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  • Actors: Various
  • Format: Classical, Color, DVD-Video, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All RegionsAll Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: Naxos DVD
  • Release Date: Aug. 26 2008
  • Run Time: 52 minutes
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  • ASIN: B001BLR77Q
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #15,360 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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The Places Our tour of Scotland takes us from Edinburgh, with its castle, Scott monument and Palace of Holyrood, to the highland and then to The Hebrides, recalling the journey undertaken by the young Mendelssohn. The Music In 1829 Mendelssohn visited England and, after the summer season, travelled north to Scotland, accompanied by his friend Karl Klingemann. In Edinburgh he visited the Palace of Holyrood, recalling the tragic story of Mary, Queen of Scots, and the murder there of her secretary David Rizzio. Further north he took the steamer to the island of Staffa, where he saw Fingal's Cave and in spite of sea-sickness immediately sketched the opening theme of his Hebrides Overture. It was not until 1842 that his Scottish Symphony was completed, a work inspired by memories of his visit to Scotland. Picture format: NTSC 4:3 Sound format: Dolby Digital / DTS Surround Region code: 0 (worldwide) Running time: 52 mins No. of DVDs: 1

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) 3.2 out of 5 stars 13 reviews
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars NO May 29 2010
By Poppy - Published on
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Having spent a good deal of time in the Hebrides AND loving the overture by itself, I was looking forward to the combination of music and scenery. Most of the DVD is filmed from a boat across endless water with musical accompaniment. I wasted my money and will return to my CD and private photographic collection to conjure memories of these lovely islands.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dreary Oct. 29 2015
By Dukeblue - Published on
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It is understood that Scotland has its share of damp weather, but it appears the majority of footage here was shot on exceptionally dreary and overcast days. The footage around Edinburgh is very repetitive--there must have been at least a dozen shots of the Sir Walter Scott Memorial--possibly more. Pair that up with non-ending repetition of Mendelssohn's "Hebrides Overture" and you start to feel as if you're wondering around Edinburgh with Alzheimer's disease. I'm not from Scotland but have visited many times. It's much more beautiful and diverse than this film depicts, and the weather is actually much better in my experience than you would think from viewing this film.
3.0 out of 5 stars This video is almost an hour of beautiful images across northern Scotland that are set to music ... Jan. 13 2015
By Nadia Arensdorf - Published on
This video is almost an hour of beautiful images across northern Scotland that are set to music by Mendelssohn. If you are looking for an educational video, this is not going to satisfy you. If you have visited Scotland - or these sites in particular - it will be especially enjoyable to watch. Next time I would consider broadcasting this over my television and working while enjoying the music and the images periodically, instead of simply watching. I will give it 3 stars due to little "educational" value (besides the inspiration of setting) that I was looking for.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely Dec 9 2009
By Hannette Allen - Published on
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Beautiful music and scenery, especially enjoyable for someone who is nostalgic for Scotland or who has visited there.
4.0 out of 5 stars but others awesome. The best part was Mendelssohn's music which lent ... May 31 2015
By Anna Evas - Published on
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A few shots were unsavory, but others awesome. The best part was Mendelssohn's music which lent great majesty to the landscape.