Specially commissioned performances conducted by Valery Gergiev with the Orchestra and Chorus of the Mariinsky Theatre Chorus Master Valery Borisov Rachmanioff’s letters and other reminiscences spoken by Sir John Gielgud
Used in films like Brief Encounter and Shine; on TV in The South Bank Show and Panorama; on radio in Semprini Serenade; and including some of the most famous melodies of the 20th century, Rachmaninoff’s romantic, passionate music is as popular today as it has ever been.
This insightful documentary film, shot in Russia, Switzerland and America, is made with the full participation of the composer’s grandson, Alexander Rachmaninoff.
Featuring soloists Mikhail Pletnev (with the Berlin philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Claudio Abbado, and his own Russian National Orchestra), Dmitri Hvorostovsky and young stars Valentina Igoshina, Peter Jablonski and Nikolai Putilin, the music is specially recorded with the great conductor Valery Gergieve and the Orchestra and Chorus of the Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg, with which Rachmanioff was intimately associated. Tony Palmer’s film is a unique and loving insight into a world long gone, but definitely not forgotten.
”Great conductor meets great composer in a great film.” - The Chicago Tribune
"His [Valery Gergiev] intense, visceral style of conducting makes him one of the most dynamic performers at work today. As an artist, I can say that there are few other musicians who are more exciting collaborators." - Anna Netrebko World renowned opera singer and contributor to Time
Valery Gergiev was featured in the 2010 Time 100, the annual issue of people who most affect our world.
Berlin philharmonic Orchestra
Russian National Orchestra
Conductor: Claudio Abbado
Orchestra and Chorus of the Mariinsky Theater
Conductor: Valery Gergiev
Chorus Master Valery Borisov
Letters and other reminiscences spoken by Sir John Gielgud
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