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Tchaikovsky: Symphonies Nos. 4, 5 & 6

Tchaikovsky: Symphonies Nos. 4, 5 & 6

Recorded at Salle Pleyel , Paris – 25, 26 & 29 January 2010


Tchaikovsky:

Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36

Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64

Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 74 'Pathétique'


Valery Gergiev is widely recognised as the greatest modern interpreter of Tchaikovsky’s music and the Mariinsky holds a peerless reputation in the repertoire. Together they deliver definitive interpretations of Tchaikovsky’s most popular symphonies. These acclaimed performances were filmed at Salle Pleyel in Paris during January 2010, directed by Andy Sommer.

The themes of fate and death pervade Tchaikovsky’s final symphonies. The composition of the Fourth Symphony coincided with the breakdown of Tchaikovsky’s marriage and a failed suicide attempt, yet he considered it to be his greatest. In contrast he believed his Fifth to be flawed and uninviting, yet today this heartfelt work is widely regarded as one of his finest. The subject of fate is further instilled in the Sixth Symphony, premiered shortly before Tchaikovsky’s death. It was posthumously entitled ‘Pathétique’ by his brother and is a deeply melancholic work, full of dynamic extremes and an inherent sense of finality.

Additional bonus features interview with Valery Gergiev. Tommy Pearson - director.

Stereo 2.0 Dolby Digital

Surround 5.1 Dolby Digital

“Tchaikovsky's last three symphonies are familiar to the Mariinsky Orchestra and their conductor Valery Gergiev, so one can expect their performances of them to be immaculate. Not a note is out of place, even in the most desperate and hectic passages of these performances...Yet the overall impression is of a paradoxical combination of coolness and hysteria.” BBC Music Magazine, December 2011 ***

“Gergiev unusually conducts with a baton and creates performances that are both well contoured and emotionally charged. The camera catches all his characteristic poses and photo-frames the pizzicato workings of the Fourth Symphony’s third movement in welcome detail. The Mariinsky musicians have played this repertoire so often that they could probably do it in their sleep, but there’s no sense of routine.” Financial Times, 22nd October 2011 ***

“These are keenly voiced performances of plentiful character, intrepid incident and abundant temperament, occasionally infuriating, yes, but seldom aloof...The actual sound, whether in stereo surround, is first-class. Gergiev acolytes need not tarry; the rest should approach with an element of caution.” Gramophone Magazine, December 2011

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World Orchestra for Peace at the Abu Dhabi Festival

World Orchestra for Peace at the Abu Dhabi Festival


Prokofiev:

Symphony No. 1 in D major, Op. 25 'Classical'

Rossini:

Guillaume Tell Overture

Tchaikovsky:

Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64


This DVD includes two major works of Russian repertoire for which Gergiev is famous. While he emphasises the lightness and vitality of Prokofiev’s “Classical” Symphony, Gergiev pours his entire soul into Tchaikovsky’s grand, exultant Fifth Symphony.

Includes a fascinating 23 minutes Documentary about the orchestra, founded by Sir Georg Solti. The orchestra draws its roster from the great orchestras of the world - even the back bench violins are first and second desk players at home.

The Abu Dhabi Festival is regarded as the United Arab Emirates’ largest and most prestigious classical arts event.

“The conductor Valery Gergiev has become one of Russia’s most potent cultural symbols. [...] From the works of Mikhail Glinka to those of Shostakovich, the core of the Russian repertory is infused with a direct emotional appeal. When he conducts those scores (indeed, when he conducts anything), Gergiev is seeking a gut connection between the music and the audience.” The New York Times

Running Time Total: 104 minutes

Symphonies: 83 minutes

Documentary: 21 minutes

Picture 16:9, color

Sound PCM Stereo, DTS 5.1

(Bonus: PCM Stereo)

Subtitles Documentary: German,

English (original language)

