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Daniel Barenboim: The Jubilee Concert from Buenos Aires
Recorded at the Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires, August 2000
Documentary: “Multiple Identities”
This documentary tracks the pianist-conductor from summer 1999 through Berlin, Chicago, Tel Aviv and Weimar up to this stage anniversary in Buenos Aires, in summer 2000, and ends up with his controversial performance of "Prelude and Liebestod" from Wagner’s "Tristan and Isolde" in Jerusalem in summer 2001. It is a film about music, about music making and a celebration of a remarkable personality.
Featuring Yo-Yo Ma, Pierre Boulez, Cecilia Bartoli, Waltraud Meier, Edward Said, Staatskapelle Berlin, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Berliner Philharmoniker and many more
Live recording from the Gewandhaus Leipzig, November 2008
and numerous Encores including works by Scarlatti, Ginastera, Schubert, Chopin and Schumann
Five decades after his first appearance on stage the legendary Barenboim plays a special anniversary concert in the Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires.
A touching encounter between the pianist and the enthusiastic audience of his home country Argentina.
Main Program includes favourite piano works by Beethoven, Mozart and Albeniz.
Presenting not less than 13 encores by Chopin, Schumann, Villa-Lobos, Scarlatti, to name just a few.
“A transatlantic superstar, one half of the classical music world's most golden ever couple, and long-time leader of two of the world's foremost orchestras, Daniel Barenboim nevertheless maintains a work schedule that takes him all over the world. Both a pianist and conductor, he says simply, ‘I like to work and I like variety." BBC
Picture format DVD: NTSC 16:9
Sounds formats DVD: PCM Stereo, DD 5.0, DTS 5.0
Region code: 0
Booklet notes: English, German, French
Subtitles: English, German, French
Running time: 140 mins (Concert) / 90 mins (Documentary)
“These two absorbing DVDs pay tribute to Daniel Barenboim's extraordinary talents both as a musician and a communicator...[The programme] reveals Barenboim at the height of his powers, bringing fresh insights to familiar works. There's certainly no chocolate-box gentility to his Mozart Sonata...The Beethoven Appassionata is no less impressive...the Albeniz offers him opportunities to revel in the brilliance of the writing” BBC Music Magazine, March 2011 *****
BBC Music Magazine
DVD Choice - March 2011
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Albéniz: Iberia, Books 1 & 2 & España
“Barenboim is sultry and evocative in the first two books of Iberia, combining clarity of line with sun-drenched, atmospheric haze. The simpler dance forms of Espana are less convincing.” BBC Music Magazine, May 2013 ****
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Albéniz - Iberia Volume 1
Yoram Ish-Hurwitz (piano)
Disillusioned after the debacle surrounding a planned opera trilogy, the Spanish composer Isaac Albeniz devoted the last years of his life to his magnum opus entitled “Iberia”. In just over two years, a gravely ill Albéniz wrote the 12 nouvelles ‘impressions’, as he called them, alternating between Paris and Nice. In these pieces he seems to have produced an accurate sketch of Spain around the turn of the century. Because of the flamenco elements and the titles of the pieces, Andalusia is often called the source of
inspiration for the cycle, but the emerging Impressionism of Paris also seems to have left its mark on the style, not to mention Lisztian virtuosity. The real quality of Iberia, however, lies in the originality with which Albéniz was able to blend these elements and the remarkable power of imagination he demonstrated in the process.
Yoram Ish-Hurwitz is a Dutch pianist of Israeli origin. He began his studies with Danièle Dechenne and Jan Wijn at the Sweelinck Conservatorium in Amsterdam. In 1993 he was the first Dutch pianist to graduate from the Juilliard School in New York with the Hungarian pianist György Sándor. In 1988 he won the second prize at the Eduard Flipse Piano Competition in Rotterdam. Three years later he was awarded the Jacques Vonk Prize by a unanimous international jury. Since then he has frequently performed in The Netherlands, including many times in the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. His discography includes works by Franz Schubert, Frédéric Chopin, Modest Mussorgsky, Sergei Prokofiev and the complete 'Années de Pèlerinage' by Franz Liszt.
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Albéniz - Complete Piano Music, Volume 2
(also available to download from $10.50)
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