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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

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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.

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