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|The Art of Conducting - Legendary Conductors of a Golden Era|
Actors: Sergiu Celibidache, Wilhelm Furtwangler
Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Musicals & Performing Arts, Documentary
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I really enjoyed this!
Alan Majeska | Bad Axe, MI, USA | 08/27/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I really enjoyed Teldec's DVD, "The Art of Conducting: Legendary Conductors of a Golden Era," which features excellent footage and information about conductors Wilhelm Mengelberg, Erich Kleiber, Charles Munch, Wilhelm Furtwangler, Sergiu Celibidache,and Evgeny Mravinsky with commentaries by Otto Edelmann, Yehudi Menuhin, Daniel Barenboim, Bernard Haitink, various record producers and orchestra players whose names I cannot recall. Within the DVD are 3 short films by Wilhelm Mengelberg and the Concertgebouw Orchestra filmed in Paris: Berlioz "Rackokzy March, from LE DAMNATION DE FAUST", Bizet's Adagietto, from L'ARLESSIENE; and Weber's OBERON Overture. I knew little about Mengelberg until seeing this DVD, and have none of his recordings, until now, so this is of great value. (There are some of his Brahms Symphonies now available in the Naxos "Historical" series).
The footage of Munch (Debussy's LA MER, Ravel DAPHNIS ET CHLOE, Berlioz SYMPHONIE FANTASTIQUE: IV and IV) and Celibidache is very interesting, as is the track devoted to Wilhelm Furtwangler and the Berlin Philharmonic playing Richard Strauss's TILL EULENSPIEGEL's MERRY PRANKS.
The black and white film is very clear, and mono sound very fine in the Furtwangler sections. Celibidache (another conductor about whom I know little, due to the fact he made no studio recordings after about 1950) is also interesting to watch: in the 1947 Beethoven EGMONT OVERTURE film; the 1964 Stuttgart rehearsal of Strauss (again) TILL EULENSPIEGEL; and the 1991 Munich concert of Dvorak's "New World" Symphony: I, which shows an elderly, white haired Celibidache with restricted movements, a huge contrast to his much more dramatic, athletic conducting style from the 1940s and 60s!
If you are interested in conductors of the 20th century, you will find this of value. There are some segments with less than good sound: esp. from Mravinsky in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg, Russia), but overall the sound is very good. I am impressed with the sound quality in the 1930s and 40s segments, and enjoy the thoughts of other musicians interspersed throughout this DVD. Highly recommended."
Rare video documents
Sergey Sh. | Moscow Russia | 03/28/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This two-hours DVD is a continue to "The Art of Conducting - Great Conductors of the Past" issued by Teldec some years before. To be compared it contains less interviews and more long video excerpts including some full performances such as R.Strauss by Furtwangler, Weber by Mengelberg and J.Strauss by Kleiber.
Also Celibidache and Mravinsky excerpts are informative and interesting.
Karajan, Cluytens,Talich, Scherchen are presented by very small excerpts and it is more marketing for label than information."
Rare Celibidache footage.
Sergey Sh. | 02/15/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Worth the price if only for the rare footage of the great legendary Celibidache. Truly magnificent display of greatness and incite."
Joshua Cohen | Alameda, CA United States | 05/14/2007
(1 out of 5 stars)
"This DVD was less than satisfying. Although some of the interviews are good, the DVD does not show technique or delve into the individual conducting styles of the various highlighted individuals. Archive footage sometimes ignores the conductor altogether and pans around the orchestra.
An interesting DVD for general information. A non-starter for the musically trained or someone actually looking for a resource for the art of conducting."