and ballet venues in the world. Built in 1860 and named in honour of Maria Alexandrovna of Hesse-Darmstadt, wife of Czar Alexander II, it is home to the famous Mariinsky Ballet as well as numerous international stars and ensembles. After the turn of the millennium it was painstakingly restored; and since 2013, St. Petersburg's Theatre Square has been crowned with the "Mariinsky II" an imposing new arts and performance venue. At its inauguration on May 2, 2013, the highly gifted conductor Valery Gergiev led a veritable who's who of the classical music world.