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    bigshot: I own the Prokofiev “Romeo & Juliet” Blu-ray you listed. As I recall it’s excellent.

    Pugg: I had the “Cosi Fan Tutte” Blu-ray in my “Saved for Later” section of Amazon, and decided to go ahead and buy it. I’m not a big fan of Mozart opera, however I’ll see “Cosi Fan Tutte” live next season as part of my season subscription to my local opera company, so this recording will help me learn the opera.

    Regarding Blu-ray (and Ultra HD Blu-ray) of opera, and ballet, perhaps we should have separate threads for each? I have a number of Blu-rays of opera and ballet, and am always looking for more. Your thoughts?
    Last edited by RobertKC; Feb-20-2018 at 19:31.

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    I don't see any difference between classical and opera and ballet

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    Please recommend Blu-ray (and Ultra HD Blu-ray) videos of opera and ballet that feature excellent video and audio quality.

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    Wagner: Ring of the Nibelung - Mehta / Valencia http://amzn.to/2Hz13SD (highlights http://amzn.to/2EJoECj )
    Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier - Karajan / VPO Schwarzkopf http://amzn.to/2GzVUbp
    Mozart: Don Giovanni - Maazel Raimondi Dir. Losey http://amzn.to/2CC55FV
    Verdi: La Traviata - Royal Opera Fleming http://amzn.to/2sFLkO6
    Bizet: Carmen - Domingo http://amzn.to/2ookapB

    The Royal Ballet and Royal Opera boxes are great bargains for excellent stagings on the whole
    http://amzn.to/2ETXojD
    http://amzn.to/2EY0gw3

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigshot View Post
    Wagner: Ring of the Nibelung - Mehta / Valencia http://amzn.to/2Hz13SD (highlights http://amzn.to/2EJoECj )
    Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier - Karajan / VPO Schwarzkopf http://amzn.to/2GzVUbp
    Mozart: Don Giovanni - Maazel Raimondi Dir. Losey http://amzn.to/2CC55FV
    Verdi: La Traviata - Royal Opera Fleming http://amzn.to/2sFLkO6
    Bizet: Carmen - Domingo http://amzn.to/2ookapB

    The Royal Ballet and Royal Opera boxes are great bargains for excellent stagings on the whole
    http://amzn.to/2ETXojD
    http://amzn.to/2EY0gw3
    As good as they are bigshot, they do not fit in opening post, must be new recordings.

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    Doesn't matter.

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    I welcome and appreciate all recommendations. With that said, I’d like for this thread to primarily focus on recordings with the best possible audio (hi-res multi-channel) and video quality (1080 or UHD), which IME means a modern high-definition recording, vs. an older recording being delivered on a Blu-ray disk. However – I sometimes make exceptions. For example, I enjoy the Blu-ray of “La Bayadere” by Rudolf Nureyev, even though it is an older (1994) recording that has stereo sound (not surround-sound), and the audio and video aren’t quite state-of-the art. Similarly, I enjoy Benoit Jacquot’s film adaptation of “Tosca” that was recorded on 35mm film (1992), and is currently available on 4kUHD and Blu-ray. (I hope that Zeffirelli’s film adaptation (1983) of “La Traviata” starring Stratas and Domingo is remastered and delivered on Blu-ray.)

    Back on topic regarding modern Blu-ray concert videos, yesterday I ordered from ArkivMusic the “Bruckner: Symphonies Nos. 4-9” Blu-ray box set that I mentioned above. Plus, another Blu-ray titled: ”Madrid Recital / Rattle, Achucarro”. I’ll post my impressions after I’ve viewed them.

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    All of the ones I mentioned have fantastic image and sound.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigshot View Post
    Doesn't matter.

    For me it doesn't no.
    Quote Originally Posted by bigshot View Post
    All of the ones I mentioned have fantastic image and sound.
    I agree on this completely .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pugg View Post
    For me it doesn't no.
    That's a shame. Sorry for letting you down like that.

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    "New York City Ballet in Paris." Good video, good enough sound, good ballets, and one of the very few commercial releases featuring the current principal dancers.

    https://www.amazon.com/New-York-City...t+in+paris+dvd

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    Quote Originally Posted by RobertKC View Post
    I’ve recently been enjoying Blu-ray videos of classical concerts. I’ve found that Blu-ray video is as close as I can achieve in my home to the symphony hall experience.

    I’d like for this thread to focus on TC members’ recommendations for Blu-ray videos of classical music based on the following criteria:

    1. Top quality video and audio, which probably means a relatively recent recording that was captured in hi-res. (Garbage-in / garbage-out – an old recording won’t be transformed just because it’s delivered on a Blu-ray disc.)
    2. An overall enjoyable experience for the viewer/listener, which means excellent audio/video and an engaging performance – without getting into a debate about what is the “definitive” performance of a composition in the history of recorded music.


    Please share your suggestions.
    It was in the back of my mind and suddenly I knew the thread, perhaps this helps also , take a special look at Luukas's post's

    Quadraphonic/4-Channel Classical Recordings

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    Quote Originally Posted by RobertKC View Post
    I saw the following Blu-ray video box set of Bruckner: Symphonies Nos. 4-9, but Amazon appears to be sold out of the Blu-ray. (Apparently Amazon has the DVD in stock – which I’m not interested in.) A few sellers are asking inflated prices for the Blu-ray - which I won’t pay.

    I’ve watched/listened to this “Bruckner: Symphonies Nos. 4-9” Blu-ray box set. Excellent audio quality (DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1). The video quality was good, with some minor occasional video “noise” in dark areas of the screen.

    Not my favorite of the Blu-ray box sets that I’ve bought, or the best value. Nonetheless I enjoyed this series of concerts on Blu-ray, and I think it was worth the $99.99 US I paid. (I had to wait about 2 months for this box set to be in stock at Amazon.)

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    Today I received this Blu-ray video of Khatia Buniatishvili performing:

    Liszt: Piano Concerto No. 2
    Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 1



    I particularly enjoyed the Liszt. Excellent audio quality (Dolby Digital 5.1 | Dolby Atmos compatible Dolby True HD 7.1) and HD video. Good value on Amazon: $15.33, free shipping.

    After watching Khatia, I was inspired to pull the following DVD from my shelf. I love Yuga Wang’s performance of Mendelssohn Piano Concerto No. 1, particularly the Andante. Excellent audio (Dolby Digital 5.1 | DTS 5.1). When played on my Oppo UDP-205, the video quality of this DVD looks as good as Blu-ray.



    For some reason I then felt inspired to pull the following Blu-ray from my shelf of Anna Netbrebko in La Boheme:



    And this excellent Blu-ray of Anna and Elina Garanca (particularly Elina singing “Mon coeur s'ouvre à ta voix”):



    These videos got me thinking … I hope that Joyce DiDonato releases a Blu-ray that includes this performance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7zk8W4OwjGk

    And I’d buy any Blu-ray video that Tatyana Ryzhkova releases …
    Last edited by RobertKC; Jul-15-2018 at 06:04.

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    What a marvellous post.

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