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Dave Billinge
MusicWeb International, May 2013

This is the most absorbing, moving and thought-provoking slice of history for the viewer and if only a single non-performance disc makes it into one’s music collection, this should be it. © 2013 MusicWeb International Read complete review




Lawrence Devoe
Blu-rayDefinition.com, November 2012

The editing job is masterful and the clips showing the destruction of war bring further poignancy to the proceedings.

Documentaries like The Reichsorchester are not easy watches. Viewers now get the best retelling of this important story that they are ever likely to see.  In the end, images of destruction outside the concert hall occur simultaneously with the marvelous music produced in the concert hall. As we see original orchestra member, double-bass player Erich Hartmann, standing where the original Philharmonie Hall once stood, we get the ultimate message delivered by this film… © 2012 Blu-rayDefinition.com Read complete review




John Sunier
Audiophile Audition, November 2012

The Berlin Philharmonic, under its present conductor Simon Rattle, is touted by many critics as the finest symphony orchestra in the world today. The orchestra, founded as an independent cooperative in 1882, has a notable history. But one period has seemed to be a blind spot: 1933 to 1945. This excellent documentary attempts to remedy that.

Questions of moral responsibility run thru the whole film. One chilling portion is when one of the remaining Philharmonic violinists mentions how at one point he was shown several valuable violins much better than the one he had and was told he could borrow any of them for this own use. He never questioned where the violins had come from. It was surprising the film was in 16:9 format, considering all the historical footage involved, and also that it has now been reissued on Blu-ray. © 2012 Audiophile Audition Read complete review





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