Maestro Jascha Heifetz, becomes Professor Heifetz in these rare filmed master classes from the early 1960s. Taken from his legendary sessions at USC, Los Angeles, this brilliant musician can be seen demonstrating, cajoling, inspiring and occasionally-terrifying his pupils as he imparts his unquestioned genius and lifetime of musical experience. 2-disc set, 221 minutes, black & white, 4:3 full screen picture.
1. Wieniawski: Polonaise Brilante No. 2
Valle: Ao pe da fogueira
Varoujon Kodjian; Brooks Smith, piano
2. Brahms: Concerto in D Major, Op. 77 (First Movement)
Erick Friedman; Brooks Smith, piano
Bach: Double Concerto in D Minor (Third Movement)
Erick Friedman and Jascha Heifetz; Brooks Smith, piano
The 20th century's most celebrated violinists, including Jascha Heifetz, Fritz Kreisler, David Oistrakh, Yehudi Menuhin, Isaac Stern, and Eugene Ysaye,
take well-deserved bows in this collage of rare archival footage.
Audiences will savor the unique sound and style of each influential
Additional segments feature contemporary violin virtuosos such as Itzhak Perlman, Ida Haendel, Hilary Hahn, Ivry Gitlis, and Mstislav Rostropovich.
Not since Paganini had there been such a magician on the violin.
The first modern violin virtuoso, about whom Itzhak Perlman says in the film, "When I spoke with him, I thought, 'I can't believe it. I'm talking with God'." A musical wunderkind, he went on to set the standard in violin playing for nearly a century. This film portrays an artist for whom only perfection would do. He became so well known in popular culture that his name became shorthand for excellence for everyone from Jack Benny, to The Muppets, to Woody Allen.
This unique program includes home movies, photos and interviews with the great violinists of his generation and many of his former students, telling how Heifetz was a legendary, but mysterious figure whose story embodies the dual nature of artistic genius: the paradox of how a mortal man lives with immortal gifts - gifts he must honor, but which extract a life long price.
Running time: 87 minutes; Color with bw scenes; 16:9 Widescreen & 4:3 Full Screen
Recorded live in Rio de Janeiro in 1992, the Concert for Planet Earth features performances by Plácido Domingo, Wynton Marsalis, Sarah Chang, Denyce Graves and the Orchestra of the Municipal Theatre of Rio de Janeiro conducted by John DeMain. Included are selections from Puccini, Paganini, Saint-Saëns, Bernstein, and Latin composers Carlos Gardel, Jose Serrano, Pablo Sorozabal and many more. Starring: Jeremy Irons, Placido Domingo, Wynton Marsalis, Conductor: John DeMain.
Title: Concert for Planet Earth Rio de Janeiro 1992, Published by Kultur, Item number: DVD4154
In this rare and informative program, Oistrakh plays scintillating and emotional performances of such works as the 'Intermezzo' movement from Lalo's Symphonie Espagnole (with piano), excerpts from Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerti, a movement from Prokofiev's F minor Sonata (with Sviatoslav Richter), a Schumann transcription with piano and more. This historical program documents the great talent of David Oistrakh and is essential viewing for every lover of classical music.
Title: David Oistrakh: Remembering A Musician, Published by Kultur, Item number: D1130
The Four Seasons by Antonio Vivaldi performed by Julia Fischer, violin, and The Academy of St Martin in the Fields. Two dazzling picture edits over one sumptuous soundtrack bring new life to Vivaldi's perennial work. Choose between the 'director's cut' with stunning images of the changing seasons, filmed at the National Botanic Garden of Wales, or the 'performance edit' with shots of Julia Fischer and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields in the garden's futuristic glass dome by Norman Foster. DVD: Color: 103 min.