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Beethoven - Choral Fantasy and Triple Concerto for Violin, Cello & Piano / Barenboim, Ma, Perlman (1995)

Yo-Yo Ma , Itzhak Perlman  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Classical, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Classics
  • DVD Release Date: February 11, 2003
  • Run Time: 55 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000087F5C
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,392 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Beethoven - Choral Fantasy and Triple Concerto for Violin, Cello & Piano / Barenboim, Ma, Perlman" on IMDb

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It would be difficult, perhaps impossible, to assemble a better group of musicians to perform Beethoven's Triple Concerto and Choral Fantasy. Daniel Barenboim has been so busy conducting the world's top orchestras and opera companies that there is a danger of forgetting what an excellent pianist he is. He conducts both of these works from the keyboard, as Beethoven would have expected, engaging in chamber music-like dialogue in the concerto and creating a sense of impromptu in the Fantasy's long piano solo, which Beethoven wrote for himself and partly improvised at the first performance. Itzhak Perlman and Yo-Yo Ma are sensitive, alert, and technically superb partners.

The music is not Beethoven's most familiar, but it is absolutely charming. The concerto is appealing in its melodic material and the intricate interactions among the soloists and orchestra. The Choral Fantasy features a long piano solo that Beethoven wrote for himself, plus a choral melody that sounds like a preliminary sketch for the last movement of his Ninth Symphony. Both works pose unusual balance challenges, to which Barenboim and the recording engineers rise impressively. --Joe McLellan

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Beethoven's Triple Concerto for Violin, Cello and Piano, with orchestra, performed by Daniel Barenboim on Piano, Itzhak Perlman on Violin and Yo Yo Ma on Cello. The DVD also includes the Beethoven Choral Fantasy. Barenboim is again featured on Piano and

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55 of 55 people found the following review helpful
A fabulous DVD!

This disc was recorded in 1995 and features Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, Daniel Barenboim (on piano and orchestra conductor) with the Berlin Philharmonic.

I became interested in this music because I'd heard the Choral Fantasy while listening to CBC radio 2 (Canada). When I looked up the Choral Fantasy on I found that it was available on DVD and it also contained Beethoven's Triple Concerto. It was a pleasant surprise to find both these magnificent works on one disc.

There were many things I liked about this mention a few.

-while the Choral Fantasy is awesome on its own (with Daniel Barenboim giving a virtuoso performance), it is the Triple Concerto that is the spectacular focal point on this disc. Its infectious melody is performed with such pace and intensity that I sensed that all participants were totally absorbed in giving what could only be described, at least to me, as a performance of a lifetime.

-this disc is the perfect example of why classical music such as this should be on DVD as well as CD. The video of this performance does so much to enhance the enjoyment of the music; the camera work and film editing for the entire disc make this DVD a superior product. There were close ups of fingers and instruments, as well as shots of individuals and some panoramic views of the orchestra. The camera switching was done with impeccable timing and with great effect; for instance, there is one point in the 3rd movement of the Triple Concerto that you could see the perspiration glistening on Yo-Yo Ma's brow as rivulets of sweat ran down his cheek. Just great camera work!
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic concerto April 23, 2003
This is a fantastic performance by some of the best performers in our era. The beauty of this piece is that the trio need to work tremendously well together. They haven't disappointed. Adding that Berlin Phil gives first class performance as usual, it is simply quite amazing.
It is live recording so you can see the artist at work in the most brilliant fashion. One might not be there live, but surely the DVD quality is close in re-living in the actual concert hall.
In the CD review, people complain about audience clapping. There are no real problems there, except the audience are a bit slow to applause. Don't know why. To me, the performance deserves a standing ovation and a passionate praise.
The Chorus Fantasy is a pretty unusually piece, I should think. The Choir has to wait about 15 mins before they can sing their first chore. I buy the DVD because of the Tripo, never-or-less, I am sure I will enjoy it when I watch it more.
I think this is the best music DVD I have bought so far. I have bought in a HK shop as a cut price DVD for about US$ 18. I surely think it is an absolute bargain.
I have also bought the early 80's CD version of Yo-Yo Ma, A-S Mutter and Zeltser with Von Karajan and the Berlin Philharmonic. It is also worth buying in terms of pure music enjoyment.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Barenboim in excelsis May 15, 2007
I first heard Daniel Barenboim when I was a teenager. The performance was of Mozart's d minor piano concerto, with the Orchestre National de Paris. I had heard other versions of the d minor concerto previously -- Uchida's, probably -- but this one was different. The words that come to mind are "virile," "masculine", almost "clangorous" or "metallic", like the sounds of an army invading, shields and armor rattling. Then I went through a major Glenn Gould phase in college, and kind of forgot about Barenboim.

