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Tony Palmer's Classic Film: Warren Mitchell as Brahms and the Singing Girls

Tony Palmer's Classic Film: Warren Mitchell as Brahms and the Singing Girls
ID: TPDVD117
CDs: 1
Type: DVD
Subkolektion: Biography Movie

Source: TONY PALMER FILMS
Region Code: NTSC, Plays in all territories
Screen (Picture) Format: 16:9
Color mode: Colour
Digital re-mastering: Isolde Films 2009
Presentation: Wide Screen
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo
Language: English
Duration: 90 mins

Starring:
Warren Mitchell as Johannes Brahms
Lori Piitz as Clara

Directed:
Tony Palmer

Music conducted:
Peter Leonard with NDR Symphony Orchestra and Choir

90 minute film directed by the acclaimed, award-winning director Tony Palmer and starring Warren Mitchell.

Brahms’ first musical experience had been playing an upright piano in the brothels of Hamburg; at the end he lived a bachelor in Vienna

I had long admired Warren Mitchell as an actor. In spite of being crippled to some extent by his most famous creation, Alf Garnett in 'Til Death Us Do Part, brilliant though he was, one always felt instinctively there was an extraordinary actor struggling to get out. And sure enough, when I saw him as Willy Loman in Miller's Death of a Salesman at the National Theatre, I knew (as did everyone else who was lucky enough to see him) that I was in the presence of greatness.

He threw himself into the part of Brahms will enormous gusto. He recognised that this was to be no ‘ordinary' composer portrait, and when the shit hit the fan as the English critics initially rubbished the film, he was its most vigorous advocate, for which I have always been grateful. What had offended more-or-less everyone was the film's affirmation that the familiar image of the stodgy old Brahms was a million miles from the truth. His first musical experience had been playing an upright piano in the brothels of Hamburg where he had grown up, and at the end of his life (in fact for the last 15 years) he had lived a bachelor in Vienna having his every need satisfied by the prostitutes of the city whom he always affectionately described as his ‘little singing girls'. None of this was thought either factually correct or (worse) relevant to his music - which of course is nonsense.

"Palmer at his most ridiculous",was one of the kinder reviews. Of course, the musical establishment was outraged. The Head of Music at the BBC (which of course refused to show the film) was heard to say "the film was disgusting."

Indeed it is, and I am glad it is so because it helped explode the myth of ‘stodgy old (bearded) Brahms' as perpetuated by dreary films such as Song of Love with Robert Walker, or Spring Symphony with Nastassja Kinski, or all those turgid, mawkish documentaries about the supposed ‘love affair' between Clara Schumann and Brahms. I've counted three made by the BBC alone. In spite of some success around the world, this film has still never been shown in Britain.

And, surprise surprise, some years after the film was finished, a new biography of Brahms by Jan Swafford, the American composer and musicologist at Boston Conservatory, was published ‘proving' (if that is the word) that everything I had ventured about Brahms' life turned out to be essentially true.

But this film is not about scoring points; rather it is a celebration of unabashed, life-enhancing, sexually explosive music. Warren Mitchell, who was more-or-less the same age as the Brahms he portrays in the film, rose to the challenge with fire in his belly. He loved all the naked girls, and who would not? Brahms did, and that's what made him the great composer he is.
TONY PALMER
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Boris I. Tishchenko - Symphony No. 7 - St. Petersburg Philarmonic Orchestra - E. Serov, conductor

Boris I. Tishchenko - Symphony No. 7 - St. Petersburg Philarmonic Orchestra - E. Serov, conductor
ID: NFPMA99100
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Kolektion: Orchestral WorksSubkolektion: Orchester

Recorded in concert at the Grand hall of St. Petersburg Philarmonics on march 2, 1997
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B. I. Tishchenko - Dante Symphonies (No. 1 and No. 2)

B. I. Tishchenko - Dante Symphonies (No. 1 and No. 2)
ID: NFPMA9961
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Kolektion: St. Petersburg Musical Archive

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His Dante Symphonies (No. 1 and No. 2) are performed by the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Yuri Kochnev and Nikolai Alexeev
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1941-1945 - Wartime Music. Vol. 10 - S.S. Prokofiev

1941-1945 - Wartime Music. Vol. 10 - S.S. Prokofiev
ID: NFPMA9980
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Kolektion: St. Petersburg Musical Archive

Manufactured at the plant.
Quality assured factory produced.

