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Tanglewood 75th Anniversary Celebration [John Williams, Keith Lockhart, Andris Nelsons] [C Major: 713304] [Blu-ray] 
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YO-YO MA, ANNE-SOPHIE MUTTER, EMANUEL AX, PETER SERKIN, JAMES TAYLOR
BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, BOSTON POPS ORCHESTRA, TANGLEWOOD MUSIC CENTER ORCHESTRA, TANGLEWOOD FESTIVAL CHORUS
JOHN WILLIAMS , KEITH LOCKHART, ANDRIS NELSONS, JOHN OLIVER, DAVID ZINMAN
Located in the beautiful Berkshire Mountains of western Massachusetts, Tanglewood is one of the world's most beloved music festivals and serves as the summer home for the famed Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO).
This 75th Anniversary Celebration concert includes performances by cellist Yo-Yo Ma, violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter, vocalist James Taylor, pianists Emanuel Ax and Peter Serkin, as well as the Tanglewood Festival Chorus with John Oliver. The concert also features the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Pops Orchestra and the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, under the direction of conductors Keith Lockhart, Andris Nelsons, John Williams and David Zinman.
PICTURE: 16:9, HD
SOUND: DVD: DTS 5.1, PCM STEREO BD: DTS-HD MA 5.1, PCM 2.0
RUNNING TIME: TOTAL: 112 MINUTES
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Recording engineers and technicians still make the difference, given the BEST format. This is one of the ULTIMATE FEW.
The coral fantasy disturbed me a bit the first time I heard it because of the slow tempi chosen by Peter Serkin ( hear his father Rudolf Serkin on CD ) but after vários listenings,I got to like it very much.Like I said this blu ray deserves 5 stars.I cannot fail to add that the quality of the sound and image is very very good,even for a blu ray.
The ‘concert’ starts in spectacular fashion with a sonically wide-ranging delivery of that American statement, the Fanfare for the Common man’ taken from the start of the final movement of Copland’s third symphony. The Bernstein dance episodes from ‘On the Town’ make for an enjoyable continuation of the American theme and that focus is concluded with James Taylor’s rendition of songs from the Great American Songbook. That completes the contribution from the Boston Pops Orchestra.
The next pieces feature the student orchestra of the Tanglewood Music Centre Orchestra for which no musical or technical apology needs to be made. The absolute highlight of this section must be the Andante cantabile for solo cello and orchestra by Tchaikovsky. YoY o Ma leads a performance of extraordinary subtlety on every level and this could arguably be chosen as the musical highlight of the disc.
The final two movements of Haydn’s D major concerto, though fine, do not match YoY o Ma’s performance and neither does Anne-Sophie Mutter’s performance of the Sarasate Carmen Fantasy. This is played with considerable romantic emphasis and mostly slow tempi which rob the music of its essential rawness and energy (Bizet’s intention), as well as humour at death-defying virtuosic pace as a display piece (Sarasate’s intention). Essentially, although technically note perfect, Mutter unfortunately seems temperamentally unsuited to this type of repertoire. For that there are exhilarating versions by Sarah Chang and Gill Shaham on DVD as well as Perlman on CD which really demonstrate what is missing here.
The disc concludes with the return of most of the Boston Pops Orchestra plus others in the form of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. The first of the two concluding items is Ravel’s La Valse directed by the ever cheerful Andris Nelsons who makes a point of searching out and extracting every expressive detail imaginable in a more varied approach to tempi than usual. This rises well and convincingly to climatic moments despite the widely varied tempo fluctuations.
The final item, and also the longest, is the Choral Fantasy by Beethoven featuring Peter Serkin on piano, an extended solo introduction for this piece, and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus which possesses an attractively youthful vocal timbre which ideally suits the work. David Zinman directs a typically no-nonsense performance which is completely consistent with his best-selling recordings of Beethoven and Schumann amongst other equivalent repertoire. This brings a finely recorded and enjoyable disc to an appropriately celebratory end.
This is an enjoyable disc which delivers a rewarding and celebratory souvenir of an important American musical institution.