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Mahler: Symphony No. 3

Mahler: Symphony No. 3

Recorded live at the Concert Hall of the Culture and Convention Centre Lucerne, 19 August 2007


The best-selling Medici Arts DVD on the label now released on Blu-ray Disc.

1080i 16:9, PCM 2.0; PCM 5.1

Subtitles: German, English, French, Spanish

102 mins

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"It’s different having best friends together. Everyone is there to enjoy making music, to take pleasure, to play with enthusiasm, with passion. They are prepared to do any crazy thing I ask them for the sake of the music. To fly, to walk through fire." (Claudio Abbado)

“One of the greatest Mahlerians alive today, Abbado conducting Mahler's Third Symphony with his own Lucerne Festival Orchestra is not to be missed. Whether you enjoy watching concerts on DVD is a matter largely of personal taste, but those wanting a close-up on Abbado's elegant fingers won't be disappointed. Mahler's Third charts a journey to transcendence from the origins of life - given primordial terror by the LFO brass, every solo amid the immaculate ensemble sound cherished with Abbado's grasp of overarching Mahlerian narrative. Anna Larsson is ethereal in the fourth movement's Nietzschian text, the finale a sublimely convincing interpretation of the transcendence of love.” The Times, 16th August 2008

“Abbado draws a reading of such commitment, technical polish and interpretative acuity - wondrously linear and yet emotionally true, without a shred of vulgarity - that you can only marvel at Mahler's musical-metaphysical vision and Abbado's sensitive shaping of it.” Financial Times

“Mahler three of peerless concentration and shape. ...Claudio Abbado never forces the expressivity of the superband Lucerne Festival Orchestra; yet every colour and texture shines through. …the filming of the orchestra is faultless.” BBC Music Magazine, September 2008 *****

“This truly is a genuine archive treasure” Classic FM Magazine

“Abbado's performance of this work at last year's Proms was the highlight of the season: all the reviewers were unanimous. Illness prevented him from then conducting it in New York (Boulez took over) but now we can see the 2007 Lucerne concert performance and marvel at its comprehensiveness and refinement. This really is the world's greatest chamber group, as Abbado intended it to be!” Hi-Fi News

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Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos. 1-5 (complete)

Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos. 1-5 (complete)


Recorded live at the prestigious Klavier-Festival Ruhr in May

2007, this Blu-ray recording reflects both a very individual and special reading of Beethoven's music and the artist's life-long dedication to the composer.

1080i 16:9, PCM 2.0, DTS-HD Master Audio

Booklet Notes: English, German, French

Running Time: 198 mins

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Janacek: The Cunning Little Vixen

Janacek: The Cunning Little Vixen

Recorded live at the Opera Bastille in Paris Oct/Nov 2008


Elena Tsallagova (Vixen), Jukka Rasilainen (Forester), Michele Lagrange (Forester's Wife), David Kuebler (Schoolmaster), Roland Bracht (Priest), Paul Gay (Harasta), Hannah Esther Minutillo (Fox)

Orchestra, Chorus & Atelier Lyrique of Opera National de Paris, Dennis Russell Davies

+Bonus: An encounter backstage at the Paris Opera with Gerard Mortier, Andre Engel and Elena Tsallagova.

"Enchanting staging…The sound is splendid, the video direction simply fabulous. Everyone, Tsallagova above all, responds beautifully to close-ups…make sure your whole family enjoys it with you!" IRR

1080i 16:9, PCM 2.0, DTS-HD Master Audio

Original Language: Czech, Subtitles: English, German, French

101 mins (Opera) + 20 mins (Bonus)

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El Sistema

El Sistema

Music to Change Life


Music by Ravel, Munoz, Gutierrez, Prado, Marguez, Tchaikovsky, Márquez, Ravel, Beethoven, Mendoza, Piazolla, Ginastera, Hernández, Bernstein & Yánez


A film by Paul Smaczny and Maria Stodtmeier.

'El Sistema', Venezuela's revolutionary system of music education, brings joy and hope to the lives of hundreds of thousands of impoverished children. This lyrical and very moving documentary takes us from the rubbish dumps and barrios of Caracas to the world's finest concert halls. Children from streets dominated by the gun battles of gang warfare are taken into music schools, given access to music, and taught through the model of the symphony orchestra how to build a better society and a better world. Gustavo Dudamel is the most prominent pupil of 'El Sistema', now named as the LA Philharmonic's music director as of the 2009-2010 season.

