'Odyssey: The Chamber Music Society in Greece'
(DVD / PG / 2019 / PBS)
Overview: Ancient Greece is commonly described as the place where the Classical tradition began.
Celebrating this legacy, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (CMS) takes its extraordinary musicians to this fascinating region of the world, performing works by Mendelssohn, Beethoven and others in iconic settings.
DVD Verdict: For the first time in series history, Live From Lincoln Center takes its show outside the U.S., presenting the extraordinary musicians of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in a special broadcast across iconic settings like the Ancient Amphitheater of Larissa, the historic Church of the Taxiarchon in Pelion, and the newly opened Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center in Athens.
Featuring Emily D'Angelo, Wu Han, Aaron Boyd, Sean Lee, Arnaud Sussmann, Danbi Um, Matthew Lipman, Paul Neubauer, Dmitri Atapine, David Finckel, Tara Helen O'Connor and warmly directed by Habib Azar, 'Odyssey: The Chamber Music Society in Greece' is, quite easily, one of the most magnificent, vibrantly revealing musical journeys that I have ever seen unfold before my very eyes and ears!
In such iconic settings as those noted above (the First Ancient Theatre of Larissa, the historic Church of Pammegiston Taxiarchon at Pelion, and the newly opened Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center in Athens), this remarkable ensemble performs works by Bach, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Debussy, Ravel, and the contemporary Greek-American composer George Tsontakis.
The film also offers a sumptuous taste of Greece itself, exploring the history, mythology and ideas that have inspired classical music for centuries.
It's an Odyssey that classical music lovers won't want to miss and I implore you to buy this DVD for yourselves and allow the wonders of the cinematic scope and the magical notes played enwrap you with love; as they were always meant to do. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.