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Barbara Hannigan: Concert & Documentary

Barbara Hannigan: Concert & Documentary


Fauré:

Pelléas et Mélisande, Op. 80

Ligeti:

Mysteries of the Macabre

Mozart:

Vado, ma dove? oh Dei!, K583

Un moto di gioia, K579

Misera, dove son? - Ah! non son' io che parlo! K369

Rossini:

La scala di seta Overture


Barbara Hannigan (soprano/conductor)

Mahler Chamber Orchestra

She crosses boundaries and loves to explore new territory.

Barbara Hannigan is one of the most fascinating and multifacetted artistic personalities of our time. She sets new standards as a singer, conductor, and performance artist.

The intimate portrait “I’m a creative animal” takes the viewer into the world of an exceptional musician – a world of both passion and discipline. Her performances possess a breathtaking intensity because of her exquisite vocal technique and virtuosity, musical and theatrical expressivity, and uncompromising engagement. In this concert with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Hannigan both sings and conducts to effortlessly build bridges linking different musical epochs. With a phenomenal performance of Ligeti’s Mysteries of the Macabre, a work for which she is famous, she once again confirms her reputation as the performer of contemporary music – “The audience went wild.” (Neue Zürcher Zeitung)

DOCUMENTARY I’m a creative animal –Barbara Hannigan

A film by Barbara Seiler

Picture Format DVD: NTSC 16:9

Sound Formats DVD: PCM Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1

Region Code: 0 (worldwide)

Running Time Concert: 71:38 min

Running Time Documentary: 51:17 min

Disc Format: DVD‐9

Subtitles Concert: Original (It./Eng.)

Languages Documentary: English, German, French

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Accentus Music - ACC20327

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Daniil Trifonov: The Magics Of Music

Daniil Trifonov: The Magics Of Music

plus The Castelfranco Veneto Recital


The films offer an intimate view of the artist and his hardly-believable gifts which are currently astonishing the world. Daniil Trifonov started to play the piano at the age of five, not because he wanted to play the piano but because he wanted to compose.

That was unusual enough but it was only the beginning of a musical quest which led to his winning both the Tchaikovsky and Rubinstein competitions at the age of 20 — an astonishing feat.

In these two films Trifonov talks revealingly about his musical concerns but his modesty prevents him from saying anything at all about his extraordinary technique, “I am just playing the piano” he says. “There are people doing even more crazy things”.

The films contain a number of performances shot live on stage with cameras unusually close to the artist which adds consideraby to the power of the images. They also present him in conversations which demonstrate his earnestness, his exceptional modesty and his gloriously high intelligence.

In the portrait film Trifonov plays music by Chopin, Ravel and Trifonov himself: part of his first piano Concerto, filmed at the world premiere performance which took place at the Cleveland Institute, in the United States, in April 2014.

In the performance film he plays music by Chopin, Scriabin, Johann Strauss (arranged Trifonov) and Rachmaninov — a performance of the rarely heard Variations on a Theme of Chopin, in the elegant Teatro Accademico in Castelfranco Veneto, near Venice in Italy.

Region: 0 (all regions)

Picture format: 16:9

Sound: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo

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

Running time: 103 Minutes

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Christopher Nupen Films - A19CND

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Andris Nelsons conducts Brahms

Andris Nelsons conducts Brahms

Lucerne Festival in Summer 2014 Opening Concert


Brahms:

Serenade No. 2 in A Major, Op. 16

Alto Rhapsody, Op. 53

Sara Mingardo (alto)

Bavarian Radio Choir

Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73


In 2014, all signs pointed to a new beginning at the Lucerne Festival. For the first time, the festival would take place without the incomparable Claudio Abbado, with the young Latvian Andris Nelsons leading the Lucerne Festival Orchestra. Nelsons had already won the trust and respect of both listeners and performers in a moving memorial concert for Abbado in Lucerne. He is known internationally as one of the most gifted conductors of his generation.

Now he was poised to lead the prestigious festival into a new era – he brilliantly mastered this “greatest challenge” (as he himself called it) of his career. The audience and the musicians responded with heart‐felt gratitude. “He is aware of every single player and carries us on an unbelievable wave of enthusiasm”, according to concertmaster Sebastian Breuninger. Solo violist Wolfram Christ adds, “Nelsons accepts what is inherent in our orchestra and what comes from Abbado; he builds on it and makes it into something new.”

