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Waldbuhne Concert: Latin American Night

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Based on the amphitheater in the ancient Greek city of Epidaurus, and nestled in a natural valley, the Waldbuhne theater seats 22,000 in leafy comfort and remains one of Berlin's favorite open air concert venues, with magnificent views of the stage. World class conductors lead the Berlin Philharmonic in evening concerts of popular Italian, French, Russian and American favorites.

Who better to conduct an evening of evocative tango and Latin American inspired rhythms than Argentinean-born Barenboim? Despite playing music outside their usual repertoire, the Berlin Philharmonic enthralls the audience with an exotic program, which begins with Ravel's Bolero and Bizet's Carmen Suite and then features special arrangements of lesser known melodies and dances from a host of South American composers.

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  • Actors: Berlin Philharmonic
  • Directors: Daniel Barenboim
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Classical, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: KULTUR VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: November 17, 2009
  • Run Time: 119 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002NY7YWS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #165,147 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Michael J. Cook on September 15, 2013
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This was such a delight to watch. The setting was perfect: a summer evening at Waldbuhne--an outdoor pavilion in the outskirts of Berlin capable of seating several thousand people. The performance included familiar pieces such as Ravel's Bolero (with Barenboim hardly waving his baton), the Carmen Suite No. 1 by Bizet and the universally popular, Iberian-flavored Rodrigo guitar concerto. John Williams, the guitar soloist, was ideal--he played beautifully before this raptured audience and gave an encore, Manfore's "La Ultima Cancion". There were also Argentine tango arrangements conducted by Barenboim. Since von Karajan's passing, I have been impressed that Claudio Abbado and Daniel Barenboim have widened the Berlin Philharmonic's repertoire. Apparently, this is being continued under Sir Simon Rattle. In this performance Barenboim brought in composers whom I have never heard of: Lecouona, Salgan, Piazzolla, Gandel, Mores. The performance ended as it always does--no matter what type of concert at Waldbuhne-- with a spirited rendition of Berliner Luft with the huge audience rhythmically applauding. A talented orchestra such as the Berlin Philharmonic or Chicago Symphony should be able to play any type of music well with the right coaching and rehearsal and not limit itself to "standard" repertoire.
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Perhaps the Argentinian roots of Daniel Barenboim provide him with a special affinity for "Latin" music. Although the two opening selections here by Ravel and Bizet, both French, are neither Latin nor Argentinian, but, both exemplify the brilliance of composers who could draw upon their non ethnic influences to construct a piece. As usual the Berliner Philamoniker demonstrates it's worldly superior ranking with the opening "Bolero" being an outstanding example. Barenboim hardly raises his baton and the oft criticized piece for it's repetitious character though just amazes by its infectious orchestration. The snare drummer deserves accolades for his beat which must be maintained throughout the entire rendition. The roar of the Waldbuhne audience indicated their approval. Then followed by Bizet's "Carmen Suite No. 1", the BP further demonstrates it's ability to perform music from this genre and you can see and hear their obvious enjoyment in playing this music. The orchestra displays an energy and excitement not so often seen by such prestigious ensembles. Guitarist John Williams demonstrates his absolute mastery of his instrument and again the crowd roars their approval. He follows his first piece with a solo that is beautifully done. The remainder of the program is truly "Latin" with not so familiar titles, but, with surprisingly recognized melodies. Also Barenboim renders some piano selections as we realize that the piano was the origin of his spectacular career.
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Bought this DVD because I have enjoyment of Latin American music from South America. While this has a nice remediation of Bolero, it seems to be some songs of Spain with a smattering of others, but not all from South America.
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