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Wonderful camera work and a thrilling performance by Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky,
This review is from: Tchaikovsky: Symphonies Nos. 4, 5 & 6 (Mariinsky Orchestra / Gergiev) [DVD] [NTSC] (DVD)
The perfect partnership - legendary Tchaikovsky conductor Valery Gergiev alongside director Andy Sommer. Sommer's direction is so much more dramatic than the majority of concert DVDs. Each Symphony is lit to suit the mood of the music and the cameras pan across the orchestra with balletic style. We get an up-close-and-personal insight into the facial expressions and movements of the players, which is rare in a concert performance - look out for the principle violinist smiling to himself with enjoyment! Valery Gergiev's intimidating conducting style works wonders with the orchestra, although I'm glad I'm not in their shoes! A truly moving and fascinating account of three of the world's best-loved Russian Symphonies, performed by a truly Russian orchestra.