The Pyongyang Concert (DVD)

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The Pyongyang Concert (DVD)


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6th October 2008

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29th Sept 2008




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The Pyongyang Concert (DVD)

East Pyongyang Grand Theatre, Pyongyang - North Korea, 26th February 2008


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Read Presto's complete review of this disc here.

Hundreds of millions watched the historic concert on television. Now exclusively on DVD: the New York Philharmonic concert in Pyongyang.

Music became diplomacy when this courageous musical project united Americans and North Koreans.

The musicians went from strength to strength in a beautiful programme which illustrated the excellence of the orchestra.

Lorin Maazel once more proved his reputation as one of the best contemporary conductors.

Includes previously unreleased documentary with 53 min of exclusive material.

"Astounding was the fact that the orchestra played the North Korean national anthem and the Star Spangled Banner on a stage flanked by flags of both nations … a rare moment of harmony, proving the power of music that bridges the divides." The Korea Times (South Korea)

"For at least 90 minutes in a theatre in Pyongyang it was possible … to believe that 55 years of cold-war hostility were coming to an end." James Miles, The Economist

Presto Classical

6th October 2008

“Both fascinating and enjoyable, this comes warmly recommended.”

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