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Violin Concerto / Symphony No 9 [Blu-ray]
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1. Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2, Achucarro, London Symphony
2. Beethoven Piano Concertos, Barenboim, Staatskapelle Berlin
3. Herbert von Karajan Memorial Concert, Ozawa, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Berliner Philharmoniker
I would definately recommend this recording. It is an amazing performance.
However, I will only give it 4 stars due to the less than superior video and audio quality.
The Brahms violin concerto with Gil Shaham has come to be regarded as outstanding in a crowded market and is well able to be compared favourably with the best. A good forward momentum is maintained without any feeling of undue hurry. The playing of Shaham and the orchestra is fully sensitive to every nuance but this is done without undue expressive heaviness.
The Dvorak has the tremendous drive and spontaneity that you can get at some live concerts. As with the Brahms, there is a good forward momentum maintained but combined with sensitive playing from the orchestra and the soloists within the orchestra. This is a very exciting `live' experience.
The Verdi Overture encore maintains this excitement and this becomes to be a thrilling end to a particularly memorable event.
The whole concert is in good sound and with sympathetic camera work. The recording was made in 2002 and with genuine HD recording equipment. The producer, Paul Smaczny, had started using HD recording equipment since about 2000 and this results in crisp imaging and wide ranging sound presented in DTS 5.1 and stereo. (Another example of genuine HD recording and dating from 2000 is the Wagner Ring as conceived and conducted by Maazel).Read more ›
This is the best version of the New World Symphony I have ever heard!!!!!!
Abbado and the Berlin Philharmonic are GREAT!!!!!
PQ is wonderful, SQ is fantastic DTS-HD MA 5.1 surround, great and heaps of dynamic range. Get it, you will love it.
My only negative, this is recorded in Palermo, Italy in an old opera house, lovely, great acoustics, and all. BUT there are lots of shots of
its REALLY old ceiling all during the performance of the New World, which just doesn't go together AT ALL!!!!!!
Small complaint, this is an AWESOME performance and disc.
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Good to see the Maestro Abbado with this Dvorak ninth symphony. Superb.Published 11 months ago by RAFAEL VERA HERNANDEZ
From the elegant opera house Teatro Massimo of Palermo, Sicily, 2002 concert features the world-renowned Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, violinist Gil Shaham excellent and, in my... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Marcelo
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