May 2000 Film Music CD Reviews

Film Music Editor: Ian Lace
Music Webmaster Len Mullenger

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DVD Music Review

Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra’s "Latin America Night" (Waldbühner, Berlin, 1998)
Conductor – Daniel Barenboim.
TDK mediactive [91 mins] EAN:545027000156.
Purchase from: Blackstar £22

This is the first, and I am sure not the last DVD classical music video that we have had for review on Film Music on the Web.

It is a recording of an open-air concert in 1998, in a Berlin park attended, incredibly, by 20,000 people. The Berlin Philharmonic play, with great enthusiasm and to enthusiastic applause, a popular concert under the title, "Latin America Night".

The programme kicks off with a spirited performance of Ravel’s Bolero followed by Bizet’s Carmen Suite No.1. As the evening darkens there are short favourites including Ernesto Lecuona’s Malagueña; Horacio Salgán’s A Don Agustin Bardi; and Gerardo Matos Rodriguez’s La Cumparsita. Daniel Barenboim is the piano soloist and conducts, from the keyboard Astor Piazolla’s magnificent, romantic Adiós Nonino, which is something of a one-movement, 14-minute concerto with a ravishing melody. If you are not familiar with some of these titles, you will most probably know the music, much of which has been used in films down the years.

A colourful, highly enjoyable, undemanding concert. The DVD Digital 5.1sound is excellent, well defined and with wide perspectives and the pictures are first-class too.

I look forward to hearing more from TDK.


Ian Lace



Ian Lace

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