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Herbert Blomstedt conducts the Danish National Symphony Orchestra
The special chemistry between the Swedish conductor Herbert Blomstedt and the Danish National Symphony Orchestra stems from one of the most outstanding artistic partnerships in the music life of Scandinavia. Blomstedt was the very first chief conductor of the Danish orchestra and is today its honorary conductor – and the partnership is now in its seventh decade!
This DVD celebrates Herbert Blomstedt’s profound insight into the symphonic worlds of Franz Schubert and Anton Bruckner, unfolding in Denmark’s historic Roskilde Cathedral. Blomstedt’s dream of conducting in this dazzling acoustic came true at a memorable concert in 2007, now made available for fans of the Swedish conductor and his Danish orchestra to enjoy worldwide.
This DVD is released to celebrate Herbert Blomstedt’s reception of the prestigious Léonie Sonnings Music Prize 2016. Included is also a rare 80-minute interview with Blomstedt.
Bonus material: Interview – Herbert Blomstedt in a conservation with John Fellow
Bonus material: Interview with Herbert Blomstedt (English, German and Danish subtitles)
Menu language: English
Booklet notes: in English, German and Danish
Sound formats: Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1
Running time: 187 min.
DVD 9 / NTSC / 16:9 / Region code: 0
Recorded in High Definition
“[Blomstedt] shows the warm relationship he has with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, and that they all have with the music. The performance of [the Schubert] is on a broad scale, with a vast dynamic range, and in the slow movement much exquisite rubato for the exquisite wind solos. This is a tragic view of the work, and it makes a wonderful lead-in to Bruckner’s Symphony No. 7” BBC Music Magazine, September 2016 ****
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Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 & Schubert: Symphony No. 8
Schubert: Symphonies Nos. 7 & No. 8
Philippe Jordan has already established himself as one of the most gifted and exciting conductors of his generation. At present, he is Music Director of the Opéra National de Paris and Music Director of the Wiener Symphoniker.
The Wiener Symphoniker handles the lion’s share of symphonic activity that makes up the musical life of the Austrian capital. The preservation of the traditional, Viennese orchestral sound occupies a central place in the orchestra’s various artistic pursuits.
“Jordan, who's often tended to apply a late-Romantic conducting approach to earlier works, enriches with just that extra degree in these always engaging, sometimes challenging performances…[he] finds exactly the conflict in the progress of the night-watch march of the Ninth's second movement” BBC Music Magazine, December 2015 *****
“Jordan steers the music along with a lightly sprung tread.” Financial Times, 18th September 2015
“The performance of the first movement of the Unfinished is decidedly old-school (I use the term as a compliment). An emotionally articulate reading, it creates the space needed to explore the music's tragic dimension, yet at the same time retains a strong sense of forward motion.” Gramophone Magazine, October 2015
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Schubert: The Unauthorised Piano Duos Volume 3
Goldstone & Clemmow (4 hands at 1 piano)
With over forty CDs to their credit and a busy concert schedule stretching back more than thirty years, the British piano duo of Anthony Goldstone and Caroline Clemmow is firmly established as a leading force. Their recordings are not only brilliant performances but usually innovatively programmed, leading to rave reviews for every album.
Here we have two major world premieres: the first recording of the piano duet transcription by lieder-writer Robert Franz of the ‘Death and the Maiden’ Quartet, and a work which has many critics already lining up to hear it – the first recording of the ‘Unfinished’ Symphony in full four-movement performing edition for piano duet, including arrangements by Anselm Hüttenbrenner (Schubert’s friend), Anthony Goldstone, and Friedrich Hermann. It includes a completion of Schubert’s part finished Scherzo and the Rosamunde Entr’acte, widely believed to have been intended as the finale.
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Franz Welser-Möst: The Sarajevo Concert
June 28th 2014
Sony Classical is pleased to announce the release of ‘The Sarajevo Concert’ by the Vienna Philharmonic under Franz Welser-Möst. On June 28th, 2014, the Vienna Philharmonic played under Franz Welser-Möst the Concert in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, commemorating the Centenary of the Assassination at Sarajevo on June 28th, 1914. The concert took place in the National Library of Sarajevo, metres from the site where Austro-Hungarian heir Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated exactly 100 years previously. This invitation-only event was transmitted by EUROVISION to TV and radio broadcasters around the world as part of a co-production involving EBU Members BHRT (Bosnia & Herzogovina), ZDF (Germany) and France Télévisions. Performance fees were waived for the concert, which featured a musical program with strong connections to the historical events of 1914-1918, inviting reflection, analysis and remembrance of an era-defining conflict. The concert was relayed free to giant screens outside the Vijećnica to a large public audience.
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