Prokofiev's enchantingly surreal commedia dell'arte masterwork is turned into a spectacular triumph of total theatre in this vital production from the Amsterdam Muziektheater. De Nederlandse Opera has chosen to use the more flexible French libretto of the 1921 premiere, a pertinent choice which has the advantage of accentuating the aesthetic common ground shared by Prokofiev and Les Six. Stéphane Denève's brilliant musical direction inspires outstanding performances from the soloists and the superb Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, enhanced by the smart, blockbusting staging of Laurent Pelly and the exquisite sets of Chantal Thomas, which propel this feverish fable to great heights.
This opera is one of the best examples of a musical work for the stage in the 20th century. Composed in 1919, it was first staged in Chicago in 1921 with Prokofiev conducting. This recording features a legendary performance, recorded in 1961.
Motown 50 Love features three CDs of the greatest love songs from the Motown label. Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Diana Ross, Marvin Gaye, The Four Tops, Lionel Richie, Boyz II Men are just a few of the phenomenal and iconic artists included in this 50 track collection of some of mysic's most enduring love songs. Exclusive to this collection are three tracks never before featured on a UK compilation album: Stevie Wonder – "Isn’t She Lovely", Stevie Wonder – "Lately" and Boyz II Men – "End Of The Road".
When Peabo Bryson and Roberta Flack teamed up in 1983 to record the Capitol album BORN TO LOVE, the pair had already experienced success as a duo thanks to the 1980 LP, Live & More (a Top 10 R&B best-selling album). By the time they headed into the studio to cut BORN TO LOVE, Bryson was six years into his recording career and had established himself as one of the premier black male vocalists of the day; Flack was already considered an internationally-renowned artist thanks to classic recordings such as ‘The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face’ and ‘Killing Me Softly With His Song.’