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Various: New Year's Gala '97: Berlin Philharmonic [DVD]

Album Summary

>Bizet, Georges : Carmen, opera
>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini, Op. 43
>Sarasate, Pablo de : Carmen Fantasy for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 25
>Ravel, Maurice : Rapsodie espagnole
>Falla, Manuel de : El amor brujo
>Brahms, Johannes : Hungarian Dances (21) for Orchestra, WoO 1
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

ClassicalCDReview.com - Robert Benson
Abbado in a brightly festive mood can be observed on this DVD of the Berlin Philharmonic's 1997 New Year's Gala, a rather odd program generally based on Carmen. It begins with minimal highlights from the opera featuring Anne Sophie Von Otter, seen and heard to far greater advantage than she was in the wretched 2003 David McVicar production. Roberto Alagna is Don JosT and Bryn Terfel Escamillo, assisted by choruses. Each of the principals has but one aria. Pletnev is the sterling soloist in the Rachmaninoff Paganini Rhapsody, Gil Shaham gives a spectacular reading of Sarasate's Carmen Fantasy, and Abbado and the famed orchestra are at their virtuoso best throughout. The stereo sound is adequate, video quality excellent. This is worth owning to experience a splendid concert conducted by Abbado.

Notes & Reviews:

Run Time: 85 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: NTSC, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM Stereo, Dolby 2.0
Country of Origin: Germany



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Works Details

>Bizet, Georges : Carmen, opera :: Excerpt(s)
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1873-1874
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini, Op. 43
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1934
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Sarasate, Pablo de : Carmen Fantasy for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 25
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: ?1883
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Ravel, Maurice : Rapsodie espagnole
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1907-1908
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Falla, Manuel de : El amor brujo
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1914-1915
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Brahms, Johannes : Hungarian Dances (21) for Orchestra, WoO 1 :: no 5 in G minor
  • Performers: Roberto Alagna (Tenor); Anne von Otter (Mezzo Soprano); Bryn Terfel (Baritone); Gil Shaham (Violin); Mikhail Pletnev (Piano)
  • Conductor: Claudio Abbado
  • Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1868
  • Studio/Live: Live