Concert Films

Neeme Järvi 70th Birthday Jubilee

If the arts offer profound joy to the human experience, there is hardly an orchestral musician alive who would not agree that maestro Neeme Järvi has devoted his life to expressing that joy through his music making. 

Mahler Symphony No. 2 Concert Video

The musicians were all but fighting to get in. Top players from some of the best orchestras in the United States were vying to perform for free during precious vacation days! The occasion? A concert performance of Gustav Mahler’s towering Second Symphony to be conducted by maestro Neeme Järvi and to be filmed as part of […] 

Strauss Alpine Symphony and more…

 

Richard Strauss once boasted that he could depict a stein of beer in music. Imagine: the effervescent froth, the cool condensation on the handle and mug, the malty flavor and inebriated camaraderie, all through his command of orchestral effect.

Jonah’s Mission

The history of art is infused with stories about brilliant young poets, composers or painters dying in obscurity at a tragically early age, their work remaining unknown for generations. Such was the provenance of a recently discovered oratorio, a huge composition over two hours in length for a large orchestra, two mixed choruses, chamber choir, […] 

The Song of the Earth and Death and Transfiguration

Baritone Thomas Hampson and tenor Paul Groves sing with the Orchestra de la Suisse Romande conducted by their new music director, Neeme Järvi, in his September 2012 inaugural concert from Victoria Hall, Geneva. This is the first filmed performance of this masterpiece sung by world-renowned Mahler interpreter Thomas Hampson. Tribune de Genève music critic Sylvie […] 

Neeme Järvi 70th Birthday Jubilee

If the arts offer profound joy to the human experience, there is hardly an orchestral musician alive who would not agree that maestro Neeme Järvi has devoted his life to expressing that joy through his music making.


As the most recorded living conductor, Neeme Järvi was feted around the world as orchestras celebrated his 70th birthday in the spring of 2007. Especially beloved by audiences in Sweden, Scotland, Japan, the United States and Estonia—all countries where the maestro has been music director or chief conductor—it was his city of birth, Tallinn, Estonia that hosted the gala event bringing all of the famous Järvi family together on the same stage. With wife Liilia and Estonian


President Toomas Ilves watching from the audience, sons Paavo (music director of orchestras in Cincinnati, Frankfurt, Paris, and Bremen) and Kristjan (music director of the Tonkunstler Orchestra in Vienna, the Norrlands Opera in Sweden and the New York based Absolute Ensemble) each took to the podium and together with daughter Maarika the flutist, joined their father in an unforgettable concert tribute.


Long known as champions of Scandinavian music, the Järvi’s created a program featuring works by Danish composer Carl Nielsen, Finnish master Jean Sibelius, and Estonian greats Villem Kapp, Veljo Tormis (who attended the performance) and Heino Eller. The Estonian National Symphony and Estonian National Men’s Choir concluded the concert with a powerful reading of Franz Liszt’s “A Faust Symphony” with Juhan Tralla tenor soloist and Neeme Järvi conducting.


 

Broadcast live over radio and two months later on television, this event, directed by Jason Starr, is now available on DVD.


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One of the world's most acclaimed conductors and the patriarch of a renowned musical family, Neeme Järvi celebrated his 70th birthday with a unique gala concert in his native country, leading the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra and the Estonian National Male Choir in works of Kapp, Tormis, and Liszt. 


Also featured are performances by his daughter, the flutist Maarika Järvi, and his two sons Paavo and Kristjan - both conductors - leading works of Sibelius, Eller, and Nielsen. Choral works include optional English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish subtitles.

