Pick of the Autumn DVD releases
Wagner: Die Walküre
Robert Gambill (Siegmund), Mikhail Petrenko (Hunding), Willard White (Wotan), Eva-Maria Westbroek (Sieglinde), Eva Johansson (Brünnhilde), Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Simon Rattle
Simon Rattle's first ever Ring cycle from the annual festival at Aix-en-Provence. This is the first installment to be released and features a stellar cast led by Willard White.
Anne Sofie von Otter, Paul Groves, Dietrich Henschel, Yann Beuron, Ludovic Tézier & Frédéric Caton, Monteverdi Choir & English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner (conductor) & Brian Large (director)
John Eliot Gardiner chose Gluck’s 1776 French version of Alceste for Robert Wilson’s production, conducting the piece for the first time with his period-instrument ensemble, the English Baroque Soloists.
Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 1-9 (complete)
Berliner Philharmonic Orchestra, Claudio Abbado
With this box containing all nine Beethoven Symphonies, Medici Arts pays tribute to a consummate conductor, Claudio Abbado, and to his very special relationship, not only to the symphonic genius Beethoven but also to the world-class Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Recorded live at the Academia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Rome, February 2001.
Bach - 6 Brandenburg Concertos
Giuliano Carmignola (principal violin), Orchestra Mozart, Claudio Abbado
An all-star ensemble of early and baroque music specialists masters the delicate beauty of Bach's Brandenburg Concertos: the alternating solo and ensemble parts all shine with musical excellence, the communication between the musicians is outstanding, the structure of the music is always clear and intuitively understood.
Cecilia Bartoli - Viva Vivaldi
Live from the Theatre des Champs-Elysees, Paris
A full-length concert from the Theatre des Champs-Elysees, Paris, featuring beautiful and rare arias from Vivaldi's operas. This Brian Large film showcases the repertoire from the bestselling Vivaldi Album (Decca, 1999) which catapulted Cecilia Bartoli to worldwide stardom.
Bartoli's spectacular vocal pyrotechnics are supported by world-class Baroque ensemble and collaborators on the Decca album, Il Giardino Armonico.
Juxtapositions - The Edition
5 Films on the Greatest 20th Century Composers
Juxtapositions - The Edition is a collection of five acclaimed documentaries about Boulez, Carter, Glass, Messiaen and Pärt. A highly acclaimed collection of documentaries created in close collaboration between the composers, their most famous interpreters and dedicated film makers.
John Adams - American Classic
Directed by David Jeffcock
This profile of the man who led contemporary music out of the cul-de-sac of the avant-garde and revitalised modem opera centres on a major interview filmed at his home outside San Francisco. There are contributions from stage director Peter Sellars, librettist Alice Goodman and conductor Michael Tilson Thomas, and extensive performance extracts from Nixon in China and El Nino.
Hélène Grimaud - Living with Wolves
Directed by Reiner E. Moritz
This encounter with Grimaud captures the essence of a musician and woman who is full of surprises. Refreshingly open and engaging, she gives an insight into her life and her music and is seen at work in Europe, performing, rehearsing and recording. At home in upstate New York her passion for wolves and her concern to educate people about these top predators is evident as she introduces her charges.
David Oistrakh, Artist of the People?
A film by Bruno Monsaingeon
Alongside Fritz Kreisler, Jascha Heifetz, Nathan Milstein and Yehudi Menuhin, David Oistrakh is universally recognised not only as one of the few truly great violinists of the 20th century and as one of music's most striking personalities. It was not until 1953 that he began to make regular appearances in the West, by which time he was already 45 years old, although his legendary reputation had already made him the subject of endless speculation throughout the Western musical world.
Eight recent Classic Archive Titles
The Classic Archive Series which has always done so well on EMI now carries on under Medici Arts, and presents a fantastic opportunity to see some of the great artists of all time.
The latest 8 releases include Sviatoslav Richter, Tatiana Nikolayeva, Alexis Weissenberg, Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, Pierre Boulez, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Gennady Rozhdestvensky and György Cziffra.
90 Years of Leonard Bernstein
Including Beethoven, Brahms, Bruckner and Mozart
Five outstanding DVDs with performances by Leonard Bernstein celebrating his 90th anniversary which took place earlier this year.