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A Tale of Tanglewood
Peter Grimes Reborn

50 years after Koussevitsky, Tanglewood mounts a new production of "Peter Grimes."

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Directed by Barbara Willis Sweete
Produced by Rhombus Media
Cast: Seiji Ozawa, David Kneuss, Tony Griffey, Mikhaela Gurevich, Stafford Turner, Tanglewood Music Centre Orchestra, Tanglewood Festival Chorus

June 30, 1946. A village in the hills of Massachusetts comes to life. The great Serge Koussevitsky, founding director of the Tanglewood Music Center, commissions Benjamin Britten to write "Peter Grimes" - an exciting new opera conducted by the 28-year-old Leonard Bernstein.

Fifty years later, with Maestro Seiji Ozawa at the helm, Tanglewood remounts the now famous "Peter Grimes" with some of the world's most gifted young singers and instrumentalists. For Maestro Ozawa, it is an exciting rebirth of opera at Tanglewood. For those who had been involved in the original production, it is an occasion, not only for the passing of knowledge, but for reunion and nostalgia.

A TALE OF TANGLEWOOD: PETER GRIMES REBORN weaves a tapestry that travels back and forth over the 50 years that separate the two performances, drawing parallels between the two productions as they build in momentum, and culminate in a sizzling performance attended by many of the original performers -- now in their 70s and 80s.

Out of this juxtaposition of past and present emerges a powerfully resonant, multi-layered, often humorous portrait of one of the world's great music institutes.

Grade Level: 8-12, College, Adult
US Release Date: 1997     Copyright Date: 1996
DVD ISBN: 1-59458-817-1     VHS ISBN: 1-56029-727-1

"Fast-paced, gracefully filmed, exceptionally beautiful...this is a not-to-be-missed title for music appreciation collections in school, academic, and public libraries."
Library Journal

"In my opinion this video should be in every university library with a classical music program. Public libraries will also find this program a welcome addition. Highly Recommended."
Charles H. Burkart, Audiovisual Library, West Virginia University, MC Journal

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A Tale of Tanglewood

"Fast-paced, gracefully filmed, exceptionally beautiful." Library Journal

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FIPA, France

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