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Carmina Burana: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra [Blu-ray] [2013] [Region Free]

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Product details

  • Actors: Sally Matthews, Lawrence Brownlee, Christian Gerhaher, Runfunkchor Berlin, The Berlin Philharmoniker
  • Format: Classical
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, German, French, Spanish, Japanese
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Euroarts
  • DVD Release Date: 3 Feb. 2014
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00GZALXPA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 98,883 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Product Description

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Carmina Burana

Sally Matthews, Lawrence Brownlee, Christian Gerhaher
Rundfunkchor Berlin
Berliner Philharmoniker
Sir Simon Rattle, conductor

Recorded live at the Philharmonie Berlin 31 December 2004

  • A joyful celebration welcoming the New Year, this Gala from Berlin presents the world-renowned Berlin Philharmonic, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle, in Carl Orff's famous Carmina Burana, an intensely dramatic cantata that remains one of the most widely performed works from the twentieth century.
  • With an exceptional vocal line-up soprano Sally Matthews, tenor Lawrence Brownlee and baritone Christian Gerhaher.
  • Featuring the Rundfunchor Berlin with Chorus Master Simon Halesey as well as the Knabenchor des Staats- und Domchores Berlin
  • Carl Orff's Carmina Burana is one of the most popular and exiting classical works.
  • Christian Gerhaher had received his second Echo-Klassik in the year of the recording of this performance.
  • This is the only Carmina Burana on Blu-ray Disc to date.


Picture Format BD: 1080i - 16:9
Sound Format BD: PCM Stereo
Disc Format: BD 25
Region code: All
Booklet notes: English, German, French
Subtitles: English, German, French, Spanish, Japanese
Running time: 89 mins
FSK: 0

Review

Rattle offers a refined,even strait-laced reading. --BBC Music Magazine,Feb'11 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I hardly know where to start: The picture quality is quite terrible, possibly the worst I have ever seen on a classical Blu-ray disc (although the equally terrible Tchaikovsky symphony set by Gergiev runs it close). multi-coloured lights on all sides distort everything as if one was in a pop concert. (Perhaps that was the idea but it is NOT what I was looking for!)The performers hair seem almost frosted and the instruments flash as if coated in minute diamonds! Skin at times flashes as if it was snake skin! Focus is extremely soft and at times almost deliberately out of focus and colour balance is very blue/pink. It has an extreme digital look that is very tiring on the eyes. The sound is only stereo, which for a work like Carmina Burana is simply inadequate to convey the power of this work. I thought my equipment must be at fault so tried the disc on another player and Sony TV but with the same effect. The orchestral playing and singing is fine as far as it goes but a Blu-ray performance of Carmina should be a total production and this is most certainly not that. It is sold at full price and would be bad value at a discount. I could hardly watch it through to the end before writing this review. How it ever got past basic quality approval is a mystery as EuroArts are usually very good, but they have completely lost the plot here. My advice is save your money.
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While understanding some of the adverse comments I thoroughly enjoyed this performance. I may have been less irritated because I was not watching the Blu-Ray disc but the ordinary DVD. Also do not have DTS, I find it too overpowering, so was perfectly satisfied with Dolby Digital. I don't think I have ever watched a full performance of Carmina Burana. Much of the music was familiar to me but I got very hooked by the whole performance. I shall now certainly try and watch some other versions of the work but I shall be surprised if I then don't want to watch this again. It did have another bonus for me, unlike many other oratorios this had subtitles so I always knew what they were singing about.
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Format: Blu-ray
I'm writing this review so that Carmina Burana fans who would enjoy this exhilarating performance are not unduly put off by the negative reviews. If you know what to expect, and are willing to accept it, it would make a fine addition to your Carmina Burana collection. The soloists are all magnificent, as are the orchestra and choirs. I really feel for the poor swan, the abbot deserves all the "wafnas" he gets, it's surprising anyone is left standing after the "bibits", and Sally Matthews succumbs so sweetly. For a normal concert performance (i.e. not semi-staged) it is very animated. The facial expressions and body language of the soloists, and often the choir, are so in keeping with what they are singing. It is a performance that really need to be watched, not just listened to.

As for the video quality, most of what you will read in the negative reviews is true. I fully understand why anyonne expecting normal Blu-ray quality would be very disappointed. It was recorded in 2004, pre Blu-ray. Although there are some HD recordings that date back to then, and before, they are not common and this is not one of them. I assume it was filmed in standard definition and upscaled for Blu-ray. There is some value in doing that - as long as the purchaser knows what to expect. Higher bit rate and more advanced compression result in fewer artefacts than there would be on DVD.

A last word. I've based my review on the HD stream available in the Berliner Philharmoniker's Digital Concert Hall to which I subscribe. The Blu-ray should be higher quality, it certainly shouldn't be any less.
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Format: Blu-ray
In addition to the quality of the blu-ray itself (see other reviews), the music is also a problem. Rattle tries so hard to be original that he ends up being unbearable. Soft passages are too soft and loud passages are too loud. The worst is that he seems to have a train to catch or to be in a hurry to get home to Magdalena and the kids; I had rever heard such a preposterous last part of "Oh, Fortuna". To avoid, totally.
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This disc should never have been released on blu ray. There is no surround sound and the colours are garish
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