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Evgeny Kissin: The Gift of Music

Evgeny Kissin: The Gift of Music

plus The Albert Hall Encores


Evgeny Igorevich Kissin was born in Moscow on the 10th of October 1971. He started to play the piano at the age of two, as soon as he was tall enough to reach the keyboard and he has not looked back from that day to this.

His is a very rare story of continued success that has had the simultaneous blessing of critics, the public and musicians alike.

This film by Christopher Nupen, who gave us The Trout, the Jacqueline du Pré films and so many other classics, is a film which shows Kissin in preparation, interview, rehearsal and performance, with several dazzling performances shot live on stage, in true concert conditions.

It also contains all the encores from Kissin’s memorable Promenade concert at the Royal Albert Hall, London, in August, 1997. This was the first Prom in the 103-year history of the celebrated Promenade Concerts to be given by a solo recitalist and it attracted the biggest audience in all of those 103 years; very nearly six thousand people.

The music is by Liszt, Gluck, Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert, Paganini, Kissin himself and Chopin, the composer for whom Kissin feels the closest affinity.

Picture format: 16:9

Sound: Dolby

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Subtitles: French, German, Japanese, Spanish, Traditional Chinese

Running time: 104 minutes

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Christopher Nupen Films - A18CND

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Mahler: Symphony No. 9 in D major

Mahler: Symphony No. 9 in D major


Theodor W. Adorno regarded Mahler’s Symphony No. 9 as “the first work of modern music”. Adorno’s teacher, Alban Berg, saw in it “the expression of a tremendous love for this world, a longing to live in peace and to savor Nature to its depths – before the arrival of Death. For it will inevitably come.” This live recording of the composer’s last completed symphony is part of an ongoing Leipzig cycle of Mahler’s symphonies. It confirms once more the Gewandhaus Orchestra’s reputation as an exemplary ensemble for the performance of Mahler’s music. The highest level of performance culture combined with a sharply contoured, transparent, polished, and detailed manner of playing, plus infectious verve and an unmistakable sound characterized by a darkly golden color – these are qualities responsible for the Gewandhaus Orchestra’s international reputation. Since the time of Bruno Walter, the orchestra has developed over the years a deep understanding of the works of Gustav Mahler, which in their collaboration with Riccardo Chailly has been continued.

BONUS: Riccardo Chailly on Mahler 9 and in conversation with Henry‐Louis de La Grange.

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Accentus Music Riccardo Chailly Mahler Symphony cycle - ACC20299

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Bruckner: Symphony No. 5 in B flat major

Bruckner: Symphony No. 5 in B flat major

Nowak 1951, 3rd revised edition 2005


Nikolaus Harnoncourt first appeared with the Concertgebouw Orchestra in 1975. His interpretations have contributed greatly to its performance tradition of Bach’s 'St Matthew' and 'St John' Passions. Over the years, he steadily expanded his repertoire of Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert to include Schumann, Brahms, Dvorák, Smetana and Bruckner. He was appointed honorary guest conductor of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in October 2000. With the exceptional performance on this DVD, Mr. Harnoncourt bid farewell to the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra after a collaboration spanning 38 years and 276 concerts.

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RCO Live - RCO14103

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Symphonic Wind Band - Highlights WMC 2013

Symphonic Wind Band - Highlights WMC 2013


More than a two-hour compilation of the Concert contests Symphonic Wind Band with the test pieces from the Concert Division and First Division. An overview of the best ranked orchestras, who during three weekends competed for the world title!

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World Wind Music - WWM500190

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Thomas Trotter: A Shropshire Idyll

Thomas Trotter: A Shropshire Idyll


anon.:

Three Dances

Boyce:

Voluntary I

Elgar:

Organ Sonata No. 1 in G major, Op. 28

Handel:

Organ Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, HWV290, Op. 4 No. 2

arr. Thomas Trotter

Nyman:

Fourths, Mostly

Walton:

Crown Imperial

Wesley, S S:

Holsworthy Church Bells

played on the carillon of St Laurence Church


Thomas Trotter (organ)

DVD/CD set

Thomas Trotter, one of the world’s greatest organists, presents a programme of music to mark the 250th anniversary of the organ in St Laurence’s Church, Ludlow – the church where the ashes of A E Housman, writer of A Shropshire Lad, are buried.

