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  • The Russian Journey

    Glenn Gould

    Year: 2013

    Runtime: 56 min

    The 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.

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  • Discovering Masterpieces of Classical Music - Ravel - Bolero

    Maurice Ravel

    Year: 2016

    Runtime: 25 min

    The “Bolero”, originally composed as a ballet, is Maurice Ravel's most successful work at all. The world famous melody of the “Bolero” has been featured in popular music, motion pictures and even video games. Pianist and writer Paul Roberts vividly explains the music and its structure and also lets the audience know why Ravel was a stringent critic of his own work.

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  • Discovering Masterpieces of Classical Music - Mahler - Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor

    Various Artists

    Year: 2012

    Runtime: 26 min

    The Symphony No. 5 by Gustav Mahler is arguably the best known Mahler symphony. The musical canvas and emotional scope of the work are huge. Herbert von Karajan said once that when you hear Mahler's Fifth, “you forget that time has passed. A great performance of the Fifth is a transforming experience.” The English lecturer and musician Jeremy Barham introduces the work at the piano and reflects on the secrets of the composition.

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  • Discovering Masterpieces of Classical Music - Bruckner - Symphony No. 8 in C minor: 1.Satz; 2.Satz;

    Various Artists

    Year: 2012

    Runtime: 30 min

    Anton Bruckner's Symphony No. 8 in C minor is the last Symphony the composer completed. When

    Bruckner sent it in 1897 to Hermann Levi, the conductor who had lead his 7th to great success, he did

    not understand this very different work at all and utterly rejected it, almost driving Bruckner to suicide.

    But instead he set to work thoroughly revising the symphony and completed a new version in 1890.

    Habakuk Traber explains this masterpieces by introducing Bruckner’s personality and his unique style

    of composing.

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  • The Art of Baroque Dance - Folies D'espagne from Page to Stage

    Various Artists

    Year: 2006

    Runtime: 42 min

    The Art of Baroque Dance examines 17th century Baroque dance from the sophisticated era of King Louis XIV. It explores the creative process and offers valuable insights into researching, reconstructing, re-creating, and performing a Baroque dance.

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  • Haydn - Symphony No. 94 - Surprise

    Discovering Masterpieces Of Classical Music

    Year: 2006

    Runtime: 27 min

    The Surprise Symphony is the best known of the over hundreds of symphonies by Haydn. Its second movement is the most popular and gave the symphony its name: legend has it that the sudden beat of the timpani was meant to arouse members of the audience who had fallen asleep. Robert Levin tells the story of the legendary “surprise” and shows, on piano, the special characteristics of the composition.

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  • Not this World

    Murray Perahia

    Year: 2010

    Runtime: 52 min

    In February 1977, Murray Perahia made his debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker with Mozart’s C minor piano concerto, conducted by Riccardo Muti. “A first-class soloist was introduced to us, with fantastic musicianship and a highly sensitive touch,” as the press wrote. Many wonderful performances with the Berliner Philharmoniker were to follow. And so it was only logical that the orchestra invited him, as Pianist in Residence, to give a series of joint concerts this current season. In this documentary by Holger Preusse and Claus Wischmann, you can now get to know this exceptional artist better.

    Perahia’s now legendary status means that he is often regarded as someone who is somewhat removed from normal life – which corresponds to the title of the documentary “Not of this world”. But it is only Perahia’s playing, with its otherworldly beauty, that seems to be beyond all earthly limitations. As this film shows, the artist engages in all facets of life as well as his work. In interviews on tour and in his Swiss vacation home, he talks about the works in his repertoire, and how he develops his interpretations. We experience him as an inspirational teacher, at work in the recording studio and, of course, at rehearsals and in concert. Perahia also discusses the injury to his hand, which has repeatedly forced to stop playing for periods of time – a terrible experience for a pianist. But Perahia has even come to terms with this difficult situation and has reached some surprising insights: “What seemed like a curse actually turned into a blessing, because it gave me a lot of time to think about music and to listen to it more. And so I felt I was actually growing as a musician, even though I was not playing.”

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  • Discovering Masterpieces Of Classical Music - Claude Debussy

    various Artists

    Year: 2006

    Runtime: 28 min

    Debussy’s La Mer is a masterpiece of suggestion and subtlety in its rich depiction of the ocean. Several authors have claimed that La Mer sounds like nothing before it. As a specialist in French Impressionism, the British pianist and writer Paul Roberts - also known from the BBC television series Play It Again - introduces Debussy’s work with great passion to the viewers.

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  • Discovering Masterpieces Of Classical Music - Antonin Dvorák - Symphony No. 9, "From the New World"

    various Artists

    Year: 2001

    Runtime: 27 min

    Discovering Masterpieces of Classical Music - Antonin Dvorak movie was released Jul 31, 2007 by the Naxos studio. Claudio Abbado conducts the Berlin Philharmonic. Discovering Masterpieces of Classical Music - Antonin Dvorak video Dvorak expert Michael Beckerman provides an outstanding documentary introduction to one of the most colorful masterpieces of the Romantic repertory.

