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Berliner Philharmonic / Yutaka Sado: From Me Flows What You Call Time (EUROARTS 2058744) [Blu-ray] [2011] [Region Free]


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  • Actors: Raphael Haeger, Simon Rössler, Franz Schindlbeck, Jan Schlichte, Wieland Welzel
  • Format: Classical, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: EuroArts
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Nov. 2011
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005OV1NMY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 124,104 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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This production is a Charity Concert for the victims of the Earthquake and Tsunami Disaster from March 11th 2011. The profit generated will be donated to a special section of the Japanese Red Cross Society (JRCS), which was especially founded for earthquake victims: Japan: Earthquake and Tsunami, and will therefore be distributed directly among the population affected. Immediate help for the Japanese people in need is thus guaranteed. With this concert Yutaka Sado makes his Philharmonic debut and will be the first Japanese to conduct the renowned orchestra since Seiji Ozawa several years ago. Critics have unanimously hailed Yutaka Sado as one of the most enthralling and charismatic conductors of the new generation. The long-time assistant of Leonard Bernstein and Seiji Ozawa was awarded the most important conductors prizes, e.g. the Premier Grand Prix at the 39th International Conducting Competition and the Grand Prix du Concours International L. Bernstein Jerusalem.

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What matters in this performance is the intensity of the sonorities that the orchestra so attentively yields up to the conductor: waltzes with operetta-like flair, brilliant pizzicatos, a tranquil Largo. An interpretation full of vim and vitality. --Der Tagesspiegel

..an invitation to listen hard and lose yourself in sound and time. The harder you listen, the further you lose yourself. --Gramophone,Mar'12

Performance is unquestionably beyond words. Performance**** Picture & Sound ***** Extras *** --BBC Music Magazine, Mar'12

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Gerhard P. Knapp on 21 Nov. 2011
Format: DVD
If you are looking for a marvelous Shostakovich Five, here it is. Yutaka Sado and the Berliner Philharmoniker - in superb form all the way - give a smashing performance of the composer's answer to Stalin and arguably his most popular work. From the brooding Moderato through the sarcastic Allegretto and the beautiful though utterly desolate Largo to the martial and ultimately "triumphant" Allegro non troppo, everything is done with enormous energy, with subtlety and the "right" tempi throughout. Listening to this is an emotional experience of the first order: you will be deeply touched by the performance. Yutaka Sado is a new name to me, and I will be sure to keep an eye on his outstanding talent in the future. The Takemitsu piece for five percussionists and orchestra is certainly intriguing. I hope that repeated listening will help me find my way into its exotic realm. For now, I welcome the challenge. Add excellent audio and video and you have a clear winner in this disk.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By I. Giles HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 29 Nov. 2011
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
This disc contains one of the best performances I have heard of the Shostakovich. It displays a raw intensity that I don't always associate with this extraordinary orchestra and a strong corporate identity with the conductor is clear to see.

This aspect is apparent right from the start with a powerful initial movement. In contrast to that raw power the following scherzo is remarkable for a strongly improvisational character. This is very apparent with the solo violin section and this is continued by the answering woodwind. The slow movement is intense and the tonal resources of this very fine orchestra are fully brought to bear here. The last movement is powerfully dramatic with an ending that keeps a tight rein on the tempo which is held back as Shostakovich himself requested. In my opinion therefore, I would give this performance an unreserved recommendation and one which I feel will hold its place against any of the recent available competition.

I am not really familiar with the work of Takemitsu. Suffice it to say that it kept my attention throughout - but whether this was mainly the result of novelty value which may not be sustained upon repeat viewings or something rather deeper musically remains to be seen/heard. (Both responses seem relevant in this case, it being a visually strong work which would probably not transfer so well to an audio only medium).

Otherwise terrific in all respects with clear and truthful imaging coupled with camera work that sustains interest without being invasive. The sound is wide ranging and is presented in good quality DTS 5.1 as well as stereo. Musically this seems to be a 5 star issue to be ranked with the very best. As such it is bound to impress and reward purchasers and as such it seems totally reasonable to award this disc a 5 star rating.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kirk McElhearn TOP 500 REVIEWER on 1 Sept. 2013
Format: Blu-ray
Sometimes, I would like to write a review that contains just two words: "Buy this!"

Occasionally, I get an opportunity to hear music, or a performance, or to see a film that is so good that I have trouble finding the best words to share my enthusiasm. This is one of those cases.

Conductor Yutaka Sado's first performance with the Berlin Philharmoniker was a concert to raise funds for relief efforts following the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan in March 2011. The program that Sado chose was unique: From me flows what you call time, by Toru Takemitsu, is rarely performed, and is difficult work to play, calling for highly skilled percussionists. Following this was Shostakovitch's 5th symphony.

My interest in this disc stems from a long love of Takemitsu's music. From me flows what you call time was commissioned by Carnegie Hall in 1990 for its centenary celebrations. Featuring five percussionists and orchestra, it could be termed a concerto for percussion and orchestra. (Takemitsu wrote no works called "concerto" or "symphony".) It begins with a haunting, Japanese-style melody on solo flute (played by Emmanuel Pahud, who plays with the Berlin Philharmoniker.) Then the five percussionists enter the hall through five different doors, and walk slowly to the stage playing timbals. Each is wearing a different coloured shirt: blue, red, yellow, green and white. These colours are those found in the Tibetan flag, and symbolize water, fire, earth, wind and sky. There are also long ribbons from either side of the stage to hanging bells suspended from the roof of the hall; each side has a set of five ribbons in the same colors.
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By Kathleen M Ledger on 23 Feb. 2015
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Very different.. most interesting and enjoyable
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Visuals 1: CDs and downloads yet to score 10 Dec. 2011
By Graeme Withers - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I've just been very rude in a review of the two-CD set of this concert, not because of the musical content but because of the impact of the visuals on this DVD.

