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Bach: Brandenburg Concertos 1-6 [Blu-ray] [Import]

Andreas Morell    NR (Not Rated)   Blu-ray
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4.0 out of 5 stars like April 12 2013
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no fancy menu, no intro, it jumps right into the action...

blu-ray quality,, can't ask for more

for hard-core musician
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bach Brandenburg on Blu-ray Jan. 9 2009
By Horn Blower - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an excellent DVD from start to finish. Its all well played, filmed, and recorded. With the Blu-ray version you can read the time on the first horn's wrist watch, in Roman Numerals! There are a couple of places where the sound is not quite in sync with the video. This is very minor, not distracting, and was probably due to some editing or patch work that needed to be done. You have to be watching very closely to spot it.

The best players are used throughout and are well guided by Maestro Abbado. Be sure to watch the last movement of the #2 concerto played a second time as an encore. Piccolo trumpet Reinhold Friedrich nails it both times taking the last note up to a high F during the encore!

This is a very exciting DVD. You will be as glad to own it as I am.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely astounding! Jan. 7 2009
By Cdn Redbird - Published on Amazon.com
I have several Classical Music & Operas in my DVD collection. Enjoying all of them. I found the Brandenburg Concertos 1-6 BLU-RAY while browsing the internet and decided right away to purchase it assuming it would be superior to a DVD both in picture and sound. To my amazement, this Blu-Ray "knocked my socks off". I had recently purchased a largescreen TV and WOW, the PQ and the sound quality was superb. Claudio Abbado is one of my favourite conductors and watching the "super clear" expressions on his face and the faces of the musicians is really exciting to watch and hear. I would highly recommend this Blu-Ray DVD to anyone.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent in all respects March 5 2009
By Edgar Betancourt - Published on Amazon.com
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This performance of the Brandenburg concertos is STUNNING. Abbado's direction and every single performance in this production will leave you agog. I simply had never heard such a wonderful and flawless rendition anywhere, period. The video is simply gorgeous. The audio was also fabulous. As to the reviewer that commented that the audio is not high definition, that statement is absolutely incorrect, there is a 5.1 uncompressed PCM track which is absolutely perfect! Strongly recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and bubbling with enjoyment on modern instruments July 29 2012
By I. Giles - Published on Amazon.com
This set of the Brandenburgs is performed in authentic style but on modern instruments. Abbado seems to do little except set the tempo, leaving the skilled and highly experienced players to get on with the details of the performances - surely the best solution to having a conductor in such music and in such company. Indeed, in the 6th concerto Abbado is not present on the stage at all. No doubt there has been much discussion beforehand with an agreed approach. The recorded performance here was one of several held during a concert tour of Italy.

The most abiding impression left by this set of performances is the one of joy and exuberance. The tempi are all on the faster side and these make considerable demands upon the individual and corporate virtuosity of the players. This group of Abbado's Orchestra Mozart is well up to these demands with glances of pleasure passing between the players from time to time. There is also a strong sense of dance and this has a greatly positive effect throughout but especially for me in the first concerto which is the most enjoyable account I have ever heard. However, much the same can be experienced throughout the whole set of six concertos and, except for purists who may quibble with the use of modern instruments, this comes over as a very authentic set of performances - one that I am sure would have delighted Bach himself.

Although this is a 'live' set, any sense of an audience being present is avoided until the last item - the second concerto, which ends in applause and an encore of the last movement. This encore is given with a sopranino recorder being used instead of the lower-pitched, and more normally used, treble recorder which is used in the preceding complete concerto performance. Both are effective in their different ways. The trumpet's last note is raised somewhat further than Bach wrote but to good bravura effect - an effect I have not heard since Denis Clift, my own trumpet teacher, did the same on the old EMI Menuhin recording of about 1960.

The recording quality is excellent both sonically and visually. The imaging is both crisp and involving, vividly capturing the delight of the players. The sound is presented in PCM 5.1 and stereo.

This set, complete on one disc, is both generous and highly enjoyable. For many it will be tempting to think of it as close to definitive if such a description could possibly be made. It seems only reasonable that it should receive a full 5 star rating therefore.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Listen to the Brandenburgs Through New Eyes Dec 19 2010
By Lane Hauck - Published on Amazon.com
Enjoying this masterpiece over a lifetime, I never expected the added joys this exceptional Blu-Ray edition delivers. In addition to showing off the amazing video and audio resolution of the Blu-Ray format, the presentation is unique. The players stand, which allows us to see full body language unconstrained by being seated. The players move together, creating a visual flow of its own. Some players emphasize their lines like a batter leaning into a fastball. Everyone has a chance to shine, and the camera misses nothing. The cameras follow the musical lines so perfectly that I hear (by seeing) voices in the ensemble that I may have missed before. This is a perfect blend of individuals and ensemble, and Abbado shows what conducting is all about with his economical style. Experiencing Bach in this way--with the exceptional visual element--adds a dimension to hearing these works that I really can't believe.
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