The harvest of sorrow the memories of Sergei Rachmaninoff
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Documentarian Tony Palmer's feature-length Harvest of Sorrow constitutes one of the first nonfiction works to recount the life story of 19th century Russian composer Sergey Rachmaninov with express permission from that great artist's family. As in Paul Cox's Vincent (1987) and other works, first-person narration culled from the artist's letters, journals, and memoirs -- here read by Sir John Gielgud -- forms the backbone of the narrative and lends heightened authenticity to it. Palmer shot on-location footage in Russia, Switzerland, and America at sites frequented by Rachmaninov. The soundtrack features extensive passages from the composer's works, performed by the Orchestra and Chorus of the Mariinsky Theatre under the baton of Valery Gergiev. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi
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 100-minute documentary film, shot in Russia, Switzerland and America, is made with the full participation of the composer's grandson, Alexander Rachmaninoff.
Contents"I was born in Russia" ; Mikhail Pletnev and the Russian National Orchestra play from Symphony no. 3 (1938) ; Nikolai Okhotnikov sings from Aleko (1892)
Ivanovka ; Petr Laul plays from Piano concerto no. 2 (1901) ; Peter Jablonski plays from Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini (1934) ; Valentina Igoshina plays from Prelude in C♯ minor (1892)
Aleko ; Nikolai Okhotnikov sings from Aleko (1892)
Symphony no. 1 ; Valery Gergiev conducts the Mariinsky Orchestra from Symphony no. 1 (1895) ; Petr Laul plays from Piano concerto no. 2 (1901)
War and revolution ; Valery Gergiev conducts the Mariinsky Orchestra from Isle of the dead (1909) & Symphony no. 1 (1895) ; Dmitri Hvorostovsky sings A dream (1893) ; Valentina Igoshina plays the Prelude in B minor (1910)
America ; Alexander Toradze plays from Piano concerto no. 3 (1909) ; Peter Jablonski plays from Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini (1934) ; Nikolai Putilin sings from The miserly knight (1905)
In exile ; Valery Borisov conducts the Chorus of the Mariinsky Theatre from Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom (1910) ; Valentina Igoshina plays the Prelude in G minor (1903) ; Valery Gergiev conducts the Mariinsky Orchestra from Isle of the dead (1909)
Senar. Mikhail Pletnev plays from Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini (1934) ; Alexander Toradze plays from Piano concerto no. 3 (1909)
Old age ; Mikhail Pletnev plays from Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini (1934) with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Claudio Abbado & from Variations on a theme of Corelli (1931) ; Mikhail Pletnev conducts the Russian National Orchestra from Symphony no. 3 (1938) ; Dmitri Hvorostovsky sings Christ is risen (1906)
Return to America ; Valery Gergiev conducts the Mariinsky Orchestra in extracts from the Symphonic dances (1940) & Symphony no. 2 (1908).
Composers -- Biography.
|Publisher|| West Long Branch, N.J. :Kultur,2007
|Other Titles|| Works.
Bluett, Mike, producer.
Berrie, Eleanor, producer.
Gielgud, John, 1904-2000, narrator.
Pletnev, Mikhail, 1957- performer, conductor.
Okhotnikov, Nikolaĭ, performer.
Laul, Pëtr, performer.
Jablonski, Peter, 1971- performer.
Igoshina, Valentina, 1978- performer.
Gergiev, Valeriĭ, 1953- conductor.
Hvorostovsky, Dmitri, performer.
Toradze, Alexander, performer.
Putilin, Nikolaĭ, 1954- performer.
Abbado, Claudio, conductor.
Rachmaninoff, Sergei, 1873-1943. Works.
Claverdon Films Ltd., production company.
Rossiĭskiĭ nat͡sionalʹnyĭ orkestr, performer.
Mariinskiĭ teatr (1991- ), performer.
Berliner Philharmoniker, performer.
Kultur International Films.
John Gielgud, narrator and reader of Rachmaninoff's letters and other reminiscences.
In English and Russian; Russian segments with English subtitles.
DVD; region 1; picture format: 16:9 anamorphic; LPCM stereo.
1 videodisc (102 min.) : sound, black and white, color ; 4 3/4 in.