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Berliner Philharmoniker: Russian Night

Berliner Philharmoniker: Russian Night

Live Recording from the Waldbühne Berlin, 1993


Borodin:

Prince Igor: Polovtsian Dances

Khachaturian:

Sabre Dance from Gayane

Lincke:

Berliner Luft March

Rimsky Korsakov:

Russian Easter Festival Overture, Op. 36

Strauss, J, I:

Radetsky March, Op. 228

Stravinsky:

The Firebird

Tchaikovsky:

The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a

Serenade for strings in C major, Op. 48: III. Élégie

1812 Overture, Op. 49


Directed by Brian Large.

Being the typically “Berliner” events they are, the annual summer concerts of the Berliner Philharmoniker at the Berlin Waldbühne far surpass the usual in open-air shows and are generally sold out months in advance. A traditional part of these concerts involves the early arrival of the guests who, laden with the requisite picnic paraphernalia, take their seats with a view to enjoying the hours until “their” Philharmonic gala is ready to begin. While there is little likelihood of finding the majority of these concert-goers at a “regular” performance of the Berliner Philharmoniker, the unique atmosphere of the Waldbühne – one of the most attractive amphitheatres in Europe – is irresistibly appealing and has long been the Mecca of many classical music fans.

The world-famous conductor, Seiji Ozawa, joined the Berliner Philharmoniker at the Waldbühne for the “Russian Night”, which naturally focused on music by great Russian composers. The outstanding Overture from Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Symphony, whose battle noise and canon fire are reminiscent of the Russian victory over the Napoleonic invaders, was just one of the items on the programme. With an orchestra as fabulous as the Berliner Philharmoniker plus a conductor as passionate as Seiji Ozawa, the success of the concert was a foregone conclusion.

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Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake, Op. 20

Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake, Op. 20


Choreography by Heinz Spoerli.

In 2005 it was over 30 years since the Zurich Opera House had seen a performance of probably the world’s best-loved ballet, Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake. The Zurich Ballet, which has become one of the world’s leading dance ensembles under Heinz Spoerli’s direction, raised this famed work from its slumber with a dream team to tackle this classic anew. Zurich Ballet Director and choreographer Spoerli has long been confirmed as a master storyteller and an imaginative renewer of the genre: with the support of set designer Erich Wonder and costumier Florence von Gerkan he has devised a new and contemporary version of this classic dance tale that has been eagerly awaited by ballet enthusiasts all over the world, in this his third production of Swan Lake. Top Russian conductor Vladimir Fedoseyev ensures an evening of musical excellence, too.

It has just been announced that at the end of the 2011/12 season, Heinz Spoerli is to stand down as Ballet Director and Principal Choreographer at the Opera House in Zurich.

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Berliner Philharmoniker: European Concert 1998

Berliner Philharmoniker: European Concert 1998

Live Recording from The Vasa Museum Stockholm, 1998


Debussy:

Trois Nocturnes

Tchaikovsky:

The Tempest, Op. 18

Verdi:

Quattro Pezzi Sacri

Wagner:

Der fliegende Holländer: Overture


Stockholm‘s Vasa Museum harbours an extraordinary historical attraction: a large, fully intact sailing ship from the 17th Century, the “Vasa”. The ship was laid down in 1626. It took some 400 shipyard workers no more than two years to turn a thousand felled oak trees into a proud ship ready for her maiden voyage. Yet before she had even sailed out of port, the “Vasa” capsized and sank. All initial attempts to salvage the wreck remained fruitless, with only fi fty-three of the sixty-four bronze canons being recovered.

It was to be another three hundred years before the “Vasa” was found in 1953, buried at a depth of 32 metres. It was decided the wreck should be salvaged. Years of work ensued to drill tunnels beneath the keel of the ship, steel cables were then strung through the tunnels and the completely undamaged ship was lifted to the light of day. Once exposed to the atmosphere, the ship had to be spraytreated to ensure its future preservation. Nowadays, the huge exhibition hall of the Vasa Museum is home to the ancient ship, which measures 69 metres in length, almost 12 metres in width and weighs 1,210 tonnes. At a keel-to-mast height of some 52 metres, the Vasa‘s masts are forced to protrude from the museum‘s roof. These unusual surroundings formed the venue for the Berliner Philharmoniker‘s 1998 European Concert in Sweden, which was conducted by Claudio Abbado.

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Italy

Italy

Verona and Romeo and Juliet - Florence - Naples


Tchaikovsky:

Romeo & Juliet - Fantasy Overture

Souvenir de Florence, Op. 70

Capriccio italien, Op. 45


The Places

Our tour of Italy stars in Verona, with its reminiscences of Romeo and Juliet. Then to Florence, for some 300 years, from 1434, the seat of the powerful Medici family, whose artistic patronage has left an impressive cultural legacy. The tour ends in the south, with Naples, originally a Greek colony and later a Roman port, and then capital of a kingdom, ruled by Normans and later from Spain. Briefly a Habsburg possession, from 1734 it belonged to the Bourbons, before the unification of Italy in 1860.

