- Attori: Daniel Barenboim, Jacqueline Du Pre', Itzhak Perlman, Franz Schubert
- Formato: Classica, DVD Audio, Schermo pieno
- Audio: Inglese
- Lingua: Inglese
- Sottotitoli: Inglese, Francese, Tedesco, Spagnolo, Italiano
- Regione: Tutte le regioni
- Formato immagine: 1.33:1
- Numero di dischi: 1
- Studio: Opus Arte
- Data versione DVD: 23 ago. 2005
- Durata: 181 minuti
- ASIN: B0009S4EQE
- Posizione nella classifica Bestseller di Amazon: n. 209.919 in Film e TV (Visualizza i Top 100 nella categoria Film e TV)
Schubert - The Trout / The Greatest Love And The Greatest Sorrow
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'Christopher Nupen s classic film of one extraordinary event in 1969 is here paired with his portrait of Schubert - very different, yet equally compelling. The Trout... manages to preserve the atmosphere of a magical day, portraying the youthful performers - now all legends in their own way - brimming over with fun both on and off stage. ...Nupen's inspired filming gets right to the heart of the performance. The Greatest Love and the Greatest Sorrow also seeks the essence of its subject... The music is fabulously performed...' ---BBC Music Magazine
I doubt if the sheer fun of music-making has ever been better conveyed... --The Guardian
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It consists of 2 contrasting documentaries. The first is "The Trout," dating from 1969 which includes the now well known recording of Schubert's "Trout Quintet" made in August 1969 at the Queen Elizabeth Hall during the South Bank Summer Festival. It is the product of 5 young friends and rising stars who together with Christopher Nupen decided to record one of their joint concerts for posterity. It features Daniel Barenboim on Piano, Itzhak Perlman on violin, Pinchas Zuckerman on viola, Jacqueline du Pré on cello and Zubin Mehta on double bass. We get to see the rehearsals and then the backstage banter as well as the complete performance of their now famous live concert. A great sense of fun, geniality and friendship permeates the performance and the film as a whole. As Jacqueline du Pré poignantly says in her audio introduction to the film, it will remain "a statement of our happiness, forever."
The second documentary dates from 1994 and is titled, "The Greatest Love And The Greatest Sorrow." It tells of the last 20 months of Schubert's life and tries to bring audiences a closer understanding of his emotional state during that time and how it affected the kind of music he produced in those final months. It is not done in the form of a traditional music documentary. We are not fed dates, compositions and life events. Rather we are given readings from Schubert's diary, his correspondences, the lyrics of his songs and the farewell letters he eventually sent to his friends and family. This is accompanied by a continuous flow of the music he composed during this time, without any indication (at least until the final credits) of what is being played. Various performers are featured here. Vladimir Ashkenazy plays several of the sonatas and piano pieces. Andreas Schmidt sings the various lieder and the Petersen Quartet perform several of the larger chamber works. The film opens with the quiet grandeur of the Kyrie from the B flat Mass. It closes with an audio recording of Lotte Lehman singing "Im Abendrot" as the sunset fades into darkness. The overall mood is dark and sombre. It will appeal most to dedicated fans of Schubert and those who have some idea of what his final works are like and want a closer appreciation of what contributed to their genesis. It is less likely to appeal to viewers who buy it on the basis of the preceeding Trout Quintet. The music is worlds apart. The Trout was composed in Schubert's youth and brims with joy while the works featured in the second documentary are valedictory, elegiac and often deeply sad. But the DVD overall gives an idea of the wide scope of Schubert's musical output.
The 55min long documentary "The Trout" is presented in its original 1.33:1 fullscreen. Picture quality is pretty good considering its age. The opening and closing credits fare less well with overly high contrast and graininess but the concert itself looks just fine with good color saturation and deep blacks. The 80min long documentary "The Greatest Love And The Greatest Sorrow" is in 1.78:1 widescreen (anamorphic). Picture quality is excellent. Sound is in an uncompressed linear PCM stereo. Optional English, German, French, Spanish and Italian subtitles are included. Christopher Nupen gives separate introductions to both films while we get an audio introduction to "The Trout" by Jacqueline du Pre. The accompanying trailer "Molto Allegro" which showcases upcoming Nupen films runs for 38mins. As usual with Opus Arte, the set comes with a beautifully illustrated 24 page booklet.
An essential purchase for du Pré fans but also an interesting pair of documentaries for Schubert afficionados.
The DVD also has a more historical look at the last 18 months (or so) of Schubert's life, the music he composed then, and an overwhelming sense of sorrow as he writes to his friends.
Four stars for "The Greatest Love...", obviously a labor of love for filmmaker Christopher Nupen, as it took him years to do justice to this tragic story - but it was a bit depressing to watch.
Schubert's homosexuality is only hinted at, but his often underrated genius is fully appreciated in this film, music of such beauty from a doomed composer.
The super-close-ups on the instruments as they play does allow the music to speak for itself, yet it becomes almost cliche'ed after a time, and the operatic segments, while revealing the composer's character through the lyrics, often run a bit long, with an overly melodramatic effect. The string & piano pieces come across in a more palatable fashion.
A fine DVD overall; "The Trout" speaks for itself in its brilliance, and needs no recommendation but "see it!" The Schubert bio is better if you are in the right mood when you watch it.