If ever there was a piece which demonstrated that CD-only and downloads of music have had it - or are on the way out - then the Takemitsu performance on this DVD goes some long way to showing why.

CD freaks, test yourselves. Buy the CDs [at incredible prices] or listen to this DVD, to be played with the visuals off. Play the Takemitsu - just over half an hour - and enjoy. It's a haunting, moving piece, but stick with it if you're not used to a fine composer [I've loved him since Ozawa's November Steps, issued first on LP]. Then beg, borrow or steal a DVD player, and watch the Takemitsu.

If your comprehension of the music, your delight in its development, your admiration for the master musicians involved are not increased a thousandfold, then by all means lead the poor, insufficient life offered by MP3s and the rest.

The Shostakovitch is no mean feat - see the other reviews - and the BluRay may well be better than the DVD for sound. But it's the visuals that win here, in immaculate presentation. What an experience!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Marvelous Shostakovich Five 21 Nov. 2011
By Gerhard P. Knapp - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
If you are looking for a marvelous Shostakovich Five, here it is. Yutaka Sado and the Berliner Philharmoniker - in superb form all the way - give a smashing performance of the composer's answer to Stalin and arguably his most popular work. From the brooding Moderato through the sarcastic Allegretto and the beautiful though utterly desolate Largo to the martial and ultimately "triumphant" Allegro non troppo, everything is done with enormous energy, with subtlety and the "right" tempi throughout. Listening to this is an emotional experience of the first order: you will be deeply touched by the performance. Yutaka Sado is a new name to me, and I will be sure to keep an eye on his outstanding talent in the future. The Takemitsu piece for five percussionists and orchestra is certainly intriguing. I hope that repeated listening will help me find my way into its exotic realm. For now, I welcome the challenge. Add excellent audio and video and you have a clear winner in this disk.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Incredible sound and video 6 Dec. 2011
By Clive S. Goodwin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Blu-ray
As the British would say "That was bloody brilliant!" In truth, I don't know where to start on a list of superlatives. To begin with, this is by far the best audio recording on Bluray that I've heard to date. It sounds like very close miking, because all instruments are highlighted.The shear power of the cellos and basses at the start of the second movement of the Shostakovich puts me in mind of the Decca audio recordings of the sixties.( This is the sound I wanted to hear, but didn't, in the recent Chailly Mahler 2 at the very start of the symphony.) The last movement took my breath away, and had me leaping up off the couch to conduct! The very last bars with the combined timpani and bass drum will blow you away. Contrast this with the almost inaudible timpani on the Tilson Thomas recording, now sounding pretty limp by comparison to this one.

The Shostakovich 5 is a super reading, with the first and third movements very persuasively done, in a very layered fashion. As previously noted, the Allegretto and Allegro are very exciting.The Berlin Phil. is its usual wonderful self - these players collectively have no peers, in my opinion.

Yutaka Sato, the conductor, is new to me, but I look forward to hearing and seeing him again soon. He is quite the dancer! Frequently airborne, the only dance step not is his routine appears to be the pirouette. A lot of fun to watch, he really gets into the music!

The other main item on the menu is a piece by Toru Takemitsu, for four percussionists (apparently from the BPO)and orchestra. It is called "From me flows what you call time" and it is a fascinating piece, which I shall return to often, if only to enjoy the fabulous expertise of the percussionists, playing a variety of instruments. Once again, the recording is exemplary.There is a bonus interview with Sato, which is worth listening to once only.

As I said, this renders the Tilson Thomas recording of the Shostakovich 5 irrelevant. I've always had a soft spot for this piece, bombast and all, and it may be the best available, cd or video. This recording certainly sets the bar high for ANY future Bluray release of this or any other work. I'm still shaking my head in amazement!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Get acquainted with Shostakovich's Symphony No. 5 16 Dec. 2011
By Warden Manford - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
The Berliner Philharmoniker conducted by Yutaka Sako is one of the best blu-ray concert discs I have ever seen (and I have experienced quite a few). First, the selection of music is nothing short of dazzling; Second, the conducting and the orchestral performance is most remarkable; Third, the audio sinqued with the video is clear and understandable--like few other recordings. Fourth, the extras are generous, including a commentary by Yutaka Sako, an impressive new face with the Berlin Philharmonic. You will enjoy his conducting, his cues, his enthusiasm for the music! Whole-heartedly recommended!
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
I Was There 30 Nov. 2011
By Paul A. Dirks - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Blu-ray
I have not yet seen the DVD nor heard the CD, but I attended this concert live in Berlin last May. In a lifetime of concert-going, this was certainly one of the most entrancing and captivating that I have ever experienced. Pure musical magic, nothing less. Because of very interesting visuals in the Takemitsu piece (you'll understand what I mean when you see it), I'm buying the Blu-ray version.
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