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    Quote Originally Posted by RobertKC View Post
    I started this thread to discuss modern Blu-ray recordings of classical concerts (i.e., focusing on orchestral music), however the discussion has broadened to include Blu-ray audio/video recordings of opera and ballet, so I’ll share my latest acquisition of two modern ballet performances on Blu-ray.

    The following Blu-ray disc includes 2008 performances by Valery Gergiev, featuring the Mariinsky Orchestra and Ballet, in the Ballets Russes’ production of:

    • The Firebird
    • The Rite of Spring




    This Blu-ray features excellent quality 1080 high-definition video, and DTS-HD MA 5.1 audio (plus, of course, a hi-res stereo track).

    Because I’m not knowledgeable about ballet, I enjoyed the bonus tracks that include interviews that discuss the research that went into recreating the original ballet choreography for the Rite of Spring. (I’ll paraphrase one of the comments in the interview: “… the music and dance called out the primitive in audience members”.)

    If you want to experience the full dynamic impact of The Rite of Spring, listen to the DTS-HD MA 5.1 surround-sound audio track, employing a surround-sound hi-fi system that features large speakers and subwoofers. (I listened on a system with a 15” powered subwoofer, plus a 16” powered sub, and identical front (L&R), center, and rear speakers that each have two 10” woofers - i.e., a total of eight 10” woofers plus two relatively large subwoofers. I say “relatively large” because some subwoofer aficionados would describe a 16” subwoofer as “mid-size”.) The timpani and bass drum that my hi-fi system delivered from this recording were articulate, had natural timber, and – at times – were EXPLOSIVE.

    I think that it’s interesting that in this performance of The Rite of Spring, the dancers sometimes clapped their hands, stomped their feet, and pounded the floor – which apparently is true to the original performance. (Based on what I understand from the documentary.) Do orchestra-only performances (i.e., no ballet) of The Rite of Spring include these audible elements?

    The high-definition video delivers a stunning visual presentation of the dancers, costumes, and scenery.

    The Rite of Spring isn’t quite my cup of tea, but I’m glad to have this modern audio/video recording of the music and ballet.

    I very much enjoyed The Firebird – including the costumes, dancing, and music. Ekaterina Kondaurova looks beautiful dancing the role of the firebird. IMO.
    I don’t have a Surround Sound Rite, but I saw Gergiev do the Rite with the Kirov in the late nineties. I believe the Maryinski is the same Orchestra, renamed. I thought he was a bit contrived and gimmicky, but it would fill a gap....

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    Quote Originally Posted by RobertKC View Post
    I’ve been enjoying this Blu-ray box set of 2018 performances of Brahms symphonies by Paavo Järvi conducting the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen.

    Excellent audio quality (LPCM stereo, and DTS-HD MA 5.1), and video quality.

    I have been enjoying this one immensely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Triplets View Post
    I don’t have a Surround Sound Rite, but I saw Gergiev do the Rite with the Kirov in the late nineties. I believe the Maryinski is the same Orchestra, renamed. I thought he was a bit contrived and gimmicky, but it would fill a gap....
    Here is an excerpt from this performance of The Firebird. It really is stunning on Blu-ray.




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    I’ve very much enjoyed this Blu-ray of a 2018 performance of La Bayadère:



    Excellent 1080 high-definition video, excellent DTS-HD MA 5.1 audio, and beautiful performance.

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    I enjoyed this concert yesterday, via Blu-ray.

    Franz Welser-Möst leading the Cleveland Orchestra in a 2014 concert of works by Brahms:

    • Academic Festival Overture
    • Violin Concerto, featuring Julia Fischer / violin
    • Symphony # 4




    Excellent quality DTS-HD MA 5.1 audio (plus, as is typical of Blu-ray discs, a stereo track). Fischer’s violin was mixed mostly into the center channel, which I was able to adjust to what I felt was a natural blend with the orchestra.

    Excellent high-definition video.

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    Here’s the latest concert that I enjoyed via Blu-ray: Riccardo Chailly leading the Leipzig Gewandhausorchester in 2012 and 2014 performances that feature Nikolaj Znaider on violin:

    • Beethoven Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D major
    • Bach Partita No. 1 in B Minor
    • Mendelssohn Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in E Minor
    • Bach Partita No. 2 in D Minor




    Excellent DTS-HD MA 5.1 audio. Znaider’s violin was blended mostly into the front L&R speakers vs. the center channel, nonetheless the sound quality is excellent.

    Excellent high-definition video.

    Very enjoyable IMO.

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    Here’s the latest concert that I enjoyed via Blu-ray: Daniel Barenboim leading the Orchestra E Coro Del Teatro Alla Scala in a 2012 performance of Verdi’s Requiem, featuring:

    • Soprano: Anja Harteros
    • Mezzo-soprano: Elīna Garanča
    • Tenor: Jonas Kaufmann
    • Bass: René Pape




    The DTS-HD MA 5.1 audio quality is excellent. (As is generally the case with Blu-ray discs, an LPCM 24-bit stereo audio track is also available.) The dynamic range of this recording is significant, and IME the volume level must be carefully set so that the soft passages can be heard, but the loudest passages aren’t too loud. This recording requires “big boy” speakers and subwoofers(s) to recreate the frequency range and dynamic range of the performance. (There are some mighty “whacks” of the bass drum.)

    Excellent hi-def video.

    IMO this is a very enjoyable recording.

    I’m thinking about buying another Blu-ray recording of Verdi’s Requiem: Mariss Jansons leading the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Choir.

    These Blu-ray audio/video concert recordings give me something to look forward to while being sequestered due to the pandemic.

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