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In light of Mr Redrobe mentioning his new DVD I wanted to mention some new DVDs brought to my attention by the Oistrakh group at yahoo groups:


Francescatti DVD (plays Beethoven concerto) in the Q Disc set of 8 CDs in here:



Rostropovich/Richter, Oistrakh, and Kogan DVDs all at


Click on dvd do a keyword search...

This is the Canadian section of the company and all are reasonably priced.


The following are only available in japan, I heard they charge alot for shipping so please ask questions before you buy but they have Ivry Gitlis (plays bach) in here



(Pianist) Jorge Bolet: Piano Works of Frederic Chopin and Franz Liszt [Region-

free NTSC DVD Video on DECCA]

Amazon Japan


This DVD Video includes:

Chopin: Ballade No. 1 in G minor, Op. 23

Chopin: Nocturne in F# Major, Op. 15 no. 2

Chopin: Nocturne in F minor, Op. 55 no. 1

Chopin: Ballade No. 4 in F minor, Op. 52

Liszt: Sonetto 104 del Petrarca (Années de pelerinage, deuxieme année, Italie)

Liszt: Sonetto 123 del Petrarca (Années de pelerinage, deuxieme année, Italie)

Liszt: Venezia e Napoli: Gondliera, Canzone, Tarantella (Années de pelerinage, deuxieme année, Italie)

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'Last Night of the Proms', from the 2000 proms, used to fit in this category, but was released in the US about a month ago.

The main attraction for this board would be Hilary Hahn's perfomance of the 4th Mozart Concerto, plus encore; I vaguely remember the encore being the Presto from Bach Sonata no 1, but it's been a while since i've seen it.

It was availible only in the UK for the longest time.

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I'm no expert on this as I don't own a DVD player, but as I understand there are different region DVDs. This means that if we in the UK buy an American DVD then it will not play on the UK DVD player. I think this is to avoid the films being shipped over here before they are on release at the cinema. You can get dual region DVD players however. Just something to bear in mind.

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The sound quality on the Rostropovich/Richter is fine. There was some picture problem on fast hand movement ie. Rostropovich's vibrato, but this was only a minor distraction. Unfortunately my copy would only play on one channel, but the samples promoting the other discs played fine!! I've contacted EMI about this but have yet to hear a proper response. It could be a remastering problem or specific to certain dvd players.

I saw the Menuhin Beethoven on BBC4 this week, which received a poor review in Gramophone magazine. Have to say I found it a noble & moving performance. The orchestral opening has some tape wow problem but it thankfully settles down. The Rondo is taken at a cautious tempo, yet Menuhin makes it sound convincing. Watching his bowing is alone worth the cost of the dvd.

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