Bruckner Symphony No. 5

 

Bruckner Symphony No. 5. Claudio Abbado conducts the Lucerne Festival Orchestra at the 2011 Lucerne Festival. Unusual contemporary artwork on the package by Michael Triegel.  Directed for TV by Michael Beyer; Andrej Nicolay was Director of Photography; produced by Paul Smaczny. Released 2012, disc has 5.1 dts-HD Master Audio sound. Grade: NA

It its 2012 Awards Special Issue, Gramophone called this the year's best DVD (page 55).  The awards article dosn't even mention that a Blu-ray is available, so we surmise that the Gramophone critic watched the DVD.  Well, a great DVD of a symphony concert will usually (maybe always) make for a weak Blu-ray. The Gramophone folks need to create a separate award for the best DVD and a different award for the best Blu-ray.

Here's a (SD) YouTube clip that suggests this title has a problem with DVDitis. Of the 29 clips we count in this clip, 21 are characteristic of DVDs and only 4 are the kind of large-scale views we treasure in our HDVDs: