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SPOTLIGHT

Wagner Scenes

• Simon O'Neill "One of the most exciting tenor voices of his generation" and a principal artist with the Metropolitan Opera, the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and the Salzburg Festival, heldentenor Simon O'Neill performs scenes and arias from Lohengrin, Die Walkilre, Siegfried, Gotterdammerung and Parsifal. O'Neill is partnered by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra under conductor Pietari Inkinen with Susan Bullock as Sieglinde and Kundry and Sir John Tomlinson as Hagen.

'O'Neillgave a blazing account ... , confirming his place in the forefront of today's dramatic tenors.' The Daily Telegraph

ALSO NEW THIS MONTH

• Joyce DiDonato

This DVD is the "break a leg" performance in which DiDonato sings from a wheelchair having broken her leg on opening night. Antonio Pappano conducts a sparkling Royal Opera House production with an unbeatable cast.

• Artemis Quartet

The Artemis Quartet continue their award-winning complete Beethoven cycle with Opp. l30 and l33. 'Spontaneous, fresh and explosive as though the music is being improvised on the spot.' The Enquirer

• Philippe Jaroussky

A rich selection of 17th century motets by Italian composers dedicated to the Virgin Mary, including Sances'Stabat Mater dolo rosa. Countertenor

Philippe Iaroussky performs with the Ensemble Artaserse and contralto Marie-Nicole Lemieux.

• Veritasx2

Virgin Classics presents five new titles in this series dedicated to award-winning performances of baroque and early music performed on period

. . .. . .~~..... instruments. Composers include IS Bach, Haydn, Ockeghem and Munrow.

• American Classics

Five releases devoted to the music of George Gershwin include Rhapsody in Blue, An American in Paris, overtures and songs from the shows, piano duets, the Concerto in F and Variations on I Got Rhythm.

• Virgin de Virgin

Five new releases from the popular V2V series, offering favourite classical, romantic and contemporary repertoire from the Virgin

Classics catalogue, performed by some of the world's finest artists, at an unbeatable price.

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