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San Francisco Symphony at 100

San Francisco Symphony at 100


Adams, J:

Short Ride in a Fast Machine

Britten:

The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, Op. 34

Copland:

Billy the Kid - Suite

Mendelssohn:

Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64

Itzhak Perlman (violin)


‘San Francisco Symphony at 100’ celebrates the orchestra’s centenary in style.

With Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas at the helm and featuring violinist Itzhak Perlman, the DVD also includes vignettes documenting the orchestra's origins and its first 100 years.

San Francisco Symphony at 100 documents the glorious festivities of the orchestra’s centenary year, celebrated at the orchestra’s extravagant 2011-12 season opening night gala concert. With Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas at the helm, the evening symbolised the orchestra’s heritage, its importance in the life of the city as well as the American and international musical landscape, and highlighted supreme American musicians as well as the virtuosic members of the orchestra. The programme opens and closes with two American compositional giants - Aaron Copland and John Adams. The great violinist Itzhak Perlman unleashes his virtuosity on Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto and the orchestra members shine in Britten’s Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra.

Interspersed are documentary vignettes - hosted by Amy Tan (author of the famed Joy Luck Club) - tracing the history of the Symphony which like a phoenix rose out of the ashes of the city’s devastating earthquake in 1906, revitalised San Francisco’s cultural life and quickly set the orchestra on the world’s musical stage.

Special Features

Documentary vignettes tracing the San Francisco Symphony’s history. Narrated by Amy Tan. Produced by Janette Gitler.

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Region: Region free

Rating: E (Exempt)

Picture Format: NTSC

Run time: 2:26:30

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SFS Media - SFS0057

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Silvesterkonzert: New Year's Eve Concert 2008

Silvesterkonzert: New Year's Eve Concert 2008


Adams, J:

Short Ride in a Fast Machine

Barber:

Adagio for Strings, Op. 11

Copland:

The Boatmen's Dance

The Dodger

Long Time Ago

Simple Gifts (from Old American Songs, Set I)

I Bought me a Cat

Gershwin:

Cuban Overture

Summertime (from Porgy and Bess)

Bess, you is my woman now (from Porgy and Bess)

An American in Paris, tone poem

Kern:

Ol' Man River (from Showboat)

Sousa:

The Liberty Bell


Pauline Malefane (soprano), Thomas Quasthoff (bass-baritone)

Berliner Philharmoniker, Sir Simon Rattle

The 2008 New Year’s Eve gala from Berlin features the Berliner Philharmoniker under the baton or Sir Simon Rattle, plus world-class singers Thomas Quasthoff and Pauline Malefane in an outstanding all-American program ranging from Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess” and “An American in Paris” to Copland’s “Old American Songs”.

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EuroArts - 8024257394

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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

Region code All regions

Video codec: AVC/MPEG-4

Disc size: BD50

Picture format 1080i High Definition / 16:9

Sound format 2.0 & 5.1 PCM

Menu language EN

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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Opus Arte - OABD7054D

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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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Medici Arts - 2056734

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Herbert Blomstedt 85th Anniversary Edition

Herbert Blomstedt 85th Anniversary Edition


Bach, J S:

Toccata & Fugue in D minor, BWV565

Recorded live at Nicolai Church, Leipzig, October 1999

Jürgen Wolf (organ)

Motet BWV228 'Fürchte dich nicht'

Recorded live at Nicolai Church, Leipzig, October 1999

GewandhausKammerchor & Thomaner Chor Leipzig

Partita for solo violin No. 2 in D minor, BWV1004: Chaconne

Recorded live at Nicolai Church, Leipzig, October 1999

Victoria Mullova (violin)

Mass in B minor, BWV232

Recorded live at St Thomas’s Church, Leipzig, May 2005

Ruth Ziesak (soprano), Anna Larsson (alto), Christoph Genz (tenor) & Dietrich Henschel (bass)

GewandhausKammerchor & Gewandhausorchester Leipzig

Mass in B minor, BWV232: Dona Nobis Pacem

Recorded live at Nicolai Church, Leipzig, October 1999

GewandhausKammerchor & Thomaner Chor Leipzig

Beethoven:

Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67

Recorded live at Nicolai Church, Leipzig, October 1999

Mendelssohn:

Elias Op. 70: Hore Israel (aria), Furchte Dich Nicht (chorus)

Recorded live at Nicolai Church, Leipzig, October 1999

GewandhausKammerchor & Thomaner Chor Leipzig


With this recording, Herbert Blomstedt pays homage to Bach and the city of Leipzig. One part of the Blu-ray Disc was recorded in 2005 at the Leipzig Bach Festival, which is widely regarded as the world’s leading festival celebrating Johann Sebastian Bach.

This concert of Bach’s masterwork, written at the end of his tenure as the 18th Gewandhauskapellmeister did not really mark the end of Blomstedt’s fruitful collaboration with the traditional orchestra. The Swedish conductor will continue to act as an honorary musical director to the ensemble. Performed with leading Bach singers at St. Thomas’ Church, Leipzig, the church for which Bach conceived his works, this homage to Bach was a touching farewell to Herbert Blomstedt from his Leipzig audience. J.S. Bach's Mass in B minor is one of the greatest and most famous works of sacred music.

