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Sheherazade - An Oriental Night With Berliner Philharmonic / Järvi

Grieg / Rimsky-korsakov / Jansen / Bpo / Jarvi
Release Date: 07/31/2007 
Label:  Euroarts   Catalog #: 2055318  
Composer:  Edvard GriegNikolai Rimsky-KorsakovCarl NielsenCamille Saint-Saëns,   ... 
Performer:  Janine Jansen
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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SHEHERAZADE—AN ORIENTAL NIGHT WITH THE BERLIN Neeme Järvi, cond; Berlin PO; Janine Jansen (vn); 3 Marita Solberg (sop); 1 Ingebjorg Kosmo (mez) 2 EUROARTS 2055318 (DVD: 112:00) Live: Berlin 6/18/2006


MOZART Die Entführung aus dem Serail: Overture. NIELSEN Read more class="ARIAL12bi">Aladdin: Oriental Festival March, Negro Dance. RIMSKY-KORSAKOV Sheherazade. GRIEG Peer Gynt: Anitra’s Dance; Solveig’s Song; 1 Arabian Dance. 2 MASSENET Thais: Meditation. 3 SAINT-SAËNS Introduction and Rondo capriccioso. 3 FU?IK Florentiner Marsch. LINCKE Berliner Luft


Andreas Moll’s atmospheric souvenir of the 2006 Waldbühne concert was the perfect entertainment for a warm summer evening. It is the sort of event and program that does not call for an overly critical view despite the general excellence of the performances and top-notch recording. The engineers have been subtle about reminding the viewer that this is an outdoor concert: the noise of the crowd is limited—the stage is well isolated acoustically and even the front rows of the audience are not close to the stage. Nonetheless, you will still hear the occasional baby as well as concertgoers who, as tradition demands, join in with vigorous clapping for some of the encores.


Neeme Järvi and the Berliners are in typically fine form and the program is well chosen. It is a pleasure to hear one of the world’s great orchestras play a Mozart overture at full throttle. The Estonian maestro delivers a full-bodied, energized account of the popular overture that is never too heavy unless your tastes are strongly vegetarian. With Nielsen’s Aladdin , Järvi is on home turf and delivers a powerfully propulsive account of the March with rich strings punctuated by brilliant brass and sensuous, melismatic wind episodes. (The “Negro Dance” from Aladdin , an encore, is similarly successful.)


One doesn’t necessarily look for subtlety in an outdoor concert but Järvi’s robust Sheherazade—interrupted by the Grieg, Massenet, and Saint-Saëns—is a bit four-square and lacking in the shimmering radiance provided by Sir Thomas Beecham in his still superb EMI recording. Nonetheless, there is much to enjoy, including superb solo playing from concertmaster Daniel Stabrawa and his fellow principal musicians.


A similar touch of earnestness keeps Janine Jansen’s strong performance of the Introduction and Rondo capriccioso from the very top ranks. (I immediately turned to Heifetz’s extraordinary and sovereign recording with William Steinberg as an additional post-Waldbühne encore.) Happily, Jansen’s performance of the Thais “Meditation” is in the top rank. Hearing the creamy sound of her Cremona Stradivarius accompanied by the Berliners non-pareil strings was a treat (and I have no doubt that the sound of the DVD on a good sound system is probably finer than what the audience heard via the sound reinforcement).


Despite my few quibbles, this DVD has a high enjoyment quotient. If you enjoy televised concerts—I do—this one has high production values. Seeing these world-class artists enjoying their music-making in close-up provides an additional measure of pleasure.


FANFARE: Michael Fine
Recorded live at the Waldbühne, Berlin, 18 June 2006

Picture format: NTSC 16:9 anamorphic
Sound format: PCM Stereo / Dolby Digital 5.1 / DTS 5.1
Region code: 0 (all)
Subtitles: English, German, French, Spanish
Booklet notes: English, German, French
Running time: 112 mins
No. of DVDs: 1
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Works on This Recording

1.
Peer Gynt, Op. 23: Excerpt(s) by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875/1892; Norway 
2.
Scheherazade, Op. 35 by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Russia 
3.
Aladdin, Op. 34: Oriental Festive March by Carl Nielsen
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1918-1919; Denmark 
4.
Aladdin, Op. 34: Negro Dance by Carl Nielsen
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1918-1919; Denmark 
5.
Introduction and Rondo capriccioso for Violin and Orchestra in A minor, Op. 28 by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Janine Jansen (Violin)
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1863; France 
6.
Thaïs: Meditation by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Janine Jansen (Violin)
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894; France 

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