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Stravinsky: L'Histoire du Soldat

Stravinsky: L'Histoire du Soldat


Nacho Duato (Soldier), Aryeh Weiner (Devil), Gerald Tibbs (Alter Ego), Teresina Mosco (Mother), Fiona Lummis (Fiancée), Lionel Hoche (Friend of the Soldier) & Karin Heyninck (Princess)

Nederlands Dans Theater, David Porcelijn

Choreography by Jirí Kylián

Jirí Kylián feels a great affinity for Stravinsky, who, like himself, was forced to leave his homeland. He describes the composer’s music drama, L’Histoire du soldat, as a “surrealistic fairy tale for grown-up children”. His version of the piece uses the original French version libretto by Charles Ferdinand Ramuz. With scenery and costumes by John MacFarlane, this studio recording features Nacho Duato as the soldier who sells his soul to the Devil for wealth, but is forced to wander the world.

The onset of the First World War and the Russian Revolution of 1917 had drastic consequences for Stravinsky in his Swiss exile: his property was confiscated, and he the reby lost the rights to his works and the associated income, leaving him in a situation which isolated him as an artist. Stravinsky and his librettist for L’Histoire du soldat, Charles Ferdinand Ramuz, had the idea of “founding a travelling theatre which, with as little funding as possible, could be moved easily from place to place and perform in small meeting places.” It involved a street ballad-like series of scenes about a pact between a soldier and the devil which was “to be read, played and danced”. The associated new work, with its diversity, its structure, the switching between narration, action, mime and dance, and its elements from tango, English Waltz and Ragtime, could not have been categorized under any genre which existed at the time. It was premiered on 28 September 1918 and in this version is brilliantly reinterpreted by the Nederlands Dans Theater.

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New York City Ballet in Montreal Vol. 1

New York City Ballet in Montreal Vol. 1


Corps de ballet of New York City Ballet

Choreography by George Balanchine

This first release in VAI’s historic series features two of Balanchine’s most important works, Serenade and Orpheus, performed by an ensemble of legendary NYCB dancers. Balanchine himself appears on screen to introduce Orpheus, which features Nicholas Magallanes and Francisco Moncion dancing the roles they created in the 1948 premiere.

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Stravinsky in Hollywood

Stravinsky in Hollywood

A Film by Marco Capalbo


STRAVINSKY IN HOLLYWOOD explores the short-lived film career of this legendary composer, it is the story of his trials and tribulations with the Hollywood Studios, the story of an “old school” European artist knocking heads with the brash New World. Igor Stravinsky lived in the heart of Hollywood from 1939 until shortly before his death in 1971. He came expecting to find lucrative work composing for the movies. The film uses a combination of existing archival footage (some of it never before seen), interviews with Stravinsky and his assistant Robert Craft.

The documentary includes scenes from several big studio films of the 40s brought together for the first time with the music which Stravinsky wrote for them.

SOUND FORMAT DVD: PCM Stereo

PICTURE 16:9, HD

SUBTITLES: English, German (voice over and subtitles)

BOOKLET: E, G, F

TOTAL RUNNING TIME. 54 MINS

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Gala From Berlin: Grand Finales

Gala From Berlin: Grand Finales


Beethoven:

Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92: Allegro con brio

Dvorak:

Symphony No. 8 in G major, Op. 88: IV. Allegro ma non troppo

Fischer, Ernst:

Sparkling Champagne

Kollo, Walter:

Solang noch unter’n Linden

Lincke:

Grigri: Overture

Folies Bergères: March

Brandbrief-Galopp

Berliner Luft March

Mahler:

Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor (V: Rondo-Finale: Allegro)

Nicolai, C O:

Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor overture

Prokofiev:

Alexander Nevsky, Op. 78: Alexander’s entry into Pskov

Ravel:

Danse generale from Daphnis et Chloe, Suite No. 2

Schoenberg:

Gurrelieder: finale

Klaus Maria Brandauer (narrator)

Stravinsky:

The Firebird - excerpts

Translateur:

Sportpalast-Walzer


An extraordinary programme for an extraordinary night: The Berliner Philharmoniker celebrated the final day of the 20th Century with Grand Finales in the first part and heralds the leap into the 21st Century with an explosion of sparkling music pieces in the 2nd half of the programme.

