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Experimental Project courtesy of Sony/BMG strategic research and development [Blu-ray]

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THIS 7.1 DTS-HD MASTER AUDIO SURROUND MUSIC DISC DELIVERS AN AMAZING ACOUSTIC REALITY EXPERIENCE THROUGH ANY BLU-RAY (PS3) PLAYER WITH AN HDMI 1.3 OR OPTICAL (core only 5.1 and 6.1) OUTPUT CONNECTED OR ASSEMBLED WITH DTS-HD MASTER AUDIO OR DTS (core only

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Mahler completed what would become the first movement of the symphony in 1888 as a single-movement symphonic poem called Totenfeier (Death Celebration). Some sketches for the second movement also date from that year. Mahler wavered five years on whether to make Totenfeier the opening movement of a symphony. In 1893, he composed the second and third movements. The finale was the problem. While thoroughly aware he was inviting comparison with Beethoven, Mahler knew he wanted a vocal final movement. Finding the right text for this movement proved long and perplexing. When Mahler took up his appointment at the Hamburg Opera in 1891, he found the other important conductor there to be Hans von Bülow, who was in charge of the city's symphony concerts. Bülow, not known for his generosity, was impressed by Mahler. His support was not diminished by his failure to like or understand Totenfeier when Mahler played it for him on the piano. Bülow told Mahler that Totenfeier made Tristan und Isolde sound to him like a Haydn symphony. As Bülow's health worsened, Mahler substituted for him. His death in 1894 greatly affected Mahler. At the funeral, Mahler heard a setting of Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock's Die Auferstehung (The Resurrection). It struck me like lightning, this thing, he wrote to conductor Anton Seidl, and everything was revealed to me clear and plain. Mahler used the first two verses of Klopstock's hymn, then added verses of his own that dealt more explicitly on redemption and resurrection. He finished the finale and revised the orchestration of the first movement in 1894, then inserted the song Urlicht (Primal Light) as the penultimate movement. This song was probably written in 1892 or 1893. Mahler devised a narrative programme for the work, which he told to a number of friends. In this programme, the first movement represents a funeral and asks questions such as Is there life after death? ; the second movement is a remembrance of happy times in the life of the deceased; the third movement represents a view of life as meaningless activity; the fourth movement is a wish for release from life without meaning; and the fifth movement, after a return of the doubts of the third movement and the questions of the first, ends with a fervent hope for everlasting, transcendent renewal, a theme that Mahler would ultimately transfigure into the music of his sublime Das Lied von der Erde. The symphony immediately invites comparison with Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony No. 9. Both use a chorus as the centerpiece of a much longer final movement, which begins with references to the earlier movements. Oleg Caetani has hewn to the more difficult but rewarding path to artistic maturity, conducting second-tier orchestras such as the SDR of Stuttgart, the Yomiuri Orchestra of Tokyo, the Bamberg Symphony and of course, the Robert Schumann Philharmonic of Chemnitz, Germany, of which he has served as General Music Director since 1996. Leading such ensembles, nothing can be taken for granted: what the conductor says and does counts for everything.

Conductor - Oleg Caetani
Orchestra - Robert Schumann
Philharmonic of Chemnitz, Germany.
Producer - Alexander Golberg Jero

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


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Product Details

  • Actors: Robert Schumann Philharmonic
  • Directors: Oleg Caetani - conductor, Alexander Golberg Jero - producer
  • Format: HiFi Sound, Surround Sound
  • Language: English
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Surround Records
  • DVD Release Date: July 28, 2007
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002CBJEVQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #396,056 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Format: Blu-ray
Looks like Alexander Jero removed all of his poorly-reviewed recordings and re-listed them as new products to wipe out all the 1-star reviews they got. I was one of the unlucky ones tricked into buying this garbage from Acoustic Reality, and I am disappointed that an entire new group of music lovers may be tricked into buying any of these cheap Acoustic Reality Blu-rays, especially at the rip-off prices being charged.

Look at the review history for any 5-star reviews Acoustic Reality products and you'll see a pattern: a cabal of 10-20 people from blu ray dot com who unilaterally support the producer of these sub-par products, Alexander Jero, despite the fact that the recordings do not deliver. The performances are average, the surround experience lacking, and the overall product quality amateurish. From typos on the jacket to the BD-R disc seemingly burned at someone's computer, this is NOT what should be representing the future of Blu-ray audio.

If you look at other Acoustic Reality (which used to be called Surround Records) Blu-rays on Amazon, you'll note that some of the 5-star reviewers use the exact same wording in every review they post for a Jero release. And in many cases, those guys can barely write in English, which is strange.

A lot of these recordings are actually stereo recordings that have been manipulated and remixed as 7.1 DTS surround, and despite the clever attempt, you can't escape the source material.

While Oleg Caetani and the Robert Schumann Philharmonic aren't bad, they're not the stunning reference-standard performances one would expect for a Blu-ray at this price point. The editorial review on Amazon is Jero's and can be taken with a grain of salt. Unfortunately, I was tricked and bought this when it originally was released.
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Like others have noted, the disk loads as an AVCHD instead of BD. I'm not an expert in all of the various studio authoring methods out there, but the disk does not visually appear to be a Bluray disk. The data side of the disk has a deep blue color similar to a blank DVD-R, and not the stamped silver that is common with professionally published disk media. Also, the label on the disk feels very similar to the etchable Lightscribe disks where the DVD burner can also create the label. The case booklet looks cheaply printed on thin paper stock. It too looks like it was printed on a low resolution laser printer.

The sound quality is very good however, and is a DTS HD 7.1 at 96kHz/24 bit as advertised.

So all-in-all the data content is what I expected, but at best this is cheaply published media, at worse a bootleg that somehow got into Amazon's merchant stream.
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Quality of the recorded sound is outstanding.
I personally do not like the interpretation and would not care to hear this recording again.
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I disappointed with this item, this is item is sold as blu-ray but inside of box appear a DVD-R. I wrote to AMAZON to this and they send to me again this item.
By second time when i recive this in inside of box appeared in dvd and not blu-tay.
I don't know why the description of item is referred to a blu-ray.
I do not recommend.
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Very distinct 7.1 surround sound separation. Mahler's Resurection has never sounded so good, except when I heard it performed live by the New York Philharmonic at Avery Fischer Hall in New York.
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