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Conductor and Teacher: Marek Janowski

Conductor and Teacher: Marek Janowski

a film by Michel Follin


Beethoven:

Egmont Overture, Op. 84

Berlioz:

Grande Messe des Morts, Op. 5 (Requiem)

Mozart:

Symphony No. 41 in C major, K551 'Jupiter'


Experience is all, but, Janowski advises Olivier Dejours, firstly be a good musician, be an excellent player, good coach and reach out to others.

“Janowski works thoughtfully with Dejours on translating musical ideas into sound through unselfconscious gestures.” BBC Music Magazine, August 2011 ****

“Follin's documentary...neither fuels nor fells the famous "maestro mystique" of the conductor's podium. Although much time is devoted to interpretative matters...much of their discussion turns to nuts-and-bolts matter like technique and personnel management” Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2011

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Violinist and Teacher: Gérard Poulet

Violinist and Teacher: Gérard Poulet

a film by Catherine Zins


Bach, J S:

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

Brahms:

Piano Trio No. 2 in C major, Op. 87

Debussy:

Violin Sonata

Mozart:

Violin Concerto No. 2 in D major, K211

Sibelius:

Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47

Ysaÿe:

Sonata for solo violin in A minor, Op. 27 No. 2


Gérard Poulet (violin)

Teaching is a practice essential to his condition as a soloist. students Renaud Capuçon, Thierry Huchin, Mary Scheuble

“Poulet, whose father's advice Debussy sought in writing his Violin Sonata, is a passionate, excitable presence” BBC Music Magazine, August 2011 ****

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Mozart: Don Giovanni, K527

Mozart: Don Giovanni, K527


Gerald Finley (Don Giovanni), Luca Pisaroni (Leporello), Kate Royal (Donna Elvira), Anna Samuil (Donna Anna), William Burden (Ottavio), Anna Virovlansky (Zerlina), Guido Loconsolo (Masetto), Alastair Miles (Commendatore)

The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment & Glyndebourne Chorus, Vladimir Jurowski (conductor) & Jonathan Kent (director)

Read Presto's complete review of this recording here.

“Amazing production of Don Giovanni at Glyndebourne, a work of art in itself… Magnificent as the set is, this will also be a Don Giovanni to listen to for the orchestra. The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment are so good that they can generate almost demonic energy from the lighter timbres of period instruments. Vladimir Jurowski has rarely sounded more inspired”. Opera Today

“The graceful purity of Kate Royal as Elvira ... gave lustre to Mozart's kaleidoscopic masterpiece”. The Scotsman

“Suavely ruthless, Finley was both steely monster and molten charmer, singing with a firmness, clarity and stylistic elegance that I can’t easily imagine surpassed”. The Telegraph

For this 2010 production, the first new staging of the opera in 10 years, Glyndebourne welcome back the winning team of director Jonathan Kent and designer Paul Brown with Festival Music Director, Vladimir Jurowski conducting the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.

Set at a time of seismic social and cultural change - in a Fellini-esque vision of post-war life - Jonathan Kent's urgently propulsive production offers a 'white-knuckle rollercoaster ride' through the events of the Don's last day as they unfold in and around Paul Brown's magical 'box of tricks' set.

In the title role we also welcome back the great bass-baritone Gerald Finley. He has sung Don Giovanni to worldwide acclaim in New York, London, Paris, Vienna, Rome, Budapest and Prague. Finley is joined by Luca Pisaroni (Guglielmo in the 2006 Festival’s Così fan tutte) as Leporello, Kate Royal (the Governess in Jonathan Kent’s 2006 staging of The Turn of the Screw) as Donna Elvira, and the young Russian soprano Anna Samuil making her UK opera debut as Donna Anna.

Bonus features include rehearsal and backstage footage, interviews with the production staff and cast as well as a glimpse into the costume, design and technical departments at Glyndebourne.

The DVD will feature English, French and German subtitles.

The production will be revived next summer at the 2011 Glyndebourne Festival.

Kate Royal is an exclusive EMI Classics artist since 2006. She has made two solo recordings: Kate Royal with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields/Edward Gardner and Midsummer Night with the Orchestra of English National Opera/Edward Gardner. As a guest artist, she has recorded discs for the label with the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, Le Concert d’Astrée/Emmanuelle Haïm and Paul McCartney. Kate Royal's new album ‘A Lesson in Love’ (released in 2011), is an intimate recital with pianist Malcolm Martineau charting a young girl’s journey of love and loss through a combination of German lieder, English and American songs and French melodies. Kate Royal returns to Glyndebourne in Summer 2011.

