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Martha Argerich & Daniel Barenboim from the Teatro Colón

Martha Argerich & Daniel Barenboim from the Teatro Colón

Piano Duos and Concert


 

El Firulete, Tango

Mores / Taboada (arr. José Carli)

Beethoven:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Major, Op. 15

Bizet:

Carmen Suite No. 1

Mozart:

Sonata for 2 pianos in D major, K448

Le nozze di Figaro, K492: Overture

Ravel:

Alborada del gracioso (Miroirs No. 4)

Rapsodie Espagnole

Pavane pour une infante défunte

Boléro

Schubert:

Variations in A flat major on a original theme, D813

Schumann:

Traumes Wirren (Fantasiestucke, Op. 12 No. 7)

Stravinsky:

The Rite of Spring

version for Piano Duet


For the first time the two musicians performed together in the city of their birth. The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra enthralled their audience at the Teatro Colón. With works by Beethoven, Bizet, Mores, Mozart, Ravel, Schubert, Schumann and Stravinsky . Recorded live at Teatro Cólon in August 2014, directed by Tilo Krause and Gustavo Peduto.

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The Story of Stravinsky's Le Sacre du printemps

The Story of Stravinsky's Le Sacre du printemps

A Film by Peter Rump


Stravinsky:

The Rite of Spring


First release on DVD.

With Valery Gergiev and Igor Stravinsky.

Featuring: Pierre Boulez, Alexander Toradze and others.

This programme records the meeting of two Russian musical giants, as Valery Gergiev, the most charismatic and dynamic conductor of our day, rehearses, performs and discusses Igor Stravinsky’s Le Sacre du printemps, a masterpiece of the twentieth-century. This visceral music is close to the maestro’s heart. He not only talks about its history and demonstrates what makes it such an innovative, inspiring and exhilarating composition, but also explains his special affi nity with this work from Stravinsky’s “Russian period”.

The theme of the Sacre is the primitive peasants’ appeasement of the new year deity that presides over earthly fertility and man’s survival. Stravinsky’s reiterated rhythms, harsh, massive blocks of harmony and dour, menacing scraps of basic melodic material evoke the first spring thaw for primitive man. The piece was written as ballet music, commissioned by Diaghilev and choreographed by Nijinsky for the Ballets Russes. The première of the Sacre ballet caused such a scandal that 29th May 1913 has gone down as the most notorious night in dance history. This programme includes extracts from a 1970’s Joffrey Ballet production of the Sacre, which used Nijinsky’s choreography and reconstructions of the original set and costume designs.

Among a wide range of archive material used in the programme is a rare clip of Igor Stravinsky conducting the Sacre, as well as footage of the composer talking about his composition and recalling his reaction to the audience’s loud disapproval of the piece at is première – “I said, ‘Go to Hell!’”

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Martha Argerich & Daniel Barenboim: Piano Duos

Martha Argerich & Daniel Barenboim: Piano Duos


Mozart:

Sonata for 2 pianos in D major, K448

Schubert:

Variations in A flat major on a original theme, D813

Stravinsky:

The Rite of Spring

for two pianos


Both come from Buenos Aires, both have made global careers for themselves.

Martha Argerich and Daniel Barenboim are not only fellow countrymen; they also both began to give concerts in their youth, as soloists and with an orchestra.

In addition, the two have a particular interest in chamber music in common - the repertoire spanning from the classics to modernism.

They now appear together: a summit meeting of two of the most eminent pianists of the past few decades and of the present, something which is well worth looking forward to.

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Stravinsky: The Firebird

Stravinsky: The Firebird

A Ballet choreographed by James Kudelka


Greta Hodgkinson, Aleksandar Antonijevic (Prince Ivan), Rebekah Rimsay (Princess Vasilisa) & Rex Harrington (Kastchei the Demon)

The Kirov Orchestra & National Ballet of Canada, Valery Gergiev

The Firebird is an exciting one-hour dance special based on the mystical Russian folk tale of enchantment and love, and is set to Stravinsky’s fantastical ballet score.

This adaption of James Kudelka’s masterpiece for the stage, combines classical ballet with magical visual effects.

Kudelka’s choreography is by turns elegant, virtuosic but always passionate and musically evocative.

The Firebird features the top dancers from the internationally renowned National Ballet of Canada and the soloists, including the great Greta Hodgkinson (nominated for the Prix Benois de la Danse in 2000) as the main role, Aleksandar Antonijevic as Prince Ivan, Rebekah Rimsay as Princess Vasilisa, and the unforgettable Rex Harrington as Kastchei the Demon.

Music performed by The Kirov Orchestra, conducted by Valery Gergiev.

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Claudio Abbado: The Berliner Philharmoniker in Japan

Claudio Abbado: The Berliner Philharmoniker in Japan


Mussorgsky:

A Night on the Bare Mountain

original version

Stravinsky:

The Firebird Suite

Tchaikovsky:

Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64


Maestro Abbado left us with an inspiring bestowal when the Berlin Philharmonics and himself made an appearance at the Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Japan, in October 1994.

Claudio Abbado’s Japan tour is seen as one the highlights of his musical career and this performance especially as one of the most memorable.

Modest Mussorgsky’s tone poem A night on the bare mountain was performed in the seldom- heard original version, which is incomparably wilder and more authentic than the pleasant instrumentation by Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov.

Igor Stravinsky created a suite from his ballet The Firebird, one of his most famous and successful compositions and it was premiered in 1919. It contains 7 of the 19 numbers heard in the complete ballet.

The concert ended with a work composed in a matter of weeks in 1888, Peter Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony. Its premiere in Moscow the same years, conducted by the composer, was only a modest success. Recognition was not slow to come, however, and the Fifth has long been one of Tchaikovsky’s best loved works.

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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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Running Time: 51 mins

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Balanchine: New York City Ballet in Montreal Vol. 2

Balanchine: New York City Ballet in Montreal Vol. 2


Bach, J S:

Concerto for Two Violins in D minor, BWV1043

danced as 'Concerto barocco'

Stravinsky:

Agon ‘Ballet for Twelve Dancers’

introduced by Balanchine

Tchaikovsky:

The Nutcracker: Grand pas de deux


Corps de ballet of New York City Ballet

Choreography by George Balanchine

This second volume in VAI’s series features three major ballets by Balanchine, plus an extended excerpt from his version of The Nutcracker, which was the first full-length ballet to enter NYCB’s repertoire during the company’s fledgling years. Balanchine himself is on hand to introduce Agon, a work he and Igor Stravinsky created for the NYCB in 1957.

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Balanchine: New York City Ballet in Montreal Vol. 1

Balanchine: New York City Ballet in Montreal Vol. 1


Stravinsky:

Orpheus

Nicholas Magallanes, Violette Verdy, Francisco Moncion, Roy Tobias, Judith Green

Tchaikovsky:

Serenade for strings in C major, Op. 48

(to choreography by George Balanchine)

Diana Adams, Patricia Wilde, Yvonne Mounsey, Jacques d’Amboise, Herbert Bliss


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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Running time: 108 mins

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