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Selected concerts can now be viewed for free on the NHK Symphony Orchestra site..... Not quite the video or sound quality of the Berlin Philharmonic "Digital Concert Hall", but at least it's free and an opportunity to watch video of recent NHK Symphony concerts. (I believe the NHK is currently the best symphony orchestra in the world.)
The current video, which can be viewed until the end of June, led by resident conductor Junichi Hirokami, includes Bruch's Violin Concerto with Daniel Hope on the violin..... Followed by Beethoven's Seventh Symphony.
Hope put forth a decent performance of the Bruch concerto, but has the common failing of being "choppy" (lacking lyricism) in the final movement. Hirokami's B-7 was also decent, he captures the articulations in the final movement, albeit some "strange" phrasings in the recapitulation. The first two movements should be played without pause, but wasn't done this way here. But still, one of the better B-7's I've heard in recent time.
Thanks for letting us know about this. Finally got to listen on my system. I found the sound to be a lot more blended than that from the Philharmonie, which has multiple mikes scattered among the musicians. There seems to be something approaching the "Decca Tree" over it all here. Is the NHK in its origins not a radio orchestra?
The Bruch was IMO forgettable but the B-7 very spirited. I enjoyed the joy of the conductor--so many conduct Beethoven with a scowl. I think you mean the LAST two movements are usually played without a pause. Just a performance practice; no score indication IIRC.
Will be looking for others as they appear.
The site speaks of an app with "high resolution streaming." Any indication of how high?
The "PrimeSeat" app can be downloaded for DSD5.6MHz or PCM96kHz/24bit audio-only playback. It's free and I tried it. Wasn't appreciably more resolute on my computer system than the video. But my PC isn't exactly audiophile approved......
This wasn't one of the NHK Symphony's "normal" venues (NHK Hall or Suntory Hall). I personally never saw the place before. (Or it may have been a venue that had undergone major renovation.) While I watched the video, I got the impression that the conductor wasn't hearing the back of the orchestra as well as he would have liked to, and tended up make them "overplay" at times. (The brass sounded uncharacteristically "sluggish".) Especially the very end of the B-7. (I watched another B-7 a week earlier by the VPO in the Musikverein, and the back of the orchestra was heard a lot more clearly.)
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