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post #1081 of 1208
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Originally Posted by R Johnson View Post

I couldn't stay awake for all of Rheingold last night ...

Neither could I smile.gif But I saw most of it and was impressed. The staging for the prelude, followed by the entrance of the Rhine maidens, and later the descent into the underworld set the tone for this production quite nicely. This singing was solid.

Of course, as the Ring goes, this is the easy one. smile.gif We'll see how Walküre and rest unfold ...

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post #1082 of 1208
^Thanx for the review.

Any others out there?
post #1083 of 1208
Wow... just as I'm really getting excited about the new MET Ring on blu, I notice that Kultur are releasing the Barenboim/Kupfer/Bayreuth Ring on blu... their website mentions "Dolby and DTS 5.1" (let's hope this turns out to be lossless)!

Now, if that Pavarotti/Muti Don Carlo were to turn up on blu I'd be thrilled....
post #1084 of 1208
I have the Kupfer dvds, and the sound is LPCM stereo, DD 5.1 and DTS 5.1 on them. That wording doesn't suggest that Kultur remakes that into lossless. I think you'll get the same soundtracks. Sorry to be the spoilsport ...
post #1085 of 1208
Thanks for the reply. I'm inclined to agree with you, although Kultur's website does say they have revisited the audio, so I'm going to hold on to a little hope. That said, I'm not going to lose sleep over it: the sound on the DVDs really is exemplary - and if that's as good as it gets, well, I guess that's ok. It'll be more interesting, I think, to see how the analogue 1125 line HD video comes across on blu.
post #1086 of 1208
I agree, picture should be a big difference. I had the La Bayadere dvd and replaced it with the blu-ray and I thought it was worth it.
post #1087 of 1208
Looks like my PBS station has the Ring now on Sunday 9/30 at 3:00 pm. Not a bad time to watch.
post #1088 of 1208
Thread Starter 
Starting at 3:00pm on a Sunday actually allows people to watch an entire opera!
Four Sunday afternoons?
post #1089 of 1208
That's how it seems to be. I checked only to October 7, when the second part is scheduled. 3:00 pm again.
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Listened to the BD of Rheingold this weekend and enjoyed it greatly.  Sound (dts-MA) was better balanced and greatly improved over the broadcast as was the picture.

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Originally Posted by Kal Rubinson View Post

Listened to the BD of Rheingold this weekend and enjoyed it greatly.  Sound (dts-MA) was better balanced and greatly improved over the broadcast as was the picture.
I am considering buying the set as my one and only Ring on BD.
Would you recommend it as such?
post #1092 of 1208
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Originally Posted by oink View Post

I am considering buying the set as my one and only Ring on BD.
Would you recommend it as such?

Only heard the Rheingold so far so I hesitate to make such a recommendation..........................yet. smile.gif

 

Kal

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I am considering buying the set as my one and only Ring on BD. Would you recommend it as such?
I'd certainly recommend it as your first BD Ring. It's not as if there are lots and lots of choices. The Lepage production is easy to re-watch. The La Fura production from Valencia is quite interesting and spectacular the first time. But it may not "wear" as well. I think I watched Rheingold from Weimar and did not care to rent the rest...
post #1094 of 1208
A very enthusiastic review of the Dudamel Mahler 8 BD:

http://www.musicalamerica.com/mablogs/?p=7684
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If it doesn’t sweep the Grammys in every eligible category, I’ll eat all the Mahler recordings in my collection.
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post #1096 of 1208
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Originally Posted by Kal Rubinson View Post

Listened to the BD of Rheingold this weekend and enjoyed it greatly.  Sound (dts-MA) was better balanced and greatly improved over the broadcast as was the picture.

Gawd, I hope so. I watched two installments via PBS and was totally underwhelmed with the sound. And, I was absolutely looking forward to this being the "bomb"!

Kal, how does the sound quality on the BD release compare to the La Fura dels Baus version?

Lee
post #1097 of 1208
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Gawd, I hope so. I watched two installments via PBS and was totally underwhelmed with the sound. And, I was absolutely looking forward to this being the "bomb"!
Kal, how does the sound quality on the BD release compare to the La Fura dels Baus version?
Lee

cool.gif  Just wrote that up for my column.  January issue.

post #1098 of 1208
I heard it through DirecTV/PBS and I didn't like it either. Sound not much more than stereo, although it was supposed to be 5.1. Voices were overemphasized in the center and the orchestra was missing. But at last the Met used body microphones. Terfel was often off in his vibrato and at the beginning of Act 2 in the Valkyrie sounded more like talking than singing. No comparison to Tomlinson. I prefer Jerusalem over Morris, too. Graham Clarke is a better Loge and at least an even Mime. Lepage didn't do it for me either. I don't think a better mix on the disk will change that.
While I'm looking forward to your review, I stick with my Kupfer/Barenboim for the time being.
post #1099 of 1208
My local PBS started a broadcast of the MET Ring the other day, but I didn't give it go.
I had already decided to go ahead and buy the BD when I can find it at a good price.
post #1100 of 1208
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In a recent email, Amazon listed "Die Meistersinger Von Nurnberg" from Glyndebourne on BD at an attractive price -- http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008GY8R98/

