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Antonin Dvorak (1841-1904)

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Birthday Concert for Pope Benedict XVI

Birthday Concert for Pope Benedict XVI

Live from the Vatican


Dvorak:

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

Mozart:

Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major, K216

Hilary Hahn (violin)


Filmed at the Vatican on 16 April 2007

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Dvorak: Requiem, Op. 89

Dvorak: Requiem, Op. 89

Directed for TV by Franz Kabelka


Gabriela Benacková (soprano), Ida Kirilová (alto), Josef Protschka (tenor) & Ludek Vele (bass)

The Czech Philharmonic Orchestra & The Prague Philharmonic Chorus, Václav Neumann

Recording Date: 1988
Place of recording: Live from the St. Vitus Cathedral, Prague
Running Time: 97 min
Picture Format: 4:3
Sound Format: PCM Stereo

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“A magnificent account of Dvorák's lyrical Requiem, given in the sublime surroundings of St Vitus's Cathedral in Prague, including superb soloists.” BBC Music Magazine, March 2007 *****

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Arthaus Musik - 102063

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Dvorak/Saint Saens: Cello Concertos

Dvorak/Saint Saens: Cello Concertos


Dvorak:

Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104

Saint-Saëns:

Cello Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 33


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Dvorak: Rusalka, Op. 114

Dvorak: Rusalka, Op. 114


Eileen Hannan (Rusalka), Ann Howard (Jezibaba), Rodney Macann (Water-Spirit), John Treleaven (Prince), Phyllis Cannan (Foreign Princess)

Chorus and Orchestra of the English National Opera, Mark Elder, stage direction by David Poutney

Recording Date: 1986
Place of recording: English National Opera
Running Time: 159 min
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Language: GB
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“ENO's classic staging of Dvořák's dark fairy-tale receives a Freudian treatment in Pountney's evocative production. Elder conducts an excellent cast.” BBC Music Magazine, April 2006 ****

“The power-house regime of music director Mark Elder and stage director David Pountney at ENO created many imaginative productions, of which this Rusalka was among the finest. They set the fairytale opera in an Edwardian nursery full of toys, with the Watergnome as Rusalka's grandfather in a wheelchair and the watersprite first seen on a swing with her feet bound together, very much an Alice in Wonderland figure. The Witch is a wicked aunt, sinister in black as she pronounces her curses: when Rusalka chooses human form, she snarls: 'You'll be dumb for evermore!' The concept works well, with suggestions that it is all just a dream. Motivations, characterisation and storyline are clarified and the fantasy is intensified. In the title-role Eilene Hannan, with her clear, bright soprano, sings powerfully, and John Treleaven as the Prince shows no sign of strain, even if he does not cut a very romantic figure. Rodney Macann as the Watergnome tends to steal the show, his dark, incisive bass very characterful. Ann Howard is wonderfully menacing as the Witch, while the fluttering vibrato of Phyllis Cannan as the Foreign Princess adds to the exotic image (in Act 2, when most of the characters are dressed in white, she stands out in a crimson gown). The three Woodsprites are lively, and incidental characters are well taken.
Mark Elder draws warm incisive playing from the orchestra, adding to the dramatic impact and underpinning the moving final scene, when the Prince kisses Rusalka, knowing it will mean his death.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

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Arturo Toscanini - The Television Concerts (1948-52)

Arturo Toscanini - The Television Concerts (1948-52)

Volume Two


Brahms:

Double Concerto for Violin & Cello in A minor, Op. 102

Liebeslieder-Walzer, Op. 52

Hungarian Dance No. 1 in G minor

Dvorak:

Symphonic Variations, Op. 78

Mozart:

Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K550

Wagner:

Tannhäuser: Overture


Mischa Mischakoff (violin), Frank Miller (cello) & Artur Balsam & Joseph Kahn (pianos)

NBC Symphony Orchestra, Arturo Toscanini

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Dvorak: Rusalka, Op. 114

Dvorak: Rusalka, Op. 114


Milada Subrtova (Rusalka), Ivo Zidek (Prince), Eduard Haken (Water Goblin), Alena Mikova (Foreign Princess), Marie Ovcacikova (Jezibaba)

