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Europa-Konzert 2006 From Prague / Barenboim [+2011 Catalog]

Baborak,Radek / Mozart / Bpo / Barenboim
Release Date: 02/22/2011 
Label:  Euroarts   Catalog #: 2020208  
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Radek BaborákDaniel Barenboim
Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This DVD includes the new EuroArts & Idéale Audience Catalogue 2011. Held each year on 1 May, the Berliner Philharmoniker’s European Concert has ever since 1991 been a byword for excellence. In a performance in Prague’s Estates Theatre, one of Europe’s most beautiful historical venues, the orchestra under the celebrated pianist and conductor Daniel Barenboim is heard with some of Mozart’s most beloved masterpieces. What is more, the orchestra was seated in a reconstruction of the sets used in this very theatre at the world première of Don Giovanni. The state-of-the-art recording brings a truly European musical highlight to the home screen and includes a Portrait of Prague as a cultural city in a 20-minute bonus feature. Read more

REPERTOIRE:
W.A. Mozart: Symphony No.35 in D major, K.385 "Haffner", Piano Concerto No.22 in E flat major, K482, Horn Concerto No.1 in D major, K.412/514 (386b), Symphony No.36 in C major, K.425 "Linz"

BONUS:
A Cultural Portrait of Prague

REVIEWS:

„The `Europa-Konzert from Prague´ features detailed shots of Daniel Barenboim and the Berlin Philharmonic in an all-Mozart live concert. Barenboim leads the Piano Concerto No. 22, K.482 from the keyboard, along with conducting the Symphony No. 36 and the First Horn Concerto. Barenboim´s deep, ringing tone is heard to fine effect, and viewers get a rare moment of classical humor when he cues the first violins with a wink and grin at the end of the concerto´s first movement.” Time Out Chicago

Recorded live at the Theatre of the Estates, Prague, 1 May 2006

Bonus:
- A Cultural Portrait of Prague

Picture format: NTSC 16:9
Sound format: PCM Stereo / Dolby Digital 5.1 / DTS 5.1
Region code: 0 (worldwide)
Booklet Notes: German, English, French
Running time: 98 mins (concert) + 20 mins (bonus)
No. of DVDs: 1 (DVD 9)

R E V I E W:

"all of the performances are first-rate, both symphonies generally stylish. Unlike many conductors today, Barenboim ignores all repeats in both works. But his tempos are well chosen, especially in outer movements, and the comparatively small ensemble permits a welcome clarity of texture and detail. No. 36, in particular, is impressive in a performance that recalls the superb recording of the work made in the late 1940s by Fritz Busch in Denmark. And in No. 35, the trumpets (sometimes veiled in larger ensembles) cut through the texture, underscoring the music’s festive ethos. As a soloist, Barenboim is flexible and tasteful, echoing in many ways the recording of the work he made two decades ago for Teldec. And the two-movement horn concerto is superbly played by (presumably) the BPO’s first-chair instrumentalist. "

FANFARE: Mortimer H. Frank
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Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 35 in D major, K 385 "Haffner" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1782; Vienna, Austria 
2.
Symphony no 36 in C major, K 425 "Linz" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1783; Linz, Austria 
3.
Concerto for Horn no 1 in D major, K 412 (386b) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Radek Baborák (French Horn)
Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Vienna, Austria 
4.
Concerto for Piano no 22 in E flat major, K 482 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Daniel Barenboim (Piano)
Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1785; Vienna, Austria 

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