For the Grand Finales, Maestro Claudio Abbado conducted masterpieces like Beethoven's Finale of the 7th symphony, excerpts from Stravinsky's "Feuervogel" and the final movement of Mahler's 5th Symphony. In the famous Finale of Arnold Schönberg's "Gurre lieder", the internationally renowned actor Klaus Maria Brandauer plays a leading role.

A true celebration to welcome in the new millenium with one of the best orchestras in the world!

Lovingly restored, up-scaled and digitally remastered including intensive and high-quality audio and visual restoration.

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Booklet notes: English, German, French

Running time: 108 mins

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Leonard Bernstein conducts Stravinsky

Leonard Bernstein conducts Stravinsky


Stravinsky:

The Rite of Spring

Capriccio for Piano and Orchestra

Michel Béroff (piano)

Symphony of Psalms

The English Bach Festival Chorus


This memorial concert took place at the Royal Albert Hall in April 1972 on the first anniversary of the death of Igor Stravinsky, ‘the last great father-figure of Western music’ (Leonard Bernstein). Conducted by Bernstein, this electrifying, unique event is now being reintroduced to the public in DVD form.

Bernstein was a regular visitor to the UK, performing with a number of London orchestras, but this glamorous concert – a memorial tribute to Stravinsky given in the presence of the UK prime minister Edward Heath – was a particularly special event. Bernstein called it an homage to Stravinsky’s universality and chose the three featured masterpieces for their suggestion of ‘the extraordinary range of his art’.

Leonard Bernstein was renowned for his passion for Stravinsky’s music, having first conducted The Rite of Spring with the Boston Symphony Orchestra under Serge Koussevitsky in 1947, the only time Koussevitsky ever allowed a guest conductor to appear with his orchestra in that city – it was an indication of the success that was to follow for the young Bernstein. The performance on this DVD takes place twenty-five years later, with the virtuosic LSO on peak form, filmed in colour.

Humphrey Burton, an eminent broadcaster, biographer and director, enjoyed a twenty-year association with Bernstein, during which he directed over 170 concerts and documentaries. The author of the booklet note for this DVD, he also produced and directed the Homage to Stravinsky for television. He recently described the performance of The Rite as ‘the most stunning reportage of Leonard Bernstein’s conducting that I have ever seen’.

A few days after the performance on this DVD, Bernstein conducted the LSO in The Rite at Abbey Road in an experimental studio production.

Michel Béroff is the stunning soloist in Stravinsky’s Capriccio for piano and orchestra. At this time he was already making an international name for himself as an advocate of Stravinsky’s music, amongst other contemporary composers, having won the Messiaen competition five years prior to this performance.

Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms is the final work of the programme, a work that Bernstein felt revealed the ‘devotional Stravinsky, the true believer.’ He called it ‘undeniably the greatest musical celebration of the religious spirit to have been written in our century.’

ICA Classics’ previous two DVD releases featuring Leonard Bernstein (ICAD5082 and 5098) have received great critical acclaim. ICAD5082 was awarded a Diapason d’Or by Diapason magazine.

Sound format: Enhanced Mono

Picture format: 4:3

Running time: 82’

Menu languages: English

Booklet languages: E/G

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“Burton is excellent...at deftly intercutting the orchestral with Bernstein's riveting conducting, which conveys an amazing range of rhythmic and dynamic distinctions...The performance itself is by turns mesmerisingly textured and blisteringly powerful, and is playing with coruscating brilliance by the orchestra.” BBC Music Magazine, June 2014 ****

“The conductor takes the limelight, animating old Russian tunes from within and giving the music’s primal urge tumultuous momentum.” Financial Times, 2nd March 2014

“a magnetic performance which is full of the primitive savagery and energy of the music but which also reminds us that Stravinsky’s score contains a wealth of subtle detail. On this kind of form I wonder if there has ever been a conductor better equipped to translate Stravinsky’s vision into aural reality.” MusicWeb International, 28th March 2014

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Stravinsky: The Rake's Progress

