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Bach: Brandenburg Concertos [DVD] [2008] [NTSC]

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  • Format: AC-3, Classical, Colour, DVD-Video, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Medici Arts
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Nov. 2008
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001F1YBPI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 120,413 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By J Scott Morrison HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 1 Nov. 2008
Format: DVD
Claudio Abbado, surely one of the great conductors working today, formed a small orchestra, called Orchestra Mozart, in 2004. This group consists of several world-renowned instrumentalists and a number of exceedingly fine young players, mostly from Italy. Among the 'names' in the orchestra are Michala Petri, recorder; Giuliano Carmignola, principal violin; Reinhold Friedrich, trumpet; Jacques Zoon, flute; Alois Posch, bass; Alessio Allegrini, horn; and Ottavio Dantone, harpsichord. In their early seasons they concentrated on music by Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven and Schubert. But in 2007 they prepared all six of Bach's Brandenburg Concertos and toured them throughout Italy, with concerts in Bologna, Ferrara, Pisa, Prato, Reggio Emilia, Venice, Modena, Verona and Bolzano. This DVD is a live recording of the April 21, 2007 concert they played in the visually gorgeous and acoustically excellent Teatro Municipale Romolo Valli in Reggio Emilia.

The players (except for cellos and harpsichord) stand for the performances. Consequently there is considerable swaying of bodies and generally greater animation of the instrumentalists. I mention this because in a visual medium like a DVD this makes for more engaging viewing. The video of this concert focuses almost entirely on the instrumentalists; we rarely see Abbado. I like this approach as I'm much more interested in what the players are doing. One does notice, though, that Abbado is conducting without score. And indeed he's not even conducting at all in the Sixth Concerto -- that's the one without violins; its group of seven players are truly a chamber ensemble.

The principals couldn't be better. I was immensely impressed, as I have been in other recordings, by Allegrini, who has to one of the finest horn players around.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mr. T. Y. W. Kent on 16 Nov. 2008
Format: DVD
This is superb. A tiny warning, like the famous Eric Morecambe quote, 'I am playing all the notes but not necessarily in the right order'. Thus, the Brandenburgs are played in the sequence 1, 3, 5, 6, 4 & 2 which, with an encore, in which the piccolo trumpet playing is staggering,
benefiting from the tiny ensemble of virtuosi used (an orchestra in our meaning it is not) but everyone plays as if their lives depend on it and are having a ball. There are no toings and froings at the end of each concerto and links are visual pictures of the stunning theatre interior. It all ends in high good humour with a yellow carnation sticking out of the end of the peashooter trumpet and a baby being brought on. Anyone know whose? Enjoy!!!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Nick BOCKEN on 21 Nov. 2009
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Not what you would expect from Claudio Abbado : he already played the Brandenburg Concerto with the Berlin Philharmonic and that was already refreshing. This lecture is very interesting : although read in a traditonal way, it adds something innovative. The orchestra suits very well for this kind of works : the orchestra is adjusted with the correct number of members for each concerto.
What is greate about this lecture is that thanks to the quality of the Blu-ray system the difference between the live concert and the disc narrows due to the fact that the dynamic of the orchestra can be respected (I was there during the recording of the concert!).
Something to have, if you like Bach!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By I. Giles HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 9 Nov. 2011
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
This set of the Brandenburgs is performed in authentic style but on modern instruments. Abbado seems to do little except set the tempo, leaving the skilled and highly experienced players to get on with the details of the performances - surely the best solution to having a conductor in such music and in such company. Indeed, in the 6th concerto Abbado is not present on the stage at all. No doubt there has been much discussion beforehand with an agreed approach. The recorded performance here was one of several held during a concert tour of Italy.

The most abiding impression left by this set of performances is the one of joy and exuberance. The tempi are all on the faster side and these make considerable demands upon the individual and corporate virtuosity of the players. This group of Abbado's Orchestra Mozart is well up to these demands with glances of pleasure passing between the players from time to time. There is also a strong sense of dance and this has a greatly positive effect throughout but especially for me in the first concerto which is the most enjoyable account I have ever heard. However, much the same can be experienced throughout the whole set of six concertos and, except for purists who may quibble with the use of modern instruments, this comes over as a very authentic set of performances - one that I am sure would have delighted Bach himself.

Although this is a 'live' set, any sense of an audience being present is avoided until the last item - the second concerto, which ends in applause and an encore of the last movement. This encore is given with a sopranino recorder being used instead of the lower-pitched, and more normally used, treble recorder which is used in the preceding complete concerto performance. Both are effective in their different ways.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 26 May 2009
Format: Blu-ray
This Blu-Ray impresses with its rich sound and awesome video quality. It is the best concert on Blu-Ray I have to date. Each musician is a Maestro in their own right. The Harpsichord player's solo at 35:00 Minutes will give you the chills. This is an excellent version of the concerts with reference quality sound to boot. If you are even remotely a Bach fan, you will want this Blu-Ray to show off your 5.1 home cinema set to your friends.
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