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Kirk McElhearn
MusicWeb International, July 2012

These concertos were filmed between 1986 and 1989 on 35mm film, and were transferred to HD video for this release. While parts are a bit grainy, others look nearly perfect, even though they all have slightly faded colour. Originally shot in 4:3, they have been transferred to 16:9 yet the letter-boxing is barely noticeable. The sound is excellent throughout...

Daniel Barenboim conducts from the piano, playing the concertos without scores, and it is obvious that he is fully immersed in this music. The (all-male) Berlin Philharmonic goes all out, providing some thrilling moments when the entire orchestra is playing. It also has the subtlety to make the more intimate parts of these works sound like chamber symphonies. Since this is standard repertoire, they seem to be very comfortable with the music, and Daniel Barenboim also seems right at home.

With more than four hours of music, and with some wonderful performances of Mozart’s last 8 piano concertos, this is a real bargain. Barenboim and the Berlin Philharmonic are a good match for these works, and these restorations provide excellent audio and video quality. © 2012 MusicWeb International Read complete review




Lawrence Devoe
Blu-rayDefinition.com, May 2012

Simply put, you get eight masterpieces of the piano repertoire that will not likely have better versions any time soon. I am delighted that EuroArts remastered the films of a musical legend who, at the height of his powers, gives us wonderfully played Mozart. Regarding the individual concertos, all featuring the fast-slow-fast three-movement structure of the era, picking a favorite is like admitting to having a favorite child. However, off the record, go to Piano Concerto No. 25, and be amazed, very amazed! Even some of the lesser known works, like Nos. 22 and 23, are given their just due by maestro Barenboim and his Berliners. While some viewers might want take these films individually, I just OD’d for four hours plus and never noticed the passage of time…get this magnificent Mozart BD while it’s hot! © 2012 Blu-rayDefinition.com Read complete review






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