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Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-75)

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Shostakovich: Complete Symphonies & Concertos

Shostakovich: Complete Symphonies & Concertos

Live from the Salle Pleyel, Paris 2013/14


Shostakovich:

Symphonies Nos. 1-15 (complete)

Veronika Dzhioeva (soprano - No. 14), Mikhail Petrenko (bass - Nos. 13 & 14)

Piano Concerto No. 2 in F major, Op. 102

Denis Matsuev (piano)

Cello Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 126

Mario Brunello (cello)

Piano Concerto No. 1 in C minor for piano, trumpet & strings, Op. 35

Daniil Trifonov (piano), Timur Martynov (trumpet)

Cello Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, Op. 107

Gautier Capuçon (cello)

Violin Concerto No. 2 in C sharp minor, Op. 129

Alena Baeva (violin)

Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 99

Vadim Repin (violin)


Nobody is better suited to undertake such a challenge than Valery Gergiev and his Mariinsky Orchestra. Over a period of a year all 15 Symphonies and 6 Concertos have been recorded at Salle Pleyel in Paris. What an adventure for the artists and the big production team! Never before in the history of television has something like this been undertaken including the very first “Ring” for television at Bayreuth.

Dmitri Shostakovich is arguably one of the greatest composers of the 20th century. To understand his music one needs to see it in the context of his life, his social environment, the political situation, the unbelievable brutality with which the Communist Party enforced its ideological credo and the subtle ways with which Shostakovich succeeded in combining his innermost thoughts with the demands of Socialist Realism. He was a man of many faces. And beyond any doubt Dmitri Shostakovich was a musical genius.

Special Features:

The Shostakovich Cycle includes introductions for each symphony and concerto by Valery Gergiev.

The fascinating documentary “Dmitri Shostakovich – A Man of Many Faces” explores the life and work of the composer based on rare archive footage and interviews. A comprehensive book with particularised texts about each symphony and concerto provides deep insights into life and work of Dmitri Shostakovich. And the Play Music Only Function is available to experience Shostakovich’s wonderful music nonstop!

Sound Formats: PCM Stereo, dts-HD Master Audio 5.0

Picture Format: 16:9

Subtitles: English (Original Language, Symphonies subtitled), German, French, Korean, Japanese (Symphonies, Introductions, Documentary)

Blu-ray Disc: 4 x 50 GB (Dual Layers)

Resolution: 1080i High Definition

Running Time: ca. 970 mins Symphonies & Concertos / ca. 56 mins Introductions / 56 mins Documentary

FSK: 0

“Most successful are young violinist Alena Baeva, who gives a sensitive and appropriately fiery performance of Violin Concerto…all the symphonies are given excellent, sometimes outstanding performances, with superb soloists…in Nos 13 and 14” BBC Music Magazine, December 2015 ****

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Arthaus Musik - 107552

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Shostakovich: Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk

Shostakovich: Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk

Recorded live in Het Muziektheater, Amsterdam, on 25th & 28th June 2006.


Eva-Maria Westbroek (Katerina Izmailova), Christopher Ventris (Sergey), Carole Wilson (Aksinya), Vladimir Vaneev (Boris), Lani Poulson (Sonyetka), Ludovít Ludha (Zinovi), Alexandre Kravets (Shabby Peasant)

Chorus of De Nederlandse Opera & Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Mariss Jansons (musical director) & Martin Kušej (stage director)

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Shostakovich’s musically brilliant and ingeniously panoramic opera about love, lust, power and oppression is fabulously performed by the Concertgebouw Orchestra under Mariss Jansons in this authoritative production. Stage director Martin Kušej builds on formidable musical strengths to forge a relentless drama that explores with emotional conviction the shadowy, layered boundaries between victims and perpetrators. First-rate protagonist Eva-Maria Westbroek is phenomenal in her gripping interpretation of Katarina, compelling the entire cast, including the choir, to almost unbearable realism in their portrayal of timeless human weaknesses.

‘With one of the finest orchestras in the world conducted by an eminent Shostakovich conductor, supported by superb soloists and a very tasteful stage setting… [Eva-Maria Westbroek’s] portrayal of the heroine is absolutely superb…the passions and emotions raised by the composer are superbly realised… The soloists and chorus are all superb.’ Music Web International

Bonus material:

Illustrated synopsis & cast gallery.

Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk - The Tragedy of Katerina Ismailova - A documentary film by Reiner E. Moritz, including interviews with Martin Kušej, Mariss Jansons and leading members of the cast.

