The New York Philharmonic - America’s preeminent symphony orchestra - gave “A Concert for New York” to mark the tenth anniversary of the events of 9/11. What work could be better suited to the occasion than Mahler’s “Resurrection” Symphony with its “evocation of every aspect of life” and “its profound sense of hope”, as the Philharmonic’s Music Director Alan Gilbert put it? This concert became an unforgettable event, a “consistently impressive” performance with “gripping playing”, “magnificent” soloists and an “excellent” chorus (New York Times).
BONUS (tbc): Alan Gilbert & Zubin Mehta about “A Concert for New York”
Picture Format DVD: NTSC 16:9
Sound Formats DVD: Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1, PCM Stereo
Region Code: 0 (worldwide)
Running Time: approx. 96 min (tbc)
Running Time Bonus: approx. 15 min (tbc)
Disc Format: DVD 9
The Arts Desk
14th December 2011
“Mahler’s extravagance must be appealing to DVD producers. With this music there’s a wide dynamic range and huge forces to watch...it’s predictably an emotive occasion. And Alan Gilbert’s performance is pretty sound, even if you crave a little more recklessness and excess. The recorded sound is a little raw, and you do get a feel for the sheer terror which this symphony can evoke”
“Alan Gilbert has the right sense of momentum and expectation”
“Gilbert's is an account that, at least initially, seems determined not to wear its heart on its sleeve. But then it scarcely needs to...de Young's lustrous Wagnerian instrument makes an undoubted impact in the 'Urlicht' ...Roschmann's heartfelt contribution is another definite plus, pitch-perfect or not...However, this DVD release is not designed solely for those focused on music-making. Presentation and packaging signify a ritual of remembrance.”
“There's a certain interpretative cautiousness apparent in Gilbert's reading from the outset...The playing is very good throughout, and never lacks for conviction - this is a wonderful orchestra on excellent form - but what left me less satisfied was a shortage of imagination in Gilbert's conducting...Whatever reservations I might have about the performance are perhaps a side issue to the real significance of the event itself”
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