Fun to watch!
Robert Chan | USA | 12/02/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Andsnes performed these Mozart concertos in a beautiful Norwegian old post office building. In this lovely and intimate live recording, audiences were sitting close to the player, orchestra was quite small (not unusual for Mozart and Bach music), and the pianist conducted from the keyboard. You can almost feel like you are sitting and watching a live performance with them!
In terms of playing, his Mozart is very strong and energetic, sometimes almost too fast. However, Andsnes's playing was very exciting and enjoyable to watch. I may not consider him the greatest Mozart player but this DVD is sure fun to watch.
He gave a short interview in between each piece, giving some short introduction for each concerto. There was a longer interview in Norwegian language so I still have no idea what he was talking about. :)
However, whether you are a serious Mozart collector or this would be your first ever purchase of a classical music DVD, I think you will enjoy it.
One small complains, the last movement of concerto no.20 was not included. It's a bit strange that they put the first two movements in the DVD but not the final movement. Having said that, the performance, the unique persentation, and a wonderful sound quality were too good to reduce any star!"
katherine | Copenhagen, Denmark | 08/26/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Andsnes plays with the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra in an beautiful old Norwegian Post Office - a very intimate setting - the orchestra of 20-30 players and Andsnes both conducting and playing. This is a live performance. They chose (rather to play entire concertos) to play various movements from Mozart (no. 18,9 and 20) and Bach's 5, as apparently was often normal at Mozart's time. Both Andsnes and the orchestra plays with a crips, lively sound and very much makes the music alive. As a watcher of the DVD you almost feel present at the concert. Between the pieces Andsnes gives some short commentaries on the works and there are also a longer interview in both norwegian and english where he talks about mozart and his career as such. Highly recommended for this fresh approach and great atmosphere."
Butchered Mozart and Back into parts and pieces - is this an
Judy Spotheim | Belgium, Europe | 09/30/2009
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Warning to all and anyone looking at the possibility to buy this item:
NOTE: This is a butchered Mozart and Bach.
The piano concertos here are not the complete concertos; They are parts and movements FROM THE CONCERTOS.
The Mozart No. 18 has the Finale only, the Bach no.5 has part II, and part III only.
The Mozart No.9 has the finale only, and No.20 has movement I & II.
One should wonder about EMI's wisdom of releasing this failed edition.
Is it a promotion DVD? If it is, then EMI should say so.
Shame on you, EMI.
Audiophile 5.1 recording
T. Case | NYC, New York United States | 02/19/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"What stands out to me in this recording is the high recording quality. Bach's Concerto#5 II Largo (track #2) is audiofile stunning. The pizzicato strings surrounding the lead piano voice has captured the attention of 3-seperate guests when I do a demo, not to mention my repeated plays. All 3-guests were so hooked, at their request, we watched the next 20-minutes without pause. The performance: An obvious effort was made to tear down the staunch aristrocratic staid concert hall, audience faces revered orchestra, setting. We hear the ensemble in a "chamber" the grand former Oslo City Post Office. The chamber orchestra surrounds the piano performing in the round, audience follows suit. It's intimate, you get a sense you are there, you feel the breath of Andsnes and orchestra. The music selection, location, recording, Andsnes and Norwegian Chamber Orchestra are a perfect match. Kudos to Andsnes and the DVD producer for creating such a well thought out/prepared presentation. Curiously no one has mentioned the projected video or matted video that appears in sea side rocks and buildings, artistically a very interesting choice. The crystal clear images and sound quality of this DVD make it my current classical favorite."