Picture Format DVD: NTSC 16:9

Sound Formats DVD: PCM Stereo

Dolby Digital 5.1 DTS 5.1

Region Code: 0 (worldwide)

Running Time: 109:00 min

Disc Format: DVD‐9

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

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Accentus Music - ACC20325

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Molière / Lully: Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme

Molière / Lully: Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme


Lully:

Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme


Emeline Bayart (Madame Jourdain), Julien Campani (Maître de Musique & Dorante), Manon Combes (Nicole), Bénédicte Guilbert (Dorimène), Leslie Menu Lucile (Garçon tailleur & danseuse), Pascal Rénéric (Monsieur Jourdain), Alexandre Steiger (Maître tailleur & Covielle) & Thibault Vinçon (Maître de danse & Cléonte)

Ensemble Baroque de Limoges, Christophe Coin (musical direction) & Denis Podalydès (stage direction)

Martin Fraudreau: Film-Making

Éric Ruf: Scenography

Christian Lacroix: Costumes

Kaori Ito: Choregraphy

NB: No subtitles

Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme is the sparkling result of the union of the geniuses of Molière and Lully, working together for the pleasure of Louis XIV. Here, Molière is served by Denis Podalydes’s staging, and Lully by Christophe Coin and the Ensemble Baroque de Limoges, with costumes by Christian Lacroix.

This work’s comic force has not aged a bit, and its ability to make text and music coexist remains marvellously intact.

This DVD is an invitation to a ‘total spectacle!'

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Alpha - ALPHA707

(DVD Video)

$33.00

Scheduled for release on 20 April 2015. Order it now and we will deliver it as soon as it is available.

Horizon 6

Horizon 6


Aa:

Violin Concerto

Janine Jansen (violin)

Vladimir Jurowski

Andriessen, L:

Mysteriën (Version No. 1)

(bonus DVD)

Mariss Jansons

Brewaeys:

Symphony No. 6

David Robertson

Along the Shores of Lorn

Otto Tausk

Glanert:

Frenesia

Xian Zhang


With this sixth issue in the Horizon Series, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra once again confirms its commitment to contemporary music. It features a mix of world premieres*, RCO-commissioned** works and other recently written music, opening with house composer Detlev Glanert's expressive 'Frenesia'. Vladimir Jurowski conducts the RCO and Janine Jansen in Michel van der Aa's eclectic Violin Concerto. The Belgian spectralist composer Luc Brewaeys is represented with two works: Symphony No. 6 and 'Along the Shores of Lorn', conducted by David Robertson and Otto Tausk. This SACD comes with a bonus DVD containing the world premiere of Louis Andriessen's 'Mysteriën' (Mysteries), an historic event marking the 125th birthday of the RCO.

Hybrid Multichannel SACD (5.0) + bonus DVD (LPCM 2.0 / DD 5.0 / 16:9 / NTSC) 30:27

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RCO Live Horizon - RCO15001

(SACD + DVD Video - 2 discs)

$16.75

Scheduled for release on 13 April 2015. Order it now and we will deliver it as soon as it is available.

The Precise Music of Galina Ustvolskaya - The Six Piano Sonatas

The Precise Music of Galina Ustvolskaya - The Six Piano Sonatas


Ustvolskaya:

Piano Sonata No. 1

Piano Sonata No. 2

Piano Sonata No. 3

Piano Sonata No. 4

Piano Sonata No. 5

Piano Sonata No. 6


Olga Pashchenko, Xenia Semionova, Alexei Grotz, Elizaveta Miller, Vladimir Ivanov, Alexei Lubimov (piano)

Produced by Alexei Lubimov, A Film by Alexandre Bragé.

Live recording of the concert at the School of Dramatic Arts, Moscow, 7 March 2011

In the period from 1947–1988 Galina Ustvolskaya wrote six piano sonatas. These Sonatas are the laboratory of her spiritual quest: In them there is the combination of the creation of the universe and maximum personal deepening and confessing. Her work recalls discoveries in physics, showing that the macrocosm and microcosm are built to the same laws. Galina Ustvolskaya (1919-2006) spent her life in St Petersburg, where she studied with Shostakovich (declining a marriage proposal from him) and in turn taught composition at the conservatory. She was a reclusive figure whose mature music deals mostly in extremes.The First Sonata is vaguely similar in style to Shostakovich. The first and second movements of this sonata bring to mind Shostakovich's compositions from the 1920s, while the third movement is reminiscent of work he did in the 1970s. But the Second Sonata is different; its musical language is more sacred in nature. At about 18 minutes, the Third Sonata is the longest. In it, Ustvolskaya's style achieves its culmination. The Fourth Sonata is closest in form to a suite. There are echoes of the 12 Preludes (1953). Ustvolskaya wrote the Fifth Sonata in ten sections across a period of nearly thirty years. It has a "theme" running through it which consists of a single sound: that of the first octave. This sound keeps appearing, as if symbolising a kind of centre of the universe or of the keyboard, or of the human and divine spirit. The Sixth Sonata is the last and the shortest. In it, Ustvolskaya introduces new techniques to her music, involving playing the piano using the palms of the hands and the elbows. Alexei Lubimov had the idea for a performance of all of Ustvolskaya's piano sonatas during a single concert while he was studying her music with his students: “A Moscow theatre, the School of Dramatic Art, gave us the use of its unusual ‘Globe Hall’ for this project. The hall is shaped like an octohedron, with three tiers of seating around a central empty space [...]. The acoustics of this cramped space concentrated sounds and carried them upwards. The audience was at the very centre of Ustvolskaya's sound laboratory and was able, quite literally, to be inside the instrument and inside its sound.”

