Recordings and DVDs

“REDES” DVD LAUNCH

Friday, May 13, 2016 at 6:45 pm
Mexican Cultural Institute

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with PostClassical Ensemble
conducted by Angel Gil-Ordóñez

and presentations by
Roberto Kolb Neuhaus: Revueltas and Redes
Terri Weissmann: Paul Strand and Redes
Lorenzo Candelaria: Redes and El Paso’s upcoming “Copland and Mexico” Festival
Joseph Horowitz and Angel Gil-Ordóñez on the making of Redes (with film clips)

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Join us for the international launch of the new DVD on May 13 at the Mexican Cultural Institute. Our program will begin with another Revueltas score – Ocho por radio – performed live by PCE and Angel Gil-Ordóñez. Then we’ll explore the impact of the new print and soundtrack with reference to three key sequences from the film. Finally, Roberto Kolb and Terri Weissman will contribute further thoughts about Revueltas and Strand, and the making of Redes.

The 60-minute film REDES (1935) is an iconic product of the Mexican Revolution. Shot by master photographer PAUL STRAND, with a galvanizing score by SILVESTRE REVUELTAS and direction by FRED ZINNEMANN, it is a peak achievement in the history of music and the moving image.

Until recently, Redes was not available in an acceptable format. A new Naxos DVD, produced by PostClassical Ensemble, mates a pristine print (created by Martin Scorsese’s Film Foundation) with a freshly-recorded soundtrack. The result is revelatory.

“A very special film . . . Strand brought his camera eye, Zinnemann brought his tremendous sensitivity to actors, and with his score Revueltas gave the film a terrific majesty and grandeur” – Martin Scorsese

MCI

“The Plow That Broke the Plains / The River” DVD

The original films by Pare Lorentz with newly-recorded soundtracks.

Composer: Virgil Thomson
Conductor: Angel Gil-Ordóñez
Ensemble: PostClassical Ensemble
Author: Pare Lorentz
Label: Naxos

View the trailer:

The Plow that Broke the Plains / The River from PostClassical Ensemble on Vimeo.

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“The Plow That Broke the Plains / The River” CD

World premiere recordings of the complete film scores.

Pare Lorentz’s The Plow that Broke the Plains (1936) and The River (1937) are landmark American documentary films. Aesthetically, they break new ground in seamlessly marrying pictorial imagery, symphonic music, and poetic free verse, all realized with supreme artistry. Ideologically, they indelibly encapsulate the strivings of Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal. Virgil Thomson’s scores for both films are among the most famous ever composed for the movies. Aaron Copland praised the music for The Plow for its “frankness and openness of feeling”, calling it “fresher, more simple, and more personal” than the Hollywood norm. He called the music for The River “a lesson in how to treat Americana.”

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“The City” DVD

The classic 1939 documentary film with a newly recorded soundtrack.

Made for the 1939 New York World’s Fair, The City is a seminal documentary film distinguished for the organic integration of narration (scripted by city planner Lewis Mumford), cinematography (Ralph Steiner and Willard Van Dyke), and music (Aaron Copland). The score, arguably Copland’s highest achievement in film, was also his ticket to Hollywood; The LA Times‘s Mark Swed called it “an astonishing missing link not only in the genesis of Copland’s Americana style but in American music and cinema.” As the film contains no dialogue, it is possible to create a fresh soundtrack and discover musical riches inaudible on the original monaural recording.

Watch the trailer:

The City from PostClassical Ensemble on Vimeo.

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