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.
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.
Parma provides a Falstaff that is well intended but ultimately disappoints due to its vocalism, saved mainly by the en pointe conducting by rising star maestro Battistoni
A fascinating inside look into the bold experiment to pare down Wagner’s monumental Ring Cycle in Buenos Aires with the help of the composer’s great-granddaughter and an avant-garde director.
A subpar Aida from Parma undermined by lackluster singing and less than spectacular staging makes for one that even hardcore Verdi fans would do best to avoid.
Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera receives a satisfactory if not top flight production from the Teatro Regio di Parma forces under Gianluigi Gelmetti. Strong audio and video recording makes up for some vocal unevenness of the leading lady.
This generous offering of two popular Bruckner symphonies is well delivered musically by maestro Thielemann and his players. The audio recording on the Bruckner 4 is less than the best, while perfectly acceptable on the Bruckner 7. Still a bargain on most accounts.
Don Carlo, Verdi’s mature masterpiece, gets a solid rendition in this Teatro del Regio Parma production. Some excellent vocal contributions from this large cast are marred only by a sub par portrayal of the title character.
A disappointing La Forza del Destino from Parma offers few vocal highlights and is rescued by the strong solo performance of baritone Vladimir Stoyanov and sympathetic leadership by maestro Gelmetti.
In a field already crowded with excellent Blu-ray Discs of Verdi’s biggest hit, La Traviata, this new one comes in near the bottom. Sub-par singing of its lead soprano is further disadvantaged by boxy and occasionally distorted sound.