PICTURE FORMAT: 1080i
LENGTH: Approx 236 Mins
SOUND: 2.0 & 5.0 PCM
SUBTITLES: EN/FR/DE/ES/IT/NL

“a first-rate protagonist in Eva-Maria Westbroek, a Katerina of Jean Harlow-like allure, who had all the vocal power and stamina that the role demands”” The Times

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Shostakovich: Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk

Shostakovich: Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk

Live Recording from The Teatro Comunale Firenze, 2008


Jeanne-Michèle Charbonnet (Katerina Izmailova), Vladimir Vaneev (Boris Izmailov), Vsevolod Grivnov (Zinoviy Izmailov), Sergej Kunaev (Sergei), Nanà Miriani (Aksinya), Natascha Petrinsky (Sonetka)

Orchestra and Chorus of Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, James Conlon (conductor) & Lev Dodin (director)

Set and Costume Design by David Borovsky.

At first glance, the title of Shostakovich’s opera seems to speak for itself: Katherina, neglected and unhappy in her marriage, commits the most heinous crime just like the Shakespearian Lady Macbeth. But Nikolai Leskov’s short novel, which portrays Katherina as a monster, was only the starting point for Shostakovich to elicit understanding for an oppressed woman whose pursuit for self-determination is suppressed by society. Through combining satiric, grotesque and tragic elements in his music, Shostakovich succeeds in striking the balance between repulsion at Katherina’s immoral acts and sympathy for her. Violence, eroticism and the paralysing boredom of Russian society in the 19th century are the founding elements of this composition.

The choir and orchestra of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino conducted by James Conlon accompany tremendous soloists such as Jeanne-Michèle Charbonnet, Vladimir Vaneyev and Vsevolod Grivnov in the original language in this live recording.

“James Conlon… has conducted Shostakovich's masterpiece on both continents… There is plenty of passion in the pit. …New Orleans-raised Jeanne-Michèle Charbonnet proves a powerful if one-dimensional actress in the title-role. The other key protagonists are authentically Russian. The most distinguished singing comes from Vladimir Vaneev... The main attraction of ArtHaus's DVDs ought to be the production of Lev Dodin, long-term director of St Petersburg's Maly Drama Theatre. ...his Lady Macbeth is conceived wholly in terms of realism... Exceptionally, the episode where the shabby peasant discovers Zinoviy's corpse is staged as a group tableau. Mostly straightforward, the cinematography switches to blurry black-and-white for the appearance of Boris's ghost” Gramophone Magazine, January 2010

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Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47

Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47


Following the success of the enlightening first series of Keeping Score, MTT and SFS return with three further programmes that combine one-hour documentaries with live concert performances. The new programmes explore the music and stories behind the music.

Each of the three DVDs in Keeping Score Series 2 features a documentary episode - with MTT guiding us through the composers’ perspectives and influences - coupled with a live concert performance of each work. The programmes are designed to engage and entertain viewers of all levels of musical background. With outstanding production values, they are released on DVD and Blu-Ray HD formats, making SFS the first orchestra to distribute its product on Blu-Ray disc.

In 1937 Russia, at the height of Stalin’s purges, the Communist Party strongly denounced Dmitri Shostakovich’s most recent works. Fearing for his life, the young composer wrote a symphony ending with a rousing march. But to many, the triumph rang hollow. Even today, people wonder just what Shostakovich was trying to say. Was the symphony meant to celebrate Stalin’s regime? Or did it contain hidden messages protesting the very system it seemed to support?

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SFS Media Keeping Score - SFS0027

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Shostakovich: The Golden Age (complete)

Shostakovich: The Golden Age (complete)


Nina Kaptsova (Rita, a young girl), Ruslan Skvortsov (Boris, a young fisherman), Mikhail Lobukhin (Yashka, gang leader), Ekaterina Krysanova (Lyuska, Yashka’s accomplice)

Corps de Ballet & Orchestra of the State Academic Bolshoi Theatre of Russia, Pavel Klinichev

Choreography Yuri Grigorovich

Sets and costumes Simon Virsaladze

Lighting design Mikhail Sokolov

This modern and visionary work, set to music by Dmitri Shostakovich, was created in 1930. Its central theme was the highly battle and subsequent triumph of the proletariat against the decadent bourgeoisie, set in Europe during the Roaring Twenties. Surprisingly, the score by Dmitri Shostakovich raised political controversies, possibly because it took inspiration from European dance forms (and was openly inspired by jazz music) and consequently, the ballet vanished from the theaters until 1982, when Yuri Grigorovich restaged it with sets by Simon Virsaladze and a completely new libretto mainly revolving around the love story between Rita, a cabaret dancer, and Boris, a young idealist. The conflict in the original production was also recast as a clash between fishermen – the morally superior workers – and society’s criminal elements.

Bringing back The Golden Age in Autumn 2016, a few months prior to Yuri Grigorovich’s 90th birthday, was a highly symbolic choice for the Bolshoi Ballet: this work, the last Grigorovich would ever choreograph for his company, hadn’t been staged for almost 10 years. A rare and refined ballet, which ran the risk of falling into oblivion twice, is danced by the new generation of the Bolshoi Ballet, including Nina Kaptsova and Mikhail Lobukhin.

