Chris Botti in Boston
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(Mar 31, 2009)
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Chart-topping jazz trumpeter Chris Botti and special guests performed two star-studded concerts at the historic Boston Symphony Hall with Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops on September 18 and 19, 2008. Special guests include Josh Groban, Yo-Yo Me, John Mayer, Katharine McPhee, Lucia Micarelli, Sting and Steven Tyler.
Blu-ray Disc Tracklisting:
When I Fall in Love
Seven Days featuring Sting
Broken Vow featuring Josh Groban
I've Got You Under My Skin featuring Katharine McPhee
Cinema Paradiso featuring Yo-Yo Ma
The Look of Love featuring Sy Smith
Emmanuel featuring Lucia Micarelli
Glad to Be Unhappy featuring John Mayer
Cryin' featuring Steven Tyler
Smile featuring Steven Tyler
Shape of My Heart featuring Sting & Josh Groban
If I Ever Lose My Faith in You featuring Sting
Time to Say Goodbye
Bonus Feature: "Behind the Scenes - Chris Botti in Boston" (40 min.)
Running Time Approx. 160 minutes
Full 1080/24p High Definition Picture
Dolby TrueHD 7.1/5.1 Surround (96 kHz/24 bit)
Includes Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround (640 kbps)
PCM (uncompressed) Stereo (48 kHz/24 bit)
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Technically, the Dolby TrueHD 7.1/5.1 sound track is enveloping, crisp, and impeccably mixed. (I only have 5.1 so cannot comment on the 7.1 mix.) The smooth sound of Chris' trumpet is perfectly captured not being harsh nor dark. Chris has amazing tone and it's beautifully represented on this disk. The picture is stunning without presenting annoying hues that many live concert videos do. Thank the lighting crew for that. The blacks are dark yet detailed, and the colors vibrant. Detail overall is excellent.
Performances? You will see some musicians in circumstances that you have never seen them before. Yo Yo Ma jamming with Chris on the beautiful "Cinema Paradiso", and Steven Tyler (Yes, that one!) singing "Smile" (Yes, that one!) to his father in the front row. Both are simply astonishing performances. And violinist Lucia Micarelli with blow you away with her passionate, and emotional playing.
To tell you the truth, I had not even heard of Chris Botti before I saw this disk. I am not just a fan raving about this Blu-Ray, but a person that was totally captured initially and continue to love this performance. It does lag a bit in the 2nd quarter of the show, but picks up again with some spectacular songs with great guest artists. (John Mayer, Kathrine McPhee anyone?)
Chris plays a humble yet very competent host and I think that even if you are not a fan of this type of music, you'll be hard pressed to stop watching this disk.
There are but a handful of living artist that if ever you get a chance to see you should at any cost and this is one. Several of the others are on this very same disc.
There are just a few moments in life where something happens that is larger than life itself. It is even rarer when you can see or hear these things happen. Sometime we get lucky and put them in a format that we can enjoy forever. This is one of those times and this is one of those recordings. This recording is proof of a higher power and that something else other than man exists.
Now that you have the blue ray disc player and several hundred dollars' worth of speakers, this is the performance your system has been waiting for. I'm not saying you should listen to this, but that you need to listen to this. Even if you don't have an overpriced system I have no doubt that the passion of these artist will infuse your heart, body, and soul.
Get this BRDVD, and then get the CD for the car, and when he comes to town get TICKETS!
This Blu Ray disk gives you the best possible seat in the house and the DolbyHD sound is so amazing and mixed so well you really feel like you are there. With that in mind the cost of admission for this best seat in the house for me and a group of my friends is a grand total of less than $25, and I can watch it again and again.
To say this Blu Ray is the deal of the century is an understatement. The video is amazing. The sound is superbly done. The performance of Botti and all his guest are amazing. Someone complained that all the talk between songs destroyed the flow of the film. But I found Botti to be an articulate speaker who gave vital information to preface each song and add meaning to what was coming next. Each little speech was short and to the point.
While it would have been nice to be there live and experience this show with others as it happened, I am so thankful for the state of technology where watching this show on a TV can be as amazing as it is. I cannot recommend this Blu Ray enough. Ten Stars Please!