“The programme is both straightforwardly popular and plays to conductor Valery Gergiev's strengths. He and the orchestra whip up a fine storm in the opening of Rossini's William Tell Overture, are scintillating in the exhilarating finale of Prokofiev's Classical Symphony, and give a stately account of Tchaikovsky's Fifth Symphony...With the Johann Strauss encore...the orchestra lifts spirits with playing which infectiously combines high spirits with professional polish” BBC Music Magazine, October 2011 ****

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Daniel Barenboim and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra – The Salzburg Concerts

Daniel Barenboim and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra – The Salzburg Concerts


Beethoven:

Leonore Overture No. 3, Op. 72b

Mozart:

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

Schoenberg:

Variations for Orchestra, Op. 31

Tchaikovsky:

Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 74 'Pathétique'


The concerts on this DVD and Blu-ray had been recorded at the 2007 Salzburg Festival, during the orchestras Salzburg residency. The ensemble "proved its status as a first-class orchestra that has no need to shy from comparisons with the philharmonic 'top dogs' from Vienna or Berlin" (Munich's Abendzeitung).

The idea of uniting young musicians from Israel, Palestine and various Arab countries into a musical ensemble still seems incredible today. Yet such an orchestra has been flourishing since 1999, when Daniel Barenboim and Edward Said founded the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra.

DVD: DTS 5.0, PCM Stereo

Total: 122 minutes

“captures the sense of music-making on the wing...rarely has the final coda erupted with such overwhelming joy. The same electrifying concentration informs performances of Schoenberg's Variations and Tchaikovsky's Pathetique Symphony, which find Barenboim so emotionally involved that at times he gently coaxes the sounds from the orchestra rather than directing them imperiously.” International Record Review, January 2012

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Tchaikovsky: Pique Dame

Tchaikovsky: Pique Dame


Misha Didyk (Hermann), Emily Magee (Lisa), Lado Ataneli (Count Tomsky), Ludovic Tézier (Prince Yeletsky), Elena Zaremba (Polina), Ewa Podles (Countess), Mikhaïl Vekua (Chaplitsky), Francisco Vas (Chekalinsky) & Claudia Schneider (Masha)

Symphony Orchestra and chorus of the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Michael Boder (conductor) & Gilbert Deflo (director)

Obsessive in gambling and in love, the soldier Hermann is the protagonist of Tchaikovsky’s Pique Dame, based on a story by Pushkin. He is smitten with the aristocratic Lisa and fixated on learning the winning secret of ‘the three cards’ from her grandmother, the Countess, played by iconic contralto Ewa Podles. This opulent production from Barcelona’s Liceu captures St Petersburg in the era of Catherine the Great, while the house’s Music Director Michael Boden conducts a large and impressive cast.

Extra features:

Cast Gallery

Running time 183 mins

Region Code All regions

Picture format 16:9 Anamorphic

Sound format 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS

Menu languages EN

Subtitles EN/FR/DE/ES/CA

“[Didyk] cuts a fine figure on stage: tall, blond, physically agile, he sings the role of the poor lunatic gambler well. His voice is laser-like in focus and has the familiar Slavic edge...Ataneli's Tomsky is a fine interpretation, his bright voice standing up well...[Podles] is in full control of her considerable resources, the voice booming when it must and scaled back for her lovely ballad” International Record Review, September 2011

“Misha Didyk is both vocally strong and physically striking; his acting is suitably neurotic and ‘on the edge’...[Podles] just about steals every scene she’s in. The part is often sung by veteran mezzos somewhat past their prime, so it’s refreshing to hear it so well sung by a rich contralto and so well acted.” Opera Britannia, 30th October 2011 ****

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The Nobel Prize Concert 2010

The Nobel Prize Concert 2010


Beethoven:

Leonore Overture No. 3, Op. 72b

Sibelius:

Symphony No. 5 in E flat major, Op. 82

Tchaikovsky:

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35

Joshua Bell (violin)


Joshua Bell lights up the stage with this dazzling performance of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto, the centerpiece of the Nobel Prize Concert© in honour of the 2010 Nobel Prize Laureates. Part of the official Nobel Week, this tribute concert opens with music by Beethoven that urgently evokes the spirit of freedom from tyranny. And closing the evening is a glowing account by Sakari Oramo and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic of Sibelius’s monument to orchestral majesty, the titanic Fifth Symphony.

