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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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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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“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 *****

“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

“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

“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 ***

“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

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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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Knowledge Is The Beginning

Knowledge Is The Beginning

Documentary produced and directed by Paul Smaczny


Beethoven:

Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67

Elgar:

Nimrod (from Enigma Variations)

Mozart:

Sinfonia concertante in E flat for Oboe, Clarinet, Horn, Bassoon & Orchestra, K297b

Mohamed Saleh (oboe), Kinan Azmeh (clarinet), Mor Biron (bassoon) & Sharon Polyak (horn)


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KNOWLEDGE IS THE BEGINNING - Daniel Barenboim and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra

The award winning documentary produced and directed by Paul Smaczny

Daniel Barenboim established the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra with the late Palestinian writer Edward Said in order to bring together young musicians from across the political divide in the Middle East. Their hope was that music would heal and help to bring understanding and tolerance of different beliefs and cultures.

THE RAMALLAH CONCERT - Live recording at the Place of Culture in Ramallah, 21st August 2005

West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, Mohamed Saleh (oboe), Kinan Azmeh (clarinet), Mor Biron (bassoon) & Sharon Polyak (horn), Daniel Barenboim.

Bonus: 63-minutes conversation between Edward Said and Daniel Barenboim, Weimar 1999 (in two parts)

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Subtitles (Bonus): Deutsch, French, Spanish

Running time: 114 mins (documentary), 112 mins (concert)

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Yuri Temirkanov at the BBC Proms

Yuri Temirkanov at the BBC Proms

Royal Albert Hall, London, 26 August 1992


Berlioz:

Le Corsaire Overture, Op. 21

Elgar:

Nimrod (from Enigma Variations)

Prokofiev:

Romeo and Juliet - Suite No. 1, Op. 64a: Death of Tybalt

Tchaikovsky:

Manfred Symphony, Op. 58

The Nutcracker: Pas de deux


Representing the first visit to the Proms by the St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, this exhilarating and refreshing concert from 1992 sees the orchestra on top form under Yevgeny Mravinsky’s esteemed successor, Yuri Temirkanov.

Temirkanov was appointed Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the orchestra four years prior to this recording, having made his debut with them several decades earlier, which lead to his appointment as Mravinsky’s assistant conductor in the sixties.

Temirkanov is not averse to making changes to musical scores, and the Manfred Symphony featured on this DVD is subject to a convincing set of alterations, closing with a reprise of the first movement’s dark coda, a compelling and appropriate substitute for the customary happy ending.

Temirkanov’s profound love of Tchaikovsky’s music is evident in this passionate interpretation from an orchestra that was established nearly 130 years ago, and according to Gramophone is one of the top 20 orchestras in the world.

A frequent guest conductor of major orchestras in Europe, Temirkanov and ‘his orchestra’, were described in the Corriere della Sera (Milan) as ‘something unique in world music panorama… Amazing musicians, everyone is a soloist, but in perfect ensemble and confluence with others.’

Temirkanov has received many distinguished awards in Russia, such as the President’s Medal from Vladimir Putin, the Abbiati Prize for Best Conductor, and Conductor of the Year in Italy in 2003. Recently, he was made an Honorary Academician of Santa Cecilia.

This is the first DVD release of this material.

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Running time: 72’

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“The Tchaikovsky is a beautiful and dramatic performance, though whether the DVD is worth buying rather depends on your feelings about the last two movements. Both have extensive cuts...and amendments...Overall, the orchestra makes a lovely sound and responds well to Temirkanov's expressive hands.” BBC Music Magazine, July 2012 ****

“the orchestra, drilled so long and so relentlessly under the Mravinsky regime, they play with rare warmth and spontaneity; that said, the old discipline kicks in where necessary...really this is a fine tribute to the BBC, whose Proms productions then were often superior to the ones we see now. An indispensable record of a memorable night.” MusicWeb International, June 2012

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Jacqueline du Pré and the Elgar Cello Concerto and The Ghost

Jacqueline du Pré and the Elgar Cello Concerto and The Ghost


Beethoven:

Piano Trio No. 5 in D major, Op. 70 No. 1 'The Ghost'

with Daniel Barenboim (piano) & Pinchas Zukerman (violin)

Elgar:

Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85

New Philharmonia Orchestra, Daniel Barenboim


Jacqueline du Pré (cello)

Sir John Barbirolli & William Pleeth

This is a re-issue, in an improved version, of Christopher Nupen’s best-selling DVD — previously released through Opus Arte it now appears on the Christopher Nupen Films label for the first time.

