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Schumann: Piano Concerto/Symphony No. 4 - Martha Argerich/Gewandhausorchester/Riccardo Chailly (2006)

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Product Details

  • Format: Classical, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Euroarts
  • DVD Release Date: September 26, 2006
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000H4VZ4O
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #284,127 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Riccardo Chailly conducts the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig with soloist Martha Argerich at the Gewandhaus in Lepzig, June 1 & 2, 2006, in 2 complete works and 3 excerpts of Schumann works.

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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
There are a number of things that are exceptional about this DVD. First, one can easily see the spaciousness and beauty of the concert hall, located at Augustusplatz next to the University of Leipzig. This new Gewandhaus zu Leipzig was built in 1981, while Leipzig was still part of the Deutsche Demokratische Republik. However, when I first heard the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra in Leipzig in the mid-1970's, they were playing in an auditorium near the Leipzig zoo. American and British planes severely damaged the old Gewandhaus zu Leipzig in a bombing raid in December, 1943. Second, the DVD demonstrates convincingly the outstanding abilities of Riccardo Chailly, the new conductor of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra. Seeing and hearing him conduct is reassuring that he is the right man for the job. Being the principal conductor of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra tends to groom one for greatness. Third, the entire DVD is either music that Schumann exclusively composed or music that other composers (Tchaikovsky and Ravel) orchestrated from Schumann's piano music.

The Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra still sounds like the great orchestra that it has always been. In 1991, Kurt Masur stated that 85% of the orchestra members were, as is he, alumni of the Leipzig Conservatory. Professor Andreas Schulz, administrative director of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, told me that the orchestra has 185 members, large enough to have two separate concerts so long as one is not a Bruckner symphony and the other not an piece by Richard Strauss. In response, I would simply say, "Thank God for the conservatory." The conservatory is the oldest in the world, started by Mendelssohn.

The Piano Concerto in A minor by Robert Schumann was written for a female concert pianist, his wife - Clara.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Argerich and Schumann in All Their Glory September 29, 2006
[Amazon's identifying data here indicates this DVD is in Region 2 format. My copy of this DVD, however, is in Region 0 format, meaning it is playable in all regions.]

First, the contents, in order as they appear of this all-Schumann DVD, not yet listed by Amazon:

Adagio & Allegro brillante (arr. Tchaikovsky)
Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54, with Martha Argerich, piano
'Von fremden Ländern und Menschen' (encore, Argerich)
Four Pieces from 'Carnaval' (arr. Maurice Ravel)
Symphony No. 4 in D minor, Op. 120
with Riccardo Chailly, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra

This is undoubtedly Argerich's show. The dressy audience in the Gewandhaus give her a thunderous ovation after the concerto and equally after her tiny encore ('Of foreign lands and people' from 'Kinderszenen.') Surely Argerich is the reigning diva of international pianists and she does not disappoint here. The concerto is brilliant as one would expect, but there is a lyrical geniality in her playing, too, which seems to be something relatively new for her. Time was when she could be counted primarily for pianistic fireworks; now there are fireworks but also a singing line that makes one's heart swell. She uses divided hands as always -- with the right hand often coming in subtly a micro-beat after the left, typical of old style pianists but not so often heard these days -- and her phrasing, with its agogics and rubato so delicately and unerringly applied, makes the music come alive. This is a marvelous traversal of this time-honored concerto. She makes the most of the rhythmic complexities, particularly those in the third movement, and the music comes out seeming fresher and more modern than it typically does. Still, Schumannesque gemütlichheit is in satisfying abundance.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Schumann Appassionato March 25, 2008
I must first say that I completely agree with the authoritative review by J. Scott Morrison. In fact, I bought this DVD partly on the strength of his review. I'd just like to add that the Leipzig orchestra sounds much better to me under Chailly than it ever did under Mazur (at least going by Mazur's recordings, since I've never been to Leipzig). It now reminds me of the Concertgebow Orchestra in its polish, virtuosity, and general tone. In addition, going by the many strengths of the performances on this disc, Riccardo Chailly must now be counted among the greatest conductors, along with Abbado, et al. Perhaps he needs the stimulation of a live audience, similar to Tennestedt? In any case, Chailly is in great form here and he really transmits the passion of all this music,
including the two transcriptions, which are gems we must thank him for programming.
By the way, if any listener is interested in the original piano scores these two orchestrations are based on, I'd like to recommend the cds of either Uchida (Phillips) or Kissin (RCA) for "Carnaval," and either Pollini (DG) or Perahia (Sony) for "Etudes Symphoniques."
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Well you could look and see that the reviewers are from Hawaii, Vermont, etc. and assume that they are from the U.S. Or look at the product details and see "Region: All Regions" or call 800-201-7575 and speak to an Amazonian.
Mar 31, 2010 by musikluvr10 |  See all 2 posts
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