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Lehar: The Merry Widow [Blu-ray]
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This Merry Widow has fine video, but the audio is another story.
I watched it once a few days ago and listened to parts again yesterday with my ear plugs, trying to find out exactly what is wrong with it.
To start, it is an odd DTS-HD MA 4.0 given on the box, but there is some sound from the rears, so it seems like a 6.0. The center is definitely silent. At first, the orchestra is recorded quite o.k, but it falls short when we get to the voices. The male principals wear mics over their ears, the females have their mics hidden in the cleavage as seen briefly at Kirchschlager's. In addition, there are (I think very directional) stage mics every 2 to 3 feet along the stage. But the balance between the body mics and the stage mics is the problem, i.e. the stage mics pick up too much relative to the body mics. (You hear the shuffling of the feet very well.)
Whenever the singers move their heads while singing, the loudness of their voices fluctuates quite a bit, depending whether they sing towards a mic or sideways. In addition, Skovhus is louder recorded and fluctuates less, Kenny is softer recorded and fluctuates more. When the chorus is singing, she is hardly audible. The others are somewhat in the middle, not quite as loud as Skovhus, but louder than Kenny. This constant up and down makes this a less satisfying audio experience and I can't recommend it.
I checked briefly the stereo track and it is the same.Read more ›
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Lovely, but wish there were subtitles. It is often difficult to make out the lyrics of the songs.Published 19 months ago by Alex Levy
The San Francisco Opera blue ray presents outstanding Lehar. The acting is first rate as are the orchestra, chorus, and soloist.Published on January 17, 2014 by William F. Schmidt
This DVD met all and more of my expectations. Beautiful costumes. Well choreographed. Just loved it! You will also love it.Published on October 22, 2013 by monica richard
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