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Fellini, Jazz & Co. / Chailly, Berliner Philharmonic [blu-ray]


Release Date: 02/28/2012 
Label:  Euroarts   Catalog #: 2058404  
Composer:  Dmitri ShostakovichNino RotaPaul LinckeOttorino Respighi
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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The Waldbühne in Berlin, one of the most appealing outdoor amphitheatres on the European continent, is the home of the Berliner Philharmoniker’s summer concerts. With audiences of more than 20,000, these are some of the most popular classical music concerts in the world. Riccardo Chailly is famous for having one of the broadest and most eclectic repertoires. Here, under his baton, the orchestra presents perennial favourites by Shostakovich, Rota and Respighi. Live recording from the Waldbühne, Berlin,
Read more 23 August 2011, directed by Kasten Henning, produced by Jan Bremme. TV Producer: Dorothea Diekmann, RBB.


Dmitry Shostakovich:
Jazz Suite No. 2
Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk Suite, Op. 29a: III. Allegretto

Nino Rota: La Strada Suite

Ottorino Respighi:
Fontane di Roma (Fountains of Rome), P. 106
Pini di Roma (Pines of Rome), P. 141
Belkis, Queen of Sheba Suite, P. 177: II. Danza guerresca (War Dance)

Paul Lincke: Frau Luna: Berliner Luft

Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Riccardo Chailly, conductor

Recorded live from the Waldbhüne, Berlin, 23 August 2011

Picture format: 1080i Full-HD
Sound format: PCM Stereo 2.0 / DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Region code: 0 (worldwide)
Booklet notes: English, German, French
Running time: 105 mins
No. of DIiscs: 1

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RESPIGHI Fountains of Rome. Pines of Rome. Belkis, Queen of Sheba: Danza Gueresca. SHOSTAKOVICH Suite No. 2 for Jazz Orchestra. Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk: Allegretto. ROTA La Strada: Suite Riccardo Chailly, cond; Berlin PO EUROARTS 2058408 (DVD: 105: 19; Blu-ray: 105:19) Live: Berlin 8/23/2011


& LINCKE Berliner Luft


One comment I would be pleased never to hear again from my fellow sophisticates at Fanfare and in my own social circle: “But really, who would want to watch a concert video?” I’ll tell you who, for starters: people who are new to classical music or who have limited access to concerts and are interested to see how things are done. Also, people who know the repertory a bit too well, and at this point can retain interest in certain works only with the help of some relevant visual stimulus. This Blu-ray release, featuring Riccardo Chailly and the Berlin Philharmonic in a very well-performed outdoor concert of entry-level (for the audience) but solid orchestral works, is a perfect acquisition for such people.


The title, alas, is foolish: Fellini, Jazz & Co . Yes, Fellini belongs here insofar as a quarter of the program is devoted to Nino Rota’s music for Fellini’s early and best-known film, La Strada , but the suite stands so well on its own that knowledge of the filmmaker’s work is irrelevant. As for “jazz,” well, the Shostakovich suite is one of those billed as “for jazz orchestra,” which mainly means it includes saxophones. It’s fun (if mordant) pops material, but it has as little to do with jazz as L’Arlésienne , which also has a sax presence. And the “& Co.” tag is something of an insult to Ottorino Respighi, whose music occupies fully half of the program.


My colleague Art Lange, reviewing the DVD version of this release (which apparently carries the same catalog number as the Blu-ray), well conveys the verve of the performances. I’ll add only that Chailly, besides giving Respighi’s crass brass climaxes their full due, also understands that much of the composer’s allure lies in his delicate woodwind writing, particularly in Fountains . Chailly’s is very well-rounded Respighi, and the same is true of his Rota and Shostakovich. There’s a real sense of enjoyment in all the playing, but the fun never compromises the musicians’ essential artistry.


This is a bandshell concert, so the orchestra is very closely miked before the sound can evaporate into the open air; consequently, there isn’t much sense of aural space around the instruments, aside from a very modest amount of reverb the engineers presumably added to the mix. But in scores like these, detail is a very good thing.


Visually, the program is alluring, at least during the first third, when there’s still some daylight. One of the most touching shots comes during the Shostakovich waltz used in Stanley Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut ; we see the sun setting behind the wooded hills, and then glimpse some audience members gently swaying to the music, probably without realizing they’re doing it. Such shots of the audience are employed with restraint during the first half, but director Henning Kasten seems to lose interest in the stage during Pines of Rome (exactly when most people want to see what’s going on in the orchestra), and lingers far too often and too long on boring shots of people just sitting there listening to the music. Nevertheless, the HD video is superbly crisp, and the DTS-HD surround audio makes this sound like a real orchestra, not the puny, tinny thing most ensembles become in the unkind outdoor acoustic.


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Works on This Recording

1.
Suite for Jazz Orchestra no 2, Op. 50b by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938; USSR 
2.
Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk district, Op. 29: Allegretto by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USSR 
3.
La Strada: Suite by Nino Rota
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1954; Italy 
4.
Berliner Luft by Paul Lincke
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Germany 
5.
Pines of Rome: Excerpt(s) by Ottorino Respighi
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923-1924; Rome, Italy 
6.
Fountains of Rome by Ottorino Respighi
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914-1916; Rome, Italy 
7.
Belkis, Queen of Sheba: Suite - 2nd movement, Danza guerresca by Ottorino Respighi
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934; Rome, Italy 

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