The Mumbai Concerts

 

The Mumbai Concerts. In 2018 Zubin Mehta conducts the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra at the National Center for Performing Arts in Mumbai, India. Features violinist Pinchas Zukerman, cellist Amanda Forsyth, and pianist Denis Matsuev. This disc presents two concerts that were performed on back-to-back nights.

The first night's program:

  1. Antonín Dvořák Carnival Overture
  2. Ludwig van Beethoven Concerto for Violin and Orchestra
  3. Maurice Ravel La Valse & Daphnis et Chloé, Suite No. 2

The second night's program:

  1. Johann Strauss Overture from Die Fledermaus
  2. Johannes Brahms Double Concerto in A minor, Op. 102
  3. Peter Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1

Directed by Michael Beyer; produced by Paul Smaczny. Released 2018, disc has 5.1 dts-HD Master Audio sound. Grade: NA

This recording is possibly a value breakthrough with almost 5 hours of music on one disc. Most of the Accentus symphony titles of German orchestras have a paltry 60 to 90 minutes of music on a Blu-ray disc that can hold so much more content. When challenged, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra is probably capable of world-class work. So the big question will be whether the folks producing this were able to get a first-class recording made with the orchestra traveling to the rather exotic location of Mumbai. This was, we assume, a big deal in India celebrating the success of local hero Mehta. So we would be hopeful that the resources were present to make a top-notch sound and video recording.

We find no official trailer on YouTube now.

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