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Dvorak: Symphony No 8, Mozart: Bassoon Concerto, Bartok: Concerto for Orchestra / Mehta, LAP

Mozart / Bartok / Breidenthal / Lap / Mehta
Release Date: 09/30/2008 
Label:  Euroarts   Catalog #: 2072248  
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus MozartBéla BartókAntonín Dvorák
Performer:  David Breidenthal
Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews



ZUBIN MEHTA: LOS ANGELES PHILHARMONIC Zubin Mehta, cond; David Breidenthal (bn); Los Angeles PO MEDICI ARTS 2072248 (DVD: 110:00) Live: Los Angeles 1/10–13/1977


MOZART Bassoon Concerto. BARTÓK Concerto for Orchestra. DVO?ÁK Carnival Overture. Symphony No. 8. Slavonic Dance, Read more op. 46/8


This generous DVD shows off the Los Angeles Philharmonic after 15 years under Zubin Mehta, who was 41 at the time. This performance of the Mozart Concerto uses a reduced body of strings but is otherwise conventional for its day. Breidenthal, the orchestra’s first-desk bassoon, is excellent, as is the orchestral accompaniment, in a charming, thoroughly enjoyable performance.


The playing in the Bartók Concerto is rich and colorful, lacking only the last word in snap, crackle, and pop. Mehta sticks close to Bartók’s carefully prescribed tempos, except in the Intermezzo interrotto, where he suddenly speeds up after the trombone interruptions and then slows down too much; this might be defended as varying repetitions, but it upsets the ABCBA structure, which is so important to the movement that it is implied in its title. The calm passage just before the finale’s coda is a bit muddy, but overall this is a fine performance. Breidenthal’s presence suggests that the Bartók was not on the same concert as the Mozart—he is absent from the Dvo?ák Symphony.


The Carnival Overture is kept in careful check, avoiding the chaos into which it often degenerates. This is a marvelous performance, with a strong Czech flavor, which captures all the color and spirit of this small masterpiece. The Eighth Symphony is also very fine; the horns are too strong in the opening measures, but a gorgeous flute solo restores the mood, and I have no further complaints. The playing is excellent throughout the orchestra, and Mehta displays a softness and flexibility that were less evident during his tenure with the New York Philharmonic, which began the year following these concerts. The G-Minor Slavonic Dance may be the best performance of all; again, Mehta realizes all of its vivacity and charm while keeping it under tight control. All three Dvo?ák performances are superb; there’s no higher compliment than to say that they could be mistaken for some by the Czech Philharmonic.


FANFARE: James H. North
Picture format: NTSC 4:3
Sound format: PCM Stereo / Dolby Digital 5.1 / DTS 5.1
Region code: 0 (worldwide)
Optional Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
Booklet notes: English, German, French
Running time: 110 mins
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Bassoon in B flat major, K 191 (186e) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  David Breidenthal (Bassoon)
Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1774; Salzburg, Austria 
Date of Recording: January 10-13, 1977 
Venue:  Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles 
2.
Concerto for Orchestra, Sz 116 by Béla Bartók
Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943; USA 
3.
Carnival Overture, Op. 92 by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891; USA 
4.
Symphony no 8 in G major, Op. 88/B 163 by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1889; Bohemia 
5.
Slavonic Dances (8) for Orchestra, Op. 46/B 83: no 8 in G minor, Furiant by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Bohemia 

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