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In 2011 the Berliner Philharmoniker and musical director Sir Simon Rattle welcomed the New Year with a gala concert of dances and dreams. Spine-tingling performances of Dvorak, Ravel, Richard Strauss, Stravinsky, and Brahms are complemented by the extraordinary talent of renowned Russian pianist Evgeny Kissin, whose extraordinary virtuosity and depth of interpretation have placed him at the forefront of pianists today.


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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Classical, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: EuroArts
  • DVD Release Date: September 25, 2012
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008KA6LVE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,824 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Clive S. Goodwin on October 6, 2012
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The title here refers to the six "lollipops" (dances)and the Grieg Piano Concerto (dreams). They are all executed beautifully by the always excellent Berlin Phil. directed by Sir Simon Rattle - Evgeny Kissin is the soloist in the Grieg.

It's not often that I pick up a disc with this many items on it that I enjoy in its entirety, but this is definitely the case here. I've heard many renditions of these pieces where the conductor treated them as throwaways in a "pops" concert, obviously with little enthusiasm or preparation. Rattle and his band have clearly accorded the care and attention to detail that these little masterpieces deserve. I am constantly astonished at the immaculate phrasing and touches of rubato dashed off with seemingly little effort by these players. Rattle deserves accolades for his intelligent and sensitive conducting, too - and he's not a conductor I'm unreservedly fond of.

So we have two Dvorak Slavonic dances, a Brahms Hungarian dance,a Grieg Symphonic dance,Ravel's Alborada del Gracioso,Richard Strauss' Dance of the seven veils, and three dances from the Firebird - quite a variety!

The Grieg concerto is another subject altogether. My only other video version of this is by Julia Fischer with the German Youth Orchestra under Pintscher. I went back to re-read my review of that to see if I was unduly harsh(I wasn't) and then after listening to the whole Kissin version, I compared each movement separately between Fischer and Kissin. The mastery demonstrated by Kissin is not even approached by Fischer. The delicacy, subtlety, rubato and pedal technique of Kissin is foreign to her.

Hers is a straightforward, prosaic and ultimately unimaginative reading.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By I. Giles TOP 500 REVIEWER on September 15, 2012
Format: DVD
Prequel: Please note that this review has appeared separately for Blu-ray, as written, and also for DVD. Double entries and false listings are encountered from time to time and are beyond the control of reviewers. Please be understanding therefore in your responses. Hopefully the review will still be of help whichever version you favour. Best wishes, Ian Giles.

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This 2011 New Year's Eve concert from Berlin is a markedly up-to-speed occasion with attractively brisk tempi apparent right from the opening Slavonic Dance and mostly maintained to the last item - another Slavonic Dance by Dvorak. This energetic approach to the music making is much appreciated by the enthusiastic audience and applies to most of the concert, the exceptions being the Grieg Piano Concerto and the conclusion to the Firebird extracts.

The Grieg concerto, as played by Evgeny Kissin, is in marked contrast to the alternative visual recordings currently available from Gulsin Onay and Julia Fischer who both deliver more robust performances with less emphasis upon interpretive subtlety. This is understandable in both cases as Gulsin Onay is accompanied by an orchestra that lacks the potential for subtle interplay and phrasing that is the lifeblood of the BPO. Julia Fischer's performance, on the other hand, aims for, and delivers, the kind of youthful `joie de vivre' of a young musician exulting in the adrenalin rush of performing two concertos on two instruments in the same concert - quite a different agenda to Kissin.

The first two movements of the concerto as performed here by Kissin are altogether more subtle, even pensive at times.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By I. Giles TOP 500 REVIEWER on September 15, 2012
Format: Blu-ray
Prequel: Please note that this review has appeared separately for Blu-ray, as written, and also for DVD. Double entries and false listings are encountered from time to time and are beyond the control of reviewers. Please be understanding therefore in your responses. Hopefully the review will still be of help whichever version you favour. Best wishes, Ian Giles.

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This 2011 New Year's Eve concert from Berlin is a markedly up-to-speed occasion with attractively brisk tempi apparent right from the opening Slavonic Dance and mostly maintained to the last item - another Slavonic Dance by Dvorak. This energetic approach to the music making is much appreciated by the enthusiastic audience and applies to most of the concert, the exceptions being the Grieg Piano Concerto and the conclusion to the Firebird extracts.

The Grieg concerto, as played by Evgeny Kissin, is in marked contrast to the alternative visual recordings currently available from Gulsin Onay and Julia Fischer who both deliver more robust performances with less emphasis upon interpretive subtlety. This is understandable in both cases as Gulsin Onay is accompanied by an orchestra that lacks the potential for subtle interplay and phrasing that is the lifeblood of the BPO. Julia Fischer's performance, on the other hand, aims for, and delivers, the kind of youthful `joie de vivre' of a young musician exulting in the adrenalin rush of performing two concertos on two instruments in the same concert - quite a different agenda to Kissin.

The first two movements of the concerto as performed here by Kissin are altogether more subtle, even pensive at times.
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