I ordered a copy, and shortly thereafter opened up the new issue of "BBC Music" and found that it was selected as the "DVD Choice" of the month with 5 stars for Performance and for the Recording.
post #1101 of 1208
I just got the bluray of Barenboim's Bayreuth Ring cycle. It's a big disappointment. It says hidef and 5:1 sound, but it doesn't look or sound like that. It's pretty much identical to the DVDs, with blown out whites, milky gray blacks and video halo artifacts around big contrasts. Lousy.
post #1102 of 1208
Thanks for that update on the Kupfer/Barenboim HD. Saves me the trouble of buying and returning.
I thought this forum might be interested in hearing a good high F compared to Cutlers in I Puritani.
Here are 2 examples:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=er4qNTCHZBI
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R82uNI4jnKI
Happy Thanksgiving
post #1103 of 1208
http://www.amazon.com/Tutto-Verdi-Highlights-Blu-ray/dp/B0091MW50G/ref=sr_1_2?s=movies-tv&ie=UTF8&qid=1354411715&sr=1-2&keywords=opera+verdi
For 10 bucks you get to listen to 20 excerpts (98 minutes) from a set of 26 operas. Quality varies a bit with what seems like a good I Vespri Siciliani and some other pieces, but for 10 bucks you best hear for yourself. Audio is stereo and DTS MA 5.1.
There is also a good Rigoletto for 9 bucks out there with additional excerpts, but there the audio provided for the excerpts is only stereo.
http://www.amazon.com/Rigoletto-Blu-ray-Verdi/dp/B008O2T3O0/ref=sr_1_5?s=movies-tv&ie=UTF8&qid=1354411715&sr=1-5&keywords=opera+verdi
post #1104 of 1208
I have been watching my Xmas gift to myself this morning: Wagner's Ring with the MET/Levine.

Have seen about an hour and a half of Das Rheingold.
The AV quality is excellent.
The staging imaginative and yet feels truthful to Wagner's vision.

Also watched the separate documentary: Wagner's Dream.
It's primarily about the technical difficulties encountered in this production.
Very interesting stuff....the engineering obstacles were mind-blowing and took a lot of balls to even attempt such a thing.
post #1105 of 1208

Beethoven

Hello,

I was wondering if anyone can recommend a good Blu-ray Beethoven concert.
post #1106 of 1208
Finished up Rheingold and loved it.
Watching the Gods ascending to Valhalla was very cool and beautifully done IMO.
post #1107 of 1208
I have the 5 piano concerts with Barenboim and I am waiting for the disc with Buchbinder. I let you know which one I prefer in a few days.
If you go back in this thread a few months, you can read what I thought about the 9 symphonies with Thielemann.
post #1108 of 1208
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I have the 5 piano concerts with Barenboim and I am waiting for the disc with Buchbinder. I let you know which one I prefer in a few days.
If you go back in this thread a few months, you can read what I thought about the 9 symphonies with Thielemann.
For Christmas, I bought the wife Perahia's DVD set recorded in 1988.
She loves it.

Hard to top his performance IMO.
post #1109 of 1208
Tutto Verdi Box
Bargain from amazon.fr for $380 (EUR280)
post #1110 of 1208
Barenboim or Buchbinder, that is the question.

Well, the bad news first: None is perfect.
The Barenboim disc (PCM 5.1) has the wider sound stage. You sit in the front row and the piano is emphasized here. But the orchestra is arranged unconventional. The celli are next to the violins and the double bases behind the two on the left. Violas on the right. So you don't get that clean violin sound from the left, it's often “muddied” by the lower frequency string instruments next and behind them and the right side sounds kind of bland, stringwise.
The Buchbinder disc (DTS-HD 5.0) has the more conventional orchestra set-up with the celli and double bases more on the right side, which I prefer. But the sound stage is not that wide and it sounds more like you sit in row 8. The piano seems more in line with the orchestra and is not as emphasized as on the Barenboim disc.
As far as the playing is concerned, I prefer Buchbinder, but that could just be the result of the orchestra set-up.
Picture is fine in both cases and the top menu doesn't let you chose a specific concert right from the start on either disc.
So either conventional from a bit of a distance or unconventional up close.
Still, for about 30 Dollars per disc for 5 concerts in HD, quite a bargain.
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