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Richard A. Kaplan
Fanfare, July 2013

Berlin Philharmonic in Singapore - RACHMANINOV, S.: Symphonic Dances / MAHLER, G.: Symphony No. 1 (Rattle) (NTSC) 2058908
Berlin Philharmonic in Singapore - RACHMANINOV, S.: Symphonic Dances / MAHLER, G.: Symphony No. 1, ‘Titan’ (Rattle) (3D Blu-ray, Full-HD) 2058904

Rattle, conducting both works from memory, presents mostly mainstream interpretations, and the Philharmoniker delivers polished performances.

The production is quite good; sound is impressive for a live event, and the video direction gives us many closeups of principal wind players when their parts are prominent. The picture is decent on the DVD, but spectacular on the Blu-ray…the colors are fantastic…

Recommended to collectors of concert videos. © 2013 Fanfare Read complete review



Anne Shelley
Music Media Monthly, March 2013

Berlin Philharmonic in Singapore - RACHMANINOV, S.: Symphonic Dances / MAHLER, G.: Symphony No. 1 (Rattle) (NTSC) 2058908
Berlin Philharmonic in Singapore - RACHMANINOV, S.: Symphonic Dances / MAHLER, G.: Symphony No. 1, ‘Titan’ (Rattle) (3D Blu-ray, Full-HD) 2058904

Symphonic Dances was Rachmaninov’s last work, composed the year of his death, and in it he combines energy and his gift for writing haunting melodies with nostalgia for his homeland…the performance of Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 is glorious. The orchestra takes us expertly through the moodiness of movement one, and the second movement is thrilling…The camera work is spectacular and the audio quality is stunning. Highly recommended. © 2013 Music Media Monthly Read complete review



Robert Benson
ClassicalCDReview.com, March 2013

Berlin Philharmonic in Singapore - RACHMANINOV, S.: Symphonic Dances / MAHLER, G.: Symphony No. 1 (Rattle) (NTSC) 2058908
Berlin Philharmonic in Singapore - RACHMANINOV, S.: Symphonic Dances / MAHLER, G.: Symphony No. 1, `Titan` (Rattle) (3D Blu-ray, Full-HD) 2058904

These Berlin Philharmonic/Sir Simon Rattle DVDs are terrific! The BPO is in top form throughout, and virtuosity of individual players is what one would expect. Audio is extraordinarily fine—those mighty Mahler climaxes will thrill audiophiles. This is an exciting release! © 2013 ClassicalCDReview.com Read complete review






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