Being the typically “Berliner” events they are, the annual summer concerts of the Berliner Philharmoniker at the Berlin Waldbühne far surpass the usual in open-air shows and are generally sold out months in advance. A traditional part of these concerts involves the early arrival of the guests who, laden with the requisite picnic paraphernalia, take their seats with a view to enjoying the hours until “their” Philharmonic gala is ready to begin. While there is little likelihood of finding the majority of these concert-goers at a “regular” performance of the Berliner Philharmoniker, the unique atmosphere of the Waldbühne – one of the most attractive amphitheatres in Europe – is irresistibly appealing and has long been the Mecca of many classical music fans.
The world-famous conductor, Seiji Ozawa, joined the Berliner Philharmoniker at the Waldbühne for the “Russian Night”, which naturally focused on music by great Russian composers. The outstanding Overture from Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Symphony, whose battle noise and canon fire are reminiscent of the Russian victory over the Napoleonic invaders, was just one of the items on the programme. With an orchestra as fabulous as the Berliner Philharmoniker plus a conductor as passionate as Seiji Ozawa, the success of the concert was a foregone conclusion.
Sound Format: PCM STEREO, DD 5.1
Picture Format: 4:3
DVD Format: DVD 9, PAL
Running Time: 98 mins
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