I first heard and saw a live performance of Carmina Burana back in 1960 or 1961 performed in the Rutgers University Gym (New Brunswick, NJ) under the dual batons of Eugene Ormandy (orchestra) and F. Austin Walter (chorus). It was overwhelming and unexpected in a most positive way. I heard it again on Vinyl and many years later I purchased the digitally mastered Columbia recording of 1981. In particular ways it is my favorite in the same way that one never gets over a first love. That being said, this DVD recording of Carmina Burana with the Berlin Philharmonic conducted by Simon Battle is absolutely sumptuous.
Because I was so used to hearing the earlier versions, I was well aware of differences in tempo at times, but that is to be expected. This is a complex piece and Battle was always fully in command. The large musical ensemble functioned majestically as one. For me personally, the kettle drum player was outstanding as was the delicate handling of the xylophone by its player whose magical fingers were shown in a closeup. The volume and clarity of the music and solos on my TV was outstanding and exceeded my expectations. The acoustics were phenomenal.
The architectural splendor and modernity of the Berlin theater was breathtaking; and the audience was composed of a vast number of multi-ethnic individuals once again testifying to the universality of music appreciation. The end credits even listed a variety of central and eastern European countries that were involved in this production.
Two bonuses were included in this DVD. Beethoven's Overture 'Leonore No. 3' served as a warm up "prelude" and Handel's "Hallelujah" Chorus (from Messiah) was a grand finale. All in all, this DVD belongs in any music lover's library and is most highly recommended.
- Format: Blu-ray, Classical, NTSC
- Language: English
- Subtitles: English, German, French, Spanish, Japanese
- Region: All Regions
- Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Studio: Warner Music Group Germany Holding GmbH / Hamburg
- DVD Release Date: 28 Jan 2014
- Run Time: 89 minutes
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- ASIN: B00GZALXPA
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