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4.0 out of 5 stars Capuçon's Haydn steals the show, shame no Blu-ray, 17 Jun. 2013
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This review is from: Europa Konzert 2012 [DVD] [2013] (DVD)
Concert 4 Picture 5 Sound 3.5

The venue for the annual Europakonzert 2012 by the Berliner Philharmoniker is the Spanish Riding School in Vienna, which is familiar to those who follow the New Year Concerts in Vienna. The ground is all covered up with red carpets and simple decorations are added on the walls.

The Brahms plods along cautiously. The Haydn cello concerto is beautifully and expressively played by Capuçon and closely supported by the orchestra, which is reduced in size but not in period performance style. Beethoven's fifth is somewhere middle-of-the-road, instrumental tone is always lush and rounded but the whole feels fragmented and lacking in tension and does not quite lift off until the fourth movement when the tempo quickens. No revolutionary spirit here. The metronome marking for the third movement is faster than in the fourth, not the other way round. There are no encore or extras.

This year DG is releasing it instead of EuroArts (the credits still say EuroArts) and only on DVD, not Blu-ray too (assuming it's not going to be a delayed release for the double-dipping game), which is a real shame. I can't believe the BP concerts don't sell enough to justify a Blu-ray release.

The dts 5.0 track sounds a bit compressed in dynamic range and confined, not sure how much that is to do with the acoustics. The video quality is very good for DVD. Mainly for collectors and Dudamel admirers.
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