Taken from concert performances in Strasbourg that were described as “the musical event of the year”, this recording of Berlioz’s epic Les Troyens presents the score absolutely complete. John Nelson, unrivalled in his authority in this mighty work, conducts a cast led by Marie-Nicole Lemieux as Cassandre, Joyce DiDonato as Didon and Michael Spyres as Énée.This new Erato recording of the complete, uncut score of Les Troyens is drawn from two concert performances that took place over the Easter weekend in April 2017 in the city of Strasbourg in eastern France. A magnificent cast of singers, predominantly Francophone, assembled under the baton of John Nelson, an acknowledged master of Berlioz’s music who has conducted Les Troyens more frequently than anyone else over a period of more than 40 years; he made his name with the piece when he led performances at New York’s Metropolitan Opera in 1974 and enjoyed great acclaim for a production at the Frankfurt Opera shortly before the Strasbourg concerts.
Violinist and conductor André Rieu brings classical music and waltzes to the masses this fall. After selling over 40 million albums and DVDs worldwide, and with over 400 million YouTube views, Rieu and his orchestra are set to tour the US this October and release an album full of audience favorites and classics.
Benny Andersson of ABBA releases his new solo album, Piano, on Deutsche Grammophon. Piano is an instrumental piano album, featuring Andersson performing pieces from his entire career, including selections from ABBA, songs from his musicals (Chess, Kristina från Duvemåla) and contemporary solo works.
John Carpenter is a legend. As the director and composer behind dozens of classic movies, Carpenter has established a reputation as one of the greatest filmmakers in the history of modern cinema, as well as one of its most influential musicians. The minimal, synthesizer-driven themes to films like Halloween, Escape From New York, and Assault on Precinct 13 are as indelible as their images, and their timelessness was evident as Carpenter performed them live in a string of internationally sold-out concert dates in 2016. Anthology: Movie Themes 1974-1998 collects 13 classic themes from Carpenter's illustrious career together on one volume for the first time. Each theme has been newly recorded with the same collaborators that Carpenter worked with on his hit Lost Themes studio albums: his son, Cody Carpenter, and godson, Daniel Davies.
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Christmas with Elvis and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra once again pairs The King of Rock and Roll with England's most beloved orchestra for a new symphonic take on Elvis' timeless Christmas favorites, with arrangements recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London. Includes "Blue Christmas," "Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane)," "Merry Christmas Baby," "Silent Night" and more.
The Tenors, the award-winning group with 4 multi-platinum selling albums, return with what is sure to become a holiday classic. Supported by a North American tour, the album includes classics such as I ll Be Home for Christmas and Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas as well as their original When We are Together.
Classical Crossover trio The Texas Tenors are back with a brand new studio album RISE! These PBS stars have assembled an award winning team to create a collection of timeless Americana classics and highly anticipated new original songs. RISE features over 100 of the world's finest musicians including a 65-piece orchestra and full choir with Grammy, Emmy and Academy Award winning producers, songwriters and engineers. The Texas Tenors pour their heart and soul into favorites like Desperado, Bruno Mars' Just the Way You Are and rousingly patriotic God Bless America. RISE also features a once in a lifetime duet with Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Bill Medley of The Righteous Brothers on TTT's You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'. Along with phenomenal covers, the tenors are excited to debut several original songs like the haunting ballad I Don't Want to Let You Go and the title song RISE that will inspire and stir the soul. This brand new album features everything from John Denverto Puccini and is the quintessential collection of music for the modern Classical Crossover genre.
Louis Andriessen's Theatre of the World was recorded live during the Los Angeles Philharmonic's 2016 world premiere performances with conductor Reinbert de Leeuw and director Pierre Audi. The nine-scene multimedia work, which features a libretto by Helmut Krausser, is a far-ranging exploration of 17th-century German Jesuit scholar Athanasius Kircher. The Los Angeles Times says: "Brilliant and deep, Andriessen's music compels from start to finish."