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Tsujii at White Nights (2013)

Rachmaninov , Shostakovich  |  NR |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Rachmaninov, Shostakovich, Mariinsky Theater Symphony Orchestra, Gergiev
  • Format: Multiple Formats, 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: January 29, 2013
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #315,663 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
This blu-ray (also DVD) is a live recording of a performance that took place at the 2012 "White Nights" Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Nobuyuki Tsujii ("Nobu"), who gained fame in 2009 after winning a gold medal at the International Van Cliburn Piano Competition, was invited to perform at the festival by famous Russian conductor Valery Gergiev, also the artistic director of the festival.

In the original concert program, Nobu was to appear in the first half, performing Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Marinsky Theatre Orchestra, leading to the Shostakovic Symphony No. 14 in the second half. On the day of the performance, July 8 2012, director Gergiev decided to switch the two halves, making Nobu's performance the climax of the concert. On the DVD, it is Nobu's part that is shown first, where, in addition to the Tchaikovsky Concerto No. 1, Nobu performed three encore pieces (Rachmaninov's Prelude in G# minor, Tchaikovsky's "November", and Nobu's own composition -- an elegy for earthquake victims).

In a report about the concert posted on Nobu's own official web site, the pianist wrote: (translated from Japanese) "After extensive rehearsals, I was able to play more heatedly in performance. The full-house audience gave us a loud standing ovation."

Of the performance, Radio Orpheus in Russia wrote(translated from Russian):
"Nobuyuki Tsujii debuted in St. Petersburg at the festival 'White Nights'. At the beginning of the concert, Valery Gergiev carefully led Nobuyuki Tsujii past the musicians on stage to the piano bench.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable June 4, 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
It is the most amaqzing performance I have ever seen or heard. His expression and techinique rates among the world's greatest.
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4.0 out of 5 stars no subtitles!!! ??? March 20, 2013
Performance is decent. Actually , NO subtitles available neither for the European nor for the American edition. I don't really understand what EUROARTS was thinking of,
releasing Shostakovich' Symphony 14 with no poem translation. Morons.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Russian masterpieces. July 7, 2013
Nobuyuki Tsujii is a young Japanese pianist, who has received several awards of great importance, as the Critics' Award at the Warsaw Chopin Competition and the Gold Medal at the Van Cliburn. Furthermore, Tsujii is blind from birth. On this record, he performs the Piano Concerto No. 1 by Tchaikovsky, accompanied by the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra conducted by Valery Gergiev. Tsujii is clearly a virtuoso, and bravely faces the immense technical difficulties of the score (with some effort, judging by their noisy breathing, captured at a level above that which would be desirable in a recording, at least when I was using headphones - a negative point for the sound crew). The most bravura passages are executed brilliantly, while the reflective passages prove the immense sensitivity of the artist. Tsujii performs three other pieces: a prelude by Rachmaninov, a piece composed by the pianist himself and "November" from "The Seasons" by Tchaikovsky. The works of Russian composers are part of the repertoire of great pianists, often used as encores. Again, we can watch a clear example of mastery at the piano. In turn, the Elegy for the Victims of the Earthquake and Tsunami of March 11, 2011 is marked by a childlike melody. A sad piece, composed to honor those who perished in that tragedy. In the second part of the concert the orchestra performs the Symphony No. 14 by Shostakovich. Here, the second disk failure: no subtitles in a work that contains eleven poems by authors such as Apollinaire and Rilke, all translated into Russian. All poems deal with aspects related to death (you'll have to find them on the internet). Musical language is modern and texts are dense. The orchestral interpretation is top notch and both soloists are idiomatic. In short, a great release for admirers of Russian orchestral repertoire.
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