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  • Format: Classical, Colour, DVD-Video, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, German, French
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: EuroArts
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Jun. 2010
  • Run Time: 79 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B003OT6I1E
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 183,835 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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As part of the official Nobel Week, the worlds most renowned artists are gathering each year to pay tribute to the Nobel Laureates. An event of world class stature and performances of highest international standard. Members of the Swedish Royal Family as well as guests of the Nobel Foundation are attending the highly acclaimed event, which gathers internationally renowned artists and conductors each year. Very special highlight was this years soloist Martha Argerich, one of the very charismatic and brilliant pianists, performing Ravels Piano Concerto in G Major under Yuri Temirkanov leading the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra. The program also includes Prokofievs Suite from Romeo and Juliet. Born in Buenos Aires in 1941, Martha Argerich had her performing debut at the age of eight. Her breakthrough came in 1965, when she won the prestigious Chopin Competitionin Warsaw. Working with most of the worlds leading conductors Argerich is passionate about supporting young talents. In 1999 the first International Martha Argerich Piano Contest was held in Buenos Aires, a competition that she founded and of which she is now the chief judge.

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Argerich plays with a remarkable combination of freedom and control.She is the undoubted star of the 2009 Nobel Prize concert,answering her audience's call for an encore with a Chopin Mazurka. Performance *** Picture and Sound **** --BBC Music Magazine,Sept 2010

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By I. Giles HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 23 Nov. 2011
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This is a particularly rewarding concert and contains close to definitive versions of all items.

As regards the actual performances and artists concerned - the conductor, Temirkanov, is a highly experienced Russian conductor and has already appeared on Blu-ray where he conducts most of a gala concert at St. Petersburg. Curiously the Shostakovich Festive Overture is the same opening piece with the Russians playing even faster but not quite so well recorded. Both versions are excellent and exciting. Temirkanov's style is that of a disciplined conductor who knows how to get a dramatic and exciting response from players who very much rise to the occasion. He is also an extremely attentive accompanist. In this case he responds to every nuance in Argerich's definitive performance of the Ravel concerto. You will not hear better. Nor are you likely to hear a more compelling version of the Prokofiev suites. You have to go back 50 years to a famous version on CD of Ancerl conducting an inspired Czech Philharmonic to get a performance of this calibre.

Martha Argerich, of course, is well-respected as one of the outstanding pianists of her generation - some would say the outstanding pianist of almost any generation! Added to this, she has an enviable reputation for her interpretation of this Ravel concerto. Among her rare CD performances is her version of the concerto accompanied by Abbado and the Berlin Philharmonic. This current performance is by no means its inferior in terms of execution and in addition it brings an unmistakable 'live occasion' excitement as well as the pleasure of seeing Argerich actually in concert. Her Chopin Mazurka encore is an exercise in perfection.
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
An exceptional video of an exceptional concert 18 Aug. 2010
By Leni Bogat - Published on Amazon.com
Let's get the obvious part of this out of the way. This is a really well shot video of a really well played concert. The performance of the Shostakovich Festive Overture sparkles. The Ravel concerto gets one of the finest performances I have ever heard. The Chopin Mazurka, offered by Argerich as an encore, made me want to rush over to the piano and play it. And the excerpts from the Romeo and Juliet Suites by Prokofiev, well it just doesn't get much better than this. Wonderful music, great pianist, master conductor and outstanding orchestra. What more is there to say?

Quite a lot, actually. There are whys and wherefores.

First the video. I usually run the other way when presented with a filmed concert. So often, the director has no understanding of the music and cuts incessantly from a full orchestra shot to a solo, to the conductor making faces only a chimp's mother could love, back to another soloist, to the string section while the woodwinds play the theme, to the audience - why?? - and so on. It makes me dizzy, it creates rhythms that conflict with those of the music, and I am so distracted by the visual antics that I have no idea what I've heard, or whether I liked it.

Not this one. The director clearly took great pains to make what he showed me make musical sense. What is more, he often highlighted musicians who were playing counterpoints and sub-themes as the conductor brought out an interesting inner line in the music. They must have gone over the score together and planned out the shot sequences very carefully, and very intelligently. I found the visual aspect added greatly to my appreciation of the music and the performances.

