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Reviews » Blu-ray Reviews » Lucerne Festival Orchestra Concert, 2014 (Blu-ray)
Lucerne Festival Orchestra Concert, 2014 (Blu-ray)
Other // Unrated // April 28, 2015 // Region A
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Review by Neil Lumbard | posted August 9, 2015 | E-mail the Author
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Lucerne Festival Orchestra Concert Blu-ray Review The Lucerne Festival Orchestra Concert (from August 2014) is a classical music concert which features three different selections from the beloved classical composer Johannes Brahms. The concert was produced by Paul Smaczny and directed by Michael Beyer. The entire concert is performed under conductor Andris Nelsons with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra.

The works that were performed during the concert are: Serenade no. 2 in A major, op. 16, Alto Rhapsody (featuring a male chorus with orchestra), op. 53, and lastly Symphony No. 2 in D major, op. 73. This classical music performance was quite impressive. The music sounds beautiful and the orchestra seemed to put everything into their performance.

With Serenade no. 2 in A major, op. 16, the orchestra makes the music sound serene and things start out with the focus being on the orchestra. Andris Nelsons also impresses as he displays a clear enthusiasm as the orchestra conductor. With the following piece, Alto Rhapsody (featuring a male chorus with orchestra), op. 53, a choir is implemented and the results are impressive. The choir and orchestra sound excellent together.

The Bavarian Radio Choir was the accompanying choir and these singers added a quality ambiance to the piece. The orchestra was accompanied by an alto singer performance by Sara Mingardo. She has a beautiful voice and her musicianship blended well with the orchestra. The collaboration was a beautiful showcase of the strong effort made from everyone.

Lastly, Symphony No. 2 in D major, op. 73 ended the Lucerne Festival Orchestra Concert on a high note. This was an especially nice selection and one which seemed to bring forth great energy from the orchestra. It's another serene selection. It sounds sublime. Nelsons closed out the concert with a intense dedication to making beautiful music. Nelsons's conducting showed that he puts a lot of energy into performing with the orchestra. The end result is a strong classical music concert performance with music that sounds lovely and enchanting to listen to.

The Blu-ray:


Video:

The 1080p presentation is in 1.78:1 widescreen and is quite strong. The performance was well filmed and clarity is excellent. This is a reasonably strong presentation which focuses well on both the quality musicianship of the orchestra and the enthusiastic conducting by Nelsons.

Audio:

The 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio is a strong lossless audio presentation. While the surrounds were minimally used, the clarity and fidelity of the audio is strong. The music does manage to sound amazing on this release. Though there's nothing fancy about the surround implementation, the Lucerne Festival Orchestra Concert is well-reproduced and fans of the music of Johannes Brahms will appreciate how beautiful the selections sound.

Extras:

The release comes with a booklet featuring an essay written in German (and also available as a translation in English).

Final Thoughts:

Nelsons is a strong conductor who brings a lot out of the orchestra. The music selections were all from beloved classical composer Johannes Brahms. Each piece of music selected for the concert is beautiful to listen to. The choir and alto singer Sara Mingardo also added to the performance quality. The Blu-ray release features a strong presentation of the concert. The lossless quality audio is especially noteworthy as each classical piece composed by Brahms sounds superb.

Recommended.

Neil Lumbard is a lifelong fan of cinema, and a student who aspires to make movies. He loves writing, and currently does in Texas.

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