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The Menuhin Century - Yehudi & Hephzibah Menuhin

The Menuhin Century - Yehudi & Hephzibah Menuhin


Bartók:

Contrasts for violin, clarinet & piano, BB 116, Sz. 111

Thea King (clairnet) & Jeremy Menuhin (piano)

Violin Sonata No. 1, BB 84, Sz. 75

Hephzibah Menuhin (piano)

Enescu:

Violin Sonata No. 3 in A minor, Op. 25 'dans le caractère populaire roumain': Moderato malinconico

Hephzibah Menuhin (piano)

Mendelssohn:

Variations sérieuses in D minor Op. 54

Hephzibah Menuhin (piano)

Mozart:

Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major, K216


Featuring great performances of Yehudi and Hephzibah Menuhin this DVD is dedicated not only to one of the most outstanding violinist of the 20th Century, Yehudi Menuhin, but also to his congenial partner on the piano, his sister Hephzibah. The complete mutual understanding that existed between Yehudi and Hephzibah is evident in the manner in which the two siblings communicated. Two further recordings are presented: the 1967 recording of Mozart’s Violin Concerto K216 and Bartók’s Contrasts, played by Menuhin, the clarinetist Thea King and his son Jeremy on the piano.

Featuring great performances of Yehudi Menuhin and his congenial sister Hephzibah Menuhin.

Brilliant performances of Bartók and Enesco by Yehudi and Hephzibah Menuhin.

Hephzibah playing Mendelssohn’s Variations sérieuses – a truly outstanding pianist.

Yehudi Menuhin conducting and performing Mozart’s Violin Concerto K216.

A performance of Bartók’s Contrasts with Menuhin’s son, 21-year-old Jeremy Menuhin

Important anniversary: Yehudi Menuhin – 100th birthday: 22 April 2016

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EuroArts The Menuhin Century - 8024275398

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Salzburg Festival – Overture Spirituelle

Salzburg Festival – Overture Spirituelle


Haydn:

The Seasons

Mozart:

Missa Longa in C major K262

Litaniae de venerabili altaris sacramento, K243


This DVD Box presents two of the concert highlights of the Salzburg Festival, conducted by Nikolaus Harnoncourt, with outstanding soloists.

2 DVD / Amaery Case with slipcase

16:9 – NTSC

PCM Stereo, DD 5.0, DTS 5.0

Running time: 223 minutes Concerts, 25 minutes Documentary

Language: DE

Subtitles: EN, DE, FR

Production years: 2012, 2013

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EuroArts - 8024272962

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Looking for Cole

Looking for Cole

A portrait on the great American composer Cole Porter


A film by Wilfried Van den Brande

Porter expert Wilfried Van den Brande travels in the footsteps of the great American composer bringing to life Porter’s work and biography along the way. With Wilfried Van den Brande, Kim Criswell, Wayne Marshall, the WDR Funkhaus Orchester and the Brussels Philharmonic.

Cole Porter is one of the most famous American artists of the past century. Surprisingly, this new film is the first in-depth documentary that gives a unique insight into his life and work. Porter expert Wilfried Van den Brande travels in the Porter’s footsteps and sheds new light on this extraordinary composer.

Wilfried Van den Brande is one of the world's leading experts on the life and work of Cole Porter.

Adding to his already impressive knowledge and insight are numerous other specialists on Porter whom he meets and interviews along the way.

The documentary encompasses Porter's entire life from birth house to deathbed.

But Van den Brande not only illuminates Porter's life - interviews with musicians and musicologists also shed valuable light on Porter's work and its genesis.

Van den Brande himself is a wonderful and experienced entertainer who - appearing in and narrating the film himself - has the ability to be both educational and highly entertaining at the same time.

A must have for any admirer of Porter himself, but also for fans of the unique American jazz and Broadway music tradition.

