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The European Concert - Brahms; Haydn; Beethoven

4.8 out of 5 stars 25 customer reviews

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Every year the Berliner Philharmoniker invite artists for the orchestras traditional birthday concert on May 1st

In 2012, the guests were Gustavo Dudamel, conducting, and Gautier Capuçon (cello) Gustavo Dudamel has recorded Beethovens 5th symphony once before with his Simon Bolívar Youth Orchestra, which featured on his debut record on Deutsche Grammophon

Performed at the Spanische Hofreitschule in Vienna! A spectacular, unique setting for a thrilling and historic music event

The Spanish Riding School has, to this day, a long standing relationship with music: The famous Musikverein was founded here in 1812. Furthermore, Haydns musical career started in its back garden!

Product Details

  • Actors: Gustavo Dudamel
  • Directors: Henning Kasten
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Classical, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Unknown
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Deutsche Grammophon
  • DVD Release Date: May 14, 2013
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00BCCE2V8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,596 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By David B. Housh on May 26, 2013
I don't often feel compelled to write a review after viewing a video presentation. But after listening to this concert, I was left no choice. The sound quality was superb throughout. Gautier Capucon and his cello sounded like they were sitting in my living room. His performance was mesmerizing.

I have heard Beethoven's Fifth hundreds of times, but never quite like this version. Gustavo Dudamel's interpretation brought a freshness that gave new life to this old war horse. I must also praise the fine camera work that added much to my enjoyment. I will be recommending this DVD to all my classical music friends.
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This is an extraordinarily beautiful concert!
Gustavo Dudamel's conducting stance at Brahms's 'Variations on a theme by Joseph Haydn' and Beethoven's 5th symphony are extraordinary.
And there is this young man-Gautier Capucon. The way he plays Haydn's cello concerto is absolutely charming.
On the whole, this is a real beautiful concert.
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First off, I have to admit the Berlin Philharmonic is probably one of the two or three orchestras I enjoy watching. Their playing is full of life and it's exciting to watch the player's physicality - it makes for great entertainment to a one-time orchestral player to see players actually move to the music. Gustavo Dudamel has a long-standing relationship with The Berlin Philharmonic and it was obvious both he and the orchestra are very comfortable with each other. The Brahms was just right - economical but lush in all the right places. This Haydn cello concerto performance is one of the most likable I've witnessed - not really "Romantic" but definitely not classically delicate. Capucon's playing is precise and his cadenzas virtuosic - a terrific performance. And the Beethoven was just right - having heard Dudamel's Beethoven with the LA Philharmonic, I felt like I was listening to an old friend - he does a terrific fifth, and this was no exception. This program was perhaps a little less "flashy" than some of the other European Concert discs in my collection, but it was well worth watching - and I'll probably be re-watching this one with some regularity. A very well-played concert of three old favorites in a beautiful setting.
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Gustavo Dudamel introduced the world to the spectacular youth orchestral development in Venezuela and is now a familiar figure on the international stage. Some purists are troubled by his effervescence. I'm not a purist and I love his energy and excitement. In classical music it doesn't get much better than the Berlin Philharmonic, and The European Concert pairs the dynamic young maestro with some of the world's finest musicians. Their collaboration brings us Brahms, Haydn and Beethoven climaxed by Beethoven's 5th Symphony, which might lift you ought of your seat.
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... more for the ineluctable musicianship of the Berliner Philharmoniker, the virtuosity of cellist Gautier Capuçon, and of course the three composers than for Gustavo Dudamel. Don't jump to the conclusion that I'm dissing Dudamel! I live in California! I wouldn't dare! And besides, I think Dudamel is the hottest thing since chilis habaneros. But his conducting here, especially of the Beethoven Fifth, is atypically modest and restrained, The Fifth is played with near perfection as a monument that needs no conductorial supervision. The Brahms "Variations on a Theme by Joseph Haydn" elicits more daring from Dudamel. No more flamboyance! Gustavo is proper and careful in demeanor throughout, as if the discipline of his orchestral forces constrains his Venezuelan ebullience. But one thing he proves in this performance: he can listen as well as lead, and that's a damned fine skill for a conductor to have. Watch the faces and postures of Dudamel and his cello soloist Capuçon during the Haydn Concerto No. 1! Capuçon plays entirely by memory, often with his eyes closed for extended passages, while Dudamel watches him with raptorly attention, transmitting the cellist's intention to the alertly obedient orchestra. All in all, that's how an 18th C Concerto should be led, with minimal egotism on the baton.

The sound recording is excellent. The performing space - Vienna's Spanish Riding School - gets just the right amount of camera time. What's not to like?
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An excellent performance and production of superb music. We particularly enjoyed the vitality of the conductor, and we are great Beethoven fans
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The Spanish Riding School in Vienna provided a surprisingly good venue for this program. The conducting by Dudamel is impressive, and the Berlin Philharmonic is at their usual suburb best. The rendition of the Beethoven 5th symphony is easily the best of the five recordings, all by well known conductors and orchestras, that I possess. The Hayden cello concerto featuring Gautier Capucon is also very good and the Brahms Variations on a Theme by Hayden is certainly fully adequate. The video and audio quality is beyond reproach. I highly recommend this DVD.
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The orchestra and conductor are astounding. But the editing of each performance was more than annoying. It was chopped and edited like a modern television drama. The camera shot is 2-5 second shots pieced together. No chance to enjoy technique or the intensity of the performers. Quick glimpses of the guest performers went the same. Therefore, while the music choice and performers was top notch I can't say anything good about how the dvd was arranged. On the side, I really enjoyed the informal teaching section.
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