The other part of the Blu-ray Disc was recorded at the 9th October Memorial Concert of the Gewandhaus Orchestra and the Thomanerchores. These began with the "Monday demonstration" of 9 October 1989, just one month before the fall of the Berlin wall.

Bonus: Bach and his B minor Mass – An introduction by Herbert Blomstedt.

Picture format: 1080i - 16:9

Sound formats: PCM Stereo • DTS-HD Master Audio

Region code: All (worldwide)

Subtitles: English, German, Dutch (Documentary)

English, German, French, Latin (Mass in B minor)

Booklet Notes: English, German, French

Running Time: 195 mins, plus Bonus 21 mins

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EuroArts - 2059234

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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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C Major - 737704

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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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EuroArts - 2059094

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Europakonzert 2003 from Lisbon

Europakonzert 2003 from Lisbon


Bartók:

Concerto for Orchestra, BB 123, Sz.116

Debussy:

Trois Nocturnes: Fêtes

Mozart:

Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K466

Maria João Pires (piano)

Ravel:

Le Tombeau de Couperin


The founding of the Berliner Philharmoniker on the 1st May in 1882 is annually celebrated with a concert in a European city of cultural significance.

As has been done every year since 1991, in 2003 the Berliner Philharmoniker commemorated their founding by performing at the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos, the former Hieronymite monastery in the vicinity of Lisbon.

This performance features great artists, such as pianist Maria João Pires, who is known as one of the greatest Mozart interpreters of our time, and is joined by maestro Pierre Boulez.

The repertoire includes pieces by meaningful composers such as Maurice Ravel, Béla Bartók, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Claude Debussy.

Picture format: 1080i Full HD – 16:9

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

Region code: All (worldwide)

Subtitles: English, German, French

Booklet notes: English, German, French

Running time: 120 mins

German FSK: 0

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EuroArts Europakonzert - 2053074

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Salzburg Opening Concert 2008 with Boulez & Barenboim

Salzburg Opening Concert 2008 with Boulez & Barenboim


Bartók:

Piano Concerto No. 1, BB 91, Sz. 83

Daniel Barenboim (piano)

Ravel:

Valses nobles et sentimentales

Stravinsky:

The Firebird


With Pierre Boulez, Daniel Barenboim and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra you are assured of a concert of superlatives.

Running Time: 90 minutes

Picture: 1080i, 16:9, color

Sound: PCM Stereo, dts-HD MA 5.1

Booklet: English, German, French

Available: worldwide excl. Italy

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C Major Salzburg Festival Opening Concerts - 729104

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Solti Centenary Concert

Solti Centenary Concert

Live recording from Symphony Center, Chicago, 2012


Bartók:

Concerto for Orchestra, BB 123, Sz.116

Mahler:

Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor - Adagietto

Mozart:

In diesen heil'gen Hallen (from Die Zauberflöte)

Le nozze di Figaro, K492: Overture

La ci darem la mano (from Don Giovanni)

Sousa:

The Stars and Stripes Forever

encore

Strauss, R:

Don Juan, Op. 20

Verdi:

Addio del passato (from La Traviata)

Bella figlia dell'amore (from Rigoletto)


Angela Gheorghiu (soprano), René Pape (bass), Tereza Gevorgyan (soprano), Matilda Paulsson (mezzo-soprano), Roberto Gòmez-Ortiz (tenor) & Ross Ramgobin (baritone)

Members of the Georg Solti Accademia & World Orchestra for Peace, Valery Gergiev

Hosted by Valerie Solti

The Solti Centenary Concert in Chicago celebrated Sir Georg Solti’s 100th birthday on October 21, 2012, featuring the World Orchestra for Peace. This unique ensemble owes its existence to the vision of its founder, Sir Georg Solti, who believed passionately in peace and the power of music and musicians to be ambassadors for peace.

Charmingly hosted by Solti’s widow, Lady Valerie Solti, and featuring soloists such as Angela Gheorghiu and René Pape as well as members of the Georg Solti Accademia, this memorable evening presents musical highlights, all of which played a significant role in Solti’s life and career.

Besides excerpts from Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, Die Zauberflöte and Don Giovanni or Verdi’s La Traviata and Rigoletto, this concert finds lovely musical moments in the 'Adagietto' from Mahler’s Fifth Symphony, Strauss’ Don Juan and Bartók’s masterful Concerto for Orchestra. Sousa’s Stars and Stripes Forever as the encore closes the performance with a smash.

Conductor Valery Gergiev was a good friend of his advisor Georg Solti. Together with Lady Valerie Solti and the World Orchestra for Peace he carries on Solti’s vision and maintains his memory.

Special Bonus Feature: “Solti’s Vision”, a film about the World Orchestra for Peace

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

Picture Format: 16:9, 1080i FULL HD

Subtitle Languages: DE, FR / DE (Bonus)

Running Time: 112 mins + 21 mins (Bonus)

FSK: 0

Worldwide available

“In one sense, this is as much a record of an occasion as of a concert, though the music-making is top class throughout...the high point here is probably the quartet from Rigoletto...quite a nice package, nicely captured and presented.” BBC Music Magazine, July 2013 ****

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Arthaus Musik - 108073

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