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Bach Classics
DTS // DVD Audio
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Review by Aaron Beierle | posted June 26, 2001 | E-mail the Author
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The Music:

1. Sheep May Safely Graze
2. Badinerie From Suite 2
3. Adagio From Double Concerto For Oboe and Violin
4. Passepied 1-2 from Suite 1
5. Air from Suite 3 in D
6. Chorale from Easter Cantata
7. Siciliano from Sonata 4 in C minor 8. Giant Fugue
9. Bourree 1-2 From Suite 2
10. Chorale from Little Suite
11. Aria (Contented Piece)
12. Sleepers Awake(Chorale)

The DVD

SOUND: "Bach: Classics" is presented in three options: DVD-Audio 96khz/24bit 5.1, DTS 5.1 or Dolby 2.0. After listening to "Tchaikovsky: Classics"(I hope I spelled that right. Probably not.) I was interested in auditioning more classical music DVD-Audio titles to find out if they were as capable of presenting classical music with such warmth and detail. Although "Bach; Classics" did a pleasing job at offering the delicate details of the music, it didn't quite provide the full, rich sound that the previous album did.

I will say that, like the Tchaikovsky DTS/DVD-A edition, the music was mixed tastefully, with the focus of the music coming from the front speakers, while the surrounds provided light re-inforcement. Instruments kept their place; there was no movement of any particular element around the listening space, thankfully.

Audio quality was pleasant, but not quite as excellent as I was expecting. There was a strong amount of detail as all of the istruments were clearly heard and defined in the room, none overshadowing the other. But, the sound lacked a certain smooth, full nature that I was seeking. Rather than sounding warm and comfortable, the music occasionally seemed very slightly flat sounding. Still, most of the recording sounded pleasant, if unspectacular. The DTS 5.1 version provided slightly less detail and not quite as crisp a sound as the DVD-A version provided, but still was listenable.

Extras: No extras.

Final Thoughts: Although still almost certainly an improvement in sound quality over previous editions of Bach's work, the DVD-Audio version didn't quite reach my expectations. Still, fans of Bach's work may find the room-filling 5.1 presentation to be a more enjoyable way of experiencing the music.
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