This DVD, however, was all I needed to remind me. While the disc, as a whole, is masterful -- tremendous program played by tremendous players -- there is one moment, later in the "Choral Fantasia" which made it worth the price of purchase. It is the variation where Beethoven has the piano converse with the wind choir.

Barenboim, conducting as well as playing, suddenly begins lifting his hands really high from the keyboard, in between beats. At first, I am puzzled by what looks like some over-acting at the keyboard. Then it hits me; he's showing the wind-players his hands to let them see where his rhythmic accents are falling.

When I think about the difficulty implicit in this -- playing a Beethoven solo piano passage, and simultaneously cueing players on the other side of the auditorium to lock into the parts of the rhythm not played by the piano -- my mind boggles.

Barenboim is a genius on the order of the old nineteenth century virtuosi like Rubinstein, Liszt, or Henselt.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Superb performance---poor recording May 17, 2012
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You cannot get any better than there Three masters of the violin, cello and piano. Many people make excuses for the poor video and audio saying it was recorded in 1995. The producers used minimum technology giving us PCM 2.0 stereo and fuzzy video like it was shot from a camcorder.. If you want to see what could have been done look at the Rubenstein piano concertos shot in is ten times better in quality. And yes the Choral fantasy was beautiful but no subtitles during the short choral section at the end. And yes the concert is less than an hour. I will wait for this on Blu-ray.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I thoroughly enjoyed it. A must see for music lovers
Extraordinarily, three masters of music ! I thoroughly enjoyed it. A must see for music lovers !
Published 1 month ago by Carmen Forner
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW
Mind boggling and wall shaking, Suberb, brilliant and kind, emotional performance by three of the classical music giants living today. I have no words.
Published 6 months ago by dinub1
5.0 out of 5 stars Beethoven once more
Super - Beethoven is just a superstar! I think we never will find a compositor like him. Check out for yourselves.
Published 8 months ago by Jorn Larsen
5.0 out of 5 stars ONE OF THE BEST
Great music, an incredible meeting of outstanding musicians, a great orchestra, what else do you need? Read more
Published 9 months ago by goodmusicbuff
5.0 out of 5 stars Professionalism is a Joy to Hear and Watch
Yo-Yo Ma, Daniel Barenboim, and Itzhak Perlman are all legendary performers in their own right and to have the pleasure to hear and watch them performing together is a true joy to... Read more
Published on November 4, 2011 by David Bower
5.0 out of 5 stars The best choral fantasy interpretation
Absolutely majestic. Is the same video Of Daniel Baremboim playing an directing the Choral Fantasy that you can find on Youtube split in several parts. This is a must have DVD. Read more
Published on March 6, 2011 by Juan C Diaz
Three maestros of their own instruments... how could everyone so excellent in their chosen instrument play and not overpower the other? Read more
Published on January 5, 2011 by doc J
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Performance...But
I received this DVD along with Claudio Abbado's Nine Beethoven Symphonies from EuroArts. The Beethoven DVD set was released in 1080HD with a 1. Read more
Published on October 15, 2009 by Zarathustra
5.0 out of 5 stars Beethoven Choral fantasy and Triple Concerto
A wonderful treat to see these three great musicians playing together! They are so intense and involved in the music, a true inspiration to us all! Read more
Published on September 10, 2007 by E. D. Stauffer
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb music and recording.
I am familiar with both pieces of music and own them. With talent like Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma and Daniel Barenboim as pianist and conductor you can't fail to have a superb... Read more
Published on June 6, 2007 by T. Willmann
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