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Joshua Bell: Nobel Prize Concert [Blu-ray] [Import]


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  • Format: Classical, NTSC, Import
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: German, French
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Accentus
  • Release Date: May 31 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B004SRTKO8


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Format: DVD
Being an ardent devotee of neglected Romantic-era composers and their long-forgotten works, I approached this DVD somewhat reluctantly, if only because its contents, Beethoven's "Leonora" Overture No. 3, Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto, and Sibelius's Fifth Symphony, are so popular, and are heard so often in concerts, that I would rather not hear them so often.
I have to admit that I was completely bowled over! The Finnish conductor Sakari Oramo elicits wonderful performances from the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, and violinist Joshua Bell gives an excellent performance of the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto. The live performance, in Stockholm's Konserthus (concert hall), is a joy to watch, and Joshua Bell was given a (mostly) standing ovation for his performance of the Tchaikovsky. The sound quality is excellent. The program notes (in English, French, and German) give very little information on the three works, but instead focus on the struggles and triumphs of the three composers against various forms of opposition and hostility that they, or their subject matter (Leonora and her politically imprisioned husband Florestan in the case of the "Leonora" Overture) had to face. Thus, these three works are tied to the concept behind the Nobel Prize, which is awarded only to those who have stood up for their beliefs in the face of political power.
Ted Wilks
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50 of 52 people found the following review helpful
outstanding performances, great sound June 9 2011
By Clive S. Goodwin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
The Tchaikovsky is obviously a showpiece for a great fiddler, and that's what Bell is. He really plays the hell out of this piece,just nudging my erstwhile favorite, Viktor Tretyakov, into second place (This latter is part of the Fedoseyev/Moscow Tchaikovsky cycle).

The Strad that Bell uses had belonged to Huberman, one of the major violinists of the early twentieth century. I have this piece played by Huberman on a Naxos historical CD, and he reflected the style of that period, which was to use lots of portamento (string slides instead of discreet notes). I am happy to report that Bell does this also, which really adds to the flavor of the concerto. The cadenza is brilliantly done, and the slow movement is nice and "schmaltzy", as it should be.

The Swedish orchestra easily keeps up with Bell, aided by great direction from Sakari Oramo, a conductor with whom I'm not familiar, but can't wait to hear more of. Oramo works wonders with the other two works on this disc, a thrilling Leonore Overture #3, and a simply superb Sibelius #5 Symphony. This piece should make your hair stand on end (if you have any!)and this performance surely does. The only other 5th. by itself is the awful Salonen/Verbier disc. There is a great Bernstein set with the Vienna Phil. that's worth having, but the sound and picture are dated.

This is one of the few concert discs released where all the works are worth hearing, and all performances are excellent.

Interviews with Bell and Oramo are interesting. I didn't listen to the one given by the Nobel recipient, Llosa, yet.

I must say that the company ACCENTUS seems to be doing a consistently better job than discs put out on the Euroarts label, in content, sound and video.
25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Nobel Prize Concert 2010 June 23 2011
By E. S. Wilks - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Being an ardent devotee of neglected Romantic-era composers and their long-forgotten works, I approached this DVD somewhat reluctantly, if only because its contents, Beethoven's "Leonora" Overture No. 3, Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto, and Sibelius's Fifth Symphony, are so popular, and are heard so often in concerts, that I would rather not hear them so often.
I have to admit that I was completely bowled over! The Finnish conductor Sakari Oramo elicits wonderful performances from the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, and violinist Joshua Bell gives an excellent performance of the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto. The live performance, in Stockholm's Konserthus (concert hall), is a joy to watch, and Joshua Bell was given a (mostly) standing ovation for his performance of the Tchaikovsky. The sound quality is excellent. The program notes (in English, French, and German) give very little information on the three works, but instead focus on the struggles and triumphs of the three composers against various forms of opposition and hostility that they, or their subject matter (Leonora and her politically imprisioned husband Florestan in the case of the "Leonora" Overture) had to face. Thus, these three works are tied to the concept behind the Nobel Prize, which is awarded only to those who have stood up for their beliefs in the face of political power.
Ted Wilks
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Superb in every respect June 14 2011
By Gerhard P. Knapp - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
For many listeners, Joshua Bell may be the main attraction on this disk. And he is very, very good indeed. As Clive Goodwin expertly states, this is a highly charged "romantic" reading of the Tchaikovsky concerto, portamenti galore, high gloss and all. If you seek the depth and desperation, the poignant melancholy in Tchaikovsky's music, this may not be for you. In itself, however, it is absolutely irresistible and very deserving of the standing ovation, even from the Swedish Royal family. The Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra -- a world-class ensemble -- and the Finnish conductor Sakari Oramo give perfect support to Bell. Both the flanking works, the third Leonore Overture (with valveless period trumpets!) and the Sibelius Fifth are exceptional in every respect. The Beethoven is heaven storming and finely shaded in its various moods and dynamics, the Sibelius symphony stunningly powerful and idiomatic: for me the high point of the concert. It brings to mind long gone great LP interpretations of Alexander Gibson et al. You can find no better reading of this symphony in any medium today. Outstanding audio and video as well as interviews with Bell and Oramo make this a first choice of the season.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Oramu's Show July 30 2011
By Satish Kamath - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Blu-ray
This was in reality, Oramu's day out. He is not only just a fine conductor, but on any video format, be it blu ray or DVD or youtube, he is a visual treat to watch. Almost poetic in his movements and interpretation, he really comes out as THE star in this show.