1 DVD / Amery Case

16:9 – NTSC / PCM Stereo

Running time: 60 minuites

Language: EN / Subtitles: DE, KR

Production years: 2012 – 2015

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EuroArts - 8024261418

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Shostakovich: The War Symphonies

Shostakovich: The War Symphonies

Shostakovich Against Stalin


Shostakovich:

Symphony No. 4 in C minor, Op. 43

Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47

Symphony No. 7 in C major, Op. 60 'Leningrad'

Symphony No. 8 in C minor, Op. 65

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

1. "A Man of his time" 2:36

2. Lady Macbeth Mtsensk 6:13

3. Symphony No. 4 4:32

4. Early Years - Symphony No. 5 6:55

5. The Camps - KGB summons 8:39

6. Siege of Leningrad - Symphony No. 7 15:33

7. Symphony No. 8 6:14

8. Victory - Symphony No. 9 4:01

9. 1948 Congress of Composers 9:18

10. Film Music 3:33

11. Stalin's Death – Conclusion 5:51

12. Credits 2:57


Netherland Radio Philharmonic & Kirov Orchestra, Valery Gergiev

Discover Larry Weinstein’s stirring film Shostakovich against Stalin – The War Symphonies. Described by Shostakovich as his ‘tombstones’, the symphonies 4 to 9 represented the composer’s weapons against Stalin’s tyranny and remain a powerful testimony of Shostakovich’s struggle against oppression. The documentary was shot on location in Moscow and St. Petersburg and brings together archive film material, personal recollections from family, friends and colleagues.

Moving and authentic documentary with lots of archive materials, this is an important document of the Stalin area

The documentary shows the cruelty of the suppression in the Stalin era as well as the cruelty of World War II and the siege of Leningrad

It shows the desperate struggle of Shostakovich to survive in this totalitarian regime.

Interview partners such as Valery Gergiev give a valuable insight into the life of this iconic Russian artist.

With key extracts from the symphonies, conducted by Valery Gergiev.

The film is a testimony of how the arts can and must be a significant weapon against totalitarianism and extremism.

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16:9 – NTSC / PCM Stereo

Running time: 90 mins

Language: Russian (partly English)

Subtitles: English, German, French, Italian, Spanish

Production years: 1997

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EuroArts - 8024261018

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The Menuhin Century - The Violin of the Century

The Menuhin Century - The Violin of the Century


1. Prologue 8:27

2. Roots 7:22

3. The child prodigy 15:37

4. An incomparable career 17:35

5. Hephzibah 12:40

6. Encounters 22:39

7. A wandering violin 12:01

8. The ear that feels the sound 8:58

9. Epilogue: From Yehudi Menuhin to Lord Menuhin 8:26

10. End credits 1:14


Re-released in 2016 on the occasion of Yehudi Menuhin’s centenary, this film is devoted to the artistic heritage of a personality who ranked among the most extraordinary musicians of his time, even as a child. Menuhin was not a mere musician: he was a cosmopolitan, a peacemaker and a true humanist. French filmmaker Bruno Monsaingeon, who filmed this great retrospective, describes his work with Menuhin as follows: “He threw himself into it whole-heartedly, with great sense of humour and overwhelming humanity. This film also shows my heartfelt gratitude for a man who gave such decisive sense to my own existence.”

A grand retrospective by Bruno Monsaingeon, one of the most renowned music documentary filmmakers of our time:

A life in pictures: award-winning documentary in memory of Yehudi Menuhin, produced in 1995.

Richly endowed with a wealth of photographic and audio-visual archive material.

Yehudi Menuhin’s extraordinary career since its very beginnings in his early childhood years, told in his own words.

Important anniversary: Yehudi Menuhin’s centenary: 22 April 2016.

