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Euroakonzert 1997 Paris [Daneil Barenboim, Berliner Philharmoniker ] [Blu-ray] [2014]


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  • Actors: Berliner Philharmoniker
  • Format: Classical
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region B/2 (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 July 2014
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B00KVOBXFG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 62,189 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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EUROPAKONZERT 1997 from Paris

Ravel, Le Tombeau de Couperin
Mozart, Piano concerto No. 13 in C major, KV 415
Beethoven, Symphony no. 3 E-flat major op.55 ("Eroica")
Berliner Philharmoniker | Daniel Barenboim, conductor & soloist From the Opéra du Château de Versailles, 1997
  • The founding of the Berliner Philharmoniker on the first of May in 1882 is annually celebrated with a concert in a European city of cultural significance. For this newly released EUROPAKONZERT Blu-ray Disc all recordings were lovingly restored and converted to High Definition video.
  • Daniel Barenboim performs here as both conductor and soloist on the piano.
  • 1997 The concert takes place at the spectacular Palace of Versailles in Paris , center of French political power until the French Revolution and famous backdrop for movies as Midnight in Paris, Dangerous Liasons and Jeffernson in Paris.
  • Soloist –Conductor Daniel Barenboim is a multi Grammy Award winner.
  • Each movement of Ravel's "Tombeau" is dedicated to one of his friends, who died in WW I.
  • Mozart's piano concerto was the third in his series of three subscription concertos.
  • Beethoven's 3rd Symphony was originally dedicated to Napoleon, which was later changed by Beethoven himself, showing his disappointment over Napoleon's self-proclamation as Emperor.
  • BD is enhanced by an enticing documentary about the musical life in Paris.
Picture format BD: 60i - 16:9 - Documentary: SD NTSC
Disc Format: BD 25
Sounds formats BD: PCM Stereo, DTS-HD Master Audio
Region code: All
Booklet notes: English, German, French
Language (Documentary): German
Subtitles: English, French
Running time: 97 mins Concert, 19 mins Documentary
FSK: 0

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By I. Giles HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 30 July 2014
This disc from the 1997 continues the popular series of annual concerts aimed at celebrating the founding of the BPO in May 1882. It continues the tradition of being held in a venue of musical and European significance. That significance is the subject of the interesting 20 minute documentary that explores the musical history of Versailles.

This particular disc offers a marked technical improvement over the 1994 concert from a recording point of view and both are significantly better than the 1991 and 1992 concerts. The imaging of this concert is crisper and better defined even on the longer shots. The format is now 16.9 and the sound is presented in both DTS Master Audio surround sound and stereo. This re-mastering can be described as a successful upgrade from the previous DVD version even if it, not surprisingly, still falls short of the very latest imaging technology.

The programme starts with Ravel’s tribute to Couperin, an important composer at Versailles, with his orchestral version of the Tombeau de Couperin. Those who know the original piano version will be aware that the orchestral version omits two of the movements from the piano original. The performance here shows much sensitivity and is a satisfying delivery.

Mozart also was associated with France in his younger years, although he formed a complete dislike of Paris society and its musical tastes. The choice of the early 13th piano concerto is therefore an apt decision. Barenboim directs from the piano and delivers a dramatic and relatively forceful account of the work. Although far more dramatic and forceful than anything that the young Mozart would have had in mind, the music is completely capable of responding to such an approach and is, once more, a satisfying performance.
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Amazon.com: 2 reviews
Third Time is the Charm 16 Dec. 2014
By Joseph L. Ponessa - Published on Amazon.com
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Firstly, I imported this performance on laserdisc from Japan, back in the day. I was quite impressed with Versailles as a performance venue, borne out in other recordings from there by flautists Patrick Gallois (1985) and Jean-Pierre Rampal (1994), both also on laserdisc. Here the Berliner Philharmoniker bring a somewhat stripped-down ensemble for the kinds of pieces that work in this venue. The Ravel is ravishing; the Mozart piano concerto among the finest on video even now nearly eighteen years later; the Beethoven is a great performance.
Secondly, I got the DVD as part of a set of four. The first set of DVDs (1991-1995) was in Dolby Digital 2.0, the bane of classical music; the second set (1996-1999) was in LPCM and sounded noticeably better. The LPCM did not improve on the laserdisc, but was equally listenable. I liked the way the anamorphic widescreen improved on the letterboxing of the laserdisc.
Thirdly, after a period of uncertainty, I got the blu-ray. I feared that triple-dipping meant I was a gullible oaf. When the blu-ray arrived, I played the whole DVD through to check it out. Then I popped the blu-ray in. The picture was only a little better on the blu-ray, but the sound was a blow-out. Wow, what a difference! Why the LPCM on the blu-ray sounds so much better than the LPCM on the DVD, I do not know. There probably is some technical reason for it. I just know that I played the whole blu-ray through with better appreciation than the DVD. The piano especially seemed to benefit on the blu-ray, but the orchestra too was less congested in tutti passages. I liked the stereo LPCM track on the blu-ray better than the DTS-HD MA 5.1 track.
I am listening to the 1999 performance conducted by Haitink now. I thoroughly approve of this blu-ray series of Europakonzerte.
Three good performances in re-mastering which successfully enhances the original DVD issue for Blu-ray playback 30 July 2014
By I. Giles - Published on Amazon.com
This disc from the 1997 continues the popular series of annual concerts aimed at celebrating the founding of the BPO in May 1882. It continues the tradition of being held in a venue of musical and European significance. That significance is the subject of the interesting 20 minute documentary that explores the musical history of Versailles.

This particular disc offers a marked technical improvement over the 1994 concert from a recording point of view and both are significantly better than the 1991 and 1992 concerts. The imaging of this concert is crisper and better defined even on the longer shots. The format is now 16.9 and the sound is presented in both DTS Master Audio surround sound and stereo. This re-mastering can be described as a successful upgrade from the previous DVD version even if it, not surprisingly, still falls short of the very latest imaging technology.

The programme starts with Ravel’s tribute to Couperin, an important composer at Versailles, with his orchestral version of the Tombeau de Couperin. Those who know the original piano version will be aware that the orchestral version omits two of the movements from the piano original. The performance here shows much sensitivity and is a satisfying delivery.

Mozart also was associated with France in his younger years, although he formed a complete dislike of Paris society and its musical tastes. The choice of the early 13th piano concerto is therefore an apt decision. Barenboim directs from the piano and delivers a dramatic and relatively forceful account of the work. Although far more dramatic and forceful than anything that the young Mozart would have had in mind, the music is completely capable of responding to such an approach and is, once more, a satisfying performance.

The concert concludes with Beethoven‘s 3rd symphony, the Eroica, and here the link with Versailles is through the music’s link with Napoleon. This large-scale work is given an appropriately large-scale reading. This is achieved through weight of phrasing rather than steady tempi. Furthermore there is no doubling of the brass or woodwind so the scale of concept is kept within a standard modern, but not chamber, orchestra. Aided by attentive a precise playing from the orchestra this is, once again, a very satisfying reading.

The bonus documentary is also well worth viewing as it pulls together all the threads of the concert items by linking the three works to the venue. This is also presented in 16:9 even though the cover states 4:3 format.

This adds up to a very worthwhile issue which enhances the original DVD issue to a clear extent. By 1997 the source recorded material had improved markedly since the early 1990’s so the transfer to Blu-ray with careful re-mastering enables this issue to be far more successful technically than the earliest issues in the series.

Barenboim and the orchestra deliver a very good set of performances and as the recording is perfectly satisfactory for all but those intent on the latest HD resolutions, this disc is likely to give considerable satisfaction to all those who find the programme of interest.
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