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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.

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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.

Solti Centenary Concert [Gergiev/World Orchestra for Peace] Blu-ray Review

Posted May 9th, 2013 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Solti Centenary Concert [Gergiev/World Orchestra for Peace] Blu-ray Review

The Solti 100th birthday celebration, commemorating this outstanding musician, is the ultimate realization of Solti’s widow, Lady Valerie Solti, and the World Orchestra for Peace that the late conductor founded. A truly marvelous program of works that Solti knew well is carried off by top orchestral players and singers to the delight of those fortunate enough to be in attendance.

Peter von Winter: Das Labyrinth [Bolton/Mozarteumorchester Salzburg] Blu-ray Review

Posted May 8th, 2013 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Peter von Winter: Das Labyrinth [Bolton/Mozarteumorchester Salzburg] Blu-ray Review

An opera virtually unknown to today’s audiences, Das Labyrinth is Peter von Winter’s sequel to Mozart’s popular Magic Flute. The outdoor Salzburg Festival performances features a mostly young cast, some stylish singing, and great stage play with clever sets. A most enjoyable watch with great sights and sounds.

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