Stravinsky: The Rake's Progress

Live recording from the Glyndebourne Festival Opera, 1975


Felicity Lott (Anne), Leo Goeke (Tom Rakewell), Richard Van Allan (Trulove, Anne’s father), Samuel Ramey (Nick Shadow) & Rosalind Elias (Baba the Turk)

The London Philharmonic Orchestra, Bernard Haitink (conductor) & John Cox (stage director)

Stage Designer David Hockney

First performed in 1951 at the theatre La Fenice in Venice, the opera The Rake’s Progress was given its first British performance by the Glyndebourne Opera Festival. This recording is the famous and striking 1975 John Cox production which has been described as “brilliant stroke” (The Daily Telegraph) and as “a virtuoso piece of production and design”.

The designer on the production was the British painter David Hockney, one of today’s leading artists. His highly individual sets, based on the Hogarth’s series of prints, reflect perfectly the “spikiness” of the music, combined with the underlying tenderness of the theme of true love. The Dutch conductor Bernard Haitink, one of the most influential of his time, has the musical direction over a top-class ensemble of soloists – headed by Leo Goeke in the title role, who sang frequently in Glyndebourne, and Felicity Lott, one of the most important English opera singers, who became “Dame of the British Empire” in 1996.

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Riccardo Muti Live from Teatro La Fenice

Riccardo Muti Live from Teatro La Fenice

Recorded live at the Teatro La Fenice, 2003


Beethoven:

Consecration of the House Overture, Op. 124

Caldara:

Te Deum

Stravinsky:

Symphony of Psalms

Wagner:

Huldigungsmarsch, WWV 97

Kaisermarsch, WWV104


Patrizia Ciofi (soprano), Sara Allegretta (soprano), Sonia Ganassi (mezzo-soprano), Sara Mingardo (mezzo-soprano), Roberto Sacca (tenor), Mirko Guadagnini (tenor), Michele Pertusi (bass), Nicolas Rivenq (bass)

Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro La Fenice, Riccardo Muti

The Venetian theatre is fondly called “La Fenice”, the Phoenix, after the bird that periodically burns itself in order to rise again from the ashes as a symbol of eternal renewal – it burned to the ground twice since it opened in 1792. Following the first fire in 1836 it was rebuilt according to the original plans by Tommaso and Giambattista Meduna on a new site, the Campo San Fantin, where it was once again rebuilt following the second fire in 1996, which reduced the theatre to its bare foundations.

When the legendary Phoenix finally rose from the ashes again in 2003, its rebirth was celebrated with a series of concerts. Riccardo Muti, musical director of La Scala, conducted the official inaugural gala concert on December 14th. In the presence of the Italian President, Carlo Ciampi, Muti conducted La Fenice’s choir and orchestra together with some of the best Italian singers in an unusual but truly Venetian programme.

After Beethoven’s overture Zur Weihe des Hauses, composed in the spirit of Handel’s festive music for the opening of a Viennese theatre in 1822, the concert features works by composers with strong ties to Venice: Igor Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms, Antonio Caldara’s double choir Te Deum and two marches by Richard Wagner. Stravinsky was buried in Venice, Caldara was born in Venice and Richard Wagner died there.

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Georg Solti Conducts

Georg Solti Conducts

Live Recording from The Philharmonie Im Gasteig, Munich, 1993


Bruckner:

Symphony No. 3 in D minor ‘Wagner Symphony'

Stravinsky:

Symphony in 3 movements


Gudrun Haag (harp) & Barton Weber (piano)

Symphonieorchester Des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Georg Solti

This legendary performance from Munich features the great Georg Solti conducting the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks (Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra) with works by Anton Bruckner and Igor Stravinsky.

Bruckner dedicated his Third Symphony to Richard Wagner, whom the modest Austrian organist greatly admired. Wagner had given Bruckner his appraisal for the work after having looked over the first draft. The Third is the first of Bruckner’s symphonies where his unique symphonic form achieved its full expression.

Stravinsky, who is less known for his symphonic compositions, composed his Symphony in Three Movements for New York between 1942 and 1945. Although Stravinsky stressed that it was absolute music, the symphony has obvious allusions to the events of the time, namely the Second World War. This becomes apparent through the harsh rhythms and stirring tempi. Georg Solti was a frequent guest in Munich, having been the musical director of the Bavarian State Opera right after the war, and giving regular concerts in Munich thereafter.