As usual with Christopher Nupen DVDs, this one contains two films: the famous portrait film of Jacqueline du Pré — which includes the complete Elgar cello Concerto in a performance which has become legendary — and a performance film, The Ghost (Beethoven’s Trio Op. 70 No. 1) with Daniel Barenboim and Pinchas Zukerman; described by the French opera and film director Jean-Pierre Ponnelle as the most successful translation of musical performance onto the screen that he had ever seen.

And, also as usual with Christopher Nupen films, these are lit, shot and edited in the style of cinema film, not television. The results are visually impressive and totally unlike what usually appears on television screens — an important, defining characteristic of this DVD.

These two films remember the artistic persona of one of the most charismatic and best loved performing musicians of the 20th century and in the way that film can do better than any of the other media. They were made at the high point of Jacqueline du Pré’s tragically short career.

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Presto 2

Presto 2


Bach, J S:

Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV1068: Air ('Air on a G String')

Barber, S:

Adagio for Strings, Op. 11

Bizet:

L'amour est un oiseau rebelle 'Habanera' (from Carmen)

Brahms:

Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90

Charpentier, M-A:

Overture Te Deum

Chopin:

Prelude Op. 28 No. 20 in C minor

Philippe Giusiano (piano)

Étude Op. 10 No. 3 in E major 'Tristesse'

Philippe Giusiano (piano)

Elgar:

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

Grieg:

Peer Gynt Suites Nos. 1 & 2

Handel:

Sarabande

Liszt:

Ständchen

Brigitte Engerer

Lully:

Marche pour la cérémonie des Turcs

Mahler:

Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor - Adagietto

Mozart:

Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K550

Prokofiev:

Romeo and Juliet: Dance of the Knights

Rachmaninov:

Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18

Philippe Bianconi (piano)

Ravel:

Boléro

Schubert:

Piano Quintet in A major, D667 'The Trout'

Esther Brayer & Jean-Frédéric Neuburger

Quatuor Ebène

Ständchen 'Leise flehen meine Lieder', D957 No. 4

Brigitte Engerer

Tchaikovsky:

Swan Lake (Prelude)

Vivaldi:

Nisi Dominus (Psalm 126), RV608

with Carlos Mena


Pierre Charvet (presenter)

Les Siècles, François-Xavier Roth

PRESTO 2 is written and presented by Pierre Charvet, of FRANCE5, where Presto is a regular TV programme designed to familiarise viewers with classical music.

Directed by François-René Martin, of Mirare, Presto uses split-screen technology and graphic animation by Gregoire Pont, to illustrate four centuries of music, played by François Xavier Roth and his orchestra Les Siècles.

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Elgar: Symphony No. 2 & Enigma Variations

Elgar: Symphony No. 2 & Enigma Variations


Elgar:

Symphony No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 63

Royal Festival Hall, London, 13 February 1975

Enigma Variations, Op. 36

Royal Festival Hall, London, 25 September 1979


Solti recorded Elgar’s Symphony No.2 (along with the Cockaigne Overture) on audio around the same time as the Royal Festival Hall performance, to great acclaim. Solti’s recordings were always the recommended version of each work he performed – he had a deep understanding of the repertoire.

This DVD is the first audiovisual recording to feature Solti performing Elgar 2, and has never been released before.

The Second Symphony is also a record of the first concert Solti conducted as the London Philharmonic’s Chief Conductor in 1975.

James Mallinson, one of Solti’s record producers, commented that his audio recordings of the two Elgar symphonies are probably two of his finest recordings due to his open and fresh approach.

Solti’s quote at the time of broadcasting the Enigma Variations: “I love Elgar, and for me the Enigma Variations is his masterpiece.”

