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Arthaus Musik

Country Roads: The Heartbeat of America Blu-ray Review

Posted October 30th, 2014 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Country Roads: The Heartbeat of America Blu-ray Review

Country Roads: The Heartbeat of America is an introspective documentary on the country music scene by German director Marieke Schroeder that features new artists and recollections from some giants of the genre.

A Recital with Renée Fleming: Vienna at the Turn of the 20th Century Blu-ray Review

Posted October 26th, 2014 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

A Recital with Renée Fleming: Vienna at the Turn of the 20th Century Blu-ray Review

A triumphant return to the musical capital of central Europe, Renée Fleming gives us a superb lieder recital that is a standard bearer for the 21st century in this Arthaus Musik concert release.

Nyman: Make It Louder, Please! [Concert and Portrait] Blu-ray Review

Posted October 26th, 2014 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Nyman: Make It Louder, Please! [Concert and Portrait] Blu-ray Review

Make it Louder, Please! is a dual-program disc that features a full-length concert by The Michael Nyman Band and a documentary on this leading contemporary composer’s life and career in the arts that is a fascinating watch.

Verdi: La Traviata [Arena di Verona] Blu-ray Review

Posted October 26th, 2014 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Verdi: La Traviata [Arena di Verona] Blu-ray Review

In spite of a gripping performance of the title role from Ermanela Jaho, the rest of this production of La Traviata is somewhat of a disappointment in staging and supporting cast.

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.