Color, Stereo, 121 minutes, 16:9 widescreen, All regions


NEEME JÄRVI: 70th BIRTHDAY JUBILEE

Estonian National Symphony Orchestra
Estonian National Male Choir


Villem Kapp: Põhjarannik (North Coast)
Neeme Järvi, conductor
Estonian National Male Choir

Veljo Tormis: Kolm mul oli kaunist sõna (I Had Three Beautiful Words)
Maarika Järvi, flute
Neeme Järvi, conductor

Jean Sibelius: Finlandia
Paavo Järvi, conductor

Heino Eller: Three Pieces for Flute and String Orchestra (Orchestrated by Charles Coleman)
Maarika Järvi, flute
Kristjan Järvi, conductor

Carl Nielsen: Three Movements from The Aladdin Suite
Kristjan Järvi, conductor

Franz Liszt: A Faust Symphony
Neeme Järvi, conductor
Juhan Tralla, tenor

Recorded live, May 26, 2007 - Estonia Concert Hall - Tallinn, Estonia

Mahler Symphony No. 2 Concert Video

The musicians were all but fighting to get in. Top players from some of the best orchestras in the United States were vying to perform for free during precious vacation days! The occasion? A concert performance of Gustav Mahler’s towering Second Symphony to be conducted by maestro Neeme Järvi and to be filmed as part of a feature length documentary on this extraordinary work. It seems that few other symphonies so powerfully remind musicians of the reason they chose this profession in the first place.


On April 11, 2006 this orchestra and chorus (comprising musicians from the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Detroit and New Jersey Symphonies and the New York Choral Artists) together with Neeme Järvi and soloists Susanne Mentzer and Twyla Robinson, performed this work at a public concert at The Riverside Church in New York City.


The concert was described by Allan Kozinn in the New York Times, “It sounded dangerous, actually: an ad hoc ensemble is the last thing you might want for a gargantuan work like a Mahler Symphony. But it worked. For whatever reasons — the presence of the cameras, the sense of occasion, the love of the work and who knows what else — this orchestra gave a richer, more finely polished performance than full-time orchestras have in recent years.”


The great enthusiasm that followed the concert prompted a release of the performance on DVD, a year in advance of the forthcoming documentary The Resurrection of Gustav Mahler of which it will be a part. Shot in High Definition with 5.1 surround sound, the DVD ws available from Video Artists International. Optional subtitles of the sung text are available in English, French, Spanish and Italian.


The concert program was broadcast in the spring of 2008 on PBS stations including channels 13 and 21 in New York City as well as WNET HD.

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Jason Starr, producer/director of the superb documentary on Mahler’s Symphony No. 3, What the Universe Tells Me, has now turned his attention to Mahler’s great Symphony No. 2. For this production, he has enlisted a “super-orchestra” comprised of musicians from the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony, Detroit Symphony and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. His outstanding soloists are soprano Twyla Robinson and mezzo-soprano Susanne Mentzner joining the New York Choral Artists and Riverside Chorale, all under the exciting direction of Maestro Neeme Järvi. Filmed in Riverside Church, New York City. Subtitles in English, German, Spanish, French, Italian.
Color, Stereo / Dolby 5.1 Surround / DTS Digital Surround, 91 minutes, 16:9 Widescreen [HD], All regions 

Strauss Alpine Symphony and more…

Richard Strauss once boasted that he could depict a stein of beer in music. Imagine: the effervescent froth, the cool condensation on the handle and mug, the malty flavor and inebriated camaraderie, all through his command of orchestral effect.


This boast however trivializes his very real power to musically convey the essence of transformative life experiences. Perhaps nowhere in his impressive body of work is this ability better displayed than in An Alpine Symphony, a 45-minute symphonic poem for large orchestra completed in 1915.


From the chill and mysterious quiet of the predawn hour to a glorious sunrise, mountain climb and afternoon thunderstorm, Strauss sets to music a day hike to an Alpine peak that captures both the majestic and most intimate experiences along the way.


From the summit of the Romantic tradition to the ruins of post Nazi Europe, Strauss lived through the great events of the first half of the 20th century. His Oboe Concerto was composed immediately after the Second World War. The expressive grandeur found in An Alpine Symphony is replaced with Mozartean refinement, wit, and energy. But beneath its bubbly surface emerges an uncertain and emotionally complex world.


