Eric Clapton: The Lady In The Balcony: Lockdown Sessions 4K Ultra HD

Featured In Issue 259, January/February 2022

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"Eric Clapton: The Lady In The Balcony: Lockdown Sessions" includes 14 acoustic 2021 performances of recent and classic tracks with Nathan East (bass), Steve Gadd (Drums) and Chris Stainton (Keyboards). Recorded at Cowdray House, West Sussex, England. (Gary Reber)

Special features include a 16-page booklet.

The 1.89:1 2160p HEVC/H.265 Ultra HD HDR10 picture, reviewed on a Sony Bravia Z9D 4K Ultra HD HDR display, was photographed digitally and sourced from a 4K master Digital Intermediate format. Picture quality is excellent. The digital capture exhibits clean and sharp imagery with excellent textural depth. Hues are natural, warm and rich. HDR contrast is superb. Black levels appear natural and there is revealing shadow delineation. White levels naturally enhance the luminance values in the colors. Resolution throughout is revealing of fine detail in facial features, instruments and gear flooring, and object textures, This is a wonderful and refreshing presentation of fantastic musicians performing at the top of their game with the emotional love of their music. (Gary Reber)

The Dolby Atmos/Dolby TrueHD soundtrack is superbly recorded with excellent audiophile fidelity and spatial dimension, especially the Dolby Atmos Immersive Sound presentation with its constant and coherent height layer. Each musician is a master of their instrument, which is on full display here, The microphone capture is wonderful and presents nuances of each instrument in a close distance. Eric Clapton's vocals are perfectly captured.

The Immersive Sound element is comprised of the natural music extension to the height layer.

This is a real treat for Clapton fans. Listeners have a choice between LPCM stereo, DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, and 11.1 Dolby Atmos, all of which are superb sounding. (Gary Reber)