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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

Glenn Gould: The Russian Journey Blu-ray Review

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

Glenn Gould: The Russian Journey Blu-ray Review

This account of Glenn Gould’s maiden voyage to the Soviet Union stands out as one of the most important cultural events of the 20th century

Mozart: Die Zauberflöte [Bregenz Festival] Blu-ray Review

Posted December 12th, 2013 by Lawrence D. Devoe, MD

Mozart: Die Zauberflöte [Bregenz Festival] Blu-ray Review

An innovative water-based setting of Mozart’s comic singspiel opera

From the New World [Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra/Nelsons] Blu-ray Review

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

From the New World [Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra/Nelsons] Blu-ray Review

Andris Nelsons and his Bavarian Radio Orchestra forces deliver an exciting program with three Blu-ray premieres that precede an absolutely splendid reading of the Dvorak “From the New World” Symphony.

Verdi: Otello [Salzburg Festpiele] Blu-ray Review

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

Verdi: Otello [Salzburg Festpiele] Blu-ray Review

Salzburg offers up an Otello with potential that falls short of delivering the power of this late Verdi masterpiece. Ricardo Muti’s conducting and Carlos Alvarez’s Iago are the main attractions here.

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