Herbert von Karajan: Memorial Concert [Blu-ray]
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the Berliner Philharmoniker under Seiji Ozawa and with Anne-Sophie Mutter as
soloist. It left its audience hovering between hushed reverence and deafening
exultation. The Golden Hall of Vienna's Musikverein was the dazzling venue for the
live recording of this concert celebrating the 100th birthday of Herbert von Karajan.
And there Karajan s Berliner never sounded better, evoking a time which selfconfidently
sought the private and subjective in music, and believed it could find
them in the mirror of the works (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung). It is a concert
that commemorates Herbert von Karajan for the ages in a supremely moving manner.
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I think the above reviewer has said most else of what needs to be said about this outstanding performance. I would only add that there is no better performance of either the Beethoven or Tchaikovsky on DVD of which I am aware.
Buy this. You will very pleased that you did and have many an enjoyable evening watching it.
The quality of this Blu-Ray disc is impeccable. Filmed in Full HD 1080P and with a lossless 5.1 PCM or 2.0 PCM soundtrack, you may as well be a member of the audience. There is something incredibly invigorating seeing a premier orchestra in full flight, with excellent camera-work to match. The sound in the rear is more than just ambient and you truly feel surrounded.
Don't get me wrong - I would have killed to be in the Musikverein that evening, but this is definitely the next best thing.
This was a truly special concert, and Anne-Sophie Mutter gives a thrilling account of the Beethoven Concerto, magnificently supported by von Karajan protegee Seiji Ozawa and the Berliners. The Tchaikovsky 6th is no less transporting.
It is a great pity, that at time of writing this, you can count on one hand the number of Blu-Ray releases of orchestral performances - and still have a finger or two left over. I hope for more in the future, for all of us who cannot slip into the Concertgebouw, the Berlin Philharmonie or the Vienna Musikverein whenever we feel like it.
5 stars for the picture quality
5 stars for the photography
5 stars for the audio quality
5 stars for the performances
A must-buy for Blu-Ray and Classical lovers.
The Beethoven is also well done which all together provides a fairly satisfying evening's listening.
I tried listening to the audio only, no picture, just to check my reaction on a comparative basis to some other recordings I have of the 6th. I have to say von Karajan's digital surround recording of the 6th on DTS is probably more exciting but the uncompressed audio on this disc does give it a distinct audio advantage.
I would say that anyone who enjoys a colorful performance will enjoy this one; I'm glad I've added it to my collection.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My goodness I bought this 4 years ago and could not bring myself to finish watching the 6th symphony because it was so lethargic as an earlier commentator has pointed out. Read morePublished 15 months ago by MimiMeow
The performances are very good but the audio is just OK (can't complain much because this is a live recording).Published 20 months ago by chewey
Herbert Von Karajan Memorial Concert is now one of my best DVD. Okawa, the orchestra and Ann-Sophie were explendid !!!Published on November 28, 2013 by Paulo R. S. Pereia
Superior performance, beautiful audio and video. Excellent photography and editing. Orchestra, conductor and soloist worked together like a well oiled machine. I am very pleased.Published on November 21, 2013 by Walt
Despite the fact that both the conductor and soloist are getting older this recording and performance is fresh and full of power. Read morePublished on October 31, 2013 by Sjoerd de Jong
A must have If you enjoy Home Theater and are able to see and hear this in a proper setting, great picture and sound, will enjoy it EVERY single time I play it.Published on March 10, 2013 by Mark A. Zeno
I thoroughly enjoyed this DVD. Anne-Sophie Mutter's performance was superv, the piece chosen could not have been better.
The perfrmance of Tchaikovsky's No. Read more
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