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»The Highest Level« Documentary with Lang Lang and Sir Simon Rattle

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When the Berliner Philharmoniker, Sir Simon Rattle and Lang Lang came together for their first joint recording in April 2013, expectations were high. Not only because the musicians are among the best in their field, but also because they had chosen a challenging as well as exciting repertoire: Béla Bartók’s Piano Concerto No. 2 and Sergei Prokofiev’s Third Piano Concerto. In our documentary The Highest Level, you can be witness to this summit meeting and with extensive behind-the-scenes footage, follow the making of a great recording.

The film is many things at once. Firstly, it is a portrait of the artists, in which one comes close to the orchestra, conductor and soloist. We learn a lot about their fundamental view of music, and how they find their way to a joint interpretation. About Prokofiev’s concerto, Simon Rattle says, “It goes without saying that it is extremely difficult and virtuosic – a bravura number but with many moments of delicacy and beauty.” This is precisely one of the major challenges of this recording project: how to reconcile the explosive with the lyrical in these works.

From the piano, Lang Lang readily explains how he overcomes the physical pitfalls of the works. Furthermore, the viewer can follow the many steps of a recording. We see how Simon Rattle and Lang Lang hone their interpretation, both in the recording studio and on the podium. And we learn from the sound engineer how to get the best possible, authentic sound recording. The film makes it clear that the creation of great art is based not least on a perfect balance of inspiration and hard work.

As an exclusive offer for our customers, each order includes a 48-Hour Ticket for the Digital Concert Hall.

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Berliner Philharmoniker
Sir Simon Rattle Conductor

Lang Lang Piano

»THE HIGHEST LEVEL«
Prokofiev 3 & Bartók 2
The Creation of an Extraordinary Recording


DVD VERSION

Documentary: The Highest Level – The Creation of an Extraordinary Recording
Sergei Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 3 (Filmed at the Recording Sessions in the Berlin Philharmonie)


BLU-RAY VERSION
In addition to video in HD, the Blu-ray disc also contains audio files of the highest quality, so you can enjoy the two concertos in the original 24-bit studio quality.

Video content
Documentary: The Highest Level – The Creation of an Extraordinary Recording
Sergei Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 3 (Filmed at the Recording Sessions in the Berlin Philharmonie)

Audio content
Sergei Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 3
Béla Bartók: Piano Concerto No. 2

(High resolution: 96 kHz / 24bit)

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Running time Main film: 60 mins / Prokofiev video: 31 mins / Blu-ray Audio: 61 mins
Picture formats DVD: NTSC 16:9 / Blu-ray: 1080i HD 16:9
Audio formats DVD: Stereo PCM / Blu-ray: 2.0 PCM Audio 96kHz/24bit + 5.1 DTS Surround 48kHz/24bit
Subtitles English, German, French
Region code 0 / ABC (worldwide)

»The Highest Level« Documentary with Lang Lang and Sir Simon Rattle

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  • As an exclusive offer for our customers, each Lang Lang product includes a 48-Hour Ticket for the Digital Concert Hall.

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