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Running time: 84’

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“It is, quite simply, a codument to treasure, with the LPO...galvanised to thrilling effect by Solti's prodigiously energetic presence on the podium...Both the picture quality and full-blooded (mono) sound are perfectly acceptable...The direction, too, is mercifully undistracting throughout. Most rewarding - and a genuine tonic to boot.” Gramophone Magazine, August 2011

“A highlight of the new ICA Classics Legacy series, Solti's LPO Elgar remains fresh, the passionate vigour of his Second Symphony balanced by one of the most loving Enigma Variations on disc.” BBC Music Magazine, July 2011 *****

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Europa Konzert 2010 from Oxford

Europa Konzert 2010 from Oxford

Recorded live at Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford, 1 May 2010


Brahms:

Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68

Elgar:

Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85

Alisa Weilerstein (cello)

Wagner:

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Prelude to Act 3


For over 20 years, the Berliner Philharmoniker have celebrated their foundation on May 1st with the annual Europa Konzert - this year’s concert takes place in Oxford. The orchestra, under the baton of worldwide renowned musician Daniel Barenboim, welcome cellist Alisa Weilerstein who has attracted widespread attention for playing that combines natural virtuoso command and technical precision with impassioned musicianship.

'Daniel Barenboim´s programme played to the orchestra's strengths, and the sound was sumptuous. The plush strings and refulgent brass permitted him to unfold the introspective third-act prelude to Wagner's Die Meistersinger with glacial slowness, while the energy that pulsed through Brahms's First Symphony, its phrases sculpted in great expressive arcs with every detail and woodwind solo thrillingly realised, was irresistible. Between the prelude and the symphony, Barenboim conducted the young American cellist Alisa Weilerstein in Elgar's Cello Concerto … Barenboim's approach was refreshingly un-English, a bonus in Elgar, and the sound of the orchestra in the climaxes was overwhelming.' Guardian

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“There's no old man's regret in [Weilerstein's] performance, which is passionate and full-blooded, and shot through with grief and longing rather than any nostalgia...Barenboim has always been an excellent Brahmsian...and he rounds the concert off with a richly satisfying account of the First Symphony. No real surprises, but not far from perfection” BBC Music Magazine, January 2011 *****

“The young American cellist Ailsa Weilerstein simply steals the show. Her musicianship is absolutely stunning. She captures a perfect balance between introversion and songfulness, sensitivity and whimsy, seemingly at one with the music...The filming captures the event's rapt atmosphere, if a bit busily.” Classic FM Magazine, June 2011 ****

“[The Elgar] is gripping from the very start...[Weilerstein] never holds back and takes some impressive risks, perhaps inspired by an accompaniment that convinces me, for the time, of the Berlin Philharmonic being the finest orchestra for Elgar, as well as for everything else.” Gramophone Magazine, August 2011

“[In the Brahms and Wagner] the Berliners' majestic playing is deeply impressive, their timbral and intonational blend bordering on the miraculous...playing at this level of achievement still has the power to have one shaking one's head in disbelief at its sheer expertise...[Weilerstein] plays with compelling flair and understanding” International Record Review, January 2012

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An Evening with Renée Fleming

An Evening with Renée Fleming

Recorded live at Waldbühne, Berlin, 2010


Dvorak:

Mesícku na nebi hlubokém 'Song to the Moon' (from Rusalka)

Elgar:

Salut d'amour, Op. 12

Khachaturian:

Spartacus: Adagio of Spartacus & Phrygia

Korngold:

Glück, das mir verbleib 'Marietta's Lied' (from Die Tote Stadt)

Leoncavallo:

Mimi Pinson la biondinetta (from La Bohème)

Musette svaria sulla bocca viva (from La Bohème)

Mussorgsky:

A Night on the Bare Mountain

Puccini:

Donde lieta usci (from La Bohème)

Tu che di gel sei cinta (from Turandot)

Smetana:

Dobrá! Já mu je dám!... Jak je mi? (Dalibor)

Strauss, R:

Morgen mittag um elf! (from Capriccio)

Zueignung, Op. 10 No. 1

Tchaikovsky:

Romeo & Juliet - Fantasy Overture

Wagner:

Rienzi Overture


The Waldbühne in Berlin, one of the most appealing outdoor amphitheatres on the European continent, is the home of the Berliner Philharmoniker’s summer concerts. With over 20,000 attendances, these are some of the most popular classical music concerts in the world.

This year the Berliner Philharmoniker play under the baton of Ion Marin, one of the most exciting conductors on today’s musical scene. They welcome "America's Beautiful Voice", Grammy Award winning soprano Renée Fleming, who has a devoted international following wherever she appears. Her career has been built on success across a wide range of musical styles, but she is best-known for her excellence in opera worldwide.

The device of the evening was “Night of Love”- the most beautiful Opera Arias in combination with atmospheric instrumental pieces.

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Running time: 130 mins

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