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Frédéric François Chopin (1810-49)

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Chopin: La Dame aux camélias

Chopin: La Dame aux camélias

Recorded live at the Palais Garnier, Paris, on 2nd, 5th and 8th July 2008.


Agnès Letestu, Stéphane Bullion, Michaël Denard, Dorothée Gilbert, Delphine Moussin, José Martinez, Eve Grinsztajn, Karl Paquette, Laurent Novis, Béatrice Martel & Simon Valastro

The Paris Opera Ballet & Orchestra of The Opera national de Paris, Michael Schmidtsdorff (conductor) & John Neumeier (stage director)

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Based on the Alexandre Dumas novel that also inspired the stories of Verdi’s La Traviata and Hollywood’s Moulin Rouge, John Neumeier creates a riveting dance drama around the famous woman of lore, La Dame aux camélias. The passionate tale of Marguerite Gautier and Armand Duval unfolds ingeniously through a drama-within-a-drama as they meet at the theatre during a performance of Manon Lescaut. So begin their romantic adventures in Paris, brought to life by Neumeier’s intense and refined choreographic language. Chopin’s ravishing music highlights this exceptional neo-classical ballet, featuring the star dancers of the Paris Opéra Ballet. This lavish production, filmed live at the Palais Garnier in High Definition and full surround sound, is all about love, passion, danger and glorious dancing from one of the best ballet companies in the world.

‘John Neumeier has created a ballet in which emotions go crescendo … Agnes Letestu, the great dramatic heroine, triumphs in this ballet danced to music by Chopin.’ Figaro

PICTURE FORMAT: 1080i
LENGTH: 191 Mins
SOUND: 2.0 & 5.0 PCM
SUBTITLES: EN/FR/DE/ES/IT

“A full length ballet which does justice to the Dumas novel on which La traviata is more loosely based. John Neumeier's poetic choreography is blessed with Agnès Letestu's Marguerite.” BBC Music Magazine, January 2010 *****

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Chopin: The Piano Concertos

Chopin: The Piano Concertos


Chopin:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11

Nikolai Demidenko (piano)

Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21

Evgeny Kissin (piano)


To mark the bicentenary of Chopin’s birth, two leading Russian pianists tackle the great Romantic composer’s two piano concertos: Evgeny Kissin plays the F minor Concerto op. 21, a key work in Chopin’s output, while Nikolai Demidenko performs the E minor Concerto op. 11, a virtuoso display vehicle of the first rank. They are accompanied by the Warsaw Philharmonic under the direction of Antoni Wit. Enthusiastically acclaimed by the audience at Warsaw’s Philharmonic Hall on 27 February 2010, this memorable concert has been captured in first-class sound and picture quality.

Picture Format Blu-ray: HDCAM 1080/59,94

Sound Formats Blu-ray: DTS HD Master Audio PCM Stereo

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Running Time: 96:54 min

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“Anyone who (like me) has found themselves resistant to Kissin's toy-soldier showmanship...needs to hear his brilliant account of the Concerto in F minor...In pianism of bel canto beauty, Kissin uncovers all the yearning of the slow movement, and delivers a crisp finale notable for its elastic buoyancy and perfectly judged rubatos” BBC Music Magazine, January 2011 *****

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Andris Nelsons, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Yefim Bronfman at the Lucerne Festival, 5th September 2011

Andris Nelsons, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Yefim Bronfman at the Lucerne Festival, 5th September 2011


Beethoven:

The Ruins of Athens Overture, Op. 113

Concertgebouw Orchestra, Andris Nelsons

Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat major, Op. 73 'Emperor'

Yefim Bronfman (piano)

Concertgebouw Orchestra, Andris Nelsons

Chopin:

Étude Op. 10 No. 8 in F major

Yefim Bronfman (piano)

Dvorak:

Slavonic Dance No. 3 in A flat major, Op. 46 No. 3

Concertgebouw Orchestra, Andris Nelsons

Rimsky Korsakov:

Scheherazade, Op. 35

Concertgebouw Orchestra, Andris Nelsons


Andris Nelsons is one of the most sought-after young conductors on the international scene today and once again served notice of his extraordinary talent in Summer 2011 when he conducted two concerts with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam at the prestigious Lucerne Festival.

