Waldbuhne in Berlin

COMPOSERS: Various
LABELS: TDK
WORKS: Russian Night (Ozawa); American Night (Rattle)
PERFORMER: Soloists; Berlin PO
CATALOGUE NO: DV-CBOXI (3 discs),

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My qualms have been somewhat tempered by the arrival of a series from TDK of six of the Berlin Philharmonic’s popular annual midsummer open-air concerts from the WALDBUHNE.

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The sight and sound of the austere Berlin Phil letting its collective hair down with the likes of Simon Rattle, Daniel Barenboim and Claudio Abbado makes a refreshing change from all those solemn, self-important ‘Karajan Legacy for Home Video’ releases.