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All in all the DVD content is moderately diverting and musically pleasurable [watch and listen -- chapter 8, 52:08-53:32]. However it fails to stand out visually or attract one for repeated viewings.

The Nobilis Trio at Steinway Hall. Screenshot © 2000 D'Alessio Media Inc and NHK
The Nobilis Trio at Steinway Hall. Screenshot © 2000 D'Alessio Media Inc and NHK

The fact is I can periodically drive fifteen kilometers and attend inexpensive chamber concerts featuring similarly gifted instrumentalists performing in an uncluttered purpose-built home amidst rural surroundings.

With that in mind, for the forseeable future the Steinway Hall 'classical hour' seems likely to sit on my shelves gathering dust.

Copyright © 16 January 2008 Howard Smith, Masterton, New Zealand

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The Classical Hour at Steinway Hall - Nobilis Trio

HL00331682 NTSC DVD Stereo FIRST RELEASE 64' 2000 D'Alessio Media Inc and NHK; 2005 Amadeus Press

Nobilis Trio: Ruggero Allifranchini, violin; Suren Bagratuni, cello; Stephen Prutsman, piano

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791): Trio in B flat K502 (Allegro; Allegretto); Interview with the Nobilis Trio; Bedrich Smetana (1824-1884): Trio in G minor Op 15 (Moderato assai; Allegro ma non agitato; Finale: Presto)

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