Vivaldi: A Naxos Musical Journey

January 28, 2012 3 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

You ever just been sitting at home, wishing your television would be filled with striking images of the European countryside, and your home theater speakers would come alive with the sounds of Vivaldi’s masterful compositions? I know I have, and if you have too, your prayers have finally been answered with this release. You can listen to the relaxing music, while your eyes feast upon the rolling grasses, towering castles, sparkling waters, and even snow covered villages. All right, I took the snow covered villages from the packaging, but still, these are wonderful images, and the music fits the visuals well. The dual audio tracks make sure you’ll enjoy the best possible versions of this music no matter what your setup, which is always a good thing. With almost an hour of beautiful music set to stunning photography, this release is an easy recommendation. Classical music fans, rejoice! This release is one of the first is an on going series, which could end up with one hundred titles to choose from!

Video: How does it look?

The visuals are presented in a full frame transfer, as intended by the creators. The footage looks like high quality hand held material, which is very good, but lacks the polished shine of film. The colors are natural, but strong, and no bleeding or other errors emerge. In one scene there’s a guy asleep by a tree, and his flesh tones appear natural. The contrast seems correct, with no overly dark or light scenes. The disc is free from all compression errors also.

Audio: How does it sound?

With two dynamic tracks to choose from, there’s no reason for complaints here. You’re simply not going to find a better way to hear this music in your own home. The disc includes a Dolby Digital 5.1 track, as well as a six channel DTS surround version. While the DDS track is very good, DTS seems to have a natural advantage when music is involved. The DTS version has a fuller sound to it, which makes for a more enjoyable experience. But since both are excellent and both are included on one edition, no worries here at all.

Supplements: What are the extras?

The disc contains production credits for the music, video, and the DVD itself.

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