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At Lucerne Festival: Shostakovich Symphony No. 8


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Editorial Reviews

A performance for the ages - the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra under the charismatic yet calculated baton of Andris Nelsons give everything they've got to Shostakovich's might 8th Symphony.=2011 winner of the prestigious ECHO Klassik Award, Andris Nelsons is one of the most sought-after young conductors on the international scene today.=Over the next few seasons he will continue collaborations with Berlin Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Boston Symphony and the New York Philharmonic. Andris Nelsons is a regular guest at Royal Opera House Covent Garden and the Metropolitan Opera New York.

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Classical, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: C Major Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 29, 2012
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007N0SVK6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #169,791 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By John E. Martell Jr. on June 2, 2012
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Once you recover from the disorientation of Maestro Abbado not walking out to meet his Lucerne Festival Orchestra and audience, you are in for another wonderful evening of music. And it is a disorientation for one who has watched every Lucerne Festival production on DVD, many times over, under the baton of one of our greatest living conductors. But don't despair. You will still recognize the principle trombone and oboe as very familiar faces.

I cannot really add anything of value to the excellent reviews by Mr Knapp and Mr Goodwin, but would like to support their reviews with another five stars. The orchestra is genuinely world class, and it is wonderful to see so many great female artists playing so intensely, as you do with the Lucerne orchestra. Nelsons is as good or better than the publicity about him: there is no doubt about his musical talent and sensitivity, and the program superb, though it is really the Shostakovitch that is the gem of the evening. I don't think you will hear a better recording, though the CD recordings of Haitink, Gergiev, and Mravinsky are all very fine. This is Shostakovitch at his best, in my opinion. And the ovations at the end of the performance say it all better than I am able to to do here in a few lines.

If you are an avid Lucerne Festival fan, as so many of us are, you will want to get this recording. I am about to order Nelsons conducting Beethoven and Rimsky-Kosakov at the Lucerne Festival, which has just been released and favorably reviewed as well.

PS. You will also not want to miss Maestro Abbado's Bruckner 5, which is now available too.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Donald Waits on February 7, 2013
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The performances on this DVD are superb and I have no quibbles about tempo, etc., that others have pointed out. I would say that this should not have been released as a DVD, but CD only. Why? Because the facial expressions of the conductor are most distracting, so much so I found them rather funny. His little grins struck me a a bit manic, rather than encouraging to the performers. I so wanted to give this 5 stars, but could not because of this one intrusive aspect. Some time ago this orchestra was designated as the top organization in European orchestras, and rightly so. Perhaps I am missing something since the players obviously enjoyed playing for this conductor. It is refreshing to see classical musicians as human beings rather than automatons (as in the Vienna Philharmonic). The DVD experience has been, for me, at least, the only way to actually BE at a live event, albeit a filmed concert. I own literally hundreds of concert DVDs and have enjoyed most of them enormously. The technology has come a long way from the early VHS versions, both in imaging and sound. There are precious few DVD presentations of Shostakovich symphonies and I thoroughly enjoyed this one...with the exception mentioned above. I would encourage anyone to acquire this DVD for the music alone. Feel free to disregard my absence of one star.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert H. Forrest on August 11, 2013
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Unfortunately he has made very few DVD'S . He is a fantastic Conductor, who puts a lot of theatrics in his performance, which adds to the pleasure of watching. He is the new Conductor of the Boston Symphony next season. Can hardly wait, because I live just a short distance away!
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