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Gluck 300 Years: Alceste, Iphigenie en Tauride, and Orfeo ed Eurydice [Staatsoper Stuttgart, Zurich Opera, and Royal Opera Covent Garden] Blu-ray Review

Posted September 22nd, 2014 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Gluck 300 Years: Alceste, Iphigenie en Tauride, and Orfeo ed Eurydice [Staatsoper Stuttgart, Zurich Opera, and Royal Opera Covent Garden] Blu-ray Review

A bargain box of three of Gluck’s operas gives us decent performances in standard definition video with lossy audio.

Mozart: Die Entführung aus dem Serail [Camerata Salzburg/Graf] Blu-ray Review

Posted August 16th, 2014 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Mozart: Die Entführung aus dem Serail [Camerata Salzburg/Graf] Blu-ray Review

Mozart’s comic opera receives a makeover in an airplane hangar with modern dress, plot adjustments, and uneven vocal performances.

Britten: Peter Grimes on Aldeburgh Beach [Aldeburgh Festival] Blu-ray Review

Posted February 4th, 2014 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Britten: Peter Grimes on Aldeburgh Beach [Aldeburgh Festival] Blu-ray Review

This atmospheric and well staged version of Britten’s Peter Grimes goes to the top of the mast.

Weber: Hunter’s Bride [London Symphony Orchestra/Daniel Harding] Blu-ray Review

Posted November 30th, 2013 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Weber: Hunter’s Bride  [London Symphony Orchestra/Daniel Harding] Blu-ray Review

Weber’s most popular opera, Der Freischutz, gets a large scale cinematic treatment with superb singing and direction.

Janacek: The Cunning Little Vixen [Quinn Kelsey et.al./Glyndebourne Festival] Blu-ray Review

Posted November 30th, 2013 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Janacek: The Cunning Little Vixen [Quinn Kelsey et.al./Glyndebourne Festival] Blu-ray Review

A delightfully staged performance of Janacek’s fairy tale opera has the ageless Seiji Ozawa leading a strong cast, supported by high production values.

Spoerli: Dance & Quartet [Hagen Quartet/Zurich Ballet] Blu-ray Review

Posted July 31st, 2013 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Spoerli: Dance & Quartet [Hagen Quartet/Zurich Ballet] Blu-ray Review

A masterful marriage between string quartet and corps de ballet, this amalgam of chamber music and dance is a brilliant tour de force that astounds from beginning to end.

Mahler: Symphony No. 2 [Jansons/Symphonie Orchester und Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks] Blu-ray Review

Posted July 24th, 2013 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Mahler: Symphony No. 2 [Jansons/Symphonie Orchester und Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks] Blu-ray Review

Maestro Jansons and his Bavarian forces deliver a Mahler Symphony No.2 that will stay with listeners long after the performance has ended

Simple Men [UK] Blu-ray Review

Posted July 8th, 2013 by Brandon A. DuHamel

Simple Men [UK] Blu-ray Review

Indie filmmaker’s Hal Hartley’s Simple Men is a funny oddball journey through American suburbia.

Bruckner: Symphony No. 4 [Welser-Möst/The Cleveland Orchestra] Blu-ray Review

Posted June 30th, 2013 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Bruckner: Symphony No. 4 [Welser-Möst/The Cleveland Orchestra] Blu-ray Review

Franz Welser-Möst leads his Cleveland Orchestra forces in a superb rendering of Bruckner’s Fourth Symphony. Beautifully captured in HD with excellent sound, this Blu-ray Disc becomes my choice for this towering work.

Pergolesi: Lo Frate ‘nnamorato [Europa Galante] Blu-ray Review

Posted June 28th, 2013 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Pergolesi: Lo Frate ‘nnamorato [Europa Galante] Blu-ray Review

A delightful updating of an early Pergolesi comedy, Lo Frate ‘nnamorato provides a humorous production with strong musical values to boot.