Mariss Jansons conducts Dvorak & Mussorgsky (2014) Blu-ray 1080i AVC DTS-HD 5.0

Сomposer: Antonín Dvořák (1841-1904), Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky (1839-1881)
Title: Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 ‘From the New World’; Mussorgsky: Pictures At An Exhibition
Release Date: 2015
Genre: Classical
Director: Michael Beyer
Conductor: Mariss Jansons
Artist: Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks

Production/Label: Clasart Classic/Belvedere
Duration: 00:45:49 + 00:37:03
Quality: Blu-ray
Container: BDMV
Video codec: AVC
Audio codec: DTS, PCM
Video: MPEG-4 AVC 26990 kbps / 1920*1080i / 29,970 fps / 16:9 / High Profile 4.1
Audio#1: DTS-HD MA 5.0 / 48 kHz / 3697 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Audio#2: LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
Size: 20.3 GB

“What I compose is and always remains Czech music,” asserted Antonín Dvorák, and we – the audiences who’ve been enraptured with the Ninth since its world premiere at New York’s Carnegie Hall on 15 December 1893 – are all the richer for it. After a fleeting nod to Negro Spirituals and vaguely Native American rhythms, Dvorák dug into his seemingly bottomless reserve of catchy melodies, foot-tapping rhythms, burnished brass intonations, mellow woodwind lines and other Bohemian traits that would be unthinkable without the pillars of Austro-Germanic music.

(more…)

Vienna Philharmonic New Year’s Concert (2016) Blu-ray 1080i AVC DTS-HD 5.1

Title: New Year’s Concert / Neujahrskonzert 2016
Release Date: 2016
Genre: Classical
Conductor: Mariss Jansons
Artist: Wiener Sängerknaben, Wiener Philharmoniker

Production/Label: Sony Music Entertainment
Duration: 02:07:01+ 00:38:59
Quality: Blu-ray
Container: BDMV
Video codec: AVC
Audio codec: DTS, PCM
Video: MPEG-4 AVC 24963 kbps / 1920*1080i / 29,970 fps / 16:9 / High Profile 4.1
Audio#1: DTS-HD MA 5.1 / 48 kHz / 4235 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Audio#2: LPCM 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
Size: 38.58 GB

The Vienna Philharmonic New Year’s Concert took place under the baton of Mariss Jansons on January 1, 2016, in the Golden Hall of the Musikverein in Vienna. Mariss Jansons, whose musical collaboration with the Vienna Philharmonic goes back to 1992, conducted the New Year’s Concert for the third time, following 2006 and 2012. The New Year’s Concert 2016 also represented the 75th anniversary of this unique cultural event.

(more…)

Vienna Philharmonic New Year’s Concert (2002) Blu-ray 1080i AVC DTS-HD 5.0

Title: New Year’s Concert / Neujahrskonzert 2002
Release Date: 2012
Genre: Classical
Conductor: Seiji Ozawa
Artist: Wiener Philharmoniker, Vladimir Malakhov & Vienna Operaballett, Spanish Riding School of Vienna

Production/Label: King Records (Jp)
Duration: 01:47:51 + 00:20:52
Quality: Blu-ray
Container: BDMV
Video codec: AVC
Audio codec: DTS, PCM
Video: MPEG-4 AVC 37943 kbps / 1920*1080i / 29,970 fps / 16:9 / High Profile 4.1
Audio#1: DTS-HD MA 5.0 / 48 kHz / 2054 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Audio#2: LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
Size: 38.55 GB

Anyone still reeling from the revisionist austerities of Harnoncourt’s recent New Year’s concerts will be thrilled to hear these somewhat more traditional performances, in which Seiji Ozawa strikes an excellent balance between a healthy serving of Viennese Schlag and an altogether welcome rhythmic discipline. It helps that three of the most enjoyable pieces are making their New Year’s Concerts debut: Zivio (March) and Elisen (Polka francaise), both by Strauss Jr., and best of all the wonderfully energetic Danse diabolique by Joseph Hellmesberger II. This last is a real find. All three add sparkle to the usual fare, including a high-spirited Fledermaus Overture, lilting renditions of the Artist’s Life, Vienna Blood, and Blue Danube Waltzes,  and of course the concluding Radetzky March. Anyone cynical about Ozawa’s credentials in Strauss et al will find in this disc a welcome corrective: he makes wonderful music with what is now effectively his orchestra (in its operatic incarnation), and if you think that these pieces play themselves, try some of Lorin Maazel’s New Year’s outings. Excellent sonics too, bright and neat, top off a thoroughly entertaining concert. Pass the champagne! –David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com (more…)

Eurovision Song Contest 2016 Final (14/05/2016) 1080i HDTV

Title: Eurovision Song Contest 2016. Final
Released: 2016
Genre: Musical Show
Issued: Sweden
Duration: 3:35:24

Format: .ts
Video: 1920×1080 at 25.000 fps, MPEG-4 AVC, ~ 7700 kbps avg
Audio # 1: Russian: 48 kHz, MP2, 2/0 (L, R) ch, ~ 192.00 kbps avg | Comments: Dmitry province and Ernest Mackevičius |
Subtitles: None

The Eurovision Song Contest 2016 was the 61st edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. It took place in the Ericsson Globe in Stockholm, Sweden, following Sweden’s victory at the 2015 contest in Vienna with the song “Heroes”, performed by Måns Zelmerlöw. This was the third time the contest had taken place in Stockholm, after 1975 and 2000, the latter also being held at the Globe. The contest consisted of two semi-finals on 10 and 12 May and the final on 14 May 2016. The three live shows were hosted by Zelmerlöw and Petra Mede. The winner of the contest was Ukraine, which won with Jamala’s “1944”, its second win, following success in 2004 with Ruslana’s “Wild Dances”. This was the first time since the re-introduction of the jury votes in 2009 that the eventual winner won neither the jury vote (won by Australia) nor the televote (won by Russia), placing only second on both. It was the first time a song with Crimean Tatar lyrics won or even entered the contest.

(more…)

Johannes Brahms Cycle (2015) {3-Disc Edition} Blu-ray 1080i AVC DTS-HD 5.1

Сomposer: Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
Title: Johannes Brahms Cycle
Release Date: 2015
Genre: Classical
Director: William Cosel, Jonathan Haswell, Brian Large
Conductor: Franz Welser-Möst
Artist: Yefim Bronfman, Julia Fischer, The Cleveland Orchestra

Production/Label: Clasart Classic/Belvedere
Duration: ~06:30:00
Quality: Blu-ray
Container: BDMV
Video codec: AVC
Audio codec: DTS, PCM, AC-3
Video: MPEG-4 AVC ~27000 kbps / 1920*1080i / 29,970 fps / 16:9 / High Profile 4.1
Audio#1: DTS-HD MA 5.1 / 48 kHz / ~4300 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Audio#2: LPCM 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
Audio#3 (bonus): English Dolby Digital 2.0 / 48 kHz / 224 kbps
Subtitle (bonus): German
Size: 93.28 GB

The Cleveland Orchestra is the “aristocrat among American orchestras” (The Telegraph) and its conductor, Franz Welser-Möst, rules his subjects with a velvet glove. Indeed, velvet and silk keep showing up in descriptions of the Clevelanders’ sound under its principal conductor.

(more…)