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Burton, Humphrey 1931-

Works: 701 works in 1,507 publications in 7 languages and 14,306 library holdings
Genres: Drama  History  Televised operas  Film adaptations  Biography  Filmed operas  Television adaptations  Nonfiction films  Epic films  Operas 
Roles: Director, Author, Producer, Performer, Narrator, Speaker, Interviewer, dir, Interviewee, Production personnel, Commentator, Film editor, Other, Author of introduction, Editor, Restager , reg, Host
Classifications: ML410.B566, 782.1
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Most widely held works about Humphrey Burton
Most widely held works by Humphrey Burton
Leonard Bernstein by Humphrey Burton( Book )

19 editions published between 1994 and 1995 in English and held by 1,758 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Composer, pianist, author, television personality, Harvard lecturer, cultural icon and conductor without peer, Leonard Bernstein was one of the most flamboyant and multifaceted musical giants of the twentieth century. His versatility and boundless energy were legendary. He captivated Broadway with such smash hits as On the Town and West Side Story, wrested and cajoled out of the world's best orchestras some of the most inspired performances ever heard, and introduced several generations of Americans to classical music with his "Omnibus" and "Young People's Concerts" television shows." "In the most richly detailed and in-depth biography of Bernstein yet written, author Humphrey Burton vividly brings to life this controversial and contradictory figure. Incorporating hundreds of interviews with family, friends and colleagues, as well as exclusive access to Bernstein's own rich legacy of letters and papers, Leonard Bernstein reveals the maestro as he has never been seen before. Admired by the world, he felt an almost desperate need to be loved; married to the beautiful actress Felicia Montealegre, and father of three children, he also engaged in passionate affairs - private and eventually public - with other men; the New York Philharmonic's most influential music director since Toscanini, he felt himself constantly torn between the rival claims of conducting and composing. We see a Bernstein who embraced the world with extraordinary passion, a man with an enormous appetite for the center stage who, his critics would charge, often squandered his seemingly inexhaustible talent and energy." "Bernstein's exuberant vitality and restless ambition are successfully brought to the page in this compelling portrait of one of the most beloved musical figures of our age."--Jacket
Yehudi Menuhin : a life by Humphrey Burton( Book )

7 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 690 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Describes how Menuhin, the highest paid artist in the pre-war era, became a devotee of yoga, formed associations with Indian musician Ravi Sankar, developed a second career as a conductor, and created an international school that bears his name
The Marriage of Figaro : a comic opera in 4 acts by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart( Visual )

10 editions published between 1973 and 2004 in Italian and held by 621 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Opera based on Beaumarchais' sequel to his Barber of Seville
Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss( Visual )

41 editions published between 1984 and 2015 in 5 languages and held by 532 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Royal Opera Chorus and the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, conducted by Placido Domingo, appear in this traditional Viennese comedy, the best known and most loved operetta by the King of the waltz, Johann Strauss the younger
La traviata by Giuseppe Verdi( Visual )

25 editions published between 1994 and 2005 in Italian and No Linguistic content and held by 465 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This famous performance of Verdi's romantic tragedy captures one of the most sensational debuts in operatic history. Singing Violetta for the first time was the young Romanian soprano, Angela Gheorghiu, whose remarkable interpretation reached the front pages of the world's press and led the BBC immediately to film the production"--Container
Boris Godunov by Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky( Visual )

26 editions published between 1990 and 2006 in 4 languages and held by 406 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Registratie van een uitvoering van de bewerking door David Lloyd-Jones in het Mariinsky Theater, St. Petersburg, april 1990
Manon Lescaut by Giacomo Puccini( Visual )

36 editions published between 1982 and 2009 in 5 languages and held by 371 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Chevalier des Grieux meets and seduces the young Manon when she is being escorted by her brother to a convent. Manon lives with des Grieux in Paris, but leaves him for a rich admirer. She is later arrested, charged with prostitution, and deported to Louisiana, Des Grieux accompanies her and during an escape attempt she dies in his arms
Lulu by Alban Berg( Visual )

20 editions published between 1996 and 2013 in 5 languages and held by 355 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Based on a pair of once-banned plays by the fin de siècle satirist Frank Wedekind, Alban Berg's operatic swansong charts the rise and fall of a femme fatale, a serial seductress, from life as a society heiress to prostitution and eventual death at the hands of Jack the Ripper"--Container
Trouble in Tahiti by Leonard Bernstein( Visual )

