Today's guest blogger is Music Librarian David Waring, who reviews the following DVD:
Concerto for Orchestra / Bela Bartok DVD 784.185 BARTO BARTO
The Concerto for Orchestra is one of the more accessible pieces in the Bartok oeuvre and here benefits from both the Berlin Philharmonic's inspired performance under Pierre Boulez and the superior production values common to releases in EuroArt's 'Discovering Masterpieces of Classical Music' series. The fact that the proceedings were filmed in Lisbon's Mosteiro dos Jeronimos enhances visual appeal, although perhaps a tad too much attention is paid to the church's stunning interior details. No matter, Bartok's alternately delicate and powerful orchestration more than carries the day; especially as the BPO, in fine form, rises to the challenge of this technically challenging piece. A separate documentary disc provides background on the composers life and the Concerto's creation.
(Thanks David. Patrons interested in seeing this DVD can reserve it from our catalog here. -Ed)