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Leaving Home - Music In The 20th Century 2 - Rhythm

Rattle / Von Otter / Donohoe / Loriod / Lawson
Release Date: 08/16/2005 
Label:  Arthaus Musik   Catalog #: 102035  
Composer:  Richard WagnerArnold SchoenbergGustav MahlerRichard Strauss,   ... 
Conductor:  Simon Rattle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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LEAVING HOME
ORCHESTRAL MUSIC IN THE 20TH CENTURY

Volume 2 - Rhythm:
A Conducted Tour by Sir Simon Rattle
and The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Soloists including: Anne Sofie von Otter, Peter Donohoe, Jeanne Loriod, Rex Lawson

Excerpts from: STRAVINSKY: Le Sacre du Printemps; VARČSE: Ionisation; LIGETI: Atmosphčres; REICH: Music for Piece of Wood; BOULEZ: Rituel in Memoriam Bruno Maderna; MESSIAEN: Turangalîla Symphony; MAHLER: Das Lied von der Erde; NANCARROW: Piano Roll No. 21

Sound Format: PCM Stereo
Picture Format: 4:3
Special Features: Biographies of the Composers, Audio Tracks
Languages: English, German Menu Languages: English, German, French
Subtitles
Read more Languages: French, Spanish, Italian, Japanese
Region Code: 0 (worldwide)
Running Time: 50 mins (+ 80 mins audio)
DVD5 / NTSC


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 20th century. Each of the seven programmes features over thirty minutes of specially-shot music in performance, with Rattle conducting the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Simon Rattle leads viewers on an exhilarating journey through the music of our time, explaining the chief musical developments from Mahler to the present day. Each programme is illustrated with evocative imagery, archive film and photographs and the featured music is set within the broader context of artistic and social change.

Why "Leaving Home"? The story of twentieth-century music is one of leave-takings in many ways. As a wealth of talented composers searched for new creative responses to the world around them, many made departures from the solid 'home' foundations of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century music - tonal harmony, melody, regular rhythm and metre. Many had to literally leave home, displaced by political upheavals. A remarkable diversity of expression developed - not all of the difficult or discordant variety commonly associated with modern music. The range is wide and this series samples the work of over thirty composers, discovering new and challenging sounds as well as some unexpectedly familiar music.

In Volume 2, we see how music in the West freed itself form the dominance of melody and explores the richness of musical pulse for its own sake. Starting with the driving power of Stravinsky's Sacre du Printemps, Sir Simon Rattle takes viewers on a vibrant sensory Journey. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Le sacre du printemps: Excerpt(s) by Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Simon Rattle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911-1913; Switzerland 
2.
Ionisation by Edgard Varčse
Conductor:  Simon Rattle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1929-1931; USA 
3.
Atmospheres by György Ligeti
Conductor:  Simon Rattle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1961; Vienna, Austria 
4.
Music for Pieces of Wood by Steve Reich
Conductor:  Simon Rattle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1973; USA 
5.
Rituel in memoriam Bruno Maderna by Pierre Boulez
Conductor:  Simon Rattle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1974-1975 
6.
Turangalîla-Symphonie: Excerpt(s) by Olivier Messiaen
Conductor:  Simon Rattle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1946-1948; France 
7.
Das Lied von der Erde: Excerpt(s) by Gustav Mahler
Conductor:  Simon Rattle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1908-1909; Vienna, Austria 
8.
Study for Player Piano no 21 by Conlon Nancarrow
Conductor:  Simon Rattle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Mexico 

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