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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

Digital 2.0 Stereo

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

Running time: 104 minutes

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Christopher Nupen Films - A18CND

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Shining Night

Shining Night

A Portrait of Composer Morten Lauridsen


With commentaries by Robert Geary, Paul Mealor, Dana Gioia, Paul Salamunovich, Alex Shapiro, Ola Gjeilo, various

Featuring performances & soundtracks by Volti, Con Anima Chamber Choir, S.F. Choral Society, Aberdeen Choral Society, The Dale Warland Singers, Polyphony & Britten Sinfonia, The Singers/Minnesota Choral Artists


A film by Michael Stillwater

Co-produced by Doris Laesser Stillwater

“Morten Lauridsen reaches into his listeners to brighten what is most ancient, sacred, and beautiful in the human soul, and reveals that it lives within each of us. What we hear in his music is the echo of our own longing– for wonder, for love – embraced and gently, reverently set down in a place of peace. This film does a powerful thing in opening up Lauridsen himself, so that the irresistible connection to and affection for his work becomes even more profoundly personal.” (Tamsin Smith, Social Entrepreneur & Writer)

This film celebrates the life and music of the artist whom musicologist Nick Strimple describes as ‘the only American composer in history who can be called a mystic’. Exploring the relationship of art, nature and spirituality, “Shining Night” reveals the composer

through the lens of his love for silence and solitude together with his passion for music and literature, with commentaries from composers, conductors, singers and friends.

Extras:

56-minute Condensed Version

Additional Commentaries

The Universality of Song

Message to Choral Directors

The ‘Shining Night Collection’

Series Trailer

Theatrical Trailers

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Hänssler - HAEN98046

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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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LOVE in London: James Rhodes

LOVE in London: James Rhodes


Bach, J S:

Keyboard Concerto in D minor (after Marcello), BWV974: Adagio

Chopin:

Piano Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Op. 58 (Finale)

Scherzo No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 31

Grieg:

In the Hall of the Mountain King (from Peer Gynt)

Grieg/Ginsburg

Liszt:

Widmung S566 after Schumann (Liebeslied)

Moore, Dudley:

Beethoven Parody 'And the same to you'

Prokofiev:

Montagues And Capulets (from Romeo and Juliet)

Rachmaninov:

Prelude Op. 3 No. 2 in C sharp minor

Étude-Tableau, Op. 39 No. 5 in E flat minor

Sgambati:

Melodie from Gluck's 'Orfeo ed Euridice'


James Rhodes (piano)

The second release from his new own-label Instrumental Records, the inimitable James Rhodes performs live in an intimate concert recorded live at the Arts Theatre, London.

Caution: Explicit Language

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Signum Instrumental Records - SIGDVD012

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$21.75

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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)

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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 Béziat 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 Langrée

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.

“the film is as much about how our relationship to this most famous opera changes with each encounter as it is about the process by which [Dessay] assumes the central role...Some will accuse Béziat of pretention; but I've yet to see a film that better conveys the extraordinary collective discipline and attentiveness behind a great performance.” BBC Music Magazine, August 2014

“Sivadier’s idea, radical only in the context of grand opera, is to strip down “La Traviata” — just one chandelier! — removing the fusty layers that obscure its emotional truths. Those truths are what he and Ms. Dessay work so hard to get at. If these rehearsals are any evidence, they made excellent headway.” New York Times, 14th May 2013

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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Duration: 52 mins

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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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