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  • Format: Classical, Colour, DVD-Video, PAL, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Euroarts
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Aug. 2006
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000H4VZ4O
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 118,816 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Riccardo Chailly conducts Martha Algerich and the Gewandhaus Orchestra, Leipzig, in this performance of Schumann's piano concerto no. 1 recorded in 2006.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By schumann_bg TOP 50 REVIEWER on 27 Jun. 2012
Format: DVD
Riccardo Chailly and the Gewandhausorchester works wonders in this repertoire, with the Fourth Symphony sounding as bracing and perfect as I have ever heard it. There is a touch of period style about the separation of the notes in the opening Ziemlich langsam, and again at the beginning of the last movement, but Schumann emerges all the more movingly for it - the impeccable ensemble of the band is moving in itself, in an odd way, it is so close to perfection, and they are obviously so attuned to each other and to Chailly. Tempos are judged to perfection: slightly laid-back in the slow movement, before launching into a sturdy Scherzo that gets plenty of air into the phrases at that speed. It is interesting to hear arrangements of Schumann by Tchaikovsky and Ravel, each sounding a bit like the style of their arranger, particularly the Tchaikovsky. The Ravel brings out a certain delicacy in the work, for all the virtuoso speed of Paganini, to make it sound more classical than the piano original, a cousin of his own Tombeau de Couperin, perhaps. As for the Concerto, it is riveting, as you might expect; Martha Argerich seems to be making it up as she goes along, in spite of having played it so many times, and there is a lot of warmth in her phrasing. She seems very relaxed on this occasion, although this doesn't prevent her from unleashing some octaves of breathtaking speed and precision in the development section and pistoning out the chordal passage in the cadenza in a super-accurate frenzy. The slow movement achieves a remarkable passion in the middle section, while the last movement seems to be thoroughly enjoyed by all and blends total charm with great dexterity from Argerich. Her hands are a joy to watch.Read more ›
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J Scott Morrison HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 29 Sept. 2006
Format: DVD
[Amazon's identifying data here indicates this DVD is in Region 2 format. My copy of this DVD, however, is in Region 0 format, meaning it is playable in all regions.]

First, the contents, in order as they appear of this all-Schumann DVD, not yet listed by Amazon:

Adagio & Allegro brillante (arr. Tchaikovsky)
Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54, with Martha Argerich, piano
'Von fremden Ländern und Menschen' (encore, Argerich)
Four Pieces from 'Carnaval' (arr. Maurice Ravel)
Symphony No. 4 in D minor, Op. 120
with Riccardo Chailly, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra

This is undoubtedly Argerich's show. The dressy audience in the Gewandhaus give her a thunderous ovation after the concerto and equally after her tiny encore ('Of foreign lands and people' from 'Kinderszenen.') Surely Argerich is the reigning diva of international pianists and she does not disappoint here. The concerto is brilliant as one would expect, but there is a lyrical geniality in her playing, too, which seems to be something relatively new for her. Time was when she could be counted primarily for pianistic fireworks; now there are fireworks but also a singing line that makes one's heart swell. She uses divided hands as always -- with the right hand often coming in subtly a micro-beat after the left, typical of old style pianists but not so often heard these days -- and her phrasing, with its agogics and rubato so delicately and unerringly applied, makes the music come alive. This is a marvelous traversal of this time-honored concerto. She makes the most of the rhythmic complexities, particularly those in the third movement, and the music comes out seeming fresher and more modern than it typically does. Still, Schumannesque gemütlichheit is in satisfying abundance.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By I. Giles HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 21 Nov. 2011
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This concert is intended to mark the 150th anniversary of Schumann's death. It features two key works, the piano concerto and the 4th Symphony, plus orchestral re-workings of Schumann's piano pieces by Tchaikovsky and Ravel.

The concerto is closely associated with Martha Argerich who has made this into a major part of her core repertoire and who has a well-regarded CD recording to her credit. On this occasion she produces a very free-flowing version of the concerto both in rhythmical and phrasing terms. The very opening bars will prepare the listener by being almost improvisatory in their approach. There will be those who would prefer a stricter interpretation in these ways but this version offers an enhanced sense of Romantic flexibility and zeal. This is therefore a notable performance of striking character.

The Symphony performance is not quite at this consistent level with rather a staid reading of the first movement which, arguably, lacks sufficient fire or sparkle to be described as a compulsive listening experience. From there on things though improve considerably with an attractive second movement and violin solo, a bright and tight scherzo and a finale that finally lifts to the conclusion.

The remaining items of this concert are orchestrations of Schumann's piano music by Tchaikovsky and Ravel as mentioned above and which, rather sadly, only illustrate that Schumann knew better. The original piano versions have far more bite and internal clarity. These orchestrations, despite their varied orchestral colours, simply rob the originals of their essential vitality.

This remains a well-recorded disc with crisp imaging, truthful colours and sympathetic camera work by the ever-reliable Paul Smaczny team.
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