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Einstein On The Beach (2012 - 13/Glass & Wilson/Telmondis/Pomegranate Arts/Opus Arte/Naxos Blu-ray DigiBook Set)

Picture: B Sound: B Extras: C Main Program: B

If you're a fan of classical musician Philip Glass (the Qatsi Trilogy) then you will want to check out this gorgeous interpretive opera Einstein On The Beach - which is an opera in four acts (framed and connected by five "knee plays" or intermezzos), directed by theatrical producer Robert Wilson. Choreography for the show is by Lucinda Childs and the performance held at The Cha-te-let Theatre Musical de Paris, it is now issued in a deluxe Blu-ray set down to the oversized packaging.

The four-act opera requires a cast of two female, one male, and one male child in speaking roles and a 16-person SATB chamber chorus with an outstanding soprano soloist and a smaller tenor solo part; three reed players: flute (doubling piccolo and bass clarinet), soprano saxophone (doubling flute), tenor saxophone (doubling alto saxophone); solo violin, and two synthesizers/electronic organs. The orchestration was originally tailored to the five members of the Philip Glass Ensemble, plus the solo violin. The result is (admittedly repetitive) music that will hypnotically transport you into Glass' world.

Presented in 1080p high definition with a 1.77:1 widescreen aspect ratio, the film looks good on Blu-ray disc with deep blues and reds mixed with highly contrasted blacks that pit you in the front row of the audience. The 5.1 DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) lossless track makes you feel like you are there with a dominating music track that's nicely leveled with works are spoken. The acts are divided amongst two Blu-ray with two acts per disc.

While there aren't any extras on the discs themselves, there is beautiful DigiBook packaging for this release that includes a 55-page insert booklet in full color with linear notes and photos, rounding out a gift-worthy release.

- James Lockhart



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