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Sounds Magnificent (The Story of the Symphony) - Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique / Previn, RPO
Sounds Magnificent - Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique / Previn RPO
The Story of the Symphony
Actors: Andre Previn, RPO
Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Educational, Musicals & Performing Arts, Documentary
NR     2000     1hr 26min

In this fascinating series of films, "Sounds Magnificent: The Story of the Symphony," Andre Previn conducts the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in some of the most popular works from the concert repertoire--symphonies by Moza...  more »

     
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Actors: Andre Previn, RPO
Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Educational, Musicals & Performing Arts, Documentary
Sub-Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Educational, Classical, History
Studio: Image Entertainment
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 10/31/2000
Original Release Date: 01/01/1984
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/1984
Release Year: 2000
Run Time: 1hr 26min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
Edition: Classical
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Needs Some Life
Clarinet | ---------- | 11/06/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)

"Andre Previn surely must have outstanding talent, experience and musical knowledge to have been chosen conductor of the Royal Philharmonic. Unfortunately, very little of this comes through in this recording. His presentation of Berlioz's colorful life and music is bland, lifeless, affectless, and lacking expression. There is a long and over-detailed story of Berlioz's love affair with Harriet Smithson (which prompted the creation of the Symphonie Fantastique) but disappointingly little insight into the music itself. Previn's face and voice show almost no life as he tells his story. And unfortunately this carries through into his performance of the music itself. Here is a superb orchestra playing exciting music in a lifeless, passionless way. It becomes very frustrating and annoying to watch, because there is so much wasted potential here. The concept of a noted conductor teaching about great music and then performing it for the viewer is wonderful and exciting (as Leonard Bernstein has demonstrated). In this case, however, I recommend borrowing the tape from your local library first, and then decide if you want to spend your money on it."