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Ron Carter “Foursight” live at Jazz sous les pommiers 2019 in 4K

An evening with the “Foursight” quartet takes you on a tour of Ron Carter’s discography, with two thousand five hundred albums (!), which is to say the consideration he has received since his debut in 1959. After accompanying Jacky Byard and Eric Dolphy, he joined Miles Davis’ legendary VSOP with Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter and Tony Williams, among others. Much more than an accompanist, the double bassist is above all a great soloist, as much in intimate trios as in advanced experimental formations or large orchestras. He will be remarkably surrounded here.

Genre: Jazz
Director: Laurent Hasse
Duration: 86 minutes
Format: HD/4K

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Richard The Lionheart live at Royal Opera of Versailles 2019 in 4K

To celebrate the Royal Opera of Versailles’ 250th anniversary, here is the return to the stage of Grétry’s famous Richard the Lionheart (1784), the most famous 18th century French opéra comique in Europe for a century… disappeared from the stages for decades!

Hervé Niquet and Marshall Pynkoski are working on this doubly historic task. This “anniversary” project voluntarily puts the action back into the reign of Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette, to whom the heroes of Grétry’s opera were easily identified at the time: he was also familiar with the Royal Opera since the performance of Céphale et Procris in 1773. The sets restore the style of the painted canvases and frames typical of the construction of the Royal Opera House, the costumes are those of pre-revolutionary France (and no longer of the Middle Ages evoked at the time of creation), the staging giving an impression of Sedaine’s rich text, which quickly became famous.

If Grétry was Marie-Antoinette’s most beloved composer, his “Richard” is at the same time the culmination of a career, the announcement of an artistic style that romanticism will seize, but also the powerful historical mark of a dying era. This is an opportunity to bring opera back to life in the great history of Versailles and France. And here is also the first complete production of the Royal Opera of Versailles since 1789!

The Royal Opera Ballet
Le Concert Spirituel Choir and orchestra
Hervé Niquet Music Direction
Marshall Pynkoski Stage Director

Genre: Opera
Director: Julien Condemine
Duration: 87 minutes
Format: 4K / HD

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The Opera Locos 2020 in 4K

Five opera singers defy classical codes with The Opera Locos, an eccentric and zany show.

The evening begins with a recital in which emblematic opera arias, whether from Bizet’s Carmen, Mozart’s Magic Flute or Offenbach’s Tales of Hoffmann, are carried by the oversized egos of the 5 singer-actors whose voices embellish the arias with a few pop borrowings.

Soon it is no longer the music but the egos of these singers that become the centre of attention. Yearning for glory, buried desires are the breeding ground for burlesque and zany situations in a breathless rhythm. A lyrical and theatrical escape for the whole family.

Le Théâtre Libre, Paris

Genre: Opera
Director: Stéphane Lebard
Duration: 77 minutes
Format: HD / 4K

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Haendel’s Messiah with Hervé Niquet & Le Concert Spirituel at the Chapelle Royale, Versailles in 4K

While Messiah is Handel’s most famous work, the oratorio was composed rapidly for a premiere in Dublin in 1742.

Messiah met with resounding success from the very beginning: the demand for tickets was such that gentlemen were asked “not to wear their sword” and ladies to come “in dresses without hoops to allow room for a larger audience and thus increase benefits intended for charitable purposes”.
Messiah would soon become Handel landmark composition. Performed 36 times during his lifetime, it soon came to embody all that is majestic and sublime in music. Charles Jennens constructed the libretto dedicated to Christ in three parts: Nativity, Passion and Resurrection, Redemption. The combination of soloist arias and chorales is admirable and Handel’s science of lyric music is deployed in both suave and victorious arias, among the composer’s finest. The memorable chorales have remained in our ear for 250 years…

After the grand alto aria “He was despised”, Reverend Delany stood up in the audience, stirred by emotion and cried out to the singer “Woman, for this may all your sins be forgiven”. In London, King George II was so moved by the Hallelujah that he stood up, followed by the entire audience, and all British audiences ever since. Incomparable and indispensable Messiah…

Sandrine Piau Soprano
Anthea Pichanick Mezzo-soprano
Kresimir Spicer Tenor
Bozidar Smiljanic Bass-Baritone
Le Concert Spirituel Choir and Orchestra
Hervé Niquet Conductor

Genre: Classical Music Concert
Director: Julien Condemine
Duration: 117 minutes
Format: 4K

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Maestro with Paavo Järvi

Starring: Paavo Järvi, Joshua Bell, Hilary Hahn, Lang Lang, Pekka Kuusisto, Robert Greene

Maestro is an intimate, unprecedented glimpse into the life of a renowned conductor and a vibrant, contemporary portrait of the world of classical music. For a period spanning two years, a film crew follows Grammy award-winning conductor Paavo Järvi and an array of brilliant musicians across the globe. The resulting footage captures the pressures of self-expression, the rush of performance, and above all, the power of a universal language.

Shooting locations : Turin, Estonia; Parnu, Estonia; Cincinnati, Ohio; Tokyo, Japan; Philadelphia, PA; New York, New York; Paris, France; Bremen, Germany; Berlin, Germany; Cologne, Germany; Warsaw, Poland; Tallin, Estonia.

Genre: Classical Music / Documentary
Director: David Donnelly
Duration: 62 minutes
Year: 2015
Format: HD

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Forte 2019

Forte is an ensemble cast documentary, directed by David Donnelly (Maestro, 2015), that challenges the popular and perhaps somewhat outdated notions of success in classical music through a fast-paced narrative of three female artists. A young Norwegian violinist on the brink of stardom, a former Russian-born prodigy reinventing her career in the US as she brings music back into schools in underprivileged communities, and a first-generation American from Argentina, whose creative process of composing a film soundtrack is documented and exposed in an unprecedented way. Three different stories, backgrounds, and personalities. One thing in common: strength.

Forte stars Tatiana Berman, Lucía Caruso, and Eldbjørg Hemsing. The film also features appearances from some of the most recognizable names in classical music including Tan Dun, Paavo Järvi and JoAnn Falletta.

Forte is written and directed by David Donnelly, founder of Culture Monster and director of the acclaimed, international hit documentary Maestro. It is produced by David Donnelly and Anastasia Boudanoque, founder of Primavera Consulting. Executive Producer is Roland Göhde of the Göhde Foundation.

Filming Locations Sintra, Portugal; Cincinnati, Ohio; Paris, France; London, England; New York, New York; Rhinecliff, NY; Mendoza, Argentina; Aurdal/Oslo, Norway; Milan, Italy; Berlin, Germany; St. Petersburg and Moscow, Russia.

Production Partners: Constella Productions, Culture Monster, Primavera Consulting

This film was made possible with the generous support of the Göhde Foundation, Sorel Organization and Dextra Musica Foundation.

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