Mode is dedicated to releasing modern music in excellent performances by the finest interpreters, recorded to the highest standards and with informative liner notes. Our DVDs are no exception. Mode’s goal with the DVD is to utilize the format for its greatest strengths:
From a historical perspective, Mode has been on the forefront of DVD in the classical music area:
- the ability to present multi-channel compositions in surround-sound.
- the ability to present music in high-definition 24-bit sound for outstanding sonics.
- we strive to include extras with each DVD in the form of interviews or other features whenever possible.
- all Mode DVDs are playable on any DVD player (unless otherwise noted).
- Mode was the first label to release a new music surround sound DVD (Roger Reynolds, mode 70).
- Mode was the first to release a new music DVD-Audio disc (Morton Subotnick, mode 97).
- Mode was the first to release a 6-hour, non-stop music DVD (in 24-bit sound) with the complete performance of Morton Feldman's String Quartet No. 2 (mode 112).
A brief listing of each Mode DVD available now or in preparation can be found below. Please follow the links for more details.
All Mode DVDs are Region 0, NTSC standard.
Playable on all NTSC DVD players in all countries.
On DVD from Mode Records:
RECENT DVD RELEASES:
mode 236 Marco CAPPELLI - Art SPIEGELMAN: In the Shadow of No Towers
mode 232/233 Roger REYNOLDS: Sanctuary
mode 229 John CAGE: Vol. 43 - The Works for Percussion 1
mode 221 Margaret LENG TAN: She Herself Alone: Art of the Toy Piano 2
mode 220 Pauline OLIVEROS & IONE: NJINGA: The Queen King
mode 218 Iannis XENAKIS, Vol. 12: Charisma X
mode 217 Iannis XENAKIS, Vol. 11: Works with Piano
mode 216 Morton FELDMAN, Vol. 10: Morton Feldman, Vol. 10 Trio
mode 209 Iannis XENAKIS: Complete String Quartets
mode 203 Iannis XENAKIS: Vol. 9 - Electronic Works 2
mode 204 John CAGE: 49 Waltzes for the Five Boroughs
mode 197 John CAGE: The Revenge of the Dead Indians: In Memoriam John Cage - a composed film directed by Henning Lohner.
mode 196 Iannis XENAKIS: Xenakis Edition Volume 8 - Kraanerg - Callithumpian Consort and Stephen Drury, conductor. First recording with restored analog tape.
mode 194 Margaret Leng TAN: Sorceress of the New Piano, The Artistry of Margaret Leng Tan - Two Films by Evans Chan.
mode 179 Earle BROWN: Tracer - Performed by Ne(x)tworks.
mode 176 Giacinto SCELSI: The Orchestral Works 2: Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, Peter Rundel, Johannes Kalitzke, Concentus Vocalis, Chorusmaster: Herbert Böck, Wiener Kammerchor, Chorusmaster: Michael Grohotolsky.
mode 174 John CAGE: Volume 36: One11 with 103 - The first commercial release of Cage's only major film, DVD only.
mode 169 Chaya CZERNOWIN: Pnima...ins Innere - Opera in 3 Acts, DVD only.
mode 159 Giacinto SCELSI, Vol. 5: The Piano Works 3 - Aki Takahashi.
mode 158 John CAGE: Volume 34: The Piano Works 7 - Margaret Leng Tan.
ALL MODE DVD RELEASES:
John Luther ADAMS: Strange and Sacred Noise - performed by Percussion Group Cincinnati.
DVD Video, 5.0 Surround, DTS, 96khz/24-bit stereo (mode 153)
Earle BROWN: “Tracer” - Performed by Ne(x)tworks. This is the first DVD of Earle Brown's music, with all performances captured with full video.
DVD Video, hi-resolution 24-bit 5.1 surround recording in DTS and Dolby Digital. (mode 179)
John CAGE, Vol. 30: “From Zero” - Four films on John Cage by director Frank Scheffer in collaboration with Andrew Culver.
Featuring John Cage and the Ives Ensemble.