BONUS: Interviews featuring Joshua Bell, Sakari Oramo and Mario Vargas Llosa, 2010’s Nobel Laureate in Literature

Picture Format DVD: NTSC 16:9

Sound Formats DVD: Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1, PCM Stereo

Region Code: 0 (worldwide)

Running Time: 91:25

Disc Format: DVD 9

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“For many the main event here is Joshua Bell who turns in a fine account of the Tchaikovsky Concerto, ably supported by Oramo...In the expansive opening Allegro moderato, both relish the inherent drama and passion as well as its winning lyrical impulse...Of the bonus interviews, that with Nobel Laureate Mario Vargas Llosa is the pick.” Gramophone Magazine, September 2011

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Rozhdestvensky At The Proms

Rozhdestvensky At The Proms


Glinka:

Ruslan & Lyudmila Overture

Royal Albert Hall, London, 14 August 1981

Ivan Susanin (A Life for the Tsar): highlights

Royal Albert Hall, London, 14 August 1981

Tchaikovsky:

The Nutcracker, Op. 71 (Act II)

Royal Albert Hall, London, 27 July 1981


Gennadi Rozhdestvensky was the BBC Symphony Orchestra’s Chief Conductor from 1978 – 1981. The three performances on this disc are taken from two concerts during the

1981 Proms season and represent him at the highest point of his relationship with the orchestra.

One of the premier conductors of Russian music, Rozhdestvensky is well known for his interpretations of (and love for) ballet scores, having first conducted the Nutracker at the Bolshoi aged 20.

In this complete performance of The Nutcracker’s second act, Rozhdestvensky’s deep understanding of the music and affinity for it are evident.

The 1979 recording of Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty with the BBCSO on BBC Legends was a Penguin Rosette winner – Rozhdestvensky is described as giving caring and sensitive direction, loving attention to detail, narrative drama and having light rhythmic touch and delicacy of feeling. He remains even today, one of the great interpreters of Russian music.

This is the first DVD release.

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Sound format: LPCM stereo/enhanced mono

Picture format: 4:3

Running time: 64’

Subtitles: n/a

Menu languages: English

Booklet languages: E/F/G

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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.

1 DVD, 2h 12min

PAL 16:9, Stereo, Language : Fr

No subtitles

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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Renée Fleming & Dmitri Hvorostovsky

Renée Fleming & Dmitri Hvorostovsky

A Musical Odyssey in St Petersburg – Film


Bellini:

Casta Diva (from Norma)

Medtner:

Winterabend, Op. 13 No. 1

Rachmaninov:

In the silence of the secret night, Op. 4 No. 3

Sing not, O lovely one (Ne poi, krasavitsa, pri mne), Op. 4 No. 4

Spring torrents, Op. 14 No.11

Rubinstein:

Epithalamium (from Néron)

Tchaikovsky:

Akh, istomilas' ya gorem from The Queen of Spades

Eugene Onegin: Final scene

Serenada Don-Zhuana (Don Juan's Serenade), Op. 38 No. 1

Sred' shumnogo bala (Amid the din of the ball), Op. 38 No. 3

Ya vas lyublyu 'Yeletsky’s aria' (from Pique Dame)

I thought I heard some voices (Oprichnik)

Thomas, Ambroise:

O vin, dissipe la tristesse (from Hamlet)

Verdi:

Favella il Doge ad Amelia Grimaldi? (from Simon Boccanegra)

Udisti?…Mira di acerbe lagrime (from Il Trovatore)


Renée Fleming (soprano), Dmitri Hvorostovsky (baritone), Olga Kern (piano), Ivari Ilja (piano)

The State Hermitage Orchestra, Constantine Orbelian

Renée Fleming explores the cultural riches of St Petersburg, and the role that music played in its unique history. She is joined by Russian baritone star Dmitri Hvorostovsky, for a three-part programme of opera excerpts by Tchaikovsky and Verdi, and songs by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov and Medtner.

