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The Pyongyang Concert / Maazel, New York Philharmonic

New York Philharmonic / Maazel
Release Date: 09/16/2008 
Label:  Euroarts   Catalog #: 2056948  
Composer:  Richard WagnerAntonín DvorákGeorge GershwinGeorges Bizet,   ... 
Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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The New York Philharmonic's historic trip to North Korea in 2008 was the first-ever
Read more performance by a U.S. orchestra within the borders of the secretive state. The concert recorded here became a surprisingly emotional musical event. Music became diplomacy when conductor Lorin Maazel and the New York Philharmonic, the USA’s most eminent orchestra, opened the concert in East Pyongyang’s Grand Theatre with both the American and the North Korean national anthems. The program included music by Wagner, Dvo?ák, Gershwin, Bizet and Bernstein and prompted the North Korean audience to standing ovations in an outpouring of appreciation and warmth on both sides of the proscenium.

This courageous musical project also united Korean and American musicians, who, together, produced a technically brilliant performance. The musicians barely spoke to one another, communicating in exchanged glances and body language, and when Lorin Maazel raised his baton at the end of the concert and the orchestra embarked on ‘Arirang,’ a lilting folk song emblematic of the North and South Korean people, the audience was obviously touched. A previously unreleased documentary with 53 min of exclusive material shows members of the New York Philharmonic on their historic trip to North Korea's capital. Many concerns and doubts arose before departing to the most inaccessible country in the world – a country that consistently violates human rights laws and that has been categorised by George Bush as part of the “axis of evil”. The concert recording and the documentary, however, present no political manifestos. Instead they show people who are brought a little closer by virtue of music. Music knows no borders and can touch hearts and unite people everywhere – this release provides impressive proof.

REPERTOIRE:
Richard Wagner: Lohengrin, Prelude to Act III; Antonin Dvorak: Symphony No.9 in E minor "From the New World; George Gershwin: An American in Paris; George Bizet: Farandole from L'Arlesienne Suite No.2; Leonard Bernstein: Candide, Ouverture; Traditional: Arirang.

BONUS:
Documentary "Americans in Pyongyang" The New York Philharmonic's Trip to North Korea

Region: 0 (All)
Format: NTSC 16:9
Sound:DD 2.1, DD 5.1, DTS 5.1
SUBTITLES: English, German, French, Spanish, Japanese
Running Time: 107 mins + 52 mins (Documentary)
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Works on This Recording

1.
Lohengrin: Act 3 Prelude by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847; Germany 
2.
Symphony no 9 in E minor, Op. 95/B 178 "From the New World" by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; USA 
3.
An American in Paris by George Gershwin
Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928; USA 
4.
L'arlésienne: Suite no 2 - 4th movement, Farandole by Georges Bizet
Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
5.
Candide: Overture by Leonard Bernstein
Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1956; USA 
6.
Arirang by Traditional
Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Written: Korea 

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