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Tony Palmer's Film About Rachmaninoff: The Harvest of Sorrow

Tony Palmer's Film About Rachmaninoff: The Harvest of Sorrow-Biography Movie
ID: TPDVD152 (EAN: 604388727308)  | 1 DVD
Tony Palmer
Biography Movie
RACHMANINOV, Sergey Vasil'yevich
HVOROSTOVSKY, Dmitri (baritone) | IGOSHINA, Valentina (piano) | JABLONSKI, Peter (piano) | LAUL, Piotr (piano) | OKHOTNIKOV, Nikolai (bass) | PALMER, Tony | PLETNEV, Mikhail (piano) | PUTILIN, Nikolai (baritone) | TORADZE, Alexander (piano)
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra | Kirov Orchestra and Chorus of the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg | Russian National Orchestra
ABBADO, Claudio | GERGIEV, Valery
Andere Infos:

Director: Tony Palmer
Producer: Mike Bluett

Format: Classical, Color, DVD, NTSC
Language: English
Subtitles: English, Italiano
..Region: All Regions
Screen (Picture) Format: 16:9
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Number of discs: 1
Rated: NR (Not Rated)
Studio: Tony Palmer Films
DVD Release Date: September 15, 2009
Run Time: 102 minutes

Rachmaninoff’s passionate music is more popular today than it has ever been. This 100-minute documentary, filmed in Russia, Switzerland and America, made with the full participation of the composer’s grandson, Alexander Rachmaninoff, celebrates the life and work of a remarkable musician and composer of genius who, forced into exile in 1917, became the greatest pianist of his day.
Featuring soloists Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Mikhail Pletnev (with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Claudio Abbado, and his own Russian National Orchestra),Valentina Igoshina, Peter Jablonski, Nikolai Putilin and the Kirov Orchestra and Chorus of the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg (with which Rachmaninoff was intimately associated) are conducted by Valery Gergiev. Tony Palmer’s film, with Rachmaninoff’s own words spoken by Sir John Gielgud, is a unique and loving insight into a world long gone, but definitely not forgotten.
Scene Index 
RACHMANINOV, Sergey Vasil'yevich (1873-1943) 
The Harvest of Sorrow 
1. "I Was Born in Russia"9:00 
2. Ivanovka15:37 
3. Aleko4:58 
4. Symphony No. 16:45 
5. War and Revolution14:01 
6. America9:01 
7. In Exile9:21 
8. Senar9:46 
9. Old Age10:15 
10. Return to America12:20 


Documentarian Tony Palmer's feature-length Harvest of Sorrow constitutes one of the first nonfiction works to recount the life story of 19th century Russian composer Sergey Rachmaninov with express permission from that great artist's family. As in Paul Cox's Vincent (1987) and other works, first-person narration culled from the artist's letters, journals, and memoirs -- here read by Sir John Gielgud -- forms the backbone of the narrative and lends heightened authenticity to it. Palmer shot on-location footage in Russia, Switzerland, and America at sites frequented by Rachmaninov. The soundtrack features extensive passages from the composer's works, performed by the Orchestra and Chorus of the Mariinsky Theatre under the baton of Valery Gergiev.
˜ Nathan Southern, Rovi All Movie Guide


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