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Michael Tilson Thomas: The Thomashefskys (DVD)

Emmy®  Nominated! Outstanding Music Direction 2012, Michael Tilson Thomas

SKU: 9936

Michael Tilson Thomas presents The Thomashefskys: Music and Memories of a Life in the Yiddish Theater.

The Thomashefskysis a very personal project for MTT, celebrating the lives and theatrical and musical legacies of his grandparents, Yiddish theater pioneers Boris and Bessie Thomashefsky. Born out of a desire by MTT to preserve the music of the Yiddish theater, The Thomashefsky Project, founded in 1998, expanded from an archival role to these performances hosted and conducted by MTT and directed by Broadway veteran Patricia Birch. It features music reconstructed from the original Yiddish theater repertoire interwoven with projected images and stories from Bessie and Boris’s lively memoirs. “My grandparents became mega-stars and found themselves smack in the public eye,” says Tilson Thomas. “They were subject to adulation and relentless scrutiny. Legions of crazed fans were obsessed with every detail of their work and their lives.” The stage version of The Thomashefskys has been performed to sold-out houses in New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Miami, and at Tanglewood in Massachusetts. The San Francisco Chronicle said, “Thomas and his collaborators do what Yiddish artists always meant to do.  They make you forget your troubles for an evening, plunge into another world and feel your own more fully in the end.”

Recorded in April 2011 at the Frank Gehry-designed New World Center in Miami Beach, the performance of The Thomashefskys is written and hosted by Michael Tilson Thomas and stars Judy Blazer as Bessie Thomashefsky and Shuler Hensley as Boris Thomashefsky. It also features Ronit Widmann-Levy and Eugene Brancoveanu and the New World Symphony, and is directed for television by Gary Halvorson.

Run Time: 82 minutes

Bonus Features: Additional music performances, an interview with MTT about the Thomashefskys, a feature on the New World Symphony, America's Orchestra Academy

Region: 1 (U.S. and Canada only)

www.thomashefsky.org

Our price: $29.95
Michael Tilson Thomas & The London Symphony Orchestra: Richard Strauss (2-Disc DVD)
SKU: 9680
 
Michael Tilson Thomas is an exceptional artist – Music Director of the San Francisco and the New World Symphony Orchestras, Principal Guest Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra and winner of eleven Grammy Awards, he is dynamic, stimulating and innovative. Tilson Thomas is well known for his ability to make music accessible and appealing to wide audiences, and these two exciting performances with extensive rehearsal footage and educational insight from a master communicator make for a valuable 2-DVD set. 
 
This set contains two vintage performances of pieces by Richard Strauss, with Michael Tilson Thomas at the helm of the London Symphony Orchestra. Originally broadcast on the BBC.
 
Disc 1
Richard Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel
Recorded: Studio A, Elstree, 4 & 5, 1986
 
Disc 2
Richard Strauss: Ein Heldenleben
Recorded: The Barbican, London, 1994
 
Bonus
Includes introductions and educational guides to both Till Eulenspiegel and Ein Heldenleben by Michael Tilson Thomas.
 
Total runtime: 143 minutes
Region Code: 0
Picture Format: 4:3
Sound: LPCM Stereo
Subtitles: French, German
Our price: $39.95
Laura Claycomb - Strauss: Ariadne auf Naxos (Signed DVD)
SKU: 0151225
 
Special Offer - DVD Signed by Vocalist Laura Claycomb! - Limited Quantities
 
All Signed DVDs are unshrinkwrapped to allow for the signature.
 
Glyndebourne’s wartime history as a home for evacuee children is the ingenious context for a new production of this unclassifiable entertainment in which a low comedy and high tragedy compete for our attention. At the centre of this production from Katharina Thoma is a noble, tragic figure of the abandoned Ariadne herself, in a haunting performance from Soile Isokoski, ‘with brilliant support from the pit’ (The Independent)

DVD Contents:
 
Vladimir Jurowski, conductor
London Philharmonic Orchestra
 
Cast:
Thomas Allen (Music Master)
Soile Isokoski (Ariadne)
Kate Lindsey (Composer)
Laura Claycomb (Zerbinetta)
Dmitri Vargin (Harlequin)
Sergey Skorokhodov (Bacchus)
James Kryshak (Scaramuccio)
Torben Jürgens (Truffaldino)
 
Runtime: 142 minutes
 
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 Widescreen
Subtitles: English, French, Dutch, Korean
Region: 0
Our price: $34.99
Rudolf Buchbinder - Mozart: Piano Concertos (Signed DVD)
SKU: 0161975
 
Special Offer - DVD Signed by Pianist Rudolf Buchbinder! - Limited Quantities
 
All Signed DVDs are unshrinkwrapped to allow for the signature.
 
The Austrian piano virtuoso Rudolf Buchbinder, a known expert for Mozart plays and conducts three of Mozarts most beloved piano concertos together with the Staatskapelle Dresden, where he was the first pianist to hold the title of Capell-Virtous. In advance to an extensive tour to Germany, Europe, and Asia the concert was recorded in Dresden in an unique setting, being the first ultra-high definition recording of this work: especially for this purpose a stage was set up right inside the Gläserne Manufaktur, a luxury car manufacturer in the heart of the city of Dresden.

DVD Contents:
 
Rudolf Buchbinder, pianist & conductor
Staatskapelle Dresden
 
Mozart Piano Concertos Nos. 20, 21, 27
 
Runtime: 88:00
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 Widescreen
Region: 0
Our price: $29.99