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Brahms: Symphony No. 4 & Double Concerto / Wagner: Prelude to Parsifal (2010)

Simon Rattle , Berliner Philharmoniker , Michael Beyer  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Simon Rattle, Berliner Philharmoniker, Lisa Batiashvili, Truls Mork
  • Directors: Michael Beyer
  • Writers: Johannes Brahms, Richard Wagner
  • Producers: Paul Smaczny
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Classical, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (DTS 5.1), English (PCM Stereo)
  • Subtitles: French, English, German
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: EuroArts
  • DVD Release Date: March 30, 2010
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00354XVI6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,813 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Simon Rattle conducts the Berlin Philharmonic with violinist Lisa Batiashvili and cellist Truls Mork in works by Wagner and Brahms performed live from the Kabelwerk Oberspree in Berlin in 2007 on the occasion of the 125th anniversary of the Berlin Philhar

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Berliner Philharmoniker at Their Best! April 14, 2010
Every year the Berliner Philharmoniker plays a concert on May 1st in a European city to commemorate its founding in 1882. There are DVDs of the concerts in Palermo Europa Konzert From Palermo, Lisbon Europa Konzert From Lisbon / Pierre Boulez, Maria Joao Pires, Berliner Philharmoniker, Istanbul European Concert From Istanbul, Naples Berliner Philharmoniker/Riccardo Muti: Schubert/Martucci/Verdi, and Prague Europa-Konzert From Prague: Mozart - Baborak/Berliner Philharmoniker/Barenboim that I'm aware of. And each has something to recommend it. But I have to say that this concert from Berlin itself is perhaps the best of them all. It does not occur in the Philharmonie but in a huge 19th-century factory building, the Kabelwerk Oberspree, whose interior is a large oblong space of steel girders and brick walls. The orchestra is on a raised platform and the large audience, which looks to number in the thousands, is seated in chairs on the flat factory floor. The acoustics, if one can judge by the recorded sound, are spectacular; I've rarely heard such clear recorded sound from such a large space. And the orchestra simply outdoes themselves. If one ever had any doubts that the Berliner Philharmoniker is one of the world's very greatest orchestras, their playing on 1 May 2007 will dispel them. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Double Concerto, Very Fine Fourth September 29, 2010
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The performance of the Double Concerto is finest I have heard since the old Stern/Rose/Ormandy recording. It is a pleasure to watch and hear. The performance of the Brahms' Fourth Symphony is almost as good, but not as intense as the Rattle/Berlin Philharmonic concert performance in Berlin on November 14th 2008, which can be viewed at [...], and which should be made available on DVD and BlueRay immediately. The biggest drawback to this DVD is the maddeningly distracting camera work. When are directors/producers going to learn that viewers watching concert performances on DVD at home are not interested in frequent visual surveys of ceilings, or fly-on-the-wall shots from the back of concert halls? In this production, the director/editor seems to have an almost diabolical fetish with the venue, abruptly withdrawing from the stage at the most ill-timed moments. Imagine being seated in the best seat in the house, and, during the critical moments in the music when one would most want to see the conductor and musicians on stage, being cast from your seat to the back of the hall. Such is the experience of this and too many classical music DVDs these days.
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This disc is outstanding throughout and well up to the standard of the best of this series of Europe concerts given by the BPO. The concert program has deliberate and considerable links with the orchestra's history as the Parsifal Prelude was included in the very first subscription concert in 1882 and the two pieces by Brahms have been core repertoire for much of the orchestra's lifetime. In this case the performance was dedicated to the memory of Rostropovich.

The concert starts with the slow-moving but sonically sumptuous Parsifal Overture by Wagner as referred to above. This is well suited to the orchestra's sound world, requiring sumptuous textures allied with clarity of detail and sustained over long, drawn-out phrases. This is a very satisfying reading and also serves to illustrate the apparently fine acoustical properties of the Power and Cable factory in Berlin.

The concert then continues with a particularly satisfying performance of the Brahms Double Concerto. The disc is worth buying for this alone. The two soloists, Lisa Batiashvili and Truls Mork share what seems to be a very natural and instinctive musical rapport and this lifts the performance of this closely integrated work onto a completely different level to that which is often achieved. There are moments of sublime beauty to be found in each movement but the finale is notable for concluding the work in a notably joyous manner. This is music making of a very high order and the generally forward pacing is strikingly effective.

The concert concludes with a deeply satisfying performance of the Symphony 4 and, as always, there is a great deal to be gained by watching an interpretation or performance unfolding before our very eyes so to speak.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ah Brahms April 3, 2013
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A Brahms lover's feast. Two of the master's works wonderfully played by none other than that special Brahmsian Orchestra: The Berlin Philharmonic. Nothing more needs to be said. (Note to fellow Brahms fanatics; check out Rattle and the Berliners' new recording on EMI of the Brahms 4 symphonies, it is a magnificent recording. What Klemperer's set of the late 50's early 60's was to the 20th century I believe Rattle's will be for the 21st, a benchmark. I wouldn't want to be without either.)
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