Enjoyable Percussion Concert...
Young Seok Park | Seoul, Korea | 11/23/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I'm enjoying this dvd quite a bit. Since I bought this a few months ago, I have watched it many times. This is a rare dvd with which you can appreciate percussion music in a live concert. Evelyn Glennie, a world-famous Scottish percussionist, provides a wonderful time with her outstanding talent. She plays snare drum, marimba, and vibraphone for "Konzertstuck for snare drum and orchestra" (Masson), "6 miniatures for marimba dolo" (Schnitt), and "Concerto in C major" (Vivaldi). My favorite is her Vivaldi. She arranged the original piccolo concerto for vibraphone and orchestra. The orchestra plays Beethoven's overture "Leonore III" at the beginning.
The sound (DTS 5.1, DD 5.1 & PCM) and vision is great with 16x9 enhanced widescreen. You will like this dvd if you are a music lover who is ready to meet any style of music.
Great workout for your home theater ...
Floyd Ian Slipp | Rochester, NY, YouEssuvA | 08/27/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"If you love all types of music, you should get to know Evelyn Glennie. For the last 15 years or so, she has stood alone as THE world-class "percussion soloist," earning her living touring the great symponic orchestras of the world.
In this beautifully recorded concert, performed live with the symphonic orchestra of Luxembourg, she lovingly attacks three pieces: a symphonic work featuring the snare drum (too bad Buddy Rich hasn't been around to appreciate her virtuousity), a six-part modernist solo on the marimba, and a Glennie-transcribed Vivaldi piece originally written for piccolo and recorder but performed onstage on a vibraphone. A fourth piece, a Beethoven overture, is included as an opener, preceding Glennie's appearance onstage.
For my money, the marimba piece is a complete stunner. The instrument has the most beautiful tonality, and is made to literally "speak" under Glennie's mallet work. Each of the six parts has a distinct personality, speaking to a different segment of the musical spectrum.
The Vivaldi piece is beautiful, too. Glennie's perfectionism is evident as she blends her vibraphone playing seamlessly with a small string orchestra that includes a harpsichord. Her rapid-fire mallet work turns incredibly expressive at all the right moments. She must love what she does.
The recording, both video and audio, is flawless in its quality. The DTS and 5.1 sound help make it so, but the on-site recording staff clearly knew their stuff regarding microphone and camera placement and large hall sound levels to get everything right (a bonus feature shows Glennie and the orchestra in rehearsals, but sound levels in the bonus are over-driven, indicating that the audio levels were pre-set for a hall with audience present). Anyway, everything looked and sounded great on my home theater rig. Turn it up -- the neighbors won't mind!
Oh, yeah. What was the Beethoven connection with the opeining number for an Evelyn Glennie concert? Both Ludwig and Evelyn share profound deafness. That fact makes this and every Evelyn Glennie performance all the more astounding."