, August 2012
Here are pieces literally tailor-made for this group (Berliner Philharmoniker) with enough variety to hold any viewer’s interest for the 105-minute running time. If this were not enough, a one hour documentary on the group with interviews, snapshots of performance venues around the world, including Beijing, adds fascinating information. Well directed and beautifully recorded, this disc provides a truly spell-binding experience.
It is hard to praise director Michael Beyer’s work enough. What could have been a rather dull viewing experience in the hands of others becomes a terrific watch with just enough variety in camera work, shoot angles, and movement. The color palette is beautiful to behold.
The cello is a warm instrument so very close to the timbre of the human voice that it truly sings. Here the audio engineers work their magic and give us a wonderful idea of how beautiful these large instruments really sound.
Here are superb instrumentalists, each a virtuoso, playing together like an extended family. The program is varied and while it contains a number of favorite short works, like the Faure Pavane or the Ravel Vocalise, the real discoveries are the pop pieces that show how adeptly this group functions in crossover mode. While it is hard to pick favorites from so many good pieces, I must confess that the 12’s rendition of “As Time Goes By” just did me in. The cameos contributed by soprano Dasch and hornman Bronner just made everything even better. Really, not a weak link in the repertory chain, this concert is offered in nearly as good as it gets videography and sound recording. I would recommend that you let your curiosity be your guide and get this BD before it disappears…from the current catalog. You will be rewarded well beyond your expectations. © 2012 Blu-rayDefinition.com Read complete review