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Edward William Elgar (1857-1934)

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Sir Simon Rattle & Sol Gabetta

Sir Simon Rattle & Sol Gabetta

Recorded live at Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, 2014, directed by Torben Schmidt Jacobsen


Elgar:

Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85

Sol Gabetta (cello)

Ligeti:

Atmosphères

Stravinsky:

The Rite of Spring

Wagner:

Lohengrin: Prelude to Act 1


The Argentinian cellist Sol Gabetta made her Philharmoniker debut at the 2014 Easter Festival in Baden-Baden with Edward Elgar’s Cello Concerto, the final great work of the composer. “Sol Gabetta’s Elgar Concerto is one of the best around, a heartfelt, tonally rounded performance.” (Gramophone). The orchestra and conductor also performed the prelude to Wagner’s Lohengrin, György Ligeti’s orchestral piece Atmosphères and Igor Stravinsky’s Le Sacre du Printemps, a work which is entirely focused on the future and pushes the boundaries of classical music in terms of sound, rhythm and energy.

Sir Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker contrasted the prelude to Wagner’s Lohengrin and György Ligeti’s orchestral piece Atmosphères perfectly, demonstrating that they both employ different styles to pursue a similar objective – an iridescent, otherworldly sound.

Star cellist Sol Gabetta gave an outstanding interpretation of Elgar’s Cello Concerto: the final great work of the composer, full of melancholy and a sense of farewell.

In contrast to Elgar, Igor Stravinsky’s Le Sacre du Printemps is focused on the future. In their previous performances, the Berliner Philharmoniker and Simon Rattle have shown that this work, despite its inherent modernity, also provides a wealth of sensual pleasure. “The musicians breezed through the Sacre with ridiculous virtuosity, as laid-back as if it were a mambo on a dance floor on a Caribbean beach.” (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung)

Cross-promotion with Sony’s Sol Gabetta album (Martinů: Cello Concerto No. 1 & Elgar Cello Concerto), which is also to be released on Nov 4, 2016. The Elgar Cello Concerto album audio is identical with the audio on the DVD and as it was also taken from the Baden-Baden live recording.

DVD Picture: 16:9 – NTSC

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Running time: 94 mins

Production year: 2014

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Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38

Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38


Sir Adrian Boult was a supreme interpreter of Elgar’s music, winning accolades and awards for performances and recordings. Boult championed his music throughout his conducting life following the composer’s prophetic words in a letter to Boult in 1920, ‘I feel that my reputation in the future is safe in your hands’.

Boult only made one recording of The Dream of Gerontius, in 1975, of which the Penguin Guide enthused, ‘Boult’s total dedication is matched by his powerful sense of drama…the spiritual feeling is intense throughout’ while The Gramophone Guide ended their review with ‘Boult directs with commendable energy and typical humanity. A document to be treasured.’

This DVD represents the only existing film of Boult conducting The Dream of Gerontius filmed in Canterbury Cathedral in 1968.

The performance features a stellar cast of soloists: Dame Janet Baker, a leading interpreter of The Angel in The Dream of Gerontius, who recorded the role twice, in 1964 in Sir John Barbirolli’s famous recording, and in 1986 under Sir Simon Rattle; John Shirley Quirk who, with Boult, recorded a definitive interpretation of Peter in The Kingdom and about whom Boult said” J.S.-Q. […] was perfection and I don’t think any of the old guard could surpass [him]”; Peter Pears, who recorded the work in 1972 under the direction of his close friend Benjamin Britten.

The film uses the original BBC master which is far superior to the poor copies which have been in circulation over the years.

This was the first classical music production filmed in colour, for which Brian Large, “an understanding musician as well as a brilliant producer” in Boult’s words, had secured eight out of the nine colour T.V. cameras existing in the UK at that time. This DVD also features a 60-minute documentary on Sir Adrian Boult as a bonus. This film was produced in 1989 by the BBC to celebrate Sir Adrian Boult’s 100th anniversary.

