Notes & Reviews:
Music is the Language of Heart and Soul is the only available documentary about Mariss Jansons from his early days till today. Jansons is one of the leading conductors, performing with the most important orchestras in the world. This 2 DVD-set includes a performance with M. Jansons and Concertgebouw Orchestra of Mahler. "Mariss Jansons is one of the best orchestra builders around." The New York Times "No conductor has a more extraordinary story to tell than Mariss Jansons." The Independent
BBC Music Magazine
Most valuable 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.
The humility everywhere apparent points to the fact that, while much in Jansons's background would indicate musical success...that success was far from assured...The presumptions in the documentary are put well into practice in Mahler's Second Symphony...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.
MusicWeb International, July 2012
The excerpts included in the documentary give evidence of his talent. Yet this documentary also offers some insights into Jansons' artistic temperament, which support the music which he interprets so well...Jansons captures the style of the work from the start, with a dramatically charged interpretation of the opening funeral march...The visual aspects of the DVD fit the music, with crisp images, realistic color and well-thought videography.
Run Time: 142 min.
Picture Format: NTSC, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM Stereo, DTS 5.0 Surround
Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, Chinese, Korean
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Works DetailsMahler, Gustav : Symphony no 2 in C minor "Resurrection"
- Performers: Ricarda Merbeth (Soprano); Bernarda Fink (Mezzo Soprano)
- Conductor: Mariss Jansons
- Ensemble: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
- Period Time: Post Romantic
- Form: Orchestral
- Written: 1888/1896