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

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Product Details

  • 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
  • ASIN: B004SRTKO8

Product Description

Product Description Joshua Bell lights up the stage with this dazzling performance of Tchaikovsky s Violin Concerto, the centerpiece of the Nobel Prize Concert© in honour of the 2010 Nobel Prize Laureates. Part of the official Nobel Week, this tribute concert opens with music by Beethoven that urgently evokes the spirit of freedom from tyranny. And closing the evening is a glowing account by Sakari Oramo and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic of Sibelius's monument to orchestral majesty, the titanic Fifth Symphony. Synopsis Concerto registrato dal vivo dal Stockholms Konserthaus 8 dicembre 2010. Joshua esegue una sinfonia di Tchaikovsky per violino poi seguono musiche di Beethoven fino a chiudere con Sakari Oramo e la Royal Stockholm Philharmonic con la titanica quinta sinfonia... VD

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Amazon.com: 9 reviews
9 of 9 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 6 people found the following review helpful
A feast for music fans. Aug. 20 2011
By Ultrarunner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
The bluray is a Nobel Prize concert held in Stockholm in honour of the 2010 Nobel Laureates. There is an interview on the disc with 2010 Nobel Laureate for literature, Mario Vargas llosa. The Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, is conducted by Sakari Oramo, who is Finnish. Beethovens Leonore Overture No 3 in C Major starts off the concert.The Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto in D Major, is played by Joshua Bell, who sways and dances with his Violin. He does not stand still. I like this form of playing. This shows that he is emotionally involved and is playing with passion. The Orchestra backing him plays the tempo that is required, not slow, but fast.It is a tour de force. The audience thought so too, they would not let him go at the end of the piece.

Jean Sibelius Symphony no 5 in E flat major,is conducted again not only with passion, but the Finn Oramo, seems to get right inside the piece and bring out the themes. I keep going back to this piece, because Oramo conducts it just right and brings out the energy and the Finnish landscape which Sibelius has painted in his Symphony No 5. A blu ray I can recommend to add to your collection.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Very Engaging Oct. 10 2012
By Home Baker - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
I'm a longtime music lover and I enjoy going to the local symphony concerts. There the soloists, especially the violin soloists, are a big part of the enjoyment and excitement. It occurred to me that a Blu-ray system might help my interest and enjoyment of virtuoso violin performances and so I was glad to receive this disc from Amazon to play on my system. In short, it is marvelous. The sound engineering and camera work in the production are superb and represent the performance in a most satisfying way that I have wanted from Blu-ray but that not all productions deliver. Mr. Bell is a wonder. His energy and skill and musicality and beauty absolutely thrill me as I watch and listen. The conductor is a treasure and added considerably to my enjoyment. I understand people have their favorite renditions and performers so there is no one best, but this must be one of the best. The bonus tracks are very interesting. I highly recommend this production and performance.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
An excellent live performance June 24 2011
By RollTideGirl - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Blu-ray
The Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra are a world renowned ensemble who do an amazing job of showcasing not only their own talents but the talented violinist Joshua Bell as well. This DVD features a live performance in Stockholm's Concert Hall and is not only a fantastic recording but the sound quality is amazing as well. Bell's performance surrounded by the orchestra's performance will have you standing in ovation by the end of the live performance DVD.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Great purchase Aug. 24 2011
By SOLARES JUAN ARNOLDO - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
The concert is a first class event, recorded with the greatest quality... Two thumbs up! Mr. Bell is a great musician.