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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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.
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.
Mahler: Symphony No.8
Runtime: 1 hr 30 minSeen in hundreds of theatres across North and South America, this is the emotionally charged culmination of Gustavo Dudamel's 2012 Mahler cycles in Los Angeles and Caracas: Mahler's Symphony No. 8, the "Symphony of a Thousand" - 1400 American and Venezuelan performers assembled for a once-in-a-generation event and one of the most ambitious live recordings ever made. "This was not just a grand performance, it was a communal one. The chorus, which included 400 children who sang from memory, was simply indescribable as the many became one. The soloists also flourished in these remarkable surroundings" (Los Angeles Times).
Hearing the Silence
Runtime: 60 minAn original portrait sketched under the sign of the German poet Holderin - the actor Bruno Ganz recites on of his poems at the beginning of the film. Claudio Abbado is sparing in his words although he is generous in his emotions. That is what makes this documentary special: Abbado talks about his illness (he was operated on for cancer in 2001) and the revolution this illness caused in his life, he shares a little of his private life and talks about his work as a conductor.
We also see him at the age of 35, in 1965, in an interview he gave in Vienna just after directing the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra in Bruckner’s First Symphony. We also find out that he and his companion Zubin Meha sang in the choirs of Musikverein under the direction of Bruno Walter, Herbert von Karajan, Hermann Scherchen and Joseph Krips solely for the purpose of attending the rehearsals of these legendary conductors.
Many interviews of orchestra musicians, namely those from Berlin who talk about his departure in 2002, provide us with a clearer picture of his personality. As for the testimonial of is friend Bruno Ganz, it gives us a very personal insight into this exceptional being.
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.5
Runtime: 44 minIn November 2007, Daniel Barenboim completed a cycle of Beethoven's piano concertos. Recorded live at the prestigious Klavier-Festival Ruhr in May 2007, this DVD recording reflects both a very individual and special reading of Beethoven’s music and the artist’s life-long dedication to the composer. Daniel Barenboim is one of the most prolific and high-profile artists performing on international stages today and Beethoven’s masterpieces have been a key part of his repertoire throughout his career, both as conductor and as pianist. Beethoven himself was a keyboard virtuoso of almost awesome abilities who created a sensation wherever he played. It is no wonder, therefore, that the piano was central to Beethoven’s overall output. Daniel Barenboim, artistic personality and former wunderkind, long an essential part of the international musical scene both on the conductor’s podium and at the piano, is the perfect match for this demanding music.