The Music

Tchaikovsky stayed in Florence on two occasions in 1878, after the disaster of his marriage, hastily contracted, had led him to seek respite abroad. A visit to Rome in 1880 led to the composition of the Italian Capriccio and his opera The Queen of Spades was written in 1890 in Florence, recalled in the same year in his Souvenir de Florence. The other music heard here is the Fantasy Overture, Romeo and Juliet, written in 1869 and based on Shakespeare's play, set in Verona.

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Gala Concert: 300 Years of St. Petersburg

Gala Concert: 300 Years of St. Petersburg

Recorded live at the St. Petersburg Philharmonia, Grand Hall, 1 June 2003


Bruch:

Kol Nidrei, Op. 47

Donizetti:

Regnava nel silenzio...Quando rapito in estasi (from Lucia di Lammermoor)

Leoncavallo:

Nedda! Silvio! A quest'ora che imprudenza (from I Pagliacci)

Puccini:

Quando me'n vo (from La Bohème)

Rachmaninov:

Fanfare

Ravel:

Piano Concerto in D major (for the left hand)

Respighi:

Adagio con variazioni for cello and orchestra

Saint-Saëns:

Introduction & Rondo capriccioso, Op. 28

Shostakovich:

Festive Overture, Op. 96

Tchaikovsky:

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

Polonaise (from Eugene Onegin, Op. 24)

Verdi:

Son io, mio Carlo... Io morro (from Don Carlo)


Anna Netrebko (soprano), Dimitri Hvorostovsky (baritone), Mischa Maisky (cello), Eliso Virsaladze (piano) & Viktor Tretjakov (violin)

St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Yuri Temirkanov & Nikolai Alekseev

This festive gala concert was held to mark the city’s 300th anniversary, bringing together some of the greatest Russian artists: young soprano Anna Netrebko, baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky, such great instrumentalists as cellist Mischa Maisky and violinist Viktor Tretyakov.

World-famous St. Petersburg Philharmonic under Yuri Temirkanov in a repertoire of fascinating variety.

An extraordinary evening with a lot of highlights from the most loved classical masterpieces.

Re-release of our very successful DVD and Blu-ray.

“Anna Netrebko has become one of the most admired of young lyric sopranos the world over" The Gramophone Magazine

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Booklet notes: English, German, French

Running time: 112 mins

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Open Air - A Night with the Berliner Philharmoniker

Open Air - A Night with the Berliner Philharmoniker

Recorded live at the Waldbühne, Berlin, 2002


Bizet:

L'Arlesienne Suite No. 2: IV. Farandole

Chapí:

Overture from La revoltosa

Dvorak:

Slavonic Dance No. 15 in C major, Op. 72 No. 7

Elgar:

The Wild Bears (The Wand of Youth Suite No. 2 Op. 1b)

Gardel:

Por Una Cabeza

(arr. John Williams)

Kim:

Elegy

Kreisler:

Tambourin Chinois, Op. 3

Lincke:

Berliner Luft March

Lumbye:

Champagne Galop

Mascagni:

Cavalleria Rusticana: Intermezzo

Massenet:

Le Cid: Aragonaise

Navarraise from Le Cid

Moniuszko:

Halka: Mazurka

Paganini:

The Carnival of Venice

Sibelius:

Valse Triste, Op. 44 No. 1

Tchaikovsky:

Souvenir d'un lieu cher, Op. 42: Mélodie in E flat major

Valse-scherzo in C major for violin & orchestra (or violin & piano), Op. 34

The Nutcracker: Pas de deux

Toyama:

Dance of the Celestials

Wagner:

Lohengrin: Prelude to Act 3

Wieniawski:

Polonaise brilliante No. 1 in D major, Op. 4

Ziehrer:

Wiener Bürger


The extraordinary atmosphere of this Open Air venue is the imagination of this production. More than 20,000 people attended the yearly Open Air Concert of the Berliner Philharmoniker at the Waldbühne in Berlin. The atmosphere is as unique as the Night of the Proms Concert.

This is a full programme of musical showpieces and some of the most popular pieces of classical music like Tchaikovsky The Nutcracker, Mascagni Intermezzo, Paganini Il carnevale die Venezia and Sibelius Valse triste.

The famous violinist Vadim Repin is clearly happy to indulge, performing here with all the appropriate showmanship and artistry alongside the first-class Berliner Philharmoniker and Mariss Jansons. This isn´t only a production for core classical lovers – this is a night for a wide audience.

“Repin’s playing of the Paganini has to be watched to be believed, and the audience, quite justifiably, go wild at the end, causing him to repeat the piece, this time modified for even greater effect, enchanting all present including orchestra and conductor. " John Phillips, MusicWeb International

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Running time: 116 mins

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Rattle conducts Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky & Rachmaninov

Rattle conducts Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky & Rachmaninov


Rachmaninov:

Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30

Yefim Bronfman (piano)

Stravinsky:

The Rite of Spring

Tchaikovsky:

The Nutcracker, Op. 71


The famous annual Berlin Phil Open-Air concert at the Berlin Waldbühne is attended by more than 20,000 people.The atmosphere is unique and unconventionally relaxed. People bring champagne, salmon and caviar, making the Waldbühne a giant picnic area. Candles are lit, transforming the area into an atmospheric venue for some of the most popular pieces of classical music. The 2009 programme has a Russian feel to it, with classic pieces by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov and Stravinsky; three pieces of the core repertoire, among the most popular ones. Yefim Bronfman, an artist of international reputation and specialist in the Russian repertoire, achieves a brilliant performance of Rachmaninov's 3rd concerto.This is a superb summer night in Berlin - not only for fans of classical music.

