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Wagner: Lohengrin, prelude to act 1; Elgar: Cello Concerto, Op. 85; Ligeti: Atmospheres; Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps / Sol Gabetta, cello; Simon Rattle, Berlin PO [Blu-ray]

Notes & Reviews:

Sir Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker contrasted the prelude to Wagner’s Lohengrin and György Ligeti’s orchestral piece Atmosphères perfectly, demonstrating that they both employ different styles to pursue a similar objective – an iridescent, otherworldly sound. •Star cellist Sol Gabetta gave an outstanding interpretation of Elgar’s Cello Concerto: the final great work of the composer, full of melancholy and a sense of farewell. •In contrast to Elgar, Igor Stravinsky’s Le Sacre du Printemps is focused on the future. In their previous performances, the Berliner Philharmoniker and Simon Rattle have shown that this work, despite its inherent modernity, also provides a wealth of sensual pleasure. “The musicians breezed through the Sacre with ridiculous virtuosity, as laid-back as if it were a mambo on a dance floor on a Caribbean beach.” (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung). •Cross-promotion with Sony’s Sol Gabetta album (Martinu: Cello Concerto No. 1 & Elgar Cello Concerto), to be released on Nov 4, 2016. The Elgar Cello Concerto album audio is identical with the audio on the DVD and as it was also taken from the Baden-Baden live recording. Recorded live at the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, 2014, directed by Torben Schmidt Jacobsen

Notes & Reviews:

Run Time: 90 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: Blu-Ray, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): PCM Stereo, DTS HD Master Audio 5.1


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