Recordings of all the Beethoven symphonies with their chief conductor are always a milestone in the artistic work of the Berliner Philharmoniker. So it was with Herbert von Karajan and Claudio Abbado, and expectations are correspondingly high for this cycle conducted by Sir Simon Rattle. Where does the special status of these symphonies come from? Simon Rattle has an explanation: “One of the things Beethoven does is to give you a mirror into yourself – where you are now as a musician.” In fact, this music contains such a wealth of extreme emotions and brilliant compositional ideas that reveal the qualities of the orchestra and its conductor as if under a magnifying glass.
"Chess, first of all, is art." - Mikhail Tal
Arguably one of the world's most exciting chess players of all time, Grandmaster Mikhail Tal will always be remembered as an attacking genius. The former World Champion, who was nicknamed "The Magician from Riga" for his tactical prowess, has insprired many a chess player with his daring and electrifying style of play. With this in mind, Ginger GM in association with Dark Phoenix Media Ltd. has created it’s first interactive DVD based on this chess legend.
"Saint-Simon vivait entouré de tableaux. Ils peuplaient par dizaines les murs de son château, portraits de famille, portraits de Louis XIII encadrés dans les boiseries, fixés au-dessus des glaces, peints sur toile, peints sur bois, en estampes, buste de Louis XIII sur un piédestal, la tête en cire ceinte d'une couronne en cuivre, portraits de Mme de Saint-Simon, de Rancé, du duc d'Orléans, du cardinal de Fleury, du cardinal de Noailles, du cardinal Dubois devant la chaise percée, et, dans une chambre au premier étage ayant vue sur le parc, du feu duc de Saint-Simon et de la feue duchesse, sans autres précisions, le duc Claude et Charlotte la mère, ou Diane sa première épouse.
Sir Simon Rattle leads an all-star cast in this highly anticipated new recording of Debussy’s evocative opera Pelléas et Mélisande. It was captured in January 2016 during performances of an innovative collaboration between Rattle and Peter Sellars, two of the boldest creative minds in music and theatre today. Supported by the London Symphony Chorus, prepared by renowned choral director Simon Halsey, it is a moving statement of intent for Rattle’s tenure as LSO Music Director.