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Herbert von Karajan: Memorial Concert [Blu-ray]

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Editorial Reviews

A triumph of remembrance, wrote Die Welt following this stirring concert given by
the Berliner Philharmoniker under Seiji Ozawa and with Anne-Sophie Mutter as
soloist. It left its audience hovering between hushed reverence and deafening
exultation. The Golden Hall of Vienna's Musikverein was the dazzling venue for the
live recording of this concert celebrating the 100th birthday of Herbert von Karajan.
And there Karajan s Berliner never sounded better, evoking a time which selfconfidently
sought the private and subjective in music, and believed it could find
them in the mirror of the works (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung). It is a concert
that commemorates Herbert von Karajan for the ages in a supremely moving manner.

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Product Details

  • Actors: von Karajan, Beethoven, Bach, Tchaikovsky, Mutter
  • Directors: Ozawa
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Classical, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Italian, German, English, French, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: EuroArts
  • DVD Release Date: February 24, 2009
  • Run Time: 122 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001OBT3FC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,133 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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56 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Chhan Thuan Kiat on April 1, 2009
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
This celebratory concert(100th anniversary of Karajan's birth)recorded at the dazzling Golden hall of Vienna's Musikverein on 28 Jan 2008, is arguably the best concert disc on Blu ray that I've seen so far. Featuring Anne Sophie Mutter in stunning form musically, playing Beethoven's violin concerto, the work with which she has performed more times with her late mentor Karajan than any other work,and supported by the Berliners in sparkling form,with immaculate conducting from Seiji Ozawa, this is a must have for music lovers. Yes one may have heard the Beethoven a hundred times but when performed with such panache and virtuosity,one hears it again afresh. The picture quality is first class and the recorded audio in PCM 5.1 is brilliant with great dynamic range and a surround ambience that almost makes one feel one were in a concert hall. In the larghetto Mutter coaxed the most amazing tones from her instrument and with lucid accompaniment from the woodwinds particularly the bassoon this was a movement to cherish. This is a lush and romantic reading , the soloist relishing in the musical nuances of this Mount Everest of violin concertos. The final movement too is played with great aplomb. The solo violin Partita( Sarabande) by JS Bach was a refreshing sorbet before the next major work, Tchaikovsky's Pathetique Symphony, and here too one sees Ozawa urging the BPO in a dramatic account with exciting sonic dynamics very well recorded . How the audience responded. What a concert . If you buy just one music disc this year, buy this one!
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By John E. Martell Jr. on September 19, 2009
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I have watched this DVD several times now and have been overwhelmingly impressed by it. The Beethoven and Tchaikovsky are brilliantly played. The soloist, conductor,orchestra and setting could not be better. Each piece is a thrill to listen too. And watch the performers and the audience respond to one another. You will catch some of the enormous excitement of this performance. High emotion runs like a powerful undercurrent in the whole production.

I think the above reviewer has said most else of what needs to be said about this outstanding performance. I would only add that there is no better performance of either the Beethoven or Tchaikovsky on DVD of which I am aware.

Buy this. You will very pleased that you did and have many an enjoyable evening watching it.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Roderick Keech on August 11, 2009
Format: Blu-ray
Let the concert come to you.

The quality of this Blu-Ray disc is impeccable. Filmed in Full HD 1080P and with a lossless 5.1 PCM or 2.0 PCM soundtrack, you may as well be a member of the audience. There is something incredibly invigorating seeing a premier orchestra in full flight, with excellent camera-work to match. The sound in the rear is more than just ambient and you truly feel surrounded.

Don't get me wrong - I would have killed to be in the Musikverein that evening, but this is definitely the next best thing.

This was a truly special concert, and Anne-Sophie Mutter gives a thrilling account of the Beethoven Concerto, magnificently supported by von Karajan protegee Seiji Ozawa and the Berliners. The Tchaikovsky 6th is no less transporting.

It is a great pity, that at time of writing this, you can count on one hand the number of Blu-Ray releases of orchestral performances - and still have a finger or two left over. I hope for more in the future, for all of us who cannot slip into the Concertgebouw, the Berlin Philharmonie or the Vienna Musikverein whenever we feel like it.

5 stars for the picture quality
5 stars for the photography
5 stars for the audio quality
5 stars for the performances

A must-buy for Blu-Ray and Classical lovers.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By David Bower VINE VOICE on November 4, 2009
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
When this disc came in I immediately played the Tchaikovsky 6th and found it very enjoyable. The sound is outstanding but one needs to manually select the 5.1 option each time it's played. The stereo version seems to leave much lacking but the 5.1 version provides an exciting ride.

The Beethoven is also well done which all together provides a fairly satisfying evening's listening.

I tried listening to the audio only, no picture, just to check my reaction on a comparative basis to some other recordings I have of the 6th. I have to say von Karajan's digital surround recording of the 6th on DTS is probably more exciting but the uncompressed audio on this disc does give it a distinct audio advantage.

I would say that anyone who enjoys a colorful performance will enjoy this one; I'm glad I've added it to my collection.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By J. Nigriny on February 27, 2009
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
If you like superb video and audio and appreciate classical music genius, this is the ultimate disc for you. If you own 1080p video and at least moderately good multichannel audio equipment, you are in for a treat. The performance is flawless and the vediophile and audiophile experience is without peer. Even the camerawork and the shots of the hall are breathtaking. This disc sets the bar at a new high level for those of us who are looking not only for the best performances from the best of the best but stunning video and audio technology This disc is a must have. My only regret is that it makes the rest of my library a little disappointing. Bravo! Bravo! Bravo!
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