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Berlioz Rediscovered (Dub Sub Ac3 Dol Dts) (2007)

Gardiner , Berlioz  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Gardiner, Berlioz, Orr
  • Format: AC-3, Classical, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: German
  • Subtitles: German, Chinese, Spanish, French, Italian, English
  • Dubbed: Chinese, English, French, German, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Philips
  • DVD Release Date: September 11, 2007
  • Run Time: 59 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000QCQ72C
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #347,044 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Berlioz Rediscovered (Dub Sub Ac3 Dol Dts)" on IMDb

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John Eliot Gardiner conducts the Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique in works by Berlioz.

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars These period Berlioz performances are superb September 14, 2007
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English conductor Roger Norrington had just completed his assault on Beethoven's Symphonies and Piano Concertos, recording them on period instruments in the 1980's and revealing that he had just two speeds: Fast and "Captain, you're gonna explode the warp core!" The "Authentic Performance" movement had reached and dashed through the Classical era, garnering alot of attention from the critics. Norrington next set his sights on the Romantic era, naturally choosing the arch-Romantic French composer, Hector Berlioz. He recorded the Symphonie Fantastique in 1988 and the performance really was revelatory. John Eliot Gardiner followed suit shortly thereafter. What made his performances of Berlioz even more significant was/is that he, Gardiner, is a Berlioz scholar with an instinctive feel for this composer. This important DVD contains two recordings of more than historical interest: the Symphonie Fantastique in its original 1830 orchestration performed in the old hall of the Paris Conservatoire, where its first performances were given, and the recently discovered Messe Solennelle, composed in 1824 when Berlioz was 20 and whose parts were cast into the fire following the second performance in 1827, the Messe believed lost since then.

In one of those amazing discoveries we all dream about (at least I do), Frans Moors, a schoolteacher living in Antwerp, reported his discovery in 1992 of the manuscript of the Messe among a small collection of miscellaneous music kept in an old oak chest in the organ gallery at the church of Saint Charles Borromeus in Antwerp. An inscription on it helped explain how it got there. Signed "A. Bessems, Paris 1835", Bessems was a Belgian violinist who had played in the second performance of the Messe in 1827 and subsequent Berlioz concerts in 1835.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent revival of two historic presentations May 13, 2008
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These works are represented in audio by this orchestra under the same conductor. I believe that the Mass is the same performance as the famous world premier audio production. The symphony however is not the same performance as the Philips cd recording. That makes the dvd more unique.

It is great to see period instruments performing such grand works to the rigorous demands of the flamboyant composer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond what mortal man should be allowed to experience February 15, 2014
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When the Messe Solenelle appeared on CD some 20 years ago, I sluffed it off. What a mistake. And when I purchased this DVD a few months back it was only to see/hear the Symphonie Fantastique. That was sublime, but this review is not about the Symphonie Fantastique. It is about the Messe Solenelle, which once again I sluffed off because the performance occurred in Westminster Cathedral, not nearly as interesting as the Paris Conservatoire in the historic auditorium where the Symphonie Fantastique was done. Another big, big mistake. So hearing it now for the first time, it turns out the Messe Solenelle is one of the greatest recordings, video or otherwise, and greatest pieces of music, and greatest performances in my lifetime collection (of thousands).

Possibly the biggest mistake of all, however, is not mine: it's Amazon's lack of proper advertisement. What the heck would one expect from an item labelled: "Berlioz Rediscovered (Dub Sub Ac3 Dol Dts)" ???
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7 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great idea, disappointing realization January 29, 2008
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I purchased the Berlioz Rediscovered DVD together with the DVD of the BBC film EroicaBeethoven - Eroica / John Eliot Gardiner, Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique, where the Orch. Rev. et Romantique also participates. The 2005 Eroica DVD features a full performance of Beethoven's Eroica Symphony with the players in period dress and clearly energized to play this music as if for the first time (the first open rehearsal of the work, with the composer presiding, is the scene of the film). By contrast, Sir John Eliot Gardiner's band looks drab and comparatively unenthusiastic about their 1990's live performance of the Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique at the Paris Conservatoire hall where this work was also premiered back in 1830. The players look out of place in their modern concert dress and the filming is relatively unimaginative, perhaps partially as a result of the limitations of the space (the stage is quite narrow and rises sharply) and occasion (concert performance). It is interesting to see the instruments distributed on stage as they were for the 1830 performance, with cellos and basses on risers at rear right, and to hear the work with the instruments that Berlioz had in mind and at his disposal, such as the now-obselete serpent and 6 single-action harps in the second movement. The performance itself is certainly respectable, though Gardiner's conducting skill doesn't seem to match the high level of scholarship I assume his interpretation is backed by. Read more ›
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1 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Be Careful January 14, 2008
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I thought I read the material very carefully before I purchased this DVD. I thought the format was DVD-Audio because that's the specific search I conducted, but the format is actually DVD-Video. Also, I read in one of the reviews that the disc was Dolby Digital compatible but it's not (it's DTS). As such, I couldn't appreciate the 5.1 surround sound, which was the whole point of my purchase (as well as to serve as an introduction to the great Hector Berlioz). Couldn't return it because I opened the package. Oh well.
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