'El Sistema' shows how Venezuelan visionary, musician and economist, Jose Antonio Abreu, has changed the lives of hundred of thousands of children over the past three decades. Abreu earned several renowned prizes for his achievements,including the Crystal Award of the World Economic Forum, the TED Prize and recently the Polar Music Prize, given by the Royal Swedish Academy of Music.

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“the main emphasis here is placed upon the missionary zeal of José Antonio Abreu, the visionary politician who masterminded the Sistema… Abreu's staunchly held belief in the capacity of music to better people's lives is nowhere more eloquently illustrated than in the extensive exploration of the performing opportunities that have become available to children living in the crime-ridden ghettoes of the country's main cities.” BBC Music Magazine, Christmas 2009 *****

“This inspiring film, subtitled "music to change life", takes us behind the scenes of the worldwide phenomenon of the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela… Their founding father is José Antonio Abreu, composer, conductor and politician, who cuts an almost mystical figure in this stunningly photographed film by Paul Smaczny and Maria Stodtmeier. El Sistema comes with several awards to its name. Surely it can't be long before its remarkable founder Abreu is the recipient of a prize for peace?” Gramophone Magazine, January 2010

Presto Disc of the Week

7th December 2009

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Gala Concert: 300 Years of St. Petersburg

Gala Concert: 300 Years of St. Petersburg


Bruch:

Kol Nidrei, Op. 47

Cilea:

Io son l'umile ancella (from Adriana Lecouvreur)

Leoncavallo:

Nedda! Silvio! A quest'ora che imprudenza (from I Pagliacci)

Ravel:

Piano Concerto in D major (for the left hand)

Respighi:

Adagio con variazioni for cello and orchestra

Saint-Saëns:

Introduction & Rondo capriccioso, Op. 28

Tchaikovsky:

Souvenir d'un lieu cher, Op. 42: Méditation in D minor

Polonaise (from Eugene Onegin, Op. 24)

Ya vas lyublyu 'Yeletsky’s aria' (from Pique Dame)

Verdi:

Tu che le vanità (from Don Carlo)


Anna Netrebko (soprano), Dmitri Hvorostovsky (baritone), Mischa Maisky (cello), Eliso Virsaladze (piano) & Viktor Tretjakov (violin)

St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Yuri Temirkanov & Nikolai Alekseev

This festive gala concert was held to mark the city's 300th anniversary, bringing together some of the greatest Russian artists: young soprano Anna Netrebko, baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky, such great instrumentalists as cellist Mischa Maisky and violinist Viktor Tretyakov.

World-famous St Petersburg Philharmonic under Yuri Temirkanov in repertoire of fascinating variety.

Available for the first time on Blu-ray Disc.

NTSC · 16:9, PCM 2.0 · PCM 5.1

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Booklet Notes: English, German, French

Languages: Spanish, Italian, Russian

Subtitles: English, German, French, Spanish, Italian

Running Time: 112 mins

Audiences: all

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Karajan Memorial Concert

Karajan Memorial Concert


Bach, J S:

Partita in D minor BWV1004 - Sarabande

Anne-Sophie Mutter (violin)

Beethoven:

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61

Anne-Sophie Mutter (violin)

Tchaikovsky:

Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 74 'Pathétique'


Karajan's star pupils dedicate this wonderful performance to their teacher as a celebration of his 100th birthday: A "triumph of remembrance," wrote Die Welt following this stirring concert given by the Berliner Philharmoniker under Seiji Ozawa and with Anne-Sophie Mutter as soloist. It left its audience hovering between hushed reverence and deafening exultation.The Golden Hall of Vienna's Musikverein was the dazzling venue for the live recording of this concert celebrating the 100th birthday of Herbert von Karajan. And there Karajan's 'Berliner' never sounded better, evoking "a time which self-confidently sought the private and subjective in music, and believed it could find them in the mirror of the works" (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung). It is a concert that commemorates Herbert von Karajan for the ages in a supremely moving manner.

"For Anne-Sophie Mutter the saying "Make every note count" becomes less a vague cliché and more a matter of fact. Her violin playing has an imagination, a curiosity and a near-endless reserve of psychic energy." The New York Times

+ BONUS: interviews with Mutter and Ozawa - includes many clips of Karajan's outstanding career.

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Bach, J S: Brandenburg Concertos Nos. 1-6 BWV1046-1051 (complete)

Bach, J S: Brandenburg Concertos Nos. 1-6 BWV1046-1051 (complete)

Recorded live at Teatro Municipale Valli, Reggio Emilia, 20-21 April 2007


An all star ensemble of early and baroque music specialists masters the delicate beauty of Bach's Brandenburg Concertos: the alternating solo and ensemble parts all shine with musical excellence, the communication between the musicians is outstanding, the structure of the music is always clear and intuitively understood.

