How many are buying classical DVDS vs CDs?

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How many are buying classical DVDS vs CDs?

Post by Lance » Sat Jul 21, 2007 10:06 am

I haven't personally gotten into DVDs of classical music productions though I certainly have some. Not only do we get to hear a live performance but to see it as well. The latest I have is a DGG DVD of an Emil Gilels recital of Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Mozart, and Schumann taken down in 1971 featuring the great Russian pianist in his prime.

I have avoided going in the DVD direction (as I did with the VHS format), but I can see the value of such recordings. One can be "almost there," and feel a part of the performance. I avoid it because one HAS to watch whereas with disc recordings you can listen (still very intently) while doing other things such as being on the Internet, writing letters, etc. And I'm sure everyone does that most of the time ... multitasking. I don't mean raking the leaves, dusting the furniture, painting your house, washing the car (although people listen to music—classical or otherwise—while doing these tasks.

What's happening with you? Have you become as addicted to DVDs as you have with CDs?
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Post by Chalkperson » Sat Jul 21, 2007 11:56 am

Being untrained in Classical Music I do buy a limited number of DVD's, it allows me to understand more about the music when I can see where the sound is coming from Orchestrally speaking, and watching the Conductor I learn...just watch any Carlos Kleiber DVD and you will see a sense of wondrous beauty radiantly glowing on his face...and watching Michaelangeli's fingers also helps...as for Opera, as long as the staging is decent it absolutely enhances ones understanding of it...then there are the documentaries, the best of which IMO is Shostakovich 'The War Symphonies' and the recent Julian Bream film...what I don't bother to watch however is the 'free' DVD you get from time to time that s designed to fill out a disc...EMI is especially good at that...

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Post by absinthe » Sat Jul 21, 2007 12:36 pm

I have succumbed to DVDs of opera and ballet. With the exchange rate as it is at the mo they are inexpensive from America and usually cheaper than a set of CDs with the provision of a small cheat - using the subtitles where needed (and it's been pleasant to know what they're singing about)!!

Whether the sound is as good as CD I don't know as I haven't tried a comparison but they do seem perfectly fine. Even if opera I liked were regularly performed in London, the price of a pair of good tickets will buy several DVDs.

I haven't tried orchestral or solo performances on DVD. Haven't quite made up my mind yet - the BBC often broadcasts performances and I haven't adapted to being shown individuals or orchestral sections when its their turn to play. I'll get used to it.

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Post by Corlyss_D » Sat Jul 21, 2007 1:29 pm

I get a handful of operas that I pined to see in person on DVD. I ain't gonna sit thru a DVD of an orchestral concert because my mind wanders too much. When I go to an orchestral concert, I often listen with my eyes closed to minimize such thoughts as "what an ugly dress the cellist is wearing!" or "doesn't the otherwise handsome bassoonist realize that bald is better than a comb-over?" I'm not going to sit in front of a DVD with my eyes closed 'cause that's a waste of money.
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Post by slofstra » Sat Jul 21, 2007 3:11 pm

Documentaries are worthwhile - Kathleen Ferrier, Keith Jarrett. I also want a few DVDs of the absolute masters such as Richter/Rosto or Arrau.
I have a couple of operas - La Boheme, Traviata. Again it has to be the absolute mainstream because the occasion does not present itself very often. I prefer just to listen, even when I'm not multi-tasking.

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Post by lmpower » Sat Jul 21, 2007 3:17 pm

I thought you might be referring to DVD audio. I accidentally bought such a thing from a company in Germany. It is a record of quartets by Faure, DeBussy and Ravel with the Aurynn quartet. Unfortunately it won't play on my CD player, so I have to put it on the TV leading to inferior sound. I'm not sure why anyone would want to record music on a DVD without any picture. I don't own any musical DVDs with pictures, but I have several VHS ballets. I don't need to see a concert, but it is a big help with ballet and opera.

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Post by Brahms » Sat Jul 21, 2007 3:36 pm

I buy both in equal measure ...........

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Post by Ralph » Sat Jul 21, 2007 8:40 pm

I haven't at all (I buy lots of movies on DVD) but this month's BBC Music Magazine, my favorite music publication, has a DVD as a covermount. I won't get to play it until next week.
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Re: How many are buying classical DVDS vs CDs?

Post by bricon » Sat Jul 21, 2007 8:57 pm

Lance wrote:
I avoid it because one HAS to watch whereas with disc recordings you can listen (still very intently) while doing other things such as being on the Internet, writing letters, etc. And I'm sure everyone does that most of the time ... multitasking. I don't mean raking the leaves, dusting the furniture, painting your house, washing the car (although people listen to music—classical or otherwise—while doing these tasks.
If you have a DVD player that is hooked up to your Hi-Fi system, you can listen to the audio (of the DVD disc) just like you can with a CD. You don’t have to watch the video or even have your TV monitor switched on. As new opera recordings have virtually ceased being produced, but DVD opera is a booming industry; DVD is the only way we can get to “hear” new opera recordings.

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Post by anasazi » Sun Jul 22, 2007 3:17 am

I spent way to much time trying to listen to CDs on my DVD player, and just recently purchased a new Marantz (single) CD player. Although I do still keep the turntable handy. The DVD sound is just not as good. But it is nice for historical concerts and the like where the sound it quite grainy anyway.
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Post by Rod Corkin » Tue Jul 24, 2007 6:34 am

As has been mentioned if you are an opera fan DVD's are a godsend, as long as the production and performance are good of course. Hook up your DVD player to your hifi and you're away! My humble Toshiba DVD has some sound enhancement features that can assist lame sound production.

Even considering just the interpretation sometimes a DVD can be better than CD - for example if you want the best recording of Handel's 'Theodora' you have to go for the DVD of the famous performance at Glyndebourne by Christie, the OAE and an all star cast. I've never seen a better performance of any piece of music than this. It is even better than Christie's own CD recording of the same music yet costs so much less..

http://www.amazon.com/Handel-Theodora-S ... 083&sr=8-1

A recent DVD release of Handel's 'Hercules' I can also recommend. So if you like theatre music don't rule out DVD.

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