Czech National Theatre Opera Company, directed by Bohumil Zoul

TV film made in 1975 by Czech Television, Prague. In Czech with subtitles in English, French and German

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Philharmonische Bläser playing Chamber Music

Philharmonische Bläser playing Chamber Music


Beethoven:

Octet in E flat major, Op. 103

(for two oboes, two clarinets, two horns and two bassoons)

Dvorak:

Serenade for Winds in D minor, Op. 44

(for winds, cello, and double-bass)


Philharmonische Bläser (Members of the Berliner Philharmoniker)

Recording Date: 1990
Place of recording: Sanssouci, Potsdam
Running Time: 58 min
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Antonín Dvorák - Deo Gratias

Antonín Dvorák - Deo Gratias

a documentary about the famous Czech composer including excerpts from his best known works: violoncello and piano concertos, the Biblical Songs, String Quartet in F major op. 96 (American), Serenade for Strings and Symphony No.9 The New World.


“'Deo Gratias' ('Thanks be to God'), Dvorák's final comment on his life, is an admirably direct and informative documentary, with plenty of illustrations of people and places, complemented by historic film.
The opening, shots of the 1969 moon landing, are a surprise, though we learn that, aptly, the New World Symphony was playing on Neil Armstrong's headphones as he stepped onto the lunar surface. Other points are less surprising but more revealing: reports from Dvorák's first music school were unflattering, for example, and his New York salary as director of the Conservatoire was 30 times higher than what he was getting at home.
The film contrasts the rapturous reception he received in England, and later in the United States, with the relative indifference and even hostility that greeted him in Germany, and covers the composition of key works, giving us an engaging portrait.
It's a pity that the musical items are single movements rather than complete works, but the selection is fair. The New World finale and the first movement of the Cello Concerto, with soloist Gustav Rivinius, are vintage recordings, but the brilliantly played Piano Concerto finale is recent.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

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Essential Ballet

Essential Ballet


Adam:

Le Corsaire: Pas de deux

Grand Pas de Deux from Act II, Giselle

Drigo:

Diana and Actaeon: Pas de deux

Dvorak:

The Leaves Are Fading: Adagio

Gavrilin:

Anyuta

Minkus:

Paquita: Polonaise & Mazurka

Paquita: Grand pas

Don Quixote: Grand pas de deux

Saint-Saëns:

The Dying Swan (Solo)

Stravinsky:

The Firebird: The Firebird and the Prince

Tchaikovsky:

Polonaise (from Eugene Onegin, Op. 24)

Swan Lake: Adagio

Swan Lake: Danse Russe

The Nutcracker: Dance of the Mirlitons

Sleeping Beauty: Pas de deux, Act III


Essential Ballet comprises two contrasting gala performances, showcasing the great Russian principal dancers of our time in excerpts from the most popular ballets. The first was a glittering occasion in 1992 at the Royal Opera, Covent Garden, where the Kirov Ballet and Opera were welcomed back to the West, in the presence of Princess Diana.

The second was an extraordinary open-air gala staged in the same year in Red Square itself, witnessed live by tens of thousands of Russian ballet fans and televised worldwide.

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Frans Helmerson - Dvorak: Cello Concerto

Frans Helmerson - Dvorak: Cello Concerto


Dvorak:

Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104 - 1st movement

Cello Masterclass at the Verbier Festival Academy


Student: Sebastian Bäverstam Accompanist: Catherine Edwards

Swedish cellist Frans Helmerson was born in 1945 and began playing the cello at the age of 8. After studies in Goteborg, Rome and London, followed by a debut in Stockholm, his solo career has taken him on countless tours all over Europe as well as the USA, Asia and Russia. He has performed with many of the finest orchestras under the baton of some of today's greatest conductors. He is also renowned throughout the world as one of the great teachers of the cello. He holds professorships at the Musikhochschule in Cologne, where he is based, and at the Escuela Superior de Musica Reina Sofia in Madrid. A regular teacher at the Verbier Festival Academy, here he gives a masterclass on the first movement of Dvorak's great Cello Concerto.

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