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The Berlin Philharmonic play beautifully especially at the section following the storm. Karajan appears to be completely overcome by the passionate BPO strings. I would dare say Karajan gave this music his all to prove how valuable this piece is in the repetoir.
The storm sequence is wonderfully played. I wish the cameraman could have captured a shot of the wind machine...as i have never seen one before. Other than that though there are some fabulous shots of Karajan's conducting, strings, brass, woodwinds, ect. The only neglected section is the percussion section. The picture appears clear, and the sonics are great in my opinion.
The music itself really packs a wollop and deserves to be played on a quality surround sound system. This is my introduction to the Karajan Legacy Series and i am very impressed with this recording of the Alpine Symphony.
The concert itself consisted of the two orchestras playing the 'Psalm' movement from the First Symphony of Israeli composer, Paul Ben-Haim. Then the IPO alone accompanied a 14-year-old German violinist, Viviane Hagner, in Saint-Saëns's 'Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso for Violin and Orchestra.' Following this the BPO returned the favor by accompanying a young Israeli clarinetist, Sharon Kam, in Carl Maria von Weber's 'Concertino for Clarinet and Orchestra in E flat.' Both young soloists turned in wonderful performances, and who could miss the symbolism of a young German playing with the Israeli orchestra and a young Israeli soloing with the German orchestra?
Then the two orchestras combined again--the BPO in black tuxedos, the IPO in white dinner jackets--to play an incredibly nuanced performance of Ravel's 'La Valse.' It was utterly amazing to hear the delicacy and accuracy of such a huge assemblage of musicians. Again, there was some hidden symbolism: Ravel, a Jew, had composed the piece in homage to the waltz, product of Vienna, an earlier bastion of anti-Semitism.
This was followed by a powerful performance, again with both orchestras but with some shifting of principal players, of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony. I must say that it was moving to see BPO players sharing music desks with their IPO confreres.
After the concert Mr Mehta made a short speech about how long this important day had been in coming and then he introduced the mayors of Tel Aviv and Berlin to tumultuous applause from the capacity audience.
Also included on the DVD is an 11-minute documentary about the concert, how it came about and what it meant to its participants. There were views of the rehearsals along with comments by Mehta and Daniel Barenboim, himself a citizen of Israel and the conductor of the BPO on their just-concluded tour of Israel.
The DVD of this concert is satisfying for both the emotional and political reasons it was arranged, but also for the musical performances preserved. Both sound and sight are exemplary. .....
The Neapolitan songs actually outnumber the operatic arias by nine to five, and the audience approves loudly and at great length (applause takes up quite a bit of the hour). This is the music Pavarotti was born to sing; its archetypes are "O sole mio" and "Torna a Sorrento," and by no coincidence, they bring the program to a tumultuous conclusion. --Joe McLellan
I also bought the Live at the Carnegie Hall concert on VHS from Alligator when it was released and while his and Roy Buchanon and Lonnie Mack's performances on that are great, I just never liked the atmosphere on that video. It's all brightly lit with no color lights like any normal concerts have.
If you are interested in seeing the Iceman perform, buy this DVD, the only drawback is that it's barely an hour long because it was from a TV show.