1 DVD softbox, 4 page booklet

4:3 / PCM dual mono

Running time: 115 mins

Languages: FR / EN

Subtitles: FR/D/EN

Production year: 1995

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EuroArts The Menuhin Century - 8024273898

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Martha Argerich & Daniel Barenboim from the Teatro Colón

Martha Argerich & Daniel Barenboim from the Teatro Colón

Piano Duos and Concert


 

El Firulete, Tango

Mores / Taboada (arr. José Carli)

Beethoven:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Major, Op. 15

Bizet:

Carmen Suite No. 1

Mozart:

Sonata for 2 pianos in D major, K448

Le nozze di Figaro, K492: Overture

Ravel:

Alborada del gracioso (Miroirs No. 4)

Rapsodie Espagnole

Pavane pour une infante défunte

Boléro

Schubert:

Variations in A flat major on a original theme, D813

Schumann:

Traumes Wirren (Fantasiestucke, Op. 12 No. 7)

Stravinsky:

The Rite of Spring

version for Piano Duet


For the first time the two musicians performed together in the city of their birth. The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra enthralled their audience at the Teatro Colón. With works by Beethoven, Bizet, Mores, Mozart, Ravel, Schubert, Schumann and Stravinsky . Recorded live at Teatro Cólon in August 2014, directed by Tilo Krause and Gustavo Peduto.

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EuroArts - 8024272818

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Handel: Giulio Cesare in Egitto

Handel: Giulio Cesare in Egitto


Cecilia Bartoli (Cleopatra), Andreas Scholl (Cesare), Philippe Jaroussky (Sesto), Anne Sofie von Otter (Cornelia), Christophe Dumaux (Tolomeo), Ruben Drole (Achilla), Jochen Kowalski (Nireno/a), Peter Kálmán (Curio)

Il Giardino Armonico, Giovanni Antonini; Moshe Leiser, Patrice Caurier (directors)

This “dynamite new production” (Opera Today) of Handel’s Giulio Cesare in Egitto inaugurated Cecilia Bartoli’s first season as Artistic Director of the Salzburg Whitsun Festival in 2012.

“Bartoli’s Dream Start with Dream Voices” wrote the Vienna Kurier of this uproarious Moshe Leiser/Patrice Caurier in which Bartoli heads a hand-picked cast including Andreas Scholl, Philippe Jaroussky and Anne Sofie Von Otter with Il Giardino Armonico conducted by Giovanni Antonini.

“[Andreas Scholl’s] coloratura is note perfect, he phrases recitatives with as much musicianship as arias, and the steadiness and purity of his voice are remarkable.” The Financial Times

“Bartoli remains at her peak. Not only is her coloratura flawless, and her voice as colorful and ravishingly beautiful as ever, but her ability to use her incomparable technique at the service of expression has also deepened with age. As a seductress, Bartoli was irresistible. Teasing out her incomparably agile coloratura runs, she softened high notes to tickle the senses with a mixture of sweetness and delight. When, in the second act, she mounted a missile and diagonally ascended into the heavens, it felt as though she were riding the ultimate pink Cadillac off to her honeymoon rendezvous. And in her final aria, “Da tempeste il legno infranto” when she danced around the stage and adorned herself with strings of lights while flashing the trademark Bartoli smile, it was all one could do to resist running onstage and give her a huge hug.” San Francisco Classical Voice

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Decca - 0743856

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Mahler: Symphony No. 5 & Selected Songs from 'Des Knaben Wunderhorn'

Mahler: Symphony No. 5 & Selected Songs from 'Des Knaben Wunderhorn'

Lucerne Festival In Summer 2015


Mahler:

Symphony No. 5

Rheinlegendchen (Des Knaben Wunderhorn)

Matthias Goerne (baritone)

Wo die schönen Trompeten blasen (Des Knaben Wunderhorn)

Matthias Goerne (baritone)

Das irdische Leben (Des Knaben Wunderhorn)

Matthias Goerne (baritone)

Urlicht (orig. in Des Knaben Wunderhorn)

Matthias Goerne (baritone)

Des Antonius von Padua Fischpredigt (Des Knaben Wunderhorn)

Matthias Goerne (baritone)

