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Schubert: Winterreise D911

Schubert: Winterreise D911

Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, France, July 2015


Matthias Goerne (baritone) & Markus Hinterhäuser (piano)

Franz Schubert´s Winterreise engages with its audience in a new and unexpected form. Matthias Goerne, 'the voice of perfection' (Le Figaro), pianist Markus Hinterhäuser and South African director, set designer and theatrical artist William Kentridge joined forces on stage and traced newly imagined, deeply moving images. In short animated films, Kentridge visualises Goerne’s and Hinterhäuser’s sonic contribution. A memorable meeting 'of melancholy and magic' (La Marseillaise). 'Mr. Kentridge’s 24 stop-action films - made up of animated ink drawings and collages - offer a visually mesmerising and thought-provoking commentary on Schubert’s song cycle' (New York Times). 'There is an unusual robustness to his (Matthias Goerne´s) wanderer, infused by the virile beauty of his powerful baritone' (New York Times).

Documentary: A TRIO FOR SCHUBERT feat. Interviews with W. Kentridge, M. Goerne and M. Hinterhäuser

Running Time Total: 138 Minutes (Concert 85’ + Doc 53’)

Picture 16:9, HD

Sound BD: PCM Stereo

Subtitles German (original language), English, French, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Japanese Doc: German, English, Korean, Japanese

“It’s fascinating viewing, by turns enchanting and disquieting, but you might, as I did, find your eye simply being drawn back to Goerne. He sings the cycle now with a new and powerful tragic gravity, matched every weary trudge of the way by Hinterhäuser’s intelligent and supportive playing” Gramophone Magazine, May 2017

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Rahsaan Roland Kirk: The Case of the Three Sided Dream

Rahsaan Roland Kirk: The Case of the Three Sided Dream


Rahsaan Roland Kirk

The Case of the Three Sided Dream is a film by Adam Kahan, the documentary on the life, music and legacy of multi-instrumentalist Rahsaan Roland Kirk.

Kirk was a one of a kind musician, personality, satirist and windmill-slayer who despite being blind, becoming paralyzed, and facing America’s racial injustices – did not relent. His life’s work was exploring sound and making music. Beyond that, he was an outspoken activist who started a political movement to get more exposure for jazz in America – particularly on TV. Dreams were important to Rahsaan. They planted the seed in his mind to play three horns simultaneously. His name came from dreams. When asked about his religious beliefs, he would say, “I’m from the Religion of Dreams”.

At the age of 40, at the apex of his career, Rahsaan suffered a stroke, which left him half paralyzed. Despite this, he continued to tour and play music, with the use of only one hand, literally until the day he died.

Special features (20 mins):

- Joel Dorn talks about Rahsaan

- Bright Moments, performed live in 1977

Sound Format: PCM Stereo, DD 5.1

Picture Format: 16:9

Audio Language: GB

Subtitles: GB (Audio Description), DE, FR

Blu-ray Disc 25 GB (Single Layer)

Resolution: 1080p High Definition

Running Time: 87 mins / 20 mins (Bonus)

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Herbert von Karajan: Maestro for the Screen

Herbert von Karajan: Maestro for the Screen

A film by Georg Wübbolt


Bach, J S:

Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B minor, BWV1067

Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G Major, BWV1048


Herbert von Karajan was the first conductor to be obsessed with filming his own musical performances in order to preserve his cultural heritage. As a film and TV director he was an aesthete, perfectionist, and true pioneer. This documentary starts with the very first concert productions in 1957 in Japan, followed by the impressive cooperation with director Henri-Georges Clouzot in 1965 to Karajan’s own film company Telemondial. It is absolutely fascinating to see how Karajan developed his language for filming orchestral productions. Including outstanding digitally remastered performance material, talks with Karajan, interviews with his closest collaborators and production partners, the documentary is an exciting part of the history of classical music and media.

