Berliner Philharmoniker & Yutaka Sado [Blu-ray]
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The Shostakovich 5 is a super reading, with the first and third movements very persuasively done, in a very layered fashion. As previously noted, the Allegretto and Allegro are very exciting.The Berlin Phil. is its usual wonderful self - these players collectively have no peers, in my opinion.
Yutaka Sato, the conductor, is new to me, but I look forward to hearing and seeing him again soon. He is quite the dancer! Frequently airborne, the only dance step not is his routine appears to be the pirouette. A lot of fun to watch, he really gets into the music!
The other main item on the menu is a piece by Toru Takemitsu, for four percussionists (apparently from the BPO)and orchestra. It is called "From me flows what you call time" and it is a fascinating piece, which I shall return to often, if only to enjoy the fabulous expertise of the percussionists, playing a variety of instruments. Once again, the recording is exemplary.Read more ›
If ever there was a piece which demonstrated that CD-only and downloads of music have had it - or are on the way out - then the Takemitsu performance on this DVD goes some long way to showing why.
CD freaks, test yourselves. Buy the CDs [at incredible prices] or listen to this DVD, to be played with the visuals off. Play the Takemitsu - just over half an hour - and enjoy. It's a haunting, moving piece, but stick with it if you're not used to a fine composer [I've loved him since Ozawa's November Steps, issued first on LP]. Then beg, borrow or steal a DVD player, and watch the Takemitsu.
If your comprehension of the music, your delight in its development, your admiration for the master musicians involved are not increased a thousandfold, then by all means lead the poor, insufficient life offered by MP3s and the rest.
The Shostakovitch is no mean feat - see the other reviews - and the BluRay may well be better than the DVD for sound. But it's the visuals that win here, in immaculate presentation. What an experience!
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Sometimes, I would like to write a review that contains just two words: "Buy this!"
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It's the Berlin Philharmonic!! No more really needs to be said, but I will. It's a great performance of Shostakovich's 5th coupled with an interesting and outstanding performance... Read morePublished on April 3, 2013 by Dan Rincon
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