6 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 322 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Leonard Bernstein's 1951 opera is a biting satire on the emptiness of materialist values and the false promise of suburban comforts. This production, conducted by the composer himself, presents a live-action cast performing on an animated set
The tragedy of Macbeth by Roman Polanski( Visual )

3 editions published between 1971 and 2014 in English and held by 317 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Roman Polanski imbues his unflinchingly violent adaptation of William Shakespeare's tragedy of ruthless ambition and murder in medieval Scotland with grit and dramatic intensity. Jon Finch and Francesca Annis star as a decorated warrior rising in the ranks and his driven wife, scheming together to take the throne by any means
William Walton : the romantic loner : a centenary portrait album by Humphrey Burton( Book )

8 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 287 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"William Walton's reputation has never been higher - his masterworks remain firm favourites with public and performers, notably his eloquent concertos, his dramatic cantata Belshazzar's Feast, his vivid film scores (such as Henry V), his powerful First Symphony and the sparkling entertainment Facade." "Born in the cotton town of Oldham, Walton's life was transformed when he won a choral scholarship to Christ Church, Oxford. He soon lost his Lancashire accent but never his innate canniness. His remarkable creative gifts were spotted by the Sitwell family, who encouraged him to quit university, live with them in Jazz-Age London and earn his living purely as a composer." "An idyllic relationship with a beautiful German princess ended in emotional turmoil that nearly scuppered his First Symphony. But then Walton became the lover of Alice, Viscountess Wimborne (22 years his senior), a powerful society hostess who guided his career and chose the librettist for his first opera Troilus and Cressida. Within a year of her death he met the vivacious 22 year old Susana Gil Passo, marrying her after a whirlwind courtship. On their honeymoon he announced that he did not want children and intended to live in Italy. They settled on the island of Ischia in the Bay of Naples, eventually acquiring a plot of rocky hillside land upon which they developed the villas and estate of La Mortella, now one of Italy's best-known gardens. A knighthood in 1951 was followed by other honours but his final years were dogged by ill health and a depressing sense of creative impotence."--Jacket
The golden ring by Richard Wagner( Visual )

20 editions published between 1965 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 286 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Documents the recording and behind-the-scenes production of the first-ever audio recording of Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen conducted by Sir Georg Solti
Leonard Bernstein's Candide : a comic operetta in two acts by Leonard Bernstein( Visual )

28 editions published between 1991 and 2007 in 4 languages and held by 280 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Leonard Bernstein's operetta, based on the classic Voltaire story. Voltaire's Candide begins in Westphalia, Germany, where Candide is tortured by noted philosopher Doctor Pangloss on the idea that "all is for the this best of all worlds." Candide first accepts this philosophy, but as he experiences war, poverty, the maliciousness of man, and the hypocricy of the church, he begins to doubt Pangloss
Falstaff by Giuseppe Verdi( Visual )

16 editions published between 1999 and 2009 in Italian and German and held by 274 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The comic misadventures of Shakespeare's Sir John Falstaff
Menuhin : a life by Humphrey Burton( Book )

10 editions published between 2000 and 2016 in English and held by 257 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Andrea Chenier by Umberto Giordano( Visual )

7 editions published between 1985 and 2009 in Italian and English and held by 218 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Opera, in four acts
Leonard Bernstein conducts West Side story by Leonard Bernstein( Visual )

17 editions published between 1985 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 201 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Conducting his musical for the first time 27 years after its Broadway premiere, Leonard Bernstein rehearses and records West Side story
War and peace by Sergey Prokofiev( Visual )

15 editions published between 1991 and 2004 in 3 languages and held by 186 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An opera in thirteen scenes after the novel by Leo Tolstoy
Die entführung aus dem serail by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart( Visual )

19 editions published between 1987 and 2007 in 3 languages and held by 170 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The comic opera in three acts by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart dramatizes the attempt of the hero Belmonte, assisted by his servant Pedrillo, to rescue his beloved Konstanze from the seraglio of the Pasha Selim
Rodelinda : opera in three acts by George Frideric Handel( Visual )

7 editions published between 1998 and 2005 in 3 languages and held by 159 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This opera performance tells a tale of unrequited love that is steeped in jealousy, treachery and grief
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Leonard Bernstein
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Humphrey Burton British television presenter

Humphrey Burton Brits televisieregisseur

Хамфри Бертон

バートン, ハンフリー

English (136)

Italian (89)

German (52)

Russian (32)

Spanish (3)

French (2)

Dutch (1)

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