This 1977 release features a great conductor, Zubin Mehta, leading a great orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, that he had made his own by the time of this filming. The concert features some staples of the orchestral repertory that receive topnotch performances. Audio and video properties are not at today’s level but still decent enough to provide enjoyment.
EuroArts gives us a rare glimpse of Hans Pfitzner’s masterpiece, Palestrina, with a no-holds barred production from the Bayerische Staatsoper. The huge cast and orchestra deliver as good a performance as we are likely to see of this large and often uneven opera that should set the standard for some time to come.
This recital is an opportunity to see the possible next superstar in the piano galaxy. Nobuyuki Tsujii, an exceptional artist, tackles some of the biggest works in the literature and comes up a winner. Except for some video issues, this is a worthy release that should be seen by lovers of the piano repertoire.
Twelve cellists from the Berliner Philharmoniker celebrate the group’s 40th anniversary with a stellar and varied concert program, ably abetted by soprano Annette Dasch and trumpeter Till Bronner. Sonics and visuals are stunning and a documentary on the group’s history adds further interest to a superb release from EuroArts
The final eight Mozart piano concertos receive virtuosic rendition by legendary pianist/conductor Daniel Barenboim and the Berliner Philharmoniker. These late 1980′s films may not be the last word in high definition picture or high resolution sound but the performance quality trumps any technical reservations.