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Experiemntal project [Blu-ray]

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  • Actors: n, a
  • Directors: n, a
  • Format: Surround Sound
  • Language: English
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Surround Records
  • DVD Release Date: December 6, 2008
  • Run Time: 73 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001LZDRL2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #537,194 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47

Dmitri Shostakovich wrote his Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47, between April and July 1937. It was premiered in Leningrad by the Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra under Yevgeny Mravinsky, on November 21, 1937. The work was a huge success, and is said to have received an ovation of at least 40 minutes. It is still one of his most popular works.
The symphony is approximately 45 minutes in length and has four movements:

1. Moderato

The symphony opens with a strenuous string figure in canon, initially leaping and falling in minor sixths then narrowing to minor thirds. The sharply-dotted rhythm of this figure remains to accompany a broadly lyric melody played by the first violins. Later the violins introduce another melody, spacious, cold, and static. With that, we have all the musical material for this movement one that is tremendously varied, its climax harsh. The coda, with the gentle friction of minor in strings against chromatic scales in celesta, ends on a note of haunting ambiguity.

2. Allegretto

The opening motif in this waltz-like scherzo is a variation of the second theme of the first movement; other variations can be detected throughout the movement. The music remains a witty, biting satire gay, raucous while also nervous, its energies playfully discharged in an episode of comic relief with its roots in Prokofiev and especially Mahler.

3. Largo

After the assertive trumpets of the first movement and the raucous horns of the second, this movement uses no brass at all. String sound dominates. Shostakovich fills this movement with beautiful, long melodies one of them again based on the second theme of the first movement punctuating them with intermezzi of solo woodwinds. Harp and celesta play prominent roles here as well. The music, muted in volume but emotive, even elegiac in tone, provides good contrast for the upcoming finale.

4. Allegro non troppo .

This movement picks up the march music from the climax of the opening movement, at least in manner if not in specific material. A tense conclusion leads to the quieter section of the piece. This section ends and the short snare drum and timpani solo introduce a brief militaristic introduction to the finale of the movement an extended and obsessive reiteration of the D major tonality much like the end of Mahler's First Symphony.

Symphony No. 9 in E flat major, Op. 70 The ninth symphony was originally intended to be a celebration to the Russian victory over Nazi Germany in World War II. But then Shostakovich dropped the composition for three months. He resumed working on the symphony on 26 July 1945 and finished composing on 30 August 1945. The symphony turned out to be a completely different work as he had originally planned, with neither soloists nor chorus and the mood was much lighter than expected. He forewarned listeners, In character, the Ninth Symphony differs sharply from my preceding symphonies, the Seventh and the Eighth. If the Seventh and the Eighth symphonies bore a tragic-heroic character, then in the Ninth a transparent, pellucid, and bright mood predominates.
The work has five movements, the last three played without interruption:

1. Allegro
2. Moderato
3. Presto
4. Largo
5. Allegretto - Allegro

A typical performance lasts for around 26 minutes, which is among the shortest of the symphonies by Shostakovich. (Only the Second is shorter)
The symphony is a playful and vivid work, with a neo-classical air that has led to comparisons with Haydn. Shostakovich himself considered it 'a joyful little piece'.

Performed by Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi Oleg Caetani (Conductor)

Audio Presentation: 24bit 96k 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio --Surround Records


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4.0 out of 5 stars know what you're getting - a music cd February 17, 2010
By GrayD
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
ok, i admit it... i had no idea what this was when i ordered it. i thought it was a blu-ray concert video like the Bernstein in Japan DVD. it is not. it is a music disc. i am still a little puzzled to what this is supposed to be and whether it is successful even after listening to it and reading up on it.

let me say that this looks like a bootleg - a very amateurish color copy cover and a freshly burned DVD+R. i thought i was ripped off and was about to return it but, when i searched for more info, it looks like this is the way it's supposed to be. the other reviewers are correct in saying that this is really a DVD+R AVCHD. [...] has a thread with the guy that made this series if you want to read more. you can form your own conclusions from all the marketing vs hype vs reality.

i played this on my PS3 (first generation w/ latest firmware) and it plays fine. i can also see how this is the type of format where some blu-ray players will have issues as others have stated in other reviews so be aware. the info shows: DTS-HD MA 7.1Ch. 96kHz 13ish Mbps MPEG-2 909kbps. no other info other than the generic info like "title 1 Chapter 4."

it is a Live Recording (w/ applause and cheering that is).

of course, the subject is fantastic so i give it 5 stars for the music, 2 stars for the format. personally, i'm not buying any more of this series until it gets more developed.

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quick update 2/19:
well, i have to say that the sound really is quite superior. of course, it is difficult to compare to other performances but, i think this one may be my new favorite. comparing it to Leonard Bernstein in Japan DVD, Maazel/Cleveland Orchestra SACD and Haitink/Concertgebouw Orchestra CD. this is the kind of audio that makes me want to buy new speakers. i'm bumping up the rating to 4 stars from 3 b/c the sound quality is really fantastic.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By BP91302
Format:Blu-ray
I am in the process of returning this disk to amazon.com.
The disk will not play properly on my Pioneer BDP-05FD Blu-Ray player
which has the latest firmware. The sound is faint and distorted.
Pioneer Support has told me that it will not play because it is
actually a DVD+R AVCHD disk. (No wonder I first noticed that it
did not look like any Blu-Ray disk I have ever seen.)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Be careful when buying this. September 9, 2010
By Sergio
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
It seems that this DVD doesn't works on some Blue Ray players, at least it didn't play on mine a LGBD390. After reviewing my connections I found out that the issue is the way my DVD is connected to the Marantz. I had direct connected to it. When i changed it to fiber connection the sound came. And it is good playing on all 7 channels.
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