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“Blazing, virtuoso performances of textural clarity and precision whose high intensity keeps Bruckner 3 on a tight musical leash and imbues the Stravinsky with dynamism.” BBC Music Magazine, February 2014 ****

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Salzburg Festival Opening Concerts

Salzburg Festival Opening Concerts


Bartók:

Piano Concerto No. 1, BB 91, Sz. 83

Daniel Barenboim (piano)

Pierre Boulez

Beethoven:

Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58

Daniel Barenboim (piano)

Daniel Barenboim

Berg:

Lulu-Suite (Five Symphonic Pieces) for soprano and orchestra

Anna Prohaska (soprano)

with Chorus State Opera Vienna, Pierre Boulez

Der Wein

Dorothea Röschmann (soprano)

with Chorus State Opera Vienna, Pierre Boulez

Boulez:

Notations I-IV

Daniel Barenboim

Notations VII

Daniel Barenboim

Bruckner:

Te Deum in C major, WAB 45

Dorothea Roschmann (soprano), Elīna Garanča (mezzo), Klaus Florian Vogt (tenor), René Pape (bass)

with Chorus State Opera Vienna, Daniel Barenboim

Mahler:

Das klagende Lied

Dorothea Röschmann (soprano), Anna Larsson (contralto) & Johan Botha (tenor)

with Chorus State Opera Vienna, Pierre Boulez

Ravel:

Valses nobles et sentimentales

Pierre Boulez

Schubert:

6 German Dances D820

orch. A Webern

Nikolaus Harnoncourt

Symphony No. 9 in C major, D944 'The Great'

Nikolaus Harnoncourt

Strauss, Josef:

Frauenherz-Polka Op. 166

Nikolaus Harnoncourt

Delirien Waltz, Op. 212

Nikolaus Harnoncourt

Pêle-mêle – Polka schnell, Op. 161

Nikolaus Harnoncourt

Stravinsky:

The Firebird

Pierre Boulez


Theses four Salzburg Festival Opening Concerts (C Major 702508/702708/706808/710908) are now available in a Hardcover Slipcase for a very attractive price!

Top casts with Pierre Boulez, Daniel Barenboim, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Wiener Philharmoniker, Röschmann, Garanča, Vogt, Pape, Prohaska, Röschmann, Larsson, Botha.

The Salzburg Festival, for many regarded as the world’s most renowned music festival, is by tradition a high-profile event.

Running Time: Total: 365 minutes

Picture: 16:9, Colour

Sound: PCM Stereo, DTS 5.1 / PCM Stereo, DTS 5.0 (DVD 4)

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Salzburg Festival 2012 Opening Concert

Salzburg Festival 2012 Opening Concert


Mussorgsky:

Songs and Dances of Death

Sergei Semishkur (tenor)

Prokofiev:

Symphony No. 5 in B flat major, Op. 100

Stravinsky:

Symphony of Psalms

Konzertvereinigung Wiender Staatsopernchor


This DVD presents a wonderful recording of the opening concert of the Salzburger Festspiele from 2012 – an annual highlight on the Classical Music calendar traditionally performed by the vibrant heart of the festival: the Wiener Philharmoniker.

The program from 2012 was Russian themed with a focus on the most profound questions of human life with excellent interpretations of Igor Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms, Modest Mussorgsky’s Songs and Dances of Death and Sergei Prokofiev’s Fifth Symphony.

The concert is conducted by Valery Gergiev, general and artistic director of the Mariinsky Theatre, winner of the Herbert-von-Karajan Award and the Polar Music Prize. Russian tenor Sergei Semishkur, soloist at the Mariinsky theatre, excels in his intense interpretation of Mussorgsky’s Songs and Dances of Death.

Picture format DVD: NTSC 16:9

Sound formats DVD: PCM Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.0, DTS 5.0

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Booklet notes: English, German, French

Running time: 90 mins

“the Philharmonic - and particularly the Vienna State Opera Chorus - render Stravinsky's Psalms with biting urgency, with rhythm and transparency of sound effectively replacing their usual lushness.” Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2013

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