, October 2012
This generous mix of romantic and impressionistic music shows off the magnificent Berlin ensemble at its best. It is also great to see star pianist Evgeny Kissin at the keyboards. Henning Kasten does a marvelous job with video direction and keeps this an engaging hour and a half watch.
The Philarmoniker hall is a brilliant venue with 360 degree sight lines as the audience literally surrounds the stage. There is blue accent lighting but the colors look quite realistic and details are stunning, particularly the close ups of the players’ instruments and hands.
Like a number of the Berliner Philharmoniker concerts that I have watched, there is a natural quality to the sound and a realistic perspective of piano and orchestra in the Grieg concerto.
Any program that the Berliner Philharmoniker puts together represents a continuation of a 130-year old tradition that has included some of the most famous conductors of all time: Hans von Bulow, Arthur Nikisch, Wilhelm Furtwangler, Sergiu Celibidache, Herbert von Karajan, and Claudio Abbado. Maestro Simon Rattle has occupied this honored post for the past decade and has elevated his players to an even higher level. The ability to bring off minor orchestral pieces as if they were major masterpieces is a supreme measure of greatness. If this were not enough, we get a rendezvous with one of the best pianists on the planet. Evgeny Kissin. This well recorded BD yields 90 minutes of unabated pleasure and will wear well with continued playings. © 2012 Blu-rayDefinition.com Read complete review