Recording Date: 1997
Place of recording: Gewandhaus Leipzig
Running Time: 82 min
Picture Format: 4:3
Sound Format: PCM Stereo, Dolby Digital
Menu Languages PAL: D, GB, F, I, SP, NL, S
Menu Languages NTSC: GB, F, SP, JP
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“This concert's visual interest rests squarely on the players and conductor; its setting is the anodyne modern Gewandhaus auditorium. Fortunately the director doesn't resort to Karajanesque gimmickry to compensate. Masur is a pleasure to watch as he shapes his interpretations, underpinned by the orchestra's clear, airy textures, which come over with proper clarity in the Dolby Digital Stereo soundtrack. His Dream Overture has plenty of fleet-footed magic, and needs only more of a smile. Erben, the orchestra's leader, is a fluent, committed but unspectacular soloist in the concerto, and is none the worse for that; it's refreshing to hear Mendelssohn speaking for himself. The Scottish Symphony is a fine performance, capturing the first movement's melancholy with great grace, and there's plenty of energy in the Scherzo and final movement. Only the Wedding March seems rather short of vitality. Visually natural if not especially exciting, it's an engaging programme, and represents a decent body of music for the money.”
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