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Tchaikovsky/ Shostakovich: Nobuyuki At White Nights (Concert Performance) (Nobuyuki Tsujii) (Euroarts: 2059358) [DVD] [2013] [NTSC]

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  • Actors: Nobuyuki Tsujii
  • Format: Classical, Colour, DVD-Video, NTSC, 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 Jan. 2013
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00AA9QKZU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 238,125 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The blind up-and-coming Japanese pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii - an astonishing virtuoso on his instrument performs with the Russian conductor Valery Gergiev at the Mariinsky Theatre in Saint Petersburg. In 2009 he hit the Top Ten of the Japanese Charts with his first album "début". He also won the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 2009.

At the White Nights Festival he played works by the Russian composers Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov and Shostakovich. Here he plays Tchaikovsky's famous Piano Concerto No. 1.

As a bonus Nobuyuki Tsujii performs his own Elegy for the Victims of the Tsunami of March 2011, a stirring and moving piece dedicated to his home country Japan.

This performance also includes Shostakovich Symphony No. 14.

With Nobuyuki Tsujii piano Olga Sergeyeva soprano Yuri Vorobiev bass Valery Gergiev conductor and many others.

Live recording from the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg, 8 July 2012.

Mariinksy Theatre Orchestra, 8 July 2012
Valery Gergiev

Picture format DVD: NTSC 16:9
Sound format DVD: DD 5.1, DTS 5.1, PCM Stereo
Region code: 0
Booklet notes: English, German, French
Running time: 102 mins

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The first half of this concert, centred on Nobuyuki Tsujii, is both powerful and moving. This was obviously an occasion to be remembered and one is lucky to have this recording. The Shostakovich, however, has little to be said for it. Sergeyeva exudes self-confidence but produces frequently squally and unattractive tone. The big drawback, however, is the decision by EuroArts to produce a work centred on a succession of poems sung in Russian but to omit subtitles. The accompanying notes, in English, German and French, make it clear that this is not a disc targeted at a Russian audience, so why assume that purchasers will be able to understand French, Spanish, etc. poetry translated into Russian? A great opportunity missed.
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How anyone could release a Blu-ray disc of Shostakovich's 14th (or 13th for that matter), Symphony without subtitles in any language is beyond understanding. The text in both these powerful works is as much part of the performance as is the music, but not on this disc. I hope EuroArts might realise their error and reissue this disc as the sound and video are excellent and the playing good too. To issue it without subtitles is just so thoughtless. How are we expected to enjoy a truncated release like this?
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x92d28c84) out of 5 stars 6 reviews
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HASH(0x92ca481c) out of 5 stars Standing ovations for Mr. Nobuyuki Tsujii in St. Petersburg 5 Feb. 2013
By CentralCoaster - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
This blu-ray (also DVD) is a live recording of a performance that took place at the 2012 "White Nights" Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Nobuyuki Tsujii ("Nobu"), who gained fame in 2009 after winning a gold medal at the International Van Cliburn Piano Competition, was invited to perform at the festival by famous Russian conductor Valery Gergiev, also the artistic director of the festival.

In the original concert program, Nobu was to appear in the first half, performing Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Marinsky Theatre Orchestra, leading to the Shostakovic Symphony No. 14 in the second half. On the day of the performance, July 8 2012, director Gergiev decided to switch the two halves, making Nobu's performance the climax of the concert. On the DVD, it is Nobu's part that is shown first, where, in addition to the Tchaikovsky Concerto No. 1, Nobu performed three encore pieces (Rachmaninov's Prelude in G# minor, Tchaikovsky's "November", and Nobu's own composition -- an elegy for earthquake victims).

In a report about the concert posted on Nobu's own official web site, the pianist wrote: (translated from Japanese) "After extensive rehearsals, I was able to play more heatedly in performance. The full-house audience gave us a loud standing ovation."

Of the performance, Radio Orpheus in Russia wrote(translated from Russian):
"Nobuyuki Tsujii debuted in St. Petersburg at the festival 'White Nights'. At the beginning of the concert, Valery Gergiev carefully led Nobuyuki Tsujii past the musicians on stage to the piano bench. During the performance, the artist instantly transformed: he played smoothly and flawlessly, his soft touch, jeweler's cutting precision, the richness of timbre and virtuosic performing style speaks to this gifted young man as one of the brightest young artists of the new generation of Japanese performing school."
"Together with the Symphony Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre under Valery Gergiev, Nobuyuki Tsuji was very impulsive, and at the same time, he seamlessly executed Tchaikovsky's first concerto for piano and orchestra.
The musician has grasped the subtle psychological subtexts in the music of the Russian composer; in his performance, he (Tsujii) successfully combined the drama of light and intimate lyrics."