    Claudio Abbado conducts the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra in this 2002 performance of Dvorak's Symphony No.9, "From the New World." It was recorded live at Palermo's Teatro Massimo. Discovering Masterpieces of Classical Music - Antonin Dvorak film.

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  • Sacred Stage - Mariinsky

    Various Artists

    Year: 2016

    Runtime: 1 hr

    Narrated by Emmy Award-winning actor Richard Thomas, Sacred Stage tells the astonishing story of the Mariinsky’s survival, illustrated with stunning performances from the opera and ballet, as well as candid interviews with luminaries, scholars and performers.

    Set against the backdrop of the magical White Nights Festival in St. Petersburg, SACRED STAGE features the best in Russian symphonic music, ballet and opera at Russia’s premier theatre - the Mariinsky, also known as the Kirov.
    SACRED STAGE explores what the theater has meant to Russian and Soviet culture and how it has somehow maintained its artistic excellence through war, revolution and the collapse of Communism... It also looks at the life and work of Maestro Valery Gergiev, artistic and theater director at the Mariinsky, and captures the excitement of his world - a world populated with artists, socialites, financiers, politicians and celebrities.

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  • Hearing the Silence

    Claudio Abbado

    Year: 2005

    Runtime: 60 min

    An 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.

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  • Franz Schubert - Symphony No. 7 in B minor "Unfinished"

    Discovering Masterpieces Of Classical Music

    Year: 2006

    Runtime: 28 min

    Experience and enjoy in a completely new way the great works of classical music, from the Baroque to the modern period, thanks to a series of 20 audio-visual concert guides, Discovering Masterpieces of Classical Music
    Franz Schubert's Symphony No. 8 in B minor, commonly known as the "Unfinished", was started in 1822 but left with only two movements complete even though Schubert would live for another six years. Since Schubert's death at the age of 31, the Unfinished Symphony has been a bit of a mystery, but research has shed new light on the composer's original intentions, as German author and musicologist Habakuk Traber knows.

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  • Discovering Masterpieces Of Classical Music - Johann-Sebastian Bach: Brandenburg Concertos

    Discovering Masterpieces Of Classical Music

    Year: 2007

    Runtime: 29 min

    Experience and enjoy, in a completely new way, the great works of classical music, from the Baroque to the modern period, thanks to a new series of audio-visual concert guides, "Masterpieces of Classical Music".
    The six Brandenburg Concertos by Johann-Sebastian Bach rank among the undisputed favorites of all baroque fans. They have become a firm fixture in music education and an integral part of our international musical heritage. So what’s their secret? The internationally acclaimed pianist and Bach expert Robert Levin (tbc) provides an answer

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  • In Confidence with Peter Ustinov

    Luciano Pavarotti

    Year: 1989

    Runtime: 50 min

    A unique conversational programme between Sir Peter Ustinov and Luciano Pavarotti during a few days spent together at Pavarotti’s home in Italy. With footage from performances in Central Park and Hyde Park, Luciano recounts his own life story to Sir Peter in this intimate programme.

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  • Diva Of Dance

    Maya Plisseskaya

    Year: 2006

    Runtime: 51 min

    These filmed excerpts at the Bolshoi Theatre between 1945 and 1977 bear witness to the unique and eternal art of the prima ballerina assoluta Maya Plisetskaya: unique because of the height of her jumps, the incredible fluidity of her arms and the longevity of her career (she was born on 1925 and danced until she was seventy). Unique also because, like Maria Callas, another prima diva assoluta, she was able to reconcile the most amazing technique with the most dramatic expression; her dancing is intelligent.

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  • Stravinsky in Hollywood (2013)

    Stravinsky

    Year: 2013

    Runtime: 53 min

    This Stravinsky film is a remarkable documentary written, directed and edited by Marco Capalbo, telling of the legendary composer's life after he moved to Hollywood in 1939. He did this as he envisioned a new outlet for his music — writing for films. Walt Disney already was using The Rite of Spring in his Fantasia, but Stravinsky was not pleased with the cuts and rearrangement of his score, which, coming from Russia, was not then in copyright. Disney paid Stravinsky $6,000 for the rights to the music and the composer's name. Stravinsky was considered to write music for a number of other films including Gone With the Wind, Jane Eyre and The Song of Bernadette. He actually did write some music for the latter too, and it is fascinating to watch the brief episodes from the film with Stravinsky's music! Much of the film is devoted to Robert Craft, whose close association with Stravinsky was major, and Craft is seen often talking about their relationship. The association (or non-association) of Stravinsky and his neighbor Arnold Schoenberg, is clarified, and we hear commentary about Orpheus, Agon and for for-TV The Flood which was premiered on CBS i 1962 with Craft conducting. The script is perfect and clear and presumably narrated by Capalbo. This is among the finest documentaries available.

