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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.

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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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How To Build An Orchestra

How To Build An Orchestra

Music documentary directed by Sheila Hayman


Ruth Rogers (violin)

Chipping Campden Festival Academy Orchestra

How To Build An Orchestra, directed by BAFTA award winner Sheila Hayman, is a unique record of all the musical and human effort and understanding that lie behind every orchestral concert.

Once a year, the little English country town of Chipping Campden is invaded by top classical musicians - and by music students from all over the world. They’re there for the Chipping Campden Music Festival. The students are there to learn how to work together to make something bigger than the sum of its parts: a symphony orchestra. This film tells the story of how that orchestra is built, from the ten piccolo players auditioning for one part, to the conductor’s hours of preparation and the soloist’s juggling of practice with domestic chores.

In this unique orchestra, every student sits beside a professional with many years’ experience. The students learn to blend their sound, breathe with their partners, and the social skills they’ll need to get hired as a freelance. The professionals feed off the excitement and enthusiasm of the students, and enjoy a rare chance to bring their kids to work.

The local residents of Chipping Campden open their homes, man the ticket desks, bake cakes for the tea breaks, and teach their Spanish and Chinese lodgers how to lay a proper English supper table.

The first Chipping Campden Music Festival was held in 2002, since when it has grown in stature and size year on year. It is now widely recognised as one of the UK’s leading festivals with visitors coming from Europe, America and Australia, as well as from all over the UK. The venue has become a favourite with many of the world’s finest musicians who all look forward to returning to this most beautiful of all the Cotswold towns.

PAL

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WIDESCREEN 19:9

ENGLISH LANGUAGE

47 MINUTES

NO SUBTITLES

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Chipping Campden International Music Festival - CCMF004

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Herbert Blomstedt conducts the Danish National Symphony Orchestra

Herbert Blomstedt conducts the Danish National Symphony Orchestra


Bruckner:

Symphony No. 7 in E Major

edited by L. Nowak, 1954

Schubert:

Symphony No. 8 in B minor, D759 'Unfinished'


The special chemistry between the Swedish conductor Herbert Blomstedt and the Danish National Symphony Orchestra stems from one of the most outstanding artistic partnerships in the music life of Scandinavia. Blomstedt was the very first chief conductor of the Danish orchestra and is today its honorary conductor – and the partnership is now in its seventh decade!

This DVD celebrates Herbert Blomstedt’s profound insight into the symphonic worlds of Franz Schubert and Anton Bruckner, unfolding in Denmark’s historic Roskilde Cathedral. Blomstedt’s dream of conducting in this dazzling acoustic came true at a memorable concert in 2007, now made available for fans of the Swedish conductor and his Danish orchestra to enjoy worldwide.

This DVD is released to celebrate Herbert Blomstedt’s reception of the prestigious Léonie Sonnings Music Prize 2016. Included is also a rare 80-minute interview with Blomstedt.

Bonus material: Interview – Herbert Blomstedt in a conservation with John Fellow

Bonus material: Interview with Herbert Blomstedt (English, German and Danish subtitles)

Menu language: English

Booklet notes: in English, German and Danish

Sound formats: Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1

Running time: 187 min.

DVD 9 / NTSC / 16:9 / Region code: 0

Recorded in High Definition

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Dacapo - 2110416

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Revueltas: Redes Suite

Revueltas: Redes Suite


PostClassical Ensemble, Angel Gil-Ordóñez

An iconic product of the Mexican Revolution, Redes (1935) combines the talents of a master composer, Silvestre Revueltas, and a master cinematographer, Paul Strand. Its marriage of music and the moving image attains heights of epic grandeur. The co-directors are Fred Zinnemann (en route to Hollywood) and Emilio Gómez Muriel. Because dialogue rarely overlaps music, it is possible to re-record Revueltas’s galvanizing score and discover musical riches inaudible on the original monaural soundtrack. As the Redes concert suites by Revueltas and Erich Kleiber omit much, the present DVD is the world première recording of Revueltas’s full score, one of the highest achievements in the history of film music.

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Naxos - 2110372

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Yehudi Menuhin: The Long Lost Gstaad Tapes

Yehudi Menuhin: The Long Lost Gstaad Tapes


Bach, J S:

Partita for solo violin No. 3 in E major, BWV1006

Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor, BWV1041

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

Vivaldi:

Concerto for 3 violins in F major, RV 551

Concerto for 2 Violins in C minor, RV510


Probably no other violinist has a larger discography than Yehudi Menuhin. Yet we would be mistaken in imagining the recording industry fulfilled his every wish - which might explain why the artist produced this recording at his own expense. Surely Menuhin's intention was not only to document the happy years in Gstaad: he was aware that in 1976 he was at the height of his powers. The Saanen church proved the ideal setting, both optically and acoustically. Once again, Yehudi Menuhin comes across as a unique and charismatic violinist, producing a historical milestone in pictures and sound, and rendering any discussion of period performance practice superfluous. Not only do we experience the overwhelming architecture of Johann Sebastian Bach's creations, but also music characterised by passion and virtuosity, and inspired by Yehudi Menuhin's unique humanitarian message.

