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Robert Schumann (1810-56)

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Schumann at Pier2: The Symphonies

Schumann at Pier2: The Symphonies

A concert film by Christian Berger


Schumann:

Symphonies Nos. 1-4 (complete)


Schumann at Pier2 is not a usual concert film; it shows the four Symphonies of Robert Schumann from a new perspective, filmed at Pier2, a former dockyard in the harbour of Bremen where pop and rock concerts usually take place. Stars of the film are the conductor Paavo Järvi and the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and they aim to present these works to a young audience.

Included in this set is also a 98-minute film with Paavo Järvi. This documentary explains the whole idea behind the project and contains footage from rehearsals, comments from Paavo Järvi about the symphonies and the interpretation, biographical information about Robert Schumann as well as musicians demonstrating salient passages and explaining their interpretation.

Sound Format: Blu-ray: DTS-HD MA 5.01 PCM 2.0

Running Time: 125 mins (Symphonies: 146 mins,

Documentary: 98 mins, Making of 18 mins)

Subtitles: German, English, French, Spanish, Chinese, Korean

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“This is the sort of set that makes me grateful that classical recordings are still being made. As a refresher course in Schumann symphonies, you won't find anything better...I can't imagine any sensitive music lover failing to respond to this artistically exceptional, beautifully filmed and expertly engineered set.” Gramophone Magazine, March 2013

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DVD/Blu-ray of the Month - March 2013

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Schumann: Genoveva

Schumann: Genoveva

Live recording from the Zurich Opera House, 2008


Juliane Banse (Genoveva), Shawn Mathey (Golo), Martin Gantner (Siegfried), Cornelia Kallisch (Margaretha), Alfred Muff (Drago), Ruben Drole (Hidulfus), Tomasz Slawinski (Balthasar), Matthew Leigh (Caspar)

Orchestra and Chorus of The Zurich Opera House, Nikolaus Harnoncourt (conductor) & Martin Kušej (director)

Set Design Rolf Glittenberg & Costume Design Heidi Hackl.

On 25th June 1850, Robert Schumann’s only opera, Genoveva, received its first performance at Leipzig State Theatre. It was a much-awaited event, as Schumann, widely regarded as the leading German instrumental composer, had set his mind to the urgent task of creating a national opera. However, despite the efforts of the composer’s supporters to maintain interest in the work, the opera was soon forgotten. When conductor Nikolaus Harnoncourt first came across Genoveva some 15 years ago (he subsequently recorded a CD of it in 1996), he voiced the opinion that “Genoveva is a work of art for which one should be prepared to go to the barricades”. Harnoncourt sees the main reason why Genoveva has not been recognised as a brilliant composition and perhaps the most significant opera written during the second half of the 19th century, as having much to do with the false expectations attached to the work. “You mustn’t look for dramatic events in this opera. What it offers us is a glimpse into the soul. Schumann was not interested in creating something naturalistic – he wanted to write a type of opera in which the music had a greater say.”

“Never before so vivid! Robert Schumann was only too familiar with passionate yearning, cold possessiveness and madness. In Zurich his underestimated opera Genoveva has undergone a brilliant revival.” Die Zeit

Sound Format: PCM Stereo, dts-HD Master Audio 7.1

Picture Format: 16:9

Resolution: 1080i FULL HD

Blu-ray Disc: 25 GB (Single Layer)

Subtitle Languages: GB, DE, FR, ES, IT, JP

Running Time: 146 mins

SK: 6

“Nikolaus Harnoncourt is often too four-square and unatmospheric in Romantic scores, but here his taut tempos and incisive phrasing are refreshing, making the rich choral passages splendidly crisp” BBC Music Magazine, December 2008 ***

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Schumann - Piano Concerto & Symphony No. 4

Schumann - Piano Concerto & Symphony No. 4

Recorded live at the Gewandhaus Leipzig, 1-2 June 2006


Schumann:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54

Martha Argerich (piano)

Symphony No. 4 in D minor, Op. 120

Symphonic Etudes: Adagio and Allegro brilliante

Orchestration: Peter I. Tchaikovsky

Excerpts from Carnaval

Orchestration: Maurice Ravel


Martha Argerich has long been hailed as one of the greatest and most uniquely imaginative pianists.

This legendary Argentinean musician is surrounded by an aura of mystery: some find her too uncompromising, others generous and beautiful, yet to all she is without doubt incredibly talented.

