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  • Actors: New York Philharmonic
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Classical, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, German, French, Spanish, Japanese
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: EuroArts
  • DVD Release Date: September 16, 2008
  • Run Time: 159 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001DELX1W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #115,363 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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On February 26, 2008, the world watched as the New York Philharmonic gave the first performance by and American orchestra in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. Those lucky enough to be present will never forget that historic evening, when people from two long-divided nations were united through the beatuy and power of music. By the end of the final encore, both the audience and the musicians onstage stood waving to each other in a new-found spirit of understanding. We are honored and pleased that through this DVD we can shre this transformative experience with new audiences for years to come. -- New York Philharmonc President, Zarin Mehta. Hundreds of millions watched the historic concert on television, now exclusively on DVD: the
New York Philharmonic concert in Pyongyang.
Music became diplomacy when this courageous musical project united Americans and North Koreans.
The musicians went from strength to strength in a beautiful program which illustrated the
excellency of the orchestra, and Lorin Maazel once more proved his reputation as one of the best contemporary conductors. Includes previously unreleased documentary with 53 minutes of exclusive material.

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Astounding was the fact that the orchestra played the North Korean national anthem and the Star Spangled
Banner on a stage flanked by flags of both nations … a rare moment of harmony, proving the power of music
that bridges the divides. --Cho Jae-hyon, The Korea Times (South Korea), 2008

For at least 90 minutes in a theatre in Pyongyang it was possible … to believe that 55 years of cold-war
hostility were coming to an end. --James Miles, The Economist, 2008

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Roger Kennedy VINE VOICE on October 19, 2009
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Going perhaps further than any UN drive during the Korean War, the NY Phil takes Pyongyang for a few days. Not sure what was the reason for why this event was organized. Certainly it was a big publicity event for the orchestra which was touring in the Far East anyway and decided to add the North Korean capital to its concert list. The event is certainly not without interest. The concert certainly contains very well known and popular classical music, with interesting overtones for the audience it was being played for. Obviously the North Korean Minders did not see anything wrong with the music selection with its distinct homage to American culture.

The concert has all the standard elements of a well thought out program. The opening national anthems with both flags on stage really does set the tone for the event. This is followed by the Wagner Overture which serves as a good warm-up for the main pieces that follow. Dvorak's "New World Symphony" and Gershwins's "American in Paris" certainly have strong American connections and it is interesting to watch the North Korean audience react to the music. This is a well dressed, party member elite for sure, and it is surprising that the Dear Leader himself was not present but perhaps that would have made things too political! Do those people really enjoy the music or are their stone cold expressions merely a tolerence for it! This is hard to say. Lorin Maazel tries to be engaging, and he certainly appears more animated than at many of the concerts he conducted in NYC over the years! This is certainly a nice feather in his cap, and an important farewell statement before he hands the orchestra over to a new, and younger Alan Gilbert.

The audience finally comes a bit to life with the encore music.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Richard R. Hays on September 10, 2009
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I found this DVD stunning. Viewing this was an opportunity to enter a closed society. Naturally,the music is first class. I viewed all of the components. The camera views of the audience, filled with a very limited western population, were most wonderful to see, especially the colorful Korean traditional clothing worn by the women in the audience.

When the orchestra played our national anthem, I found myself standing with my hand over my heart. I have viewed this at least five times.
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In "Yahoo" there are occasionally news headlines about what it's like in North Korea. In this classical music recording there are also 'images' of Pyongyang contained within a separate 52 minute documentary included within the disk that is very interesting.

As to the actual concert, well I'm not a really good classical music buff, but I certainly liked it for all of its 107 minutes. So I believe that it was worth more than the $3.00 I paid for it + the $3.99 to ship it.
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By G.Verret on October 3, 2013
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An unique document of an unique event, the New York Philharmonic and Lorin Maazel at their best plus some images of an secluded country.
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By S. Bloom on July 8, 2012
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A great video of a musical Good Will trip. The orchestra was just fantastic. The Korean folk song Airiang played by a full orchestra brought tears to my eyes.
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