Magazine article Gramophone

A Classical Music Video Catalogue for Amazon Prime Users

Magazine article Gramophone

A Classical Music Video Catalogue for Amazon Prime Users

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Beethoven

For subscribers to Amazon Prime, the service that grants you 'free' delivery of your shopping, as well as access to Amazon's substantial video library, there are--tucked away on the Prime Video site--a number of channels that you can find under the heading 'Featured Channels'. One of these (nestling under 'More to Explore'), and which costs 5.99 [pounds sterling] per month, is Stingray Classica. It offers a large classical library embracing filmed concerts (symphonic, choral, instrumental, chamber and opera), documentaries and some dance. Many of the big names are here: Rubinstein, Abbado, Chailly, Lang Lang, Mutter, Fleming ...

A quartet of Beethoven films caught my eye: two of which place Beethoven's Ninth Symphony centre stage. The concert performance of the work is not as advertised on the site. Rather than being from the cycle that Claudio Abbado gave with the Berlin Philharmonic in Rome's Accademia di Santa Cecilia in 2001, it's a Philharmonie Berlin performance from 2000. Quite swift, supple, energetic and beautifully controlled it moves inexorably toward the finale in which the two women soloists (Mattila and Urmana) are superb and the Swedish choruses are terrific. …

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