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  • Actors: Sakari Oramo, Jean Sibelius, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Mario Vargas Llosa, Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Directors: Michael Beyer
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Classical, HiFi Sound, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: German, French
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Accentus
  • DVD Release Date: May 31, 2011
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004SRTKO8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,783 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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ACCENTUS Music is proud to present this year's official Nobel Prize Concert from Stockholm, Sweden. This event of world class is produced by ACCENTUS Music for Nobel Media AB. American star violinist Joshua Bell and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra performed works by Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and Sibelius. As part of the official Nobel Week, the worlds most renowned artists are gathering each year to pay tribute to the Nobel Laureates. This years concert promises to become a special highlight in the series with the young and brilliant world famous American violinist Joshua Bell performing Tchaikovskys Violin Concerto in D major under Sakari Oramo, the Chief Conductor and Artistic Advisor of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra. The evening starts with Beethovens Leonore Ouverture and ends with Sibelius Symphony No. 5 in E flat major. BONUS: Interviews with Joshua Bell, Sakari Oramo and Mario Vargas Llosa, the 2010 Nobel Laureate in Literature

Customer Reviews

The sound quality is excellent.
E. S. Wilks
Over the years, he has made his sound more and more refined, and achieved this tonal unity that's quite remarkable and unique.
congwen
And he is very, very good indeed.
Gerhard P. Knapp

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50 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Clive S. Goodwin on June 9, 2011
Format: DVD
The Tchaikovsky is obviously a showpiece for a great fiddler, and that's what Bell is. He really plays the hell out of this piece,just nudging my erstwhile favorite, Viktor Tretyakov, into second place (This latter is part of the Fedoseyev/Moscow Tchaikovsky cycle).

The Strad that Bell uses had belonged to Huberman, one of the major violinists of the early twentieth century. I have this piece played by Huberman on a Naxos historical CD, and he reflected the style of that period, which was to use lots of portamento (string slides instead of discreet notes). I am happy to report that Bell does this also, which really adds to the flavor of the concerto. The cadenza is brilliantly done, and the slow movement is nice and "schmaltzy", as it should be.

The Swedish orchestra easily keeps up with Bell, aided by great direction from Sakari Oramo, a conductor with whom I'm not familiar, but can't wait to hear more of. Oramo works wonders with the other two works on this disc, a thrilling Leonore Overture #3, and a simply superb Sibelius #5 Symphony. This piece should make your hair stand on end (if you have any!)and this performance surely does. The only other 5th. by itself is the awful Salonen/Verbier disc. There is a great Bernstein set with the Vienna Phil. that's worth having, but the sound and picture are dated.

This is one of the few concert discs released where all the works are worth hearing, and all performances are excellent.

Interviews with Bell and Oramo are interesting. I didn't listen to the one given by the Nobel recipient, Llosa, yet.

I must say that the company ACCENTUS seems to be doing a consistently better job than discs put out on the Euroarts label, in content, sound and video.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By E. S. Wilks on June 23, 2011
Format: DVD
Being an ardent devotee of neglected Romantic-era composers and their long-forgotten works, I approached this DVD somewhat reluctantly, if only because its contents, Beethoven's "Leonora" Overture No. 3, Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto, and Sibelius's Fifth Symphony, are so popular, and are heard so often in concerts, that I would rather not hear them so often.
I have to admit that I was completely bowled over! The Finnish conductor Sakari Oramo elicits wonderful performances from the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, and violinist Joshua Bell gives an excellent performance of the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto. The live performance, in Stockholm's Konserthus (concert hall), is a joy to watch, and Joshua Bell was given a (mostly) standing ovation for his performance of the Tchaikovsky. The sound quality is excellent. The program notes (in English, French, and German) give very little information on the three works, but instead focus on the struggles and triumphs of the three composers against various forms of opposition and hostility that they, or their subject matter (Leonora and her politically imprisioned husband Florestan in the case of the "Leonora" Overture) had to face. Thus, these three works are tied to the concept behind the Nobel Prize, which is awarded only to those who have stood up for their beliefs in the face of political power.
Ted Wilks
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Gerhard P. Knapp on June 14, 2011
Format: DVD
For many listeners, Joshua Bell may be the main attraction on this disk. And he is very, very good indeed. As Clive Goodwin expertly states, this is a highly charged "romantic" reading of the Tchaikovsky concerto, portamenti galore, high gloss and all. If you seek the depth and desperation, the poignant melancholy in Tchaikovsky's music, this may not be for you. In itself, however, it is absolutely irresistible and very deserving of the standing ovation, even from the Swedish Royal family. The Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra -- a world-class ensemble -- and the Finnish conductor Sakari Oramo give perfect support to Bell. Both the flanking works, the third Leonore Overture (with valveless period trumpets!) and the Sibelius Fifth are exceptional in every respect. The Beethoven is heaven storming and finely shaded in its various moods and dynamics, the Sibelius symphony stunningly powerful and idiomatic: for me the high point of the concert. It brings to mind long gone great LP interpretations of Alexander Gibson et al. You can find no better reading of this symphony in any medium today. Outstanding audio and video as well as interviews with Bell and Oramo make this a first choice of the season.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Satish Kamath on July 30, 2011
Format: Blu-ray
This was in reality, Oramu's day out. He is not only just a fine conductor, but on any video format, be it blu ray or DVD or youtube, he is a visual treat to watch. Almost poetic in his movements and interpretation, he really comes out as THE star in this show.

Most people are attracted to Joshua Bell's name on this disc. He does not disappoint either, but I beg to differ from many here who have stated it as a benchmark recording of Tchaikovsky. I agree that it is different, very passionate and almost lyrical in places, but this is anything but a Russian work in his approach. Maybe he wishes to take Tchaikovsky out of his stamped Russian character. The effect is good, but not great. I would any day think that the good old poker faced Oistrakh does a much better job of this, not to mention Heifetz or even Vengarov. Interesting indeed, but rather far fetched if one were to deem it as THE Tchaikovsky to devour.

The Beethoven Leonore No.3 was good, but a bit sterile by standards set by Karajan and the brat-pack of his generation.

Sibelius is the one to really applaud here. I am absolutely certain that it would have been even more spectacular in the concert hall. I have a decent sound system,and the recording appeared to be a little muddy in the louder passages, especially the end of the 1st movement, and the rather brilliant passages of the strings (although you can see the whole string section scratching away furiously) were effectively either drowned by especially the brass and percussion, or appeared a little 'tired' in the recording.

I would definitely recommend this blu ray, but I have a feeling that one may be more enchanted by the clarity of the recording, Oramu's style and the glitter rather than the interpretation of the music itself.
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