As part of our broadening collaboration with maestro Neeme Järvi, director Jason Starr and his crew produced a concert film of these two very different masterpieces by Richard Strauss. The program is rounded out by an intriguing yet little known suite arranged from incidental music for a production of Sophocles’ Elektra by Dutch composer and Strauss contemporary, Alphons Diepenbrock.


Videotaped in high definition and recorded with surround sound at Dr. Anton Philipszaal, in The Hague, this concert video features performances by the world renowned Residentie Orchestra and oboist Pauline Oostenrijk. The program has been broadcast in standard definition throughout Europe on Mezzo, Europe’s leading classical and jazz music channel, and in HD on Euro1080.

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The eminent conductor Neeme Järvi leads Residentie Orchestra The Hague (The Hague Philharmonic) in this live 2008 performance. Also includes Strauss's Oboe Concerto (with Pauline Oostenrijk, oboe) and Diepenbrock's Elektra Suite.


Color, Stereo/Surround Sound, 96 minutes, 16:9 widescreen, All regions

Jonah's Mission

The history of art is infused with stories about brilliant young poets, composers or painters dying in obscurity at a tragically early age, their work remaining unknown for generations. Such was the provenance of a recently discovered oratorio, a huge composition over two hours in length for a large orchestra, two mixed choruses, chamber choir, boys’ choir, five vocal soloists, organ and off-stage brass. This work of Mahlerian proportions premiered in 1909. It was a disaster. All sorts of shortcomings unconnected with the music, but owing to the composer’s lack of financial resources to adequately stage the work, assured its failure. Nearly a century later it finally received a second performance, this time with the benefit of fully rehearsed musicians performing music that was professionally prepared with all errors in the individual parts corrected (for the original performance these parts were hastily handwritten with numerous mistakes). The result: a newly discovered masterpiece born from the pen of little known Estonian composer Rudolf Tobias (1873-1918).


In 1897 Tobias was the first Estonian composer to graduate from the St. Petersburg Conservatoire where he studied composition with Rimsky-Korsakov. He moved back to Estonia in 1904 and shortly thereafter began work on his oratorio, “Des Jona Sendung” (“Jonah’s Mission”). The work is based on the Book of Jonah, about the prophet who disobeys the Lord’s command and tries to flee. Borrowing from two Germanic traditions—the use of leitmotifs and symphonic development of Wagner’s operas, and the contrapuntal choral tradition of Bach and Handel—the oratorio is a large-scale synthesis of operatic drama and mystical spirituality.


To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the world premiere of “Jonah’s Mission,” Cultural Media Collaborative Inc. in association with music historian Vardo Rumessen, conductor Neeme Järvi and the Estonian National Symphony, is honored to present the first filmed performance (shot in high definition) of this astonishingly beautiful masterpiece.

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A majestic and dramatic oratorio by the father of Estonian classical music, Rudolf Tobias (1873-1918). The libretto, assembled by Tobias himself, ingeniously unites texts from the Book of Jonah with verses from a wide range of scriptural sources. Thanks to the brilliant efforts of the pianist and musicologist Vardo Rumessen, a restored version of Jonah’s Mission (Des Jona Sendung) was given its premiere in 1989. This live 2008 performance by the Estonian national Symphony Orchestra is under the direction of the world-renown Estonian conductor Neeme Järvi. Sung in German; subtitles in English, German, and Estonian.


126 minutes, color, stereo, 16:9 Widescreen, All regions.


