Simon Rattle conducts and explores Music of the 20th Century (Blu-ray) | Arthaus 109222

Simon Rattle conducts and explores Music of the 20th Century (Blu-ray)


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Label: Arthaus

Cat No: 109222

Format: Blu-ray

Number of Discs: 3

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 1st April 2016



City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra


Simon Rattle


City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra


Simon Rattle


Written and presented by Sir Simon Rattle, the foremost British conductor of our day, this series forms a fascinating introduction to, and overview of, the music of the twentieth century.

Special Features:
Biographies of the composers, additional audio tracks, picture galleries and a filmed concert performance of Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Gruppen


Blu-ray 1
Dancing on a Volcano – the musical revolution in Vienna at the turn of the 19th to the 20th century.
Richard Wagner, Arnold Schoenberg, Gustav Mahler, Richard Strauss, Alban Berg
Rhythm – when music in the west freed itself from the dominance of melody and explored the richness of musical pulse for its own sake.
Igor Stravinsky, György Ligeti, Pierre Boulez, Gustav Mahler, Olivier Messiaen, Conlon Nancarrow, Edgar Varčse, Steve Reich

Blu-ray 2
Colour – the shift away from melody towards an emphasis on tone colour or “timbre“.
Claude Debussy, Igor Stravinsky, Arnold Schoenberg, Pierre Boulez, Olivier Messiaen, Toru Takemitsu, Maurice Ravel
Three Journeys Through Dark Landscapes - the effect of fundamental political upheaval on the music of Béla Bartók, Dmitri Shostakovich and Witold Lutoslawski.
The American Way – the music of young men in a young country, individualists and innovators who nevertheless learnt from the music of the past, and from the music of other cultures.
George Gershwin, Charles Ives, John Cage, Elliott Carter, Morton Feldman, Aaron Copland, John Adams, Kurt Weill, Terry Riley, Leonard Bernstein

Blu-ray 3
After the Wake – Considers the musical legacy of two old men who had dominated the first part of the 20th century – Schoenberg and Strauss – and looks at the post-war generation of young Europeans.
Richard Strauss, Arnold Schoenberg, Anton Webern, Pierre Boulez, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Benjamin Britten, Igor Stravinsky
Bonus: Filmed concert of Karlheinz Stockhausen's Gruppen
Threads – an eclectic, and very personal selection of works by 20th-century composers like Luciano Berio, Hans Werner Henze, György Kurtág, Sofia Gubaidulina, Harrison Birtwistle, Oliver Knussen and Mark-Anthony Turnage to illustrate the rich variety of newer musical trends.

Sound Format: PCM Stereo
Picture Format: 4:3
Language Versions: DE, GB
Subtitles: FR, IT, ES, JP
Region free
Running Time: 361 mins (+ Special Features)
Resolution: 1080i High Defi nition (Upscale)
2 x BD 25 (Single Layer) & 1 x BD 50 (Dual Layer)
FSK: 0

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