The DVD set of programmes is a delight for those interested in either travel, history or classical music.
Each episode is excellent. It is well presented and well produced. There is never a dull moment. Each episode takes us to a famous location and we get to see some famous places and the history of those places and the composers that are associated with them.
Episode one takes us to Salzburg and we see the famous puppet shows, the Salzburg festival and many famous landmarks and the history of the city and of course Mozart. In further episodes we go from Salzburg to Vienna through the magnificent Austrian countryside and learn about Brahms, Mahler, Schubert and Haydn. We see the City and its great landmarks. Then through the mountains and ravines of Norway and onto Oslo learning about Grieg. Then onto Finland and Helsinki and snowy Lapland and Santa's workshop to the setting of the music of Sibelius. We visit Grieg`s house. Then onto St Petersburg home of Borodin, Glinka, Mussorgsky and Rimsky Korsakov. The journey would be incomplete without a look at Venice and Vivaldi. We see the canals, bridges and piazzas. Other composers such as Smetena, Dvorak and Mozart are also featured here.
The journey continues onto Leipzig. There are musical performances throughout the series and here we get part of Mendelssohn's Violin concerto. We look at Bach and the city of Mainz, There is a lot of detail about Mozart, Beethoven, and Johann Strauss in Vienna. We also look at Tuscany, Pisa, and Milan. Then Bonn and Berlin and learn more about Beethoven. Finally we end up back at St Petersburg and learn about Pushkin, Catherine the Great and Rasputin and the music of Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky.
The series is magnificent to watch and is very informative. There are thirteen episodes. Simon Callow does a great job at presenting each step of the journey and seems relaxed and at home in the role. He gives a warm informative and authoritive presentation.
The whole set is a great product and is highly recommended. I also recommend the second series classical destination 2.Classical Destinations 2 (Classical Destinations With Simon Callow) [DVD