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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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5.0 su 5 stelle Two contrasting Schubert documentaries from BBC/Opus Arte... On Joy and Sorrow 1 settembre 2005
Di dooby - Pubblicato su
Formato: DVD Acquisto verificato
This DVD is part of the continuing series of Christopher Nupen films being released by BBC/Opus Arte. It is the second release to feature a documentary involving the late Jacqueline du Pré.

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.
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5.0 su 5 stelle Wonderful film about Franz Schubert 9 agosto 2007
Di Amy - Pubblicato su
Formato: DVD Acquisto verificato
The Trout is the film of a now legendary performance on August 30th, 1969. Daniel Barenboim, Jacqueline du Pre, Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman, and Zubin Mehta, all old friends, found time in their busy schedules to perform the Quintet, and celebrate the optimism of the new Royal Festival Hall and its visions for music. They were all young, vibrant with enthusiasm. There was a tangible sense of excitement in the atmosphere. The short film follows them as they arrive in London, showing them as human beings. They horse around, full of vitality, and channel that verve into a wonderful, vivid performance, shown in full at the end. Nine years later, Jacqueline du Pre was to say "we were five friends, united by our youth and the pleasure we had in making music together, any excuse for fun and music. When we played the Trout it would have evaporated, as all concerts do, but Christopher Nupen saw the film in it and suddenly, there was a statement of our happiness! When I see the Trout it gives me back that feeling, which will always be so precious to me". After nearly forty years, we can still feel that excitement. Sadly, Jacqueline du Pre is no longer with us, her career cut tragically short. But the happiness and optimism of those moments remain forever, captured in film. At the time, the film was controversial because it showed musicians in an informal setting. Far from harming musicianship, the film shows how music making really works. It shows musicians interacting, picking up on musical cues and ideas just as others pick up on non verbal body language. Music making isn't a mechanical process. This film lets us follow the instinctive communication between musicians almost as if we were part of their circle. Just as Barenboim, du Pre, Perlman, Zukerman and Mehta were on the threshold of great things, so was Christopher Nupen, when he made The Trout. As Jacqueline du Pre said, he saw dramatic possibilities, and sensed that film could be used in new, imaginative ways to enhance the musical experience. The second film, Greatest Love and Greatest Sorrow is Nupen's exploration of Schubert. Using Schubert's own words from letters, and texts from his favorite song settings, Nupen gets Schubert to speak for himself. This is reinforced by drawings and paintings of the time, and plenty of music. Performers include Ashkenazy, Sawallisch and Andreas Schmidt, the baritone, dressed in period costume, who looks like Schubert himself. Making Schubert the narrator means that the film can go straight to the composer's inner life, on his own terms, Greatest Love and Greatest Sorrow refers to a dream Schubert had in 1822, which seemed significant enough that he wrote it down on waking. The text is quoted in full, because it seems to encapsulate Schubert's inner feelings about being a composer. He realised that to be a true artist, he had to find his own path, even if that meant isolation. The film amplifies these ideas through careful choice of music. Heine's Die Stadt and Muller's Die Nebensonnen, for example, and a haunting Der Doppelganger at the end. Yet Schubert was to die young, his full potential never known. His love of life and of music made his death all the more tragic. Underlying his later, beautiful music hangs a sense of mortality that may have been part of the Romantic time, but was also deeply personal to Schubert the man. This is a lovely, sensitive film, for those wanted to feel closer to the composer,understand him and his beautiful music.
5.0 su 5 stelle Two Quite Different Videoso in one - a must for Schubert Fans 17 dicembre 2011
Di swreader - Pubblicato su
Formato: DVD Acquisto verificato
This DVD starts with a very old video recording of some of the great names of our time (Perlman, Meheta for example) as very young artists who were brought together in the first attempt to record this type of concert, The Trout Quintet. It is a joy to listen to.

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.
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4.0 su 5 stelle Shooby-Dooby Schubert 14 agosto 2007
Di Sax Lover - Pubblicato su
Formato: DVD Acquisto verificato
Five stars for "The Trout," an historic concert exuberantly performed by rising stars (in 1969), beautifully filmed & edited, a classic that anyone should enjoy.

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.
5.0 su 5 stelle Five Stars 25 luglio 2015
Di Laurier Peaker - Pubblicato su
Formato: DVD Acquisto verificato
Loved every minute.

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