DVD-Audio review

Arts Music Announce Handel and Wagner DVD-Audio Titles

Arts Music have announced two new classical music DVD-Audio titles, ‘The Messiah’ by George Frideric Handel and a collection of overtures and preludes by Richard Wagner.

Handel’s ‘The Messiah’, with a playing time of 141 minutes, features Lynne Dawson (soprano), Guillemette Laurens (mezzo-soprano), Charles Daniels (tenor) and Antonio Abete (bass) with the Coro della Radio Svizzera and I Barocchisti, conducted by Diego Fasolis

The performance was recorded in June 2000 in Lugano, Switzerland, and will be released as catalogue number ARTS 45007-6. read more…

‘Tubular Bells 2003’ DVD-Audio Delayed Again

The release of ‘Tubular Bells 2003’ will be subject to a lengthy delay, it was confirmed by Warner Music Group earlier today.

The news will come as a major disappointment to Oldfield fans across the globe, but is not totally unexpected, as rumours about further delays have been circulating for a few days. read more…

DVD-Audio Council Members Announce Seventy New Titles by Year End

In a press statement, the DVD-Audio council has today announced its members will release seventy new titles on the format before year-end. Yes, you read that right. Not seven or seventeen, but seventy!

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Hi Fi Show and AV Expo a ‘Resounding Success’

Organisers of the Hi Fi Show and AV Expo 2003, where both DVD-Audio and SACD were parts of prominent exhibits, have declared the event “a resounding success”, as were the ‘Hi-Fi News Industry Awards’, with accolades being given to high-resolution innovators such as Meridian Audio and Pioneer. read more…

Chesky Records to Reinstate DVD-Audio Release Schedule

It has been confirmed that Chesky Records are to return to DVD-Audio and will begin releasing new titles in the format in the near future.

Recipients of the most recent Chesky mailing-list update will have noticed a promotional competition, the prize for five lucky winners being a new DVD-Audio sampler disc. read more…

The Rat Pack – ‘The Rat Pack Live at The Villa Venice’  A DVD-Audio review by Stuart M. Robinson

The Rat Pack – ‘The Rat Pack Live at The Villa Venice’ A DVD-Audio review by Stuart M. Robinson

After the overwhelming success of Frank Sinatra’s ‘Sinatra at the Sands’ DVD-Audio disc, Warner’s Reprise label has quickly followed up with a recording that showcases all the members of the legendary 1960’s Rat Pack, Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra at their best in a 1962 fundraising cabaret performance captured at The Villa Venice nightclub, located in the outskirts of Chicago. read more…

Mike Oldfield – ‘Tubular Bells 2003’  A DVD-Audio review by Stuart M. Robinson

Mike Oldfield – ‘Tubular Bells 2003’ A DVD-Audio review by Stuart M. Robinson

Tubular Bells 2003’, the updated version of Mike Oldfield’s seminal instrumental album will be released by Warner Music Group as a DVD-Audio disc, complete with a newly-created multi-channel mix, and as a DVD-Audio/Video anniversary box set, sometime in early 2004. read more…

Mike Oldfield DVD-Video/Audio ‘Tubular Bells’ Box Set

A Mike Oldfield DVD-Audio/Video box set is to be released by Warner Vision to mark the 30th Anniversary of ‘Tubular Bells’.

The set, scheduled to hit the streets in the U.K. on 17th November, will include DVD-Video live performances of ‘Tubular Bells II’ from Edinburgh Castle, ‘Tubular Bells III’ from Horseguard’s Parade, London (originally released as a double-sided DVD-Video disc in 1999), and ‘Art In Heaven’, the concert staged in Berlin to mark the Millennium celebrations of 2000. read more…

Crowded House – ‘Crowded House’ A DVD-Audio review by Nicholas D. Satullo

A review of ‘Crowded House’, the DVD-Audio title by the group with the same name, ought to begin with something of a confession: Yes, it’s been out for over a year, and, despite full knowledge of its quality, there has been no review. read more…

Led Zeppelin – ‘How The West Was Won’  A DVD-Audio review by Andy Giles

Led Zeppelin – ‘How The West Was Won’ A DVD-Audio review by Andy Giles

They say that you can’t make a silk purse out of a pig’s ear. Equally, you can’t make a state-of-the art jet airplane from a World War One Airship. That’s not to say a single derogatory word towards Led Zeppelin – or pig’s ears for that matter. It’s a fact, though, and one brought home to me highly conclusively after I had spent almost 24 hours listening to the DVD-Audio 5.1 Surround Sound version of the Led Zeppelin live compilation ‘How The West Was Won’, which will be released on 20th October in the UK and October 7th stateside. It doesn’t quite work and it’s a pity. Let’s talk about the recording and the concept first – not the DVD-Audio release. Don’t exit the page if you just clicked on this report for a DVD-A summary. I think, in view of what might be construed from my subsequent observations, it is right and proper that I overview the recording per se. read more…

Europa Philharmonia Budapest (Cobra) – ‘Mozart Overtures Album I’ A DVD-Audio review by Nigel Pond

Hodie is another label that I discovered while carrying out research on DVD-Audio labels prior to the launch of High Fidelity Review and is the label for HD Studios based in Paris. HD Studios is a multi-faceted operation covering production, post-production, DVD-A (and more recently SACD) mastering and authoring. read more…

Geoff Tate – ‘Geoff Tate’ A DVD-Audio review by Stuart M. Robinson

I was unsure what to expect from Geoff Tate’s self-titled first solo album, released ahead of schedule during the first week of September, the Queensrяche frontman was always instrumental in pushing the band in new, experimental directions. read more…

Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots CD+DVD-Audio Scheduled for 23rd September

The release date for ‘Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots’ by the Flaming Lips has been confirmed as September 23rd by Rick Gershon of Warner Bros. Records Publicity.

In a message circulated to the industry’s entertainment editors and some wire services, the contents of the “CD+DVDA” package – which consists of two separate discs and not a single hybrid – are detailed, but once again Warner Bros. falls flat on its face when it comes to promoting the benefits of DVD-Audio. Nowhere in the release does it mention high-resolution audio or the presence of a multi-channel version of the album, and even the words “DVD-Audio” are absent from the text!

Here are the contents of the news release: read more…

CEDIA 2003: New Theta Compli Universal Player

CEDIA 2003: Theta Digital has announced its first universal player – the Compli – at CEDIA today.

The only details we have so far are in the press release issued by Theta’s PR Agency, J. B. Stanton Communications:

The Compli plays material formatted for more than 15 popular audio, video, image and content formats. read more…

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