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This review is from: Nobel Prize Concert: Joshua Bell [Blu-ray] (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.