The polished playing and sophisticated sound of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra - one of the finest ensembles in the world - is impressively demonstrated on this DVD featuring some of the most virtuosic works from the Spanish and French repertoires conducted by Daniel Barenboim, whose especial fondness for these pieces has him entering the orchestral fray with matching fire and passion.
Pierre Boulez, Notations I–IV
Claude Debussy, La Mer
Manuel de Falla, El sombrero de tres picos (The Three-Cornered Hat)
Elisabete Matos (mezzo-soprano)
Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Daniel Barenboim (conductor)
Recorded live at the Kölner Philharmonie, 25–27 April 2000
Bonus: Daniel Barenboim in conversation with Pierre Boulez