When Argerich and Chailly performed the Schumann Piano Concerto it created a musical sensation! The connection between Argerich and Chailly underlines the whole work, and heartfelt applause sparks a charming encore: ‘‘Vom fremden Ländern und Menschen’’.

The perfect Blu-ray release for the Schumann Birthday Anniversary in 2010.

“Argerich, simply and assuredly, is one of the most magisterial talents in the history of piano playing." The Gramophone Magazine

Picture format BD: 1080i Full HD - 16:9

Sounds formats BD: PCM 2.0, PCM 5.1

Region code: All

Booklet notes: English, German, French

Running time: 93 mins

Audience: all

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Annette Dasch: Die Gretchenfrage

Annette Dasch: Die Gretchenfrage

The Crucial Question


Annette Dasch started her fulminant career as a winner of prestigious international singing competitions and is nowadays one of the most sought-after singers.

In 2011, an extraordinary concert of the star soprano took place. Based on "The crucial question",Annette Dasch dedicated the programme to mythical female characters in desperate crisis situations,with works by Schubert, Berlioz and Schumann.

Including the portrait of the singer “That is why music is the most important thing”, a film by AnnetteSchreier. This portrait follows Annette Dasch in her time in Bayreuth, Geneva, Munich and Berlin,during rehearsals, in performances, and in preparations of her show “Annettes DaschSalon”

Picture format Blu-ray Disc: 1080i Full HD - 16:9

Sound format Blu-ray Disc: PCM Stereo, DTS HD Master Audio 5.1

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Booklet notes: English, German, French

Subtitles: English, German, French

Running time: 90 mins + 30 mins Portrait

German FSK: 0

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Classic Archive™ Collector’s Edition – Voices

Classic Archive™ Collector’s Edition – Voices


Berlioz:

La Damnation de Faust: D'amour l'ardente flamme

Regine Crespin (soprano)

Brahms:

Ein Deutsches Requiem, Op. 45

Dvorak:

Mesícku na nebi hlubokém 'Song to the Moon' (from Rusalka)

Falla:

Siete Canciones populares españolas

Teresa Berganza (mezzo)

Mahler:

Rheinlegendchen (Des Knaben Wunderhorn)

Irmgard Seefried (soprano)

Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (4 songs, complete)

Mozart:

Parto, parto, ma tu ben mio (from La Clemenza di Tito)

Teresa Berganza (mezzo)

Mussorgsky:

Oy, dušno, dušno! - Prošcay, moy sïn (from Boris Godunov)

Boris Christoff (bass)

Poulenc:

Tu as raison (from La Voix Humaine)

Denise Duval (soprano)

Schubert:

Wohin? (No. 2 from Die schöne Müllerin, D795)

Victoria de los Angeles (soprano)

Schumann:

Intermezzo (No. 2 from Liederkreis, Op. 39)

Regine Crespin (soprano)

Mondnacht (No. 5 from Liederkreis, Op. 39)

Regine Crespin (soprano)

Strauss, R:

Der Rosenkavalier, Act 1 – conclusion

Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (soprano), Hertha Töpper (contralto)

Wagner:

Euch Lüften, die mein Klagen (from Lohengrin)

Elisabeth Grummer (soprano)

Amfortas! Die Wunde! (from Parsifal)

Wolfgang Windgassen (tenor)

Wesendonck-Lieder (5)

Julia Varady (soprano)

Weber:

Wie nahte mir der Schlummer … Leise, leise, fromme Weise (from Der Freischütz)

Wolf, H:

Das verlassene Mägdlein (No. 7 from Mörike-Lieder)

Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (soprano)


Great performances from legendary artists of the 20th century, the Classic Archive™

Collector’s Edition – VOICES offers unique insights in the world of music interpretation of the golden age.

This fifth part of the edition is dedicated to some of the most outstanding voices of the past.

With more than 14 hours of material the edition includes various concerti, recitals, interesting documentaries, some in colour, some in glorious black and white, as well as comprehensive booklet information.

This collector’s edition makes rare classical archive footage from the years 1957-1998 suitable for Blu-ray Disc lovers.

