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Orff: Carmina Burana / Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 (2004)

Kathleen Battle , Thomas Allen , Seiji Ozawa  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Kathleen Battle, Thomas Allen, Frank Lopardo, Paul Groves, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Directors: Seiji Ozawa
  • Format: DTS Surround Sound, Subtitled, Color, NTSC
  • Language: Unknown (DTS 5.1), Unknown (PCM Stereo), Italian (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: French, English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Philips
  • DVD Release Date: June 15, 2004
  • Run Time: 134 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001Z65PS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,162 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Seiji Ozawa conducts two great choral masterpieces. The all-star cast includes Kathleen Battle, Thomas Allen, and Frank Lopardo, with the Berlin Philharmonic and Saito Kinen Orchestra.

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64 of 68 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't miss getting this one! July 17, 2004
Getting both Carmina Burana and Beethoven's Choral Symphony on one DVD is already a bargain, but wait until you see and hear the performances. They are amazing! Seiji Osawa is a treat to watch. He is such an expressive conductor. The excellent choir in Carmina Burana sings from memory and their voices blend beautifully, even their expressions show that they are having fun singing it. The soloists are great and they also sing with much feeling. I could hardly believe that there was another large piece on the same DVD and I must say it is an exciting 9th! Again Seiji Osawa chooses great tempi and I loved this very different work as much as the first. It was very interesting to hear such different orchestras and choirs, which don't normally come here, and to enjoy their music. The sound is really very good as are the images if played on a decent player. I recommend this DVD very highly.
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58 of 62 people found the following review helpful
A wonderful DVD! I think both Orff and Beethoven would have been pleased with Ozawa's interpretation of these works.

This DVD presents Seiji Ozawa conducting both Carl Orff's "Carmina Burana" in 1989 in Berlin (with the Berliner Philarmoniker and the Shin-Yu Chorus of Japan) and also Beethoven's 9th Symphony in 2001? in Tokyo (with the Saito Kinen Orchestra and the Tokyo Opera Singers). In addition, the Orff work has guess soloist Kathleen Battle, Frank Lepardo (tenor), and Thomas Allen (baritone). The soloist for the Beethoven work are Anne Schwanewilms,(soprano), Barbara Dever (alto), Paul Groves (tenor) and Franz Hawlata (bass).

A fabulous performance of Orff's work. Ozawa's animated conducting style is able to get the best out of this orchestra and chorus. Allen's baritone voice is well suited for this work; while Kathleen Battle gives a smooth, emotional performance. Her voice is just so pure, her singing almost effortless, that she simply stands apart in this cast of great singers. (While watching this performance I began to wonder how much time must have been spent in rehearsals in preparing this huge Japanese chorus to sing in Italian. Whatever difficulties (if any), Ozawa pulls off this Herculean task with considerable aplomb).

The 9th Symphony by Beethoven is every bit as good as the Orff. With the difference of 11-12 years between these two recordings Ozawa has become decidedly grayer, and with a look of seasoned mastery about him. However, with age, his conducting skills seem even better. He controls his orchestra/chorus with a raise of a finger here, a look of an eye or a nod of a head there; but he's always in charge and with impeccable timing.
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61 of 67 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Choral, Great Orchestra and the GREAT Ozawa.. WOW January 18, 2006
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For my nearly 80 years of age,I have a rather large DVD collection and even a larger VHS collection that goes back more than 40 years.

I am not a too emotional person, but this particular DVD had me crying real tears of aesthetic emotion, as I listen and viewed both,Carmina Burana and Beethoven - Symphony No. 9 of this particular DVD.

I have no musical background and I guess I wouldn't know what might be considered a great interpretation of a perfect musical

rendition. But I have over my many years, have attended and heard and seen many of the "Greats" of Classical musical performance. This paricular DVD is by far the most inspiring and most (emotional) moving (musical) experience of all my life. OZAWA is near my age now and is no longer conducting. Because of THIS particular DVD, I have since ordered as many DVD recordings of OZAWA's conducting, as I can afford.