Revelge (Des Knaben Wunderhorn)

Matthias Goerne (baritone)

Der Tambourg'sell (Des Knaben Wunderhorn)

Matthias Goerne (baritone)


Andris Nelsons conducted the Lucerne Festival Orchestra for the third time in August 2015, the orchestra’s second summer without founder and guiding spirit Claudio Abbado. The first half of his concert was already a highlight: the baritone Matthias Goerne seemed completely at home in a selection of songs from Des Knaben Wunderhorn. His warm, dark voice allows him to capture the somber and tragic atmosphere of this music like no one else. Its shaded timbre is most perfectly suited to the work’s melancholy and nocturnal moods, where one can directly experience how an artist of this caliber can bring music to the edge of the abyss. The Lucerne Festival Orchestra, renowned for its unique Mahler sound, had last played Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 in the summer of 2004 with Abbado – a flowing, transparent, and ethereal interpretation. Nelsons finds a completely different approach to the work. His Mahler is fiery, expansive, and powerful. In spite of the introductory funeral march, his reading is more positive than tragic, radiating an intense vitality. It is breathtaking to observe the orchestra’s response to Nelsons’s energetic, physical, and emotional conducting style. The relationship between orchestra and conductor is one of giving and taking, nothing else.

Picture Format DVD: NTSC 16:9

Sound Formats DVD: PCM Stereo

Dolby Digital 5.1 DTS 5.1

Region Code: 0 (worldwide)

Running Time: 123:12 min

Disc Format: DVD‐9

Subtitles: German (Original), French, English, Japanese, Korean

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Accentus Music - ACC20354

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Puccini: Turandot

Puccini: Turandot

Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia, Valencia, 2009


Maria Guleghina (Turandot), Marco Berti (Calaf), Alexia Voulgaridou (Liù), Alexander Tsymbalyuk (Timur), Javier Agulló (Altoum), Fabio Previati (Ping), Vincenç Esteve (Pang), Roger Padullés (Pong), Ventseslav Anastasov (Un mandarino)

Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana, Zubin Mehta

STAGED BY: Chen Kaige

Internationally acclaimed Chinese film-maker Chen Kaige (Palme d’Or 1993 for Farewell My Concubine) delivers an opulent staging of the fairy-tale story of Chinese Princess Turandot, who will only marry a prince capable of solving her riddles. With sumptuous costumes and palace sets designed in China, Kaige’s production adds a compellingly authentic accent to Puccini’s exotic orchestral palette. Zubin Mehta and his brilliant Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana offer “genuine fireworks of sound” (Wiener Zeitung), Maria Guleghina triumphs as Turandot.

BONUS: Making of Turandot

SOUND FORMAT DVD: DTS 5.1, PCM Stereo

PICTURE 16:9, HD

SUBTITLES: Italian (original language), English, German, French Spanish // BONUS: English

BOOKLET: English, German, French

TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 156 mins 120’ Opera + 36’ Bonus

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C Major - 750008

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Vivaldi: The Four Seasons (Ballet)

Vivaldi: The Four Seasons (Ballet)


Vivaldi:

The Four Seasons

ballet


Pinchas Zukerman (solo violin), Chan Hon Goh (Spring), Greta Hodgkinson (Summer), Martine Lamy (Autumn), Victoria Bertram (Winter) & Jeremy Ransom (Winter Man)

National Arts Centre Orchestra

A film by Barbara Willis Sweete

Choreographed by James Kudelka with Rex Harrington

This ballet, choreographed by James Kudelka, and set to Vivaldi’s celebrated score, describes the four seasons in a man’s life – from the exuberance of youth in “Spring” to the resignation and compassion of old age in “Winter”.

Kudelka created the central role of this piece using the dramatic force of Rex Harrington, Principal Dancer of the National Ballet of Canada a darkly handsome, intense creature of earth and air

The music is performed by the National Arts Centre Orchestra with conductor Pinchas Zukerman on solo violin.

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