The booklet includes a note written by Andrew Neil, from the Elgar Society, as well as a long extract from Sir Adrian Boult’s biography in which Boult gave his extended insight on the filming. The booklet also includes the sung text in English.

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Picture format: 4:3

Running time: 100 mins (feature); 60 mins (bonus)

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Menu languages: English

Booklet languages: English

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“[Pears] is, in a word, magnificent. Shirley-Quirk is marvellous, too, in both his roles, and Janet Baker, inhabiting the Angel as only she could, is in a league of her own...the TV sound is remarkably good for its time and the quality of the solo performances... makes this a must-see.” Gramophone Magazine, December 2016

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Grafenegg Sommernachtsgala 2016

Grafenegg Sommernachtsgala 2016

Live from the Grafenegg Festival, June 2016


Bizet:

Vasco da Gama: Ouvre ton coeur

Olga Peretyatko (soprano)

Donizetti:

Ah! tardai troppo...O luce di quest'anima (from Linda di Chamounix)

Olga Peretyatko (soprano)

Quanto amore (from L'elisir d'amore)

Olga Peretyatko (soprano), Bryn Terfel (bass-baritone)

Elgar:

Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1 in D major, Op. 39 No. 1

Gounod:

Mireille: Overture

Ö légère hirondelle (from Mireille)

Olga Peretyatko (soprano)

Le veau d'or est toujours debout (from Faust)

Bryn Terfel (bass-baritone)

Lehár:

Lippen schweigen (from Die Lustige Witwe)

Olga Peretyatko (soprano), Bryn Terfel (bass-baritone)

Leigh, M:

Man of La Mancha: The Impossible Dream

Bryn Terfel (bass-baritone)

Offenbach:

La Vie Parisienne: Overture

Verdi:

Vanne, la tua meta gia vedo…Credo in un Dio crudel (from Otello)

Bryn Terfel (bass-baritone)

Weber:

Invitation to the Dance, Op. 65

Konzertstück in F minor, Op. 79 for piano & orchestra

Rudolf Buchbinder (piano)


Tonkunstler-Orchester, Yutaka Sado

Grafenegg is celebrating its 10th birthday. Past, present and future come together in the Midsummer Night’s Gala jubilee. Having won over the audience at the very first Gala with his deeply resonant voice, Welsh bass-baritone Bryn Terfel is joined in 2016 by the young Russian coloratura soprano Olga Peretyatko. Pianist and Artistic Director of Grafenegg, Rudolf Buchbinder, joins the celebrations at the piano.

As is tradition, this atmospheric evening concludes with a fireworks display accompanied by Edward Elgar’s “Pomp and Circumstance”.

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Running time: 90 mins

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Production years: 2016

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Denis Matsuev Live from the Annecy Classic Festival

Denis Matsuev Live from the Annecy Classic Festival


Elgar:

Enigma Variations, Op. 36

Recorded live at Annecy Classic Festival, 2014, directed by Jean-Pierre Loisil

Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Yuri Temirkanov

Salut d'amour, Op. 12

Recorded live at Annecy Classic Festival, 2014, directed by Jean-Pierre Loisil

Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Yuri Temirkanov

Liszt:

Piano Concerto No. 2 in A major, S125

Recorded in August 2014 at Annecy Festival, directed by Pierre-Martin Juban

Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Zoltán Kocsis

Totentanz, S126 for piano & orchestra

Recorded in August 2014 at Annecy Festival, directed by Pierre-Martin Juban

Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Zoltán Kocsis

Mussorgsky:

Pictures at an Exhibition

Recorded live at Annecy Classic Festival, 2014, directed by Jean-Pierre Loisil

Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Yuri Temirkanov

Schubert:

Moments Musicaux, D780: No. 3 in F minor

Shchedrin:

Elégie for piano solo

Recorded in August 2014 at Annecy Festival, directed by Pierre-Martin Juban


Pianist Denis Matsuev sets himself apart by his powerful playing and his unrivalled agility serving musical works just as virtuoso. Together with the conductors Yuri Temirkanov and Zoltán Kocsis and the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, they performed works by the Russian composers Mussorgsky and Shchedrin and by Liszt and Elgar.

