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Mahler Symphony No. 3 (Lucerne Festival Orchestra/Claudio Abbado) [DVD] [2008] [NTSC]
Mahler Symphony No. 3 (Lucerne Festival Orchestra/Claudio Abbado) [DVD] [2008] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Anna Larsson
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: 18.30

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant achievement., 26 Feb 2014
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Mahler's 3rd is revealed in this performance as a masterpiece - a symphony I had previously overlooked in preference to the 2nd, 4th, 6th and 9th. A difficult work to hold together but under the guidance of Abbado this work, for me, takes its place among the greats of the symphonic canon. I love watching orchestras play and the concentration of this orchestra, with such distinguished players and soloists, I found totally absorbing. (The advent of DVDs of concert performances is a big plus as far as I am concerned)

The whole thing is beautifully filmed and recorded and the triumphant conclusion awe-inspiring. No wonder there was total silence at the end before the audience felt able to applaud.

Claudio Abbado's death is a sad loss to the musical world. One wonders who can possibly replace him. Luckily we have his distinguished recorded legacy. The films of his miraculous performances with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra will be a lasting testimony to a wonderful musician in action.

The Winslow Boy [DVD] [1999]
The Winslow Boy [DVD] [1999]
Dvd ~ Rebecca Pidgeon
Price: 5.51

3.0 out of 5 stars Fairly faithful transfer to the screen, 17 Sep 2013
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This review is from: The Winslow Boy [DVD] [1999] (DVD)
The Winslow Boy is one of Rattigan's best plays and was recently given a superb revival at the Old Vic with a fine cast headed by Henry Goodman as Arthur Winslow - the father determined to clear his son's name at any cost. This is a theatre piece and, inevitably, some of the immediacy and tension of a live performance is lost. The film opens out the story and takes us to locations impossible to achieve in a theatre. There are some good performances - notably from Nigel Hawthorne, Jeremy Northam and Gemma Jones. The part of Catherine Winslow is a difficult one to get the balance right and I did not feel that Rebecca Pidgeon wholly embraced the strong and rebellious side of her nature. Also, I think the decision to underplay the maid Violet's revelatory speech about the final court verdict was a mistake. At the end, the film more or less follows the earlier version with Robert Donat and Margaret Leighton by pointing to a possible romantic relationship between Sir Robert Morton and Catherine. In the play the ending is far more ambiguous.
Nonetheless anyone who does not know the story will find this film very absorbing

Instruments of the Middle Ages and Renaissance
Instruments of the Middle Ages and Renaissance
Price: 8.27

16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must-have CD, 12 Mar 2010
I have had a copy of this on vinyl for many years and recently decided to get the CD version. It is an excellent transfer of a superb recording. Sadly, David Munrow was lost to us at an early age but his pioneering work with original instruments has proved an inspiration to musicians world-wide. Also, to people like me who are interested in early music for theatrical purposes, these discs are an invaluable authentic source.

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