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Exactly what it says on the box
on 16 March 2013
I bought this because the children were studying the work at school. What you get is a pin-sharp HD recording of a live ballet performance. The dance I know nothing about, but it looks highly competent and we all enjoyed it. The music is beautifully played but recorded quite distantly. On even a reasonable sound system, this adds a nice, realistic bloom to the acoustic. The necessarily mediocre sound from small speakers in a flat-screen TV do it no justice, and it comes out sounding a bit muddled and confused.
I like this recording and would recommend it, but for five stars I'd like the option of seeing the orchestra, particularly in this work where the narrator so carefully introduces the instruments; I'm sure this is partly the reason the school's music teacher chose this piece. Blu-ray is a technologically sophisticated medium, and it would be great if we could choose to see the instrumentalists at work. I'd actually prefer that to the seemingly obligatory "bonus feature" about making the recording, which I really can't be bothered to watch.