DVD Video (mode 130)
John CAGE: Volume 34: The Piano Works 7 - Chess Pieces (1944, world premiere); Sonatas and Interludes; Vittorio RIETI: Chess Serenade - Margaret Leng Tan (piano). DVD contains performance films of the 2 Chess works and over 90 minutes of documentaries with Ms. Tan:
· Cage's Prepared Piano;
· Cage's Box of Preparations [explore the prepared piano &
Cage's actual box of preparations for the Sonatas & Interludes];
· and CAGE: Music/Art/Chess [with Larry List, on Cage's "score-painting"
of Chess Pieces and his involvement in The Imagery of Chess exhibition
with the surrealists in 1944.
DVD Video, 96khz/24-bit 5.0 Surround, DTS (mode 158)
John CAGE: Volume 36: One11 with 103 - One11: a film without subject by John Cage, produced and directed by Henning Lohner. 103: for large orchestra, the WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln or Spoleto Festival Orchestra with Arturo Tamayo and John Kennedy, directors.
48/24-bit Hi-definition, DVD Video (mode 174)
The Revenge of the Dead Indians: In Memoriam John Cage - a composed film directed by Henning Lohner.
John CAGE: "49 Waltzes for the 5 Boroughs" - a complete video realization by Don Gillespie, Roberta Friedman and Gene Caprioglio.
DVD Video (mode 204)
Elliott CARTER: Quintets and Voices - 96khz/24-bit PCM stereo recordings of Fragment II; Quintet for Piano and Winds; Syringa; Tempo e Tempi; Quintet for Piano and Winds; Retrouvailles - with The Arditti Quartet, Ursula Oppens, Lucy Shelton, Andre Solomon-Glover and Ensemble Sospeso.
VIDEO: Frank Scheffer's filmed version of the Quintet for Piano and Strings; and a 40-minute interview of Elliott Carter, Irvine Arditti and Ursula Oppens with Joshua Cody.
96khz/24-bit PCM Audio, DVD Video (mode 128)
George CRUMB: Makrokosmos I & II - Margaret Leng Tan, piano. Full-length performance video by Evans Chan + video interview of Crumb and Leng Tan in conversation with Don Gillespie.
96khz/24-bit 5.1 surround, DVD Video (mode 142)
Chaya Czernowin: Pnima...ins Innere - Opera in 3 Acts. The opera is composed of an opening and three scenes. It incorporates dramatic lighting and staging along with video, making it a perfect work for the DVD medium. Also includes a 24 minute interview with the composer.
DVD Video (mode 169)
Claude DEBUSSY: Preludes, Books I & II - Haydée Schvartz, piano. Includes interview with the pianist and relevant visuals and texts to accompany each Prelude.
96khz/24-bit PCM Audio, DVD Video (In preparation)
Morton FELDMAN, Vol. 6: String Quartet #2 - The Flux Quartet
(6 hours duration, complete on 1-DVD). (no video).
48 khz/24-bit PCM stereo (no video) (mode 112)
Morton FELDMAN, Vol. 7: "Marilyn Nonken plays Triadic Memories" - Marilyn Nonken, piano.
Bonus only on DVD-VIDEO: Marilyn Nonken on Triadic Memories.
96 khz/24-bit PCM stereo, DVD Video (mode 136)
Pauline OLIVEROS & IONE: NJINGA: The Queen King - A Play with Music and Pageantry, written and directed by IONE, Music and Sound by Pauline Oliveros. DVD Video (mode 220)
Roger REYNOLDS: Watershed IV (Steven Schick, percussion with TRAnSiT, live sound spatialization); Eclipse for computer generated sound (with video by Ed Emswhiller); The Red Act Arias (excerpt, for 5-channel sound) PLUS: interviews with Reynolds, Schick, others.
