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Gustav Mahler Celebration

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Exactly one hundred and fifty years after the birth of the brilliant composer and conductor Gustav Mahler, a select band of artists gathered in his birthplace, Kaliste, to honour his creative talent in a very special way. Under the direction of the Austri

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Classical, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: EuroArts
  • DVD Release Date: October 26, 2010
  • Run Time: 78 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0040Y7EVU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #313,061 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Mr John Haueisen VINE VOICE on December 16, 2010
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At my first viewing of this concert, I wasn't particularly wild about it. With Mahler, I've always accustomed myself to entire works, most of which are rather long--and I like them just the way they are.
This program is a mixture of Mahler songs and movements or excerpts from his symphonies. There were no available subtitles, so the viewer has to be familiar with the content. The only thing negative about this concert was the tepid audience. Were these hundred or so audience members paid to attend, and impatient to get home??

But then, I took a second look at this "Gustav Mahler Celebration." It succeeds very well at what it sets out to do: to commemorate (on the very day, July 7th) the 150th anniversary of Gustav Mahler's birth in 1860. And they do it in the town where he was born, Kaliste, in the Jihlava district of today's Czech Republic.
The setting is lovely: outdoors under trees and with reflecting water between the audience and the orchestra.

The two soloists are accomplished Mahler singers: baritone Thomas Hampson and mezzo soprano Anne Sofie von Otter. They are joined by the young Norwegian soprano, Marita Solberg for the finale of the Mahler Second Symphony. All the soloists live up to their reputations for fine singing, AND they seem to be enjoying the evening as well. They are matched with excellent playing and singing by the Mahler Chamber Orchestra under Manfred Honeck, the Prague Philharmonic Choir, and the Czech Boys Choir.
At my second viewing, I began to fall in love with this magical evening. Here were very accomplished people, lovingly paying tribute to perhaps the greatest composer of all time, and on the very day of his 150 birthday.
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The idea was probably a good one: to celebrate Mahler with a performance in his birthplace. But the idea did not work well in reality.
The venue was pleasant but incessantly distracting. It seemed as if this film was more about the director, the setting and the photography than the music. The montage of the band during the selection from Symphony 2 became quickly tedious.
But that is the problem with the whole production. It appears as if no one, including the audience, was very enthusiastic about being there. I kept getting the feeling that everyone was thinking, "When is this going to be over?" Alas, as someone who loves the music of Mahler, I felt that way too. The selections were rather oddly chosen as well.
Having said that, the orchestra was good, and it was wonderful to see Anne Sophie Von Otter and Thomas Hampson, but the conductor looked as if he was still studying the score while being fairly histrionic on the podium. That may sound unfair, but watch Abbado conduct Mahler if you want to see a great conductor and hear great Mahler.
In short, save your money on this one and use it to buy either Bernstein or Abbado if you really love Mahler and want to see outstanding performances. For me, this one goes on the bottom of the pile. Any chance of a refund?
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it is a superb production where all envolved gave their best to the quality and sensitivity of the work. Nature and production in a extreme endowment for the human soul.
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Beautiful production melding music and imagery of Air Force band together beautifully "staged" in both the special pavilion by the lake ... and the countryside.
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