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This was the first DVD recording to mark Valery Gergiev’s new relationship with the Munich Philharmonic, as the orchestra's chief conductor. It also added to the international profile of the brilliantly talented young pianist Behzod Abduraimov and provided a platform for a significant, late 20th-century symphony by the late Galina Ustvolskaya,
a work which Gergiev first promoted some two decades earlier.

Orchestral Music - RAVEL, M. / STRAUSS, R. / BERLIOZ, H. (BBC Proms, 2016) (NTSC)
Orchestral Music - RAVEL, M. / STRAUSS, R. / BERLIOZ, H. (BBC Proms, 2016) (Blu-ray, HD)
[Blu-ray Video]
Live from the 2016 BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall:
Münchner Philharmoniker
Behzod Abduraimov • Alexei Petrenko • Valery Gergiev

Alexei Petrenko, Reciter • Behzod Abduraimov, Piano
Münchner Philharmoniker • Valery Gergiev

Valery Gergiev, fresh from his appointment as chief conductor of the Münchner Philharmoniker in 2015, takes his new ensemble to the BBC Proms for a concert of the utmost in drama and vivid musicianship. The brilliant young Uzbek pianist Behzod Abduraimov performs Rachmaninov’s thrillingly virtuosic Piano Concerto No. 3,
while the Russian stage and film actor Alexei Petrenko recites the text in Galina Ustvolskaya’s resonant and profound Symphony No. 3
‘Jesus Messiah, Save Us!’
. The programme also features a hypnotic
Ravel Boléro, an alternately tender, florid and witty
Rosenkavalier Suite, and the rousing Hungarian March by Berlioz.

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Playing Time: 111 minutes
Picture format: NTSC 16:9
Sound format:
PCM Stereo and DTS 5.1
Language: English and Russian
Region code: 0 (worldwide)
No. of disc/s: 1 (DVD 9)
Playing Time: 111 minutes
Picture format:
High Definition 16:9
Sound format:
PCM Stereo and DTS 5.1
Language: English and Russian
Region code: A, B, C
No. of disc/s: 1 (BD 25)

“The programme catered for a mix of musical tastes, from the romantic to the modern, and presented a journey of emotions, ranging from joy, passion, love and ecstasy to tragedy, sorrow, despair and defiance.”

“Behzod Abduraimov brought a singing tenderness … sensitively commanding leadership to the
piano-and-orchestra conversations, and infectious brilliance to the finale.”

The Independent (UK)

“[Ustvolskaya’s] chilling music is much like a prolonged anguished cry from beyond the grave,
and narrator Alexei Petrenko’s dark and menacing voice added to the sense of drama.”

Seen and Heard International

About the Artists
Valery Gergiev
Valery Gergiev is artistic and general director of the Mariinsky Theatre, principal conductor of the Münchner Philharmoniker and the World Orchestra for Peace, chair of the organisational committee of the International Tchaikovsky Competition, honorary president of the Edinburgh International Festival and dean of the faculty of arts at the St Petersburg State University. He has led numerous composer cycles in New York, London, Paris and other international cities and has introduced audiences around the world to several rarely performed Russian operas.
Behzod Abduraimov
Behzod Abduraimov, winner of the 2009 London International Piano Competition, has performed with many of the world’s leading orchestras, worked with prestigious conductors including Valery Gergiev, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Manfred Honeck, Vasily Petrenko, James Gaffigan, David Zinman and Vladimir Jurowski, and is a regular guest at the most renowned festivals worldwide.
Alexei Petrenko
Actor Alexei Petrenko made his film debut in 1967 and went on to perform over forty roles. He was a People’s Artist of Russia, recipient of the State Prize of Russia, Knight of the order For Services to the Fatherland, the Order of Honour, the Imperial Order of
St Anna, the Golden Eagle award, and the International Stanislavsky Prize in the category ‘For Contributions to the Development of Russian Theatre Art’. He died on February 22, 2017.
Münchner Philharmoniker
The Münchner Philharmoniker (MPO) was founded in 1893. A distinguished line of conductors have held the position of music director including Hans Rosbaud, Fritz Rieger, Rudolf Kempe, Sergiu Celibidache, James Levine, Zubin Mehta, Christian Thielemann, Lorin Maazel and, as from the 2015–16 season, Valery Gergiev. Tours have taken the Münchner Philharmoniker to numerous European cities as well as Japan, China, Korea, Taiwan and the US.
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