Smetana: Má Vlast: Vltava (Moldau)

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Waldbühne 2016 from Berlin: Czech Night

Waldbühne 2016 from Berlin: Czech Night

Recorded live at the Waldbuehne Berlin, 2016, directed by Henning Kasten


Dvorak:

Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 53

Lisa Batiashvili (violin)

Symphony No. 6 in D major, Op. 60

Smetana:

Má Vlast: Vltava


What kind of music could be better suited for the Berliner Philharmoniker’s legendary annual Waldbühne concert than Czech music? It’s always passionate and full of verve and sure to lift everyone’s spirits. Only very rarely does a young talent ascend to ‘world stardom’, but one of the few who can be considered an international superstar while still belonging to the new generation of conductors is Yannick Nézet-Séguin. He presents the much-loved Vlatava (Moldau) as well as Dvořák’s Sixth Symphony and Violin Concerto with the wonderful Lisa Batiashvili on the violin.

“An evening in Berlin that could not have been more perfect.” (Tagesspiegel)

This concert is a dual premiere for Yannick Nézet-Séguin (Artist of the Year 2016 and winner of the ECHO Klassik 2014): for the first time, the Canadian is conducting the Berliner Philharmoniker at their last concert of the season at the Waldbühne. This is also his first appearance with the orchestra since his debut in 2010, with an interpretation of the two major Czech national composers, Bedřich Smetana and Antonín Dvořák.

With his orchestra cycle Má vlast, Smetana created a musical portrait of his home country; particularly the second part, The Moldau, came to stand as the embodiment of Czech music. Smetana combines rhythmic and melodic elements of Czech folklore with stylistic devices of Western symphonic music.

The same applies for Antonín Dvořák, fashioning his own musical language, shaped by the Bohemian idiom, in the Slavonic Dances. Thus his Sixth Symphony contains many allusions to Czech folk songs and dances that are typical of Dvořák’s music.

The Violin Concerto is also inspired by Slavic dance rhythms. This captivating piece is played by the Georgian violinist Lisa Batiashvili, acclaimed by the press as a “ballerina on the violin”.

Including ‘conductor camera’ option: switch to the ‘picture-in-picture’ or ‘full screen’ in the conductor’s camera feature (full concert length) and experience maestro Nézet-Séguin from the orchestra’s perspective.

16:9 – NTSC

PCM Stereo, DD 5.0, DTS 5.0

Language/subtitles: N/A

Region code: 0 (worldwide)

Running time: 107 mins

Production year: 2016

Released or re-released in last 6 months

DVD Video

Region: 0

Format: NTSC

EuroArts Waldbühne - 8024261498

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$15.50

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Waldbühne 2016 from Berlin: Czech Night

Waldbühne 2016 from Berlin: Czech Night

Recorded live at the Waldbuehne Berlin, 2016, directed by Henning Kasten


Dvorak:

Symphony No. 6 in D major, Op. 60

Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 53

Lisa Batiashvili (violin)

Smetana:

Má Vlast: Vltava


What kind of music could be better suited for the Berliner Philharmoniker’s legendary annual Waldbühne concert than Czech music? It’s always passionate and full of verve and sure to lift everyone’s spirits. Only very rarely does a young talent ascend to ‘world stardom’, but one of the few who can be considered an international superstar while still belonging to the new generation of conductors is Yannick Nézet-Séguin. He presents the much-loved Vlatava (Moldau) as well as Dvořák’s Sixth Symphony and Violin Concerto with the wonderful Lisa Batiashvili on the violin.

“An evening in Berlin that could not have been more perfect.” (Tagesspiegel)

This concert is a dual premiere for Yannick Nézet-Séguin (Artist of the Year 2016 and winner of the ECHO Klassik 2014): for the first time, the Canadian is conducting the Berliner Philharmoniker at their last concert of the season at the Waldbühne. This is also his first appearance with the orchestra since his debut in 2010, with an interpretation of the two major Czech national composers, Bedřich Smetana and Antonín Dvořák.

With his orchestra cycle Má vlast, Smetana created a musical portrait of his home country; particularly the second part, The Moldau, came to stand as the embodiment of Czech music. Smetana combines rhythmic and melodic elements of Czech folklore with stylistic devices of Western symphonic music.

The same applies for Antonín Dvořák, fashioning his own musical language, shaped by the Bohemian idiom, in the Slavonic Dances. Thus his Sixth Symphony contains many allusions to Czech folk songs and dances that are typical of Dvořák’s music.

