This DVD presents a wonderful recording of the opening concert of the Salzburger Festspiele from 2012 – an annual highlight on the Classical Music calendar traditionally performed by the vibrant heart of the festival: the Wiener Philharmoniker.
The program from 2012 was Russian themed with a focus on the most profound questions of human life with excellent interpretations of Igor Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms, Modest Mussorgsky’s Songs and Dances of Death and Sergei Prokofiev’s Fifth Symphony.
The concert is conducted by Valery Gergiev, general and artistic director of the Mariinsky Theatre, winner of the Herbert-von-Karajan Award and the Polar Music Prize. Russian tenor Sergei Semishkur, soloist at the Mariinsky theatre, excels in his intense interpretation of Mussorgsky’s Songs and Dances of Death.
Picture format DVD: NTSC 16:9
Sound formats DVD: PCM Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.0, DTS 5.0
Region code: All (worldwide)
Booklet notes: English, German, French
Running time: 90 mins
Awards Issue 2013
“the Philharmonic - and particularly the Vienna State Opera Chorus - render Stravinsky's Psalms with biting urgency, with rhythm and transparency of sound effectively replacing their usual lushness.”
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