Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Zubin Mehta Mahler Symphony No2 Resurrection |
Genres: Musicals & Performing Arts
This disc is a real sleeper. It goes without saying that the Israel Philharmonic knows its Mahler--they've played him under all the great conductors--and Zubin Mehta's Mahlerian credentials are also pretty strong. His ea... more »
Stunning DVD-Audio Classical Release
George John | Houston, TX United States | 12/03/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Absolutely stunning sound quality, when played on a properly set up DVD-Audio system, with exceptional dynamic range, full-frequency response including very clear, clean, deep bass response (another review indicated otherwise), excellent imaging, clear, warm, detailed, and alive sound -- better than anything I have heard on CD, DD, or DTS, and possibly even on HDCD. Hall ambience is wonderfully captured in the rear channels. The recording itself is well balanced, and I was able to hear details that I have never noticed before either live or on disk. The peformance is fine both interpretively and technically. (...)"
Close to Heaven!
Jean Marc Serre | 08/28/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"First of all, I have followed with interest the saga of the DVD-audio/SACD format. So I knew what I was getting into when I bought this DVD-audio. But for a long time I wanted something better than CD audio. I want the music first and foremost and what music! The dynamic range of this recording is amazing! In the last movement the contrast between the soft choir entry and the final minute of crashing chords and organ is fantastic Contrary to some of the other classical DVD-Audio, this is a true 5.1 recording and the subwoofer channel is very well used to amply the Contra-bass, bass drum. contra-bassoon, etc. But not to say that the upper register is neglected either. For example there are beautiful woodwind passage in the thrid movement. I also enjoyed very much the conducting of Zubin Metha which extract all the contrast and craziness of this music. And I have to admit that I was surprised by the playing of the Israel Philarmonic, they sound as good as the NY Phil. or Chicago. My only slight problem is I think the soundtake of the mezzo in the fourth movement was a bit too close. I have never hear an SACD recording yet, but for sure for me the DVD-audio format is a success. I have already seven recording of Mahler second on CD, but I think it will be hard for me to listen to them again, they just not compare to in term of spatial information and dynamic range."
Mahler Highly Suited for Surround
surroundguy | Peripatetic | 11/14/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Mahler's symphonies seem especially suitable for surround sound. Probably the biggest difference between hearing such a work in the concert hall vs. your living room is the warm, reverberant sense of space that is so important to a fine symphonic sound. (If you doubt this, recall how unsatisfactory an experience it is to hear an orchestra playing in a setting with poor acoustics.) Conventional stereo really can't convey a full spatial feeling.This DVD-Audio, a remixed version of a recording originally made in 1994, puts the orchestra in front with lots of ambiance in the surround channels. In the work, Mahler calls for various offstage effects, and of course surround sound handles this so much better than stereo. Also the haunting "lontano" (far-away) sounds that orchestral horns can make sound glorious in surround.The straightforward, solid performance here is very good, though I recall live concert performances (to be sure, a different scenario) that were more passionate and wrenching. All the performers are quite good, and the general sound is excellent. I find that hearing this in surround clearly makes the experience more emotionally involving and compelling.Extras include some composer photos, comments on the music, and artist info (essentially the same as in the booklet). Slides accompanying the music include text conveying Mahler's programmatic thoughts (from his comments for a concert performance). This is helpful, though you must manually advance the slides.If you care for this symphony and are set up for surround, I feel certain you'd like this DVD-Audio. I look forward to hearing the rest of Mahler's symphonies in surround, an experience much closer to the concert hall than we've previously had."
Magnifcent Mahler - DVD AUDIO brings it to life!!
R. Conterio | Blue Hill, ME USA | 04/30/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"THE NEW ERA HAS ARRIVED! DVD audio is what music lovers have been waiting for all these years. This high resolution medium creates a vivid image just like 24bit color brought photo like images to digital computer screens. The Zubin Mehta performance is, of course, reliably great, but the presence of the orchestra and the ambiance of the hall is lifelike and breathtaking. There is, of course, only limited visual content here as the point of this format is audio. Have we forgotten with the years of video DVD's that the term DVD stands for Digital Versatile Disc? This is the first major use of the medium outside the video realm. One probably needs to have good equipment to hear all the benefits of this technology, but it is worth every penny!"