DVD, Julian Bream - My Life In Music
In his 70th year Julian Bream tells his remarkable story with contributions from John Williams, Peter Pears, Igor Stravinsky, William Walton, George Malcolm, Richard Rodney Bennett and The Julian Bream Consort. Illustrated with over an hour of complete musical performance.
Julian is considered by many as the greatest classic guitarist of the twentieth century, as if this were not enough he quietly re invented the renaissance lute and brought it to a new audience.
Written for Bream, Benjamin Britten's 'Nocturnal' Op. 70, is widely regarded as the centerpiece of the modern guitar repertoire and this masterpiece forms an appropriate frame for Julian's story. Director Paul Balmer returned Bream to Aldeburgh, revisiting the original manuscript at Britten's home. This culminated in the guitarist coming out of retirement to perform complete movements of the Britten and the de Falla 'Homenaje' which inspired it, all in the wonderful acoustic of the Snape Maltings.
We also hear Julian perform Richard Rodney Bennett's Sonata for Solo Guitar, in an exclusive BBC Radio 3 digital recording, never before commercially available. 195 minutes.
MAIN PROFILE - 120 minutes including an hour of performance
Subtitles: PAL version- English, French, Spanish and German.
NTSC Version: English and Japanese.
1 'NOCTURNAL' 2'38"
2 HARDY'S ENGLAND 1'05"
3 'HEIGH HO HOLIDAY' 1'10"
4 "I was born in Battersea" 1'27"
5 "My musical father" 1'48"
6 DJANGO AND EDDIE LANG 3'28"
7 "My first spanish guitar and meeting Segovia" 5'02"
8 'BMG' AND THE PHILHARMONIC SOCIETY OF GUITARISTS 4'52"
9 THE 'PSG' LIBRARY 1'08"
10 A DAY BOY AT ROYAL COLLEGE OF MUSIC 1'10"
11 SEGOVIA 1947 / CASTELNUOVO-TEDESCO 2'43"
12 SARABAND FOR DEAD LOVERS 1'07"
13 "Royal College of Music - no fee !" 2'43"
14 BBC RADIO AND TELEVISION 5'22"
15 JULIAN DISCOVERS DOWLAND 2'43"
16 WIGMORE DEBUT / BACH SUITES 6'48"
17 NATIONAL SERVICE 3'50"
18 ALDEBURGH - MEETING BRITTEN AND PEARS 5'11"
19 GEORGE MALCOLM 3'21"
20 IMPROVISING AS A RESOURCE 2'49"
21 THE JULIAN BREAM CONSORT 4'42"
22 MEETING ALI AKBAR KHAN 3'56"
23 STRAVINSKY - THE QUEST FOR REPERTOIRE 5 mins
24 'A LIFE IN THE COUNTRY' / CRICKET - A PASSION 5'15"
25 RECORDING AT WARDOUR CASTLE 2'38"
26 THE RENAISSANCE AND BAROQUE GUITARS 5'08"
27 WHAT IS ESSENTIALLY SPANISH ? 5'09"
28 NEW MUSIC FOR THE GUITAR 6'05"
29 WORKING WITH JOHN WILLIAMS 3'36"
30 ALDEBURGH AND THE WRITING OF 'NOCTURNAL' 5'04"
31 DE FALLA 'HOMENAJE' 4'15"
32 'COME HEAVY SLEEPE' - 'PASSACAGLIA' 8'32"
BONUS FEATURES - 75 minutes including:-
* 4 MUSIC ARCHIVE MUSIC CLIPS
* DIONISIO AGUADO - Rondo in A minor Op. 2
* HEITOR VILLA-LOBOS - Study No. 11
* THOMAS MORLEY - 'Galliard to the Sacred End Pavan' - Julian Bream Consort (1987)
* WILLIAM WALTON - Bagatelle No. 5
GUITARIST'S RELISH (9 'BONUS CHAPTERS')
* The 'Nocturnal' manuscripts - Julian sees Benjamin Britten's original score for the first time.
* '1984' and bouncing back - how Julian recovered from his near tragic car accident.
* "My first recital and the Maccaferri guitar"
* "Sneaking my guitar into the Royal College of Music"
* Julian's nylons !
* RCM tutor: "Fernando Sor ! … never heard of him"
* Yuri Leschenko
* "Dr. Perott's techniques"
* 'Ithaca' - Julian's favourite poem read by Jill Balcon
'THE MAKERS OF …' - a look behind the scenes directed by Emilio Pujol's pupil Brendan McCormack.
BIBLIOGRAPHY - some selected further reading.
DISCOGRAPHY - compiled by Judy Caine and distinguished author Graham Wade.
RESEARCH NOTES - Judy's revelations on where the archive came from ! Once again the Canadians are the most scrupulous conservators.
GUITAR TIMELINE - a look at some guitars from the Renaissance to the 20th Century. This is linked to the main profile to enable you to see examples of some of the guitars being played.
RARE STILLS PHOTO MONTAGE - to the music of Tárrega's Mazurka in G.
RICHARD RODNEY BENNETT - Sonata for Solo Guitar
A masterful Bream interpretation commercially released for the first time by arrangement with BBC Music - recorded in the chapel at Wardour Castle for BBC Radio 3 - 29th June 1986 - producer Gareth Walters. As the project director and guitarist Paul Balmer considers this a work of equal importance to Britten's Nocturnal.
DIRECTOR'S COMMENTARY - accessed via 'set up' on the main menu. Some insights into the 'behind the scenes stories'. There is little visible sign of this but Julian became dangerously ill during the filming due to a foot infection. He hardly slept for five months and yet performed 'Nocturnal' and Homenaje at what he regards as a career-best intensity.
ALTERNATIVE CAMERA ANGLES
The new interpretations of Britten's 'Nocturnal' (two complete movements) and De Falla's 'Homenaje' were recorded with 2 cameras. Paul has constructed an 'alternative edit' available at any time during the performances by pressing 'angle' on your remote control. This provides a unique opportunity to observe Julian's extraordinary and unconventional technique.