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5.0 out of 5 stars As Good as it gets for 3D Symphonic/Orchestral Repertoire., 13 Feb 2013
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This review is from: Rachmaninov/ Mahler: Berliner Philharmoniker (Sir Simon Rattle, The Berliner Philharmoniker) (Live Recording Singapore) (Euroarts: 2058904) [Blu-ray] [2013] (Blu-ray)
It can safely be said that this is the best 3D Blu Ray disc of purely orchestral music, available currently. Of course the picture and sound quality are exceptionally good - full HD 3D and DTS_HD Master Audio surround sound. But really, there isn't anything else out there and those looking for 3D Blu Ray discs of this kind of repertoire have been badly served. As far as I am aware there is nothing comparable to have been released so far.

The Berliner and their star conductor are very much in demand at the moment, with every concert sold out and subscriptions taken up well into the future. So in order to allow more people to see them, there has been a big programme of filming performances and showing them in cinemas and online. This is no doubt why we have a 3D recording and it is good to have the chance to see what 3D can do for a big orchestra like this one.

So, in the concert hall it is evident that a big symphony orchestra is very much a 3-Dimensional experience. With 3D TV, you do get a different perspective that is more like the concert experience and it is possible to appreciate the complexity of the sound and the scale of the operation. The 3D image does allow you to pick out players and see what is going on, in more detail. Some effects of 3D can be strange, but interesting - there were moments where it felt like the harp was in front of the TV screen and we were seeing the rest of the orchestra through its strings.

Overall though, this is very much a success and it does draw you in and adds something to the experience. We get to see a lot of Simon Rattle, but with the 3D, we can always see more depth and the surrounding orchestra - he even throws the bouqet presented to him out into the audience - possibly aware of the 3D consequence. The orchestra sound magnificent, with huge string tone and thunderous lows from percussion. Brass and horns sound rich and provide a highlight in the finale.

The package is quite austere - no extras apart from a few adverts for other discs - and it would have been nice to have some idea of how 3D filming was considered and achieved in the concert hall; what were the film-makers thinking about?

However given the paucity of comparable material, I think we have to celebrate the fact we have over 2 hours of wonderful music-making, captured in state-of-the-art technology and hope that we get more of the same!
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Initial post: 27 Mar 2013 19:02:17 GMT
Last edited by the author on 27 Mar 2013 19:17:02 GMT
Hello Bruce:

Personally, I think 3D is a novelty which the Manufacturers introduced to try and boost sales of Players and TVs, but only time will tell!

There is some excellent 3D on the "Lang Lang - Live in Vienna" Blu-Ray**. The reason it looked so good may be that I viewed it on an 84" Sony 4K TV ($25,000 List Price!). However, I'm not impressed with the upscaling that 4K TV does with Blu-Ray, because skin texture doesn't look natural to me.

I assume 4K has arrived in the UK by now - if not, just Google it for details: 4 times as many Pixels as Blu-Ray! However, it appears to be only an interim Format on the way to TRUE UHDTV which will have a total of over 33 Million Pixels - bring it on!

Best Wishes

p.s.**There is also some EXCELLENT music making on this Disc - I can't recommend it too highly!!

In reply to an earlier post on 1 May 2014 09:24:01 BDT
Last edited by the author on 1 May 2014 09:25:04 BDT
Bruce says:
3D is very different to just having higher and higher resolution. It's all about "depth of field". If you are a photographer - then you know that with a flat 2D image - some things in the picture are sharp and clear, while others are blurred. Typically, the foreground will be sharp and then things further back will not be in focus - but with 3D it can all be in focus at the same time. So with a large symphony orchestra, you can see all of them in sharp detail - not just the front row!
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