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Diana Krall has had a long time fascination with bossa nova, a type of music which perfectly suits her sophisticated yet sensual style. This culminated in her new studio album "Quiet Nights" (released by Verve in spring 2009) and in this stunning concert filmed in the home of the bossa nova, Rio de Janeiro, in November 2008. Accompanied by her band and an orchestra, Diana Krall delivers a superb set of standards in true bossa nova style but clearly bearing her unique stamp. This DVD captures Diana Krall at her scintillating best.
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The picture quality was good, but not stellar which one might expect from the bluray format. I got the impression that it may not have been captured in totality by bluray equipment, especially some of the segments that showed the rest of the band, orchestra etc. When the camera was on Diana, it seemed far better resolution. Not one of the concerts that will see a lot of "re-play" time in my theater.
What I want to add is that in-spite of the description for this Blue-ray there are in deed special features.
There are conversations and singing by Diana at a small intimate gathering.
In addition there are interview like moments of the band members and Diana in various settings talking about their views and processes and even talking about when they knew Diana back in the day when she was just learning her craft; before she was even singing.
These are valuable to see and hear.
So don't believe 'em . . . there ARE extra features that are quite special.
Obviously the images that show the audience are very poor what makes us think that special equipment for Blu-Ray was used only for Ms.Krall on stage. What kind of economy was aimed at? This causes a big discomfort to watchers. Maybe this bad effect does not show in DVD format.
Images taken from Rio de Janeiro were also top quality. Rio de Janeiro is a beautiful city and the disc should offer an extra image bonuses considering the Blu-Ray product. I am Carlos from Rio and I mean what I say. The few takes of the City of Rio de Janeiro and the poor image variety give us the impression that the gasoline budget was tight.
The rest is Ms. Krall as usual: a mid-Jazz pianist as a promise, who decided to be a mainstream singer of standards which have been covered extensively and well by so many great artists.
Although the show was live in Rio, the Bossa Nova home town, Ms. Krall's and her trio's best peformance was their 4x4 rendition of Irving Berlin's 'Cheek to Cheek'. The repertoire follows the track of her recent sleepy Bossa Nova album. Most of the time the show is sleepy too.
Oh I can't forget to tell you that Ms. Krall is a beautiful woman. This should be remarked, considering the product is a Blu-Ray disc.
I am a very big music lover who taste ranges from Pink Floyd to the Eagles and the Blues, with stops along the way into Jazz and Country.
This is my first Diana Krall's disc and I am in total amazement with the sound quality of the 5.1 mix. The mix places you dead center in the sound stage and if I close my eyes it sounds like they are playing in my living room!
I got a Blu-ray player for Christmas and started loading up on Blu-ray discs. So far I have listened to B.B.King "Live" (I am sending it back, because of the poor mix and it is missing a song that is listed on the back cover!!), Chicago / Earth Wind and Fire, "Live at the Greek" (Whoa...3 hours of music),The Rolling Stones, "Some Girls" (Come on Mick....learn the words to your own songs and quit making the words up!!) and Diana Krall's "Live in Rio". I still got David Gilmour's "Live At The Royal Albert Hall" and John Mayer's "Where The Light Is" to listen to before I quit for the night. Prior to the Blu-ray player most of my music is either SACD or DVD multi-channel 5.1.
Since this is my first Diana Krall album and some reviewers have down rated this disc....I can not wait to order her other discs!! I am now a big fan of Diana Krall!!
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