DVD Music Review
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestras "Latin America Night"
(Waldbühner, Berlin, 1998)
Conductor Daniel Barenboim.
TDK mediactive [91 mins] EAN:545027000156.
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
The programme kicks off with a spirited performance of Ravels
Bolero followed by Bizets Carmen Suite No.1. As the evening
darkens there are short favourites including Ernesto Lecuonas
Malagueña; Horacio Salgáns A Don Agustin
Bardi; and Gerardo Matos Rodriguezs La Cumparsita. Daniel
Barenboim is the piano soloist and conducts, from the keyboard Astor
Piazollas 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
I look forward to hearing more from TDK.