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Rafael Kubelik: A Portrait (2007) {2 DVD9}

9-07-2014, 18:27

Rafael Kubelik: A Portrait (2007) {2 DVD9}

Artist: Rafael Kubelik
Title Of Album: A Portrait
Year Of Release: 2007
Genre: Classical
Video: NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR
Audio: Not specified (LinearPCM, 2 ch), Not specified (DTS, 6 ch), Not specified (Dolby AC3, 2 ch), Deutsch (Dolby AC3, 2 ch)
Time: 304 min
Total Size: 15,3 Gb

Deutsche Grammophon's big three conductors in the stereo era were Herbert von Karajan, Karl Böhm, and Rafael Kubelik -- which just goes to show how many great conductors there were in those halcyon days. But while in the digital era Karajan's is still a household name in musical homes, Böhm's is barely recalled and Kubelik's hardly registers -- which just goes to show how easily the greats of one generation become the unknowns of the next. This state of affairs, however deplorable, is inevitable, and for those of the digital generation it leaves the work of a great many unknowns to be rediscovered.

Few would be as deserving of rediscovery as Kubelik. As the performances on these two DVDs show, Kubelik had everything one could want in a great conductor: luminous textures, propulsive rhythms, surging lyricism, soaring drama, and total artistic integrity. With the three best continental orchestras, the Berlin Philharmoniker, the Wiener Philharmoniker, and the Concertgebouw Orchestra, Kubelik performs some of the finest works in the standard Austro-Germanic orchestral repertoire: Mozart's "Prague" Symphony, Beethoven's Second and Third symphonies plus his Leonore IIIOverture, and Bruckner's Fourth Symphony. With his elegant gestures, muscular baton technique, and subtly expressive face, Kubelik's Mozart is gracefully sublime, his Beethoven is brashly heroic, and his Bruckner is the musical peasant-saint we all knew he was. Despite the varying venues, the big, detailed sound is uniformly superb, but the visuals are at best tolerable and at worst unwatchable: some of Kubelik's close-ups in the Concertgebouw performances are much too close for comfort.

Rafael Kubelik: A Portrait (2007) {2 DVD9}
DVD1 128'19
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
01. Opening Credits
Symphony No. 38 In D Major, K. 504 "Prague"
02. Adagio-Allegro
03. II. Andante
04. III. Presto

Wiener Philharmoniker

Ludwig Van Beethoven
05. Opening Credits
06. Overture "Leonore III", Op. 72a

Concertgebouw Orchestra

Symphony No. 2 In D Major, Op. 36
07. I. Adagio Molto - Allegro Con Brio
08. II. Larghetto
09. III. Scherzo. Allegro
10. IV. Allegro Molto

Concertgebouw Orchestra

11. Opening Credits
Symphony No. 3 In E Flat Major, Op. 55 "Eroica"
12. I. Allegro Con Brio
13. II. Marcia Funebre. Adagio Assai
14. III. Scherzo. Allegro Vivace
15. IV. Finale. Allegro Molto

Berliner Philharmoniker

DVD2 67'15 + 109'02 (bonus)
Anton Bruckner
01. Opening Credits

Symphony No. 4 In E Flat Major "Romantic"
02. I. Bewegt, Nicht Zu Schnell
03. II. Andante Quasi Allegretto
04. III. Scherzo. Bewegt - Trio. Nicht Zu Schnell, Keinesfalls Schleppend
05. IV. Finale. Bewegt, Doch Nicht Zu Schnell

Wiener Philharmoniker

Rehearsal/ Probe/ Repetition (Bruckner - Symphony No.4)
Rafael Kubelik: Bilder aus dem Leben eines Musikers
(Scenes from a musical life)

Rafael Kubelik: A Portrait (2007) {2 DVD9}

Rafael Kubelik: A Portrait (2007) {2 DVD9}

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