Rattle conducts Elgar, Ligeti, Stravinsky, Wagner (Blu-ray) | Euroarts 4259964

Rattle conducts Elgar, Ligeti, Stravinsky, Wagner (Blu-ray)

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Label: Euroarts

Cat No: 4259964

Format: Blu-ray

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 4th November 2016

Contents

Artists

Sol Gabetta (cello)
Berliner Philharmoniker

Conductor

Simon Rattle

Works

Elgar, Edward

Cello Concerto in E minor, op.85

Ligeti, Gyorgy

Atmospheres

Stravinsky, Igor

The Rite of Spring (Le Sacre du printemps)

Wagner, Richard

Lohengrin
» Prelude to Act 1

Artists

Sol Gabetta (cello)
Berliner Philharmoniker

Conductor

Simon Rattle

About

The Argentinian cellist Sol Gabetta made her Philharmoniker debut at the 2014 Easter Festival in Baden-Baden with Edward Elgar’s Cello Concerto, the final great work of the composer. The orchestra and conductor also performed the prelude to Wagner’s Lohengrin, György Ligeti’s orchestral piece Atmosphères and Igor Stravinsky’s Le Sacre du Printemps, a work which is entirely focused on the future and pushes the boundaries of classical music in terms of sound, rhythm and energy.

Sir Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker contrasted the prelude to Wagner’s Lohengrin and György Ligeti’s orchestral piece Atmosphères perfectly, demonstrating that they both employ different styles to pursue a similar objective – an iridescent, otherworldly sound.

Star cellist Sol Gabetta gave an outstanding interpretation of Elgar’s Cello Concerto: the final great work of the composer, full of melancholy and a sense of farewell.

In contrast to Elgar, Igor Stravinsky’s Le Sacre du Printemps is focused on the future. In their previous performances, the Berliner Philharmoniker and Simon Rattle have shown that this work, despite its inherent modernity, also provides a wealth of sensual pleasure.

“Sol Gabetta’s Elgar Concerto is one of the best around, a heartfelt, tonally rounded performance.” - Gramophone

“The musicians breezed through the Sacre with ridiculous virtuosity, as laid-back as if it were a mambo on a dance floor on a Caribbean beach.” - Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Recorded live at Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, 2014, directed by Torben Schmidt Jacobsen

Running time: 94 mins
Picture: 1080/60i-Full HD-16:9
Sound: PCM Stereo, DTS-HD Master Audio 5.0
Region code: All (A1/B2/C3)
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