Claudio Abbado Concert Films
Claudio Abbado conducts the Berliner Philharmoniker: Tribute to Gustav Mahler
Runtime: 1 hr 33 minNearly 10 years after Maestro Claudio Abbado has left the Berliner Philharmoniker , he returns to honor one of the greatest composers of the 19th century : Gustav Mahler .
During his tenure as Music Director of the Berliner Philharmoniker Abbado's Mahler interpretations aroused great sensation , and today he is one of the best interpreters of Mahler world . Along with the well-known Mahler singer Anne Sofie von Otter and the famous tenor Jonas Kaufmann ( Echo Klassik " Singer of the Year " 2010) they honor the 100th anniversary of Gustav Mahler on 18 May.
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.
Mahler - Symphony No. 1/Prokofiev - Piano Concerto No. 3
Runtime: 1 hr 33 minClaudio Abbado: Mahler - Symphony No. 1/Prokofiev - Piano Concerto No. 3 movie was released Jul 27, 2010 by the Euroarts studio. This classical music performance release features the opening concert of the 2009 Lucerne Festival. Claudio Abbado: Mahler - Symphony No. 1/Prokofiev - Piano Concerto No. 3 video Claudio Abbado leads the Lucerne Festival Orchestra in interpretations of Sergey Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No.3 in C Major, Op. 26 and Gustav Mahler's Symphony No.1 in D Major, 'Titan'. World-renowned concert pianist Yuja Wang performs on the Prokofiev. Claudio Abbado: Mahler - Symphony No. 1/Prokofiev - Piano Concerto No. 3 film Claudio Abbado conducts the Lucerne Festival Orchestra with pianist Yuja Wang in works by Mahler and Prokofiev, summer 2009.
Mahler Symphony No. 6
Runtime: 1 hr 29 minAn invisible thread runs between Claudio Abbado and the Second Symphony, "Resurrection" by Mahler. It is with this work that he made his debut with the London Symphony Orchestra and the Philharmonic Orchestra of Vienna in Salzburg at the age of thirty-two and it is this symphony he decides to conduct in August 2003 in Lucerne, with the new orchestra that he helped revive, the Lucerne Festival Orchestra.
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.
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In Confidence with Peter Ustinov
Runtime: 50 minA 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.
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.
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).
Life and Art
Runtime: 1 hr 15 minMaria Callas died on 16th September 1977 at the age of 53. She had been, without doubt, the 20th century's greatest soprano, but was equally famous for events in her private life, her reclusive later years and for the silence she imposed on herself. As well as her stunning musical performances, her reputation depended on the drama she invested in her roles, revealing to the public the true nature of characters such as Tosca, Norma, Médée or Violetta in La traviata. This film reveals her character as well as celebrating her vocal art and her dramatic talents. It shows her as a woman and as a diva, constantly torn between her personal aspirations and her artistic ambitions.
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.
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.
Verdi: Don Carlo
Runtime: 3 hr 55 minGiuseppe Verdi's late opera Don Carlo delivers all the big topics while the ultra-simple décor in Peter Stein's production provides a spartan counterpoint to the dramatic action. With star tenor Jonas Kaufmann in the title role.
Summer Night Concert 2015
Runtime: 1 hr 33 minThe Vienna Philharmonic performed its annual Summer Night Concert Schönbrunn, an open-air concert with free admission, in the unique ambience of the gardens of Schönbrunn Palace on Thursday, May 14, 2015. Zubin Mehta conducted the Summer Night Concert with Rudolf Buchbinder as soloist.
This year's concert, which also represented the opening concert of the Vienna Festival, was attended by 100,000 visitors.
With this open-air concert in Schönbrunn, the Vienna Philharmonic wishes to provide all Viennese, as well as visitors to the city, with a special musical experience in the impressive setting of Schönbrunn Palace and its beautiful baroque gardens, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site.