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Vladimir Jurowski conducts the Chamber Orchestra of Europe with Helene Grimaud - Strauss & Ravel (2010)

Grimaud , Chamber Orchestra of Europe , Narboni  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Grimaud, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Jurowski, Richard Strauss, Maurice Ravel
  • Directors: Narboni
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Classical, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, German, French
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: EUROARTS
  • DVD Release Date: July 27, 2010
  • Run Time: 81 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003OT6I1O
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,860 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

In January 2009 at Paris's Cité de la Musique, the internationally renowned conductor Vladimir Jurowski led the Chamber Orchestra of Europe in a varied and imaginative programme that
included Strauss's Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme and Metamorphosen, as well as Ravel's Piano Concerto in G. Their sensitive and insightful performance is reproduced here in full, and they are joined by award-winning French pianist Hélène Grimaud in a lively rendition of Ravel's concerto, in which soloist and orchestra expertly tease out its whimsical lyricism and sonorous harmonies.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Refined Ravel, Interesting Strauss August 9, 2010
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I have just reviewed the competing release of the Ravel by Argerich, so please refer to that for comparisons.

I really liked Helene Grimaud's Rach 2 with Abbado/Lucerne from last year, and found her playing quite refined.So I was eagerly anticipating her Ravel, which she says has not been a major item in her repertoire (strange for a French pianist?).The Ravel can stand to be played over the whole spectrum from extrovert over the top jazzy to refined and sophisticated. Grimaud really makes time stand still in her Adagio.She handles the two fast outer movements with great aplomb, but her orchestra (Chamber Orchestra of Europe with Jurovsky)is not as raucous, especially in the brass and woodwinds as the Stockholm Phil. with Argerich(perhaps a question of recording balance). The Argerich is more like Concerto for piano vs. orchestra.Having said that, both versions are worth having, but don't miss Grimaud's slow movement. I keep on playing just that by itself!

The Strauss pieces are beautifully done, with the strings of the COOE really smooth and rich in the Metamorphosen. The less familiar Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme suite is very entertaining and shows off the tremendous individual abilities of this orchestra.

I am not that familiar with Jurowski as a conductor, but on the basis of this disc, he can hold his own and is not intrusive.

This is a great way to spend 20 bucks!

Picture and sound are great, the DTS surround setting works best on my system.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jurowski & Grimaud perform Strauss & Ravel October 18, 2010
Strauss's incidental music for Le Bourgeios Gentilhomme was begun before and completed after World War I. Ravel produced his raucous, jazzy concerto in the years between the wars. Strauss started work on Metamorphosen just as WWII was ending, and the premiere took place in January 1946. Together these three pieces form a most compelling and fascinating concert program. As in the movie Memento, maestro Jurowski begins at the end and slowly works his way back in time.

Jurowski's Metamorphosen is almost unbearably intense and richly detailed. Rarely in my experience has anyone sorted out Strauss's intricate counterpoint or conveyed this music's shifting moods more effectively. Ostensibly inspired by the destruction of the Munich Opera House by Allied bombs, in Jurowski's hands the score becomes a powerful metaphor for the destruction of German culture by the Nazis. The playing is uncannily precise, yet filled with passion and fire. Although Jurowski is clearly in charge here, the 23 solo string players watch each other very closely, as if they were members of a gigantic string quartet.

From the grief and devastation of late Strauss, we move on to the joyous exuberance of the Ravel Concerto. Grimaud and Jurowski give a smart, sassy performance, without ever slighting the score's tender, lyrical (and often downright sexy) episodes. Indeed, the gripping intensity of Grimuad's playing--not to mention the radiance of her smile--remind me very strongly of the style of legendary cellist Jacqueline Du Pre. Jurowski supports his soloist perfectly. The phrasing of soloist and conductor is utterly seamless, and the orchestra's rich colors greatly enhance and extend the ringing sound of Grimaud's piano.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bravo Grimaud, Strauss fares well enough September 9, 2010
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I was not familiar with Vladimir Jurowski's work when I ordered this disk. Upon first and second hearing, I am quite impressed with the production as a whole: very fine soundtrack and video (the concert was recorded in Paris in January 2009), the invariably excellent playing of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Hélène Grimaud's stellar performance of the Ravel concerto, and Jurowski's thoughtful interpretation of the three works assembled here. It is a strange program, though. Strauss' "Metamorphosen" are subtitled "A Study for 23 Solo Strings" and thus they are performed by the superb string players, each one a soloist in his or her own right. As to the work, it is a threnody for the victims of National Socialism, written by a composer who -- not only tacitly -- had made his accommodations with the murderous Nazi regime. This appears paradoxical, but perhaps there is an act of contrition in the music, who knows? Regardless of any subtexts, the "Metamorphosen" are played very well, with due attention to the quotes from Beethoven, Wagner and, of course, Strauss himself. So is the lightweight suite "Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme". I do not find, however, many fresh, inspiring insights in Jurowski's reading of the scores. The high point is the flashy, glitzy, but not insubstantial Ravel concerto, some passages taken at breakneck speed, others intensely melodic, with a perfect interplay between soloist, conductor and orchestra. If you are a fan of Hélène Grimaud, as I am, you want to get this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Desert Island DVD! May 24, 2013
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This is a "Desert Island DVD- Beautifully captures the live performance as It was videoed from many points of view. Not just the shot
of the stage from 10th row. It's like viewing it as an on-stage orchestra member. Vladimir Jurowski and Helene Grimaud are both
incredibly gifted artists!
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