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Ravel Meets Gershwin


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  • Actors: Berliner Philarmoniker, Dianne Reeves, Peter Martin, Reuben Rogers, Gregory Hutchinson
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Classical, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: EuroArts
  • DVD Release Date: August 30, 2011
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005A0FCSA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #346,344 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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This celebration welcomes the New Year with one of the best orchestras in the world. This DVD presents the outstanding Berlin Philharmonic, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle with works by Ravel and songs by George Gershwin. Dianne Reeves solos in this wonderf

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From childhood, Ravel's "Pavane" was my favorite piece of classical music. I knew it to be a reflection on a beautiful life, tragically removed from our own. It's not included, supplanted rather by a Pavane from Gabriel Faure, which is a lovely piece of music and perhaps a few minutes longer. I don't believe they've actually intended this to be received as a "blues" concert.

The selections are enjoyably upbeat, with sensuous vocals from Jazz Diva Diane Reeves. I found this program while I was searching for variations on a Gershwin tune I've heard Peggy Lee singing, again, after her initial bout with cancer. There was a video of hers' called "Quintessential Peggy Lee", within which she delivers a smooth-as-silk version of Gershwin's 'S Wonderful. This orchestral presentation of the same melody is out there in cyberspace, and also on this sweet DVD.

While this is truly an enjoyable spectacle to watch, I docked a star for what I considered out-of-control recording levels. I have an equalizer to subdue lower and mid-range peaks which over enthusiastically distort the presentation. For most consumers this isn't an option.

Tracks Included:
Overture to 'Strike up the Band'. -- George Gershwin
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Pavane in F sharp minor, Op. 50 -- Gabriel Faure
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By Strauss -- Gershwin
How Long Has This Been Going On? -- Gershwin
Nice Work If You Can Get It -- Gershwin
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La Valse -- Maurice Ravel
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Embraceable You -- Gershwin
'S Wonderful -- Gershwin
A Foggy Day -- Gershwin
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Daphnis et Chloe - Suite No. 2 -- Maurice Ravel
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A DOUBLE TREAT! The lovely, talented "jazz" beauty Dianne Reeves sings Gershwin songs with her own Trio together with a full
Symphony Orchestra with a Conducter Sir Simon Rattle who actually seems to FEEL the pace of fine "popular" arrangements
PLUS an obvious love for the Ravel and Faure short Wonders! I confess I quickly watched it a second time to certify that I was
so fortunate in this choice.
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