Stockholm‘s Vasa Museum harbours an extraordinary historical attraction: a large, fully intact sailing ship from the 17th Century, the “Vasa”. The ship was laid down in 1626. It took some 400 shipyard workers no more than two years to turn a thousand felled oak trees into a proud ship ready for her maiden voyage. Yet before she had even sailed out of port, the “Vasa” capsized and sank. All initial attempts to salvage the wreck remained fruitless, with only fi fty-three of the sixty-four bronze canons being recovered.
It was to be another three hundred years before the “Vasa” was found in 1953, buried at a depth of 32 metres. It was decided the wreck should be salvaged. Years of work ensued to drill tunnels beneath the keel of the ship, steel cables were then strung through the tunnels and the completely undamaged ship was lifted to the light of day. Once exposed to the atmosphere, the ship had to be spraytreated to ensure its future preservation. Nowadays, the huge exhibition hall of the Vasa Museum is home to the ancient ship, which measures 69 metres in length, almost 12 metres in width and weighs 1,210 tonnes. At a keel-to-mast height of some 52 metres, the Vasa‘s masts are forced to protrude from the museum‘s roof. These unusual surroundings formed the venue for the Berliner Philharmoniker‘s 1998 European Concert in Sweden, which was conducted by Claudio Abbado.
Sound Format: PCM STEREO, DD 5.1
Picture Format: 16:9
DVD Format: DVD 9, PAL
Running Time: 100 mins
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