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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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Europakonzert 2015 from Athens

Europakonzert 2015 from Athens

Live from the Megaron in Athens, 1 May 2015


Bach, J S:

Sonata for solo violin No. 3 in C major, BWV1005: Largo

Leonidas Kavakos (violin)

Rossini:

Semiramide Overture

Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

Schumann:

Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 97 'Rhenish'

Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

Sibelius:

Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47

Leonidas Kavakos (violin)

Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra


The founding of the Berliner Philharmoniker, on the first of May in 1882, is annually celebrated in a European city of cultural significance. In 2015 the Europakonzert took place for the second time in Athens, with Leonidas Kavakos joining the Berliner Philharmoniker for the Sibelius Violin Concerto and Bach’s 'Largo' from Sonato No.3.

The concert was a smash hit, stunning the audience on site in Athens.

Soloist Leonidas Kavakos won the ECHO Klassik Award in 2013 as ‘Instrumentalist of the Year'.

Sound format Blu-ray: PCM Stereo, DTS-HD Master Audio 5.0

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Running time: 90 mins

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Homage to Robert Schumann

Homage to Robert Schumann

Live Recording from The Frauenkirche Dresden, 2010


Schumann:

Genoveva Overture

Scherzo in G minor

Abendmusik in B flat major, Op. 99 No. 12

World premiere. Reconstructed by Joachim Draheim

Requiem für Mignon, Op. 98b

Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 97 'Rhenish'

Nachtlied for chorus & orchestra, Op. 108


Markus Butter (baritone)

Soloists of the Dresden Kreuzchor, MDR Rundfunkchor Leipzig & Staatskapelle Dresden, Daniel Harding

Between 1844 and 1859 Robert Schumann lived in Dresden where he composed a third of his complete work. Today‘s concert marks the 200th anniversary of Robert Schumann‘s birth and offers a welcome opportunity for Daniel Harding and the Staatskapelle Dresden to introduce three of the most impressive but now too rarely performed works from his Dresden period (Overture to Genoveva, Requiem für Mignon and Nachtlied).

Particular highlights - which will come as a surprise even to connoisseurs of his works - are a first performance and a world premiere of rediscovered and reconstructed symphonic movements dating from the composer‘s legendary „symphony year“ of 1841.

Moreover, the Rhenish Symphony, composed by Schumann after leaving Dresden and widely influenced by his impressions of the Cologne Cathedral, blends in perfectly with the sacral architecture of the Frauenkirche.

Sound Format: PCM Stereo, dts-HD

Master Audio 5.1

Picture Format: 16:9

Resolution: 1080i FULL HD

Running Time: 77 mins

Blu-ray Disc: 25 GB (Single Layer)

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In Rehearsal & Performance

In Rehearsal & Performance

Standard Definition Video on Blu-ray Disc


Beethoven:

Leonore Overture No. 3, Op. 72b

Radio Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR, Vaclav Neumann

Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Karl Böhm

Bruckner:

Symphony No. 9 in D Minor

Radio Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR, Carlo Maria Giulini

Dvorak:

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

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Karl Böhm

Schumann:

Symphony No. 4 in D minor, Op. 120

Symphony Orchestra of the Südwestfunk Baden-Baden, Erich Leinsdorf

Smetana:

The Bartered Bride Overture

Radio Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR, Vaclav Neumann

Má Vlast: Vltava

Radio Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR, Ferenc Fricsay

Strauss, J, II:

Die Fledermaus Overture

Symphony Orchestra of the Südwestfunk Baden-Baden, Carlos Kleiber

Strauss, R:

Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, Op. 28

Radio Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR, Sergiu Celibidache

Wagner:

Tannhäuser: Overture

Radio Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR, Georg Solti

Parsifal (excerpts)

Symphony Orchestra of the Südwestfunk Baden-Baden, Erich Leinsdorf

Weber:

Der Freischütz Overture

Symphony Orchestra of the Südwestfunk Baden-Baden, Carlos Kleiber


Experience the greatest conductors of the past century in this extensive collection of carefully selected rehearsals and performances - more than 13 hours of standard DVD quality with non-compromised audio on one Blu-ray Disc.

Learn how these musical leaders work their visions into an extraordinary performance and see them up close in an intimate rehearsal with the orchestra.

Recorded between 1960 and 1997.

Picture format Blu-ray Disc: 4:3 - NTSC

Sound formats Blu-ray Disc: PCM Stereo, PCM Mono

Region code: All (worldwide)

Subtitles (in parts): English, German, French, Spanish, Italian

Running time: 799 mins (13h 32min) German

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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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