Bonus:

First ever release of a 32-minute video concert: J.S. Bach - Brandenburg Concerto No.3 in G major, BWV 1048, and Suite (Overture) No.2 in B minor, BWV 1067 (Recorded 1967/1968)

Running time total: 84 mins

Documentary: 52 mins

Concert: 32 mins

Picture 16:9, HD

Sound: PCM 2.0

Subtitles: German (original language), English, French, Spanish, Korean, Japanese

Booklet: English, German, French

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Leonard Bernstein: Larger than Life

Leonard Bernstein: Larger than Life


Leonard Bernstein was America’s musical ambassador to the world. This fascinating documentary shows why Bernstein was one of the most influential classical musicians of the last century. He was an inspirational teacher, a brilliant conductor, a fine composer, and an accomplished pianist. In his role as an educator, he found and fascinated an even larger audience of young listeners on television shows such as Omnibus and Young People’s Concerts. As a composer (West Side Story, On the Town etc.) he could bridge gaps and break down barriers in an extraordinarily skilful and yet accessible manner, reaching a large audience worldwide, way beyond classical music.

The film includes interviews with Leonard Bernstein’s children, Jamie, Alexander and Nina Bernstein, Gustavo Dudamel, Stephen Sondheim, Kent Nagano, Marin Alsop, Sir Peter Jonas, Christoph Eschenbach, Norman Lebrecht, members of the Vienna Philharmonics, Craig Urquhart, and many others.

BONUS INTERVIEWS with Gustavo Dudamel, Kent Nagano, Marin Alsop

SOUND FORMAT: BD: PCM 2.0

PICTURE: 16:9, HD

SUBTITLES: English (Original Language), German, French, Korean

BOOKLET: English, German, French

TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 76 mins

Documentary: 52 mins

Bonus: 24 mins

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Gesualdo: Death for Five Voices

Gesualdo: Death for Five Voices


Il Complesso Barocco & Gesualdo Consort of London

A film by Werner Herzog about the legend and music of Don Carlo Gesualdo, Prince of Venosa.

Featuring Milva, Pasquale D’Onofrio, Salvatore Catorano and many more …

The last decade of the twentieth century alone spawned three operas based on the life of the “principe dei musici”: Alfred Schnittke’s Gesualdo was premiered in 1995 at the Vienna State Opera; then the following year came Franz Hummel’s opera of the same name, a commission from the city of Kaiserslautern; and in 1998 Salvatore Sciarrino wrote an opera for the Schwetzingen Festival entitled Luci mie traditrici, after a sixteenth-century drama about a prince who murders his wife.

Gesualdo was therefore already the focus of a good deal of interest when the Munich-based director and film producer Werner Herzog also developed an interest in the composer at about this time. Herzog seemed somehow predestined for the job. His preference for eccentric protagonists, amply attested to in films such as Aguirre, Wrath of God and Fitzcarraldo starring Klaus Kinski, went hand-in-hand with a musical streak that has won him a great deal of admiration since the mid-1980s, with regular opera productions at the Bayreuth Festival, the Opera Bastille in Paris and La Scala, Milan.

Special feature:

English and German audio commentary by Werner Herzog

Sound Format: PCM Stereo

Picture Format: 16:9

Audio Settings: GB, DE, IT

Subtitles: FR, ES

Blu-ray Disc 25 GB (Single Layer)

Resolution: 1080i High Definition (Upscale)

Running Time: 60 mins

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Ken Russell’s View of The Planets

Ken Russell’s View of The Planets


Holst:

The Planets, Op. 32


First ever release on Blu-ray of a long-forgotten masterpiece.

The Planets by Gustav Holst is one of the best-loved twentieth-century pieces by a British composer. Ken Russell has taken a brilliant performance of this work, with Eugene Ormandy conducting The Philadelphia Orchestra, and illustrated The Planets with passages from a mass of documentary material.

Russell’s work in film and television has been dazzling and controversial, though often full of charm and insights. His feature film credits include The Music Lovers, Women in Love, Mahler, The Devils, Savage Messiah, Lisztomania, Valentino and Tommy.

