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Sheherazade: An Oriental Night with the Berliner Philharmoniker [DVD Video]
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Neeme Jarvi, formerly of the Detroit and New Jersey symphony orchestras and now chief conductor at the Hague's Residentie Orkest, puts on a great concert here, a nice evening with kind of an "Arabian Nights" theme. It features a very lyrical reading of Rimsky's "Scheherezade", in which the BPO's first Koncertmeister Daniel Stabrawa (not Janine Jansen) takes the solo parts.
Janine Jansen comes on for a brief but spectacular Meditation from "Thaïs" by Massenet and a great "Introduction and Rondo capriccioso" by Saint-Saens. Her appearance clocks in at only about a quarter hour, however, so you may want to think twice if you are buying it for her (looking fabulous in her red dress, by the way).
There are also Scandinavian pieces that somehow fit into the European fantasy-Middle-Eastern theme very well -- excerpts from Grieg's "Peer Gynt" and from Nielsen's "Aladdin". The whole thing kicks off with the overture from Mozart's "Abduction from the Seraglio".
The exotic theme fades out for the finale, a short "Berliner Luft" by Lincke, but that is made up for by the fact that the Berliners in the audience go nuts and start whistling and dancing like maniacs. So does Jarvi, for that matter -- dancing, although not whistling.Read more ›
The first two movements of Sheherazade by Rimsky Korsakov are next followed by three excerpts from Grieg's Peer Gynt. Two of them feature female vocal soloists and both performances are quite wonderful. Next comes Janine Jensen in the Meditation from Thais by Massenet and the famous Introduction and Rondo Capriciosso by Saint-Saens. Her performances are as passionate as you will ever hear. Sheherazde's last two movements follow the three soloists and the concert concludes with three encores.
Although I loved this DVD, I felt the programming was strange. All the soloists were magnificent but only Ms. Jensen spent enough time on stage. It was nice to hear Sheherazade but why was it broken into two parts? Just a few quibbles. I still highly recommend it.
As with all of the Berlin Philharmoniker's DVDs, I am impressed with their delight and pride in being a part of such wonderful music-making. This orchestra is not a collection of impersonal and detached automatons sawing away at a "job", but a group of flesh and blood human beings. I am beginning to know the names and faces of individual players and watch for them as I would old friends. The Berlin's web site provides pictures and brief biographies of each player, enabling one to become more familiar with them as individuals.
In addition, the visuals of the audience are a welcome treat. Children, older people, young lovers, and whole families are shown thoroughly attentive and having the time of their lives. The Waldbume venue accommodates 22,000! The festive and casual nature of these concerts must be a thrilling experience for these lucky people. A far cry from "His Legacy", these DVDs are a living testimonial to the brilliance of the Berlin "family". The producers and directors of the performances are to be seriously complimented for these magnificent presentations. SIX stars!
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Just fit my expedition. The recording is good.
I enjoyed it very much. It is recomendable for any persons who wants to enjoy classical music. Great sound.
As always, the "Berlinners" gave a great evening of music in what must be one of the most interesting venues for classic music anywhere. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Ray Heyser
Realizing that Janine Jansen comes from a very musically active family its not surprising for viewers to register the dedication , passion and accuracy administered by this 'very... Read morePublished on March 22, 2014 by Bryan Pike
It was everything I expected. Excellent in every way. I will share it with many guests in our home from time to timePublished on July 29, 2013 by Charles A. Rightmeier
Although this is a recording of a live outdoor amphitheater concert, sound quality is very good. This is a 'popular concert' by the great Berliner Philharmoniker with familiar... Read morePublished on April 3, 2013 by uj
A fun concert in the outdoors in Europe. The music has a festive, light feel to it and with the crowd you really feel a part of the crowd that was enjoying that warm summer night. Read morePublished on July 11, 2011 by Jmam
I'll make it short:
1. It is a Waldbühne concert (correctly identified by one of the reviewers here as "pops"). Read more
First of all, i had no idea that Janine Jansen was NOT the soloist for the Rimsky Korsakov Scheherazade, as is implied by the appearance on the cover. Read morePublished on October 20, 2010 by mickalo
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