I have heard Argerich play the Ravel G Major Concerto many times over the years. She just keeps getting better. She plays the piece on this DVD as someone who knows it so intimately that every phrase is approached like the delighted greeting of an old and dear friend. Temirkanov conducts the same way, leading, shaping, sculpting, with patience and appreciation at every turn.

Which brings me to the ultimate wherefore. Both pianist and conductor are mature adults with many years of experience behind them. The knowledge and understanding of the music, of their craft, and of their purpose are not to be found in the young. This is not to say that the young cannot make wonderfully beautiful music. But there is nothing in this world like the playing of someone who is able to draw on a lifetime of acquired wisdom and take the time to smile about it.

This is a DVD to which I will return again and again, not only for the beautiful music and playing, but for lessons in beauty.
12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Excellent performances 6 Aug. 2010
By Clive S. Goodwin - Published on Amazon.com
I purchased this recording at the same time as the simultaneously released Helene Grimaud/Jurowski/Chamber Orchestra of Europe DVD recording.They could not be more different, especially the central adagio. Grimaud nails this movement in my opinion.It is simply magical. The first movement belongs to Argerich (much more jazzy) and the last movement is a tie. The Stockholm orchestra is much more "vulgar" and the recording is more "in your face" than the COOE with Grimaud. But both are worth owning. I disagree with Scott Morrison (whose views I usually agree with) on the CD/DVD comparisons. If ever a DVD is worth it's weight, it's watching a great pianist in action.

I also liked the Prokofiev Romeo and Juliet selection. The slightly slower tempi work well here, I think.The only other version of this is on a 4 disc set with Abbado/BPO (European Concerts).Picture and sound just OK, performance good.

Just let me confess that as a classical music nut for 50 years, the joy of watching the individual musicians play their parts is an absolute revelation, so maybe I'm a little more forgiving about imperfection in performance.

Buy this DVD!!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Superb concert with close to definitive versions of all items 29 July 2012
By I. Giles - Published on Amazon.com
This is a particularly rewarding concert and contains close to definitive versions of all items.

As regards the actual performances and artists concerned - the conductor, Temirkanov, is a highly experienced Russian conductor and has already appeared on Blu-ray where he conducts most of a gala concert at St. Petersburg. Curiously the Shostakovich Festive Overture is the same opening piece with the Russians playing even faster but not quite so well recorded. Both versions are excellent and exciting. Temirkanov's style is that of a disciplined conductor who knows how to get a dramatic and exciting response from players who very much rise to the occasion. He is also an extremely attentive accompanist. In this case he responds to every nuance in Argerich's definitive performance of the Ravel concerto. You will not hear better. Nor are you likely to hear a more compelling version of the Prokofiev suites. You have to go back 50 years to a famous version on CD of Ancerl conducting an inspired Czech Philharmonic to get a performance of this calibre.

Martha Argerich, of course, is well-respected as one of the outstanding pianists of her generation - some would say the outstanding pianist of almost any generation! Added to this, she has an enviable reputation for her interpretation of this Ravel concerto. Among her rare CD performances is her version of the concerto accompanied by Abbado and the Berlin Philharmonic. This current performance is by no means its inferior in terms of execution and in addition it brings an unmistakable 'live occasion' excitement as well as the pleasure of seeing Argerich actually in concert. Her Chopin Mazurka encore is an exercise in perfection.

The imaging is crisp with involving and detailed camera work typical of the experienced Paul Smaczny and his team. The sound is presented in excellent DTS-HD 5.1 as well as stereo.

In summary, in my opinion this is a particularly fine concert with outstanding performances of major repertoire and recorded very well indeed. It is very likely that this will give considerable pleasure and satisfaction to the great majority of purchasers. It seems completely reasonable therefore to rate this as a 5 star issue on any count.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Summary of this recording 1 Jan. 2014
By Delia Argerich Nieto - Published on Amazon.com
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Excellent. as all the concerts of this talented pianist.

Magnificent technic and creative interpretation justify her good fame around the world.
but the whole DVD was great. 1 Jan. 2015
By Jack E. Wright - Published on Amazon.com
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I thought there would be more with Argerich, but the whole DVD was great.
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