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Doctor Atomic

This live recording of John Adams’s Doctor Atomic as performed at Het Muziek- theater, Amsterdam in June of 2007, is available from Opus Arte (2009) in Blu-ray (1080i High Definition 16:9 BD50, with 2.0 and 5.1 Dolby Digital audio). Recorded in high definition video and true surround sound, the advanced technology allows the director the capability of making one of the largest moral dilemmas in United States history feel personal on every level.
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Amor, Vida de Mi Vida

This DVD is a live recording of works performed during two nights at the Salzburger Festpiele (Großes Festpielhaus) in August, 2007. Packaged as a collection of excerpts from zarzuelas, the performance features Plácido Domingo (tenor), Ana María Martínez (soprano), and the Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg under the baton of Jesús López-Cobos.rovides a physical and genuine experience perhaps greater than that of a standard performance space where the divi- sion between performer and listener is marked.
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Plácedo Domingo: My Greatest Roles

In this documentary, Plácido Domingo reflects upon what he considers to be the ten greatest operatic roles of his career. Directed by Chris Hunt, this documentary does much to endorse the fact that Domingo has consistently offered greatness to the public in his performances.
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The Full Monteverdi

In this film, noted opera director John La Bouchardière, visually captures his interactive experiment in musical theater from 2004 in which the viewer witnesses the dramatic emotional experience of six couples simultaneously dealing with various issues of infidelity while communicating not in dialog, but in sung verse. In the live performance, the “audience” members are seated amongst the performers and are not given program notes. The proximity of the per- formers in a commonly understood environment (seated at a restaurant, for example) provides a physical and genuine experience perhaps greater than that of a standard performance space where the divi- sion between performer and listener is marked.
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The Kiss of Divine Nature: The Contemporary Perotin

Despite the fact that the Hilliard Ensemble is given top billing in the title, this really is not a performance DVD, but rather a more abstract film that addresses the way contemporary culture directly affects interpretation of Catholic dogma, art, architecture, and music. Director Uli Aumüller ties all of this together with one overarching thread: that performances of Pérotin historically have reflected the culture of the time of the performance and not the culture of the time of Pérotin. This unifying theme provides a creative springboard for Aumüller who presents a series of four separate narratives that are woven visually, au- rally, and philosophically. The resulting film is one in which the performance of Pérotin’s music clearly reflects the culture of the first years of the third millennium rather than the first years of the second.
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Mass in B Minor, BWV 232

Johann Sebastian Bach’s glorious Mass in B minor is an exceptional work in which the composer masterfully incorporates a wide variety of styles and techniques, in essence creating a musical survey that encompasses a diverse collection of aesthetics, as well as providing a comprehensive concluding chapter to his own life’s work.
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