A specially-tailored programme to showcase the historic stops by Snetzler, as well as the more recent additions in the 19th and 20th centuries. The performance includes Elgar’s monumental Sonata in G, op 28, and a stunning demonstration of supreme virtuosity in Nyman’s Fourths, Mostly, written for Thomas Trotter. The DVD features a performance video of the programme including footage of the church, Ludlow, and the surrounding countryside, and the music is accompanied by quotations from the works of A E Housman.

In extra features Thomas Trotter talks about the music he performs on the recording, and Shaun Ward, Director of Music at St Laurence’s Church, gives a tour of the organ.

An audio CD of the performance programme is also included.

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Regent - REGDVD002

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Becoming Traviata

Becoming Traviata

A film by Philippe Beziat from Verdi's Opera


Verdi:

La Traviata (excerpts)


Natalie Dessay (Violetta), Charles Castronovo (Alfredo), Ludovic Tézier (Germont), Jean-François Sivadier (director)

London Symphony Orchestra, Louis Langree

An intimate and fascinating documentary that invites you to go behind the curtains of one of the world s greatest operas, Verdi s masterpiece, La Traviata. Director Philippe Béziat offers a rare glimpse into the creative process of renowned singers and musicians as they collaborate to produce a contemporary re-telling of this classic opera at the prestigious Festival d Aix-en-Provence in France.

French theatre/opera director Jean-François Sivadier and celebrated Met Opera soprano Natalie Dessay work side by side to tirelessly craft and mould, with perfect precision, Verdi s heroine, Violetta. Dessay s metamorphosis is truly mesmerising. Other collaborators include the London Symphony Orchestra musicians, under the direction of Louis Langrée, Estonian Philharmonic Choir singers, performers, lighting technicians and set designers who work in unison to bring to life one magnificent artistic expression.

BBC Music Magazine

Opera Choice - August 2014

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Axiom Films - AXM675

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Dvorak - In Love?

Dvorak - In Love?


Dvorak:

Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104


The Cello Concerto by Dvorák is one of the most popular concertos ever written and one of Dvorák's last ever works, but a strange and rather tragic, story lies behind its composition. Renowned director Tony Palmer investigates the story behind the music in the wonderful ‘Dvorák - In Love?’.

In the early 1980s Tony Palmer visited Prague looking for books about Dvorák, at the time Czechoslovakia's most famous composer, surprisingly there were none. In September 1988 he filmed a new recording of the Cello Concerto in Prague, with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by the great Czech maestro Václav Neumann, the soloist was Julian Lloyd-Webber, already making a reputation as one of the leading British cellists of his generation. He went on to explore how this stunning piece of music came to existence.

‘Dvorák - In Love?’ was originally a co-production with Czechoslovak Television, but when

they saw the finished film and its political content, in tears they explained why it could not

be shown in Communist-ruled Czechoslovakia. Two years later the Russians were finally

thrown out and this film was the very first documentary to be shown on the newlyliberated

Czech television.

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Rating: E (exempt)

Duration: 52 mins

Picture Format: NTSC (all regions), 16:9, colour

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Tony Palmer Films - FFDVD8102

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Miss Donnithorne's Maggot & Other Stories Blu-Ray & DVD


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Artist Recording Co. - DVDBRARCD2001

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Aldridge: Parables – An Interfaith Oratorio

Aldridge: Parables – An Interfaith Oratorio

Libretto by Herschel Garfein


Monica Yunus (soprano), Adriana Zabala (mezzo-soprano), Joseph Okell (tenor), Philip Zawisza (baritone)

University of Minnesota Opera Theatre, Univeristy of Minessota Symphony Orchestra, University of Minnesota Choruses & University Singers, Kathy Saltzman Romey (conductor) & David Walsh (stage director)

Robert Aldridge and Herschel Garfein are internationally renowned for their GRAMMY® award-winning opera Elmer Gantry (2007). Their follow-up collaboration, Parables (2010) is a cantata for soloists, a 200-voice choir and 80-piece orchestra. The attack on the World Trade Center in September 2001 haunts its writing but the use of passages from the Torah, New Testament and Koran seeks to bind the major faiths’ commonality, hopeful of healing and reconciliation. In this staged performance young dancers, costumes, and projection emphasize the music’s powerfully theatrical impact.