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Mariss Jansons conducts Dvorak & Mussorgsky

Mariss Jansons conducts Dvorak & Mussorgsky


Dvorak:

Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95 'From the New World'

Mussorgsky:

Pictures at an Exhibition


"What I compose is and always remains Czech music," asserted Antonín Dvorák, and we – the audiences who've been enraptured with the Ninth since its world premiere at New York's Carnegie Hall on 15 December 1893 – are all the richer for it. After a fleeting nod to Negro Spirituals and vaguely Native American rhythms, Dvorák dug into his seemingly bottomless reserve of catchy melodies, foot-tapping rhythms, burnished brass intonations, mellow woodwind lines and other Bohemian traits that would be unthinkable without the pillars of Austro-Germanic music.

"I simply wrote down themes of my own invention and gave them elements typical of the music of the Negroes and Indians. I then used these themes as subjects, developing them with all the resources of rhythm, harmony and counterpoint, and with all the colors of the modern orchestra," the composer once said. Interestingly, the galley proofs of the work were corrected by none other than Johannes Brahms.

Of course, the work would most probably never have been written if it hadn't been for a patron, or patroness, to be more precise, Jeanette Thurber, who founded the National Conservatory of Music of America and invited the composer to New York in the hope that he would give birth to a national American music; he had, after all, created a national Czech music.

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Goya: Visions of Flesh and Blood

Goya: Visions of Flesh and Blood


Francisco Goya is considered to be the father of modern art. A brilliant observer of everyday life and Spain’s troubled past; a gifted portrait painter; and a social commentator par excellence, Goya took the genre of portraiture to new heights. Royals, aristocrats, politicians and friends were subjected to his highly modern approach capturing subtle expressions and gestures.

Goya’s vision and technical brilliance rank him among the greatest of painters. With stunning location footage; an exposition of Goya’s revealing letters and an exploration of his greatest work, this film builds a fascinating portrait of the painter and his colourful world.

Filmed and directed by David Bickerstaff

Duration: 90’

Format: Region All/ 0

Aspect ratio: 16.9 Widescreen

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Seventh Art Exhibition On Screen - SEV190

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Schubert: String Quartets Volume 1

Schubert: String Quartets Volume 1

Live in Barcelona


Schubert:

String Quartet No. 7 in D major, D94

String Quartet No. 5 in B flat major, D68

String Quartet No. 14 in D minor, D810 'Death and the Maiden'


Schubert’s ‘Death and the Maiden’ Quartet is now available on Blu-Ray, DVD and HD video to download. The concert includes the early quartets in D Major D74 and B-flat Major D68 as well as the monumental ‘Death and the Maiden’ D810, and it’s the first release of the Cuarteto Casals’ five disc set of live performances of the complete quartets of Franz Schubert.

The physical edition includes a 24-page book with liner notes by William Kinderman, plus the concert in three different video formats: Blu-ray, DVD and HD Digital Video (MOV) to download with a voucher code.

Recorded with ten camera angles in HD plus surround sound at 24bit 96 kHz, the live video was produced in five extraordinary concerts in the autumn of 2013, co-produced by Neu Records and L’Auditori de Barcelona. Video direction by Igor Cortadellas.

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Linkola: Robin Hood

Linkola: Robin Hood


Ville Rusanen (Robin Hood), Mari Palo (Marian), Matti Salminen (Sheriff), Päivi Nisula (Sheriff’s Mother), Jyrki Anttila (Gisborne), Melis Jaatinen (Jamila), Niall Chorell (Will Scarlet), Koit Soasepp (Little John), Aki Alamikkotervo (Friar Tuck), Hannu Forsberg (Much the Miller), Anna-Lisa Jakobsson (Much’s Wife) & Olavi Niemi (Young Richard)

Finnish National Opera, Mikko Franck

Mikko Franck leads the Finnish National Opera in this performance of Jukka Linkola's opera, featuring performances by Mari Palo, Ville Rasanen, Matti Salminen and Jyrki Anttila.

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Tony Britten – Draw on Sweet Night

Tony Britten – Draw on Sweet Night


Mark Arends (John Wilbye), Doon Mackichan (Lady Elizabeth Kytson), Ania Sowinski (Ann Sixye), Sophia Di Martino (Lady Mary Darcy), Milanka Brooks (Lady Arbella Stuart), Christian McKay (George Kirbye) & Nicky Henson (Sir Thomas Kytson)

I Fagiolini, Robert Hollingworth

‘Draw on Sweet Night’ is a film drama by Tony Britten about John Wilbye, considered to be the greatest of the Elizabethan madrigalist composers and starring Mark Arends as Wilbye. A collaboration with the internationally renowned vocal group I Fagiolini (directed by Robert Hollingworth), this sumptuously photographed film is a feast for movie fans and music lovers alike.

The Elizabethan era saw a glorious flowering of English musical and literary creativity, the like of which has never quite been replicated by any other generation. At the heart of all the musical activity, English composers were lapping up the work of the Italian madrigal school and whilst the great William Byrd supped briefly before moving resolutely back to the church, others such as Thomas Morley, Thomas Weelkes and John Wilbye gorged themselves in the alliance of poetry with single voice contrapuntal ensemble writing. Wilbye, more than anyone, seemed to be able to compose music that is almost tactile in its sensuousness – music that in many ways sounds modern and timeless.

Whilst we know something of Wilbye’s day-to-day life as a musical servant of the Kytson family at Hengrave Hall, we know nothing of his love life. But it is surely inconceivable that someone who wrote with such passion did not express that passion in more physical ways. That at least is composer and filmmaker Tony Britten’s conceit and in following this thread he has allied his modern score with Wilbye’s glorious music to underpin some beautiful performances from an exceptional cast.

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