Andrea Mantegna’s Adoration of the Magi is based on one of Christianity’s best loved stories: the arrival of the gift-bearing Wise Men at the baby Jesus’ birthplace in Bethlehem. While the simple Bible text is usually depicted with sweeping, exotic pageantry, here the subject is rendered with an intimate, close-up focus on the central characters in the scene. …
Gretry's "Richard Coeur De Lion" (1784), a rousing tale about the rescue of the crusader king Richard the Lionheart by his faithful troubadour Blondel, is a minor masterpiece, the greatest French opera comique of the Ancien Regime. Gretry wasn't an eighteenth century composer of the calibre of Mozart, Rameau or his contemporary Gluck, but his music seduced audiences with its charm and tunefulness and in this opera he provided a great deal more. Blondel's stirring aria of loyalty to his king, "O Richard, oh mon roi", was so powerful it was used as an anthem by the royalists in the 1790s and promptly banned by the revolutionary authorities. The romance "Une fievre brulante" (which recurs throughout the opera in a very early anticipation of the Wagnerian leitmotif) is a superb melody too, sentimental in the best sense of the word. The only aria most people today are likely to be familiar with is "Je crains de lui parler la nuit", the song the old countess sings to herself just before she is murdered in Tchaikovsky's "Queen of Spades", but there are also lively peasant dances and choruses, catchy duets and trios and a barnstorming finale in which King Richard's loyal followers overrun the castle where he is being held and free him from its dungeon.
Incorporating a wide variety of women's voices and relationships, including ancient goddess archetypes, this unique volume takes an intimate look at the transformative power of women's sexual experiences. Original. 25, 000 first printing".
Richard Bandler is one of the greatest geniuses of personal change. Filmed in a studio setting and engineered to broadcast standard, these DVD's offer a unique opportunity to witness Richard Bandler at work and to personally experience the benefits of his unique and often humorous style of hypnotic installation.