This concert, available on DVD and Blu-ray features, amongst a programme of Rimsky-Korsakov, Beethoven and Dvořák, the Grammy Award-winning pianist Yefim Bronfman performing Beethoven’s majestic Fifth Piano Concerto and Chopin’s Etude in F major.

Andris Nelsons is a regular conductor with many of the world’s top orchestras.

Total: 110 minutes

BD: DTS-HD MA 5.1, PCM Stereo

16:9, HD

“every gesture and expression dovetails with what we hear. Subtle yet soaring, these orchestral performances are shaped by a conductor who enjoys every second of his job, and equally enjoys the musicians before him - the superb Concertgebouw players, peerless in technical finesse and the elegant colouring of phrase and line.” BBC Music Magazine, October 2012 ***

“Nelsons is engrossed in the music, and it’s impossible not to succumb to his obvious and infectious enthusiasm...That’s one of the unexpected joys of this concert; everyone is clearly having fun...A delightful overture, a competent concerto, and a Scheherazade to die for.” MusicWeb International, July 2012

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Brahms - Piano Concerto No. 2

Brahms - Piano Concerto No. 2


Albéniz:

El puerto (from Iberia, book 1)

Achúcarro at the Prado

Brahms:

Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 83

Recorded live at Jerwood Hall, St Luke’s, London, May 2009.

London Symphony Orchestra, Colin Davis

Intermezzi (3), Op. 117

Achúcarro at the Prado

Chopin:

Prelude Op. 28 No. 15 in D flat major ‘Raindrop'

Achúcarro at the Prado

Prelude Op. 28 No. 16 in B flat minor

Achúcarro at the Prado

Scriabin:

Prelude & Nocturne, Op. 9


Joaquín Achúcarro (piano)

This recording commemorates the 50th anniversary of Joaquín Achúcarro’s debut with the London Symphony Orchestra after winning the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic International Competition in 1959. Recorded at Jerwood Hall, St Luke’s, London, with Britain’s eminent conductor Colin Davis at the helm, Achúcarro delivers a consummate performance that brilliantly expresses his delicate and passionate style. Extra features include a substantial documentary about Achúcarro’s career and performances of solo piano pieces by Brahms, Chopin, Scriabin and Albéniz filmed in the beautiful setting of the Prado museum, Madrid.

“Achúcarro’s approach is unorthodox in today’s stick-to-theletter-of-the-score, mechanically perfect musical world. His rubati seem excessive to some; to others, like a throwback to a Golden Age. For all of his reverence for the great composers whose music he plays, he maintains a healthy sense of their humanity as well. “Our duty is first of all to understand what composer does and wants, and then to try to deliver it the best we can, but also to serve the music,” he says. “And maybe sometimes the composer is wrong.” He adds, “People say you must follow the text. But if you follow the text, perhaps the music is not totally served.” … And he views what he does as a performer as an act of creation in its own right.” The Washington Post

Extra features:

Joaquín Achúcarro: 50 years on

Documentary including interviews with Plácido Domingo, Simon Rattle and Zubin Mehta.

Running time 131 mins

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Video codec: AVC/MPEG-4

Disc size: BD50

Picture format 1080i High Definition / 16:9

Sound format 2.0 & 5.1 PCM

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Subtitles EN/FR/DE/ES/IT

“all three sections of both versions benefit from the masterly hand of director Robin Lough who, unlike many of his peers, knows how to let the music speak for itself without the need for frantic cuts and cross-fades...The short recital filmed in the Prado captures Achúcarro at his intimate best” Gramophone Magazine, June 2010

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Daniel Barenboim plays The Chopin Piano Concertos

Daniel Barenboim plays The Chopin Piano Concertos

Live Recording from The Philharmonie Essen, 2010


Chopin:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11

Daniel Barenboim (piano)

Staatskapelle Berlin, Andris Nelsons

Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21

Daniel Barenboim (piano)

Staatskapelle Berlin, Andris Nelsons

Waltz No. 3 in A minor 'Grande Valse Brillante', Op. 34 No. 2

Daniel Barenboim (piano)

Haydn:

Symphony No. 44 in E minor 'Mourning'

Staatskapelle Berlin, Andris Nelsons


For the 200th anniversary of the birth of Frédéric Chopin, the renowned Ruhr Piano Festival in Essen invited the Staatskapelle Berlin to give a truly special program: the rare combination of Chopin‘s two piano concertos in one concert. For this purpose Daniel Barenboim, the orchestra‘s principal conductor, handed over the reins of „his“ ensemble to up-and-coming young conductor Andris Nelsons, assuming the role of piano soloist instead.