Designer Paul Brown

“Finley is a Don of remarkable self-assurance and narcissism, his impeccable diction and technically flawless singing an extension of this monstrous character...Pisaroni's great acting occasionally makes his singing imperfect, but the voice is grand and there will be few complaints...[Samuil's] singing is big-boned, fearless and has a nice unpredictability to it...The [OAE] plays with fire and passion...[Jurowski's] reading keeps the listeners on the edge of their seats.” International Record Review, July 2011

“this Don, played by Gerald Finley, is a master of self-control: hands in tailored pockets and operating with a steely indifference to all...And Finley give this vision vocal assurance matching the clarity of Jurowski's conducting and the momentum generated by Kent within the ever-shifting Pandora's box of a design...Kate Royal is a deeply serious, thrillingly sung Donna Elvira, Anna Samuil an equally classy, flaring soprano of a Donna Anna.” BBC Music Magazine, July 2011 ****

“[Finley's] assumption is completely convincing...his fear before the confrontation with the Commendatore in the supper scene is palpable. Finley sings as well as he acts, apart from an oddly unhoneyed serenade...The singing is fine and the OAE play like angels.” Gramophone Magazine, August 2011

“Gerald Finley is vocally and theatrically mesmerising as a dashing Giovanni, and he's matched by Kate Royal on splendid form as the abandoned Elvira and Anna Virovlansky a charming and fresh-voiced Zerlina. Vladimir Jurowski takes the orchestra at quite a lick, adding energy and fizz to proceedings.” Classic FM Magazine, August 2011 ***

Presto Disc of the Week

23rd May 2011

GGramophone Magazine

DVD of the Month - August 2011

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New Year`s Concert 2011 from the Teatro La Fenice

New Year`s Concert 2011 from the Teatro La Fenice


Bellini:

Norma Overture

Donizetti:

Io son ricco, e tu sei bella (from L'Elisir d'amore)

Dvorak:

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

Mozart:

Aprite un po'quegli occhi (from Le Nozze di Figaro)

Puccini:

O mio babbino caro (from Gianni Schicchi)

Rossini:

La calunnia è un venticello (from Il barbiere di Siviglia)

Soirées musicales: La Danza

Verdi:

Va, pensiero (from Nabucco)

Follie! Follie! Delirio vano è questo…Sempre libera (from La traviata)

Libiamo, ne' lieti calici (from La Traviata)

Fuoco di gioia (from Otello)

O signore, dal tetto natio (from I Lombardi)

Parmi veder le lagrime (from Rigoletto)


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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:

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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NB: This is taken from a television-programme rather than a recital and therefore features some voice-over during the pieces.

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Mozart: Die Zauberflöte, K620

Mozart: Die Zauberflöte, K620

Live Recording from The Opéra National De Paris, 2001


Piotr Beczala (Tamino), Dorothea Röschmann (Pamina), Detlef Roth (Papageno), Matti Salminen (Sarastro), Désirée Rancatore (Königin der Nacht), Gaële Le Roi (Papagena), Wolfgang Schöne (Sprecher), Uwe Peper (Monostatos), Cécile Perrin, Helene Schneiderman, Hélène Perraguin (Drei Damen)

Opéra National De Paris, Iván Fischer (conductor) & Benno Besson (stage director)

Set & Costumes by Jean-Marc Stehlé

Mozart’s final opera Die Zauberflöte is also his most famous. The general public is familiar with its array of popular arias, most notably the Queen of the Night’s breathtaking coloratura. Since its premiere in 1791, two months before the composer’s death, the opera’s fairy tale plot, eccentric cast and fantastic scenery have exerted an almost childlike fascination on generations of audiences. The production is infused with an all-pervading sense of playful joy - packed with wonderful effects including fl ying machines, colourful costumes and magical scene changes.