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Bel Air Classiques - BAC443

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Andris Nelsons and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra at Lucerne Festival, 4th September 2011

Andris Nelsons and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra at Lucerne Festival, 4th September 2011


Shostakovich:

Symphony No. 8 in C minor, Op. 65

Strauss, R:

Salome: Dance of the Seven Veils

Wagner:

Rienzi Overture


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.

In this concert (available on DVD and Blu-ray) orchestra and conductor demonstrate their brilliance in some of the most spectacular orchestral works ever written.

Total: 100 minutes

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.

In this concert (available on DVD and Blu-ray) orchestra and conductor demonstrate their brilliance in some of the most spectacular orchestral works ever written.

Total: 100 minutes

BD: DTS-HD MA 5.1, PCM Stereo

Picture 16:9, HD

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C Major - 710004

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Berliner Philharmoniker: Yutaka Sado

Berliner Philharmoniker: Yutaka Sado

Recorded live from the Philharmonie, Berlin, May, 20th 2011


Shostakovich:

Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47

Takemitsu:

From me flows what you call time (for five percussionists and orchestra)

Raphael Haeger, Simon Rössler, Franz Schindlbeck, Jan Schlichte & Wieland Welzel (percussion)


This production is a Charity Concert for the victims of the Earthquake and Tsunami Disaster from March 11th 2011.

The profit generated will be donated to a special section of the Japanese Red Cross Society (JRCS), which was especially founded for earthquake victims: “Japan: Earthquake and Tsunami”, and will therefore be distributed directly among the population affected. Immediate help for the Japanese people in need is thus guaranteed.

With this concert Yutaka Sado makes his Philharmonic debut and will be the first Japanese to conduct the renowned orchestra since Seiji Ozawa several years ago.

Critics have unanimously hailed Yutaka Sado as one of the most enthralling and charismatic conductors of the new generation. The long-time assistant of Leonard Bernstein and Seiji Ozawa was awarded the most important conductor’s prizes, e.g. the Premier Grand Prix at the 39th International Conducting Competition and the Grand Prix du Concours International L. Bernstein Jerusalem.

Picture format: 1080i Full HD 16:9

Sounds formats: PCM 2.0, DTS-HD Master Audio Surround

Region code: All (worldwide)

Subtitles: English

Booklet notes: English, German, French

Running time: 107 mins (91 mins concert + 16 mins bonus)

“I like Takemitsu best when there's rigorous tension put between his soft-focus, stylised figurations...Here the balance is perfect...After Takemitsu, Shostakovich's urgent 'listen to this' message, each harmonic sidestep loaded with interference, is a shock. I like the dynamic detail Sado lavishes on the first movement...And another sound reason to buy this DVD: all proceeds will be donated to the Japanese Red Cross to help victims of the 2011 tsunami.” Gramophone Magazine, March 2012

“[Sado] digs unostentatiously deep in both the fluid and monumental aspects of this concert, given to raise funds for the Japanese earthquake and tsunami disaster. Much in the two chosen works is both complementary and appropriate...A short interview with Sado tells us little; but what he achieves in performance is unquestionably beyond words.” BBC Music Magazine, March 2012

“a performance of alluring poise. Some may find the seamless tonal blend and peerless technical accomplishment over-manicured (even counter-productive) bearing in mind the music's historical context, but taken on its own terms one can hardly help but be galvanized by its supreme expertise.” International Record Review, June 2012

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EuroArts - 2058744

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Fellini, Jazz & Co.

Fellini, Jazz & Co.

Recorded live at Waldbühne, Berlin, 2011


Lincke:

Berliner Luft March

Respighi:

Fountains of Rome

Pines of Rome

Belkis, Queen of Sheba: orchestral suite

Rota, N:

La Strada Ballet Suite

Shostakovich:

Jazz Suite No. 2

Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk: Symphonic Suite, Op. 29a


Berliner Philharmoniker, Riccado Chailly

The Waldbühne in Berlin is one of Europe’s ideal outdoor amphitheatres. It is home to the Berlin Philharmonic’s summer concerts, which are among the most popular classical events in the world, attracting audiences of 20,000 or more people.

In July 2011 the orchestra, under the ebullient direction of Riccardo Chailly, presented this concert of effervescent works by Dmitri Shostakovich, Nino Rota and Ottorino Respighi.

All three composers possessed an unerring instinct for composing music that is guaranteed to please the ear of the listener. In their own individual ways, each of them powerfully demonstrates a phenomenal handling of tone colour. Their music sparkles with light one moment and lurks in the shadows the next.

