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Lynn René Bayley
Fanfare, May 2014

ALL-STARS ORCHESTRA (THE): Program 1: Music for the Theater / Program 2: What Makes A Masterpiece? (G. Schwarz) (NTSC) 2.110348
ALL-STARS ORCHESTRA (THE): Program 3: The New World and Its Music / Program 4: Politics and Art (G. Schwarz) (NTSC) 2.110349
ALL-STARS ORCHESTRA (THE): Program 5: Relationships in Music / Program 6: The Living Art Form (G. Schwarz) (NTSC) 2.110350

These are the first three DVDs of a four-disc series issued by Naxos and featuring “The All-Star Orchestra,”…

Whether individually or as a set, these discs are well recommended for neophyte classical listeners age 16 and up. And because it’s all on DVDs, the programs can be watched in portions at a time, one show or two at a time, backed up if you want to relisten to what someone said about the music, etc. Here it is, folks: Music Education 101 for the 21st century! © 2014 Fanfare Read complete review



Mel Martin
Audiophile Audition, January 2014

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ALL-STARS ORCHESTRA (THE): Program 1: Music for the Theater / Program 2: What Makes A Masterpiece? (G. Schwarz) (NTSC) 2.110348
ALL-STARS ORCHESTRA (THE): Program 3: The New World and Its Music / Program 4: Politics and Art (G. Schwarz) (NTSC) 2.110349
ALL-STARS ORCHESTRA (THE): Program 5: Relationships in Music / Program 6: The Living Art Form (G. Schwarz) (NTSC) 2.110350
ALL-STARS ORCHESTRA (THE): Program 7: Music`s Emotional Impact / Program 8: Mahler: Love, Sorrow and Transcendence (G. Schwarz) (NTSC) 2.110351

This set of DVDs is an outgrowth of the PBS/WNET series of concerts performed by a made-for-TV orchestra composed of the best players drawn from 22 states—from orchestras in New York, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, Seattle and more. The finest players were chosen to make up this one-of-a-kind symphony orchestra.

The performances are uniformly excellent. The musicianship on display is always good, at times astonishing.

…every work here is performed with precision and just electrified energy.

All the discs are worth owning for the music alone. © 2014 Audiophile Audition Read complete review



Chris Morgan
Scene Magazine, January 2014

This collection of DVDs comprise the eight episode first season of Gerard Schwarz’s made-for-television classical music concert series, The All-Star Orchestra. Each one hour program features an assemblage of top-notch musicians from leading American orchestras performing repertoire selected to appeal to a broad audience. The performances seen here were filmed using 19 high-definition cameras, which provide an immersive viewing experience that is supplemented by revealing behind-the-scenes footage. The sound engineering is first rate as well…Finally, the commanding yet friendly onscreen personality of veteran conductor Gerard Schwarz makes him an ideal guide through the intersection of traditional and modern orchestral music. Entertaining and educational. © 2014 Scene Magazine Read complete review





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