The Blu Ray Experience: Opera and Ballet Highlights [Blu-ray]
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Including world-class artists such as Bryn Terfel, Cecilia Bartoli, Anne Sofie von Otter, Jose Cura, Simon Keenlyside and Agnes Letestu, this 50-minute introduction to the world of Blu-ray is a must-have.
Blu-ray offers an outstanding audio and visual experience, with up to six times the resolution of standard definition DVD, and up to 7.1 channels of High Definition surround sound.
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What irks me is that, despite the 13 excerpts, there's space for much more on the DVD, whether in the form of complete selections (preferably) or more of same. Although these are not the international stars whose artistry and charisma enabled them to cross genre boundaries (a la Domingo and Pavarotti), each is good enough to make you wonder why the artist in question isn't a household word. Perhaps the most absorbing, thoroughly delightful performance is the Cecilia & Bryn duet "Pa-pa-pa-pa" from Mozart's "Die Zauberflote." There's only one other performer who strikes me as capable of equaling the performance included here: Danny Kaye. (On the other hand, I defy Cecilia and/or Bryn to match Kaye on Cole Porter's "Let's Not Talk About Love" which, as performed by Kaye, is practically a toccata tour de force beyond the reach of anything human.)
All the same, a collection such as this should be going for no more than five bucks.
Moving on, the music and performances cover a wide variety from Puccini's comic opera "Gianni Schicchi" to the rather stilted and strange work by Rameau, "Zoroastre." A friend of mine who appreciates music has several times asked to hear this disc again, so it definitely exhibits a charm.
I'm a ballet fan and have a high level of respect for the Paris Opera Ballet, their selection from Act 2 of Swan Lake is beautifully done as I would have expected. I was a little surprised with the staging in the selection from Il Trovatore where in the famous "Anvil Chorus" scene they show some action with a prisoner being saved from being shot while the chorus is singing instead of the anvil scene with sparks flying.
On the whole there is more to like than to dislike and I'm glad I added it to my collection.
The price is low and the sound "mind bending". Here in Bandung Java Indonesia only few Blu-Ray discs are available, and there is no FTA terrestrial digital HDTV. My favourite track on this "sampler" DVD is from a Straus Opera....all tracks are absolutely beautiful. It is very tempting now to order the complete versions.
Stephen Fleay Bandung Java Indonesia
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Excellent product , totally recommend to everyone looking for a finest productPublished 2 months ago by Ariel ML
Opus Arte has accomplished a masterful temptation with this short relatively inexpensive Blu-Ray collection of excerpts from several of the most favored classical performing works... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Jorge
Anyone remotely interested in the arts should spend the pittance THIS "catalog" costs!!! Wonderful!Published 9 months ago by JHB-4
Great performers. Good sound and picture.
The only problem is that I have a problem on my Samsung bluray player with this disk.. First two tracks are unplayable. :(
Very nice collection. Makes us want to buy all the complete versions.Published 16 months ago by Alexandre
Good if you've just hooked up your first blu-ray player to your first HDTV and enjoy sitting there slack-jawed amazed at the video and audio for awhile, but it leaves you wanting... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Lawrence K.
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