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Discovering Masterpieces: Bartok, Concerto for Orchestra [DVD Video]


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  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Classical, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC
  • Language: English, German, French, Spanish
  • Subtitles: English, German, French, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: EuroArts
  • DVD Release Date: January 1, 2009
  • Run Time: 68 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000VUVGH0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #377,992 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Pierre Boulez conducts the Berlin Philharmonic in performance and documentary.

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In 2003 Pierre Boulez led the Berliner Philharmoniker in a performance of Bartók's 'Concerto for Orchestra' at the beautiful Mosteiro dos Jerónimos in Lisbon and camera crews recorded it. This DVD presents that performance in up-to-date video and audio, smoothly directed by Bob Coles. Accompanying it is a twenty-minute documentary about the work, with script by the film's co-producer and director, Günter Atteln. The film was co-produced by the doyen of German classical music videos, Paul Smaczny. [This performance is also seen on a complete concert DVD that I've reviewed previously: Europa Konzert From Lisbon / Pierre Boulez, Maria Joao Pires, Berliner Philharmoniker. In addition to the Bartók it contains a marvelous Mozart piano concerto with pianist Maria João Pires.]

The documentary is in English, although the interview with Boulez is, interestingly, in German with subtitles. It takes the Concerto movement by movement, describing various points of its construction (complete with views of pertinent parts of the score) such as its unique form, its metrical complications, its brilliant orchestration and the like. Interweaved with this are biographical details of Bartók's life, particularly his difficult emigration to New York during World War II and his several years in poor health and poverty there. Much is made of Serge Koussevitzky's commission of the piece. Boulez makes the point that although the commission may have initially been more in the nature of 'alms for the poor' the work turned out to be hugely successful both at its premiere in Boston and later that year in New York.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Troy Nicar on April 15, 2010
Ok here's the deal.The place they choose to record this is some huge stone church converted into a "concert hall" so the acoustics in this place could not be any worse, with a full 3 or 4 second reverb.Pretty much sounds like what it is-a cave. On top of that Mr. director figures- Hell since we are in a cave,everyone wants to see the ceiling,right? So the nitwit chooses to take pictures of the ceiling (grrr!) rather than the musicians who are playing thier a##es off trying to make this thing happen while playing in a cave.Come on guys,Bartok (especially this piece) deserves much better treatment.I must say though,I have always like Boulez's interpretation of this piece (I grew up listening to his CBS Masterworks album of it)especially his treatment of the final movement with a nice brisk tempo which keeps the excitement level high..
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Genio on July 17, 2013
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The music and accompanying interview were tip top, but the camera crew evidently didn't think so. An awful lot of the time was spent examining the (admittedly extraordinary) features of the venue. Very distracting!
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jmam on July 11, 2011
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The Concerto for Orchestra is one of the more high-strung, neurotic pieces of classical music created, full of images of estrangement, and fun melodies that are also lurid and gossamer, and that threaten to lead us into scary corners. The musical neurosis is almost exciting, and in an entertaining way devoid of moral meaning. The composer was dying of leukemia while he was composing it, during the violent lurid years of the second world war. He must have felt quite neurotic during this time of his life, and did not seem to inhibit that feeling in his music, but instead seemed to embrace the high-strung neurotic life in this music, and even try to make it feel fun. It is tricky to perform the concerto convincingly because of the twists and turns of its musical logic and sudden changes of mood and timbre, but Pierre Boulez does an excellent job with the interpretation. The process of interpreting the music is made more challenging because the objective of the interpretation is to bring about an energetic neurotic aura, the kind of intelligent, caffeine-drive neurotic energy that one needs to understand death by leukemia and the violence of a world war. The music is less about trying to bring out a "theme" or "philosophy." To understand the interpretation, one must understand how to bring about an emotional aura without necessarily having the conscious mind direct the music towards some kind of philosophy. That requires a lot of objectivity, and to be able to feel musical logic for the sake of the logic. Boulez is that kind of objective interpreter. The music makes you want to go out and conquer something, although you're not sure what it is you want to conquer.
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