Most people are attracted to Joshua Bell's name on this disc. He does not disappoint either, but I beg to differ from many here who have stated it as a benchmark recording of Tchaikovsky. I agree that it is different, very passionate and almost lyrical in places, but this is anything but a Russian work in his approach. Maybe he wishes to take Tchaikovsky out of his stamped Russian character. The effect is good, but not great. I would any day think that the good old poker faced Oistrakh does a much better job of this, not to mention Heifetz or even Vengarov. Interesting indeed, but rather far fetched if one were to deem it as THE Tchaikovsky to devour.

The Beethoven Leonore No.3 was good, but a bit sterile by standards set by Karajan and the brat-pack of his generation.

Sibelius is the one to really applaud here. I am absolutely certain that it would have been even more spectacular in the concert hall. I have a decent sound system,and the recording appeared to be a little muddy in the louder passages, especially the end of the 1st movement, and the rather brilliant passages of the strings (although you can see the whole string section scratching away furiously) were effectively either drowned by especially the brass and percussion, or appeared a little 'tired' in the recording.

I would definitely recommend this blu ray, but I have a feeling that one may be more enchanted by the clarity of the recording, Oramu's style and the glitter rather than the interpretation of the music itself.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Simply beatiful March 29 2012
By congwen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
I greatly enjoy this disc - Joshua Bell is always brilliant when he plays the Tchaikovsky concerto, and Sakari Oramo and his Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra are fabulous throughout the performance. Other reviewers have said a great deal about the merits of the disc; here I want to comment on some of the things other reviewers said about Joshua Bell's music-making.

I find it interesting that some listeners take issue with Joshua Bell's interpretations in general because they don't sound "deep". You see, that's the issue I have with some classical music listeners; does music have to be "deep", "profound", or "thought-evoking" to be enjoyable, or to be great music? There seems to be this assumption that a musician is only good if he makes the music sound deep. It seems that our age of music listening is, sadly, more about instructing than enjoying. And really, who are we to say how a piece of music is supposed to be played? More often I find that when a critic criticizes a certain player's interpretation, the review speaks more of the critic's own ego than anything else.

To me a great musician makes his listeners enjoy the music, and in my opinion, Bell is one of those musicians. Over the years, he has made his sound more and more refined, and achieved this tonal unity that's quite remarkable and unique. He has a big palette of colors when he needs it, but more often you hear this pure, slender and focused tone, with only subtle variation in timbre throughout the pitch range. That's the thing I love the most about Bell's violin sound - he keeps the tone perfectly in control, so when he does vary it, it has great effect on the music expression. His playing is subtle; he doesn't saw out scratchy pizzicati to make one notice how fast he plays, doesn't make bombastic sounds to show his effort, or use blistering high notes to remind the listeners that he has soul. He doesn't set out to make his interpretations different from the others, and that's exactly why I like them - everything sounds natural, and there isn't any of those quirks that often mark many violinists' so-called personal "interpretations". His interpretations are often balletic, full of dancing rhythm, like light hovering high in the air. There is hardly real darkness; and no, they are not the most "profound" interpretations - they don't make you think about the meaning of your existence, or questions about life and death. But music isn't all about life-and-death questions. I remember Bell said in an interview that he made music for its beauty, and he disagreed with the idea that music must reflect the ugliness in the real world ("people wrote the most beautiful music in the ugliest time", how true). In this sense, he has achieved exactly what he wanted; in his music, everything is beautiful, almost too much so.

For listeners who accept Bell's music-making in its own terms, they would for sure be rewarded with a great experience of ravishingly beautiful music. And for listeners who don't appreciate Bell's philosophy - well, you have plenty other musicians to listen to.

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