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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.

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Running time: 94 mins

Production year: 2014

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Stravinsky: Pulcinella & Busoni: Arlecchino

Stravinsky: Pulcinella & Busoni: Arlecchino


Busoni:

Arlecchino

Stravinsky:

Pulcinella


Pulcinella was an important turning point in Stravinsky's career, for it led him into the socalled “neo-classical'' style which was to dominate his output for the next several decades. Unlike his earlier ballets, which were characterized by huge orchestras, and innovative hythms, Pulcinella is relatively simple and sparse, scored for 33 chamber players and 3 vocal soloists, and sticking mostly to time signatures that had been used two centuries earlier. But even though Stravinsky used Pergolesi's melodies and bass lines with little change, he managed to put his own unmistakable stamp on the ballet through his use of modern harmonies and occasional rhythmic modifications. Arlecchino (Harlequin) is a oneact opera with spoken dialog by Ferruccio Busoni, with a libretto in German, composed in 1913. He completed the music for the opera while living in Zurich in 1916. It is an opera written in neo-classical style and includes ironic allusions to operatic conventions and situations typical of the late 18th and early 19th centuries. It even includes a parody of a duel.

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Denis Matsuev at the Royal Concertgebouw

Denis Matsuev at the Royal Concertgebouw

Tchaikovsky – Schumann – Stravinsky


Liadov:

A Musical Snuffbox, Op. 32

Schumann:

Kreisleriana, Op. 16

Scriabin:

Étude Op. 8 No. 12 in D sharp minor

Sibelius:

Etude, Op. 76, No. 2

Stravinsky:

Three Movements from Petrushka

Tchaikovsky:

The Seasons, Op. 37b

Méditation (No. 5 from Morceaux, Op. 72)

plus:

Matsuev jazz-improvisation 5:10


Denis Matsuev, a virtuoso in the grandest of Russian pianistic tradition, gave this remarkable recital at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. The Russian star pianist performs the complete Seasons by Tchaikovsky, one of the most popular classical works in Russia. The program also features Kreisleriana by Schumann and Three Movements from Stravinsky’s Petrushka.

Live from the Royal Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, 11 October 2015, directed by Sébastien Glas

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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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Running time: 57 mins

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“Utterly absorbing; not to be missed” MusicWeb International, 24th May 2016

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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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Booklet notes: English, German, French

Running time: 53 mins

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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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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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