The orchestra features outstanding artists such as Giuliano Carmignola, Michala Petri, Alois Posch, Reinhold Friedrich and Ottavio Dantone.

It was formed by Claudio Abbado and his choices speak for themselves: Claudio Abbado and the Orchestra Mozart achieve a rare homogeneity of sound.

"When Claudio Abbado, recently described by the New York Times as 'the most respected living conductor', teams up with the renowned period-instrument violinist Giuliano Carmignola, the result promises to be very special." Classic FM

“Teamed up here with his recently-formed young Italian ensemble, Orchestra Mozart, and his former protégé, skilled period-violin specialist Giuliano Carmignola, Abbado makes this familiar music appear fresh and vital, as if you’re hearing it for the first time.” Classical Source

“The excitement is palpable, reflected in smiling glances between the players, bodies swaying through musical suspensions, a sense of uninhibited joy… The playing is stylish throughout: ornaments are apt, all the more telling for their restraint; trills are paced to match mood, languid in slow movements, sparkling in allegros.” BBC Music Magazine, December 2008 *****

“Here Claudio Abbado is gambolling among the Brandenburg Concertos in this straightforward TV-style concert film, recorded in the classic 19th-century opera house at Reggio Emilia during an Italian tour in spring 2007. The orchestra is at first glance a curious gathering, mixing 'Baroque' players such as violinist Giuliano Carmignola and harpsichordist Ottavio Dantone with 'modern' names such as trumpeter Reinhold Friedrich and 'un-Baroque' recorder-player Michala Petri. Furthermore, a look round the instruments reveals mostly modern models, some hybrids (for instance Jacques Zoon's wooden, multi-keyed flute) and a sprinkling of Baroque bows. Mind you, most younger players these days are well versed in Baroque style whatever they play on, and the tenor of these performances is firmly consistent with current ideas of what Baroque music ought to sound like.” Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

“So what… does Abbado bring to pieces that these days are rarely considered to required a conductor? In music that is surely more for players than conductors, he allows fine soloists such as Carmignola, Zoon and the two yearningly exquisite viola soloists in No 6 to shine, yet has clearly worked hard to ensure that every note is in precisely the right place, every tempo convinces, and the texture is always deliciously transparent” Gramophone Magazine, April 2009

“This new recording of the Brandenburg Concertos exhibits all the virtues that one associates with Claudio Abbado: clarity, lucidity, balance, a sense of proportion, and, above all, an indefinable yet audible 'oneness' with the music. Dionysus is present in these performances, but he subsumed within their underlying Apollonian quality.” International Record Review, April 2011

“Conducting J. S. Bach isn’t Abbado’s usual activity. But he buckles to it with joy, humanity and an Italianate slant that turns these cornerstone suites into outpourings of instrumental song. The players are the all-star Orchestra Mozart, with Giuliano Carmignola the demon lead fiddler, caught live in 2007.” The Times, 11th March 2011 ****

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The Pyongyang Concert

The Pyongyang Concert

East Pyongyang Grand Theatre, Pyongyang - North Korea, 26th February 2008


Dvorak:

Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95 'From the New World'

Gershwin:

An American in Paris, tone poem

Wagner:

Lohengrin: Prelude to Act 3


Read Presto's complete review of this disc here.

Hundreds of millions watched the historic concert on television. Now exclusively on DVD: the New York Philharmonic concert in Pyongyang.

Music became diplomacy when this courageous musical project united Americans and North Koreans.

The musicians went from strength to strength in a beautiful programme which illustrated the excellence of the orchestra.

Lorin Maazel once more proved his reputation as one of the best contemporary conductors.

Includes previously unreleased documentary with 53 min of exclusive material.

The first classical concert release on Blu-ray Disc offers professional technical standards in the comfort of your own home.

"Astounding was the fact that the orchestra played the North Korean national anthem and the Star Spangled Banner on a stage flanked by flags of both nations … a rare moment of harmony, proving the power of music that bridges the divides." The Korea Times (South Korea)

"For at least 90 minutes in a theatre in Pyongyang it was possible … to believe that 55 years of cold-war hostility were coming to an end." James Miles, The Economist

“Both fascinating and enjoyable, this comes warmly recommended.” Chris O'Reilly, Presto Classical, 6th October 2008

Presto Disc of the Week

6th October 2008

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