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A beautiful document of the outstanding contribution Sir Simon Rattle has made to the music world in his work with one of the greatest orchestras, the Berliner Philharmoniker.
A perfect choice of programme: The best-known symphonic works of Borodin and Mussorgsky with immediate visceral impact on the audience.
The wonderful encore, Shostakovich´s Polka from The Golden Age is announced by Sir Simon Rattle as crazy – it represents the prolonging of the process of modernization set in motion by Borodin and Mussorgsky.
A feast for music lovers.
The second Blu-ray Disc of Sir Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker on EuroArts.
"The musicians are very articulate, they are very open, they are very curious. They always want to know why we are doing something. They don't just do it – they are not an obedient orchestra in that way, but they are a very creative orchestra.” Sir Simon Rattle
Picture format BD: 1080i Full HD - 16:9
Sounds formats BD: PCM 2.0, PCM 5.1
Region code: All
Booklet notes: English, German, French
Running time: 91 mins
“…is a sophisticated Russian New Year's Eve event from Berlin. …the impression remains that Rattle brings off the subtler, more atmospheric passages best.”
“Technically speaking this is an outstanding issue…picture quality and colour balance are exceptional…the sound-picture [is] clear and truthfully balanced…The Berlin Philharmonic's playing is as impressive as ever…Simon Rattle is as charismatic as ever…it is a joy to watch him engaging so obviously with Borodin's languorous Oriental melodies”
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