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Running time: 103 mins

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“Orchestral concerts al fresco don’t get more spectacular or more wide-spectrum than this. Here are Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic in the Waldbuhne, a ravine-hollowed amphitheatre outside the city… It's a gift for the consummate film crew that the 88 rows of seats, filled with brightly coloured picnickers, rise up in the late afternoon sun behind Yefim Bronfman's phenomenally clear, no-nonsense but also weighty and poetic handling of Rachmaninov's Third Piano Concerto. Great shots, these, and a great performance...” BBC Music Magazine, March 2010 *****

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Bavaria & Switzerland

Bavaria & Switzerland


Tchaikovsky:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23

Souvenir d'un lieu cher, Op. 42

orchestrated by Glazunov


The Places

The musical tour starts in the Bernese Alps, which offer some of the finest scenery in Switzerland, with glaciers and snow-covered expanses, and the towering Matterhorn. The Nymphenburg Palace and Park, near Munich, present a contrast, in their baroque elegance.

The Music

Music for the tour is taken from Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, one of the best known of all romantic concertos. This is followed by his Souvenir d’un lieu cher, three pieces originally for violin and piano, but here orchestrated by the composer Glazunov.

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Tchaikovsky’s Women & Fate

Tchaikovsky’s Women & Fate


Vladimir Ashkenazy, Cynthia Harvey, Mark Silver, Helen Field & Clarry Bartha

The Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra

These two pioneering films will both be shown in the second Christopher Nupen season to be broadcast by the BBC on Friday evenings, starting on 15 January. The series will also include the two Sibelius films and his Schubert film, all available on DVD and distributed by Select.

The Tchaikovsky films are unusual in that they do not use actors to represent the composer but are made entirely of Tchaikovsky’s own words and music plus the words of a few of his closest companions. The result gives an exceptionally intimate picture of the inner landscape of Tchaikovsky’s work and artistic preoccupations. They are essential viewing for Tchaikovsky fans.

The first film, Tchaikovsky’s Women (70'15"), looks at the women both in his private life and in his early music. Almost all of his best early work was inspired by deep identification with the plight of his suffering young heroines, an identification so complete that it spilled over repeatedly into his personal life with dramatic consequences: on one occasion leading to attempted suicide. This predeliction began, when Tchaikovsky was 24 years old,

with Katerina Kabanova in The Storm. It continued in full flood with Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Francesca da Rimini, Odette in Swan Lake and, above all, Tatyana in Evgeny Onegin. All of these young women make appearances in the film.

The second film, Fate (85'35"), looks at Tchaikovsky’s strange relationship with Nadezhda von Meck, the most important attachment of in his life, after his mother, while also following his increasing concern with the idea of fate as a controlling influence in his own life and as a motivating force in his later symphonies. What he did not know, despite all his concern and forebodings, was that fate would overtake him, at the age of 53, more tragically than even Tchaikovsky could have foreseen.

“Christopher Nupen: King of the music documentary” Gramophone Magazine and winner of the Documentary DVD of the Year at Midem in Cannes 2005, 2006 and 2008.

“The master of the music doc.” Norman Lebrecht, The Evening Standard

“Tchaikovsky ...constant delight and variety.” Peter Waymark, The Times.

Picture format: 4:3

Sound: Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo

Subtitles: DE/ES/FR/ IT/

Running time: 2 hours 36 mins

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A Russian Night

A Russian Night


Rachmaninov:

Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18

Hélène Grimaud (piano)

Stravinsky:

The Firebird

Tchaikovsky:

The Tempest, Op. 18


This is the first-ever concert DVD of Hélène Grimaud capturing her appearance with Claudio Abbado in a fascinating all-Russian concert programme recorded at Lucerne Festival in 2008. Claudio Abbado has invited Hélène for a variety of programmes since they first performed together in the early 90s and this is the first document of their collaboration, about which the Neue Züricher Zeitung wrote: “Grimaud played with naturalness and chamber-musical spirit….a phenomenal orchestra inspired by its charismatic conductor.”

The repertoire of the DVD throws light on various facets of Russian life and music. Two works – Tchaikovsky’s symphonic fantasia inspired by Shakespeare’s The Tempest and Stravinsky’s concert suite from the fairytale ballet The Firebird – depict the dramatic struggle between the forces of good and evil and the ultimate triumph of the former. And Hélène Grimaud is the soloist in a performance of one of the beloved classics of the late Romantic repertoire, Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto. For Hélène Grimaud, to perform the concerto with Claudio Abbado was “a dream”.

This DVD features behind-the-scenes material shows Hélène Grimaud in conversation and in rehearsal.

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