Thibaudet and Endelman to Discuss Musical Involvement in the Motion Picture
Bride Of The Wind on www.iclassics.com
(New York, NY, June 15, 2000) - On June 27, 2001 at 9 p.m. (EST), Universal
Classics Group's newly launched website, www.iclassics.com will offer an
exclusive on-line chat with world-renowned pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet and
critically acclaimed composer Stephen Endelman. The two will discuss their
involvement in the music of the motion picture Bride Of The Wind.
Bride Of The Wind is the extraordinary story of Alma Mahler - the beautiful
and outspoken wife of composer Gustav Mahler. Alma, herself a talented
composer, defied the traditions and social limitations in
turn-of-the-century Vienna and in doing so became one of the era's most
exciting and intriguing figures.
The soundtrack serves as the ultimate introduction to the beautiful music of
not only Gustav Mahler, but Alma as well. The album, which was released June
5th on Deutsche Grammophon, features three new performances by superstar
soprano Renée Fleming and piano virtuoso Jean-Yves Thibaudet, both of whom
appear at the end of the film. The soundtrack also includes the original
Mahler-inspired score composed by Stephen Endelman, as well as classic
performances by Claudio Abbado, Pierre Boulez and the Vienna Philharmonic
from the prestigious Deutsche Grammophon catalog.
Directed by Academy Award nominated filmmaker Bruce Beresford (Driving Miss
Daisy, Breaker Morant and Double Jeopardy), Bride of the Wind follows Alma
as her fascinating and complex life crosses a rich artistic period and two
world wars. Alma, portrayed by Sarah Wynter, is swept up in passionate
affairs with some of the most talented artists of her time, including
composer Gustav Mahler (Jonathan Pryce) and painter Oskar Kokoschka (Vincent
Perez). These men, through their power and cultural significance, threaten
to overwhelm Alma's sense of self and artistic drive.
An accomplished and sophisticated musician with depth and sensitivity,
pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet is renowned for his elegant playing, poetic
interpretations and exceptional command of rhythmic intricacies. Sought
after by the world's foremost conductors, orchestras and music festivals,
his extensive vocabulary of luminous colors and passionate sound, referred
to as the "Thibaudet style," have earned him accolades from both colleagues
and press alike.
Composer Stephen Endelman has shown remarkable ability to draw inspiration
from a variety of musical traditions. His works have ranged from the rich
orchestral score for The Englishman Who Went Up A Hill, But Came Down A
Mountain, to his minimalist, modern score for the comedy Flirting With
Disaster. Bride Of The Wind marks Endelman's second collaboration with film
and opera director Bruce Beresford.