The Violin Concerto is also inspired by Slavic dance rhythms. This captivating piece is played by the Georgian violinist Lisa Batiashvili, acclaimed by the press as a “ballerina on the violin”.

Including ‘conductor camera’ option: switch to the ‘picture-in-picture’ or ‘full screen’ in the conductor’s camera feature (full concert length) and experience maestro Nézet-Séguin from the orchestra’s perspective.

1080/60i-Full HD-16:9

PCM Stereo, DTS-HD Master Audio 5.0

Language/subtitles: N/A

Region code: All (A1/B2/C3)

Running time: 107 mins

Production year: 2016

Released or re-released in last 6 months

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EuroArts Waldbühne - 8024261494

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Xavier de Maistre: Moldau

Xavier de Maistre: Moldau

The Romantic Solo Album


Dvorak:

American Suite in A major, Op. 98a(b)

Glinka:

Nocturne in E flat major

Khachaturian:

Oriental dance

Toccata

Liadov:

A Musical Snuffbox, Op. 32

Liszt:

Deux Mélodies russes 'Arabesques', S250 (1842): Die Nachtigall

transcr. by Henriette Renié

Prokofiev:

Morning Serenade from Romeo and Juliet

Montagues And Capulets (from Romeo and Juliet)

Smetana:

Má Vlast: Vltava

transcr. by Hans Trneček

Tchaikovsky:

The Nutcracker: Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy

Walter-Kühne:

Fantaisie on Eugene Onegin, Op. 81


Xavier de Maistre talks to Presto's David Smith about Moldau here.

Xavier de Maistre is generally celebrated as the artist who has managed to liberate the harp from its reputation for wonderful and very soft sounds, and establish it as a solo instrument in the concert hall. His new album ‘Moldau: The Romantic Solo Album’ is a result from the classical world calling for an album of pieces for solo harp.

‘Moldau: The Romantic Solo Album’ contains some of the most beautiful and well-known pieces from Russia and Bohemia, including Xavier de Maistre's sought-after encore The Moldau from Má vlast and excerpts of the famous ballets by Tchaikovsky (The Nutcracker) and Prokofiev (Romeo and Juliet).

“This was a natural choice of works since the Slav soul is a part of my musical world. In spite of – or precisely because of – the fact that opposites attract, Slav excess and effusiveness seem to be the very antithesis of the restraint and Cartesian ideals of my French roots” says Xavier de Maistre. “It is not easy to define Slavism in music, but one constant feature is the dominant inspiration that has come from folk music. The Slav melodic genius has few equivalents elsewhere and is something that I have always found overwhelming. The list of great composers that I have dreamt of bringing back to life in order to ask them to write for my instrument is a long one, but at the top of it I would place Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky, since their musical language has always struck me as likely to revolutionize writing for the harp.”

No one could have imagined what to expect - even Xavier de Maistre himself - when he challenged himself to change the face of the solo harp 16 years ago. Today he has gained reputation as one of the most extraordinary musicians of this generation. He performs works with breathtaking precision, presenting masterful arrangements of works that are usually played by an entire orchestra. The interpretation of these works, that few harpists before him have even considered playing, has contributed to his reputation as one of the most creative and extraordinary musicians of his generation.

Xavier de Maistre began to study harp at the age of nine. He then studied with Vassilia Briano at the Toulon Conservatory, be-fore perfecting his technique with Catherine Michel and Jacqueline Borot in Paris. In 1998 he was awarded the first prize and two interpretation prizes at the prestigious USA International Harp Competition. Later that same year he went on to join the prestigious Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra – a position which he left in summer 2010 in order to devote himself to his international solo career. Since 2001 Xavier de Maistre has taught at the Hamburg Academy of Music. He also gives regular master classes at New York’s Juilliard School, Tokyo’s Toho University and London’s Trinity College.

