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  • Orchestra: Wiener Philharmoniker
  • Conductor: Carlos Kleiber
  • Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Blu-ray Audio (November 19, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: PAL, Blu-ray
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B00BRGL44C
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,814 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Long regarded as the quintessential interpretation of the most popular and best-loved symphony ever written, this performance of the Fifth has everything: passion, precision, drama, lyric beauty, and a coiled fury in the first movement that sets your pulse racing from the very first note. Carlos Kleiber has made very few recordings in his distinguished career, but almost all are special. If you own no other copy of this symphony, this is the one to get. It comes with an exceptional performance of the Seventh--not quite as gripping as the Fifth, but definitely one of the great ones. There is classical music, and there are classic recordings of classical music. This ones a classic.

A Physical high Quality Pure Audio format, using existing Blu-ray technology
No video content just pure high quality audio
Content navigated using the remote control of your Blu-ray player
Product behaves just like a normal CD.
Audio offered in full DTS, PCM and Dolby Surround where available

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Record companies listen up: THIS is the future of physical music. More please!
The sound is better than the SACD s that were released about a decade ago. The clarity is phenomenal.
Hope more albums come out in this format, because this is the way to go.
It s awesome....never sounded so good!
Fantastic, it s about time that there were some quality audio Blu-ray discs

7 hours + (CD Audio is 80 minutes)

50 Gigabytes (CD Audio is 0.65 Gigabytes)

HD Formats 2.1/5.1
PCM Non-Compressed
DTS HD Master Audio
Doby True HD
(CD Audio is PCM limited to 44.1khx 2.0)

96Khz to 192khz
96.000 mini information per second
(CD Audio is 16 bits = 65,546 possible values)

144 Decibels
(CD Audio is 96 Decibels)

21.5 Megabits/sec
(CD Audio is 1.5 Megabits/sec)

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Very much difference (better) than CD audio.
Old geek
I personally like Beethoven's 5th better than his 7th symphony, so that's all I can comment on it, but it's a very fine recording nonetheless.
The sheer amount of dynamic contrast really makes this BD a different kind of musical listening experience--all without any distortion.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Harry Sillen on November 21, 2013
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These recordings have been famous since their first release on LP in 1975 and 1976. I've owned these recordings since they first appeared. They were hailed as just about the best possible and the recording quality was deemed first rate. Then came CD and we found out that the sound quality of the LPs could be improved upon by remastering for CD. And now, Blu Ray Audio. I did make an A-B comparison with the CD versions of these recordings and had both recordings run at about the same time. What a difference! I always thought the CDs were excellent and they still are. But they have to step aside for the Blu Ray disc. In the new format the overall sense of space and depth was vastly improved. Also clarity was much better than before and I could easily place the separate instruments and their place in the orchestra. No harshness of sound at any time; everything reached my listening chair in beautifully balanced sound. Together with the inspired performances themselves, this disc gives 100% satisfaction. My poor wallet! Now I have to order some other titles.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By SF on March 10, 2014
I was a fan of the defunct DVD-audio discs of the early 2000's, some great fun listening to albums in 5.1. BUT mp3's caught on instead and the rest is history. When I began to hear about blu-ray pure audio I got excited thinking that it might revive multi-channel music listening--but this album is not in 5.1 (sort of, more on that later...) All that being said, this edition of Kleiber's 5th is fantastic. No need to go into the performance itself--Myriads of other reviewers have already talked about how great this interpretation is, so I'm going to focus on the Blu ray audio aspect.
First, as others have said, this is not in 5.1 surround sound. It is in a PCM (DTS-HD, TrueHD) 2.1. Here comes the strange part--my receiver actually DOES play it in surround, as in sound comes out of the surround channels. I'm not putting it in PLII mode or anything like that--it plays in all 5 channels on the source direct PCM mix. I guess other people have not had this happen but for me on my setup it does. The other surround codecs, while redundant, have proved useful in headphone listening. For some reason, PCM turns into mono over my headphones, but when I use the DTS or TrueHD it fills back into full stereo.
Second: Sound quality. Of course this is subjective, but I may as well talk about it. At first I was a bit underwhelmed with the sound. As someone who went from cassette tapes to CD in the early 1990's I was expecting (or at least hoping for) that kind of a jump in fidelity--but it's not there. The sound is subtly more detailed, and the soundstage is very deep and wide, but if you're wanting a huge revalatory jump in fidelity you may be disappointed.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Oce on November 22, 2013
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This re-mastering in Blu-ray audio is much better than the "original-image-bit-processing" CD version. The bass is tighter, deeper, and more detailed with the right timbre. Somehow the timpani in the CD version sounds a bit out of tune, even when I hear that with my 2012 laptop, equipped with Dolby Home Theater v4, and my AKG K240 headphones. The timpani in the blu-ray version sounds right!

I love the reverberation produced in the Musikvereinssaal (Vienna) hall, too!

Some technical details:
I play the blu-ray with an external BD player. The software attached to the player allows me to select TrueTheater Surround as an audio output mode. Although the display of the blu-ray says: "2.0 PCM 24-bit/96 KHz", "2.0 DTS-HD Master Audio 24-bit/96 KHz", and "2.0 Dolby TrueHD 24-bit/96 KHz" -- so it's not 5.0 surround! (like the earlier SACD version[?]), the TrueTheater Surround in the software allows me to choose "2 speaker", "headphones", "4 speaker", "6 speaker", and "8 speaker", of which the "4 speaker" sounds the best in my ears, with "Music mode-standard" configuration for the "multi-channel environment impression mode".

I love Kleiber's interpretation of Beethoven's 5th symphony, in particular. IMHO, Kleiber's interpretation of the 5th symphony overall is better than Giulini's (though the 4th movement by Giulini has more detail, probably due to its [much] slower pace), Karajan's 1960s, 1970s, or 1980s versions, Klemperer's 1950s version, and Tilson Thomas's recent 2000s version. More specifically, Kleiber's first movement of Beethoven's 5th symphony is wow -- just wow. It's not too fast (e.g., Chailly's or Gardiner's versions), not too slow (e.g., that of Klemperer or Barenboim).
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By David C. Snyder on February 11, 2014
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This is my first blu-ray Pure Audio disc, and I'm impressed! The disc includes stereo encodings of both symphonies at 24-bits, 96 kHz in Dolby TrueHD, DTS, and PCM. In addition, the enclosed code permits a download of a ZIP file containing 320kbps MP3's of the same encoded at 44.1 kHz (odd choice...why not 48 kHz?). As others have commented, the performances are excellent. The stereo soundstage is massive--both wide and deep. The tympanies are a bit further to the left than I typically hear at most live symphony performances, and there's not as much center fill as I find in many other recordings, but the scale and reverberation of the hall is fully intact and palpable. The soundstage stops just short of enveloping the listener, extending beyond the edges of the left and right loudspeakers to create nearly a 180 degree presentation in front of the listening position. Dynamics are impressive. Mass strings are smooth, present, but not shrill or excessively forward. I can't wait to add more blu-ray Pure Audio discs to our collection!
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