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Fellini, Jazz & Co. [Blu-ray] (2012)

Berliner Philharmoniker , Chailly , --  |  NR |  Blu-ray
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  • Actors: Berliner Philharmoniker, Chailly, Shostakovich, Rota, Respighi
  • Directors: --
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Classical, NTSC, Surround Sound, 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: February 28, 2012
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006O8K3ZY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #329,144 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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In July 2011 the orchestra, under the ebullient direction of Riccardo Chailly, presented this concert of effervescent works
by Dmitri Shostakovich, Nino Rota and Ottorino Respighi. All three composers possessed an unerring instinct for composing music that is guaranteed to please the ear of the
listener. In their own individual ways, each of them powerfully demonstrates a phenomenal handling of tone colour.
Their music sparkles with light one moment and lurks in the shadows the next.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional in every way July 11, 2012
Even in the context of the long series of annual concerts from the Waldbuhne with the Berlin Philharmonic, this latest edition from 2011 must surely rank as one of the most joyous. This is in no small part due to the absolutely infectious enthusiasm of the conductor, Riccardo Chailly, who not only brings a totally professional comprehension to the scores and their delivery, he also adds that special extra ingredient - pure magic!

The title, 'Fellini, Jazz & Co', is correct in emphasising the film music element of this concert. This is a particularly true description of Nino Rota's film role as he collaborated as the composer of choice for the film director, Fellini. Chailly and the BPO give a fine performance of Rota's suite that he created from the music he previously wrote for Fellini's film, La Strada (1954). Shostakovich's Suite No. 2 for Jazz Orchestra, also known as the Suite for Variety orchestra, is also largely made up of extracts from various films for which he wrote the music. The two encores are taken from stage works by Shostakovich and Respighi.

The main works are the two most popular of Respighi's three Roman works - The Fountains of Rome and the Pines of Rome. These are given simply wonderful interpretations with the faster sections really sizzling and the slower sections sumptuous and moving. The recording of the nightingale in The Pines of the Janiculum movement is especially effective. This is followed by The Pines of the Appian Way which finish this Roman feast at just the right speed to suggest the approaching might of the Roman army and where Respighi stated that he wanted the ground to tremble under its footsteps. Too often, sad to say, this is played just a fraction too fast and the effect is lost and is replaced by a meaningless jolly jaunt.
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This Bluray is magnificent and worth collecting. This is a must for any library of great works. It includes Shostakovich Suite No.2 / Nino Rota "La Strada Ballet Suite / Ottorino Respighi's Fountain of Rome ~ Pines of Rome ~ Danza / Paul Linke Berliner Luft. It is a remarkable 1080i HD / Region Code Worldwide ?PCM 2. sound / Wide format with 105 minutes of rich music and background.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Latest addition to my Desert Island Discs list June 9, 2013
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I'm so grateful for EuroArts Blu-rays that perfectly capture exceptional orchestral performances most of us would otherwise never have the chance to experience, much less re-experience. Just how difficult it is to achieve this level of perfection is evident when you watch a Blu-ray like the one of Tchaikovsky: Symphonies Nos.4-6 [Blu-ray]. No matter how stellar the performance is, when the visual quality and direction are inferior (as they are on that disc), the magic is lost and you might as well be listening to a CD.

EuroArts' sources don't always get it right either. For example, inconsistent camerawork mars Achucarro & Rattle: Nights in The Gardens of Spain [Blu-ray]. It's amazing, though, how often EuroArts is able to capture lightning in a bottle -- providing what I consider a fully immersive experience of a definitive performance. Two of my favorite discs fall in this category: Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition & Borodin: Symphony No. 2 [Blu-ray] (the thrilling concluding segment is demo quality and what I show to convert friends over to Blu-ray), and Schumann: Symphony No. 4 - Piano Concerto - featuring Martha Argerich and Riccardo Chailly [Blu-ray].

Now I have a third: "Fellini, Jazz & Co.," with the Berlin Philharmonic, arguably the world's best orchestra, letting its hair down a bit under the baton of the great Riccardo Chailly.
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