Of all the (thousands) DVD's and VHS that I own, THIS particular DVD is my most treasured visual and audio experience.

J. Levin
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great DVD performance September 29, 2005
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The Carmina Burana by Orff is astounding. Ozawa does an amzing job with this work!! Kathleen Battle's voice is so radiant and wonderful for this soprano solo. Frank Lopardo is also wonderful in this extremely taxing solo for tenor (repeated high "D's") that's a scary thought. My personal favorite is Thomas Allen!!! This baritone has such a dark, velvety tone...his "In taberna" solo is glorious!!! It's a baritone solo with repeated high "A's". Wow!! The Beethoven Symphony No. 9 is also breathtaking! Ozawa leads an amazing performance with the Saito Kinen Orchestra. The soloists for this performance are also great, especially tenor Paul Groves!! Great DVD performance!!!
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26 of 32 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars high expectations June 15, 2004
I purchased those 2 performances on laserdiscs 15 years ago and enjoyed the concerts despite the flat sound and average video quality .Unfortunately,the video quality and sound are just as bad on DVD!! (despite DTS remaster).I expected so much more from Philips.I wish there was a newer version of the Carmina Burana on DVD;it is such a masterpiece and it deserves the very best audio/video recording quality.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Emotional performance February 24, 2010
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I have performed Carmina Burana several times, and heard countless renditions and interpretations, and this is so far my favorite. From beginning to end, Ozawa elicits the perfect performance from all the musicians - in the orchestra, the choruses, and the soloists. Ms Battle delivers stunning clarity in her solos; In Trutina, especially.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding music video
One of the best music videos ever. Seeing the performance makes it much more enjoyable than simply hearing it. Great music and wonderful conducting and soloists. Terrific DVD.
Published 1 month ago by James J. Clark
5.0 out of 5 stars very good
very good product the voices and the music. very good arrived earlier than promised. the entire deal went so smoothly enhanced with Amazon Prime trial.
Published 5 months ago by Samir Nasr
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect treasure
Everything I hoped for in sound quality and photography. Though the performance was some years ago, it is timeless. I am a general music elementary school teacher. Read more
Published 9 months ago by KMP
5.0 out of 5 stars Breathtaking
This is a breathtaking concert you will be cheering at the end.

Maestro Ozawa brings the best of orchestra and chorus to this DVD. Read more
Published 15 months ago by JRiquelme
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding vintage performances of both works
I have found the live video recordings of Ozawa in concert to be consistently far more rewarding than his studio audio only recordings. Read more
Published on July 23, 2012 by I. Giles
5.0 out of 5 stars Check carefully...and look what you're ordering
If you choose to purchase this video (by K. Battle, S. Ozawa, and others---and I think it's the most outstanding version I've ever heard/seen), be sure not to be fooled by the... Read more
Published on July 1, 2012 by Musica
3.0 out of 5 stars Get it but wait for a definitive modern version
Regarding the Beethoven 9 it appears to be performed in a high school auditorium. Ozawa is animated almost like a muppet but the performance just does not thrill you. Read more
Published on April 10, 2012 by sergei kochkin
4.0 out of 5 stars In defense of the Beethoven's 9th performance
You never forget your first love. And so, it's hard not to compare every performance of Beethoven's 9th with the (early 1980s) vinyl recording (that I purchased from a flea market... Read more
Published on February 8, 2012 by Jimbo
2.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointed
Pleases understand, I am not a very critical kind of person. I live on Kauai. What's not to like :) BUT, after all of the great reviews by so many other purchasers, I anxiously... Read more
Published on December 29, 2011 by Aloha Jimmy
5.0 out of 5 stars Carmine burana
The cd is everything that I expected. It arrived on time and has been entertaining.I will continue to purchase items from Amazon.
Published on November 25, 2011 by James Atkinson
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