In this film from 1983 he presents his visual interpretation of Holst’s music. Written in seven movements, each describes the character of a planet: Mars – forceful and assertive; Venus – love of all things beautiful; Mercury – eloquent; Jupiter – buoyant and hopeful; Saturn – enduring; Uranus – eccentric and unexpected; and Neptune – subtle and mysterious.

Russell’s view of The Planets is provocative, stimulating, inventive, entertaining and wonderfully watchable, with “images that are beautiful, frightful and imaginative” (Daily Mail).

Special Feature: Introduced by Melvyn Bragg

Sound Format: PCM Stereo

Picture Format: 4:3 (pillarbox)

Blu-ray Disc 25 GB (Single Layer)

Resolution: 1080i High Definition (Upscale)

Running time: 53 mins

FSK: 12

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The Story of Stravinsky's Le Sacre du printemps

The Story of Stravinsky's Le Sacre du printemps

A Film by Peter Rump


Stravinsky:

The Rite of Spring


First release on Blu-ray.

With Valery Gergiev and Igor Stravinsky.

Featuring: Pierre Boulez, Alexander Toradze and others.

This programme records the meeting of two Russian musical giants, as Valery Gergiev, the most charismatic and dynamic conductor of our day, rehearses, performs and discusses Igor Stravinsky’s Le Sacre du printemps, a masterpiece of the twentieth-century. This visceral music is close to the maestro’s heart. He not only talks about its history and demonstrates what makes it such an innovative, inspiring and exhilarating composition, but also explains his special affi nity with this work from Stravinsky’s “Russian period”.

The theme of the Sacre is the primitive peasants’ appeasement of the new year deity that presides over earthly fertility and man’s survival. Stravinsky’s reiterated rhythms, harsh, massive blocks of harmony and dour, menacing scraps of basic melodic material evoke the first spring thaw for primitive man. The piece was written as ballet music, commissioned by Diaghilev and choreographed by Nijinsky for the Ballets Russes. The première of the Sacre ballet caused such a scandal that 29th May 1913 has gone down as the most notorious night in dance history. This programme includes extracts from a 1970s Joffrey Ballet production of the Sacre, which used Nijinsky’s choreography and reconstructions of the original set and costume designs.

Among a wide range of archive material used in the programme is a rare clip of Igor Stravinsky conducting the Sacre, as well as footage of the composer talking about his composition and recalling his reaction to the audience’s loud disapproval of the piece at is première – “I said, ‘Go to Hell!’”

Sound Format: PCM Stereo

Picture Format: 4:3

Audio Languages: GB, DE

Subtitles: FR

Blu-ray Disc 25 GB (Single Layer)

Resolution: 1080i High Definition (Upscale)

Running time: 57 mins

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Jardi Tancat

Jardi Tancat

with a documentary by Jellie Dekker


Nacho Duato is a dancer and choreographer of international stature. The ballets he has created have been internationally recognised as the work of an extremely talented choreographer. His career began when Jirí Kylián hired him for the Nederlands Dans Theater as a dancer and, later, choreographer in 1981.

Jardi Tancat was his first ballet. Produced for the junior group of the Nederlands Dans Theater, it caused a great stir when it took the first prize in the 1984 International Competition for Young Choreographers in Cologne and has since been performed with great success by the Nederlands Dans Theater.

Jardi Tancat, or The Closed Garden, is based on the lyrics of centuries-old Catalan folk songs, set to music and sung by the Spanish singer Maria del Mar Bonnet. The songs tell of the hardships endured by the Spanish farmers who work the arid land and who wait for rain which does not fall: “Water, we have asked for water, and You, oh Lord, You gave us wind and You turn Your back on us and do not hear us”.

Duato has created a ballet full of strength, poetry and beauty, danced by three couples who continue to sow, plant, reap and thresh in proud defiance of their barren surroundings, refusing to accept defeat. The work is full of dynamic movement and expression.