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Midsummer Night's Gala 2014

Midsummer Night's Gala 2014


Barcelata:

Maria Elena

Cilea:

È la solita storia 'Lamento di Federico' (from L'Arlesiana)

Elgar:

Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1 in D major, Op. 39 No. 1

Gershwin:

I Got Rhythm (from Girl Crazy & An American in Paris)

I Got Rhythm Variations

Giménez:

La boda de Luis Alonso: Intermedio

Heuberger:

Gehen wir ins Chambre séparée (from Der Opernball)

Holländer:

Ich weiß nicht, zu wem ich gehöre

Lehár:

Warum hat jeder Frühling, ach, nur einen Mai (from Der Zarewitsch)

Puccini:

E lucevan le stelle (from Tosca)

Ravel:

Feria

Piano Concerto in G major: Presto

Rodgers, R:

I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair (from South Pacific)

Some Enchanted Evening (from South Pacific)

Straus, O:

Warum soll eine Frau kein Verhältnis haben

Strauss, R:

Das Rosenband, Op. 36 No. 1

Cäcilie, Op. 27 No. 2

Velázquez, C:

Besame Mucho


Angela Denoke (soprano), Ramón Vargas (tenor) & Jean-Yves Thibaudet (piano)

Tonkünstler Orchester, Juanjo Mena

Grafenegg, home to the world’s best orchestras, singers and musicians, is set in the gorgeous wine-country landscape of Lower Austria - the historic castle and its beautiful gardens invite the audience to a spectacle of classical music inspired by nature.

The Midsummer Night’s Gala takes a musical stroll through the romantic landscape of Wachau while lending the German top soprano Angela Denoke, the Mexican tenor Ramón Vargas and renowned pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet your ear.

The Tonkünstler Orchester is conducted by Juanjo Mena, one of Spain’s most distinguished conductors.

Enjoy a musical world tour with popular classics from Opera, Musical, Operetta and Film Music.

For the finale, the orchestra performs Edward Elgar’s 'Pomp and Circumstance' March, accompanied by spectacular fireworks.

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Running time: 88 mins

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Europakonzert 2014 from Berlin

Europakonzert 2014 from Berlin


Elgar:

Falstaff - Symphonic Study in C minor, Op. 68

Nicolai, C O:

Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor overture

Tchaikovsky:

Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64


The founding of the Berliner Philharmoniker on the first of May, 1882 is celebrated annually with a concert in a European city of cultural significance. In 2014 the Europakonzert took again place in Berlin.

The concert was conducted by a man who has been associated with the Berliner Philharmoniker for 50 years: Daniel Barenboim.

Otto Nicolai’s The Merry Wives of Windsor is based on William Shakespeare’s comedy of the same name, and its lively overture has long since secured a place on the concert stage. Also inspired by a Shakespearean comedy hero is Edward Elgar’s symphonic study Falstaff.

We then turn from comedy to the tragic twists of fate: the Fifth Symphony of Piotr Tchaikovsky is characterized by a sombre main theme that for the Russian composer symbolizes “a complete resignation before fate, which is the same as the inscrutable predestination of fate”.

Bonus: Interview with Maestro Barenboim

Picture format: NTSC - 16:9

Sound format: PCM Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1

Region code: 0 (worldwide)

Booklet notes: English, German, French

Running time: 90 mins + 10 mins Bonus (Interview Daniel Barenboim)

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Building a Library

DVD Choice - October 2016

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EuroArts Europakonzert - 2059858

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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


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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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Paul Tortelier: The Complete Musician

Paul Tortelier: The Complete Musician

Documentary & Concertos


 

excerpts from Mon Cirque

Encore

Bach, C P E:

Cello Concerto No. 3 in A major, Wq. 172 (H439)

Dvorak:

Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104

Elgar:

Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85

Tchaikovsky:

Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33


A film by Peter Ammann – An intimate look into the musical life and philosophy of one of the twentieth century’s most esteemed cellists. The documentary is supplemented by performance footage videotaped using a single camera. The close-up view of Tortelier provides an indispensable learning tool for string players, and offers all viewers a unique perspective of Tortelier’s artistry.