The press raved: „Storms of applause for a dream couple: Daniel Barenboim and Andris Nelsons won over the audience […] with their rousing Chopin interpretations“. While Barenboim fi lls the solo parts with pulsating life and dance-like grace, the exciting young talent Andris Nelsons dazzles with his magnetic physical presence and the broad gestures with which he fires on or pulls back his enthusiastic musicians. Nelsons opens the concert with a rousing account of Joseph Haydn’s Symphony No. 44, the “Mourning” Symphony.

Chopin wrote the two piano concertos when he was only 19 and 20; they were among the last works that he composed in Poland before leaving for France. Filled with youthful fire and freshness, the works showcase the pianist‘s virtuosity, and contain much of interest for the orchestral musicians as well, including poignant solo interludes for clarinet and bassoon.

Sound Format: PCM Stereo, dts-HD Master Audio 5.1

Picture Format: 16:9

Resolution: 1080i FULL HD

Running Time: 110 mins

Blu-ray Disc: 25 GB (Single Layer)

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“One cannot help but admire his effortless command in the two Chopin piano concertos...captured in pin-sharp picture quality and excellent, well-balanced sound...His almost boyish enthusiasm (despite the relaxed tempos) and obvious relish of performing show no sign of waning as he nears his 70th birthday, and (particularly for a part-timer) his technique shows remarkably little evidence of wear and tear.” International Record Review, January 2012

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Daniel Barenboim: The Warsaw Recital

Daniel Barenboim: The Warsaw Recital

Celebrating Frédéric Chopin’s 200th birthday. Live from the Warsaw Philharmonic Concert Hall


Chopin:

Piano Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 35 'Marche funèbre'

Fantasia in F minor, Op. 49

Nocturne No. 8 in D flat major, Op. 27 No. 2

Barcarolle in F sharp major, Op. 60

Waltz No. 2 in A flat major 'Grande Valse Brillante', Op. 34 No. 1

Waltz No. 3 in A minor 'Grande Valse Brillante', Op. 34 No. 2

Waltz No. 7 in C sharp minor, Op. 64 No. 2

Berceuse in D flat major, Op. 57

Polonaise No. 6 in A flat major, Op. 53 'Héroïque'

Mazurka No. 7 in F minor, Op. 7 No. 3

Waltz No. 6 in D flat major, Op. 64 No. 1 'Minute Waltz'


Frédéric Chopin Year 2010 coincides with the 60th anniversary of Daniel Barenboim’s stage début, and as a pianist he has decided to devote this year to the great Romantic master of the keyboard.

Chopin was born on 1 March 1810 in a small village near Warsaw, and on the eve of the 200th anniversary of this date Barenboim gave this wildly acclaimed Warsaw recital as part of an extensive European tour.

The program comprised some of the composer’s best-known works, including the great B flat minor Sonata with its famous Funeral March, which sounded to many “as the composer may well have imagined it”.

While Chopin used to advise his piano scholars to take singing lessons, Barenboim, as an experienced conductor of operas is most familiar with the human voice as well. With his brilliant virtuosity, he lead the audience through a most colorful program, once again proving his talent for this composer.