In an Introductory Film, Nacho Duato talks about his life and work and the inspiration he finds in the Spanish countryside and the culture of his homeland. He was filmed in Spain, staging Jardi Tancat during a Nederlands Dans Theater tour, and also in the NDT studio, during rehearsals for Jirí Kylián’s 'L’Histoire du soldat', in which he dances the central role. He is also seen working on his own ballet 'Dreams of Ether'.

Sound Format: PCM Stereo

Subtitles: GB, FR, DE

Picture Format: 4:3

Blu-ray Disc 25GB (Single Layer)

Resolution: 1080i High Definition (Upscale)

Running Time: 58 mins

FSK: 0

Region Code: Worldwide

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Henryk Górecki: The Symphony of Sorrowful Songs

Henryk Górecki: The Symphony of Sorrowful Songs

A Film by Tony Palmer


Gorecki:

Symphony No. 3, Op. 36 'Symphony of Sorrowful Songs'


In the darkest days of the Solidarity Movement, when military rule almost destroyed democracy in Poland, the music of Henryk Górecki was the most eloquent voice of protest, a rallying cry for the oppressed, a symbol of hope. It is probably this reason which accounts for his music’s incredible popularity in what was Eastern Europe. Furtherafield, his “Third Symphony” has been a musical sensation. It was in September 1992 that the recording by the London Sinfonietta, conducted by David Zinman, with Dawn Upshaw as the solo soprano, began to enter the public’s consciousness. The symphony surged up the music charts to reach the No. 1 spot in the classical album list and, quite incredibly, reached No. 6 in the popular album chart as well. Górecki wrote the symphony in 1976 at a time when he was a ‘nonperson’ in the political sense and his music was banned in his native Katowice, some twenty minutes from Auschwitz. In 1970 he found a book about the German occupation. In the footnotes there was an example of the different messages scratched on the walls of the prison and he found one particular message from a young girl. Her words were very simple, “Mama, don’t cry.” It was these words which inspired the “Symphony of Sorrowful Songs”. This emotional, disturbing and powerful film by the award-winning director Tony Palmer includes a performance of the “Third Symphony” by The London Sinfonietta, Dawn Upshaw and David Zinman.

Sound Format: PCM Stereo

Picture Format: 4:3

Subtitles: GB, DE, FR, JP, KOR

Audio Language: PL, DE

Blu-ray Disc 25 GB (Single Layer)

Resolution: 1080i High Defi nition (Upscale)

Running Time: 53 mins + 60 mins (Bonus)

FSK: 12

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Klassik und Kalter Krieg

Klassik und Kalter Krieg

A film by Thomas Zintl


In 1945, after the war had ended, the world split into East and West in political terms. The frontier between the two blocks cut straight through Germany and quickly became a dividing line between contrasting cultural systems. In the Soviet occupation zone, major opera houses and concert halls rose again from the ruins and long-established orchestras and choirs were revived. Once the GDR had been founded, the Socialist Unity Party took over responsibility for cultural affairs and quickly developed the idea of a nation of cultureloving working people in deliberate contrast to their portrayal of “Americanized, western capitalists softened by endless consumption“.

Together with sport, classical music was used to advertise the merits of the GDR. Like all other areas of art it was instrumentalized for ideological purposes, and its protagonists – provided they displayed the necessary talent and were not regarded with suspicion by the state security service – often enjoyed extraordinary privileges. This combination of art and dictatorship created an environment in which music-making of world quality was able to flourish. Through case studies of individuals who lived under the system, the documentary explores the fates of both the privileged and the non-privileged, and delivers insight into the influence of the political system on artistic life.

The film includes interviews with contemporary witnesses both from the GDR and the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG).

Featuring artists and contemporary witnesses such as Helmut Schmidt, Peter Schreier, Kurt Masur, Theo Adam, Otmar Suitner, Jochen Kowalski, Christine Mielitz, Siegfried Matthus, Walter Felsenstein and many more.

Sound Formats: PCM Stereo

Picture Format: 16:9

Original Language: DE

Subtitles: IT, GB, FR, ES

Blu-ray Disc 25 GB (Single Layer)

Resolution: 1080i High Definition

Running Time: 52 mins

FSK: 0

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