Both of these perfomances are very good. Carmina Burana is with the Berlin Philharmonic (with a Japanese choir in Berlin!) and Beethoven 9 is with a Japanese Orchestra. Carmina was recorded in 1989 and the Beethoven looks like it's about 10 years later. Both perfomances would have benefited from a subtitle option. One word of warning: Blockbuster thinks this is a 2-DVD set, but it's not. You'll get two copies of the same DVD if you rent it. Crank it up and enjoy these powerhouse performances in DTS Surround.