“De Maistre is a kind of Hamelin of the harp: the agility, the ease with which the most astonishing technical challenges are surmounted, the conversational phrasing and evenness of rapid passagework instantly amaze. But it is also his depth of tone and variety of colour that beguile.” Gramophone Magazine, July 2015

Sony - 88875049042

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My First Orchestra Book

My First Orchestra Book


Alfvén:

Vallflickans dans från Bergakungen (Dance of the Herdmaiden from The Mountain King)

Bach, C P E:

Flute Concerto in A major, Wq. 168 (H438): III. Allegro assai

Bartók:

Concerto for Orchestra, BB 123, Sz.116

excerpt

Beethoven:

Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 55 'Eroica' - Scherzo

excerpt

Berlioz:

Grande Messe des Morts, Op. 5 (Requiem) - Dies irae

excerpt

Bottesini:

Concertino in C minor

excerpt

Copland:

Clarinet Concerto

excerpt

Debussy:

Danse profane

Dohnányi:

Variations on a Nursery Tune, Op. 25

Glazunov:

Spanish Serenade, Op. 20 No. 2

Grieg:

In the Hall of the Mountain King (from Peer Gynt)

Hoffmeister:

Concerto for viola & orchestra in B flat major

Hummel, J:

Trumpet Concerto in E (or E flat) major: 3rd movement

Khachaturian:

Sabre Dance from Gayane

excerpt

Mahler:

Symphony No. 10 in F sharp major - Adagio

excerpt

Mendelssohn:

String Symphony No. 2 in D major

excerpt

Hebrides Overture, Op. 26

excerpt

Milhaud:

Brazileira from Scaramouche

Mozart:

Die Zauberflöte, K620: Overture

excerpt

Flute Concerto No. 2 in D major, K314: Allegro

Horn Concerto No. 4 in E flat major, K495 - Rondo

Piazzólla:

La Muerte del Angel

Ravel:

Daphnis et Chloe: Pantomime

excerpt

Reinecke:

Octet for Flute, Oboe, 2 Clarinets, 2 Horns and 2 Bassoons, Op. 216

excerpt

Sarasate:

Carmen Fantasy, Op. 25

Smetana:

Má Vlast: Vltava

excerpt

Strauss, J, II:

Pizzicato Polka

excerpt

Strauss, R:

Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30

excerpt

Tchaikovsky:

Swan Lake: Danse Russe

excerpt

Vaughan Williams:

Tuba Concerto in F minor

Verdi:

Offertorio (from Requiem)

excerpt

Vivaldi:

Bassoon Concerto, RV 486 in F major

Wagner:

Tannhäuser: Overture

excerpt

Williams, John:

Raiders March (from Raiders of the Lost Ark)

excerpt


written by Genevieve Helsby and illustrated by Karin Eklund

A delightfully colourful introduction to the orchestra, aimed to fire the imagination of children aged 4–9 years. There is a special guide in the book: a little green creature called Tormod. He is a troll who has come all the way from the top of a mountain in Norway to discover music. As he searches for the music that will help him to find his way home, readers learn about the different instruments – what they look and sound like, and how they belong in different families.

Throughout the book children are referred to the accompanying CD so that they can hear examples as they read. There is a musical quiz at the end, with multiple choice answers.

Free CD with 37 classical music tracks.

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Bohemian Rhapsody

Bohemian Rhapsody


Dvorak:

Slavonic Dance No. 1 in C Major, Op. 46 No. 1

Slavonic Dance No. 3 in A flat major, Op. 46 No. 3

Slavonic Dance No. 8 in G minor, Op. 46 No. 8

Slavonic Dance No. 10 in E minor, Op. 72 No. 2

Slavonic Dance No. 9 in B major, Op. 72 No. 1

Slavonic Rhapsody, Op. 45 No. 3

Enescu:

Romanian Rhapsody in A major, Op. 11 No. 1

Smetana:

Má Vlast: Vltava

The Bartered Bride Overture

The Bartered Bride: Polka

The Bartered Bride: Furiant


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Fricsay conducts Mozart, Beethoven, Smetana and Liszt

Fricsay conducts Mozart, Beethoven, Smetana and Liszt

Vinyl edition


Beethoven:

Egmont Overture, Op. 84

Berliner Philharmoniker

Liszt:

Les Préludes, symphonic poem No. 3, S97

Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin

Mozart:

Serenade No. 13 in G major, K525 'Eine kleine Nachtmusik'

Berliner Philharmoniker

Smetana:

Má Vlast: Vltava

Berliner Philharmoniker


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Les éléments

Les éléments


Beethoven:

Piano Sonata No. 17 in D minor, Op. 31 No. 2 'Tempest' - Allegretto

Emil Gilels (piano)

Chabrier:

Sous bois

Wiener Philharmoniker, John Eliot Gardiner

Debussy:

Estampe No. 3 - Jardins sous la pluie

Alexis Weissenberg (piano)

Préludes - Book 1: No. 5, Les collines d'Anacapri

Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (piano)

