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The Salzburg Concerts: Beethoven, Mozart, Tcahikovsky / Barenboim [DVD]

Album Summary

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sinfonia concertante for Winds in E flat major, K 297b (K Anh 9)
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Leonore Overture no 3 in C major, Op. 72a
>Schoenberg, Arnold : Variations for Orchestra, Op. 31
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Symphony no 6 in B minor, Op. 74 "Pathetique"
Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Recorded at the 2007 Salzburg Festival, comes the incredible concert of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra. Founded by Daniel Barenboim and Edward Said, the youth orchestra, based in Sevilla, Spain, consists of musicians from middle-eastern countries like Egypt, Iran, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon and Palestine. The ensemble, created to help promote understanding and peace, has been raved by Munich's Abenzeitung who says it, "proved its status as a first-class orchestra that has no need to shy from comparisons with the philharmonic 'top dogs' from Vienna or Berlin."

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Excellent performances indeed, particularly the Schoenberg... Excellent video and audio...

Notes & Reviews:

Run Time: 125 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: NTSC, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM 2.0, DTS 5.1



Reviews

Barenboim delivers
When a performance is conducted by Daniel Barenboim, it is natural to expect good things. In this case, he is conducting the West Eastern Divan Orchestra which consists of young musicians from Israel, Palestine, and various Arab countries. And Barenboim and his musicians deliver.

The program consists of Beethoven’s “Leonore III” Overture (Op. 72), Schoenberg’s “Variations for Orchestra (Op. 31)”, and Tchaikovsky’s “Pathetique” Symphony (No. 6 in B minor, Op. 74). A bonus is Mozart’s “Sonfonia concertante in E-flat Major, K. 297b. The Beethoven is well performed, featuring some nice horn work from young people in the orchestra. As for the Schoenberg…well…I’m not fond of Schoenberg and while the piece was played well, I have no desire to listen to it again. This is my failing, not Mr. Barenboim’s or the orchestra. The Tchaikovsky, however, is really nice, and the string sections sound great. Mr. Barenboim’s conducting style is very direct and gently guiding, although it is very clear what he is expecting, when he is expecting it, and that the orchestra wants to give it to him. Finally, the Mozart is just wonderful, featuring some delightful bassoon and oboe work from the orchestra, as well as really eloquent string work from the violins and violas. Good stuff.

I enjoyed this disc, minus the Schoenberg, and am pleased to have it in my collection.

Submitted on 08/06/12 by KlingonOpera 
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Works Details

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sinfonia concertante for Winds in E flat major, K 297b (K Anh 9)
  • Conductor: Daniel Barenboim
  • Ensemble: West-Eastern Divan Orchestra
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: ?1778

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Leonore Overture no 3 in C major, Op. 72a
  • Conductor: Daniel Barenboim
  • Ensemble: West-Eastern Divan Orchestra
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1805-1806

>Schoenberg, Arnold : Variations for Orchestra, Op. 31
  • Conductor: Daniel Barenboim
  • Ensemble: West-Eastern Divan Orchestra
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1926-1928

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Symphony no 6 in B minor, Op. 74 "Pathétique"
  • Conductor: Daniel Barenboim
  • Ensemble: West-Eastern Divan Orchestra
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1893