Sir Simon Rattle
Sir Simon Rattle Concert Films
Berliner Philharmoniker The Singapore Concert
Sir Simon Rattle
Runtime: 1 hr 44 minThe tour of the Berliner Philharmoniker and their musical director Sir Simon Rattle in 2010 concluded in Singapore – their only stopover in Asia for the very first time.
Described by many as the finest orchestra in the world, the Berliner Philharmoniker present Mahler’s First Symphony – a unique and breath-taking experience in the spectacular Esplanade Theatres on the Bay in Singapore.
Mahler’s first symphony, originally bynamed as “Titan”, lures the audience into a great symphonic world of sounds. The orchestra is visualized as the sounding body, musical structures intertwine and music becomes visible. The capture of space in the image complies with Mahler’s aesthetic of composition, its natural sounds and the diverse levels of different musical styles.
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The Russian Journey
Runtime: 56 minThe date is May 2nd, 1957. Stalin died only four years before and perestroika is still a long way off. However, the Canadian pianist Glenn Gould, who is just 24, arrives in Moscow for an exceptional tour: he is the first North American musician to play behind the iron curtain. This is the story that Glenn Gould in Russia tells by revealing documents from the Canadian Ministry of Foreign Affairs that had remained classified for years. Witness accounts from musicians such as Ashkenazy and Rostropovitch, parts of the original recordings of Gould’s concerts in Moscow and Leningrad, as well as a recording that had never been released before of his lecture-recital in Leningrad make this an invaluable documentary revealing an aspect of Glenn Gould’s artistry that few people are aware of.
Frauenkirche Concert Homage to Robert Schumann
Runtime: 1 hr 17 minBetween 1844 and 1859 Robert Schumann lived in Dresden where he composed a third of his complete work. For the 200th anniversary of the romanticist in 2010 Daniel Harding conducts a programme consisting of three of Schumann’s compositions from the Dresden era (overture to “Genoveva”, “Requiem für Mignon“ and “Nachtlied”). Moreover, the “Rheinische Sinfonie”, composed by Schumann after leaving Dresden and widely influenced by his impressions of the Cologne Cathedral, blends in perfectly with the sacral architecture of the Frauenkirche.
Zubin Mehta & Wiener Philharmoniker: Neujahrskonzert - New Year's Concert 2015
Runtime: 2 hr 30 minThis classical concert captures Zubin Mehta leading the Vienna Philharmonic through a number of selections from Johann Strauss, Johann Strauss II, Josef Srauss, and Eduard Strauss.
Dudamel conducts the Verdi Requiem at the Hollywood Bowl 2013
Runtime: 1 hr 38 minGustavo Dudamel and the LA Philharmonic accent the colours, rhythms, and passion of music by leading composers from Argentina in this invigorating evening at the Hollywood Bowl. Master of the Tango Nuevo, Astor Piazzolla’s four tangos feature on stage the dance company Tango Buenos Aires, known worldwide as the most authentic and uncompromising representative of the tango. Alberto Ginastera, one of the most important twentieth century classical composers of the Americas and Piazzolla´s first teacher, is also represented on this brand new release from C Major Entertainment, along with Lalo Schifrin, whom, beside his concert music, is the composer of the famous scores of Mission Impossible and Dirty Harry. His Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra, a world-premiere recording, is composed for Ángel Romero, an iconic master of the classical guitar.
A Tango Night - Live from Buenos Aires
Runtime: 1 hr 36 minOn December 31, 2006, Daniel Barenboim came to celebrate the New Year in the Argentinean capital of Buenos Aires in the country where he was born and where he lived for the first nine years of his life. For the pianist and conductor the tango comes naturally and it was with passion that he conducted a huge concert that evening dedicated to this genre across between dance and song. Created and developed in the poor neighbourhoods of Buenos Aires from 1870, the tango very soon became a part of Argentina’s national heritage.
Mahler Symphony No. 9
Runtime: 1 hr 23 minThis very Italian conductor, born in Milan in 1933, who was for fifteen years the director of the Scala trained in Vienna with Hans Swarowsky is extremely familiar with the culture of Central Europe, of its literature and its fine arts. It is with the Second symphony by Mahler that he chooses to make his debut, at thirty-two, with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Vienna. The Youth Orchestra he founded in 1986 bears the name of Gustav Mahler. Since then, Abbado continues to exhale the complex beauty of the Viennese composers’ symphonies in all the concert halls of the world.
That evening in April 2004 at the Saint Cecilia Academy in Rome, it is with the very same Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra that he conducts Mahler’s last symphony that went unfinished, the Ninth Symphony. Composed in 1909, it was premiered in 912 by Bruno Walter, who was a close friend of the composer and whom Abbado heard conduct in Vienna… In this absolute masterpiece of a symphonic work, Claudio Abbado, one with his orchestra, delivers a very moving interpretation which rises like the most beautiful prayer.