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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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Sounds formats DVD: PCM Stereo, DD 5.1, DTS 5.1

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Booklet notes: English, German, French

Running time: 116 mins

Audience: all

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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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Running time: 112 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.

NTSC 16:9, PCM Stereo, DD 5.1, DTS 5.1

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Booklet Notes: English, German, French

Running time: 103 mins

Audience: all

“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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Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake, Op. 20

Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake, Op. 20

Recorded at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London, on 16th & 24th March 2009.


Marianela Nuñez (Odette/Odile), Thiago Soares (Price Siegfried), Elizabeth McGorian (Siegfried's mother), Christopher Saunders (Von Rothbart/Evil Spirit), Alastair Marriott (Tutor), David Pickering (Benno)

Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Valeriy Ovsyanikov (conductor) & Anthony Dowell (stage director)

Choreographers: Marius Petipa & Lev Ivanov

Yolanda Sonnabend's Faberge-inspired designs evoke a world of Imperial Russia in Anthony Dowell's acclaimed production for The Royal Ballet of one of the world's best-loved ballets. Marianela Nuñez as Odette/Odile and Thiago Soares as Prince Siegfried bring new vitality to a compelling story of tragic romance. The Russian conductor Valeriy Ovsyanikov directs the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House in Tchaikovsky's lush romantic score. Filmed in High Definition and recorded in true surround sound.

Bonus material:

Illustrated synopsis.

Cast gallery.

Interview with Anthony Dowell

Four Swan Queens - Exclusive 30-minute conversation on the demands of dancing the role of the Swan Queen with former Prima Ballerinas Dame Beryl Grey, Dame Monica Mason, Lesley Collier and current principal Marianela Nuñez.

‘Anthony Dowell’s production…offers the ultimate classical experience, with the sights and sounds of a proud 19th century tradition running at full throttle. Fancy a romantic tragedy in a tutu? Then this is the ballet for you. …The production as a whole is beautifully formed and dramatically convincing… And praise, too, for the corps, who made us feel the sorrow and anger of the swans’ collective misfortune.’ The Times

Running time 179 mins

Region code All regions Picture format 16:9 Anamorphic

Sound format Half DTS 2.0 / 5.1

Menu language EN Subtitles (extra features) FR/DE/ES/IT

Dimensions (mm) W135 H190 D25

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Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin

Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin


Mariusz Kwiecien (Onegin), Makvala Kasrashvili (Madame Larina), Tatiana Monogarova (Tatiana), Margarita Mamsirova (Olga), Emma Sarkisyan (Filippievna, the nurse), Andrei Dunaev (Lensky), Anatoli Kotscherga (Prince Gremin) & Valery Gilmanov (Zaretsky)

Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra & Chorus, Alexander Vedernikov

Direction & Sets: Dmitri Tcherniakov

Bonus: Onegin at the Palais Garnier

Polish baritone Mariusz Kwiecien, recognised as one of the leading baritones before the public today, opened the 2008-2009 season in Paris with his Bolshoi Theatre debut, performing the title role in Eugene Onegin, which he reprised later in the season with the Bavarian State Opera, replacing an indisposed Dmitri Hvorostovsky. Last Autumn he performed the title role in Don Giovanni at Covent Garden, followed by Enrico in Lucia and Marcello at the Met, where he appears frequently. Future engagements include a new production of Szymanowski's King Roger at the Bastille in June and July 2009 and Count Almaviva at Covent Garden in June 2010.

"Kwiecien is scoring a triumph in the title role, a part everywhere identified with his immediate predecessor, Siberian baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky…Kwiecien commands the stage with his good looks, rich and resonant voice and the volatile intensity with which he throws himself into the role of the aloof Russian playboy." Chicago Tribune

“Tatiana Monogarova is a particularly lovely Tatiana, her warmly vibrant voice fresh as her touchingly beautiful face and well cared-for as her slender, graceful figure. The Lenski, Andrey Dunaev, is a credit to the line of Russian lyric tenors he now represents, his tone ingratiating...” Gramophone Magazine, September 2009

“With the first two Acts hermetically sealed in a Russian dining room - modern-dress, in essence timeless - nearly everything the main characters do and feel is overseen by the chorus of house-guests. The intelligent principals selflessly support Tcherniakov's vision. Tatiana Monogarova's...phrases what is more a Mad than a Letter Scene beautifully. The solution to the duel is controversial but powerful, the heart of a superb Russian production.” BBC Music Magazine, October 2009 ****

“Musically it's very fine... Kwiecien, all hauteur and failing self-control, is one of the finest Onegins you will ever see, and the final scene is extraordinary…” The Guardian, 11th December 2009 ***

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Tchaikovsky: Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66

Tchaikovsky: Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66

Recorded live at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London on 23rd November 1994.


Viviana Durante, Zoltán Solymosi, Anthony Dowell, Benazir Hussein, William Tuckett & Elizabeth McGorian

The Royal Opera Chorus & The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Barry Wordsworth

Marius Petipa’s demanding but enchanting choreography of Tchaikovsky’s romantic fairytale The Sleeping Beauty is one of the best-loved of all classical ballets. This recording of Anthony Dowell’s gloriously romantic 1994 production, with charming, dreamlike designs by Maria Bjørnson, features an all-star cast led by Viviana Durante as a charismatic Princess Aurora, Zoltán Solymosi as a delightful Prince Florimund and Anthony Dowell as a wonderfully dishevelled Carabosse. The Royal Ballet, in exceptionally fine form, is beautifully accompanied by the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, conducted by Barry Wordsworth.

‘Viviana Durante, who replaces the injured Darcey Bussell, is outstanding as Aurora. Radiant and youthful, she dances with an ease and naturalness that is enchanting. She also takes astonishing risks, holding a difficult balance for an extra few seconds while maintaining immaculately clean lines.’ Evening Standard

“Maria Björnson's designs horrified the ballet conservatives, but visually this is the best Beauty ever. Petipa's choreography survives mostly intact with Zoltán Solymosi's handsome Prince and Viviana Durante's spellbinding Aurora.” BBC Music Magazine, January 2010 *****

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Russia, Ukraine & Uzbekistan

Russia, Ukraine & Uzbekistan


Music by Tchaikovsky

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