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Piano Concerto No. 5/ Scheherazade (Lucerne Festival Sep 2011) (C Major: 710204) [Blu-ray] [2012] [Region Free]

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Product details

  • Actors: Yefim Bronfman, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
  • Format: Classical, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: C Major
  • DVD Release Date: 30 April 2012
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007N0SW1O
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 113,423 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Andris Nelsons is one of the most sought-after young conductors on the international scene today and once again served notice of his extraordinary talent in Summer 2011 when he conducted two concerts with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam at the prestigious Lucerne Festival.

This concert, available on DVD and Blu-ray features, amongst a programme of Rimsky-Korsakov, Beethoven and Dvořák, the Grammy Award-winning pianist Yefim Bronfman performing Beethoven’s majestic Fifth Piano Concerto and Chopin’s Etude in F major.

Andris Nelsons is a regular conductor with many of the world’s top orchestras.


'The ever-ebullient Andris Nelsons with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra work up a fair head of steam in all the right places... For the first half, a much-scaled down orchestra gives performances... that radiate joy and infectious enthusiasm. Bronfman draws the most delectable sounds from his Steinway, never hardening his tone in even the most imperious passage-work, and gives a heart-warming account of Chopin's delightful F major Etude.' --Julian Haylock, International Record Review

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By I. Giles HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 6 May 2012
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This concert was the second of two featuring the Concertgebouw Orchestra conducted by Andris Nelsons and was held at the Lucerne Festival in September 2011.

The program features three major works which together make for a very satisfying program. The concert opens with a performance of Beethoven's Ruins of Athens Overture and which clearly displays Nelson's conducting style as being physically very involved with the music making of the players. It is easy to see why his obvious enthusiasm would encourage considerable levels of commitment from the players and why he has attained such prominence at such a young age.

The opening of the concert brings a steady performance of the overture which is markedly slower than either Beecham or Zinman taking two examples on CD from different performing generations for comparison. This preference for slower tempi is also apparent in Scheherazade. This a consequence of Nelson's tendency to linger lovingly over expressive phrases and a desire to bring out a considerable amount of orchestral detail. Admirable though this may well be, and certainly interestingly revealing, the result is to change the character of what is normally a show-piece full of excitement with high levels of adrenaline. As a result, those purchasers essentially looking for emotional fire such as can be found in Reiner's famous CD performance for example, where the final movement was reputably recorded in one scorching take, will not find it here! What they will find though is beautiful playing and a loving performance which may well suit the character of Scheherazade and her intended as opposed to the content of her story material.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gerhard P. Knapp on 16 May 2012
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Recorded live one day after C Minor's disk of Andris Nelsons conducting the Concertgebouw Orchestra in Shostakovich's Eighth Symphony (see my review) on 5 September 2011 at the Lucerne Festival, this production is another winner. Audio and video are flawless, the camera work is quite excellent, as we have come to expect from this label.

Andris Nelsons is a highly impressive young conductor, and the Concertgebouw musicians respond brilliantly and with enthusiasm to his (mostly smiling) directions. The generous program consists of the rarely heard Ruins of Athens overture, an intriguing late Beethoven piece, the "Emperor" piano concerto with Yefim Bronfman as a powerful and energetic soloist who also provides an encore, Chopin's Etude in F Major, Rimsky-Korsakov's tone poem Scheherazade and, finally, Dvorak's Slavonic Dance in A Major as an encore. Everything is superbly played. Bronfman's conception of the Fifth Piano Concerto is robust but not without subtlety: a joy to hear. Especially exciting is the interplay between piano and orchestra (note the period timpani played with hard sticks). If I were to nitpick, the only criticism I would offer is that Bronfman's reading of the concerto does not reveal anything "new" or so far unheard to me. For some listeners, this may be for the better, as he does not seem to be given to mannerisms, deep introspection or informed by any recent research of the score (for this listen to Buchbinder's new collection of the Beethoven concertos). The Chopin is wonderfully played: glittering and full of élan. Scheherazade is not too high on my list of favorites, but Nelsons and his Dutch orchestra play it with so much conviction, elegance and color that I find it irresistible and fresh, despite some rather slow passages.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Refael on 1 July 2012
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I enjoyed very much watching & listening to this disc.
The best part of this disc is unquestionably the Scheherazade with
excellent performance & outstanding audio ( especially the 4th chapter).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gustavo Toscano de Britto on 14 Sept. 2012
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Lately I've been looking for fresher recordings, for the improvement on sound and filming has been tremendous. No other recording can explain this better. The flawless filming and sound are a joy that stir the senses no end. So, technically speaking, the recording leaves very little or nothing to be desired. It is perfection, pure and simple.
As to the music, the first piece is charming, heart warming for what is ahead. Then we have Bronfman massively impressive, sure, commanding performance. It soothes the soul to have one of your favorite pieces so delightfully played. No surprises. And none wanted. The Chopin is also superb.
I adore Scherazade. So I am not a little biased. But the stunning performance, the soloists, the happiness of the conductor give the piece another layer of significance and it glitters. I felt the warmth of a very well known piece with an added bonus of greater and enhanced involvement. What a difficult piece Scherazade is! But nothing, absolutely nothing is left to be desired. The Dvorak encore closes the recording magnificently. Just the right music to send you home with light feet.
And Mr. Nelsons is a joy to behold. Confident and delighted. He looks as if he would not trade his place for any on earth. His joy is almost palpable.
I cannot recommend this disc warmly enough. A veritable treasure.
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