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Gala From Berlin: Finales [Claudio Abbado, Klaus Maria Brandauer, Berliner Phiharmonker] [BLU RAY] [Blu-ray] [2014]


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Claudio Abbado | Berliner Philharmoniker
Klaus Maria Brandauer Rias Kammerchor | Rundfunkchor Berlin


An extraordinary programme for an extraordinary night: The Berliner Philharmoniker celebrated the final day of the 20th Century with Grand Finales in the first part and heralds the leap into the 21st Century with an explosion of sparkling music pieces in the 2nd half of the programme.

For the Grand Finales, Maestro Claudio Abbado conducted masterpieces like Beethoven's Finale of the 7thsymphony, excerpts from Stravinsky's ""Feuervogel"" and the final movement of Mahler's 5th Symphony. In the famous Finale of Arnold Schönberg's ""Gurre lieder"", the internationally renowned actor Klaus Maria Brandauerplays a leading role.

A true celebration to welcome in the new millenium with one of the best orchestras in the world!

Lovingly restored, up-scaled and digitally remastered including intensive and high-quality audio and visual restoration.

Picture format Blu-ray Disc: 1080/60i - Full HD
Sound format Blu-ray Disc: PCM Stereo
Region code: 0 (worldwide)
Booklet notes: English, German, French
Running time: 108 mins
German FSK: 0

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Ending the century with a musical bang 18 Sept. 2014
By Blu-ray Bill - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Blu-ray
The remarkable performance captured on this Blu-ray disc (which I received a review copy of) marks a major milestone: our exit from the 20th century and entry into the 21st. Ordinarily, it would seem risible to program a series of final movements for a concert – like serving a meal composed solely of desserts. However, if you’re ending a century, finales are undoubtedly a fitting way to celebrate it, allowing us to enjoy this calorie-dense concert without guilt.

Considering this concert took place about 15 years ago, and that the video has been reformatted to fill the entire HDTV 16:9 screen, my expectations were not high as to picture and sound quality. I’m happy to report that the image is surprisingly good (if on the grainy and dark side, particularly with wide shots) and the PCM stereo sound is excellent.

It would serve little use to attempt to review each finale apart from its whole, so I’ll just say that Abbado (greatly mourned) and the Berlin Philharmonic are, as usual, as close to perfection as it’s possible to be. Amazingly, Abbado conducts the entire concert’s dozen varied pieces without a score.

Although one of the more unusual inclusions, the end of Schoenberg’s Gurre-Lieder, does not have titles, one can follow actor Klaus Maria Brandauer’s declamations in German with the translation provided in the booklet.

The only thing keeping me from awarding this Blu-ray five stars is that my interest flagged in the final third of the concert, which veered into light bon-bon fare by Lincke and the like. But others might consider that portion just as enjoyable as the rest and a particularly fun way to end the concert (and a century).
Not HD 1 Aug. 2014
By Peter Bocko - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Blu-ray
Fun program, superb and entertaining performance but this is standard definition content from 1999 poorly transferred to 1080p Blu-ray format. Not worth the Blu-Ray premium...buy the standard DVD at half the price.
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Abbado at his best 9 July 2014
By Julio Ponce de León - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
A well chosen sample of different composers and of course superbly conducted by Abbado with the fantastic sound of the Berlin philharmonic.
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