RIMSKY-KORSAKAKOV: Le Coq d'Or
Albert Schagidullin (King Dodon); Ilya Levinsky (Prince Guidon); Andrei Breus (Prince Afron); Ilya Bannik (General Polkan); Elena Manistina (Amelfa); Barry Banks (Astrologer); Olga Trifonova (Queen of Shemakha); Yuri Maria Saenz (The Golden Cockerel); Chorus of the Marinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg; Orchestre de Paris/Kent Nagano, cond.
ARTHAUS MUSIK DVD 107387 TT: 108 min.
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SHOSTAKOVICH: Suite No. 2 for Jazz Orchestra. Allegretto from Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk. ROTA: Ballet Suite La Strada. RESPIGHI The Fountains of Rome. The Pines of Rome. Danza gueresca from Belkis. LINCKE: Berliner Luft.
Berlin Philharmonic Orch/Riccardo Chailly, cond.
EUROARTS DVD 2058404 (Blu Ray) TT: 105 min.
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BRUCKNER: Symphony No. 7 in E
Boston Symphony Orch/Klaus Tennstedt, cond.
ICA CLASSICS ICAD 5066 TT: 66:26
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This video of Rimsky-Korsakov's Le Coq d'Or was reviewed on this site in 2004 when originally issued (REVIEW). At that time it was released on TDK; now is bears the brand of Arthaus Musik. It is a fine performance of this magical opera, and it looks and sounds better on this Blu Ray issue. Recommended!

Riccardo Chailly and the Berlin Philharmonic have a great time in this concert from Berlin;s huge outdoor theatre, Waldbühne. It was recorded August 23, 2011. The title, Fellini, Jazz & Co. is perhaps a bit misleading, Felliini being represented only by a a 24-minute ballet suite of music by Nino Rota for La Strada. Jazz is represented in the form of Shostakovich's Suite No. 2 which opens the program. The major works are the two big Respighi symphonic poems, given magnificent performances and seeming perfect for this outdoor sound-fest. Extra brass is added to the finale of The Pines of Rome, with great effect, and in the Pines of the Appian Way the recorded sound of a nightingale could easily have been eminating from the woods surround the venue. Two rip-roaring encores follow, a brief excerpt from Shostakovich's Lady Macbeth of Mtzensk, and a spectacular performance of the war dance from Respighi's Belkis in which soloists from the BPO perform the impossible. Chailly also romps through the familiar Berliner Luft with the audience enthusiastically joining them. All of it is very exciting, and beautifully recorded both visually and sonically.

Klaus Tennstedt (1926-1998) was revered as an interpreter of Mahler and Bruckner, and we are fortunate to have this video dating from November 5, 1977, of Bruckner's Symphony No. 7 with the Boston Symphony. His first US appearances were in 1974 conducting the BSO in an all-Brahms concert and Brucknrer's Symphony No. 8. He became a favorite in Boston conducting there many times, the last in 1987. This memorable performance of Bruckner's Symphony No. 7 is a welcome addition to the catalog. Video is very clear, stereo sound well capturing the richness of Symphony Hall. This site has mentioned other videos with Tennstedt: EMI issues of a Wagner collection with the London Philharmonic (REVIEW), and Mahler's Symphony No. 1 with the Chicago Symphony and Symphony No. 8 with the London Philharmonic (REVIEW). Let us hope ICA Classics continues to issue treasures such as this.

R.E.B. (April 2012)

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