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Sound Formats Blu-Ray: DTS HD Master Audio PCM Stereo

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Running Time: 90:45

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“Not especially celebrated for his Chopin...Barenboim is - it goes without saying - a towering musician who is worth hearing here...Opening with the F minor Fantasia, Barenboim is on magisterial and musically imaginative form. His almost Lisztian approach to the B flat minor Sonata is excitingly turbulent”” BBC Music Magazine, January 2011 ****

“The Barcarolle and sequence of three Waltzes are quite beguiling...a magnificent and genuinely impassioned account of the A flat major Polonaise...The neat, unfussy direction makes the film a pleasure to watch.” Gramophone Magazine, February 2011

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Europakonzert 1999 from Krakow

Europakonzert 1999 from Krakow

From St. Mary's Church, Krakow


Chopin:

Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21

Emmanuel Ax (piano)

Mozart:

Exsultate, jubilate, K165

Christine Schäfer (soprano)

Et incarnatus est (from Great Mass in C minor)

Christine Schäfer (soprano)

Schumann:

Symphony No. 1 in B flat major, Op. 38 'Spring'


The founding of the Berliner Philharmoniker on the first of May in 1882 is annually celebrated with a concert in aEuropean city of cultural significance. For this newly released EUROPAKONZERT Blu-ray Disc all recordings werelovingly restored and converted to High Definition video.

Conductor is two-time Grammy Award winner Bernard Haitink, who was also nominated "Musician of the Year in2007” by Musical America.

The concert takes place at St. Mary Church, Krakow, a basilica, after which most of the Churches in the US that werebuilt in the so called “Polish style” were modeled. One famous example is St. Michael’s in Chicago.

Soloist Christiane Schäfer , a renowned Soprano, is noted for her fine and subtle voice.

Solo pianist is Emmanuel Ax, Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Competition winner.

“Ax is an extremely satisfying pianist; he is at home in a wide variety of music and his pianism is always thoughtful, lyrical, lustrous.” The Washington Post

BD is enhanced by an enticing documentary containing interviews with contemporary Polish composer and tripleGrammy Award winner Krzysztof Penderecki and footage from a performance of the Studium Musicae Cracoviense,an ensemble dedicated to historically accurate performance of – particularly Polish – Renaissance and Baroque music.

This BD comes with a luxury slipcase.

Picture format BD: 60i - 16:9 - Documentary: SD NTSC

Disc Format: BD 25

Sound formats BD: PCM Stereo, DTS-HD Master Audio

Region code: All

Booklet notes: English, German, French

Language (Documentary): German - Subtitles: English, French

Running time: 95 mins Concert, 19 mins Documentary

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Garrick Ohlsson playing Chopin Piano Concertos

Garrick Ohlsson playing Chopin Piano Concertos

Recorded at the Warsaw Philharmonic, 2009


Chopin:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11

Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21


This concert programme includes both Chopin Concertos with Garrick Ohlsson and the Warsaw Philharmonic under the baton of Antoni Wit.

Bonus: The documentary pays tribute to Chopin’s art to his highly original writing and show how much of a contribution it made to 20th century music and modern-day piano music with the participation of Garrick Ohlsson, Bella Davidovich, Evgeny Kissin, Piotr Anderszewski, Yuja Wang .

To this end we are combining two approaches: a narrative approach with a biographical account, which focuses on the composer’s most creative periods. And an analytical approach with first-hand accounts by some of the greatest performers of his works. Among them: Garrick Ohlsson, Bella Davidovich, Evgeny Kissin, Piotr Anderszewski and Yuja Wang.

The first approach captures Chopin’s genius in his time by evoking his life, his work, his existential concerns and his musical influences.

The second approach, which forms the mainstay of this documentary, conveys the passion artists have for performing Chopin and their understanding of his music today, which appears to be so easy and is yet so difficult to play.

Filmed archives of prestigious pianists, some of whom are no longer with us, complete this portrait of Chopin’s art.

Picture format: 1080i Full HD 16:9

Sounds formats: PCM Stereo, DTS Master Audio HD

Region code: All (worldwide)

Booklet notes: English, German, French

Running time: 150 mins (97 min performance, 53 min documentary)

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Israel Philharmonic Orchestra: 75 years Anniversary Concert 'Coming Home'

Israel Philharmonic Orchestra: 75 years Anniversary Concert 'Coming Home'

a film by János Darvas


Bach, J S:

Partita in D minor BWV1004 - Sarabande

Julian Rachlin (violin)

Beethoven:

Symphony No. 8 in F major, Op. 93

Chausson:

Poème for Violin & Orchestra, Op. 25

Vadim Repin (violin)

Chopin:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11

Evgeny Kissin (piano)

Saint-Saëns:

Introduction & Rondo capriccioso, Op. 28

Julian Rachlin (violin)


The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra - a cultural icon of Israel and one of the greatest classical ensembles in the world - celebrated its 75th Birthday on December 26th, 2011 together with three outstanding soloists of the younger generation – Julian Rachlin, Evgeny Kissin and Vadim Repin. The concert took place in the spectacular Hangar 11 at the harbor in Tel Aviv. Zubin Mehta conducted a spectacular programme of Saint-Saëns, Bach, Chopin, Chausson and Beethoven.

