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Berlin Phil in Singapore [Blu-ray]


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Product Details

  • Actors: Mahler
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Classical, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: EuroArts
  • DVD Release Date: January 29, 2013
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00AA9QKOG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,782 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The first thing to note about this disc, recorded in Singapore in 2010, is the exceptional quality of the recording, both visually and as an audio experience. Not owning a 3D player or television I played this 2D 'compatible' disc using the latest top model Marantz player coupled to high quality audio and can report that there was absolutely no evidence of jerky playback or dark imaging as reported by another reviewer. On the contrary both aspects of the recording were particularly fine.

The tonal resources of this famous orchestra are fully realised by Rattle and the engineers. The sound is wide ranging with impressive depth of stage and dynamics. The bass end of the percussion, such as the bass drum, is particularly well caught as well as the top range such as the triangle and impact of the cymbals etc. The camera work itself gives impressive detail without being invasive.

Simon Rattle is known for his love of passing detail within many of his interpretations and that is what we get here. This approach suits the sound of the orchestra very well. The strings are one of its glories and produce an impressive body of tone from the softest pianissimo to the loudest fortissimo. Woodwind and brass are not doubled except at the demanding conclusion of the Mahler where an extra trumpet is used. The horns stand for the final bars to maximise their effect as Mahler requested.

Staying with Mahler, this performance is markedly different to the ones by Luisi and Abbado, both also on EuroArts plus that by Tilson Thomas. Mahler's excitement at his own composition is quoted in the booklet as 'It grew so overwhelming - flowing out of me like a mountain torrent! ... All the floodgates within me were thrown open in one go.' This is the description of a young man in a hurry.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Chhan Thuan Kiat on October 22, 2013
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In between those who feel that Tennestedt's Mahler's 1st was too "schleppend" or draggy (I don't) and those that Tilson Thomas' version was too pushy ( I do ), lie those who feel that Abaddo's had just the right balance in tempo and expressiveness. I loved Abaddo's version and wrote a glowing review of that disc 3 odd years ago. The eagle -eyed amongst you who watched that DVD would have spotted sitting in the forefront of the audience, rapt in attention, Sir Simon Rattle! So when it was announced that he and the BPO would play a live concert featuring Mahler's 1st in Singapore in November of 2010, yours truly simply had to go. Messrs. Rattle and the Berliners did not disappoint, obliging with a sizzling account of this favourite symphony and what with the fabulous acoustics of the Esplanade concert hall we were left enthralled and leapt to our feet in a breathless standing ovation at the end. So it is very good that we now have a release of this performance in stunning 3D video and equally stunning surround audio. Truth be told the 3D recording was of a full dress rehearsal before the main public performance which is why you see so many students and young people in the audience, but it is still a faithful record of a great performance.
Where would I put Sir Simon's take of this symphony? Well it certainly has more zip and excitement than Abaddo, though still maintaining a strong grip on dynamics and expressiveness. It is not better than Abaddo's but I would consider it a very strong contender. It evokes more exhilaration than Tilson Thomas' version with its relentless acceleration and is ultimately more satisfying.
Sound wise, Abaddo's was very good, Thomas was even better but this Rattle disc surely takes first prize.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By rockman on September 30, 2013
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Abssolutely stunning and watching it in 3d was jaw dropping. I hope more concert blurays come out in 3d.
It's better than being there.
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