Ricarda Merbeth (soprano), Bernarda Fink (mezzo-soprano), Netherlands Radio Choir,Concertgebouw Orchestra, Mariss Jansons (conductor)
This is the only available documentary about Mariss Jansons from his early career until present day. Jansons himself relates the story of his youth and education, historical footage shows the young maestro with his mentor Herbert von Karajan and taking his first steps towards an international career. Mariss Jansons is one of the world's leading conductors, performing with all the important orchestras. Film maker Robert Neumuller observes Jansons in rehearsal for the New Year Concert with the Vienna Philharmonic, as well as working with the top orchestras he is currently heading, the Royal Concertgebouw and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. This 2-DVD set also includes a performance of Mahler Symphony No 2 'Resurrection'.
Mahler Symphony No 2 in C minor 'Resurrection'
Running Time: 52 mins (documentary) + 1 hr 30 mins (concert)
Picture format: NTSC 16:9
Sound format: PCM Stereo / DTS 5.0 (concert only)
Region code: 0 (worldwide)
Subtitles: English, German (concert only), French, Spanish, Chinese, Korean
No. of DVDs: 2 (DVD 9 + DVD 5)
Also on Blu-ray (709804)
'Jansons deploys his stage forces with such seamless attention to the score that Mahler's eruptions become part of a preconceived plan and not spontaneous outbursts for their own sake.' (Gramophone)
'both [the documentary and the symphonic performance on this set] are equally fine tributes to Jansons, a respected artist and a thoughtful soul. Highly recommended.' (Music Media Monthly)
'I can recommend this video to admirers of Mariss Jansons, and to those who are curious about this versatile conductor.' (Fanfare)
'Each of these new videos presents a performance that will satisfy the most ardent and jaded critic. Both orchestras are at home with the score and the soloists in each are well-matched.' (The WholeNote)
'orchestra, soloists, choir, conductor, and the hall itself are filmed and recorded so magnificently. Watching, you will be renewed and uplifted, and that is surely what Mahler intended.' (MusicWeb International)
'Most valuable [in the documentary] is the footage of his father, conductor Arvid Jansons, and of his own early days as a Herbert von Karajan protege...Of Jansons's humanity and penetrating gifts as a conductor we hear heartfelt testimony from the pianist Lang Lang...the Mahler film fully displays Jansons's passionate physical engagement with the music.' (3 STARS BBC Music magazine)