Genres: Musicals & Performing Arts


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Genres: Musicals & Performing Arts
Sub-Genres: Classical
Format: DVD Audio
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0

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Incompatible w/ Acura TL DVD-A Player
jds20 | Los Angeles, CA | 03/04/2004
(1 out of 5 stars)

"As a couple other reviewers found, this disc cannot be played on the new Acura TL DVD Audio system, despite what the disc's manufacturer or Acura say."
Not for the ACURA TL
J. F. Reilly | Philadelphia PA | 04/25/2005
(1 out of 5 stars)

"Wish I had seen the review for this disc posted by jds20 and others before buying - It does not work with my Acura TL's system.. The system works fine and the Mehta / Israel Philharmonic DVD-A of Mahler's 2nd (purchased at the same time as this disc) sounds spectacular."
It is nice to be able to listen to an orchestra again
Jason P. Gold | Long Beach, CA | 06/11/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I grew up listening exclusively to classical music. WFLN AM/FM in Philadelphia. At the end of the piece, the announcer would tell you who the conductor, orchestra and soloist were, and sometimes the label, year of the recording, and so on. Like the announcer, some of the reviewers below are discussing the virtues of various interpretive styles. Nice to know that some people truly appreciate the fine distinctions in various interpretations of this great music. I'm not that sophisticated. I just like it 'cause it sounds good.

Others give this DVD-A low ratings because it won't play in their Hondas. Get a life! The purpose of DVD-A is lost in a car with engine noise and traffic and road noise. Get a good Nakamichi or 3-head Tascam cassette deck and record it to tape and then you can play it in a car.

The fact is that for the past 25 years, all we have had for music reproduction is the CD, which could not possibly reproduce music made by a full 100 piece orchestra and sound right. CDs sounded horrible. Gritty, edgy, uncomfortable, squeeky. A bevy of violins sounds like they were played with saws. Brass instruments, like trombones and trumpets, sounded like kiddie horns. Woodwinds sounded like --- you know! Thhhpptttt! This is because CDs do not contain enough data to filter out the noise created by converting an analog sound to 44.1 kHz digital. DVD-Audio, with two to ten times the data of a CD, has enough to filter out the audible errors created by digization.

Here, you get a good solid performance of one of the greatest and most revolutionary pieces of music ever written, and it sounds like an orchestra instead of like a gaggle of screetching parrots. The voices in the choral section sound like -- human voices! And the album can be listened to for more than 15 minutes without causing tooth pain. (My dentist in Philadelphia used to play WFLN too!) If I may quote the Ode to Joy from the 4th movement, "O friends! Not these [awful] sounds [from a cd]! But let us strike up more pleasant sounds and more joyful!" Sometimes, the POWERS THAT BE IN THE MUSIC BIZ do it right! Thanks guys! I can listen to a classical orchestra again!

For those with just a DVD Video player, I recommend spending the money on a DVD-A player and a good 5.1 system. The high resolution sound track is more natural and easier to listen to than the DTS track."
Not up to snuff
Wayne Rash | Clifton, VA USA | 02/02/2004
(2 out of 5 stars)

"This is a disappointing recording in many ways. The performance is not particularly inspired, although it's adequate. More importantly, while it may be on DVD, it doesn't include all six channels. In fact, after listening to the rather thin sound, I performed some tests and found that all that's on this disc appears to be the right and left, and the center front channel. The other three channels are missing. There are plenty of other terrific classical DVD Audio discs out there, but unfortunately, this isn't one of them.And, it doesn't play on all DVD Audio players, most notably the player on the Acura TL."