Jonah’s Mission (Des Jona Sendung)
Oratorio in five scenes set to biblical texts
For five soloists, two mixed choirs, children's choir, organ and orchestra
Music by Rudolf Tobias (1873-1918)
Edited, revised and arranged by Vardo Rumessen


Pille Lill, soprano
Merle Silmato, alto
Juhan Trall, tenor
Rauno Elp, baritone
Johann Tilli, bass


Estonian National Symphony Orchestra
Estonian National Male Choir and Women’s Choir
Estonian National Opera Boys’ Choir and Voces Musicales
Neeme Järvi, conductor

The Song of the Earth and Death and Transfiguration

Baritone Thomas Hampson and tenor Paul Groves sing with the Orchestra de la Suisse Romande conducted by their new music director, Neeme Järvi, in his September 2012 inaugural concert from Victoria Hall, Geneva. This is the first filmed performance of this masterpiece sung by world-renowned Mahler interpreter Thomas Hampson.


Tribune de Genève music critic Sylvie Bonier described Järvi’s conducting as a “visualization of colors, lights and orchestral forms, with imposing breath. Add to these features a real generosity of sound temperament and conquering gravity.” As for the singing, a “clear and valiant Paul Groves.” “It was not until the sumptuous Der Abschied, Mahler’s abandonment, that shivering and pure emotion invaded the room. Thomas Hampson’s voice, steeped in beauty, like levitating, eventually dissolves into the grand final questioning. A true moment of grace.”


The program was organized by Cultural Media Collaborative in a co-production with Radio Télévision Suisse and Fondation de L’Orchestra de la Suisse Romande and has been broadcast in Switzerland, Germany and France. The performance is an element in the CMC documentary Everywhere and Forever – Mahler’s Song of the Earth, completed in 2014.


What the critics are saying…


Classical CD Review

The famous orchestra was in top form and played beautifully, with warmth as well as fire when needed… Hampson is a superb artist, and still has remarkable vocal command… Audio and video on this new release are state-of-the-art—truly outstanding.

–Robert Benson


American Record Guide

Groves is simply amazing. His performance here is one of the best arguments for video recordings I’ve ever seen. You can feel the intensity, the bi-polar swoops between exaltation and despair… He (Hampson) is moving and majestic here and gives a performance that goes straight to the heart… If you’re a Das Lied lover, you have to buy this.

–Stephen D Chakwin

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The historic 2012 inaugural concert of Neeme Järvi’s tenure as Music Director of Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. Shot live in 1080i high definition and directed by Jason Starr, the program features Mahler’s symphonic song cycle Das Lied von der Erde, with Metropolitan Opera stars Paul Groves, tenor, and Thomas Hampson, baritone. Järvi opens the concert with Richard Strauss’s tone poem Tod und Verklärung (Death and Transfiguration). With optional subtitles in English, German, French, Italian, and Japanese.

Dolby Digital Audio 2.0 Stereo and 5.1 Surround Sound, 92 minutes, Color, 16:9 widescreen, All regions

Part I
Richard Strauss
TOD UND VERKLÄRUNG, Op. 24 (23:38)


Part II
Gustav Mahler
DAS LIED VON DER ERDE
I. Das Trinklied vom Jammer der Erde (9:19)
II. Der Einsame im Herbst (10:02)
III. Von der Jugend (3:26)
IV. Von der Schönheit (7:23)
V. Der Trunkene im Frühling (4:50)
VI. Der Abschied (29:33)


Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
Neeme Järvi, conductor
Paul Groves, tenor
Thomas Hampson, baritone


(Live performance, September 2012, Victoria Hall, Geneva, Switzerland)


A Co-production of RTS Radio Télévision Suisse, Cultural Media Collaborative, and Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, in partnership with Mezzo and 3sat, with the support of Association genevoise des Amis de l OSR, M. et Mme Trifon Natsis and Société Gustav Mahler de Genève


Producer and Director: Jason Starr

Copyright © 2012 RTS Radio Télévision Suisse - OSR

Creative Content © 2013 Video Artists International, Inc.


TOD UND VERKLÄRUNG composed by Richard Strauss. Copyright © 1890 by Josef Abil Musikverlag. Copyright © 1932 assigned to C.F. Peters Musikverlag.