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 fi nding 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.
French Night is subtitled this exceptional concert delivering a program of French favorites under the baton of Georges Prêtre. The concert begins with Berlioz‘ Roman Carnival Overture, Ravel‘s Concerto for the Left Hand with soloist Leon Fleisher follows by Debussy‘s L‘Après-Midi d‘un Faune, Bizet’s Carmen-Suite and finally Ravel’s famous Bolero.
Sound Format: PCM Stereo, DD 5.1 , DTS 5.1
Picture Format: 4:3
DVD Format: DVD 9, PAL
Running Time: 99 mins
Click on any of the works listed above for alternative recordings.