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, November 2009
PYONGYANG CONCERT: New York Philharmonic / Maazel – WAGNER, R. / DVORAK, A. / GERSHWIN, G. (Blu-ray, NTSC) 2056944
GALA CONCERT FROM ST. PETERSBURG (Blu-ray, Full-HD) 2053404
Performances of Wagner’s Lohengrin Prelude, Dvorak New World Symphony, Farandole from L’Arlesienne, Bernstein’s Candide Overture and Arirang, a traditional Korean folk song are the featured compositions of this truly outstanding release. This highly publicized world-wide, concert is a first in many respects including the stunning modern design of the East Pyongyang Theater. The accompanying visuals are impressive as well as the close-ups of the performers are done as well as I have ever seen!…Yuri Temirkanov and Nikolai Alebseer share the conducting duties with the famous Gala Concert, a partial old-world response to the modern Pyongyang celebration. Performances of Shostakovich’s Festive Overture, the well known violin’s Introduction and Rondo capriccioso, Ravel’s Concerto for the Left Hand, Adagio con variazioni, Kol Nidrei for cello are all featured, conducted mostly by Temirkanov. Five popular operatic arias from five famous opera composers, mainly for soprano or baritone are excellent with great clarity.