The Wartime Music CD series includes symphonic opuses of several Russian composers created in the years of terrible ordeals undergone by our nation in the Great Patriotic War. The main goals of the unique project are to preserve the creative heritage of outstanding figures of Russian culture, and to restore historic justice inrespect of undeservedly forgotten compositions and authors.

With Support of St. Petersburg's Government
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1941-1945 - Wartime Music. Vol.15 - St. Petersburg State Academic Symphony Orchestra, Igor Stravinsky

1941-1945 - Wartime Music. Vol.15 - St. Petersburg State Academic Symphony Orchestra, Igor Stravinsky
ID: NFPMA9995
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Kolektion: Orchestral WorksSubkolektion: Orchester

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1941-1945 - Wartime Music Vol. 16, L. A. Polovinkin

1941-1945 - Wartime Music Vol. 16, L. A. Polovinkin
ID: NFPMA9998
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Kolektion: St. Petersburg Musical Archive

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W. A. Mozart - 3 Piano Concertos/3 Piano Sonatas

W. A. Mozart - 3 Piano Concertos/3 Piano Sonatas
ID: HAEN098149000
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Subkolektion: Piano

W. A. Mozart Piano Concertos D Major K 107 No. 1 • G Major K 107 No. 2 • E flat Major K 107 No. 3/Klavierkonzerte D-Dur KV 107 Nr. 1 • G-Dur KV 107 Nr. 2 • Es-Dur KV 107 Nr. 3 J. Chr. Bach Piano Sonatas D Major op. 5 No. 2 • G Major op. 5 No. 3 • E flat Major op. 5 No. 4/Klaviersonaten D-Dur op. 5 Nr. 2 • G-Dur op. 5 Nr. 3 • Es-Dur op. 5 Nr. 4 Gerrit Zitterbart (Piano) • Schlierbacher Kammerorchester • Thomas Fey (Conductor/Dirigent) „An imaginative, original presentation in all its expressiveness and charm“ • Fono Forum 1-CD 98.149 • 58 Min.
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1941-1945 - Wartime Music. Vol. 7 - D. Shostakovich - Symphony No.9, Russian River. Native Leningrad.

1941-1945 - Wartime Music. Vol. 7 -  D. Shostakovich - Symphony No.9,  Russian River. Native Leningrad.
ID: NFPMA9976
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Kolektion: St. Petersburg Musical Archive

Manufactured at the plant.
Quality assured factory produced.

The Wartime Music CD series includes symphonic opuses of several Russian composers created in the years of terrible ordeals undergone by our nation in the Great Patriotic War. The main goals of the unique project are to preserve the creative heritage of outstanding figures of Russian culture, and to restore historic justice inrespect of undeservedly forgotten compositions and authors.

Chamber Choir of the Smolny Cathedral (8, 9, 10, 11, 13)
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1941-1945 - Wartime Music. Vol. 8 - G. Popov - Symphony No. 2 “Motherland”. Soundtrack to the film The Turning Point. Red Cavalry Campaign

1941-1945 - Wartime Music. Vol. 8 -  G. Popov - Symphony No. 2 “Motherland”. Soundtrack to the film The Turning Point. Red Cavalry Campaign
ID: NFPMA9977
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Kolektion: St. Petersburg Musical Archive

Manufactured at the plant.
Quality assured factory produced.

The Wartime Music CD series includes symphonic opuses of several Russian composers created in the years of terrible ordeals undergone by our nation in the Great Patriotic War. The main goals of the unique project are to preserve the creative heritage of outstanding figures of Russian culture, and to restore historic justice inrespect of undeservedly forgotten compositions and authors.
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Boris Tischenko - Dante Symphonies Nos. 3 and 5

Boris Tischenko - Dante Symphonies Nos. 3 and 5
ID: NFPMA9974
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Kolektion: St. Petersburg Musical Archive

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Quality assured factory produced.
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