Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Mozart Violin Concertos 1-5 Sinfonia Concertante in E Flat / Harnoncourt Kremer Wiener Philharmoniker|
Actors: Gidon Kremer, Kim Kashkashian, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Musicals & Performing Arts
Solid Mozart violin concertos from Gidon Kremer
Mike Birman | Brooklyn, New York USA | 06/16/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Gidon Kremer is a fine, understated violinist firmly in the great Russian tradition; a combination of Heifetz and Oistrakh in his approach to the instrument. His analytical technique is well suited to Mozart's Classical style concertos: all of the 5 concertos a product of 1775 when the composer was 19 and still finding his way. The first 2 concertos are workmanlike efforts, less memorable than the final 3. Mozart seems to have found his voice by the third concerto, which is as beautiful as anything the youthful composer ever composed early in his brief career.
This DVD features Nikolaus Harnoncourt conducting a stripped-down Vienna Philharmonic. Though the sound is that of modern instruments, the so-called authentic style informs everything else about these performances. Harnoncourt extracts whatever Romantic era impulses the superb Vienna players may have, leaving behind a clean, swift, relatively vibrato-free performance that someone like John Eliot Gardiner might very well provide. These performances were filmed in the 1980's when the period performance movement was just beginning to tackle the Classical era composers. It is that zeitgeist that hangs over these recordings. I like this cleaner, fleeter style of Mozart: as long as the expressiveness and beauty peculiar to his music are not removed. I am happy to say that the Mozartian beauty and emotional expressiveness of these 5 violin concertos are left intact. They are superb performances, easy to recommend. Joining Kremer in a performance of the Sinfonia Concertante is Kim Kashkashian. She is splendid, playing with great fire and sensitivity. The Sinfonia is a masterpiece that deserves to be even better known than it is. These performances are only the second time the Vienna Philharmonic have recorded all of Mozart's violin concertos. The first were Itzhak Perlman's recordings under James Levine. Kremer uses newly scored cadenzas by the pianist and early music master Robert Levin. They are quite good.
These DVDs have an NTSC picture format shot full-screen with an aspect ratio of 4:3. The picture is crystal clear, digitally remastered. The region code is 0 worldwide. Sound formats are PCM stereo and DTS 5.1 Digital Surround Sound. The DTS provides greater spatial depth and rear speaker ambiance but both are superbly clear, well-focussed and live sounding. Menus are in English. Extras include DGG promos and catalogues. Total time of these discs is 153 minutes.
Excellent performances in the modern stripped-down style make these DVDs easy to recommend. Gidon Kremer performs beautifully, as do all hands. Strongly recommended.
Great Music poor visual
snerdly | California | 07/22/2006
(2 out of 5 stars)
"The sound is ahead of the picture, and while it is very slight, those of us (probably not too many) who are bothered by that will find this difficult to watch. Musically, in lyric sections, Kremer has a tendency to let the sound die in a very predictable and non-singing style. Lastly, since it is a dvd....seeing Gidon Kremer in so many closeups with his mouth hanging open (even if his teeth would be perfect) is not an experience I want to revisit very often."
Mozart Violin Concertos 1-5 & Sinfonia Concertante in E Flat
Soph | Amarillo, Texas | 08/12/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I enjoyed watching and listening to these performances. The sound at times is minutely behind the execution. But it is so slight that I was still able to ascertain the main objective I bought this DVD for and that was style and bow distribution of the concertos. These musicians performed in the Mozart style of even tones and open strings. It has crisp articulations for the most part. The dynamics and musical phrasing were overall present true to the Mozart style. I have about 4 other CD recordings of these concertos and interpretation is slightly different on all recordings. When Kremer went from piano to forte it was not quite so rough. It was still pretty. There were a few times when a note here and a note there disappeared when the soloist crossed from the E String notes to the A String notes in third position. I thought the orchestra was a touch too loud in some of the mid-range of the violin solo. The violin/viola duet was well played, but again some of the viola solo notes disappeared just a little on the lower strings in mid to low range. The overall performances are very good. I am glad I bought it. I bought the cheap one which I am sure it is generic, but it suited my purpose. Suffice to say the more expensive ones may be better quality. There is not enough info on the Amazon site to tell one if this is a fact."