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Rachmaninov/ Mahler: Berliner Philharmoniker (Sir Simon Rattle, The Berliner Philharmoniker) (Live Recording Singapore) (Euroarts: 2058904) [Blu-ray] [2013]

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  • Actors: The Berliner Philharmoniker
  • Format: Classical, Widescreen
  • Language: 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: 11 Feb 2013
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 64,343 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Spectacular filming, 3D Blu-ray release!

The Berliner Philharmoniker, one of the world's leading orchestras, and their Artistic Director Sir Simon Rattle, are highly acclaimed all over the world. Their 2010 tour concluded with their first visit to Singapore.

The orchestra presents Mahler's unique and breathtaking First Symphony and Rachmaninov's late Symphonic Dances. The Philharmonic's beautiful rendering of Mahler's homage to nature and Rachmaninov's nostalgic ode to Russia is taken to a new level in this 3D recording using state-of-the-art video and audio technology.

Join Sir Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker on a musical journey that takes the concert experience to a breathtaking new level a feast for eyes and ears in 3D!

Rachmaninov Symphonic Dances
Mahler Symphony No. 1 Titan

Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle
Recorded live at Esplanade Theatres on the Bay, Singapore,
22 & 23 November 2010
Picture format Blu-ray: 1080i Full HD
Sound format Blu-ray: PCM Stereo, DTS-HD Master Audio Surround Sound
Region code: 0
Booklet notes: English, German, French
Running time: 120mins

Product Description

EURA 2058904; EURARTS - Germania; Classica Orchestrale

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars
4.3 out of 5 stars
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars STUNNING VISUAL & SOUND EXPIERENCE 24 April 2013
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I got this 3D Blu ray disc delivered well ahead of the predicted delivery date and watched it straightaway.
This is a live recording from Singapore as the Berliner Phil under Sir Simon Rattle toured the Far East; as it is customary with this orchestra the playing was first class.
Both works, the Rachmaninov and Mahler, are well known to audiences worldwide. I just wanted to see what the 3D experience would be like and I was not disappointed. The use of the camera is discreet and homes in to show how the players cope with the piece. You do get the depth when watched in 3 D mode, the string bows jump at you at times.
When a wide shot of the whole orchestra is shown you appear to be standing next to the conductor.
I hope that this new 3D format will be used more widely to record classical music and ballet as I think it enhances the performance, the Berlin Phil is known for technological innovations and their Digital Hall is a case in point.
More of this please from other performers.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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It can safely be said that this is the best 3D Blu Ray disc of purely orchestral music, available currently. Of course the picture and sound quality are exceptionally good - full HD 3D and DTS_HD Master Audio surround sound. But really, there isn't anything else out there and those looking for 3D Blu Ray discs of this kind of repertoire have been badly served. As far as I am aware there is nothing comparable to have been released so far.

The Berliner and their star conductor are very much in demand at the moment, with every concert sold out and subscriptions taken up well into the future. So in order to allow more people to see them, there has been a big programme of filming performances and showing them in cinemas and online. This is no doubt why we have a 3D recording and it is good to have the chance to see what 3D can do for a big orchestra like this one.

So, in the concert hall it is evident that a big symphony orchestra is very much a 3-Dimensional experience. With 3D TV, you do get a different perspective that is more like the concert experience and it is possible to appreciate the complexity of the sound and the scale of the operation. The 3D image does allow you to pick out players and see what is going on, in more detail. Some effects of 3D can be strange, but interesting - there were moments where it felt like the harp was in front of the TV screen and we were seeing the rest of the orchestra through its strings.

Overall though, this is very much a success and it does draw you in and adds something to the experience. We get to see a lot of Simon Rattle, but with the 3D, we can always see more depth and the surrounding orchestra - he even throws the bouqet presented to him out into the audience - possibly aware of the 3D consequence.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
The first thing to note about this disc, recorded in Singapore in 2010, is the exceptional quality of the recording, both visually and as an audio experience. Not owning a 3D player or television I played this 2D 'compatible' disc using the latest top model Marantz player coupled to high quality audio and can report that there was absolutely no evidence of jerky playback or dark imaging as reported by another reviewer. On the contrary both aspects of the recording were particularly fine.

The tonal resources of this famous orchestra are fully realised by Rattle and the engineers. The sound is wide ranging with impressive depth of stage and dynamics. The bass end of the percussion, such as the bass drum, is particularly well caught as well as the top range such as the triangle and impact of the cymbals etc. The camera work itself gives impressive detail without being invasive.

Simon Rattle is known for his love of passing detail within many of his interpretations and that is what we get here. This approach suits the sound of the orchestra very well. The strings are one of its glories and produce an impressive body of tone from the softest pianissimo to the loudest fortissimo. Woodwind and brass are not doubled except at the demanding conclusion of the Mahler where an extra trumpet is used. The horns stand for the final bars to maximise their effect as Mahler requested.

Staying with Mahler, this performance is markedly different to the ones by Luisi and Abbado, both also on EuroArts plus that by Tilson Thomas. Mahler's excitement at his own composition is quoted in the booklet as 'It grew so overwhelming - flowing out of me like a mountain torrent! ... All the floodgates within me were thrown open in one go.' This is the description of a young man in a hurry.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Way to Go! 6 Mar 2013
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This product should pave the way for further 3D concert music DVDs, bringing the ultimate in audio and video to all music lovers.
I cannot personally identify any negative aspects relating to this purchase -- for me it fulfills all the criteria essential for full
enjoyment of reproduced music. Superb committed performances of the Rachmaninov and Mahler works, to boot !
Listening via good wireless headphones, while watching the 3D video, can be particularly satisfying
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great shows at home in perfect 3D 11 April 2013
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Step by step I am considering that 3D BD is a very good mean to have access to big shows, opera, theatre, concerts, all over the world, at home and that we are not limited to movies. This concert is a very good example of that. Optimal 3D image, perfect sound reproduction and gorgeous "mise-en-scène".
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