2021-01-03 06:25:33 UTC
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Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream, overture and excerpts, Op.21 & 61
Tchaikovsky: Manfred, Symphony in B minor, Op.58
Lucerne Festival Orchestra / Riccardo Chailly
Recorded LIVE at Lucerne Festival, August 2017. Blu-ray Disc (BD).
Artistic and Executive director: Michael Haefliger.
Produced by Paul Smaczny.
Directed by Michael Beyer.
A Production of Accentus Music in Co-production with Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen, SRG and Arte G.E.I.E. in Association with Arte Concerte and Lucerne Festival © 2018 Accentus Music.
Producers: Maria Stodtmeyer, Markus Wicker, Jean Wittersheim, Sabine Muller.
Audio producer: Sebastian Braun.
Balance engineer: Toine Mertens.
Senior production manager: Oliver Rieger.
Assistant director: Christian Linße.
Director of photography: Nyika Jancso.
Camera: Martin Baer, Jürgen Clemens, Rolf Gihsa, Winfried Herrmann, Manuel Lucentim, Andreas Splett, Peter Steffen, Manuela Wiebach.
Lighting: Hendrik Thomas.
Video engineers: Sascha Bohnstedt, Mirko Szappat.
Vision mixer: Barbara Saxer.
Floor manager: Sabine Koch.
Edited by Steffan Herrmann.
Color grading: Kay Dombrowsky.
Post-production manager: Diana Kallauke.
Assistant editor: Karoline Vielemeyer.
DVD/Blu-ray premastering: Versatil GbR.
Executive producer DVD: Paul Smaczny.
Label manager: Christin Lindße.
Photos: Stefan Deuber/Lucerne Festival.
Design: Heidi Falk.
Artwork & editorial © 2018 Accentus Music.
16:9 NTSC. Full HD.
DTS HD Master Audio. PCM Stereo.
Riccardo Chailly appears courtesy of DECCA Classics.
COMMENT: What is not to like here? Nothing. Chailly is routinely excellent, producing orchestral sound of the highest refinement, lustruous textures, teasing out melodies and coaxing harmonic tension with a natural ease and vivid musicial imagination. Would love to see him conduct in concert one day, the CSO would be a fine choice. The Manfred is not super-Slavic, by any stretch, but it’s colorful, full of wit and character and, most important, “of a piece”. In other words, it hangs together very nicely. Up there with Petrenko’s on Naxos from 14 years ago. As for the Mendelssohn, I never tire of the piece. I love it. Chailly—really, the orchestra—does it justice. Fantastic all-around then. Great way to start 2021.