5.1 Surround, DVD Video (mode 70)
Giacinto SCELSI - The Piano Works 3 - Cinque Incantessimi; Quattro Illustrazioni; KA; Sonata No.3; Un Adieu and Aitsi for piano and electronic sound (on DVD only) - Aki Takahashi. Contains full performance films. DVD Video, 5.1 Surround, DTS (mode 159)
Giacinto SCELSI - The Orchestral Works 2 - Quattro Pezzi (su una nota sola), Uaxuctum-The Legend of the Mayan City which they themselves destroyed for religious reasons, La nascita del Verbo. Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, Peter Rundel, Johannes Kalitzke, Concentus Vocalis, Chorusmaster: Herbert Böck, Wiener Kammerchor, Chorusmaster: Michael Grohotolsky. Audio Only, surround-sound DVD (mode 176)
Morton SUBOTNICK, Vol.1: Electronic Works - Touch (1969); A Sky of Cloudless Sulphur (1978); Gestures (1998-2001, first recording) - Joan LaBarbara, voice. Hi-resolution 24-bit surround sound mastering from original analogue master tapes. Video: Subotnick interviewed by NPR's John Schaefer of New Sounds; and Subotnick in conversation with Joan LaBarbara and writer Melody Sumner Carnahan.
Plus: Gestures interactive CD-ROM allowing you to explore and compose your own versions of the piece using your computer's mouse.
48 khz/24-bit 5.1 surround, DVD Video and DVD Audio (mode 97)
Morton SUBOTNICK, Vol.2: Electronic Works - Sidewinder (with liquid light show by Tony Martin); Until Spring. Hi-resolution 24-bit surround sound mastering from original analogue master tapes. Plus video conversation with Subotnick and Martin.
48 khz/24-bit 5.1 surround, DVD Video and DVD Audio (mode 132)
Margaret Leng TAN: "Sorceress of the New Piano, The Artistry of Margaret Leng Tan"
Two Films by Evans Chan.
Region 0, NTSC, Dolby 2.0 stereo (mode 194)
Iannis XENAKIS, Vol. 5 - La Légende d’Eer: Electroacoustic Work for 7-channel tape. This new mix was created by Xenakis' associate Gerard Pape from the original analog master tape, transferred at high-resolution 96khz/24-bit sound for the optimum quality. The performance of La Légende d’Eer is shown with a film by Bruno Rastoin.
96 khz/24-bit PCM stereo, 5.1 Surround Sound, DTS (mode 148)
Iannis XENAKIS: Vol. 8 - Kraanerg
Callithumpian Consort and Stephen Drury, conductor.
First recording with restored analog tape. (mode 196)
Iannis XENAKIS: Vol. 9 - Electronic Works 2
Hibiki Hana Ma - world premiere recording; Polytope de Cluny; NEG-ALE (DVD only) - first commercial release. This volume collects two of Xenakis’ multi-channel works from the 1970s, along with a long-lost film soundtrack (on the DVD only). Restored from the best quality source materials.
Dolby Digital and 24-bit DTS 5.1 Surround Sound. Uncompressed 96khz/24-bit PCM stereo mix. (mode 203)
Iannis XENAKIS: Vol. 10 - Complete String Quartets
This release marks the first complete recording of Xenakis' four string quartets (Tetras, Tetora, ST-4/1,080262, Ergma), performed by the JACK Quartet. The studio recording process was artfully and dynamically captured by a multiple camera shoot. Each quartet is given its own visual treatment.
Filmed in High Definition Video, widescreen format. 48khz/24-bit high resolution 5.1 surround sound recording.
Iannis XENAKIS, Vol. 11: Works with Piano - Aki Takahashi, piano. Eonta, Morsima-Amorsima, (The Callithumpian Consort, Stephen Drury, conductor). Paille in the Wind (Rohan de Saram, cello). Akea (the JACK Quartet).
96 khz/24-bit PCM stereo, DVD Video, DTS (mode 217)
Iannis XENAKIS, Vol. 12: Charisma X - (Greece, 2008, directed by Efi Xirou) Featuring rare footage of Xenakis plus commentary by composers George Aperghis, Francois-Bernard Mache, Gerard Pape, Curtis Roads, George Koumentakis; plus Francois Xenakis, Makis Solomos, Sharon Kanach & Makhi Xenakis. Musical performances by Sylvio Gualda, Elisabeth Chojnacka, Benny Sluchin, Frances-Marie Uitti, Lori Freedman, Christophe Roy, Spiros Sakkas.
DVD Video (mode 218)