Any comments on Prokofiev's 'Nevsky' DVD-Audio?

Discussion in 'Music' started by Matt Fisher, Dec 14, 2005.

  1. Matt Fisher

    Matt Fisher Second Unit

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    I was at a Virgin Megastore this afternoon and saw a DVD-A of Alexander Nevsky (Naxos), just curious if anyone had heard this recording, any comments appreciated. I like the score in general but would only go for this disc if it's a good quality recording (surround?).
     
  2. Steve Y

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    One web reviewer was less enthusiastic about the RSSO interpretation:

    http://www.classicstoday.com/review.asp?ReviewNum=6600

    I am rarely disappointed by Naxos, especially at their price point, but I suspect the "wide soundstage" masks what is probably just an average rendition. Not terribly bad (as the above reviewer insinuates), but not outstanding either. That's just my instinct, as again - I haven't heard it. But scouring the reviews I hear more glowing words about the surround effect than the orchestra.

    Just like a live show always sounds better than the bootleg of the live show, a surround recording of average material generally pulls it up a few notches.

    I've always liked the classic (and popular) Claudio Abaddo / Chicago recording of Nevsky on DG, which I'm guessing you already have. I've noticed listeners often stick with the first recording they hear, regardless of how odd (or bland) it is.
     

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