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  • Discovering Masterpieces Of Classical Music - Felix Mendelssohn - Concerto for Violine in E minor op

    various Artists

    Year: 1997

    Runtime: 26 min

    A completely new way of experiencing and enjoying the great works of music from the Baroque to the modern period – thanks to a new series of audio-visual concert guides, Masterpieces of Classical Music. Each release includes extensive documentation and a complete performance of the work or works in question.

    Famous masterpieces from the standard repertoire of the greatest international orchestras are brought closer to the viewer through first class concert broadcasts (Berliner Philharmoniker, Wiener Philharmoniker, Gewandhaus Orchester…) in a timely visual style.

    Recorded live at the Gewandhaus Leipzig, May 1997. This film includes extensive documentation and a complete performance of Frank Michael Erben with the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig conducted by Kurt Masur.

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  • Discovering Masterpieces Of Classical Music - Johannes Brahms - Violin Concerto in D major

    Various Artists

    Year: 2002

    Runtime: 27 min

    This classical concert finds the legendary violinist Gil Shaham joining forces with The Berliner Philharmoniker and conductor Claudio Abbado, in an interpretation of Johannes Brahms's 1878 Violin Concerto Discovering Masterpieces of Classical Music: Johannes Brahms - Violin Concerto review. The event in question was filmed live at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo, on May 1, 2002 Discovering Masterpieces of Classical Music: Johannes Brahms - Violin Concerto film.

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  • Discovering Masterpieces Of Classical Music - Hector Berlioz

    various Artists

    Year: 2006

    Runtime: 29 min

    Experience and enjoy, in a completely new way, the great works of classical music, from the Baroque to the modern period, thanks to a new series of audio-visual concert guides, "Masterpieces of Classical Music".
    Berlioz’ Fantastic Symphony is widely regarded as one of the most important and representative pieces of the early Romantic period. Leonard Bernstein once called it “the first musical expedition into psychedelia” because of its hallucinatory and dream-like nature. The German musicologist Wulf Konold describes the idea behind and the realization of this fascinating work.

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  • Discovering Masterpieces Of Classical Music - Béla Bartók

    Various Artists

    Year: 2007

    Runtime: 28 min

    Discovering Masterpieces of Classical Music - Bela Bartok movie was released Oct 30, 2007 by the Naxos studio. Pierre Boulez conducts the Berlin Philharmonic in performance and documentary.

    Pierre Boulez discusses the qualities that make Bela Bartok's "Concerto for Orchestra great, and then conducts the Berlin Philharmonic in a performance of the modernist landmark Discovering Masterpieces of Classical Music - Bela Bartok video.

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  • They Came to Play

    Various Artists

    Year: 2008

    Runtime: 1 hr 31 min

    Chronicles the Fifth International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs, hosted by The Van Cliburn Foundation. Players from all over the world, ranging from self-taught to classically-trained, aged thirty-five to almost eighty, convene in Fort Worth, Texas for a week of intense competition, music and camaraderie. The film provides an intimate look into the lives of these colorful, multi-faceted competitors as they strive to balance the demands of work and family with their love of music. Years of dedicated preparation culminate in critical performances before a professional jury and discerning audience during three nerve-wracking elimination rounds.

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  • The Road to Carnegie Hall

    Various Artists

    Year: 2010

    Runtime: 1 hr 7 min

    Fledgling musicians meet symphony's masters in this dramatic, behind-the-scenes look at a life-changing Carnegie Hall concert.

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  • Sensuality & Nationalism in Romantic Ballet

    Various Artists

    Year: 2016

    Runtime: 57 min

    Sensuality and Nationalism in Romantic Ballet shows facets of the 19th century Ballet that illustrate innovations beyond our common understanding of Ballet in this era. It offers a revolutionary focus highlighting the stories and characters of everyday people. This focus is inspired by a combination of dynamic influences from 'national dance'. The Ballet of this era transformed the aesthetics and technique of dance to become the vibrant link to the traditional dance form: classical ballet.

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  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Symphony No. 41 "Jupiter"

    Discovering Masterpieces Of Classical Music

    Year: 2005

    Runtime: 27 min

    A completely new way of experiencing and enjoying the great works of music from the Baroque to the modern period – thanks to a new series of audio-visual concert guides, Masterpieces of Classical Music. Each release includes extensive documentation and a complete performance of the work or works in question.

    Famous masterpieces from the standard repertoire of the greatest international orchestras are brought closer to the viewer through first class concert broadcasts (Berliner Philharmoniker, Wiener Philharmoniker, Gewandhaus Orchester…) in a timely visual style.

    The “Jupiter” Symphony is regarded as a milestone not only in Mozart’s symphonic output but, on a more general level, in the development of the Classical symphony.

    The distinguished conductor Hartmut Haenchen explains how Mozart pulled out all the stops as a composer, revealing not just boldness but sheer genius, too.

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