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3.0 out of 5 stars The Good ,the Bad and the problem., 16 Mar 2014
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This review is from: Mahler Symphony No. 3 (Lucerne Festival Orchestra/Claudio Abbado) [DVD] [2008] [NTSC] (DVD)
For the first time in this Mahler - Abbado series I have to register a complaint. The orchestra plays magnificently throughout and as a listening experience this would be blissfully enjoyable. Alas ! The behaviour of a few members of the woodwinds make it an embarrassment instead., The 1st. oboe player is the main offender. He seems incapable of playing a single note without lunging forwards or the reverse and the 1st flute is nearly as bad. Others have mild attacks of this disease as well.l In the concert hall this may not be a problem - distance would lessen the impact, but on the recording every solo gets a "close up" and the result is very annoying.(I can imagine Sir Thomas' faced with this behaviour " Mr----, please save your calisthenics for home" ) If this isn't bad enough then just wait until the contralto gets going. She seems to think that every phrase of the song needs facial interpretation and the result is both extremely funny or squirm producing - or both. Great performance - but only for the visually impaired or the very tolerant.
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Initial post: 26 Nov 2014 12:43:02 GMT
Last edited by the author on 26 Nov 2014 12:44:01 GMT
Lots of classical musicians do this. Pianists, violinists and woodwind players are probably the worst cases, but there really is nothing new about classical musicians moving about when playing. You'll be complaining about the oboeists or trumpet players puffed out cheeks next.

These performances are not made for the camera. They are rightly made for the audience that was present, and cameras just happen to be around filming what's going on. Buy a subscription to the Berlin Phil's Digital Concert Hall - you'll see this going on all the time, but that doesn't mean that this is a negative experience. Quite the contrary.

For everyone else, buy this DVD if you like your Mahler played and conducted by experts in their art. The last movement is simply breathtaking. Enjoy.
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