The landmark BBC series from 1991, the show introduces the instruments and workings of the symphony orchestra. Originally broadcast in the US on PBS stations. Featuring actor/comedian Dudley Moore (10, Arthur), who was als... more »o an accomplished pianist. Perfectly entertaining as well as an educational celebration of the orchestra. Includes a documentary of The Making of Orchestra! Includes bonus CD of music from the TV series« less
"Dating from 1991 this marvellous TV series looks at the Orchestra with the help of the Sir Georg Solti and Dudley Moore. These two are an inspired pairing as many people never realised just how good a musician Dudley Moore was and outside of this TV series Sir Georg Solti was little known to the general public.
Looking at the different areas of the Orchestra, Woodwind, Brass, Strings Percussion etc this is always fascinating whether you know a lot about music or are just a casual viewer. Dudley Moore gets to show off his Piano skills in a variety of styles, usually under the watchful eyes of Sir Georg who himself was brilliant Pianist. I particularly like the section where Moore is trying to get the timing right on the Bartok with Sir Georg tapping time for him.
However there is so much more to this program than just the two presenters and their respective talents. The program is about the Orchestra, its construction, the infinte variety of sounds that it can produce, and of course it also features superb music by some of the greatest composers.
This was a great series, which if you find 'classical music' difficult to get into might just be the turning point in your musical life."
Review of Orchestra! by Sir Georg Solti and Dudlet Moore.
Carl Leon Bloch | 03/04/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I found the video to be very informative although Sir Georg Solti is hard to understand with his thick German accent. Subtitles would be a very helpful addition to this program. The colored lights during the performances of the music are distracting and un-needed. The music is perfect as it is and doesn't need any help from them."
A joyful prolegomenon for all time art
Jose Carlos G. Matta | 10/09/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Orchestra is a very good work about how human genius can produce perfection and order from the caos and diversity. Focus and discipline in order to produce art. How that is possible? How to make it? How to understand it? It's a very simple and also quite sofisticated way to bring to everyone the coprehension of it. Amusing and enlightening to all publics."
Hugh W. Miller | Dorset, VT | 05/05/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is an informative guide to the orchestra that makes it easy to learn the different levels of each section of a classical orchestra. These young musicians are superb and in the hands of a legend such as Sir Georg, they shine throughout this excellent series."
Hard to understand
D. Horton | Anchorage, Alaska USA | 05/09/2010
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I have to assume this video was intended for young people to view so that they might be inspired to learn to play an orchestral instrument. I have tried showing it to my upper elementary students and they lose interest quickly. I believe this is in part due to the difficulty of understanding Sir George Solti. I have run several of his statements back four or five time and still cannot understand what he's saying. I think it is interesting that the DVD has subtitles in four or five "foreign" languages, when what it really needs are subtitles in English so people can understand Solti! As a musician, conductor and teacher, I personally found the DVD quite interesting, especially the discussion of how the orchestra has evolved over the centuries. But the difficulty of not being able to understand what is being said causes the entire production to fall short of its goal."