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The Berlin Concert [Blu-ray] [2008]

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  • Format: Classical, DVD-Video
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: Italian, English, German, French, Spanish, Chinese, Polish
  • Dubbed: Multilingual
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Deutsche Grammophon
  • DVD Release Date: 13 Oct. 2008
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001CZVVVO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 88,036 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Berlin Concert

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The dream couple of opera along with Placido Domingo provide many highlights in this well filmed concert from Berlin to celebrate the closing of the Soccer World Cup. I do agree with many of the reviewers that Domingo's diction is exemplary, compared with the new kids on the block. However, I must confess slight disappointment that none of the reviewers make mention that Domingo transposes most of his solo arias than what is originally written, which I am sure is to be expected, given the fact that he was 65 at the time of the recording.

However, Anna and Rolando's performances are incredible. Each aria or duet is sung with such passion and fervour. Highlights are definitely Rolando's 'La Danza' which gets the audience clapping and up on their feet and Anna's 'Quando m'en vo', where she also surprises the audience. Watch the DVD and see what I mean. Reservations aside, this is a classy concert, excellently filmed and the enormous audience of over 12 000 people enjoy every minute. Conductor Marco Armiliato and the Orchestra of the Deutsche Oper provide warm and sympathetic accompaniment to the star singers.
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There is so much to commend in this disc. Two of the most exciting young opera stars complemented by an amazing performance by Placido Domingo. The latter just goes on and on delighting audiences all over the world. Despite his age (65 when the concert was recorded) he sounds as good as ever. Netrebko is simply stunning. Gorgeous voice and looks and oozing charm - she had the audience at her finger tips. Villazon is such a vibrant artist and provides the perfect complement to Netrebko. To my surprise the showstopper was Villazon singing Rossini's La Danza. What an exciting, dynamic performer!

The sound and picture quality of the Blu-ray disc is generally top notch. Many cameras are used to view the concert, audience and arena from various perspectives. One of these cameras appears not to be in high definition but the drop in quality is so brief that it does not unduly effect the production. The close ups of the artists provide wonderful detail that is denied to the audience, even to those in the most expensive seats.

If you are hesitating whether or not to buy this disc I would urge you to give it a go. I don't think you will be disappointed. Similarities can be drawn between this concert and those with the 3 Tenors. In my view this concert has a more balanced structure and is much less contrived. There is so much to enjoy.
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I am usually not an Opera fan and my classical music knowledge is somewhat limited, but this concert is just amazing. My parents were live at the event and bought a bunch of the DVDs to give to friends and it is just AMAZING. The setting is gorgeous, the orchestra is great, and the performance of these three is absolutely outstanding. A great concert to watch, to listen too repeatedly, and if you crank it up, the neighbors will love it as well. Excellent sound quality!
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'The Berlin Concert. 3 Superstars live at the Waldbühne.'
Recorded in July 2006 in the beautiful atmospheric setting of the updated Waldbühne amphitheatre, this is a wonderful concert of favourite music and songs by composers such as Lehar and Puccini. Anna Netrebko's beautiful soprano voice is luscious. Placido Domingo still sings powerfully and Rolando Villazón is energetic and passionate. The excellent Orchestra of Deutschen Oper Berlin is conducted by Marco Armiliato.
A booklet is included and there are subtitles in Italian, English, German, French, Spanish and Chinese.
Recommended unreservedly if you want an enchanting evening (nearly 2 hours) of wonderful varied music beautifully played and superbly sung. A feast for eyes and ears.
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This is the most enjoyable concert I have ever heard in my life. Every song is a winner. The pictures on this Bluray are simply stunning. The sound is even more stunning. One of the finest sound mixes I have ever heard and I was a sound mixer in the BBC for 30 years, so I should know! The performances are absolutely 100%, towards the end they all come together in the most incredible mix of infectious fun, power, emotion and sheer joy. Anna is just gorgeous! Buy this disc, I emplore you, You most definately will not be dissapointed.
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Don't hesitate to buy this DVD concert. One of the best collective performances I've seen for a while. Great setting, great orchestra and amazing singing. Turn on your surround sound, crank up the volume and enjoy!!
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By I. Giles HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 12 Oct. 2011
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I have owned this concert for several years now, first as a DVD then as a Blu-ray. Every time I watch it I find it to be utterly uplifting, so good that it is almost impossible to comment about it without seeming to be wildly extreme!

The content of the concert is ideal with a perfect blend of variety, in mood and in pace and where the orchestral items form ideal bridging moments and are also excellent in themselves.

In a concert of superlatives one can only really pick out the most memorable moments. The first memorable moment for me is Netrebko's dark and creamy `O mio babbino caro' but not for long! The very next number is Villazon's `Ah! Parais! Parais, aster de mon ciel' from Massenet's Le Mage and arguably the finest single track I have ever heard him sing.

Domingo is not to be outdone as he raises the crowd to their collective feet in `No puede ser' from La tabernera del Puerto. Netrebko entrances everyone with Lehar's `My lips' and amazingly fills the stadium when she leaves the microphones at the end of Musetta's `Quando men vo' and the crowd clap enthusiastically through Rossini's `La Danza', once the preserve of Pavarotti.

The orchestra is not to be outdone with a fine performance of Rossini's Semiramide Overture conducted by Marco Armiliato.

Finally all three singers combine to enormous applause as they share Verdi's `Libiamo ne lieti calici' and Lehar's `Dein ist meinganzes Herz' and the camera, scanning across the packed audience at the end, even manages to pick out Gustavo Dudamel on his feet and cheering fit to burst like so many others.

This entirely wonderful experience is captured in spectacular HD imaging and equally wide ranging sound presented in DTS-HD 5.1, DD 5.1 and stereo. The bonus is your own guaranteed pleasure! This has to be a 5 star issue and is truly phenomenal.
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