The Opéra national de Paris production is cast of the finest rank: Sarastro is played by the bass Matti Salminen, while the other main roles are taken by young singers - meanwhile all well-established on the international scene - who were then at the start of their careers: Pamina is sung by Dorothea Röschmann, while the Queen of Night is played by the soprano Désirée Rancatore. The tenor Piotr Beczala is Tamino, and the baritone Detlef Roth is a fabulously fresh and lively Papageno. For this musical highlight, they come together under the baton of worldwide successful Hungarian conductor Iván Fischer. Benno Besson’s detailed, even scholarly knowledge of the work’s genesis and his supreme grasp of its cultural and ideological background are placed entirely in the service of its fairytale aesthetic offering the viewer a truly magic opera!

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Running Time: 158 mins

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David Oistrakh plays Bach, Mozart & Brahms

David Oistrakh plays Bach, Mozart & Brahms


Bach, J S:

Concerto for Two Violins in D minor, BWV1043

Royal Festival Hall, London, 18 February 1961

Igor Oistrakh (violin) & David Oistrakh (violin)

English Chamber Orchestra, Colin Davis

Brahms:

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77

Royal Festival Hall, London, 19 September 1963

David Oistrakh (violin)

Moscow Philharmonic, Kirill Kondrashin

Mozart:

Sinfonia Concertante for Violin, Viola & Orchestra in E flat major, K364

Royal Albert Hall, London, 28 September 1963

Igor Oistrakh (violin) & David Oistrakh (viola)

Moscow Philharmonic, Yehudi Menuhin


The first two performances on this DVD feature David Oistrakh in one of his favourite performing partnerships, with his son, violinist Igor Oistrakh. The Bach concerto for two violins formed the duo’s first foreign engagement whilst the Mozart was performed two years later in a sell-out performance at the Royal Albert Hall. Kirill Kondrashin, one of Oistrakh’s preferred conductors, directs the Brahms concerto, which has all the warmth and confidence one would expect from a classic Oistrakh recording.

The ICA Classics Legacy series presents a collection of historic performances by some of the world’s greatest artists. These performances are released on DVD for the first time, incorporating rare archive footage that has been expertly and lovingly restored.

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Picture format: 4:3

Running time: 94’

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Menu languages: English

Booklet languages: E/F/G

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“you'd be hard-pressed to find a more unanimous pair of soloists [in the Bach] than the Oistrakhs. The camerawork allows us to see them in action with little distraction, and phrasing, dynamics and rubato are in complete agreement. The balance of blend and contrast between father and son is even more noticeable in the Mozart, where David's viola-playing has velvety quality, although with immense underlying strength. Igor is brighter and sweeter, but recognisably a chip off the old block.” BBC Music Magazine, July 2011 *****

“Igor's [vibrato] blends [with his father's] with a magical serenity verging on perfection...The Mozart, too, is wonderfully played.” Gramophone Magazine, September 2011

GGramophone Awards 2011

Shortlisted - DVD Performance

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Europakonzert 2001 From Istanbul

Europakonzert 2001 From Istanbul

Recorded live at the Hagia Eirene church, Istanbul, 1 May 2001


Berlioz:

Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14

Haydn:

Symphony No. 94 in G Major 'Surprise'

Mozart:

Flute Concerto No. 2 in D major, K314

Emmanuel Pahud (flute)


The Europa concerts are the Berliner Philharmoniker´s way of remembering the anniversary of their founding. Performing in a different European city each year, the orchestra wishes to make its contribution to European unity. 2001 the concert was performed at the historic St. Irene Church in Istanbul under the direction of Mariss Jansons. St. Irene (Hagia Eirene) is the oldest church in Istanbul originating from the 4th Century. Today it is mainly used for festivals and concerts.

Featuring Mariss Jansons, one of today's most sought-after conductors and Music Director of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Amsterdam

Flutist Emanuel Pahud is the top dog of his generation, praised for his ravishing sound and his effortless phrasing

Haydn's symphony and Mozart's flute concerto are counted among the most enchanting and popular orchestral pieces of the Classical period.

Berlioz's Symphony fantastique with its amazing orchestral impact displays impressively the unequalled qualities of the Berlin Philharmonic.

Concert took place in the vast, breathtaking St. Irene Church in Istanbul.

DVD is enhanced by an enticing 20-minute travelogue of Istanbul, in addition, there are eight minutes of "behind the scenes" footage.

