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Nobel Prize Concert: Martha Argerich; Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra; Yuri Temirkanov - Ravel, Prokofiev, Chopin, Shostakovich (2010)

Argerich , Temirkanov , Beyer  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Argerich, Temirkanov
  • Directors: Beyer
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Classical, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, German, French
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: EUROARTS
  • DVD Release Date: July 27, 2010
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003OT6I1E
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #184,711 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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As part of the official Nobel Week, the world's most renowned artists gather each year to pay tribute to the Nobel Laureates. An event of world class stature and performances of highest international standard, members of the Swedish Royal Family as well as guests of the Nobel Foundation attend the highly acclaimed event, which gathers
internationally renowned artists and conductors each year. A very special highlight was this year's soloist Martha Argerich, a very charismatic and brilliant pianist, performing Ravel's Piano Concerto in G Major under Yuri Temirkanov leading the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra. The program also includes Prokofiev's Suite from Romeo and Juliet.

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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An exceptional video of an exceptional concert August 17, 2010
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Let's get the obvious part of this out of the way. This is a really well shot video of a really well played concert. The performance of the Shostakovich Festive Overture sparkles. The Ravel concerto gets one of the finest performances I have ever heard. The Chopin Mazurka, offered by Argerich as an encore, made me want to rush over to the piano and play it. And the excerpts from the Romeo and Juliet Suites by Prokofiev, well it just doesn't get much better than this. Wonderful music, great pianist, master conductor and outstanding orchestra. What more is there to say?

Quite a lot, actually. There are whys and wherefores.

First the video. I usually run the other way when presented with a filmed concert. So often, the director has no understanding of the music and cuts incessantly from a full orchestra shot to a solo, to the conductor making faces only a chimp's mother could love, back to another soloist, to the string section while the woodwinds play the theme, to the audience - why?? - and so on. It makes me dizzy, it creates rhythms that conflict with those of the music, and I am so distracted by the visual antics that I have no idea what I've heard, or whether I liked it.

Not this one. The director clearly took great pains to make what he showed me make musical sense. What is more, he often highlighted musicians who were playing counterpoints and sub-themes as the conductor brought out an interesting inner line in the music. They must have gone over the score together and planned out the shot sequences very carefully, and very intelligently. I found the visual aspect added greatly to my appreciation of the music and the performances.

I have heard Argerich play the Ravel G Major Concerto many times over the years.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent performances August 6, 2010
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I purchased this recording at the same time as the simultaneously released Helene Grimaud/Jurowski/Chamber Orchestra of Europe DVD recording.They could not be more different, especially the central adagio. Grimaud nails this movement in my opinion.It is simply magical. The first movement belongs to Argerich (much more jazzy) and the last movement is a tie. The Stockholm orchestra is much more "vulgar" and the recording is more "in your face" than the COOE with Grimaud. But both are worth owning. I disagree with Scott Morrison (whose views I usually agree with) on the CD/DVD comparisons. If ever a DVD is worth it's weight, it's watching a great pianist in action.

I also liked the Prokofiev Romeo and Juliet selection. The slightly slower tempi work well here, I think.The only other version of this is on a 4 disc set with Abbado/BPO (European Concerts).Picture and sound just OK, performance good.

Just let me confess that as a classical music nut for 50 years, the joy of watching the individual musicians play their parts is an absolute revelation, so maybe I'm a little more forgiving about imperfection in performance.

Buy this DVD!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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This is a particularly rewarding concert and contains close to definitive versions of all items.

As regards the actual performances and artists concerned - the conductor, Temirkanov, is a highly experienced Russian conductor and has already appeared on Blu-ray where he conducts most of a gala concert at St. Petersburg. Curiously the Shostakovich Festive Overture is the same opening piece with the Russians playing even faster but not quite so well recorded. Both versions are excellent and exciting. Temirkanov's style is that of a disciplined conductor who knows how to get a dramatic and exciting response from players who very much rise to the occasion. He is also an extremely attentive accompanist. In this case he responds to every nuance in Argerich's definitive performance of the Ravel concerto. You will not hear better. Nor are you likely to hear a more compelling version of the Prokofiev suites. You have to go back 50 years to a famous version on CD of Ancerl conducting an inspired Czech Philharmonic to get a performance of this calibre.

Martha Argerich, of course, is well-respected as one of the outstanding pianists of her generation - some would say the outstanding pianist of almost any generation! Added to this, she has an enviable reputation for her interpretation of this Ravel concerto. Among her rare CD performances is her version of the concerto accompanied by Abbado and the Berlin Philharmonic. This current performance is by no means its inferior in terms of execution and in addition it brings an unmistakable 'live occasion' excitement as well as the pleasure of seeing Argerich actually in concert. Her Chopin Mazurka encore is an exercise in perfection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Summary of this recording January 1, 2014
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Excellent. as all the concerts of this talented pianist.

Magnificent technic and creative interpretation justify her good fame around the world.
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5 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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Every year the Nobel Prize committee makes arrangements for a gala concert in the Stockholm Concert Hall, the same hall where the prizes are awarded. In 2009 the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic (New York Philharmonic conductor Alan Gilbert's old orchestra of which he is now 'Conductor Laureate') was led by Yuri Temirkanov in a concert that featured the Ravel G Major Piano Concerto with Martha Argerich as soloist. The concert opens with Shostakovich's Festive Overture, in a performance that, although it glittered (that's Shostakovich's orchestration, no doubt), never quite caught fire. Then Ms Argerich came on to play that quintessentially French concerto, the two-handed one by Ravel. Argerich was her usual scintillating self, but there were some oddities. For instance, in the very beginning of the Adagio middle movement, when the right hand comes in, its first note sounds well before the presumably simultaneous left hand bass note is played. And then in that gloriously long lyrical opening passage for the solo piano there are tempo irregularities that, for me, are pointless and irritating. I simply cannot get the sound of Arturo Benedetto Michelangeli's classic recording out of my head; he played that middle movement with absolute tempo regularity and yet brought to it a plaintive emotionality that Argerich does not manage. In the outer movements, though, Argerich is appropriately flashy and, interestingly, metrically correct. The Royal Stockholm Philharmonic's winds, so important in this concerto, are stellar. So are the important percussion bits.

Argerich ends the first half of the concert ends with a tiny encore -- Chopin's Mazurka in C, Op. 24, 2 -- played with wit and the right kind of rhythmic swagger.
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