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Naxos - 2110358

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Hibla Gerzmava: Soprano

Hibla Gerzmava: Soprano


Bellini:

Casta Diva (from Norma)

Norma Overture

Donizetti:

Quanto amore (from L'elisir d'amore)

Regnava nel silenzio...Quando rapito in estasi (from Lucia di Lammermoor)

Mozart:

La clemenza di Tito, K621: Overture

Vesperae Solennes de Confessore, K339: Laudate Dominum

Rossini:

Largo al factotum (from Il barbiere di Siviglia)

Il barbiere di Siviglia Overture

Strauss, R:

Morgen, Op. 27 No. 4

Verdi:

Non so le tetre immagini (from Il Corsaro)

Mia madre aveva...Piangea cantando...Ave Maria (from Otello)


Hibla Gerzmava (soprano), Arsen Sogomonian (baritone)

National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia, Vladimir Spivakov

A strong voice, a bright dramatic gift, a passionate temperament, creative courage and a precise sense of a role – all these virtues are combined by the name of the unique opera singer Hibla Gerzmava, a People’s Artist of Russia and People’s Artist of the Republic of Abkhazia.

Hibla Gerzmava is an opera singer of a world scale, a remarkable actress and versatile musician. In 1994 she graduated from the Moscow Conservatory where she majored in solo singing under professors Irina Maslennikova and Evgenia Arefieva, and completed her post-graduate course under Maslennikova in 1996.

Since 1995 Hibla has been a soloist of the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Music Theatre in Moscow, debuting as Musetta in Puccini’s 'La bohème'. The singer’s entry to the theatre signified the first stellar round of her singing career, in many ways thanks to a fruitful creative partnership with director Alexander Titel. That rare creative union gave the stage of the theatre bright operatic roles, such as Adina in Donizetti’s 'L’elisir d’amore', Musetta and Mimi and Puccini’s 'La bohème', Louisa in Prokofiev’s 'Bethrotal in a Monastery', Rosina in Rossini’s 'Il barbiere di Siviglia', Lyudmila in Glinka’s 'Rusland and Lyudmila' and, of course, a poignant and passionate Violetta in Verdi’s 'La traviata'.

The singer has toured with the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Theatre in Korea, the United States and other countries. Today, the Russian prima donna is a guest star of the state opera houses of Vienna, Paris, Rome and Bavaria, Metropolitan Opera and Royal Opera House in Covent Garden.

Hibla has collaborated with Moscow Virtuosi led by Vladimir Spivakov, the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia and pianist Daniil Kramer’s jazz trio. She has performed with such prominent Russian and foreign musicians and conductors as Lorin Maazel, Antonio Pappano, Marco Armiliato, Ádám Fischer, Vladimir Spivakov, Valery Gergiev, Alexander Rudin, Mikhail Pletnyov, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Vasily Sinaisky and others.

In 2001, for her Lucia in Donizetti’s 'Lucia di Lammermoor', Hibla Gerzmava was awarded the national theatre prize The Golden Mask and Casta Diva as the Best Singer. She is also an owner of the Moscow Prize in the field of literature and arts (2010) and Triumph Award (2011).

The distinguished violinist and conductor Vladimir Spivakov’s versatile talent has been vividly realized in many spheres of social life. In 1979 he co-founded the Moscow Virtuosi chamber orchestra with a group of musicians who shared his views and became its unchallenged artistic director, conductor and soloist. In 2003, Vladimir Spivakov became an artistic director and principal conductor of the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia he created, and the president of the Moscow International House of Music.

On the initiative of Vladimir Spivakov, Hibla Gerzmava performed on October 14, 2013 in Svetlanov Hall of the Moscow International House of Music, accompanied by the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia. Firma Melodiya presents the program of the concert on this DVD, which included both classic and less known Russian overtures, and arias and scenes from operas by Mozart, Rossini, Bellini, Donizetti and Verdi.

Arsen Sogomonian, a soloist of the of the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Music Theatre, prize laureate of the Moscow International Competition 'Romansiada', also took part at the concert.

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Melodiya - MELDVD7002259

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