This DVD is a "co-production of EuroArts Music International, State Academic Marinsky Theatre and Avex Classics International". With so many participants, I frankly expected an inferior product. But I was pleasantly surprised. The photography is crisp, the camera angles fluid, the editing skillful, and -- most important -- the audio is excellent. The high standard is also reflected in the liner notes, containing artistic photos and well-written narratives in English, German and French.

At the time of this writing, Nobu has just finished a mini-tour in the U.S., where he performed the Tchaikovsky concerto in Seattle and Fort Worth four times in two weeks. I was in the Benaroya Concert Hall in Seattle on January 27, 2013, when 2000+ people leaped on their feet immediately after Nobu struck the last note. His performance with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra was electrifying and held the audience spellbound.

This Blu-ray DVD is the next best thing to being in the concert hall. Thanks to the adroit camera work, we get to see some of Nobu's mesmerizing finger movements as well as his facial expressions during performance, cross cut with shots of the conducting of Gergiev (whose fingers too are a sight to behold), the instrument playing of orchestra members, and the reactions of the audience. The down side of so much cross cutting, however, is that it breaks our concentration.

Other than the concerto, the track that I looked forward to the most is the first encore -- Rachmaninov's Prelude in G# minor, Op. 32 No 12. I heard Nobu play this piece as encore at the Royal Festival Hall in London last May, and the memory of it lingered. This short piece is, to my ears, hauntingly beautiful, and it is played here by Nobu with just the right touch and sensibility.

Kudos to EuroArts Music for making this DVD available so readily all over the world, except -- ironically -- in Nobu's native Japan, perhaps for contractual reasons. To a Nobu fan who has spent a fortune ordering CDs and DVDs from Japan, this is a happy turn of event. (NOTE: As of March 2013, this disc -- released by Avex Classics -- is available in Japan.)
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x92ca4a68) out of 5 stars no subtitles!!! ??? 20 Mar. 2013
By Apo G. Annis - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Performance is decent. Actually , NO subtitles available neither for the European nor for the American edition. I don't really understand what EUROARTS was thinking of,
releasing Shostakovich' Symphony 14 with no poem translation. Morons.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x92ca4ca8) out of 5 stars Unbelievable 4 Jun. 2013
By Dave West - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
It is the most amaqzing performance I have ever seen or heard. His expression and techinique rates among the world's greatest.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x92ca4e4c) out of 5 stars Russian masterpieces. 7 July 2013
By AM - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Blu-ray
Nobuyuki Tsujii is a young Japanese pianist, who has received several awards of great importance, as the Critics' Award at the Warsaw Chopin Competition and the Gold Medal at the Van Cliburn. Furthermore, Tsujii is blind from birth. On this record, he performs the Piano Concerto No. 1 by Tchaikovsky, accompanied by the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra conducted by Valery Gergiev. Tsujii is clearly a virtuoso, and bravely faces the immense technical difficulties of the score (with some effort, judging by their noisy breathing, captured at a level above that which would be desirable in a recording, at least when I was using headphones - a negative point for the sound crew). The most bravura passages are executed brilliantly, while the reflective passages prove the immense sensitivity of the artist. Tsujii performs three other pieces: a prelude by Rachmaninov, a piece composed by the pianist himself and "November" from "The Seasons" by Tchaikovsky. The works of Russian composers are part of the repertoire of great pianists, often used as encores. Again, we can watch a clear example of mastery at the piano. In turn, the Elegy for the Victims of the Earthquake and Tsunami of March 11, 2011 is marked by a childlike melody. A sad piece, composed to honor those who perished in that tragedy. In the second part of the concert the orchestra performs the Symphony No. 14 by Shostakovich. Here, the second disk failure: no subtitles in a work that contains eleven poems by authors such as Apollinaire and Rilke, all translated into Russian. All poems deal with aspects related to death (you'll have to find them on the internet). Musical language is modern and texts are dense. The orchestral interpretation is top notch and both soloists are idiomatic. In short, a great release for admirers of Russian orchestral repertoire.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x92ca5240) out of 5 stars This an amazing performance. Extremely expressive and passionate 20 Sept. 2015
By Leisha fllink - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This an amazing performance. Extremely expressive and passionate. He takes some liberties that really add to the piece. DVD was in good condition and came in timely manner. Gave it to my dad who shows it all his friends.
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