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Region code: All

Booklet notes: English, German, French

Bonus-Subtitles: English, German, French, Spanish, Italian

Running time: 133 mins (105 mins-Performance; 27 mins-Bonus)

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“Mariss Jansons and the Berlin Philharmonic are clearly enjoying themselves in their elegant account of Haydn's Surprise Symphony, and this sense of enjoyment continues through the Mozart into Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique, with Jansons whipping up a head of steam in the more impassioned passages.” BBC Music Magazine, April 2011 ****

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Daniel Barenboim: The Jubilee Concert from Buenos Aires

Daniel Barenboim: The Jubilee Concert from Buenos Aires

Recorded at the Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires, August 2000


Albéniz:

Iberia, book 1

Iberia, book 2

Beethoven:

Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor, Op. 57 'Appassionata'

Mozart:

Piano Sonata No. 10 in C major, K330

Documentary: “Multiple Identities”

This documentary tracks the pianist-conductor from summer 1999 through Berlin, Chicago, Tel Aviv and Weimar up to this stage anniversary in Buenos Aires, in summer 2000, and ends up with his controversial performance of "Prelude and Liebestod" from Wagner’s "Tristan and Isolde" in Jerusalem in summer 2001. It is a film about music, about music making and a celebration of a remarkable personality.

Featuring Yo-Yo Ma, Pierre Boulez, Cecilia Bartoli, Waltraud Meier, Edward Said, Staatskapelle Berlin, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Berliner Philharmoniker and many more

Live recording from the Gewandhaus Leipzig, November 2008

and numerous Encores including works by Scarlatti, Ginastera, Schubert, Chopin and Schumann


Five decades after his first appearance on stage the legendary Barenboim plays a special anniversary concert in the Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires.

A touching encounter between the pianist and the enthusiastic audience of his home country Argentina.

Main Program includes favourite piano works by Beethoven, Mozart and Albeniz.

Presenting not less than 13 encores by Chopin, Schumann, Villa-Lobos, Scarlatti, to name just a few.

“A transatlantic superstar, one half of the classical music world's most golden ever couple, and long-time leader of two of the world's foremost orchestras, Daniel Barenboim nevertheless maintains a work schedule that takes him all over the world. Both a pianist and conductor, he says simply, ‘I like to work and I like variety." BBC

Picture format DVD: NTSC 16:9

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Running time: 140 mins (Concert) / 90 mins (Documentary)

“These two absorbing DVDs pay tribute to Daniel Barenboim's extraordinary talents both as a musician and a communicator...[The programme] reveals Barenboim at the height of his powers, bringing fresh insights to familiar works. There's certainly no chocolate-box gentility to his Mozart Sonata...The Beethoven Appassionata is no less impressive...the Albeniz offers him opportunities to revel in the brilliance of the writing” BBC Music Magazine, March 2011 *****

BBC Music Magazine

DVD Choice - March 2011

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Mozart: Die Zauberflöte, K620

Mozart: Die Zauberflöte, K620

A Performance for Children


Kurt Rydl (Sarastro), Peter Schreier (Tamino), Christian Boesch (Papageno), Zdzislawa Donat (Königin der Nacht), Ileana Cotrubas (Pamina), Edda Moser (First Lady), Ann Murray (Second Lady), Ingrid Mayr (Third Lady), Gudrun Sieber (Papagena)

Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor & Wiener Philharmoniker, James Levine

Live Recording from The Felsenreitschule Salzburg, 1982

Concept and Script: Christian Boesch

Based on a staging by Jean-Pierre Ponnelle

The Magic Flute had been the sensation of the season in 1978. It received enormous and unanimous approval, endless applause on the night and brought on an unusual state of accord in the international press, where enthusiastic reviews soon gave the staging legendary status. Christian Boesch became one of the progenitors of this movement when he created a new version of Mozart’s popular opera, in which Papageno becomes the storyteller. He worked with director Jean-Pierre Ponnelle to develop a concept that presents Mozart’s wondrous mystery play – based on the Salzburg Festival production 1978 – in such a way that it encourages young audiences to relate to the genre and exposes them to the magic inherent in this particular work. This DVD captures the incomparable atmosphere of the fi rst ever staging of The Magic Flute for Children.

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“Delivered with energy and great expertise” BBC Music Magazine, February 2011 ***

“From the start, with James Levine at his most brilliant and perceptive as conductor, it struck an ideal medium between the pantomime element and the weightier implications of the Masonic background...it makes ideal entertainment on film.” Penguin Guide, 2011 edition

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