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Elgar: Enigma Variations, Op. 36

Elgar: Enigma Variations, Op. 36

14 April 1982, Royal Festival Hall


Bernstein’s only engagement with the BBC Symphony Orchestra took place in April 1982. Founded in 1930 by Sir Adrian Boult, the orchestra was admired for its interpretations of contemporary music, and had played host to distinguished conductors such as Arturo Toscanini and Bruno Walter. Bernstein and the orchestra got off to a rocky start – Bernstein was spectacularly late for the first rehearsal and made no apology for this. But out of this rough beginning grew a partnership between orchestra and conductor that resulted in perhaps the most controversial and infamous and perhaps the most beautifully intense interpretation of Elgar’s Engima Variations. Most famously, under Bernstein’s baton, ‘Nimrod’ (Variation IX) lasts five minutes and fifteen seconds – nearly twice as long as most versions.

But, as Humphrey Burton quotes in the liner notes for this release; ‘when you can see the music as well as hearing it, when you watch on camera the intensity of Bernstein’s beat and body language (particularly in the studio rehearsal where he implores the orchestra to ‘keep it as pure and noble as you can’) you are caught up in this wonderfully spiritual music.’ Humphrey Burton’s booklet note is informative and enlightening, and provides a unique perspective on the conductor and the DVD programme – in particular the rehearsal, which he directed. As an eminent broadcaster, biographer and director, he had a 20-year association with Bernstein, during which he directed over 170 concerts and documentaries.

The DVD also contains the rehearsal of the Enigma Variations at the BBC studios, and an interview with Leonard Bernstein by Barry Norman about the themes relating to the variations, with Japanese, German and French subtitles.

ICA Classics’ previous DVD release featuring Leonard Bernstein (ICAD5082) has received great critical acclaim and was awarded Diapason d’Or by magazine Diapason.

This is the first release of this material on DVD.

Picture format: 4:3

Running time: 65’

Subtitles: F/G/J

Menu languages: English

Booklet languages: E/F/G

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“It's worth watching the rehearsal before the performance, as it gives a good idea of Bernstein's approach...Fast movements tend to be very fast, which raises a few eyebrows among the musicians...but he does get the BBC Symphony Orchestra, which he had never conducted before, to respond to his intense direction.” BBC Music Magazine, Christmas Issue 2013 ***

“the film makes fascinating, often hilarious viewing – less for Lenny’s japes mid-performance than for the rehearsal sequences...Bernstein’s charisma wins by more than a hair’s breadth.” Financial Times, 13th September 2013 *****

“Even if it's still not great Elgar, the DVD, more than most of its kind, feels like a personal encounter with the magnetic, unguarded Bernstein.” Gramophone Magazine, November 2013

“The orchestral playing is magnificent. There is tremendous detail and clarity to be heard in Bernstein’s interpretation. Some movements are fast and furious and the level of virtuosity displayed, especially by the strings, is incredible.” MusicWeb International, 14th November 2013

“Watching Bernstein conduct was always entertaining, and the physical contortions and facial expressions are mesmerising here. And he draws a wonderfully rich, dark sound from the BBC players...Even more entertaining is Humphrey Burton’s rehearsal documentary...Compulsive viewing” The Arts Desk, 28th September 2013

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A Musical Journey: SCOTLAND AND ITS CASTLES

A Musical Journey: SCOTLAND AND ITS CASTLES

Edinburgh • Inveraray • Urquhart Blair • Eilean Donan Dunvegan


Music by Edward Elgar


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