Riccardo Chailly: Music – A Journey for Life  | Accentus ACC20254

Riccardo Chailly: Music – A Journey for Life


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Label: Accentus

Cat No: ACC20254

Format: DVD - NTSC

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Documentary

Release Date: 4th January 2016



Lars Vogt (piano)
Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra


Riccardo Chailly


Grieg, Edvard

Piano Concerto in A minor, op.16


Lars Vogt (piano)
Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra


Riccardo Chailly


A Portrait by Paul Smaczny.

Without inner fire, without physical energy, this profession would be unthinkable”, according to Riccardo Chailly, in whose style of conducting accuracy and elegance are unforgettably united with an inexhaustible temperament.

This is clear in 'Music – A Journey for Life', the first film portrait of the Italian maestro, which accompanies him working with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, at La Scala in Milan and in rehearsals for La Bohème at the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía in Valencia.

Chailly’s impressive physical and mental strength lend a uniquely personal dynamic to the musical processes and the collaboration between the conductor and musicians.

'Music – A Journey for Life' also reveals the private person Riccardo Chailly, for whom the rigorous study of scores and time with his family are as important as a steady routine is not.

Also included on this DVD is a fiery performance of Edvard Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A minor with the amazing and inspired playing of Lars Vogt. With animated tempi, rhythmic precision and pointed articulation, Vogt and Chailly let us hear the work as if for the first time.

Picture Format DVD: NTSC 16:9
Sound Formats DVD: PCM Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1
Region Code: 0 (worldwide)
Running Time Film: 53:34 min
Running Time Concert: 39:33 min
Disc Format: DVD‐9
Subtitles: English, German, French, Italian, Japanese, Korean


[In] Paul Smaczny’s gentle film ‘Music - A Journey for Life’, the central episode consists of footage of Chailly rehearsing Mahler’s Fifth Symphony with the venerable Leipzig band, interspersed with several of its members explaining why they enjoy working with him so much... At just 50 minutes, this is inevitably more of a sketch than a portrait... As a snaphsot, though, it makes for fascinating, often charming viewing... As a bonus we have a performance of the Grieg Piano Concerto with Lars Vogt, a satisfyingly broad and rich account, featuring some gorgeous solo work from the orchestra, the principal horn in particular.  Hugo Shirley
Gramophone April 2016
Gramophone Editor's Choice

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