Mozart’s comic opera receives a makeover in an airplane hangar with modern dress, plot adjustments, and uneven vocal performances.
This atmospheric and well staged version of Britten’s Peter Grimes goes to the top of the mast.
Weber’s most popular opera, Der Freischutz, gets a large scale cinematic treatment with superb singing and direction.
A delightfully staged performance of Janacek’s fairy tale opera has the ageless Seiji Ozawa leading a strong cast, supported by high production values.
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.
Maestro Jansons and his Bavarian forces deliver a Mahler Symphony No.2 that will stay with listeners long after the performance has ended
Indie filmmaker’s Hal Hartley’s Simple Men is a funny oddball journey through American suburbia.
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.
A delightful updating of an early Pergolesi comedy, Lo Frate ‘nnamorato provides a humorous production with strong musical values to boot.
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.