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on 8 December 2016
Glorious playing, but the sound is dynamically compressed (volume compressed) - the difference between piano and forte is compressed (minimized)! Placing of mics on stage is also not inspired. What is wrong with these sound engineers?
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on 17 November 2015
Brilliant!
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on 16 February 2010
I'll start by saying I only really bought this DVD for the performance of the Waldstein, my absolute favourite of Beethoven's piano sonatas, and from that point of view I could give my 5 stars without a moment's thought. The power of Barenboim's playing from beginning to end had me on the edge of my seat, literally, smiling and with tears in my eyes. It's what this piece should be. Energetic, fun and with a command of the ridiculously technical 3rd movement which doesn't detract from its huge range of dynamics. My only real gripe is the obvious edit between the 1st movement and the 2nd. Perhaps the audience went a bit mad and applauded before the quiet and slow 2nd movement had a chance to begin, or Barenboim needed to mop his brow?

On to the rest of the DVD. The second (concert 6) concert on disk held my attention more for some reason. Barenboim just seems to get across his passion for playing Beethoven so, so well. The sound quality is astounding throughout, the Dolby Digital surround is extremely nicely done and not too extreme, and I'd say it's actually quite nice to hear the thump of the pedals as Barenboim attacks certain phrases (someone commented on the CD version that the thumping is distracting, but at least on the DVD, when you see Barenboim hunched over the keyboard, feet stomping on the sustain pedal, you can see where the thump is coming from!).

Lastly, the picture quality. The camera work is quite irritating. Not because it is poor, but because the camera angle changes far too frequently, and it's a missed opportunity for a multi-angle DVD too. Having at least one 'fixed' angle, say over the keyboard, or an audience-eye view of the stage, would have made a lot more sense than flicking around from behind the piano, beside the piano, above the chandelier, zooming around all over the place. Ah well, at least you can close your eyes and enjoy one of the most fantastic interpretations of Beethoven's music entertain your ears in full surround.
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on 30 December 2013
A must for every serious pianist or music lover. Barenboim has such a depth of understanding of Beethoven - a real joy!
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on 17 January 2017
Absolutely immaculate, thrilling, live performances of these miraculous works of art! Buchbinder achieves a practically flawless rendition of these works: perfectly judged tempi; drama, humour, thrills with no spills, with crystal clear and powerful sound engineering and minimal audience noise, apart from the appropriate rapturous applause. My highest recommendation! Don't miss!
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on 1 January 2015
Very fast delivery exactly as described
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