The film ‘Coming Home’ by János Darvas portrays the orchestra and tells of its moving history, which is both a reflection of the history of Israel and the fate of the Jews in the 20th Century. With texts from memoirs, with material from radio interviews, home movies and photos from the orchestra’s archives, as well as from private collections, the film will not only tells the story of the orchestra, but draws parallels to the fates of many individuals. Historical footage brings the 75-year history of the orchestra to life in concerts with Arturo Toscanini, Arthur Rubinstein, Leonard Bernstein, Isaac Stern, Zubin Mehta, Daniel Barenboim and Itzhak Perlman. Interviews with orchestra members from the early years weave through talks with musicians that joined later, and with current orchestra members. Moreover, Zubin Mehta, Daniel Barenboim, Itzhak Perlman and Pinkas Zukerman have their say. We also get the opportunity to watch the Israel Philharmonic in rehearsals, concerts and tours.

Part of the EuroArts Israel Philharmonic Anniversary Campaign with two more must have releases:

- 75 years anniversary concert & documentary “Coming Home” (Cat. No. DVD 2059098 + Cat. No. BD 2059094)

- Israel Philharmonic Orchestra Anniversary Edition - 5 DVDs Box Set incl. Classic Archive: Arthur Rubinstein plays Chopin (Cat. No. 3079638), Israel Philharmonic Orchestra: 70th-Anniversary Concert (Cat. No. 2055878), Bernstein conducts Brahms (Cat. No. 2072048) + New Israel Philharmonic Orchestra: 60th-Anniversary, Concert, 1996 & Joint Concert, 1990.

Picture format: 1080i Full HD - 16:9

Sound formats: PCM Stereo, DD 5.1, DTS 5.1

Region code: 0

Subtitles: English

Booklet notes: English, German, French

Running time: 148 mins (95 mins Concert + 53 mins Documentary)

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Lang Lang at the Royal Albert Hall

Lang Lang at the Royal Albert Hall


 

The Dance of Waterweeds

Zuqiang Wu (1927), Mingxin Du (1928). Encore

Chopin:

Ballades Nos. 1-4

Waltz No. 6 in D flat major, Op. 64 No. 1 'Minute Waltz'

encore

Nocturne No. 16 in E flat major, Op. 55 No. 2

encore

Lecuona:

....Y la negra bailaba!

encore

Mozart:

Piano Sonata No. 5 in G, K283

Piano Sonata No. 4 in E flat major K282

Piano Sonata No. 8 in A minor, K310

Rondo alla Turca from Piano Sonata No. 11, K331

encore

Ponce, M:

Intermezzo No. 1

encore

Schumann:

Davidsbündlertänze, Op. 6: No. 14: Zart und Singend

encore

Scriabin:

Étude Op. 8 No. 12 in D sharp minor

encore


Lang Lang (piano)

In November 2013 Lang Lang returned to London’s legendary Royal Albert Hall for two recitals that sold out within 48 hours of tickets being released.

This 120 minute film captures the complete recital and offers an opportunity to re-live an unforgettable concert experience.

He finished a celebrated two-part program consisting of Mozart and Chopin with no less than eight encores, breaking Evgeny Kissin's record of encores at the RAH.

The three early Mozart Piano Sonatas have been part of Lang Lang's latest recital which he presented live in more than 200 concerts worldwide - the recordings that were captured at his RAH concert are also part of the new Mozart album.

Besides the Mozart Sonatas, Chopin's Four Ballads were part of the regular program.

The encores included Mozart’s popular Rondo Alla Turca and a breathtaking performance of Scriabin's Etude in D-sharp minor.

The DVD/Blu-ray will be released at the same time as the Mozart album - October 20, 2014.

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Sony - 88843082559

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