The 90 minute film is presented by Renée Fleming herself, as she takes the viewer on a journey through the principal sights and musical history of ‘The Venice of the North’.

All repertoire was performed by special permission in the opulent theatres of the Winter Palace, the Yusopov Palace and the magnificent palace of Peterhof.

Video-direction by Brian Large

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Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin

Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin

Live Recording from The Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow, 2000


Maria Gavrilova (Tatyana), Vladimir Redkin (Eugene Onegin), Nikolay Baskov (Lensky) & Aik Martirosyan (Prince Gremin)

Bolshoi Theatre, Mark Ermler (conductor) & Boris Pokrovsky (stage director)

Choreography by Yuri Papko

Set Design Alena Pikalova

This DVD presents a lavish and naturalistic staging of Eugene Onegin performed in Moscow, the city where the work had its world premiere on 29 March 1879. In their production, the Bolshoi not only adopted a traditional music theatre approach, they also successfully revived a previous and popular production. A feast of music is spread before the audience for their pure enjoyment. The gifted singers are so secure in their command of the Russian idiom that the music’s inner content, its lyrismo, is constantly at the fore. Vladimir Redkin with his profound, glowing baritone takes the title-role, and Maria Gavrilova sings Tatyana, her soprano gleaming at the top, is almost unequalled for warmth and radiance. This Eugene Onegin is a sumptuously arrayed feast of singing. But it is also a feast of good theatre, because it concentrates on the most important element of the tale it tells; namely the tragedy of the human soul and its suffering. The setting and costumes are naturalistic and the drama develops its intensity primarily from the music and the text.

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Picture Format: 4:3

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Subtitle Languages: GB, DE, FR, IT, ES, CN

Running Time: 157 mins

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New Year’s Concert 2007

New Year’s Concert 2007

Live Recording from The Teatro La Fenice


Bellini:

Casta Diva (from Norma)

Mascagni:

Cavalleria Rusticana: Intermezzo

Paganini:

Violin Concerto No. 1 in D major, Op. 6 (Adagio espressivo)

Rossini:

La Cenerentola - Sinfonia

Tarentella Napoletana

Largo al factotum (from Il barbiere di Siviglia)

Tchaikovsky:

Swan Lake: Ballet Suite

Verdi:

Di Provenza il mar (from La Traviata)

Questa o quella (from Rigoletto)

Va, pensiero (from Nabucco)

Libiamo, ne' lieti calici (from La Traviata)


Dimitra Theodossiou, Giuseppe Filianoti, Roberto Frontali & Massimo Quarta

Teatro La Fenice, Kazushi Ono

Since 2004 Venice‘s rebuilt Teatro La Fenice has welcomed each New Year with a celebration of opera and symphonic music. Since that date, the Venetian concert has become a regular and increasingly popular fixture with television audiences, taking over the lead from the Viennese New Year’s Concert with its all-waltzes programme. Venice instead of Vienna that means opera instead of waltzes – a variety of highlights from Rossini, Verdi, Bellini, Paganini and Mascagni too. The choice of performers is made each year from the ranks of great conductors and acclaimed soloists, people who can rouse an audience and touch its emotions in the space of a few moments. As for the repertoire, the pieces chosen – arias, choruses and opera overtures – are almost always short, familiar and well-loved, all of them among the most-requested operatic gems, presented with the intention of keeping the memory of musical theatre, its stories and characters, alive.

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Picture Format: 4:3

DVD Format: DVD 9, NTSC

Running Time: 95 mins

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