Riccardo Chailly is famous for having one of the broadest repertoires in the business, ranging from the orchestral highways of Beethoven, Brahms and Bruckner through to the 20th century byways via Bach, the core operatic repertoire and almost anything else - he is an omnivore, with the brilliance to match.

Picture format BD: NTSC (1080i Full HD)

Sounds formats BD: PCM Stereo, DD 5.1, DTS 5.1

Region code: 0

Booklet notes: English, German, French

Running time: 105 mins

“Respighi's Pines and Fountains of Rome sound absolutely ravishing here - one can only sit in awe at such fine-tuned (in every way) virtuosity...Bravo!” International Record Review, June 2012

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EuroArts Waldbühne - 2058404

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Martha Argerich & Mischa Maisky

Martha Argerich & Mischa Maisky


Dvorak:

Scherzo capriccioso, Op. 66

Luzerner Sinfonieorchester, Neeme Järvi

Franck, C:

Cello Sonata in A major

Martha Argerich (piano) & Mischa Maisky (violoncello)

Shchedrin:

Double Concerto for piano, violoncello and orchestra 'Romantic Offering'

World Premiere

Martha Argerich (piano) & Mischa Maisky (violoncello)

Luzerner Sinfonieorchester, Neeme Järvi

Shostakovich:

Symphony No. 9 in E flat major, Op. 70

Luzerner Sinfonieorchester, Neeme Järvi


At one of her rare appearances with orchestra, Martha Argerich, the grande dame of the piano, joined forces with world-famous cellist Mischa Maisky and the fabulous Lucerne Symphony Orchestra for the world premiere of a newly commissioned work by Russian composer Rodion Shchedrin – “Romantic Offering”, a double concerto for piano, cello and orchestra dedicated to its very first soloists.

“I’ve attempted to depict and highlight the most distinctive individual qualities of these two musicians … Romantic Offering should inspire new thoughts and experiences. Music isn’t only the product of experiment. It should move your soul and touch your heart.” Rodion Shchedrin

The programme was rounded off by late-Romantic masterpieces by César Franck, Antonín Dvořák and Dmitri Shostakovich’s Ninth Symphony under the baton of renowned maestro Neeme Järvi.

BONUS: Behind the Scenes of a WORLD PREMIERE with Rodion Shchedrin, Martha Argerich and Mischa Maisky.

Picture Format Blu-ray: Full HD

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

Region Code: 0 (worldwide)

Running Time: 111:36 min

Running Time Bonus: 16:20 min

Disc Format: BD 25

FSK: 0

“There's plenty of contrast [in the Shchedrin]: the misalliance of the two soloists, who only really come together in the climbing apotheosis; the cello in extreme registers; the piano's toccata mania; and all of it done with the highest artistry. Argerich is superb in every nuance.” BBC Music Magazine, September 2011 *****

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Accentus Music - ACC10224

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Martha Argerich live at Verbier Festival

Martha Argerich live at Verbier Festival

Recorded live at during the Verbier Festival, Switzerland, 22 July 2009 (Beethoven, Scarlatti) and 17 July 2010 (Shostakovich, Bizet).


Beethoven:

Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 19

Martha Argerich (piano)

Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra, Gábor Takács-Nagy

Bizet:

Symphony in C

Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra, Gábor Takács-Nagy

Scarlatti, D:

Keyboard Sonata K141 in D minor

Martha Argerich (piano)

Shostakovich:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in C minor for piano, trumpet & strings, Op. 35

Martha Argerich (piano) & David Guerrier (trumpet)

Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra, Gábor Takács-Nagy


Martha Argerich proves once again her great pianistic technique in a wave of virtuosity, performing emblematic works of the greatest composers ever.

Martha Argerich has long been hailed as one of the greatest and most uniquely imaginative pianists. She is most admired for the pure joy of her music-making and her individual approach to each work, each situation and each audience.

The Verbier Festival, held each summer in the Swiss Alps, has developed over eighteen years into one of the most important classical music festivals in Europe, bringing together great musical talent and dedicated music lovers alike from across the globe.

Martha Argerich celebrates her 70th birthday on the 5 June 2011.

Picture format: 1080i Full HD - 16:9

Sounds formats: PCM 2.0

Region code: All

Booklet notes: English, German, French

Running time: 87 min

FSK: 0

“Both directors capture [Argerich's] unique artistry...she sets about the down-to-earth matter of sublime music-making, pulling all her colleagues into her spell...Takacs-Nagy partners Argerich sensitively. Using no baton - just the occasional pencil - he never loses sight of the landscape in a quest for its fruits, and his way of shaping long phrases and building paragraphs is as special as his airy rhythms and attention to inner voices.” BBC Music Magazine, October 2011 *****

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Ideale Audience International Live at Verbier Festival - 3079564

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