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Mahler: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 4 [Paavo Järvi/Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra] Blu-ray Review

Posted April 9th, 2015 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Mahler: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 4 [Paavo Järvi/Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra] Blu-ray Review

This set of two of Mahler’s most popular symphonies features some excellent vocalism and strong musical leadership from conductor Paavo Järvi.

Mozart: Don Giovanni [Fondazione Orchestra Regionale delle Marche/Frizza] Blu-ray Review

Posted January 6th, 2015 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Mozart: Don Giovanni [Fondazione Orchestra Regionale delle Marche/Frizza] Blu-ray Review

A reconceptualization of this classic Mozart opera that gets done in by excessive raunchiness and minimalist sets.

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Richard Strauss: Capriccio [Wiener Staatsoper/Eschenbach] Blu-ray Review

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

Richard Strauss: Capriccio [Wiener Staatsoper/Eschenbach] Blu-ray Review

Somewhat perverse staging and bizarre costumes coupled with some vocal disappointments lets down what could have been a stellar Wiener StaatsOper production.

Verdi & Wagner: The Odeonsplatz Concert [Villazon/Hampson] Blu-ray Review

Posted August 5th, 2014 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Verdi & Wagner: The Odeonsplatz Concert [Villazon/Hampson] Blu-ray Review

The Odeonsplatz Concert is a nicely done outdoor concert with a star tenor and baritone and superb musical direction and videography.

Tchaikovsky: Juliet & Romeo [Ek/Royal Swedish Ballet] Blu-ray Review

Posted May 28th, 2014 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Tchaikovsky: Juliet & Romeo [Ek/Royal Swedish Ballet] Blu-ray Review

Basically a wrong-headed and off-balanced recreation of this timeless story, Mats Ek’s realization will draw few fans into this ballet

Carlos Kleiber: I Am Lost to the World Blu-ray Review

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

Carlos Kleiber: I Am Lost to the World Blu-ray Review

A brief but penetrating look at a conflicted musical genius who gave few interviews with the gaps filled in by colleagues and friends.

Penderecki: Paths Through the Labyrinth Blu-ray Review

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

Penderecki: Paths Through the Labyrinth Blu-ray Review

Paths Through the Labyrinth is a definitive musical biography of Poland’s greatest living composer, Krzysztof Penderecki

Brahms: The Complete Symphonies [Thielemann/Staatskapelle Dresden] Blu-ray Review

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

Brahms: The Complete Symphonies [Thielemann/Staatskapelle Dresden] Blu-ray Review

Thielemann takes his Dresden Staatskapelle forces on a satisfying journey through all of Brahms’ symphonies with excellent results

W.A. Mozart: Cosi Fan Tutte [Cambreling/Teatro Real de Madrid] Blu-ray Review

Posted January 23rd, 2014 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

W.A. Mozart: Cosi Fan Tutte [Cambreling/Teatro Real de Madrid] Blu-ray Review

A beautifully filmed and directed rendition of one of Mozart’s supreme romantic comedies that is abetted by a great cast of young singers

Verdi: Messa da Requiem [Dudamel/Teatro Alla Scala] Blu-ray Review

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

Verdi: Messa da Requiem [Dudamel/Teatro Alla Scala] Blu-ray Review

The downscaling by maestro Dudamel and the histrionics of tenor Grigolo may not appeal to all viewers of this Verdi’s Requiem

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