Simon Rattle: Music Of The 20th Century - 5 DVD-set



Soloists: Gidon Kremer (Violinist), Anne Sofie von Otter (Sängerin), Peter Donohoe (Pianist), Anthony Rolfe Johnson (Sänger), Daniel Harding (Dirigent) and many more
Orchestra, Chorus: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle

Written and presented by Sir Simon Rattle, the foremost British conductor of our day, this series forms a fascinating introduction to, and overview of, the music of the twentieth century.

Special Features: Biographies of the Composers, additional Audio Tracks, Picture Galleries and a filmed concert performance of Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Gruppen Dancing on a Volcano – the musical revolution in Vienna at the turn of the 19th to the 20th century Richard Wagner, Arnold Schönberg, Gustav Mahler, Richard Strauss, Alban Berg Rhythm – when music in the west freed itself from the dominance of melody and explored the richness of musical pulse for its own sake.

Igor Stravinsky, György Ligeti, Pierre Boulez, Gustav Mahler, Olivier Messiaen, Conlon Nancarrow, Edgar Varèse, Steve Reich Colour – the shift away from melody towards an emphasis on tone colour or “timbre“.

Claude Debussy, Igor Stravinsky, Arnold Schönberg, Pierre Boulez, Olivier Messiaen, Toru Takemitsu, Maurice Ravel Three Journeys Through Dark Landscapes - the effect of fundamental political upheaval on the music of Béla Bartók, Dmitri Shostakovich and Witold Lutoslawski.

The American Way – the music of young men in a young country, individualists and innovators who nevertheless learnt from the music of the past, and from the music of other cultures. George Gershwin, Charles Ives, John Cage, Elliott Carter, Morton Feldman, Aaron Copland, John Adams, Kurt Weill, Terry Riley, Leonard Bernstein After the Wake – Considers the musical legacy of two old men who had dominated the fi rst part of the 20th century – Schönberg and Strauss – and looks at the post-war generation of young Europeans.

Richard Strauss, Arnold Schönberg, Anton Webern, Pierre Boulez, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Benjamin Britten, Igor Stravinsky Bonus: Filmed Concert of Karlheinz Stockhausen‘s Gruppen Threads – an eclectic, and very personal selection of works by 20th century composers like Luciano Berio, Hans Werner Henze, György Kurtág, Sofia Gubaidulina, Harrison Birtwistle, Oliver Knussen and Mark-Anthony Turnage to illustrate the rich variety of newer musical trends.

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