La Mer: Dialogue du vent et de la mer

Orchestre des Concerts Lamoureux, Igor Markevitch

Préludes - Book 1: No. 4, Les sons et les parfums tournent dans l'air du soir

Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (piano)

Falla:

Ritual Fire Dance (from El amor brujo)

Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Lorin Maazel

Liszt:

Au bord d'une source (Années de pèlerinage I, S. 160 No. 4)

Jorge Bolet (piano)

Transcendental Study, S139 No. 5 'Feux Follets'

Jorge Bolet (piano)

Ravel:

Jeux d'eau

Martha Argerich (piano)

Rebel, J-F:

Les Élémens

Musica Antiqua Köln, Reinhard Goebel

Smetana:

Má Vlast: Vltava

Berliner Philharmoniker, Ferenc Fricsay

Stravinsky:

The Firebird: Danse infernale du roi Kastchei

Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Lorin Maazel

Vivaldi:

The Four Seasons: Summer, RV315 - Presto

Simon Standage (violin)

The English Concert, Trevor Pinnock


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In Rehearsal & Performance

In Rehearsal & Performance

Standard Definition Video on Blu-ray Disc


Beethoven:

Leonore Overture No. 3, Op. 72b

Radio Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR, Vaclav Neumann

Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Karl Böhm

Bruckner:

Symphony No. 9 in D Minor

Radio Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR, Carlo Maria Giulini

Dvorak:

Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95 'From the New World'

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Karl Böhm

Schumann:

Symphony No. 4 in D minor, Op. 120

Symphony Orchestra of the Südwestfunk Baden-Baden, Erich Leinsdorf

Smetana:

The Bartered Bride Overture

Radio Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR, Vaclav Neumann

Má Vlast: Vltava

Radio Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR, Ferenc Fricsay

Strauss, J, II:

Die Fledermaus Overture

Symphony Orchestra of the Südwestfunk Baden-Baden, Carlos Kleiber

Strauss, R:

Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, Op. 28

Radio Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR, Sergiu Celibidache

Wagner:

Tannhäuser: Overture

Radio Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR, Georg Solti

Parsifal (excerpts)

Symphony Orchestra of the Südwestfunk Baden-Baden, Erich Leinsdorf

Weber:

Der Freischütz Overture

Symphony Orchestra of the Südwestfunk Baden-Baden, Carlos Kleiber


Experience the greatest conductors of the past century in this extensive collection of carefully selected rehearsals and performances - more than 13 hours of standard DVD quality with non-compromised audio on one Blu-ray Disc.

Learn how these musical leaders work their visions into an extraordinary performance and see them up close in an intimate rehearsal with the orchestra.

Recorded between 1960 and 1997.

Picture format Blu-ray Disc: 4:3 - NTSC

Sound formats Blu-ray Disc: PCM Stereo, PCM Mono

Region code: All (worldwide)

Subtitles (in parts): English, German, French, Spanish, Italian

Running time: 799 mins (13h 32min) German

FSK: 0

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EuroArts In Rehearsal & Performance - 2061424

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Duo Solot play Smetana & Dvorak

Duo Solot play Smetana & Dvorak


Dvorak:

Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95 'From the New World'

transcribed for piano duet (four hands)

Smetana:

Má Vlast: Vltava

transcribed for piano duet (four hands)


Duo Solot

Bedřich Smetana and Antonín Dvořák, those two Bohemians shaped by the history, traditions and nature of their beloved homeland. developed a music which, while national in spirit, also displays broader passions. Their notes conjure imposing narratives and vast landscapes, brought to vivid life by means of subtle coloration. Different as they were, the music of both men spanned the world, astonishingly free of the dictates of fashion and preserving a freshness that remains to this day.

The transcriptions for piano duet (four hands) performed by the Duo Solot are from the composers themselves. It is a delight to note the quality of the pianistic writing in these arrangements, which showcase the resonant and percussive qualities of the instrument and its ability to project a mass of sound, yet also emphasise the clarity of the melodic and rhythmic discourse, precisely delineating the works’ polyphonic riches.

In short, a perfect opportunity to discover these very familiar pieces with new ears…

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Fiedler Encores

Fiedler Encores


Dvorak:

Slavonic Dance No. 1 in C Major, Op. 46 No. 1

Grieg:

Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, Op. 46

Peer Gynt: Solveig's Song

Ives, C:

Variations on 'America'

Sibelius:

Finlandia, Op. 26

Smetana:

Má Vlast: Vltava

Vaughan Williams:

English Folk Song Suite


Decca Phase 4 - 4788462

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