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|Oscar Peterson A Night in Vienna|
Actor: Oscar Peterson
Genres: Indie & Art House, Music Video & Concerts
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A little slower, but still a great musician
Jeff Phillips | Orlando,Fl | 12/03/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I have to disagree with a few of the other reviewers, whom are obviously not musicians. Yes, Oscar is much slower, arthritis does that to you. Yes, the fast tempos are not what they used to be. Nevertheless, when it all connects, it still swings. His compostions continue to be inspiring and I play some of them in my own group. The other three members of the quartet are world class and overall, despite whatever short comings age brings, it is still a learning experience to watch and hear the concert. For true Oscar fans, there is a mystique about him at this point. The fans know they won't hear what they heard 15 years ago. They are there to see a living jazz icon. There will never be anyone like him again. I suggest purchasing anything you can find on Oscar Peterson. The story of his life is as inspiring as his playing. Thats my story and I am sticking with it."
Some good moments
S. J. Buck | 10/25/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This DVD only gets 3 stars because of the good extras on it. The concert itself only merits two stars.
Alhough I am a huge fan of Oscar Peterson, I'm sorry to say that father time is beginning to catch up with the great man. This is hardly surprising as he had a stroke 11 years ago and when this recording was made (last year) he was 78. I knew that his left hand use would be limited, but was unprepared for the mistakes in his righthand. Although there are still long periods of the old brilliance, it is still shocking when the technique (no doubt atheritis plays its part here as well) lets him down.
Perhaps because of this the Piano is not loud enough on the DVD and sounds rather detatched from the rhythm section. This is in complete contrast to the guitar, which stands out prominently and is brillantly played.
I'm not saying don't buy it, as there are still great moments on it, but if you can only buy one, get one of the Norman Granz DVD's from 1977 (he also plays on the Roy Eldridge disc) which shows Oscar at the height of his powers. There is unbelieveably good Piano playing on these DVD's."
A worthy tribute to this jazz legend
nameofdog | Alameda, CA | 05/19/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"One of life's experiences is growing older. Another is growing wiser. I, for one, am grateful that Oscar Peterson's DVD A Night In Vienna was made, because we get one last chance to see Oscar performing as an older, wiser musician. While it did bring tears, it was for the beauty of the music, not because his virtuosity was not what it used to be. I have been an Oscar Peterson fan since the 60s. I have attended several live concerts in the 70s and 80s. He could play difficult riffs faster than just about anyone. But the magic for me was always in the slower, more introspective numbers. And nothing I have heard outdoes Requiem on this DVD for depth of feeling. Yes, Oscar has slowed down, but the joy in his playing still comes through every song. And it is so gratifying to see this 78-year old, who started playing music as a child prodigy, still enjoying good music among friends at an age when most of us are long retired. I watched this DVD back-to-back with his '77 DVD, Jazz in Montreux, and I find the 2003 session even more satisfying due to its relaxed atmosphere and depth of feeling. This may be the last concert Oscar recorded for DVD, and it is a worthy tribute to this jazz legend. The quality of image and sound are excellent."
The end of a storied career
Jeffrey D. Childs | Baltimore MD | 07/18/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This very well recorded and filmed DVD shows one of the greatest jazz pianists of the 20th century in his 79th year. Oscar Peterson's ballads are sensitive and moving, particularly "Nighttime" and "Requiem." But the up tempo tunes are almost unlistenable to me, especially the opening "Falling in Love with Love" and his signature "Sweet Georgia Brown." Oscar just stumbles at trying to achieve his famous fast swinging dexterity, and his fingers just can't keep up with his brain. Ulf Wakenius plays the better up tempo solos on guitar, and Neils Pedersen is solid as always on bass. The surprise to me was the portly British drummer Martin Drew, who drives the quartet very efficiently. The bottom line is that there are much better DVDs and CDs of this jazz master from his earlier days."