73 min | Stereo | DVD 5 | PAL | 16:9

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Wergo - MV08105

(DVD Video)

$29.00

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Schubert: Winterreise D911

Schubert: Winterreise D911

Arranged for voice and string quartet by Jens Josef


Peter Schreier (tenor)

Dresdner Streichquartett

Peter Schreier turns 80! Farewell to a world career.

Includes bonus DVD with interview.

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Profil Medien - PH14051

(CD + DVD Video - 2 discs)

$29.50

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Carl Fröhlich - Silent Wagner

Carl Fröhlich - Silent Wagner

The Life and Works of Richard Wagner (with Music)


‘The Life and Works of Richard Wagner’, directed by Carl Fröhlich, first released on 20th November 1913, now on DVD complete with the music that would have been heard at its first screenings before the First World War.

It was the first ever ‘bio-pic’, and as such about who else but Wagner? What is extraordinary, however, is that it predates D.W.Griffiths and Birth of a Nation, usually described as the first ‘long silent’, at a time when most ‘silents’ ran for 10 minutes at most. Fröhlich’s film runs for over 80 minutes!

“Finding a good print of this hitherto elusive film took an enormous amount of time (and money!!). Although we knew that the star of the film, Giuseppe Becce, had also composed (actually, more ‘arranged’ the collected works of Beethoven, Mozart and even Wagner himself) a score for full orchestra to accompany the first screenings of this ‘silent film’, locating the manuscript of that score and then having the music especially recorded proved an even bigger problem.

Fröhlich, the director, went on to have a chequered career. A member of the Nazi party from 1933, he was eventually appointed President of the Reichsfilmkammer, the Nazi trade organisation which controlled access to all film activities. At the end of the war he was arrested and, although de-Nazified in 1948, his studio having been badly damaged during the war never resumed production. His films were then confiscated by the Federal Republic !!! Becce, the composer, went on to write the scores for over 60 films, most famously The Cabinet of Dr Caligari and Das Blaue Licht for Leni Riefenstahl. Unlike Fröhlich he survived de-Nazification but died, forgotten, in 1973, aged 96.

No wonder it has taken me an age to get their film to its present state, but well worth the effort I believe. The music track is mad, but for me works wonderfully well with the subject matter, itself mad when you think about it.” Tony Palmer

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Tango

Tango

Café de los Maestros & friends


includes

Gardel:

Por Una Cabeza

Laurenz:

Milonga de mis amores

Maffia:

Taconeando

Piazzólla:

Libertango

Verano Porteño

Jacinto Chiclana


In the golden age of the 1920s and 1930s, the fabled ballroom “El Palacio” in Buenos Aires was home to the day’s legendary tango dancers and musicians, and even today it remains a meeting place for stars of the Argentine tango scene. The great Rodolfo Mederos, the incomparable Juan Carlos Godoy, as well as Astor Piazzolla’s musical partners Teresa Parodi and Fernando Suárez Paz all here take part in this electrifying “Fiesta del Tango”, while on the dance floor celebrated couples present consummate tango performances. This uncommon experience in an authentic atmosphere tells many stories of the tango – stories of longing, passion, and melancholy.

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Girl with a Pearl Earring

Girl with a Pearl Earring

and Other Treasures from the Mauritshuis


Produced by Phil Grabsky

A unique opportunity to behold a remarkable collection of great works from the Mauritshuis ‘The Girl with a Pearl Earring’ by Johannes Vermeer is one of the most enduring paintings in the history of art.

This beautifully filmed documentary goes in pursuit of answers to the unresolved riddles surrounding this extraordinary piece. Holland’s distinguished Mauritshuis, is home to the painting and is a stunning jewel of a gallery.

Enjoying exclusive access, the filmmaker’s main focus is the great masterpieces, all of which offer clues and insights into the meaning behind this enigmatic painting and its mysterious creator, Vermeer.

The gallery’s recent make-over and re-opening is interwoven with extracts from Vermeer’s life story; behind-the-scenes footage, and sequences featuring specially invited guests including curators and art historians.

Duration: 91’

Aspect Ratio: 16:9

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