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Recording Date: 2004
Place of recording: Philharmonie Köln
Running Time: 156 min
Picture Format: 16:9
Sound Format: PCM Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1
Menu Languages NTSC: D, F, GB, SP
Subtitle Languages NTSC: F, SP
Specials: Portrait Semyon Bychkov "The Horizon Moves with You" in 2 languages (D, GB), subtitles in F, SP
“It's a long time since we've had such satisfying accounts of either work, free of any idiosyncra- sies, adeptly paced and in a clear, warm acoustic. The oboe(s), clarinet(s) and horns make outstanding contributions. Visually, Hans Hadulla (director) and Lothar Mattner (editor) are classy and imaginative without being intrusive (except, arguably, at the end of the First Symphony); they make the most of the medium and eschew any gimmickry. Particularly fine are the long steadicam shots that introduce and end each performance. The documentary on Bychkov also comes highly recommended – international locations, crisply and atmospherically shot, eloquent contributions from the conductor, and a particularly touching sequence as he celebrates the 95th birthday of his teacher, Ilya Musin.”
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